Spitballing Early Contenders, Part One

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We’ve been compiling our Contender Tracker pages slowly but we’ve narrowed down the list so far of what contenders might be showing up at this year’s Oscar race.  Thanks to Kevin for the help on this.  I have ordered them in terms of importance or prestige. Not all Oscar contenders are measured equally. Stars tend to have the advantage over unknowns and repeat nominees and winners also can sometimes have…


2014: Reese Witherspoon Three Ways

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This year, Reese Witherspoon has three films coming out, two she carries completely and the other is Paul Thomas Anderson’s Inherent Vice. She plays Deputy DA Penny Kimball in Inherent Vice (one of the love interests). She’ll also open two movies. Wild: “Cheryl Strayed was 26 in 1995 when she set out to hike more than 1,000 miles on the Pacific Crest Trail. Coping with her mother’s death to cancer…

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Oscarwatch: The Good Lie

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Trailer for the Good Lie, starring Reese Witherspoon and Corey Stoll:


Picture of the Day: Ava DuVernay on the Set of Selma

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Selma has an upcoming release date of Christmas Day.  Ava DuVernay is updating her Facebook page with news.


Robert Duvall, Robert Downey Jr in The Judge

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Robert Downey Jr. is a hot-shot, big-city lawyer Hank Palmer, who suddenly finds out that his estranged father and honorable Judge (Robert Duvall) is being charged with murder in the town where he presides. Now Palmer must investigate the small town he grew up in and try to bond with old friends and colleagues in order to find the truth that can prove his father’s innocence. “The Judge” is directed…

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Kat Dennings “loves the ladies” and Jessica Chastain “went to some strip clubs.” Why not. “There’s nothing taboo about it.”

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Yaya DaCosta, Jennifer Lawrence, Greta Gerwig, Kat Dennings, Jessica Chastain, Emma Roberts, Zoë Kravitz and Mary Elizabeth Winstead. Left to right, side by side, face to face. W knows we need know Hollywood’s New It Girls think about sex, talk about sex and think about talking about sex while having sex. Together probably maybe. Plus a couple of articles about fashion in this fashion magazine. A fashion article about breasts…

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A Poll: On the Hunt for Best Picture

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Given that our Best Picture winner will most likely emerge by October or November at the latest, but usually by the time Telluride closes its doors (September), it’s hard to see any clear frontrunner at this point, at least none that is based in reality. Sure, you can read the tea leaves and look at Oscar predictions for fun, but keep it mind it has to be only for fun….

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Final Trailer for Dawn of the Planet of the Apes

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One of our most anticipated films of the summer has the apes giving a well deserved ass kicking to humankind. The visual effects are off the charts, naturally.


New Poster for Woody Allen’s Magic in the Moonlight

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Kim Morgan and Guy Maddin to Bring Cool to Telluride as 2014 Guest Directors

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Writer and artist Kim Morgan and filmmaker Guy Maddin will be a husband and wife programming team as Guest Directors for this year’s Telluride Film Fest.  Their tastes are jointly intriguing, thus their choices should be unpredictable and something to look forward to. Morgan writes brilliant film essays at Sunset Gun, and takes breathtaking photos and self-portraits that she posts on Flickr and occasionally Facebook.  Together with Maddin she is now…



The Toronto Film Fest unfurls September 4th through the 14th. New York kind of pulled an announcement coup, being the first major North American...

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Here’s a vintage 1980s thriller nobody remembers because it won’t open till next month. Based on an ’80s espionage novel. Directed by Roger Donaldson...