August 28, 2015
        What were the Ten Best summer releases of 2015?                Eddie Redmayne: The Danish Girl / Official US Poster                Carey Mulligan, Meryl Streep: SUFFRAGETTE New Poster                Spike Lee, Debbie Reynolds, Gena Rowland to Receive Academy's 2015 Governors Awards                Johnny Depp, Leo DiCaprio - Which acting contenders this year are most due for their first win?                "Joy" is the latest Jennifer Lawrence and David O. Russell project in the Oscar hunt                "Straight Outta Compton" is making the case for Oscar consideration                "The Martian": Oscar predictions for August                Rooney Mara: Looking at potential Best Supporting Actress contenders                Bradley Cooper will heat up the Oscar race in "Burnt"                "Carol" gets a Teaser that firmly puts Cate Blanchett and Rooney Mara in the Oscar race                Carey Mulligan is an Oscar contender                Hollywood Contenders for 2015 Best Actor: Leo DiCaprio, Johnny Depp, Tom Hanks, Eddie Redmayne, Michael Fassbender                Hollywood Contenders: 2015 Best Movie Blockbusters: Jurassic World, Inside Out, Mad Max: Fury Road, Fast & Furious 7...                Lily Tomlin in 'Grandma' represents a true Best Actress contender        

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Spotlight on the Stars: Tom Cruise

For this week’s spotlight piece, I wanted to take a look at a real A-lister, and that happens to be Tom Cruise. For some, he’s become just an aging action hero, while others long for the days when he still did drama. Personally, I’m still enamored with the star power of Cruise in anything he does. He also happens to be an underrated actor, which you wouldn’t have believed just a decade ago when he seemed poised to finally win an Oscar. Yes, he does seem mostly geared towards action these days, but Cruise built his career working with A-list filmmakers. He got to the top by acting in the movies of the best in the business.
Cruise has worked with a lot of top notch directors over his career. Names like J.J. Abrams, Paul Thomas Anderson, Brad Bird, Cameron Crowe, Brian De Palma, Stanley Kubrick, Michael Mann, Robert Redford, Rob Reiner, Martin Scorsese, Tony Scott, Steven Spielberg, Oliver Stone, John Woo, and Edward Zwick litter his resume, and they’re not the only ones. This weekend’s Edge of Tomorrow adds Doug Liman to that list as well. If you look at his best performances, they often come from real auteurs like Anderson, Crowe, Kubrick, and Spielberg. I’d argue that the man has never given a bad performance, but those top tier ones have come from the biggest names in Hollywood.
If you look at his work, he’s shown an ability to do just about everything. He’s obviously become a tremendous movie star, and it was partially because he wasn’t pigeonholed. He was an action star in films like the Mission: Impossible franchise and something like Top Gun, a romantic lead in comedy/dramedy work like Jerry Maguire and Risky Business, a dramatic lead in awards bait like Born on the Fourth of July and Rain Man, and even could completely disappear into a supporting role in films like Magnolia and Tropic Thunder (where he demonstrated real comedy chops too). I’d argue there’s nothing that the man can’t do. He just needs to mix it up more. I’m fully confident that if he committed himself to doing a drama or an indie film every other year or so, he’d have another Oscar nomination before long and he’d probably be on pace to eventually win himself an Academy Award.
Overall, Cruise is an incredibly talented actor who still has a ton of miles still to […]

Venice Film Festival to include Malick, De Palma, Nair, Lee and Redford!

by Terence Johnson
HollywoodNews.com: Hot on the heels of the Toronto International Film Festival announcing their titles comes word from Venice about the films to be featured at the 69th Venice Film Festival.
With 60 films, the selection includes a wide range of anticipated titles such as Terrence Malick’s To the Wonder, Passion from Brian De Palma and The Company You Keep directed by Robert Redford, as well as 20 films from female directors. Surprisingly, Paul Thomas Anderson’s The Master is not included in the lineup, might this mean it will be skipping the festivals? Check out the full list after the jump!
Competition Films
Something in the Air, Olivier Assayas (France)
Outrage: Beyond, Takeshi Kitano (Japan)
Fill The Void, Rama Burshtein (Israel)
To the Wonder, Terrence Malick (U.S.)
Pieta, Kim Ki-duk (South Korea)
Dormant Beauty, Marco Bellocchio (Italy)
E’ stato il figlio, Daniele Cipri (Italy)
At Any Price, Ramin Bahrani (U.S., U.K.)
La cinquieme saison, Peter Brosens and Jessica Woodworth (Belgium, Netherlands, France)
Un giorno speciale, Francesca Comencini (Italy)
Passion, Brian De Palma (France, Germany)
Superstar, Xavier Giannoli (France, Belgium)
Spring Breakers, Harmony Korine (U.S.)
Thy Womb, Brillante Mendoza (Philippines)
Linhas de Wellington, Valeria Sarmiento (Portugal, France)
Paradise: Faith, Ulrich Seidl (Austria, France, Germany)
Betrayal, Kirill Serebrennikov (Russia)
Out of Competition Films
L’homme qui rit, Jean-Pierre Ameris (France) *closing film*
Love Is All You Need, Susanne Bier (Denmark, Sweden)
Cherchez Hortense, Pascal Bonitzer (France)
Sur un fil, Simon Brook (France, Italy)
Enzo Avitabile Music Life, Jonathan Demme (Italy, U.S.)
Tai Chi 0, Stephen Fung (China)
Lullaby to My Father, Amos Gitai (Israel, France)
Shokuzai (Penance), Kiyoshi Kurosawa (Japan)
Bad 25, Spike Lee (U.S.)
The Reluctant Fundamentalist, Mira Nair (India, Pakistan, U.S.) *opening film*
O Gebo e a Sombra, Manoel de Oliveira (Portugal, France)
The Company You Keep, Robert Redford (U.S.)
Shark (Bait 3D), Kimble Rendall (Australia, China, Singapore)
Disconnect, Henry-Alex Rubin (U.S.)
The Iceman, Ariel Vromen (U.S.)
Horizons Sidebar
Wadjda, Haifaa Al Mansour (Germany)
Khanéh Pedari (The Paternal House), Kianoosh Ayari (Iran)
Ja Tozhe Hochu (I Also Want It), Alexey Balabanov (Russia)
Gli equilibristi, Ivano De Matteo (Italy)
L’intervallo, Leonardo Di Costanzo (Italy, Switzerland, Germany)
El Sheita Elli Fat (Winter of Discontent), Ibrahim El Batout (Egypt)
Tango Libre, Frédéric Fonteyne (Belgium, France, Luxembourg)
Menatek Ha-Maim (The Cutoff Man), Idan Hubel (Israel)
Gaosu tamen, wo cheng baihe qu le (Fly with the Crane), Li Ruijun (China)
Kapringen (A Hijacking), Tobias Lindholm (Denmark)
Leones, Jazmin Lopez (Argentina, France, Netherlands)
Bellas Mariposas, Salvatore Mereu (Italy)
Low Tide, Roberto Minervini (U.S., Italy, Belgium)
Boxing Day, Bernard Rose (U.K., U.S.)
Yema, Djamila Sahraoui (Algeria, France)
Araf (Araf – Somewhere in Between), Yesim Ustaoglu (Turkey, France, Germany)
Sennen no Yuraku (The Millennial Rapture), Koji Wakamatsu (Japan)
San Zi Mei […]

“Carrie” reboot recruits “Spider-Man” scribe

By Sean O’Connell
Hollywoodnews.com: Get your dress ready for prom and fill up those buckets with pig blood, because Hollywood’s moving forward with a remake of “Carrie.”
Brian DePalma’s 1976 thriller about a bullied girl (Sissy Spacek) cursed with telekinetic powers was, in itself, an adaptation of Stephen King’s novel of the same name. Now MGM and Screen Gems say they are moving ahead with a new take on the “Carrie” tale, and they have hired “Spider-Man: Turn off the Dark” playwright Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa to write a script, THR says.
That’s a great hire. Aguirre-Sacasa was the one hired to fix the troubled book for the “Spider-Man” Broadway show. A playwright, he also writes comics for Marvel, and no doubt respects the idea of canon, which is vital to adapting a novelist like King.
No word on when the studios want their “Carrie” in theaters. Stay tuned for more information.
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Brian De Palma circling serial killer thriller “Toyer”

By Sean O’Connell
Hollywoodnews.com: I love the fact that on Alfred Hitchcock’s birthday, and on Friday the 13th no less, we have news that noted Hitchcock enthusiast Brian De Palma might be working again … and soon.
De Palma last tested audiences with the critically panned “Redacted” in 2007, but was coming off – I thought – a very strong effort with the L.A. crime noir “The Black Dahlia.” Now the director reportedly is circling a project that has interested him for years: an adaptation of Gardner McKay’s “Toyer,” according to Vulture.
Amazon says McKay’s “gory” debut novel follows a serial killer who prefers to trap and “toy” with his victims rather than kill them. A neurologist and a female newspaper reporter join forces and try to flush the demon out of hiding.
Instead of L.A., however, Vulture is reporting that De Palma “plans to set the mayhem against Venice’s famous Carnevale di Venezia, for which elaborate masks disguising one’s identity are traditionally worn on the street.” Producer Scott Steindorff likens the script to De Palma’s “Carrie” and “Blow Out.”
Better than “Mission to Mars.”
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Exclusive: Nash Edgerton, director of “The Square” — Hollywood In Ten

By Sean O’Connell
HollywoodNews.com’s interview feature, “Hollywood In Ten,” showcases the creative individuals responsible for the movies we love, and corners them for 10 quality minutes.
Nash Edgerton’s “The Square” is one of those films we’ve been hearing about for some time but couldn’t see until it reached the States.
It initially screened at Australia’s Sydney Film Festival … in 2008! Since then, it has made its way around the festival circuit — playing South By Southwest, Seattle, CineVegas and more — collecting rave reviews as it screened. With an expansion to more theaters in the works, Edgerton — a one-time stunt man making his feature-length directorial debut — called HollywoodNews.com to discuss his riveting thriller and his professional influences.
Hollywood News: “The Square” was released in your native Australia in 2008, but has had a slow, global roll out. Do you feel like you have been talking about the film forever?
Nash Edgerton: Kind of, yeah. But as long as the response is good, it’s always a pleasure to talk to folks about it.
And yet, there’s not a whole lot we can get into without spoiling some really important things away. Without getting too much into detail, can you let me know where the story idea came from, and why you wanted to explore the pressure we put on ourselves to cover up mistakes that we have made?
Well, the idea originally came from my brother. He’s always been fascinated by these little news stories in the newspaper where we have ordinary people getting themselves into extraordinary circumstances. And yeah, when I read it, I was pretty interested in the idea of how far someone would be willing to go to cover something up. Especially something like an obsession over another person.
I saw a mixture of Alfred Hitchcock and Brian De Palma in “The Square.” Would you call either of those directors influences?
Definitely. I’ve loved their work, as well as Paul Thomas Anderson, the Coen Brothers … So many filmmakers are great at creating tension, and I really wanted to see how tense I could make the film.
Some very strange plot twists occur in “The Square.” Did you ever worry about painting yourself into a corner or crossing a point where you audience would stop believing what they were seeing unfold on the screen?
It’s definitely a fine line to tread. We actually shot a lot more material than […]