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Jessica Chastain on Bigelow, Boal and the ‘Zero Dark Thirty’ ending – OSCARS

By Sean O’Connell Hollywoodnews.com: You could say that Kathryn Bigelow’s “Zero Dark Thirty” has encountered choppy waters since experimenting with a limited release at the tail end of last year (so as to be eligible for Oscar consideration). Not from critics, mind you. Bigelow’s taut, tense depiction of the CIA and[...]

“Rise of the Guardians” director Peter Ramsey on holidays, 3D and sequel ideas – OSCARS

By Sean O’Connell Hollywoodnews.com: It’s not quite Captain America, Thor, the Hulk and Iron Man. But if the holidays ever needed an Avengers-style superhero group to combat the forces of evil, that ensemble likely would be made up of Santa Claus, the Easter Bunny, the Tooth Fairy and the Sandman. That, at[...]

Queen Latifah as possible Oscar host? Discuss! – AWARDS

By Sean O’Connell Hollywoodnews.com: Are the Academy Awards circling their next potential host? Noted Oscarologist Tom O’Neil floats the suggestion of Queen Latifah over at Gold Derby. This is just a shot in the dark on O’Neil’s part to put Latifah’s name into the discussion. Yet, as he points out, there are[...]

“The Sessions” gets an official poster – TORONTO 2012

By Sean O’Connell Hollywoodnews.com: Ben Lewin’s “The Sessions’ has been high on our list as we prepare for this year’s Toronto International Film Festival, for various reasons. The drama burst out of the Sundance Film Festival earlier this year surfing a wave of positive buzz. We are hearing that John Hawkes,[...]

Denzel Washington’s “Flight” closing this year’s New York Film Festival – ANALYSIS

By Sean O’Connell Hollywoodnews.com: Months ago, when Paramount teased the first official trailer for Robert Zemeckis’ “Flight,” the director’s return to live-action for the first time since “Cast Away” struck us as a riveting exploration of a human pilots potential faults in the midst of crisis. The movie looked like it[...]

Jimmy Fallon passes on hosting next year’s Oscars

By Sean O’Connell Hollywoodnews.com: It’s a coveted gig. And yet, despite rumors that he’d be interested, Jimmy Fallon confirmed today that he will not be hosting the Academy Awards earlier next year. “I’m not going to do the Oscars,” Fallon told Matt Lauer during a “Today” show interview. “I was honored to[...]

Baz Luhrmann’s “The Great Gatsby” exits the Oscar race – ANALYSIS

By Sean O’Connell Hollywoodnews.com: Once the awards season gets underway (which annually happens right around this time), we spend a decent amount of our time separating the titles with Oscar potential from the titles with simple Oscar hopes. Usually, this requires a screening of the film, we can judge its awards[...]

Rian Johnson’s “Looper” opening stellar Toronto International Film Fest

By Sean O’Connell Hollywoodnews.com: Rian Johnson’s time-travel thriller “Looper” will open the 2012 Toronto International Film Festival, it was reported on Tuesday in Variety. Johnson made splashes at TIFF with his previous films – the high-school-set film noir “Brick” and the quirky con caper “The Brothers Bloom.” But “Looper” finds him working[...]

Oscars: ‘The Dark Knight Rises’ a Best Picture contender

By Sean O’Connell Hollywoodnews.com: Christopher Nolan’s “The Dark Knight Rises” isn’t even in theaters yet, and already, someone has dropped the “O” word. Oscars. “Ladies and gentlemen, we have a contender,” Clayton Davis of The Awards Circuit Tweeted after his “Rises” screening. I doubt it will be the last time that we hear[...]

Steven Spielberg’s ‘Lincoln’ lands key November release date

By Sean O’Connell Hollywoodnews.com: Steven Spielberg’s “Lincoln” has staked its first claim on the still-developing Oscar season … and in doing so, has made a serious enemy in James Bond. Let the games begin. Disney has revealed that “Lincoln” – with Daniel Day-Lewis playing our nation’s 16th President — will open on[...]
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