January 03, 2015
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“Unbroken” by Angelina Jolie: Best Adapted Screenplay contender

As you fine folks all must know by now, it’s one thing entirely to read early Academy Award predictions in order to see what pundits like myself think will happen this winter, but it’s a whole separate thing to actually know something about who and what will be in contention. To help out in that specific regard, I’m continuing to run down some of the major contenders in each Oscar category in order to prep you all for the season to come. Basically, the format will have me saying a few words about what or who I feel are the top tier contenders right now in said categories, along with a longer list afterwards of many of the other hopefuls that the Academy might potentially take a shine to. Consider this a sort of before the awards season cheat sheet to have in your back pocket.
Today I’m continuing on from the acting categories and hitting the writing ones…starting with Best Adapted Screenplay
Here are the ten particular films/scripts that I have in play for Best Adapted Screenplay, with the top five cracking the unofficial lineup at this point:
1. Unbroken – Angelina Jole’s World War II epic has a heavyweight group of writers involved, namely Joel Coen, Ethan Coen, William Nicholson, and Richard LaGravenese. That’s perhaps the most A list screenplay ever, and one of the many reasons why I have this as a huge Oscar contender. Right now, it has to be one of the top players in Adapted Screenplay. I have it winning right now, but some other options could certainly wind up heavily challenging it before all is said and done.

2. Inherent Vice – Filmmaker Paul Thomas Anderson has never won an Oscar, despite having a few screenplays in contention previously, but maybe this is the year for him. PTA seems like more of a hopeful in Best Director usually, but his move from Original to Adapted (There Will Be Blood was his first) screenplays might give him a new and better opportunity. If the movie winds up a big player, I can see him potentially getting the win here.
3. Rosewater – Can Jon Stewart write a film? We know he can write comedy, but this is something completely different. I’m cautiously optimistic, since if he hits this one out of the park, it’s a surefire contender. We won’t know for a while now about this hopeful, but once […]

More Stars to present at Oscars: Halle Berry, Sandra Bullock, Nicole Kidman

Academy Award® winners Halle Berry, Sandra Bullock, Nicole Kidman and Reese Witherspoon will present on the Oscar telecast, show producers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron announced today. All four have previously won the award for Best Actress.
Berry won the award for her performance in “Monster’s Ball” (2001), Bullock for “The Blind Side” (2009), Kidman for “The Hours” (2002) and Witherspoon for “Walk the Line” (2005).
Berry, Bullock, Kidman and Witherspoon join a stellar list of previously announced Oscar presenters including Mark Wahlberg, Ted and “Marvel’s The Avengers” cast members Robert Downey Jr., Samuel L. Jackson, Chris Evans, Jeremy Renner and Mark Ruffalo; returning 2011 Oscar winners Jean Dujardin, Christopher Plummer, Octavia Spencer and Meryl Streep; “Chicago” cast members Richard Gere, Queen Latifah, Renée Zellweger and Catherine Zeta-Jones; special guests Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Daniel Radcliffe, Channing Tatum and Charlize Theron; and performers Adele, Dame Shirley Bassey, Norah Jones and Barbra Streisand.
Oscars® for outstanding film achievements of 2012 will be presented on Oscar Sunday, February 24 at the Dolby Theatre™ at Hollywood & Highland Center®, and will be hosted by Seth MacFarlane live on the ABC Television Network. The Oscar presentation also will be televised live in more than 225 countries worldwide. For more information go to Oscar.com or download the official Oscars app.
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‘Chicago’ Stars to present at Oscars – Richard Gere, Renee Zellweger, Catherine Zeta-Jones

Academy Award® winner’s Renée Zellweger and Catherine Zeta-Jones will join their “Chicago” cast mates Richard Gere and Queen Latifah to present together on-stage at the Oscars®, show producers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron announced today.
“We are very excited to reunite the stars of ‘Chicago’ to present on the Oscars, on the 10th anniversary of the movie’s win for Best Picture,” said Craig Zadan and Neil Meron.
Zellweger, Zeta-Jones and Queen Latifah received nominations for their performances in the film. Jones and Queen Latifah were nominated for their supporting roles, Jones took home the Oscar that year. Zellweger, who was nominated for her lead performance in the film, has been nominated three times, and won in 2003 for her supporting role in “Cold Mountain.”
Gere, Queen Latifah, Zellweger and Zeta-Jones join a stellar list of previously announced Oscar presenters including Mark Wahlberg, Ted, and “The Avengers” cast members Robert Downey Jr., Samuel L. Jackson, Chris Evans, Jeremy Renner and Mark Ruffalo; returning 2011 Oscar winners Jean Dujardin, Christopher Plummer, Octavia Spencer and Meryl Streep; special guests Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Daniel Radcliffe, Channing Tatum and Charlize Theron; and performers Adele, Dame Shirley Bassey, Norah Jones and Barbra Streisand.
Oscars for outstanding film achievements of 2012 will be presented on Oscar Sunday, February 24, at the Dolby Theatre™ at Hollywood & Highland Center®, and will be hosted by Seth MacFarlane live on the ABC Television Network. The Oscar presentation also will be televised live in more than 225 countries worldwide.
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Hayden Panettiere talks ‘Nashville’ character, Taylor Swift

HollywoodNews.com: Hayden Panettiere is playing a young country star in the upcoming show ‘Nashville,’ but that doesn’t mean she is modeling her character after a real-life young country star.
Panettiere recently opened up about the rumor she modeled her character after Taylor Swift, states Entertainment Weekly. “I when think you guys see her and get to know Juliette a little better, you’ll see. But I really think Taylor would disagree wholeheartedly as well. She’s much nicer than my character,” Panettiere commented.
The show is set to premiere on ABC on October 10th.
Will you tune in?
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‘Vampire Diaries’ stars on racy ‘Entertainment Weekly’ cover

HollywoodNews.com: ‘The Vampire Diaries’ stars are getting racy as they are on the cover of ‘Entertainment Weekly’ with not a whole lot of clothing on.
There are three different covers – one with Nina Dobrev and Ian Somerhalder, and another with those two and Paul Wesley with the third being Dobrev and Wesley, states UsMagazine.com. One cover has Dobrev wrapped in a white sheet while Somerhalder, who appears nude, cups her chest.
The other cover has both men with their hands on the actress who is in a black bra and wrapped in a red sheet. While the third has Dobrev in a black bra and black sheet with Wesley wrapped around her.
The characters they all play have been involved in a love triangle as the vampire brothers are both in love with Dobrev’s character.
What do you think about the covers?
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Oscars: Viola Davis circling role in “Beautiful Creatures” – AWARDS ALLEY

By Sean O’Connell
Hollywoodnews.com: A few weeks from now, we might be referring to her as Academy Award winner Viola Davis. Until then, she’s remains an incredibly gifted actress deserving of challenging roles, and she appears ready to add another one to her resume.
Davis, star of “The Help,” is in discussions to join writer-director Richard LaGravenese’s planned adaptation of Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl’s “Beautiful Creatures,” the first of three novels centered around Ethan and Lena, a Southern couple contending with the fact that he’s human and she has superpowers.
EW.com reports that Alcon Entertainment will finance and produce the project, which woud cast Davis as Amma, described as “a seer who looks after Ethan and his father after Ethan’s mother’s death.”
“This story successfully uses the bucolic, peaceful world of the Gothic South and the stories of families that have been rooted there for generations to tell a story of fated love,” producer Erin Stoff said in a release.
“Our intention is to create characters that are so rich, and a world that is so inviting, that audiences will desire to have the story continue beyond this movie,” she added.
Filming is set to begin in New Orleans in April.
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Sony still planning to do “The Girl Who Plays With Fire” – AWARDS ALLEY

By Sean O’Connell
hollywoodnews.com: To date, David Fincher’s “The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo” has earned $72.2 million worldwide, an impressive haul for a remake of a popular book, but not a figure that screams “sequel” right away.
And yet, Sony is letting it be known that they’re interested in moving ahead with an adaptation of Stieg Larsson’s second Millennium book, “The Girl Who Played With Fire.”
“[Dragon Tattoo] continues to do strong business and nothing has changed with respect to development of the next book,” a Sony rep told EW.com. The site goes on to say that “Dragon Tattoo” writer Steven Zaillian is moving ahead on his script, but it’s unclear at this moment if Fincher will return.
In an interview in New York City, Fincher told us that if he did return, he would lobby to shoot parts two and three together, since they essentially tell one story and the idea of going to Sweden, coming home, going back, and coming home to film two separate films would be too daunting.
Whomever comes on board to film, they’ll have stars Rooney Mara and Daniel Craig in place, as both actors are signed on to return for the last two anticipated films.
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– The cast of “The Artist.”
– Kenneth Branagh for “My Week With Marilyn.”
– Bennett Miller talks “Moneyball.”
– Sir Ben Kingsley and Chloe Grace Moretz for “Hugo.”
– Tilda Swinton for “We Need to Talk About Kevin.”
– David Fincher, Daniel Craig and Rooney Mara on “The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo.”
– Viola Davis and Octavia Spencer for “The Help.”
– Tate Taylor for “The Help.”
– Gavin O’Connor for “Warrior.”
– Gary Oldman and Colin Firth for “Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy.”
– Charlize Theron, Patton Oswalt, Jason Reitman and Diablo Cody for “Young Adult.”
– Steve McQueen for “Shame.”
– Glenn Close for “Albert Nobbs.”
– Seth Rogen and Will Reiser for “50/50.”
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Scarlett Johansson to make directorial debut

HollywoodNews.com: Scarlett Johansson will be following in the feet of a number of actresses as she will step behind the camera to make her directorial debut.
Johansson is reportedly set to direct an adaptation of ‘Summer Crossing,’ a Truman Capote novella about a teenage debutante, states Entertainment Weekly. Tristine Skyler will reportedly write the screenplay for the film.
Johansson is not going to be acting in this film, simply directing.
Do you think she’ll do well in this role?
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Don Johnson joins Quentin Tarantino’s “Django Unchained”

By Sean O’Connell
Hollywoodnews.com: Quentin Tarantino’s casting couch for “Djangon Unchained” has been a revolving door of rugged talent. The latest name spinning through the cycle? Would you believe Don Johnson?
The “Miami Vice” and “Nash Bridges” star, who recently appeared in Robert Rodriguez’s “Machete,” will take part in Tarantino’s latest genre exercise, according to EW.com. Johnson will play savage plantation owner Spencer Bennett, who reportedly runs a slave-brawling ring in the 19th century, segregated South. The brothel, nicknamed Candyland, is run by Calvin Candie, a vicious rogue who will be played by Leonardo DiCaprio.
Several Tarantino veterans have been cast in the spaghetti Western “Django.” Samuel L. Jackson, Kurt Russell, and Christoph Waltz are part of the ensemble, while Jamie Foxx is taking on the lead role of a former slave turned bounty hunter who is heading to Candyland to free his captured spouse.
Filming on “Django Unchained” is expected to begin in January, with the drama eyeing a December 2012 release.
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Avengers assemble in Entertainment Weekly cover

HollywoodNews.com: It’s no great tragedy, but the photo-shopping on display is pretty terrible. The only real harm is that this poorly constructed and awkward Entertainment Weekly cover will probably count as a ‘first look’ for a large number of general moviegoers, just the sort that need to be intrigued to get this sure-to-be expensive comic book epic over the $185 million mark that seems to be the ceiling that non-Iron Man Marvel Studios projects seem to be reaching for.
Of course, Tony Stark is in this picture, but it really isn’t going to be Iron Man 3 (especially since Thor and Captain America both did well this summer). Anyway, enjoy Mark Ruffalo giving his best ‘blue steel’ look. Derek Zoolander would approve.
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