September 18, 2015
        "Black Mass" could get Johnny Depp back in the Oscar game                J.J. Abrams and Denis Villeneuve: Ten potential first time writer/director nominees for Oscar in 2015                Roger Deakins offers up some of his very best cinematography in "Sicario"                "The Martian" launches itself as an awards hopeful at the Toronto Film Festival                "Steve Jobs": Oscar predictions for September                "Sleeping with Other People" is one of the most charming films of 2015                Sandra Bullock looks like a contender in the Trailer for "Our Brand is Crisis"                Sam Smith will sing the theme song for the upcoming 007 film "Spectre"                Richard Gere is an under the radar Best Actor contender for "Time Out of Mind"                Telluride and Venice launch festival debuts into the Oscar race                “The Hateful Eight”: Looking at potential Best Original Screenplay Contenders                David O. Russell and Ridley Scott: Which filmmaking contenders this year are most due for their first win?                Telluride Announces 2015 Lineup - Steve Jobs, Black Mass, Suffragette                “Sicario”: Ten Films to see in September                Will Smith crusades for Best Actor in the "Concussion" Trailer        

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“Straight Outta Compton” is making the case for Oscar consideration

During the end of the summer, any surprise critical and financial success story seems to generate Oscar buzz. Frankly, that’s sort of the case whenever an early year or pre awards season release exceeds expectations. This year however, we have an interesting case to study in the biopic Straight Outta Compton, about the seminal rap group NWA, which has gone above and beyond any of its goals so far. Now, some are beginning to wonder if the Academy might have an interest. I remain skeptical, but it’s well worth taking a look at. Perhaps the investigation will reveal something? Let’s find out now…
The film is a look at the rap group NWA, how its members came together, and what kind of an impact they had on the culture. Started in the city of Compton, California in the mid 1980’s, the music would spread across the world and have a huge impact on hip hop culture. Not your garden variety biopic for sure, but mixing up the formula is always welcome in my book. Veteran filmmaker F. Gary Gray directs, the script is written by Andrea Berloff and Jonathan Herman (with story credits going to Berloff, S. Leigh Savidge, and Alan Wenkus), while the cast includes O’Shea Jackson Jr. as Ice Cube, Corey Hawkins as Dr. Dre, Jason Mitchell as Easy-E, Neil Brown Jr. is Dj Yella, and Aldis Hodge is MC Ren, along with Paul Giamatti, Keith Stanfield, and more. Ice Cube and Dr. Dre produced this look at their careers, while behind the camera Matthew Libatique is the DP.
Among the many things that pundits have praised about Straight Outta Compton, the acting seems to be chief among them. Gray’s direction has been given kudos, but the acting trio of Hawkins, Jackson, and Mitchell have been saluted in particular, saying that they add a lot to these iconic characters. Jackson in particular is playing his actual father, so there’s an added layer of interest to be found there. Could one of them wind up in awards contention? That seems like a bit of a long shot, but anything is certainly possible, especially if there’s a distinct lack of solid minority contenders. I hate qualifying things in that way, since a good performance is a good performance, but the Academy does have a spotty track record when it comes to non-white acting nominees. They’re getting better, but Oscar isn’t quite there […]

Carey Mulligan is an Oscar contender

Hollywood Contenders: Once again Carey Mulligan will be part of the “awards season” contenders to be nominated for another Oscar.
Her great performance in SUFFRAGETTE will bring her to the forefront of this year’s great performances.
SUFFRAGETTE is the story about the foot soldiers of the early feminist movement, women who were forced underground to pursue a dangerous game of cat and mouse with an increasingly brutal State.

Directed by Sarah Gavron. Cast includes Meryl Streep, Carey Mulligan, and Helena Bonham Carter among other talented actors.
To read more about Carey Mulligan or SUFFRAGETTES
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Hollywood Contenders for 2015 Best Actor: Leo DiCaprio, Johnny Depp, Tom Hanks, Eddie Redmayne, Michael Fassbender

Hollywood Contenders: The Race is on. The faces of this year’s potential Oscar nominees for the ACTOR category.
At this time, it looks like Leo DiCaprio, Johnny Depp, Tom Hanks, Eddie Redmayne and Michael Fassbender will be the front runners.

The Revenant – Leonardo DiCaprio

Black Mass – Johnny Depp

the Danish Girl – Eddie Redmayne

Bridge of Spies – Tom Hanks

Steve Jobs – Michael Fassbender

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Hollywood Contenders: 2015 Best Movie Blockbusters: Jurassic World, Inside Out, Mad Max: Fury Road, Fast & Furious 7…

Hollywood Contenders: 2015 Best Movie Blockbusters: so far… Jurassic World, Inside Out, Mad Max: Fury Road, Fast & Furious 7, Ant-Man, Spy, Avengers: Age of Ultron, Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation, The Man from UNCLE, Minions,Tomorrowland, San Andreas, Pixels, Fantastic Four, Terminator Genisys
Will “Star Wars Episode VI – The Force Awakens” be the winner this year? We have to wait for its release on December 18.
Below 15 other films that will be competing for first place – in no particular order:
Terminator Genisys,

Fantastic Four

Pixels

San Andreas

Tomorrowland

Spy

Ant-Man

Minions

The Man from UNCLE
Avengers: Age of Ultron

Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation

Fast & Furious 7

Inside Out

Mad Max: Fury Road

Jurassic World

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Carlos de Abreu: Finally! A step-by-step guide to the keys that unlock the doors to Hollywood

Carlos de Abreu: Finally! A step-by-step guide to the keys that unlock the doors to Hollywood. Learn all about our great and unique screenplay development system.
“Opening the Doors to Hollywood,” written by Carlos de Abreu and Howard Jay Smith, has all the information you’ll ever need in order to tap into the $1 billion + dollars spent yearly in Hollywood on acquiring and developing projects!
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2015 Pictures: Hollywood Contenders – Black Mass, Bridge of Spies, Carol, The Danish Girl, The Hateful Eight, Joy, The Revenant, Steve Jobs, The Walk, Inside Out

2015 PICTURES: Hollywood Contenders – Preliminary potentials in alphabetical order
At this time of the awards season the Hollywood Contenders list includes the following 2015 features (in alphabetical order): Black Mass. Our Brand Is Crisis, Bridge of Spies, Carol, The Danish Girl, The Hateful Eight, The Revenant, Steve Jobs, Inside Out, The Walk.
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Black Mass director Scott Cooper- SEP 18

Our Brand Is Crisis, director David Gordon Green – OCT 30

Bridge of Spies, Dreamworks/Disney,director Steven Spielberg – OCT 16

Carol, Weinstein Co., director by Todd Hayes – NOV 20

The Danish Girl, Focus, director Tom Hooper – NOV 27

Joy, Fox, director David O’Russell – DEC 25

The Hateful Eight, TWC, director Quentin Tarantino – DEC 25

Inside Out, Disney/Ani, director Peter Docter – JUNE 19

Joy, Fox, director David O. Russell – DEC 25
The Revenant, Fox, director Alejandro Inarritu – DEC 25

Steve Jobs, Universal, director Danny Boyle – OCT 9

The Walk, Columbia, director Robert Zemekis – Oct 9

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Bruce Dern: Looking at potential Best Supporting Actor contenders

HOLLYWOOD CONTENDERS:Here we go again folks. It’s time for another category to get a somewhat in depth look at what/who its top contenders might be. I’ve gone over what this is a number of times, but in case you’re new to it all, here it is in short: it’s one thing to read early Academy Award predictions at this point in the year in order to see what folks like myself think will happen six or so months from now, but it’s a whole other thing entirely to actually know something about what will be in contention. To help out in that regard, I’m once again running 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/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 take a shine to. Consider this a sort of before the awards season cheat sheet that you can use as you see fit.
Today I’m continuing with another of the bigger acting categories…yes, it’s Best Supporting Actor. Hot on the heels of Quentin Tarantino’s The Hateful Eight dropping a first Trailer that offers up tons of Supporting Actor possibilities, this seems like a perfect bit of timing. You can see the Trailer in question now, by the by, but there are plenty of other contenders on hand as well. You’ll see what I mean momentarily…
First up, the Teaser Trailer for The Hateful Eight:

Here now are the ten particular thespians that I have in play for Best Supporting Actor, with the top five cracking the unofficial lineup at this point:
1. Bruce Dern (The Hateful Eight) – After seeing that Trailer, you have to think that the whole ensemble could be in play, but I think the secret weapon for Tarantino might be Dern. He’s quiet and in the background, but within the film could really steal some scenes. Few others in this category fit the form of a winner more aptly than Dern, as he’s a veteran still looking for that elusive statue. He came close a few years ago with Nebraska, and if he’s half as good here as he was there, he can certainly contend for a win now. If you veer […]

Tom Cruise: “Mission Impossible 5″ wins Foreign Box Office

“Parmount’s ‘Mission: Impossible Rogue Nation’ continues to “Cruise” to new heights of global popularity, adding 18 new markets this weekend as it earns $94.9 million worldwide with $265.35 million to date. ‘Rogue Nation’ remains the number one movie for the second consecutive weekend in both the international territories and the U.S. while Fox’s ‘Fantastic Four’ makes its debut, taking second place in the global marketplace with $60.3 million” said Rentrak’s Senior Media Analyst Paul Dergarabedian
The top 12 worldwide weekend box office estimates, listed in descending order, per data collected as of Sunday, August 9, 2015, are below.
1. Mission: Impossible Rogue Nation – Paramount Pictures – $94.9M
2. Fantastic Four – 20th Century Fox – $60.3M
3. Minions – Universal – $25.6M
4. Jurassic World – Universal – $17.0M
5. Ant-Man – Disney – $17.0M
6. Monster Hunt – Multiple – $16.4M
7. Veteran – CJ Entertainment – $15.2M
8. Pixels – Sony – $14.6M
9. Inside Out – Disney – $13.5M
10. Gift, The – Multiple – $12.9M
11. Trainwreck – Universal – $11.5M
12. Vacation – Warner Bros. – $9.1M.
The top 12 domestic weekend box office estimates, listed in descending order, per data collected as of Sunday, August 9, 2015, are below.
1. Mission: Impossible Rogue Nation – Paramount – $29.4M
2. Fantastic Four – 20th Century Fox – $26.2M
3. Gift, The – STX Entertainment – $12.0M
4. Vacation – Warner Bros. – $9.1M
5. Ant-Man – Disney – $7.8M
6. Minions – Universal – $7.4M
7. Ricki And The Flash – Sony – $7.0M
8. Trainwreck – Universal – $6.3M
9. Pixels – Sony – $5.4M
10. Southpaw – The Weinstein Company – $4.8M
11. Shaun The Sheep Movie – Lionsgate – $4.0M
12. Inside Out – Disney – $2.7M
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Jennifer Lawrence: Looking at potential Best Actress contenders

HOLLYWOOD CONTENDERS: Ladies and gentlemen, as you all know from the last year or so as well as my handful of articles again during this year, it’s one thing to read early Academy Award predictions at this point in the year in order to see what folks like myself think will happen six or so months from now, but it’s a whole other thing entirely to actually know something about what will be in contention. To help out in that regard, I’m once again running 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/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 take a shine to. Consider this a sort of before the awards season cheat sheet to have in your back pocket. It’s probably old hat to you by now, I’m sure, but hey…
Today I’m continuing with another of the bigger ones that’s out there…the Best Actress category.
Here are the ten lovely ladies that I have in play for Best Actress, with the top five of course cracking the presumed lineup at this point:
1. Jennifer Lawrence (Joy) – You can go in any number of directions with your top pick, but I think the obvious choice right now is Lawrence. She’s been nominated both times previously working with David O. Russell, with a Best Actress statue on her mantle already. She nearly won Best Supporting Actress two years ago as well, so the Academy clearly loves this combination. With as baity a part as ever, if she nails it there’s no reason not to think she could run away with a second Oscar.

2. Saoirse Ronan (Brooklyn) – For some reason, I feel like Ronan is almost a surefire nominee for this romantic drama period piece, and while I know she could certainly contend for the win, I just can’t put her up top yet. Maybe it’s the thought of how dominant a Lawrence steamroller could be, but I just need to see how this one does during the precursor season. Ronan has a great shot though, no one can deny that.

3. Cate Blanchett (Carol) *Could go Supporting – The safe pick of the group right […]

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