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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“Star Wars: The Force Awakens” gets a New Trailer that will give you chills

A few minutes ago, Disney dropped a cinematic bomb on us by releasing the newest Trailer for the upcoming Episode VII of the Star Wars saga. This one, called Star Wars: The Force Awakens, is the start of a new trilogy and a direct sequel to the main trilogy that ended with Return of the Jedi. Having seen the Trailer (which you can scope out below), I’m frankly stunned at how good it is, particularly in terms of one specific moment at the end. I can’t help but say it right at the forefront so we can discuss…seeing Harrison Ford back as Han Solo, standing next to Chewbacca, well, it gave me chills. Filmmaker J.J. Abrams might have gold here, if not better than that. I’ve already talked about how he seems to be the right man for the job, and he’s just proving it more and more.
Of course, it’s not just a quick look at Ford and Peter Mayhew that makes this Trailer work, but it’s what I want to focus on, because it highlights the success that I think Abrams and his crew have hit on here. They’re bringing just about everyone back, so we’ll see Kenny Baker, Warwick Davis, Carrie Fisher, and Mark Hamill in Episode VII. The nostalgia and memories evoked by them are so strong, just the look of Ford here makes you believe that it’s like seeing Star Wars for the first time again. That’s the secret that the prequels never were able to capitalize on. When you can do that, everything else just falls into place. As a reminder, the film is co-written and directed by Abrams, with other cast members besides the aforementioned Baker, Davis, Fisher, Ford, Hamill, and Mayhew including John Boyega, Adam Driver, Domhnall Gleeson, Oscar Isaac, Lupita Nyong’o, Daisy Ridley, Andy Serkis, and Max von Sydow. Lawrence Kasdan also returns to the universe to co-write with Abrams. There’s very little announced plot to go on, but we do know that it’s the sixth sequel and takes place decades after Return of the Jedi. Star Wars: The Force Awakens is looking much more like it fits in with A New Hope and The Empire Strikes Back in the Star Wars canon than with The Phantom Menace, Attack of the Clones, and Revenge of the Sith. As you all know, that’s the way to do it.

Time will tell, but I have […]

Life of Brian Wilson of the Beach Boys in LOVE & MERCY

Behind the fun fun fun of The Beach Boys was the fascinating and genius singer/songwriter Brian Wilson. Love & Mercy presents an unconventional portrait of the iconic Wilson — portrayed by two actors, Paul Dano in the ’60s and John Cusack in the ’80s — and examines his musical brilliance, personal voyage and ultimate salvation.
Love & Mercy, co-written by Oscar® nominated screenwriter Oren Moverman, also stars Elizabeth Banks and Paul Giamatti, and is directed by Bill Pohlad, known as the Academy Award®-nominated producer for such bold films as Steve McQueen’s 12 Years A Slave, Terrence Malick’s The Tree of Life, Sean Penn’s Into the Wild and Ang Lee’s Brokeback Mountain.

Love & Mercy arrives in theaters on June 5, 2015

MARVEL’S ANT-MAN :30 Sneak Peek at Brand New Trailer!

A :30 sneak peek at the brand new trailer for MARVEL’S ANT-MAN, starring Paul Rudd, Evangeline Lilly and Michael Douglas premiered during tonight’s MTV Movie Awards.
The next evolution of the Marvel Cinematic Universe brings a founding member of The Avengers to the big screen for the first time with Marvel Studios’ ‘Ant-Man.’ Armed with the astonishing ability to shrink in scale but increase in strength, master thief Scott Lang must embrace his inner-hero and help his mentor, Dr. Hank Pym, protect the secret behind his spectacular Ant-Man suit from a new generation of towering threats. Against seemingly insurmountable obstacles, Pym and Lang must plan and pull off a heist that will save the world.
Marvel’s ‘Ant-Man’ stars Paul Rudd as Scott Lang aka Ant-Man, Evangeline Lilly as Hope Van Dyne, Corey Stoll as Darren Cross aka Yellowjacket, Bobby Cannavale as Paxton, Michael Peña as Luis, Judy Greer as Maggie, Tip ‘Ti’ Harris as Dave, David Dastmalchian as Kurt, Wood Harris as Gale, Jordi Mollà as Castillo and Michael Douglas as Hank Pym.
Peyton Reed directs Marvel’s ‘Ant-Man’ with Kevin Feige producing and Louis D?Esposito, Alan Fine, Victoria Alonso, Michael Grillo, Edgar Wright and Stan Lee serving as executive producers. The story is by Edgar Wright & Joe Cornish and the screenplay is by Adam McKay & Paul Rudd. Marvel?s ?Ant-Man? delivers a high-stakes, tension-filled adventure on July 17, 2015.

‘Furious 7′ Box Office A Whopping $800.5M

“Universal’s ‘Furious 7′ in its second week of release remains a relentless and dominant box office force, topping the worldwide charts with an astonishing $255.6 million for the weekend & a whopping $800.5 million after just 12 days of release.’Furious 7′ is now the highest grossing of the franchise and raises the cumulative theatrical global revenues of the entire series to more than $3.18 billion.”
The top 12 worldwide weekend box office estimates, listed in descending order, per data collected as of Sunday, April 12, 2015, are below.
1. Furious 7 – Universal – $255.6M
2. Home – 20th Century Fox – $34.2M
3. Cinderella – Disney – $19.8M
4. Wolf Warriors – Multiple – $18.0M
5. Longest Ride, The – 20th Century Fox – $16.5M
6. Divergent Series: Insurgent, The – Multiple – $14.8M
7. Kingsman: The Secret Service – 20th Century Fox – $10.3M
8. Get Hard – Warner Bros. – $10.0M
9. Let’s Get Married – Multiple – $8.6M
10. Woman In Gold – Multiple – $7.3M
11. Pourquoi j’ai (pas) mange mon pere – Pathe – $3.5M
12. Spongebob Squarepants: Sponge Out Of Water – Paramount – $3.4M
The top 12 domestic weekend box office estimates, listed in descending order, per data collected as of Sunday, April 12, 2015, are below.
1. Furious 7 – Universal – $60.6M
2. Home – 20th Century Fox – $19.0M
3. Longest Ride, The – 20th Century Fox – $13.5M
4. Get Hard – Warner Bros. – $8.6M
5. Cinderella – Disney – $7.2M
6. Divergent Series: Insurgent, The – Lionsgate – $6.8M
7. Woman In Gold – The Weinstein Company – $5.9M
8. It Follows – Radius-TWC – $2.0M
9. Danny Collins – Bleecker Street – $1.6M
10. While We’re Young – A24 Films – $1.4M
11. Kingsman: The Secret Service – 20th Century Fox – $1.3M
12. Do You Believe? – Pure Flix – $0.9M

Oscars® select show dates for 2016, 2017 and 2018

The Academy and the ABC Television Network today announced the dates for the 88th, 89th and 90th Oscar® presentations. The Academy Awards® will air live on ABC on Oscar Sunday, February 28, 2016, February 26, 2017, and March 4, 2018, respectively.
Academy key dates for the 2015 Awards season are:
Saturday, November 14, 2015
Wednesday, December 30, 2015
Friday, January 8, 2016
Thursday, January 14, 2016
Monday, February 8, 2016
Friday, February 12, 2016
Saturday, February 13, 2016
Tuesday, February 23, 2016
Oscar Sunday, February 28, 2016
The Governors Awards
Nominations voting opens 8 a.m. PT
Nominations voting closes 5 p.m. PT
Oscar Nominations Announcement
Oscar Nominees Luncheon
Final voting opens 8 a.m. PT
Scientific and Technical Awards
Final voting closes 5 p.m. PT
88th Academy Awards begins 7 p.m. ET/ 4 p.m. PT
The 88th Academy Awards will be held at the Dolby Theatre® at Hollywood & Highland Center® in Hollywood, and will be televised live by the ABC Television Network. The Oscar presentation also will be televised live in more than 225 countries and territories worldwide.
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The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences is the world’s preeminent movie-related organization, with a membership of more than 6,000 of the most accomplished men and women working in cinema. In addition to the annual Academy Awards—in which the members vote to select the nominees and winners — the Academy presents a diverse year-round slate of public programs, exhibitions and events; acts as a neutral advocate in the advancement of motion picture technology; and, through its Margaret Herrick Library and Academy Film Archive, collects, preserves, restores and provides access to movies and items related to their history. Through these and other activities the Academy serves students, historians, the entertainment industry and people everywhere who love movies.

“The Longest Ride” star Scott Eastwood celebrating his birthday

Friday, April 3, “The Longest Ride” star Scott Eastwood was spotted enjoying a belated birthday celebration inside Las Vegas’ hottest nightlife destination OMNIA Nightclub at Caesars Palace.
Arriving to the nightspot just after midnight Eastwood made his way through the masses to a VIP table located in the Main Club.
Joined by a number of close friends, the hunky star seemed to be in good spirits as he took in the sights and sounds put on by DJ Nicky Romero who was making his OMNIA debut. As the night continued, the actor was surprised as a number of OMNIA’s beautiful cocktail staff surrounded his table spelling out his name in big letters and presented him with a three-tiered cake themed to his latest movie venture, “The Longest Ride.” Filled with excitement, the star held up his cake and posed for photos. The celebration was in full party mode as Eastwood was seen mingling with friends and fans alike before making his way out of the destination around 2 a.m.
Photo credit Aaron Garcia of Hakkasan Group

Manoel de Oliveira, Portuguese director, dead at 106. RIP

Manoel de Oliveira, Portugal director, dead at 106. RIP
Proud to be Portuguese . Director Manoel de Oliveira was born on December 11, 1908 in Oporto, Portugal, as Manoel Candido Pinto de Oliveira. He was a director and writer, known for To Each His Own Cinema (2007), Eccentricities of a Blonde-haired Girl (2009) and I’m Going Home (2001).
He was married to Maria Isabel Brandão de Meneses de Almeida Carvalhais.

He died on April 2, 2015 in Oporto.

Brad Pitt – “Moneyball”: The Best Baseball Films of All Time

Play ball! With Baseball season coming next week, I wanted to do something a little bit fun and look at not just the best sports movies, but the best baseball movies ever made. There’s more than a few to choose from, with a solid handful starring Kevin Costner, I might add. I’m even going to make some potentially controversial choices, as you’ll see below. It’s all in good fun though, and as I get set to spend another year getting my heart broken by the New York Mets, I wanted to put this out there for you all. Enjoy and get ready for baseball…
Here are the ten best baseball movies of all time:
10. Rookie of the Year – Perhaps a lot of this is nostalgia fueling the pick, but I have a real soft spot for the story of a kid who winds up pitching for the Chicago Cubs. It’s wish fulfillment for pre teen boys and a little on the scattershot side, but it’s certainly got a charm. I couldn’t resist putting this on my list, since it’s, you know…my list.
9. Major League – Baseball often transitions to comedy, with this film perhaps being the most successful pure comedic outing of the lot. The sports movie cliches and elements are handled well here, but they’re buoyed by the laughs that are liberally spread out through the entire film. It’s just a ton of fun.
8. Fever Pitch – I really dug the look at baseball fandom contained within this romantic comedy. I’m not sure how appealing it is to die hard baseball fans of sole rom-com nuts, but if you have an affinity for both sides, this merges the two worlds surprisingly well. I think it’s incredibly underrated, quite frankly.
7. Little Big League – The slightly more mature version of Rookie of the Year’s wish fulfillment, this movie looks more at coaching and the front office than at playing ball. It’s still plenty silly, but the premise gets a little bit more gravitas, as it were. Still, nostalgia is at work here, no doubt about that.
6. The Natural – An undisputed classic, I’m not quite a high on it as most others, but I still recognize it for what it is. This is a great film that perhaps suffers a small bit from heavy praise, but clearly deserves its place in history all the same. I like it a lot, […]

Tom Hardy, Charlize Theron- Mad Max: Fury Road / Trailer Rollout

In a post-apocalyptic world, in which people fight to the death, Max teams up with a mysterious woman, Furiousa, to try and survive.
Director George Miller. Starring: Tom Hardy, Charlize Theron, Nicholas Hoult, Hugh Keays-Byrne, Nathan Jones, Zoë Kravitz, Riley Keough, Rosie Huntington-Whiteley, Abbey Lee, Courtney Eaton.

Will Ferrell: His Ten Best Films

Consider this a bit of an experiment today. Instead of doing something like what I used to do with the Spotlight on the Stars series, I’m going to try honoring an actor or a filmmaker with a personalized top ten list. We’ll start off with none other than Will Ferrell, who happens to have the new comedy Get Hard hitting theaters this weekend. This initial piece will look at the ten best movies he’s been in, as opposed to just his best performances, but those will be contained within this list too, of course, so fear not. Anyway, let’s give this a shot and see how it goes!
Here now, without any delay, are the ten best films that Ferrell has found himself a cast member in…
10. The Producers – Though a pale comparison to the original Mel Brooks movie (or the Broadway production), this remake of sorts does happen to be decently entertaining as well as feature Ferrell as one of its highlights. He scored his first Golden Globe nomination for this role in Best Supporting Actor, beating out some dramatic heavies for the nod too, so that’s something.
9. Melinda and Melinda – It’s lesser Woody Allen for sure, but an underrated title of his with Ferrell mostly doing a more serious than average version of an Allen impression. Ferrell happens to be one of the better parts of the flick, so that gives it a definite boost, helping it crack this list.
8. Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back – I’m not as wild about this one as most Kevin Smith fans are (it’s second tier Smith to me), but when it’s funny…it’s hilarious. Ferrell might not be the highlight, but he’s a solid part of a really game to play ensemble. That’s something that he’s better at than a lot of people realize. He’s a showy comedian, but he also can blend pretty well too.
7. Everything Must Go – One of Ferrell’s best performances to date comes in this effectively low key dramedy. With none of his usual mannerisms, he’s really just inhabiting a character. The reason this movie works is his performance, plain and simple. He raises it up.
6. Elf – Easily one of the most likable roles for Ferrell is found within this charming little family comedy. There are times when it’s a little too cute for its own good, but there’s such warmth radiating from this […]

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