January 10, 2015
        All 24 Oscar® Categories to be announced live                Final Golden Globe Predictions                The last minute screenplay controversy for "Whiplash"                Writers Guild of America Announces Nominees                What the PGA nominations mean for the Best Picture race                The films that will sadly be shut out on Oscar nomination morning                Producers Guild of America Announces Nominees                Art Directors Guild Announces Nominees                A January Oscar Predictions Update                American Cinema Editors (ACE) Announces Nominees                2015 releases to look forward to                The best films and performances of 2014                A look at the second spot in each of the main Oscar categories                The late breaking major Oscar contenders of 2014                Golden Globe post nomination predictions for December        

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“Amour” amazes at Toronto International Film Fest – AWARDS

By Sean O’Connell
Hollywoodnews.com: Day One of the Toronto International Film Festival is almost in the books. Three movies down, one more to go. (And that one has Kristen Stewart in it … do you think it will draw a crowd?)
The festival officially “opens” Thursday evening with a screening of Rian Johnson’s “Looper” (which we reviewed earlier today). But here are some snapshot reactions to the rest of the films I’ve managed to see so far.
“Amour”
The Who’s lyrics resonate deeply following a screening of Michael Haneke’s “Amour” – I hope I die before I get old.
Perhaps, then, I’ll be spared the grief and heartache associated with dying – feelings and experiences that are personified with gut-wrenching precision by Haneke’s two spectacular actors, Jean-Louis Trintignant and Emmanuelle Riva, in the powerful “Amour.” She plays Anne, a doting Parisian wife and former piano teacher who’s stricken with a debilitating illness. He plays Georges, the dedicated spouse who does what he can to help his beloved endure the hardships of mortality with the same dignity she brought to life.
The unflinching “Amour” captures a loving couple’s last days with documentary-worthy realism, nailing the frustrations, struggles and small joys that often come with the caretaking of a loved one. We have yet to see anyone challenge death and win, so the ending of “Amour” is written in stone (so much so that Haneke opens his film with the revelation that Anne has died). The rest of the film allows the couple to reflect on how they lived, and to demonstrate how an illness in the family extends beyond the afflicted to affect everyone.
It’s difficult not to project your own personal experiences onto the screen while watching “Amour.” The situations presented by Haneke are far too realistic not to see ourselves (and our loved ones) as moving parts in this difficult story. During one emotional scene, as Georges fights to feed a stubborn Anne just so that she’ll live a few days longer, I started thinking of all the people I’d do that for, and the ones I hope might do it for me. That’s love.
One cannot say enough about the performances delivered by Riva and Trintignant in service of Haneke’s grim study. They’re mesmerizing in these complicated roles. Riva, particularly, embraces the fear and loathing one can feel when their mind and body begin to fail. If the awards system […]

Analyzing Oscar’s Potential Leading and Supporting Ladies

Trying to sand down the rough slate that is the Actress categories is an intimidating task.  The past few years, the category has produced the likes of Natalie Portman in her career-topping performance in Darren Aronofsky’s “Black Swan” and Marion Cotillard’s transformation like no other in the Foreign Language film, La Vie en Rose.

Which Stars will be in Cannes? – Marion Cotillard, David Cronenberg, Robert Pattinson…

By Roger Friedman
HollywoodNews.com: We’re getting closer to the announcement of what’s going to happen in the 2012 Cannes Film Festival. We already know two things: Wes Anderson is opening the festival with “Moonrise Kingdom” and Woody Allen is not going with the newly named “To Rome with Love.” But here are some thoughts from various sources. They do say “Rust & Bone” with Marion Cotillard is in. So, too, is David Cronenberg’s “Cosmopolis” with Robert Pattinson of “Twilight” fame. High on everyone’s list is Walter Salles’s film of Jack Kerouac’s “On the Road.”
Another name mentioned is popular Cannes filmmaker Michael Haneke, with “Amour” starring Isabelle Huppert. Then there’s the matter of Terrence Malick. He has two movies in post-production, one with Ben Affleck and Jessica Chastain (among others) which was thought to have been finished before “Tree of Life” was released. Any more ideas? Let me know at roger@showbiz411.com
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“The Dark Knight Rises” trailer is here!

By Sean O’Connell
Hollywoodnews.com: Batman fans flocked to the theater this weekend to see the first official footage from the anticipated “The Dark Knight Rises,” which played before Paramount’s “Mission: Impossible” sequel in select IMAX formats. A trailer for “Rises” accompanied the prologue, and bootlegged copies made their way around the Internet all weekend long.
Warner wisely counters with an official trailer for the film. We’ve posted it below.
What will you see?
– Anne Hathaway’s Catwoman essentially telling Christian Bale’s Bruce Wayne that he’s part of the 1% (and will pay the price for his playboy ways)
– A crumbling football field (and what looks like Burt Ward – aka Robin from the 1960s TV show – playing running back for Gotham’s home team)
– Bane, and his bone mask.
– Marion Cotillard, and what looks like a Catwoman mask (deception!)
– A flying Bat-Wing …
… and so much more. But look for yourself. It’s the most anticipated trailer, and we have it below:

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What does “Paris” expansion mean for Oscar chances? – AWARDS ALLEY

By Sean O’Connell
Hollywoodnews.com: The official news, which broke Wednesday night, is that Sony Pictures Classics plans to re-introduce “Midnight In Paris,” Woody Allen’s most lucrative film, to larger audiences with a late summer expansion that will take place on Friday, Aug. 26.
“Heading into the fall, the film continues to distinguish itself and will elevate to another Woody Allen record this weekend when it is set to reach 50 million at the box office, with no signs of slowing down,” the studio says in a release.
And they are absolutely right. The film, from Allen’s standpoint, is a juggernaut. No one would have guessed that, in the twilight of his decades-spanning career, Allen would release a film that would go on to become his highest-grossing to date. Which is why the subtext of the expansion announcement is pretty clear.
Sony Pictures Classics likely is setting the stage for a sizeable Oscar push for Allen’s Parisian romantic comedy.
Realistically, what categories could “Paris” claim? Is a Best Picture slot out of the question? Certainly not, especially with the recently implemented, fluid rules of selecting anywhere from five to 10 nominees. Allen might have a hard time slipping into the Best Director race, given the stiff competition he’s expected to face from Clint Eastwood, Steven Spielberg, Alexander Payne, George Clooney and more.
I don’t see Owen Wilson’s performance as Best Actor-worthy, but Marion Cotillard could ride a hot campaign to a Best Supporting Actress nod. Screenplay seems like a no-brainer (Allen last was nominated in 2005 for “Match Point”), as does Cinematography for Darius Khondji’s exquisite Paris shots. In fact, “Midnight” could clean up on technical nods when the Oscars are announced.
The news that SPC plans to re-release “Midnight In Paris” into the marketplace means they know they have a hit on their hands, and they’re doing what’s necessary to keep the film on people’s radars during the lengthy awards season. Screeners to Academy and guild members should follow, as well as FYC screenings all fall. Will Allen be up for the campaign? Will his movie lobby without his assistance? It’s going to be an interesting marathon if Allen is in it, as we haven’t seen him immersed in the “game” since 1994’s “Bullets Over Broadway.”
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“Midnight in Paris” Makes $75 Million Worldwide

HollywoodNews.com: Just a short story: Woody Allen‘s “Midnight in Paris” has now crossed the $75 million mark worldwide. In a word, it’s amazing. The film has made $42 million in the US alone. It’s the biggest financial success of Woody’s long career. People love this movie. It’s definitely going to be a Best Picture nominee, with Woody picking up director and screenwriting nominations.
I do see potential for Owen Wilson, Marion Cotillard and definitely Corey Stoll for acting nominations. What a lovely summer surprise for us and for Woody. It’s also nice for Michael Barker and Tom Bernard at Sony Pictures Classics. Woody’s next film, “Bop Decameron,” is shooting in Rome now with an allstar cast including an appearance by the Wood Man himself. Woody also gets a two part PBS documentary special this fall.
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Marion Cotillard may be a “Low Life” for James Gray

By Sean O’Connell
Hollywoodnews.com: Marion Cotillard may have just given birth to her first child, but she’s showing no signs of slowing down from her professional gig.
The actress currently can be seen in Woody Allen’s latest, “Midnight In Paris.” She also has a part in Christopher Nolan’s anticipated sequel “The Dark Knight Rises,” which is filming as we speak. And according to reports, Cotillard’s circling “Low Life,” the next project from “We Own the Night” director James Gray.
Cotillard would play an immigrant moving to America from her native Poland who finds herself in a dirty, compromising predicament on the boat heading to Ellis Island, Deadline reports. She’d be joined in the cast by Joaquin Phoenix (a frequent Gray collaborator) and Jeremy Renner, who’s also in negotiations.
Such an interesting ensemble. Phoenix reportedly quit acting, though recent reports have him linked to Paul Thomas Anderson’s next, as-yet-untitled gig. And Renner, like Cotillard, seems to attach his name to everything. We’ll see if “Low Life” pans out, but if it doesm the cast already intrigues.
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Marion Cotillard welcomes baby boy

By Sean O’Connell
Hollywoodnews.com: It’s a boy for “Inception” star and Oscar winner Marion Cotillard and her partner, actor-director Guillaume Canet.
The couple welcomed their son, who they named Marcel, on Thursday night in Paris, sources have told PEOPLE magazine.
“Mother and baby are fine,” says the source, and Cotillard is “very happy.”
The couple started dating in 2007. The source told PEOPLE back in January, “They haven’t disclosed any plans concerning marriage.”
Cotillard’s latest picture, Woody Allen’s “Midnight in Paris,” opened the Cannes Film Festival earlier this month. She’s also scheduled to have a role in Christopher Nolan’s final Batman film, “The Dark Knight Rises.”
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Carla Bruni bows out of Woody Allen’s Cannes premiere

By Sean O’Connell
Hollywoodnews.com: Woody Allen’s latest, “Midnight In Paris,” is about to open the Cannes Film Festival, and while most of the film’s stars are expected to be present for the world premiere, at least one has bowed out of the festivities for mysterious reasons.
Carla Bruni, wife of French president Nicholas Sarkozy, has “cancelled plans to appear on the red carpet at the Cannes Film Festival amid rumours she is pregnant with twins,” the Mirror is reporting.
Allen’s “Paris” marks Bruni’s acting debut, though she made her name as a supermodel before marrying Sarkozy. As the Mirror notes, Bruni “had been expected to draw huge crowds at the event.” Instead, the press will have to settle for Marion Cotillard, Owen Wilson and Rachel McAdams.
Such is life.
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Oscars: Will Natalie Portman Lose Oscar?

By Paul Sheehan at GoldDerby.com
HollywoodNews.com: As the saying goes, “Win on Saturday, lose on Sunday.” This axiom refers to the less-than-impressive track record of Indie Spirit winners repeating at the Academy Awards. Of the 48 Indie Spirit acting champs to contend the following day at the Oscars, only 10 of them have won there as well.
Last year, two of the four acting champs celebrated double victories — Best Actor Jeff Bridges (“Crazy Heart”) and Supporting Actress Mo’Nique (“Precious”). Spirit winner Gabourey Sidibe (“Precious”) lost the Best Actress Oscar to Sandra Bullock (“The Blind Side”) while Woody Harrelson was defeated by Christoph Waltz (“Inglorious Basterds”). Two years ago, just one of the three Spirit winners in the running at the Oscars prevailed — Supporting Actress champ Penelope Cruz (“Vicky Christina Barcelona”). Mickey Rourke (“The Wrestler”) was edged out of Best Actor by Sean Penn (“Milk”) while Melissa Leo (“Frozen River”) lost Best Actress to Kate Winslet (“The Reader”). Spirits supporting actor winner James Franco (“Milk”) was not nominated at the Oscars.
The trend of the Spirits winner also contending at the Oscars dates back to the first Indies in 1985 when Geraldine Page (“The Trip to Bountiful”) won Best Actress with both groups. Since then, Frances McDormand (“Fargo,” 1996), Hilary Swank (“Boys Don’t Cry,” 1999), and Charlize Theron (“Monster,” 2003) have repeated in this race. The 11 Spirit Best Actress winners who lost at the Oscars were:
1987: Sally Kirkland (“Anna”) lost to Cher (“Moonstruck”);
1990: Angelica Huston (“The Grifters”) lost to Kathy Bates (“Misery”);
1995: Elisabeth Shue (“Leaving Las Vegas”) lost to Susan Sarandon (“Dead Man Walking”);
1997: Julie Christie (“Afterglow”) lost to Helen Hunt (“As Good As It Gets”);
2000: Ellen Burstyn (“Requiem for a Dream”) lost to Julia Roberts (“Erin Brockovich”);
2001: Sissy Spacek (“In the Bedroom”) lost to Halle Berry (“Monster’s Ball”);
2002: Julianne Moore (“Far From Heaven”) lost to Nicole Kidman (“The Hours”);
2004: Catalina Sandino Moreno (“Maria Full of Grace”) lost to Hilary Swank (“Million Dollar Baby”);
2005: Felicity Huffman (“Transamerica”) lost to Reese Witherspoon (“Walk the Line”);
2007: Ellen Page (“Juno”) lost to Marion Cotillard (“La Vie en Rose”); and
2009: Gabourey Sidibe (“Precious”) lost to Sandra Bullock (“The Blind Side”).
Of the 15 Spirit Best Actor champs to compete at the Oscars only two — Bridges and Philip Seymour Hoffman (“Capote,” 2005) — prevailed there as well. The Spirit winners who were Oscar losers were:
1986: James Woods (“Salvador”) lost to Paul Newman (“The Color of […]

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