July 28, 2016
        Mike Mills' "20th Century Women" is the Centerpiece of the 2016 New York Film Festival                A Teaser Trailer for "Justice League" suggests a really fun blockbuster                "Blair Witch" and "Wonder Woman": Comic-Con unleashes a ton of buzz worthy Trailers                Hollywood Contenders: Looking at potential Best Actress contenders                "Star Trek Beyond" is a rare success for the 2016 summer movie season                The 2016 New York Film Festival will open with Ava Duvernay's documentary "The 13th"                Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone make us swoon as "La La Land" drops a luminous Teaser Trailer                "Loving" announces itself as an awards player with a great Trailer                Hollywood Contenders: New Oscar Predictions for July                Woody Allen has another crowd pleaser on his hands with "Cafe Society"                Hollywood Contenders: Looking at potential Best Actor contenders                Kristen Stewart shines in the sci-fi love story "Equals"                'Ghostbusters' is an excellent re-invention of the classic franchise                Hollywood Contenders: Looking at potential Best Director contenders                "Captain Fantastic" is one of the year's most pleasant surprises        

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Looking at potential Best Picture contenders

We’re coming to the very end of June folks. Much like I said last year at the start of July, it’s one thing to read early Academy Award predictions to see what folks like myself think will happen at the end of the year, but it’s another thing entirely to actually know which films will be in contention. To that end, once a week (or maybe twice a week in certain situations) for the next month or so I’ll be running down some of the major contenders in each Oscar category. 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. Consider this a sort of pre awards season cheat sheet for you all.
Today I’m beginning with the big one, of course…Best Picture.
Here are the ten films that I have right now cracking the Best Picture lineup:
1. La La Land – At this point, more or less any fall/winter release is a viable Best Picture winner, but something has me thinking that this modern musical could be the one to beat. Writer/director Damien Chazelle, along with stars Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone seem like a tremendous team, so I’d watch them in anything, but this sort of tribute to a time in Hollywood gone by? I’m all in, and if the early word turns out as positive as I think it might, we might have a juggernaut on our hands. It’s just a hunch, but this is as good as any to label a frontrunner.
2. Silence – Easily the most widely predicted early winner, this passion project from Martin Scorsese has plenty going in its favor. A juicy role for Liam Neeson, plum ones for Adam Driver and Andrew Garfield as well, along with Scorsese scratching an itch to finally put this project before cameras. It’s easily the classiest player in 2016, so it’s hard to argue with, and certainly could be a huge contender. Watch out for this one, obviously.
3. Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk – Ever since I read the book, I saw lots of potential in Ang Lee adapting this novel, but the early Trailer makes it seem like he’s outdone himself. Newcomer Joe Alwyn, Steve Martin, and Kristen Stewart have baity roles, while Lee shooting war in a whole new […]

Bruce Springsteen documentary about “Darkness” sounds more than promising

By Sean O’Connell
Hollywoodnews.com: One film on my “Must See” list for the Toronto International Film Festival this year is “The Promise,” Thom Powers’ documentary about the making of Bruce Springsteen’s classic rock album “Darkness on the Edge of Town.”
I’m not even a big Bruce fan, though I’ve enjoyed a bunch of his songs and have seen him in concert a few times. I’m an admitted documentary fan, and I especially like films that dive into the creative process, whether it’s of musicians, writers or filmmakers. And from what I’m hearing, Powers’ film really dissects the collaborations that went into making “Darkness.”
I’m also hearing “The Promise” is light on concert footage, which is just fine. I’d rather see exclusive shots of The Boss in the studio, and not on the stage … which you can get on VH1 Classics or Palladium any night of the week.
Rolling Stone has a few more details about “Promise,” including a rumor that Edward Norton might interview Springsteen as part of TIFF (though that’s unconfirmed). I’ll bring you more on “Promise” once I get to Toronto. I promise.
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