Some key release dates have been swapped around today, including Spike Jonze’s upcoming science fiction/romance film, Her, starring Academy Award nominees Joaquin Phoenix, Amy Adams, Rooney Mara, and Samantha Morton. Warner Brothers has announced that Her will have a limited release date of November 20. For more on the film, read Joseph’s Awards Profile here.
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For all of those hoping for a sequel to the hit number, “We Saw Your Boobs,” this might be a bit of a disappointment. While producers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron are set to return, Seth MacFarlane – who hosted the 85th Academy Awards earlier this year – has officially taken his name out of the running for next year’s presentation. See what the man behind The Family Guy tweeted after the jump.
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The American Film Institute (AFI) has announced their plans to honor director Mel Brooks with their lifetime achievement award during a Gala Tribute on June 6, 2013. A broadcast of the event will air Saturday, June 15 at 9 P.M. EST on TNT, with an encore presentation on Sunday, June 24 on TCM. TCM’s event will include an all-night tribute to Brooks as well. Brooks is most famous for directing multiple comedy classics including The Producers, Young Frankenstein, and Blazing Saddles. You can read my biography on the legend here, and read the official press release after the jump.
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David Lowery’s Ain’t Them Bodies Saints follows an outlaw (Casey Affleck), his wife (Rooney Mara), and the local sheriff (Ben Foster) through 1970s Texas. The film won the U.S. Dramatic Cinematography Award at this years Sundance Film Festival, where Terence saw the film. You can read his review here and see the full poster after the jump. Ain’t Them Bodies Saints is scheduled for an August 16 release date.
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Link(s) of the week:
Brad Brevet at Rope of Silicon previews the Cannes Film Festival by listing the ten films he is anticipating the most. Meanwhile, Pete Hammond at Deadline wonders if this year’s fest will have the same impact on Oscar as the last two. And finally, Scott Beggs at Film School Rejects gives you everything you need to know about the films playing there.
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David Mamet’s Blackbird will be a present-day conspiracy thriller that dives into the mystery behind the assassination of President John F. Kennedy in 1963. In what sounds like a sequel to Argo, Cate Blanchett has been signed to star as Janet, a Hollywood visual effects artist who also happened to do work for special ops agencies. After her grandfather dies, she apparently uncovers secrets that might solve the puzzle behind the Kennedy assassination. Blackbird is being produced by SBS Productions who will handle worldwide sales for the film.
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This is a nice quick glimpse at what we will see in Disney’s newest film, Planes, directed by Klay Hall. The clip is about two and a half minutes long, and is set to the film’s score by composer Mark Mancina. Voice talents include Dane Cook, Stacy Keach, Brad Garrett, Teri Hatcher, Cedric the Entertainer, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, John Cleese, and more! Planes has an ETA for theaters on August 9.
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Regarded by many to be the greatest actress of all time, Katharine Houghton Hepburn was born May 12, 1907, in Hartford, Connecticut. Miss Hepburn holds the distinction of being the only actor or actress to win four competitive Academy Awards, but her road to stardom was perhaps a little more arduous than most people realize. Hepburn began her career on stage after graduating from Bryn Mawr College with degrees in history and philosophy. Her career on stage began quickly, however, her start was anything but successful.
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The entire cast of the Oscar nominated film Rio (2011) returns for the sequel, due to hit theaters April 11, 2014. In Rio 2, Jewel (Anne Hathaway), Blu (Jesse Eisenberg) and their children leave their domesticated life in Rio de Janeiro for a journey to the Amazon. They encounter an assortment of new and wild characters along the way. Andy Garcia, Jamie Foxx, Leslie Mann, Kristin Chenoweth, Tracy Morgan, George Lopez, and more will provide the voices.
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Summit Entertainment has released a new still for their highly anticipated new film, Divergent. The Descendants’ Shailene Woodley stars in this futuristic, dystopian tale in which she leaves her people to join a rival group. The film is based on the popular young adult novel by Veronica Roth. After the jump, have a look at an image from a point in the story when Tris (Woodley) begins her initiation into the Dauntless faction. Divergent also stars Kate Winslet, Jai Courtney, Ray Stevenson, and Maggie Q, and has a March 21, 2014 release date.
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Our editor, Clayton Davis, has recently unveiled his most recent Oscar predictions. In his front-runner spot for Lead Actor is veteran actor Bruce Dern for his upcoming turn in Alexander Payne’s Nebraska. I currently have Dern in the number five slot, but after this interesting first look at the film, I’m thinking Mr. Davis might be on to something. It isn’t much, but Dern packs a whole lot into this two-minute scene. Nebraska will screen at Cannes, giving us a little more information on the film – and Dern’s performance – before it goes into limited release on November 22.
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It seems odd to me how many people feel the need to choose between Star Wars and Star Trek. Maybe it’s because I feel one is way better than the other (dodges those who’ve set their weapons to stun), but the main point is: why do we have to choose? Why not appreciate both for what they are, just like J.J. Abrams will now have to do being that he has both directed the Star Trek reboot (and the upcoming sequal, Star Trek Into Darkness) along with being hired to film Star Wars Episide VII. In his interview with Jon Stewart on The Daily Show, the pair discussed the differences in the franchise and what makes each special.
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Director Jocelyn Moorhouse is adapting Rosalie Ham’s novel, The Dressmaker, for Embankment Films and has signed Academy Award winner Kate Winslet on to star as Tilly, a woman who returns to her hometown after being accused of murder to make amends with her mother. Productions is to begin this fall, and you can read a little more about Winslet’s role after the jump.
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Link(s) of the week:
Kris Tapley of In Contention has seen The Great Gatsby and now assesses the film’s chances at being an awards player later this year.
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We have some exciting new concept art and first look footage from Walt Disney Animation Studios’ new film, Big Hero 6, due out in 2014. Big Hero 6 will be an action/comedy animated feature about Hiro Hamada, a brilliant robotics prodigy who gets involved in a criminal plot that might destroy the high-tech city of San Fransokyo. Hiro must then join forces with a makeshift group of crime fighters to save their city. The film is inspired by the Marvel comic of the same name and is slated to hit theaters November 7, 2014. Have a look at the footage and stills after the jump.
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George Orson Welles was born May 6, 1915 in Kenosha, Wisconsin, the son of an artist and an inventor. It is interesting to see how Welles patterned his own career after both parental figures backgrounds, and how being orphaned by the age of 15 might have shaped the groundwork for his most popular film character, Charles Foster Kane (Citizen Kane; 1941). Welles made his stage debut in 1931 in Jew Suss, while in Dublin, Ireland. From there, he performed off-Broadway before landing his first radio job – on The American School of the Air – in 1934, as well as shooting his first short film, The Hearts of Age, the same year.
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As we reported a couple weeks ago, Richard Madden – who plays the King of the North Robb Stark on HBO’s Game of Thrones - has officially been cast as the Prince Charming opposite Lily James in Disney’s upcoming live action version of Cinderella. Cate Blanchett will play the evil stepmother with Kenneth Branagh directing. How do you feel about the film’s casting so far?
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One of the great things about this time of year is the amount of excitement we hold for so many films coming out, most of which have not yet had the opportunity to disappoint us. One such film most of us hope lives up to expectations is Alfonso Cuarón’s space drama, Gravity. The film stars Academy Award winners Sandra Bullock and George Clooney as a pair of astronauts stranded from their shuttle. I would expect a trailer for the film soon, as it opens October 18. Have a look at the first poster after the jump.
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I’ve already spoken ad nauseam about my excitement for the Coen Brothers upcoming film, Inside Llewyn Davis. So I’ll just get straight to the point and let you check out the new poster for the film after the jump. Inside Llewyn Davis will premiere at Cannes and has a wide release date of December 6.
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One of the big mysteries of this awards pre-season will be whether or not Lee Daniels latest effort, The Butler, will be an Oscar player or not. Following his Academy Award nominated film, Precious, in 2009, many were excited to see what he would do next. Unfortunately, that was The Paperboy. But there are very few directors without an asterisk somewhere in their filmography (Spielberg’s The Terminal anyone?), so it would be foolish to think Daniels couldn’t rebound with The Butler. Especially with The Weinsteins distributing the film.
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CBS Films recently announced that the newest Coen Brothers film, Inside Llewyn Davis, would have a December 6 release date, right in the heart of awards season (after its debut at the Cannes Film Festival). This bodes well for those (including myself) who have the film in their Best Picture predictions, as well as the film’s overall Oscar chances (especially in the Original Screenplay field). The film – both written and directed by Joel and Ethan Coen – is set in 1960s Greenwich Village at the height of the folk music era that brought us great music from legends like Bob Dylan and Neil Young. The cast includes Oscar Isaac, Carey Mulligan, Justin Timberlake, John Goodman, Garrett Hedlund, and F. Murray Abraham. Have a look at a few new images from the film after the jump. This is one I can’t be more excited about!
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Based on the best-selling Orson Scott Card novel, Ender’s Game looks like it will be one of the great cinematic experiences of 2013. The cast includes Hugo’s Asa Butterfield and True Grit’s Hailee Steinfeld, along with Ben Kingsley, Viola Davis, Abigail Breslin and Harrison Ford. Ender’s Game tells the story of the aftermath of an alien invasion, where the survivors of the human race turn to a gifted child to lead them against future invasions. Have a look at the trailer after the jump, and see the film November 1, 2013.
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The 14th annual Golden Trailer Awards - which honor excellence in film marketing - were presented this weekend. Disney walked away the big winner of the affair – hosted by Rob Schneider and Aisha Tyler - with films like Iron Man 3, Wreck-It Ralph, Brave, Monsters University, and The Avengers all taking home awards. Have a look at the full list of winners after the jump.
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Link(s) of the week:
The LA Times’ Nicole Sperling looks at the mostly-male-mostly-white-mostly-older members in the Academy and reports on whether AMPAS will diversify its ranks or not.
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