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Tye Sheridan Lands Lead in Spielberg’s “Ready Player One”

Tye Sheridan, who has an impressive list of film credentials despite his young age (he’s 19), has been cast as the lead in director Steven Spielberg’s upcoming “Ready Player One.” Sheridan joins Olivia Cooke and Ben Mendelsohn on the project. The film is based on the Ernest Cline novel of the same name. Sheridan will play […]

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15 Best Screenwriters of 2013

Everyone has their favorite performances and their favorite films of the year but no one really gives their proper due to the writers of our beloved films that we’ve seen.  In a year where films exceeded many of our expectations, the screenwriters came through in a big way.  As AMPAS voters have their ballots and […]

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Independent Spirit Award Nominations Announced!

The Film Independent Spirit Awards – which recognize the finest achievements by independent filmmakers – have released their 2013 nominations. To no one’s surprise, Steve McQueen’s 12 Years a Slave led all films in nominations with seven nods. And thus it begins… The nominees in the Best Feature category (their top award) are 12 Years a Slave, […]

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2014 Oscar Predictions – Hanks and McConaughey, the new Hunter and Thompson?

I can’t believe it’s already November.  The season has already shown a bit of itself with the Gotham Awards announcing their nominations, but that’s relatively unimportant when it comes to the Oscar predicting.  New York Film Critics Circle will unveil their first batch of winners on December 3, leaving room for Los Angeles and National […]

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‘The Wolf of Wall Street’ Moving to Christmas, ‘Jack Ryan’ Pushed to 2014?

According to an exclusive from the LA Times, they are reporting that Martin Scorsese‘s long-awaited “The Wolf of Wall Street” starring Academy Award nominee Leonardo DiCaprio will be shifting from its November 15th release to Christmas day.  Paramount Pictures, the film’s distributor, has not yet confirmed this but word has been that Scorsese is trimming […]

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‘All is Lost’ Positioned for Oscar Race, ’12 Years a Slave’ Debuts Strong

This weekend the Oscar juggernauts that are J.C. Chandor‘s “All is Lost” and Steve McQueen‘s “12 Years a Slave” opened in limited release.  Though they had no chance against the money-making “Gravity” – the two have received the lion’s share of critical endorsement and support. Chandor’s film, which screened a few weeks ago at NYFF […]

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Best Actor Predictions – Can Hanks Become the New Day-Lewis?

For the past two years, Meryl Streep and Daniel Day-Lewis joined a very small group of actors that have won three Academy Awards.  Streep won two Oscars in Lead Actress for “Sophie’s Choice” and “The Iron Lady” and won in Supporting Actress for “Kramer vs. Kramer.”  Day-Lewis has the most Lead Actor wins in history. […]

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2014 Oscar Predictions – Best Supporting Actor Updated!

The Oscar Predictions update week continues with Best Supporting Actor. Like always, the category has unlimited possibilities from the veterans to the newcomers.  The word on the street is Bruce Dern will be looking for a Lead Actor citation for his role in Alexander Payne’s “Nebraska.”  That opens up the category significantly.  There are some […]

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‘Mud’ and ‘The Place Beyond the Pines’ will be the First Awards Screeners Sent!

Oh boy, the awards season is starting earlier than ever, at least in terms of the beginning of an Oscar campaign. Usually, we’re in the fall before screeners begin going out to voters. Sometimes, it works, but more often than not it doesn’t really matter too much. Could this year be different? Well, Focus Features […]

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Awards Season Shuffle – Where Will Actors Be Campaigned?

Moving in on these later summer days, the season is gearing  up for a loud and hopefully entertaining start with Telluride, Toronto, and New York Film Festival all coming in at just over a month’s time.  The staff and I weighed in our predictions, and I’ll probably do one more little tweak just before the […]