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Loaded Toronto Fest lineup includes ‘The Judge’, ‘The Drop’ and ‘Good Lie’

As much as on-the-rise, smaller shindigs like Telluride or New York continue to chip away at Toronto International Film Festival’s prominence and relevance in the build-up to the Oscars, TIFF remains a barometer of often low-budget cinematic excellence and virtue. Case in point, the just-announced 2014 roster, consisting of no less than 37 (mostly) high-profile world more »

Riveting ‘Imitation Game’ trailer debuts, tells Alan Turing story

The Oscar race is a marathon rather than a sprint, so while contenders like “Birdman”, “Foxcatcher” or “Gone Girl” may have got a head start thanks to promptly released trailers and various early festival debuts, nothing’s lost just yet for competitors such as The Weinstein Company’s “Imitation Game”. With the support of two highly skilled more »

‘Breaking Bad’, ‘True Detective’, ‘Veep’ among TCA award winners

It’s been almost ten months since Breaking Bad went out of air with a bang, and considering 2013 only brought us eight stints of Heisenberg mayhem, one might think TV critics would be ready to move on by now. But apparently, the AMC show’s cult following isn’t alone in continuously pining for Walter White, his more »

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David Fincher’s ‘Gone Girl’ set for New York Film Festival bow

Forget Cannes, Venice, Telluride or Toronto, the New York Film Festival is the place to get your successful Oscar campaign underway. “Captain Phillips” bowed at the NYFF last year ahead of a London Fest screening and wide theatrical release, and things worked out pretty well for the six-time Academy Award-nominated Paul Greengrass drama. “Her” also more »

Beyonce leads 2014 MTV VMA nomination count, followed by I-G-G-Y and Eminem

And the nominations for the world’s second most futile, meaningless, trivial award show are in. Don’t be sad, MTV, the Teen Choice Awards still hold the silly crown, with their various Adam Sandler, “Veronica Mars” and Hart of Dixie noms. My biggest beef with the VMAs remains the gala’s blatant disregard for, oh I don’t more »

Inarritu and DiCaprio’s ‘The Revenant’ nets late 2015 release date

Not content with having an (outside) chance at Academy Award nomination number three thanks to potentially poignant but maybe too bizarre dark comedy “Birdman”, living cinema legend Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu just nabbed himself a front-row seat to the 2015 Oscar race. “The Revenant”, the director and writer’s next prestige project, is officially slated for a more »

Scorsese’s ‘Silence’ has deal for fall 2015 release

For the first time in ages, things are actually progressing on the “Silence” front, with Martin Scorsese now closer than ever to seeing his long and often postponed passion project materialized. Not only has the legendary Oscar-winning filmmaker managed to clear up his always overloaded schedule enough to squeeze in Taiwan shooting later this year, more »

Trailer: Reese Witherspoon is ‘Wild’, preachy, Oscar baity

Many a film buff huffed and puffed at Reese Witherspoon’s Oscar win back in 2006, saying it was a one-time thing. Or even worse, that the “Walk the Line” star didn’t deserve the trophy in the first place. Some called the “Legally Blonde” actress a joke, a pretty face doomed once the looks would start more »

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Emotional, uplifting, larger-than-life ‘Unbroken’ trailer debuts

Disguising the first promotional video for stranger than fiction true story-based “Unbroken” as an “Olympics preview” (whatever that means) during the actual Olympics was a pretty shrewd move on Universal’s part, but if you’ve been dying to see a bona fide trailer, it’s here at last. And it essentially makes all the other early 2015 more »

‘Birdman’ nails coveted Venice opening spot

If the hilarious yet thought-provoking, semi-fictional premise, star-studded ensemble cast, always innovative director, convenient release timing and psychedelic teaser trailer of “Birdman” weren’t enough to clarify Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu’s latest is aiming high Oscar-wise, maybe the dark comedy’s gala premiere will. Yeah, Inarritu, Michael Keaton and Fox Searchlight missed Cannes, which seemed shocking, but they more »

Shots FIRED at Iggy Azalea during Nicki Minaj’s BET Awards acceptance speach

This year’s BET Award for Best Female Hip Hop Artist went to Nicki Minaj for the fifth year in a row, and Minaj had some words shade to throw at her competition, Iggy Azalea. Because apparently Nicki has a seriously dark side, she spent 50% of her limited thank-you speech time side-eyeing Iggy Azalea’s newfound success. more »

‘The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby’ trailer shows both sides of a love story

Ned Benson’s feature directorial debut may have started off as an experiment, but soon blossomed into a festival sensation and (outside) Oscar contender. Make that three, since “The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby” was screened as a two-parter at last year’s Toronto Fest, then in condensed form at Cannes. And apparently, all three takes on the more »