Anne Hathaway Joins Matthew McConaughey in Christopher Nolan’s INTERSTELLAR

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Anne Hathaway will reteam with Christopher Nolan to star in the director’s upcoming sci-fi film, Interstellar.  Since Nolan is all about the secrecy, all we know regarding the plot is that it’s about “a heroic interstellar voyage to the furthest reaches of our scientific understanding.”  Matthew McConaughey has already signed on, but Deadline, who reported Hathaway’s casting, doesn’t have any details on either role.  Hathaway is the latest actor who has clearly developed a strong working relationship with Nolan.  She joins Christian Bale, Marion Cotillard, Tom Hardy, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, and Michael Caine for the group of actors who have worked with the direction on more than one film (I don’t count Gary Oldman since it’s the same role in multiple pictures).  Caine has been in every Nolan film since Batman Begins, and I hope there’s a role for him in Interstellar simply because he’s a great addition to every film.

Hit the jump for a refresher on Hathaway’s other projects.

LES MISERABLES Blu-ray Review

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I’m still surprised by how deeply Les Miserables touched me.  I’m not a huge fan of musical theater and while I’d been mildly impressed by the 10th anniversary concert, I never grasped what all the fuss was about.  I went into Tom Hooper’s 2012 movie adaptation with high hopes, but no expectations.  I left a blubbering wreck, reduced to tears a good half-dozen times in the course of its 150-minute running time.  Plenty of folks feel the same way… and plenty of other folks still see nothing but bombastic sentiment.  The new Blu-ray isn’t likely to change anyone’s minds.  Or is it?  Hit the jump for my full review.

Anne Hathaway, Chloe Moretz, Sam Rockwell, and Mark Webber in Talks to Star in Lynne Shelton’s LAGGIES

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Director Lynn Shelton is rounding up a rather impressive cast for her next film.  Deadline reports that Anne Hathaway, Chloe Moretz, Sam Rockwell, and Mark Webber (Scott Pilgrim vs. The World) are in negotiations to star the Touchy Feely and Your Sister’s Sister filmmaker’s dark comedy Laggies.  The story centers on a 28-year-old woman named Megan who is unable to cope with the pressures brought on by her boyfriend’s recent marriage proposal. In turn, she escapes into the comfort of adolescence by befriending a group of high schoolers.  Recent Oscar-winner Hathaway will lead the film as Megan, with Moretz eyed to play 16-year-old Annika, Webber in talks to play Megan’s boyfriend, and Rockwell set as an older character named Craig.

Andrea Seigel wrote the screenplay for Laggies, and the film marks the first time Shelton will direct something she hasn’t also written.  She most recently directed the drama Touchy Feely, which debuted at Sundance earlier this year.  This is one hell of an ensemble that Shelton has put together, and I look forward to checking out the finished product.

ARGO Wins Best Picture; LIFE OF PI Wins 4 Oscars Including Best Director

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I just finished live-blogging the Oscars.  My brain hurts.  It wasn’t a very good show, and it was a ceremony unworthy of all the great films we saw in 2012.  Briefly, the prognosticators were correct and Argo took Best Picture.  Ang Lee won his third Oscar and his second Best Director Oscar for Life of Pi, a film that also took home awards for Best Cinematography, Best Score, and Best Visual Effects.  In the acting categories, Daniel Day-Lewis won Best Actor for Lincoln, Jennifer Lawrence won Best Actress for Silver Linings Playbook, Christoph Waltz won Best Supporting Actor for Django Unchained, and Anne Hathaway won Best Supporting Actress for Les Miserables.

Hit the jump to check out the full list of winners.

RIO 2 Adds Kristin Chenoweth and Bruno Mars

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Twentieth Century Fox has announced their full voice cast list for Rio 2, the sequel to writer/director Carlos Saldanha’s 2011 film.  Saldanha returns for the sequel, as do Anne HathawayJesse EisenbergJamie Foxx and wil.i.am, who will each reprise their roles as the Brazilian birds, along with Rodrigo Santoro who will once again be voicing Tulio.  New additions to the cast include Andy GarciaKristin Chenoweth, singer Bruno Mars, NBC Today Show news anchor and South American native, Natalie Morales and Grammy-winner Janelle Monáe, who will provide original music for the film and also voice a character.  Heat Vision also reports that Rio 2 will incorporate Rio’s 2014 FIFA World Cup into its plot.  The animated sequel opens April 14, 2014.

Anne Hathaway to Sing and Star in SONG ONE; Johnny Flynn to Co-Star

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Anne Hathaway will probably pick up her first Oscar on Sunday for her performance in Les Miserables.  Hathaway has entertained the possibility of continuing her singing performances in a stage or screen remake of My Fair Lady, and once upon a time she was attached to star in a Judy Garland biopic (we don’t know if she’s still on board).  No matter what happens with those projects, it looks like Hathaway’s next on-screen musical performance will be in Song One.  As we reported back in May 2012, Hathaway will produce and star, and according to Daily Mail, she’s having a song specifically written for her as well.  In the film, Hathaway plays an archeologist who falls for a rock star (British singer-actor Johnny Flynn) after she returns from a dig when her brother is injured in the U.S.  Kate Barker-Froyland will write and direct, and shooting is scheduled to begin this fall.  I hope Hathaway’s song is about archeology.  There is a noticeable dearth of songs about archeology.

Hathaway is also attached to star in a modern telling of The Taming of the Shrew.  She was also on board Steven Spielberg‘s adaptation of Robopocalypse, but that film has gone “back to the drawing board to see what is possible.”

The Road to Oscar: Best Supporting Actress

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With the 85th Academy Awards looming closer, we here at Collider thought now would be a good time to take a look back at Oscar race thus far.  It’s been a wild and somewhat nutty 12 months, as we’ve seen numerous contenders rise and fall (and some rise back up again) in the contentious hunt for Oscar gold.  We’ve already run down the ebbs and flows of the Best Supporting Actor category, and today we’ll be taking a look back and how the race played out for Best Supporting Actress.

Zach Galifianakis’ BETWEEN TWO FERNS – Oscar Edition: Part 1 Featuring Anne Hathaway, Jennifer Lawrence, and More

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It’s been about ten months since the last episode of Funny or Die series Between Two Ferns with Zach Galifianakis, but I guess to make up for the delay, they’re breaking out all the stars.  In the first of a two-part “Oscar Edition”, the show’s guests include Jennifer Lawrence (Silver Linings Playbook), Naomi Watts (The Impossible), Christ of Waltz (Django Unchained), Anne Halfway (French Movie), and Amys Adams (The Master).  Watching these brief interviews, I wish they were expanded out into full segments, but I’ll take as much of Between Two Ferns as I can get.

Hit the jump to check out the latest episode of Between Two Ferns.

ARGO Wins Best Film and Best Director at BAFTAs; SKYFALL Wins Best British Film

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Is an Argo Best Picture win now inevitable?  The 2013 British Academy of Film and Television Awards (BAFTA Awards) were handed out this evening, and director Ben Affleck’s thriller continued its domination of awards season by landing the Best Film and Best Director prizes.  The BAFTAs have always been an important bellwether for predicting Oscar, but they may be even more in tune with the Academy this year as a rule change allowed the entire BAFTA voting body to vote on every award (like the Oscars), instead of writers only voting for screenplay, actors only voting for acting, etc.

Les Miserables won the most BAFTAs of the night, taking home four trophies including Best Supporting Actress for Anne Hathaway (duh) and Best Production Design (over Anna Karenina? Really?).  The winners actually lined up pretty closely with my current Oscar predictions, though most were surprised to see David O. Russell take home the Best Adapted Screenplay Oscar over Lincoln and ArgoJessica Chastain and Jennifer Lawrence were also overtaken in Best Actress by Emmanuel Riva for Amour, who has emerged as a strong possibility in a tough category.  Hit the jump for the full list of winners.

SAG Winners Announced; ARGO Takes Best Motion Picture Ensemble; DOWNTON ABBEY Wins Best Drama Series Ensemble

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The Oscars picture is starting to emerge.  Last night, Argo won the Producers Guild Award for Best Picture, and tonight Ben Affleck‘s drama has won the Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture.  With tonight’s win, Argo is slowly moving towards being the first film since Driving Miss Daisy to win Best Picture at the Oscars even though the director didn’t pick up a nomination.  Like Driving Miss Daisy, Argo will have managed the incredible task of directing itself.  The night’s other film actor winners included Daniel Day-Lewis, Jennifer Lawrence, Tommy Lee Jones, and Anne Hathaway.  It will be interesting to see how these will match up with the Oscar winners.  Over on the TV side, Downton Abbey broke Homeland‘s awards-streak by picking up Best Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series.

Hit the jump for the full list of winners.

THE DARK KNIGHT RISES Blu-ray Review

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After a tongue-in-cheek tacky movie, a clever casting twist with Michael Keaton, and a slow, nipple-suited downfall further plagued by the crack of Catwoman’s whip, Christopher Nolan reinvigorated Batman.  Fantastical absurdity was replaced with practical reality and the comic edges were smoothed until a bat hero almost seemed like a real-world possibility.  Now the final installation of the trilogy has hit shelves, and you can check out a review of The Dark Knight Rises Blu-ray after the jump.

Anne Hathaway to Star in Modern Retelling of Shakespeare’s THE TAMING OF THE SHREW

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Fresh off a Golden Globe win for her supporting turn in the musical adaptation of Les Miserables, actress Anne Hathaway is poised to tackle yet another highly regarded property: William Shakespeare’s The Taming of the ShrewThe Wrap reports that Hathaway will star in a modern-day retelling of the play set in mid-20th century Italy.  Abi Morgan (Shame, The Iron Lady) is handling the screenplay, but no director appears to be attached to the project at this time.  Debra Hayward and Working Title are onboard to produce the pic.

Hathaway looks poised to take home the Oscar for Best Supporting Actress next month, so she’ll obviously have quite a few projects to thumb through as her Les Mis follow-up. She was set to star opposite Chris Hemsworth in Steven Spielberg’s sci-fi adaptation Robopocalypse (which would’ve filmed this spring) until Spielberg abruptly pushed that project back.  The actress has long been attached to a developing Judy Garland biopic, but that pic has yet to move into the pre-production stage.

2013 Golden Globe Winners Announced; ARGO Takes Best Picture (Drama), Best Director; LES MISERABLES Wins Best Picture (Comedy or Musical)

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The 2013 Golden Globes have just wrapped up.  I only watched the last hour of the ceremony because the Globes no longer have their awards season power due to voting schedule changes.  Reading tweets and Facebook posts, it seems like it was a fairly entertaining show (keep an eye out for Jodie Foster‘s acceptance speech for her Lifetime Achievement Award).  As for the winners, they were very “Globes” in that they were more populist choices that are unlikely to have much bearing on the Oscars.  Argo may have had a good night at the Globes by winning Best Picture (Drama) and Best Director, but I still think Lincoln is the picture to beat when it comes to the Academy Awards, especially since Ben Affleck was snubbed for the Best Director Oscar nomination.

Hit the jump for the full list of winners.

Critics Choice Awards: ARGO Wins Best Picture, Ben Affleck Is Best Director; SILVER LININGS PLAYBOOK Picks Up Four

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The Broadcast Film Critics Association announced the winners of the 18th annual Critics’ Choice Movie Awards tonight.  While Ben Affleck was noted as the lesser of the Best Director snubs when Oscar nominations were announced this morning, the BFCA named Affleck Best Director and his Argo Best Picture.  They feature genre awards—action, comedy, and sci-fi/horror all have their own Best Picture category—so there’s a bit of an “everybody gets a trophy” philosophy.  But that allowed Jennifer Lawrence to pick up two trophies: Best Actress in an Action Movie (The Hunger Games) and Best Actress in a Comedy (Silver Linings Playbook).  Silver Linings Playbook earned four total; the Best Comedy winner brought Lawrence’s co-star Bradley Cooper Best Actor in a Comedy and the rest of the cast Best Acting Ensemble.

The four primary acting awards went to major Oscar contenders Daniel Day-Lewis, Jessica Chastain, Philip Seymour Hoffman, and Anne Hathaway.  But the BFCA also found room for Collider favorites Skyfall, Looper, and Cloud Atlas.  See the full list after the break.

2013 Oscar Nominations Announced; LINCOLN Leads with 12 Nominations, Kathryn Bigelow and Ben Affleck Snubbed for Best Director

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The nominations for the 85th Academy Awards have been announced, and it’s quite a whirlwind of nominees.  As expected, Lincoln landed the most nominations with 12, followed with Ang Lee’s Life of Pi which nabbed 11.  The big story here, though, is the Best Director category.  Shockingly, only two (two!) of the DGA nominees for Best Director made the Oscar cut: Ang Lee and Steven Spielberg.  The rest of the category was filled out by Benh Zeitlin for Beasts of the Southern WildDavid O. Russell for Silver Linings Playbook, and Michael Haneke for Amour.  It was almost guaranteed that Ben Affleck and Kathryn Bigelow would be landing nominations for Argo and Zero Dark Thirtyrespectively, but shockingly neither made the cut.  Apparently those films just directed themselves.  Based off today’s nominations, it now looks like it’s (surprisingly) down to Lincoln vs. Silver Linings Playbook for the big win.

Hit the jump to check out the list of nominees, and click here to check them against my predictions (somehow I predicted the Best Picture and Supporting Actor categories perfectly).  The 85th Academy Awards will take place on February 24th.

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