104 Scores Advance in Best Original Score Oscar Race

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The Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences has narrowed down the Best Original Score race…to 104 entries.  The Academy has shortlisted over 100 scores from 2012 that are eligible to compete for the gold on Oscar night, including three from Alexandre Desplat alone (Argo, Rise of the Guardians, and Zero Dark Thirty).  Every year there are a few scores that are ruled ineligible for one reason or another, and this year those ineligible films include The Bourne Legacy, Moonrise Kingdom, and Rust and Bone.

For my money, the standouts of 2012 were Beasts of the Southern Wild, Looper, and The Dark Knight Rises.  I have a feeling Howard Shore’s work on The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey will end up being a favorite of mine as well.  Hit the jump to check out the full list of 104 eligible scores, and leave thoughts on your personal favorites from 2012 in the comments section.  The nominations for the 85th Academy Awards will be announced on January 10th, followed by the ceremony on February 24th.

Los Angeles Film Critics Association Names AMOUR Best Picture; New York Film Critics Online and Boston Society of Film Critics Award ZERO DARK THIRTY

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Director Kathryn Bigelow’s drama Zero Dark Thirty continues its dominant critics awards path, as it has picked up two more Best Picture wins from the New York Film Critics Online and Boston Society of Film Critics groups, adding to its previous wins from the New York Film Critics Circle and National Board of Review.  Bigelow also won Best Director from both organizations, while Daniel Day-Lewis took home Best Actor for LincolnEmmanuelle Riva won Best Actress from New York and Boston, while she shared the award in a tie with Jennifer Lawrence for Silver Linings Playbook in the Los Angeles Film Critics Association.

Los Angeles broke from the mold a bit by naming director Michael Haneke‘s devastating French-language film Amour the Best Film of the year.  They also awarded Paul Thomas Anderson Best Director for The Master and Beasts of the Southern Wild’s Dwight Henry the Best Supporting Actor honor in a couple of pleasant surprises.  Hit the jump for the full list of winners from all three critics groups.

2013 Oscar Preview: Best Picture and Best Director

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Here’s where things get interesting.  Over that past few days we’ve been taking an early look at the 2013 Oscar race, running down the contenders in a number of categories including Best Supporting Actor and Actress, Best Actor and Best Actress, and Best Animated Feature, Screenplay, and technological category quick picks.  We’ve now come to our final installment, Best Picture and Best Director, and these two races are shaping up to be incredibly interesting. Hit the jump for the full rundown.

2013 Oscar Preview: Best Animated Feature, Best Adapted and Original Screenplay, and Technical Category Quick Picks

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We’re continuing on with our weeklong preview of the upcoming 85th Academy Awards, and after running down both acting categories it’s time to take look at some of the other races.  Today we’ll be looking at the Best Animated Feature, Best Adapted Screenplay, and Best Original Screenplay categories in depth, and I’ll also make some way-too-early quick picks in the technical categories.  The fun begins after the jump.

2013 Oscar Preview: Best Actor and Best Actress

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The 2013 awards race is in full swing, and what better way to spend the Thanksgiving holiday then to take a closer look at how the categories are shaping up thus far?  Over the next few days we’re providing a bit of an overview of what the state of the race looks like at this point in time.  Yesterday we ran down the contenders for Best Supporting Actor and Best Supporting Actress, and today we’ll be taking a look at the fiercely competitive categories for Best Actor and Best Actress.  Hit the jump to read on.

2013 Oscar Preview: Best Supporting Actor and Best Supporting Actress

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Oscar season is in full swing, folks.  2012 has been a fantastic year in film so far, and with merely weeks to go before 2013 begins there are still a couple of highly anticipated films that have yet to be seen.  Just like last year, I’ll be running down a preview of the upcoming Oscar race during this fine Thanksgiving week, giving readers a look at what the state of the race looks like right now.  To be clear, this isn’t a personal list but rather an objective look at how things look to be shaping up.  I’ve divided each category into frontrunners, likely to be nominated, and other contenders in order to parse out where things stand at the moment.  There are multiple strong contenders in nearly every category, so this is looking to be a rather heated run to the finish line.

We’ll be looking at a couple of different major categories each day over the next four days, and we’re kicking things off with the Best Supporting Actor and Best Supporting Actress categories.  Hit the jump to read on.

New Posters for DJANGO UNCHAINED, WRECK-IT RALPH, SILENT HILL: REVELATION 3D, and THE MASTER

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We’ve got a few new posters to share this afternoon.  Briefly:

  • Django Unchained – Hot off yesterday’s great international trailer for Quentin Tarantino’s new film is an equally swell international poster.  The film opens on December 25th.
  • Wreck-It Ralph – A new international poster for Disney’s gamer-centric animated film focuses on one of the pic’s games: a Mario Kart-esque racing game called Sugar Rush.  The film opens on November 2nd.
  • Silent Hill: Revelation 3D – This German poster for the video game adaptation sequel plays up the film’s 3D aspect while promising some terrifying creatures.  The film opens on October 26th.
  • The Master – Though Paul Thomas Anderson’s polarizing drama has already been playing in theaters for a few weeks, these Turkish posters were too good to not share.

Hit the jump to check out all the posters.

Gotham Independent Film Award Nominees Announced; BERNIE, MOONRISE KINGDOM, and THE MASTER up for Best Feature

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Lord help us, awards season is here again.  I’m a member of SEFCA (the Southeastern Film Critics Association) and my first screener arrived yesterday afternoon (it was for The Exotic Marigold Hotel).  Today, the Gotham Independent Film Awards have announced their nominees.  The Best Picture nominees are Bernie, The Loneliest Planet, The Master, Middle of Nowhere, and Moonrise Kingdom.  I haven’t seen Planet or Nowhere, but I’m a bit surprised at the absence of Beasts of the Southern Wild, although the film did pick up nominations for Breakthrough Director (Benh Zeitlin) and Breakthrough Actor (Quvenzhané Wallis).

Hit the jump for a full list of the nominees.  Winners will be announced on November 26th.

Paul Thomas Anderson Talks THE MASTER’s Polarizing Response and More on THE DAILY SHOW and CBS THIS MORNING

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Writer/director Paul Thomas Anderson’ long-awaited drama The Master has already been out for a few weeks now, but awards season is just getting started.  As such, Anderson recently made the rounds on a The Daily Show with Jon Stewart and CBS This Morning to discuss the film, its polarizing response, balancing his writer and director duties, and more.  Though interviews with film and TV professionals on The Daily Show are usually rather playful, Jon Stewart was genuinely thrilled to pick Anderson’s brain for a few minutes and the result is a rather interesting discussion on his filmmaking process.

Over at CBS This Morning things were unsurprisingly a tad more glib, but Anderson did take some time to talk about the rather polarizing response that the film has been drumming up in some circles and mentioned Harvey Weinstein’s impact on the pic.  For fans of Anderson or great filmmakers in general, both interviews are a fascinating watch.  Hit the jump to check them out.

Final Extended Trailer for THE MASTER Featuring Extended and Deleted Footage

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Director Paul Thomas Anderson’s The Master expanded to a rather wide number of theaters this past weekend, but a final trailer for the film has just now landed online.  Anderson confirmed that he cut and released the previous trailers himself, and this nearly 5-minute long final trailer is appropriately titled “Last One/Thank You.”  The clip features a great deal of unseen footage and extended scenes not in the finished film, so it’s a fruitful watch for those that are still ruminating on the incredibly dense pic (like myself).  It’s rare these days that we get a film that sparks so much discussion and so many varied opinions on what it all means, and I have a feeling we’re gonna be talking about The Master for years to come.

Hit the jump to watch the extended trailer, which is NSFW.  The film stars Joaquin Phoenix, Philip Seymour Hoffman, and Amy Adams.

Weekend Box Office – END OF WATCH, HOUSE AT THE END OF THE STREET Tie for First; TROUBLE WITH THE CURVE a Close Second while DREDD 3D Stumbles

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With less than $300,000 separating the top three films this weekend, the final order of the domestic top ten has been difficult to call. Sunday’s estimates have End of Watch and House at the End of the Street tied for first with $13 million each. Warner Brother’s Trouble with the Curve is not far behind, however, so more definitive results will have to wait until Monday. One thing we can say for sure? Dredd 3D is off to a rough start.

Title Weekend Total
1. End of Watch $13,000,000 $13.0
2. House at the End of the Street $13,000,000 $13.0
3. Trouble with the Curve $12,720,000 $12.7
4. Finding Nemo 3D $9,446,000 $29.9
5. Resident Evil: Retribution $6,700,000 $33.4
6. Dredd 3D $6,300,000 $6.3
7. The Master $5,000,000 $6.0
8. The Possession $2,630,000 $45.2
9. Lawless $2,321,000 $34.5
10. ParaNorman $2,297,000 $55.5

New International Posters for ARGO, THE MASTER, LOOPER and AMOUR

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We have some international posters to share with you tonight so let’s take a look:

  • Two Chinese posters from Rian Johnson’s Looper give us the first look at Qing Xu, along with stars Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Emily Blunt and Bruce Willis.  Looper opens September 28th.
  • Another Argo poster, this time from the UK.  Ben Affleck’s starring/directorial effort opens October 12th and also stars Bryan Cranston and John Goodman.
  • A French poster for Paul Thomas Anderson’s The Master shows off a decidedly divisive Rorschach inkblot.  The Master, starring Philip Seymour Hoffman, Joaquin Phoenix and Amy Adams opens September 21st domestically.
  • Director Michael Haneke‘s Palme d’Or-winning film Amoursports a new companion poster with Emmanuelle Riva to the one featuring Jean-Louis Trintignant that was previously released. Amour will next appear domestically at the New York Film Festival on October 5th.

Hit the jump for the posters and synopses.

Clint Eastwood, Amy Adams & Justin Timberlake Talk TROUBLE WITH THE CURVE, A STAR IS BORN & Republican National Convention

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Trouble with the Curve is one of those classic Hollywood movies that will make you laugh, cry and warm your heart.  The drama tells the story of Gus Lobel (Clint Eastwood), one of the best scouts in baseball for decades, but whose age is finally catching up with him.  With an associate director of scouting (Matthew Lillard) chomping at the bit to replace him, in favor of computer predictions of players, his daughter Mickey (Amy Adams) joins him on his latest scouting trip, in order to help him save his career, but quickly realizes that they may never be able to mend their strained relationship.

At a press conference to promote the film’s September 21st release, Clint Eastwood (who is also one of the producers), Amy Adams and Justin Timberlake (who plays rival scout Johnny Flanagan) talked about the pros and cons of aging, working with Eastwood’s longtime producing partner Robert Lorenz on his directorial debut, what they learned about baseball scouts, the interesting triangle that connects their characters, and their impressions of each other.  Eastwood also talked about the reaction to his recent speech at the Republican National Convention and the status of A Star is Born, while Adams talked about what it was like to be a part of The Master, and Timberlake revealed the perks of golfing with the film icon and said that he’d like to return to music again, at some point.  Check out what they had to say after the jump.

Weekend Box Office – RESIDENT EVIL: RETRIBUTION Tops FINDING NEMO 3D with $21.1 Million

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There were no blockbusters on this September frame but, after last weekend’s dismal returns, it’s hard to feel disappointed. Aided by 3D technology, Resident Evil: Retribution reigned with $21.1 million – more than twice what The Possession earned in first place last weekend. Finding Nemo 3D also had a ticket-price advantage although, in this case, the 2003 Pixar classic could not match the gross of last year’s 3D The Lion King re-release.

Title Weekend Total
1. Resident Evil: Retribution $21,100,000 $21.1
2. Finding Nemo 3D $17,504,000 $17.5
3. The Possession $5,800,000 $41.1
4. Lawless $4,219,000 $30.1
5. ParaNorman $3,039,000 $49.3
6. The Expendables 2 $3,030,000 $80.2
7. The Words $2,880,000 $9.15
8. The Bourne Legacy $2,875,000 $107.8
9. Odd Life of Timothy Green $2,511,000 $46.2
10. The Campaign $2,405,000 $82.8

Friday Box Office – RESIDENT EVIL: RETRIBUTION On Top with $8.4 Million; FINDING NEMO 3D Second with $5.1 Million

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After enduring the worst weekend since 2008 (and a couple more low weekends besides), the box office received a much-needed boost on Friday from a pair of familiar features. Resident Evil: Retribution was yesterday’s clear winner, earning an estimated $8.4 million from 3,012 locations. The fifth entry in the Resident Evil franchise, Retribution is expected to take in $22 million through Sunday – a slight decline from the $26.6 million posted by Resident Evil: Afterlife on this weekend in 2010. The last RE feature (and the first to feature 3D effects), Afterlife went on to earn almost $300 million worldwide – 79% of that from international audiences. 3D technology also claimed second place at the Friday box office with the debut of Finding Nemo 3D. The first Pixar classic to get a 3D make-over since the Toy Story/Toy Story 2 double feature, Nemo 3D earned an estimated $5.1 million from 2,904 runs for what is expected to be a debut weekend in the $18 million range. Finally, in just 5 theatres in New York and LA, Paul Thomas Anderson’s The Master broke records for a limited release with a giant per-screen average of $48,425. Full details and analysis tomorrow.

Title Friday Total
1. Resident Evil 5 $8,400,000 $8.4
2. Finding Nemo 3D $5,100,000 $5.1
3. The Possession $1,800,000 $41.3
4. Lawless $1,400,000 $30.3
5. The Words $930,000 $7.2
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