5 New Images From X-MEN: DAYS OF FUTURE PAST Feature Jennifer Lawrence, Peter Dinklage, Michael Fassbender, Hugh Jackman and More

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Last year I got to visit the set of X-Men: Days of Future Past when the production was filming in Montreal.  With the film getting released this May, FOX has lifted my embargo and I’ve just posted some great on-set interviews with Hugh Jackman, James McAvoy, writer-producer Simon Kinberg, and director Bryan Singer.  In addition, I created a list of 90 things to know about the film which you can read by clicking here.  If you’ve been looking forward to Days of Future Past, get ready to learn a lot about the film.

To help promote the set visit, FOX has graciously provided us with 5 new images from the movie.  The pics feature new looks at Jennifer Lawrence, Peter Dinklage, Michael Fassbender, Jackman, McAvoy and Singer.  Hit the jump to check them out.

12 YEARS A SLAVE Named Best Film at BAFTA Awards; GRAVITY Wins Best Director and Best British Film

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The British Academy of Film and Television Arts handed out its awards this evening, and while the BAFTAs have increasingly become a solid bellwether of how the Oscars will vote, tonight’s tallies do little to settle the virtual tie between Gravity and 12 Years a SlaveGravity won the most awards of the night with six, including Best Director for Alfonso Cuaron and Best British Film, but 12 Years a Slave took the top honors as Best Film as well as Best Actor for Chiwetel EjioforAmerican Hustle also had a fairly strong showing with three awards, including Best Supporting Actress for Jennifer Lawrence over 12 Years a Slave’s Lupita Nyong’Oone of this year’s toughest categories.

Hit the jump to check out the full list of winners, and to catch up on our awards coverage be sure to take a look at our running Oscar Beat column.

Oscar Beat: Breaking Down This Year’s Toughest Races

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The Academy Awards ceremony is now only a few weeks away, and though it’s been a month since the nominations were announced, there are still a number of races that are shaping up to be very, very close.  It’s been clear since the fall festival circuit that this was going to be a tough year, but it really is shaping up to be one of the most competitive Best Picture races in history.  Moreover, there’s been plenty of nastiness behind-the-scenes from those trying to slow down the momentum of one film or another: Gravity is inaccurate!” “The Wolf of Wall Street” condones despicable behavior! “12 Years a Slave” is too hard to watch!

We’ve seen frontrunners rise and fall over the past few months in a number of categories, and with the official ceremony within arms reach, now seems like a good time to take a look at the toughest races.  There’s plenty of competition to thumb through, so hit the jump to check out this latest installment of Oscar Beat.

New X-MEN: DAYS OF FUTURE PAST Images Featuring Michael Fassbender, Jennifer Lawrence, James McAvoy, and Hugh Jackman

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A few new images from director Bryan Singer’s upcoming “inbetweenquel” X-Men: Days of Future Past have landed online.  The story finds Wolverine (Hugh Jackman) having his consciousness sent back to 1973 in order to help Professor X (James McAvoy), Magneto (Michael Fassbender), and the rest of the X-Men: First Class crew stop the rise of the Sentinels, giant robots programmed to exterminate mutants.  A few of these new images are high-resolution versions of previously released images, while a couple others are promo photos of Fassbender and Ian McKellen as Magneto.  All in all, this gives us a better look at the updated costumes that Singer has crafted, and the McAvoy/Stewart image is rather exciting.  With the summer movie season only a few months away, I expect we’ll see a second trailer for the film sooner rather than later.

Hit the jump to check out the new images.  The film also stars Jennifer Lawrence, Nicholas Hoult, Peter Dinklage, Evan Peters, Ellen Page, Shawn Ashmore, Halle Berry, and Patrick StewartX-Men: Days of Future Past opens in 3D on May 23rd.

David O. Russell Wants Jennifer Lawrence for Biopic About Miracle Mop Inventor Joy Mangano

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David O. Russell is in early talks to rewrite a Fox 2000 project about Miracle Mop inventor Joy Mangano with the intent to direct.  The director wants his Silver Linings Playbook and American Hustle muse Jennifer Lawrence to play Long Island native Mangano.  Mangano was a single mother of three when she developed the prototype for her Miracle Mop in 1990.  The Miracle Mop became a big seller on QVC when Mangano went on air to pitch the product, selling out 18,000 mops in 20 minutes.  Over 5 million mops later, Mangano now has 100+ patents (including Huggable Hangers) and has become one of HSN’s best-selling presenters.  More after the jump.

4 New Images from X-MEN: DAYS OF FUTURE PAST Starring Hugh Jackman, Jennifer Lawrence, and Ian McKellen

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Following 25 magazine covers featuring the characters, Empire has now released four new images from X-Men: Days of Future Past.  The story finds Wolverine (Hugh Jackman) having his consciousness sent back to 1973 in order to help Professor X (James McAvoy), Magneto (Michael Fassbender), and the rest of the X-Men: First Class crew stop the rise of the Sentinels, giant robots programmed to exterminate mutants.  As you can see from the image showing Wolverine, he still has his bone claws.  That’s because young William Stryker (played by Josh Helman) hasn’t started up the Weapon X program yet.  I like that consistency in the narrative, and I wonder how much Weapon X will come up in the movie.

Hit the jump to check out the images.  The film also stars Jennifer Lawrence, Ellen Page, Shawn Ashmore, Nicholas Hoult, Halle Berry, Patrick Stewart, and Ian McKellenX-Men: Days of Future Past opens in 3D on May 23rd.

X-MEN: DAYS OF FUTURE PAST Empire Covers – Part 2: Mystique, Beast, Quicksilver, Magneto, and Professor X

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Empire Magazine has posted the next five covers their X-Men: Days of Future Past series.  These covers feature Mystique (Jennifer Lawrence), Beast (Nicholas Hoult), Quicksilver (Evan Peters), Magneto (Michael Fassbender), and Professor X (James McAvoy).  Quicksilver is the newcomer among these five, and his costume is so, so very bad.  I understand the goggles are because someone who runs really fast wouldn’t be able to see without them because of the wind resistance, but on the other hand, it’s a fictional character and you can do whatever you want.  Also, if that’s how he dresses himself, his eyes are already shot.

Hit the jump to check out the covers, and click here for Part 1, here for Part 3, here for Part 4 and here for Part 5, along with all 25 covers in one image.  The film also stars Hugh Jackman, Peter Dinklage, Patrick Stewart, Ellen Page, Shawn Ashmore, and Halle BerryX-Men: Days of Future Past opens in 3D on May 23rd.

Brief New Footage from X-MEN: DAYS OF FUTURE PAST; First Look at Sentinels Might Be Released on Monday

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It’s time for another round of “Teasers for Teasers” with X-Men: Days of Future Past, and it appears we’ll soon be getting our first official look at the Sentinels.  On his Twitter page, director Bryan Singer tweeted “Something BIG is coming Jan 27,” and it doesn’t get much bigger than the giant robots that are tasked with wiping out mutantkind.  Singer previously shared a set photo of a Sentinel, so we’re not in the dark as to their appearance, and hopefully we’ll now get to see them in action.  Additionally, the X-Men Instagram account says “A full day of #XMen surprises is just around the corner” so perhaps we’ll be seeing more than just Sentinels on Monday.

Hit the jump to see some new footage.  The film stars Hugh Jackman, James McAvoy, Jennifer Lawrence, Nicholas Hoult, Patrick Stewart, Peter Dinklage, Ellen Page, Shawn Ashmore, and Halle Berry.  X-Men: Days of Future Past opens in 3D on May 23rd.

First Look at the New Poster for THE HUNGER GAMES: MOCKINGJAY – Part 1

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In keeping with the theme of The Hunger Games franchise posters, the new logo for The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1 is pretty much what you expect, but no less striking for it.

Starring Jennifer LawrenceJosh HutchersonLiam HemsworthJena MaloneSam ClaflinWoody HarrelsonElizabeth BanksJeffrey WrightJulianne MoorePhilip Seymour Hoffman, and Donald Sutherland, The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1 opens in theaters November 21st.  Hit the jump to check out the full poster.

New Images from X-MEN: DAYS OF FUTURE PAST Starring Hugh Jackman, Omar Sy, and Jennifer Lawrence

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20th Century Fox has been releasing a few new images from X-Men: Days of Future Past, and they do a good job showing off some of the new costumes.  Whether these costumes are any good is up for debate, but Bishop (Omar Sy) has a cape, which is nice.  However, it’s tough to make out if he still has the distinctive “M” over his eye.  I would also say one of these images is a minor spoiler since it shows that two characters from X-Men: First Class will be having a somewhat rocky reunion.

Hit the jump to check out the images.  The film also stars Hugh Jackman, James McAvoy, Jennifer Lawrence, Patrick Stewart, Peter Dinklage, Anna Paquin, Ellen Page, Shawn Ashmore,  and Halle Berry.  X-Men: Days of Future Past opens in 3D on May 23, 2014.

12 YEARS A SLAVE and AMERICAN HUSTLE Lead Critics Choice Award Nominations

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The Broadcast Film Critics Association has unveiled its list of nominees for the upcoming Critics’ Choice Movie Awards, and 12 Years a Slave and American Hustle lead the pack with 13 nominations each—though three of Hustle’s nominations come from “Comedy” categories.  The BFCA added some genre categories last year for Action, Sci-Fi/Horror, and Comedy, so the list of nominations is a bit more diverse than those we’ve seen previously.  That being said, Brie Larson made the overall Best Actress cut for her excellent turn in Short Term 12, and it’s nice to finally see The World’s End and star Simon Pegg getting some attention (nicer still that BFCA recognizes actual comedies in the Best Comedy category, unlike the Golden Globes).  Other notable additions include Scarlett Johansson nabbing a Best Supporting Actress nod for her voice-only role in Her and Christian Bale landing a Best Actor nomination for the aforementioned American Hustle.

Hit the jump to check out the full list of nominations and to find out how closely the Critics’ Choice Awards correlate with Oscar.  The 19th annual Critics’ Choice Movie Awards will be held on January 16, 2014.

AMERICAN HUSTLE Review

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From its opening shot, American Hustle is about the art of the con, the small cons we pull on each other and, more importantly, ourselves.  The con can be in the image we project to the world to the point where we can no longer distinguish who we truly are from the lie we’ve created.  David O. Russell‘s new film features characters who lie to the world in order to lie to themselves, but the filmmaker never manages to organize the lies and the liars into something bigger and more poignant.  They’re random molecules bouncing off each other in a way that’s fun, flighty, and occasionally a little melancholy.  Russell seems bent on trying to meld his offbeat earlier films with his recent, more populist fare, but the result is a piece that’s often amusing, but rarely audacious.

Oscar Beat: Best Supporting Actress – Could Jennifer Lawrence Play the Spoiler?

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Though there’s normally a fairly agreed-upon shortlist of contenders for each Oscar category before the nominations are announced, every year has its fair share of surprises.  More often than not, these occur in the Supporting Actor/Actress categories, and it could very well happen again this year.  Though the general lack of well-written female characters tends to result in a thin crop of contenders for the Best Supporting Actress category, there are no doubt a number of excellent supporting female performances to thumb through in 2013.  The contenders range from fresh newcomers to acting veterans, and the ever-popular Jennifer Lawrence has made a late surge thanks to David O. Russell’s American Hustle finally being unveiled.

In this edition of Oscar Beat, we examine the current state of the Best Supporting Actress category.  Read on after the jump.

New Images from POMPEII and AMERICAN HUSTLE Featuring Kit Harington, Jennifer Lawrence, and Amy Adams

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Some new images from two upcoming films have landed online.  First up, we have a trio of new images from director Paul W.S. Anderson’s disaster pic PompeiiKit Harington (Game of Thrones) stars as an enslaved Celtic gladiator named Milo who falls in love with a noblewoman (Emily Browning) on the eve of a massive volcanic eruption that destroys Pompeii, an event that also brings him face-to-face with the man who slaughtered his family years earlier.  These images give us or first look at Kiefer Sutherland as the film’s villain and Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje as Harington’s friend.  The film opens in 3D on February 21, 2014.

Additionally, fresh off the film being named the Best Picture of 2013 by the New York Film Critics Circle, a batch of new images from American Hustle have landed online.  Director David O. Russell’s comedic drama takes place in the 1970s and revolves around a con artist duo (Christian Bale and Amy Adams) working with an FBI agent (Bradley Cooper) to root out corruption.  These images highlight the pic’s lavish costumes, specifically those worn by Adams and Jennifer Lawrence.  The film opens in limited release on December 13th before going wide on December 20th.  Hit the jump to check out all of the images.

New York Film Critics Circle Names AMERICAN HUSTLE Best Film; Robert Redford, Cate Blanchett, and Jennifer Lawrence Win Acting Honors

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The “awards” portion of this year’s awards season has officially begun.  The New York Film Critics Circle is always the first critics group out of the gate, and today they named American Hustle the best film of the year.  The move comes as a slight surprise given that Hustle only first screened a week ago and 12 Years a Slave and Gravity have been the Best Picture frontrunners for the past few months, but the awards race may be in for a twist.  Steve McQueen was awarded Best Director for 12 Years a Slave, Robert Redford took Best Actor for All Is Lost, and Cate Blanchett began what’s sure to be an awards season sweep of Best Actress trophies.  American Hustle picked up three awards in total, including Best Supporting Actress for Jennifer Lawrence and Best Screenplay.  The excellent Blue Is the Warmest Color was named Best Foreign Film, and Stories We Tell won Best Documentary.

Hit the jump to see the full list of winners and for my commentary on what this means for the coming Oscar season.

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