DALLAS BUYERS CLUB Director Jean-Marc Vallée to Helm Amy Adams in Janis Joplin Biopic

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The Jackie Jorp Jomp Janis Joplin biopic has a new director.  Lee Daniels had been attached to helm a film about the Queen of Rock ‘N Roll for a few years with Amy Adams attached to star, but it now appears that Daniels is no longer involved in the project, as Dallas Buyers Club and Wild director Jean-Marc Vallée is set to make the untitled biopic his next project with Adams still attached to star and sing all of Joplin’s songs herself.  Vallée is also bringing new writers onto the project as well, as his Oscar-nominated Dallas Buyers Club scribes Craig Borten and Melisa Wallack are due to perform a rewrite of the draft originally written by Ron and Theresa Kounin-Terry.  More after the jump.

James Franco, Martin Freeman, and Amy Adams Set as SNL Hosts for December

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NBC has announced the next three hosts of Saturday Night Live for the month of December, and they’re mighty promising.  James Franco will kick things off on December 6th with his third appearance as host, accompanied by musical guest Nicki Minaj.  Franco is well-versed in SNL lore having directed the incredibly fascinating documentary Saturday Night, which provided a first-ever behind-the-scenes look at the weeklong process of making an episode.  The actor will of course be promoting his upcoming comedy The Interview in which he stars opposite Seth Rogen, so a Rogen cameo on the episode seems likely.  More after the jump.

Oscar Beat: The Best Actress Race at a Glance

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Every year it seems like Oscars’ Best Actor category is crowded, while the number of contenders for the Best Actress trophy feels relatively thin.  It’s a result of the sad fact that there just aren’t as many interesting lead roles for women in Hollywood as there are for men; many times the “female lead” is relegated to existing only in relation to the film’s male lead.  It’s disappointing to be sure, but it doesn’t mean there aren’t any noteworthy female roles out there, and this year’s Best Actress race is an excellent showcase of both talent and range, from brilliant sociopaths to Alzheimer’s patients.

After the jump, I take a look at the current state of the Best Actress Oscar category in this new edition of Oscar Beat.

BATMAN V SUPERMAN: DAWN OF JUSTICE Works to Save the Bats

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It doesn’t happen often, but sometimes a blockbuster will pick up a charitable cause, and I’m glad it’s happening with Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice.  The film has become part of the “Save the Bats” campaign, and the production has released a video where director Zack Snyder and stars Ben Affleck and Amy Adams explain why it’s so important to keep these creatures (which I’ve been told aren’t bugs) as part of our ecosystem.  I don’t disagree with that, and I’m glad that Batman v Superman will bring a great amount of attention to this cause; I hope other blockbusters follow suit with their own projects.  That all being said, if a bat flew into my home, I would run away screaming.  The bat would be the new owner of my apartment.

Hit the jump to check out the video, which contains plenty of fun bat-facts, and head over to savebats.org to learn more.

BIG EYES Poster Featuring Christoph Waltz, Amy Adams and The First Grail

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If you’re amassing a collection of Tim Burton posters somewhere, this new one for his latest film, Big Eyes, is bound to stand out.  The film tells the true story of Walter Keane (Christoph Waltz) and his wife, Margaret (Amy Adams).  Back in the 1950s, Walter Keane became a household name courtesy of a series of oil paintings featuring kids with enormous eyes.  But the thing is, he wasn’t the one making them.  Margaret was.

The very first Big Eyes poster just hit the web and it features Waltz and Adams in front of a Margaret Keane design called “The First Grail.”  Hit the jump to check it out.  Big Eyes arrives in theaters on December 25th and also stars Krysten RitterTerrence StampJason Schwartzman and Danny Huston.

Zack Snyder Set to Direct Two JUSTICE LEAGUE Movies

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The Warner Bros. and DC news continues to pour in.  We just found out that Justice League will make its way into theaters in 2017 and that Justice League 2 will follow it up in 2019, but DC Entertainment just sent out an official press release with more information on the films.

Zack Snyder will direct both of them, which the press release refers to as Justice League Part One and Justice League Part Two.  On top of that, it also confirms that Ben Affleck, Henry Cavill and Amy Adams will all reprise their roles for Justice League Part One, but makes no mention of their involvement in Justice League Part Two.  Hit the jump for more.

BIG EYES Trailer: Tim Burton Made a Real Movie Again with Amy Adams and Christoph Waltz

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The Weinstein Company has released the first Big Eyes trailer for director Tim Burton’s upcoming drama.  The film revolves around the lives of artists Margaret (Amy Adams) and Walter Keane (Christoph Waltz).  Walter became famous in the 1950s and 60s for paintings featuring saucer-eyed kids, but it was the shy Margaret who really did the work.  Walter’s fraud eventually led to a divorce and a heated court battle to prove authorship of the paintings.  This looks to be a fantastic return to form for Burton after his flurry of CG-stuffed studio films, and honestly if I didn’t know this was a Tim Burton film going in, I might not have guessed it from this trailer.  The film appears to tackle issues like the commercialization of art and the marginalization of women both at home and in the workplace, and I would not be shocked to see Adams become a major player in this year’s awards season.  Big Eyes just skyrocketed towards the top of my most anticipated list for the rest of the year.

Hit the jump to watch the Big Eyes trailer.  The film also stars Krysten Ritter, Terrence Stamp, Jason Schwartzman, and Danny HustonBig Eyes opens in theaters on December 25th.

Henry Cavill and Amy Adams Accept the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge in Costume on the Set of BATMAN V SUPERMAN: DAWN OF JUSTICE

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Who hasn’t done the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge at this point?  We’ve seen Chris Pratt do it, James Wan just posted his video, R2D2 got hit with a bucket full of ice water, and even my own mother tried to give it a go!  But this next one is a particularly cool one, and not just because it continues to help spread awareness about a condition we know so little about.

Not only did Henry Cavill and Amy Adams choose to accept the challenge, but they opted to do so in full costume on the set of Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice.  I can’t imagine the wardrobe department being too thrilled about having that Superman suit absolutely soaked, but it’s a blast to watch and will likely help the campaign get closer to the $80 million mark – if it hasn’t reached it already.  Hit the jump to check out the Batman v Superman ALS Ice Bucket Challenge video and of course, don’t forget to keep spreading the word and if you can, donate yourself by clicking here.

First BIG EYES Images Released: Christoph Waltz and Amy Adams Face off in Tim Burton’s Drama about Painters Walter and Margaret Keane

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The Weinstein Company has released the first two Big Eyes images online.  Tim Burton‘s latest film focuses on the artistic coupling of Margaret (Amy Adams) and Walter Keane (Christoph Waltz).  Walter became famous in the 1950s and 60s for paintings featuring saucer-eyed kids, though it was the shy Margaret who really did the work.  Margaret eventually tired of the misplaced credit, which led to a divorce and a heated court battle to prove authorship of the paintings.  I would love to see Burton take on a worthwhile story again, and this one has the potential to catapult him back to making an interesting movie with real characters as opposed to Johnny Depp and Helena Bonham Carter being weird for 100 minutes.

Hit the jump to check out the Big Eyes images.  The film also stars Krysten Ritter, Terrence Stamp, Jason Schwartzman, and Danny HustonBig Eyes opens December 25th.

Rumor: Doomsday One of the Five Villains in BATMAN V SUPERMAN: DAWN OF JUSTICE

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It’s getting hard to keep up with all of the villains (and heroes) rumored to be participating in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice.  Heck, it’s hard enough keeping up with the rumors about who wrote which version of a fake script that all of this info may or may not be coming from.  And now there are fresh rumors that Doomsday will be making an appearance in the film, perhaps as one of the five villains people claim are on tap for this franchise installment.

Hit the jump for more on the possible Batman v Superman Doomsday appearance.  The film stars Ben Affleck, Henry CavillGal GadotJesse EisenbergAmy AdamsLaurence FishburneJason MomoaHolly HunterCallan Mulvey, Tao OkamotoScoot McNairy, Diane Lane, and Jeremy Irons.  Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice opens in theaters on May 6, 2016.

ENCHANTED 2 Moving Forward at Disney with SHREK 2 and SMURFS Writers

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Seven years after the first film implanted “Happy Working Song” into everyone’s heads, Disney is finally getting serious about Enchanted 2.  The original pic, directed by Kevin Lima, imagined what would happen if one of Disney’s gleeful and song-filled princesses made her way into present day New York City, with Amy Adams filling the lead role of Giselle.  The result was a funny, catchy, and surprisingly self-aware film that went on to gross $340 million at the worldwide box office.  Talk of a sequel surfaced soon after, but the follow-up failed to materialize.

Now, with Frozen having grossed over $1.2 billion worldwide and lighting up the home video charts, Disney suddenly has renewed interest in an Enchanted sequel as it has set new screenwriters on the project.  Hit the jump for more.

HER Blu-ray Review

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Prior to the release of Spike Jonze’s love story Her last year, the film was essentially the butt of a joke.  A guy falls in love with his phone?  Ridiculous.  How would that even work?  Well the key, apparently, is Spike Jonze.  The filmmaker turned a very simple and potentially laughable premise into one of the most engaging, affecting, and emotional love stories in recent memory.  Her isn’t just about how a guy falls in love with his phone, it’s about how we, humanity, love one another in the modern age.  It’s one of the things that makes us uniquely human, and Jonze explores issues relating to relationships—both romantic and platonic—against a gorgeous and fascinating sci-fi backdrop to phenomenal results, anchored by an incredible, delicate lead performance from Joaquin Phoenix.  Read my full Her Blu-ray review after the jump.

Amy Adams May Star in Denis Villeneuve’s Sci-Fi Thriller STORY OF YOUR LIFE

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Amy Adams deserves to be the true lead in a film again.  She’s still been a force in numerous films over the past several years including The Fighter, The Master, Man of Steel, Her, and American Hustle to name a few.  But the last time she was truly front-and-center was in 2010′s Leap Year.  That simply will not do.  However, she might be getting back to center stage if she signs on to the sci-fi thriller Story of Your Life.

According to Deadline, Adams is in early talks to play the lead.  The film, directed by Denis Villeneuve (Prisoners) based on the short story by Ted Chiang and adapted by Eric Heisserer (The Thing remake/prequel), centers on an expert linguist who learns to communicate with aliens who have crash landed around the planet.  As she begins to communicate with them, she starts to have vivid flashbacks that could reveal the true reason for their visit.  It sounds like an interesting role, and definitely a change up for both Adams and Villeneuve.  Hit the jump for a recap of Adams’ other upcoming projects.

AMERICAN HUSTLE Blu-ray Review

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It may speak to the year or the film itself, but David O. Russell’s American Hustle exploded on the scene, arriving to quickly become an Oscar front runner, and netting ten nominations in the process (while also grossing nearly $150 Million at the box office).  But by the time of the awards ceremony, Hustle went home empty handed, even though stars Christian Bale, Amy Adams, Bradley Cooper and Jennifer Lawrence we all nominated.  The film turned out to be all sizzle and no steak.  Which is actually the story of the movie as two hustlers are put on the spot by the FBI to help catch bigger swindlers.

Hit the jump for my American Hustle Blu-ray review.

Watch: Jeremy Renner Lashes Out in Deleted Scene from AMERICAN HUSTLE

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Though American Hustle failed to land a single win out of its 10 nominations at the Oscars last weekend, the film remains a hit with audiences with a worldwide box office total of $248.2 million.  Director David O. Russell’s latest feature hits Blu-ray and DVD in a couple of weeks, and in anticipation of the home video release a deleted scene from the pic has been released online.  It’s no secret that Russell has a very particular way of working that involves plenty of improvisation and the creation of new scenes on the fly, and that energy is prevalent in this deleted scenes which finds the core characters played by Jeremy Renner, Bradley Cooper, Amy Adams, and Christian Bale giving a tour of New Jersey to “the Sheikh”, played by Michael Peña.  All does not go as planned, resulting in Renner’s character losing his cool in front of some New Jersey residents.

Hit the jump to watch the new deleted scene.  It’s unclear exactly how many deleted scenes will be included on the Blu-ray/DVD, but there’s likely plenty of footage that didn’t make the finished film.  American Hustle will be released on Blu-ray and DVD on March 18th.  Click here to pre-order.

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