Oscar Beat: The Best Supporting Actor Race at a Glance

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By the time the Academy Awards nominations are announced every year, there’s already been so much prognosticating and discussion about the race itself that in actuality, there aren’t a great deal of surprises.  Sure, every now and then you’ll have something like Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close getting into the Best Picture race or Ben Affleck and Kathryn Bigelow being left off the Best Director shortlist (that one still baffles me), but by and large, things mostly seem to fall into place as expected.  Where you can find many of the true surprises, though, is in the Supporting Actor and Actress categories.  This is where beloved character actors can finally get their due, or burgeoning newcomers can find themselves nominated alongside acting veterans; and these kinds of nominees actually have good shots at winning.  This year, the bench for the Best Supporting Actor category is yet again deep with talent, offering plenty of opportunities for some pleasant surprises.

After the jump, I run down the current state of the Best Supporting Actor race in this week’s edition of Oscar Beat.

New CINDERELLA Posters Reveal the Good, the Magical, and the Wicked; Plus New Posters for INHERENT VICE and BIG EYES

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A variety of new movie posters have been unveiled.  Briefly:

  • Cinderella – A collection of Cinderella posters from director Kenneth Branagh’s live-action take on the fairy tale highlight the principal characters from the Disney film, including Cate Blanchett, Lily James, and Helena Bonham Carter.  The film opens in theaters on March 13, 2015
  • Inherent Vice – An incredible new banner for Paul Thomas Anderson’s adaptation of the Thomas Pynchon novel paints the principal characters in “The Last Supper” fashion, with Joaquin Phoenix taking center stage of course.  The film opens in limited release on December 12th and expands on January 9th.
  • Big Eyes – A new international poster for Tim Burton’s drama about the artist couple Walter and Margaret Keane, played by Christoph Waltz and Amy Adams, highlights a rather ugly perspective on the fllm’s central conflict.  The drama opens on December 25th.

Check out the aforementioned posters after the jump.

Christoph Waltz Talks HORRIBLE BOSSES 2, How He Prepares for a Role, Working with Tim Burton on BIG EYES, David Yates’ TARZAN, and More

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Sean AndersHorrible Bosses 2 is now in theaters with Jason BatemanCharlie Day, and Jason Sudeikis reprising their roles from the first film.  This time around they decide to be their own bosses by setting out on their own entrepreneurial venture.  When a slick investor (Christoph Waltz) steals their idea, they decide to kidnap his son (Chris Pine) and hold him for ransom.  Jennifer Aniston, Kevin Spacey, and Jamie Foxx all return for the sequel.  While Horrible Bosses 2 isn’t going to win any awards, I’ll admit that I laughed a lot mostly from the great chemistry between Bateman, Day and Sudeikis.  For more on the film, watch some clips, read Matt’s review, watch the trailer, or here’s all our previous coverage.

At the Los Angeles press day I landed an exclusive interview with Christoph Waltz.  He talked about how he got involved in the project, how he prepares for a role and if he does anything different for a comedy, if his process has changed over his career, what it was like working with Tim Burton on Big Eyes, collaborating with director David Yates on Tarzan, and a lot more.  Hit the jump to either read or watch what he had to say.

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.

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.

Jason Schwartzman Talks LISTEN UP PHILIP, Portraying an Extremely Abrasive Character, THE OVERNIGHT, Tim Burton’s BIG EYES and More

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Jason Schwartzman is really nice and a great guy to interview.  His character in Listen Up Philip?  Not so much.  Philip’s about to have his second book published and he’s sure it’s a big winner.  However, when his editor tells him that The New York Times is giving him a negative review, Philip decides he won’t do any press for the book.  A raging cynic and egoist, Philip sours every single relationship he’s got and that’s when director Alex Ross Perry lets you see the other side of the situation, what happens to the people around him when Philip is gone.

With Listen Up Philip set to hit select theaters in New York City on October 17th, I got the chance to sit down with Schwartzman to discuss his very first impression of the script, what happened when they tried to make Philip a more likable character, what it’s like getting into the headspace of such a rageful guy, how playing Philip inspired him to be more forward in his own life and more.  Hit the jump to hear about all of that as well as Schwartzman’s upcoming film, The Overnight, and his experience working with Tim Burton on Big Eyes.

Collider’s Most Anticipated Movies: October to December

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The summer movie season is behind us, and there is a lot to look forward to in the closing months of 2014.  As always there’s plenty of adult dramas to dig through, but the year’s final releases are an eclectic bunch ranging from massive-scale sci-fi films to psychedelic period romps, and there are more than a couple of new releases from some of the best filmmakers working today.  It’s an embarrassment of riches, but Matt, Adam, Perri, and Evan have each pored over the release calendar and picked out their five most anticipated films of this final quarter.  It certainly wasn’t easy.

Hit the jump to find out what they can’t wait to see and why.

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.

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.

Tim Burton’s BIG EYES Opens December 25th; THE IMITATION GAME Bows November 21st; ELEANOR RIGBY Slated for September 26th

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If you haven’t had your fill of release date news today already, The Weinstein Company has dated a trio of promising pics:

  • Big Eyes – Director Tim Burton’s next feature will open on December 25th, opposite Unbroken, Disney’s musical Into the Woods, the comedy sequel Hot Tub Time Machine 2, and Cameron Crowe’s new film.  Big Eyes stars Amy Adams and Christoph Waltz as the troubled, real life artistic couple of Margaret and Walter Keane, and sees Burton treading dramatic territory.
  • The Imitation Game – The biopic of WWII mathematician and persecuted homosexual Alan Turing opens on November 21st opposite The Hunger Games: Mockingjay, Part 1, just in time for awards season.  Benedict Cumberbatch leads the pic as Turing alongside Keira Knightley.
  • The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby – The ambitious relationship drama will bow on September 26th, facing off against the animated The Boxtrolls, the thriller The Equalizer, and the dramedy Laggies.  The film stars James McAvoy and Jessica Chastain and tells the story of a relationship from two points of view.

Oscar Beat: 10 Films That Could End Up in the 2015 Awards Race

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With the recent 86th Academy Awards ceremony, the Oscar race has finally come to a close—for now.  We just spent the past five months here on Oscar Beat deconstructing every inch of the Oscar season, and while we still have quite a while to wait before the next race heats up, now seems like a fine opportunity to take a quick preview of what just might be on tap for next year’s ceremony.  Obviously it’s way too early to take the 2015 Oscar race seriously, but there are plenty of anticipated films slated for release this year that could turn out to be the serious contenders in the next awards race.  After the jump, I preview 10 of the films that might pop up in next year’s Oscar conversation.

First Look at Tim Burton’s BIG EYES Starring Christoph Waltz and Amy Adams

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Production is underway on Tim Burton‘s Big Eyes, and the first set photo has quickly leaked.  The film’s story 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.  Burton has taken a lot of flack over recent years for work that has become self-parody, and that criticism is well deserved.  But he’s shown his talent in the past, and a script from Ed Wood scribes Scott Alexander and Larry Karaszewski could provide Burton with a return to some of his better work.  It also helps that, aside from the animated Frankenweenie, this will be Burton’s first movie without Johnny Depp in almost a decade, so that tiresome pairing can be put aside for the time being.  Whether we’ll see any of Burton’s overly familiar set designs on Big Eyes remains to be seen.

Hit the jump to check out the first set photo from the movie.  The film also stars Danny Huston, Krysten Ritter, Jason Schwartzman, and Terence Stamp.

Rosemarie DeWitt Joins KILL THE MESSENGER; Terence Stamp Boards BIG EYES; Russell Wyatt and Logan Marshall-Green Join Boston Bruins Film, TURK

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Here is your latest casting information:

  • Rosemarie DeWitt (Cinderella Man) is in final negotiations to play the female lead opposite Jeremy Renner in Kill the Messenger, based on a true story of the suicide of a reporter investigating the CIA.
  • Terence Stamp (Wanted) has joined Tim Burton’s Big Eyes, based on the lives of painters Margaret and Walter Keaneplayed by Amy Adams and Christoph Waltz.
  • Logan Marshall-Green (Prometheus) and Wyatt Russell (Cowboys & Aliens) will play two members of the historic Boston Bruins hockey team in writer-director Doug Atchison’s Turk.

Hit the jump for more on each project.

Helena Bonham Carter to Play Fairy Godmother in CINDERELLA; Danny Huston Joins BIG EYES; Tobias Santelmann Set for HERCULES

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We’ve got a few casting stories to share this evening.  First up, Helena Bonham Carter has been tapped to play the fairy godmother in Disney’s Cinderella redo, directed by Kenneth Branagh.  The godmother will have an expanded role in Branagh’s take on the story, as Carter will also appear as an elderly woman before she surprises the titular Cinderella and reveals herself to be the wish-granting fairy.  Lily James (Downton Abbey) won the lead role in the film, and she’ll star opposite Richard Madden (Game of Thrones) as the Prince and Cate Blanchett as the evil stepmother.  Sophie McShera (Downton Abbey) and Holliday Granger (The Borgias) are in talks to play the nasty stepsisters.  This marks Carter’s third time working with Disney, having starred in the studio’s Alice in Wonderland and the upcoming The Lone Ranger.

Hit the jump for casting news concerning Tim Burton’s next film and the villain in Dwayne Johnson’s passion project.

Jason Schwartzman Joins Tim Burton’s BIG EYES; Cillian Murphy Enlisted for Ron Howard’s IN THE HEART OF THE SEA

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Two veteran directors have added a couple of very talented actors to their next films.  First up, Jason Schwartzman has signed on to star alongside Christoph Waltz, Amy Adams, and Krysten Ritter in director Tim Burton’s true story Big Eyes.  The story focuses on the artistic coupling of Margaret (Adams) and Walter (Waltz) Keane.  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.

It’s refreshing to see Burton stepping out of his comfort zone casting-wise with this film, as Schwartzman makes yet another Burton-newbie added to the cast.  The Wrap reports that the actor will play a San Francisco art gallery owner named Ruben in the film.  Hit the jump for casting news concerning Ron Howard’s next film. 

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