New to Blu-ray: LIFE OF PI, WILLOW, RISE OF THE GUARDIANS, and More

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Here’s a brief look at this week’s new Blu-ray titles:

Hit the jump for extras details on all of the aforementioned releases.

The Road to Oscar: Best Actress

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Continuing on with our “Road to Oscar” feature, today we’re going to take a look at how the race for Best Actress played out over the past 12 months.  With the 85th Academy Awards taking place this coming Sunday, we figured this week would be a nice opportunity to reflect on how a number of Oscar categories got to where they are today.  Join us after the jump as we break down the race for Best Actress.

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.

Make-Up Artist Howard Berger and Hair Department Head Martin Samuel Talk HITCHCOCK, THE WALKING DEAD, OZ: THE GREAT AND POWERFUL, and More

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With awards season in full swing and Hitchcock already earning nominations, Collider was invited to chat with make-up effects artist Howard Berger (co-founder of KNB Effects, along with Greg Nicotero) and hair department head Martin Samuel recently.  The film takes a look behind cinema icon Alfred Hitchcock’s camera to explore the little known romantic and creative relationship between the filmmaker (Anthony Hopkins) and his wife, Alma Reville (Helen Mirren).

During the interview, Howard Berger and Martin Samuel talked about the process for determining how Anthony Hopkins would look as Alfred Hitchcock, getting the make-up down to 90 minutes, the stress of working in such a competitive field, how great it is to do what they love for a living, working on bigger films with no limitations versus the restrictions of smaller films, and the projects that they’re most proud of.  Berger also talked about teaming up with Sam Raimi again for Oz: The Great and Powerful, and the challenge of producing a mini-movie every week for The Walking Dead.  Check out what they had to say after the jump.

MIB 3, THE HOBBIT, LINCOLN, LOOPER, and More Make Oscar Shortlist for Best Makeup

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The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has narrowed down the contenders for the Best Makeup and Hairstyling Oscar for the upcoming 85th Academy Awards.  The shortlist includes showy stuff like Hitchcock and The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, along with the more subdued work like Looper, Lincoln, and Snow White and the Huntsman.  The one to watch for the win, though, is Rick Baker’s excellent makeup effects from Men in Black 3 as Baker has previously won this award 7 times, including for 1997′s Men in Black.  Notably left out of the race is Cloud Atlas, which put makeup to heavy use in order for its ensemble of actors to play multiple roles, switching race and gender.  Response to the film’s makeup work was fairly split, but I’m surprised it didn’t at least make the Oscar shortlist.

Hit the jump to check out the full list of all seven films that remain in competition for the Best Makeup and Hairstyling trophy.  The nominations for the Oscars will be announced on January 10th, followed by the ceremony on February 24th.

Director Sacha Gervasi Talks HITCHCOCK, How the Test Screening Process Influenced the Film, Focusing on Alma, MY DINNER WITH HERVE, and More

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With awards season in full swing, and Hitchcock having just received a nomination for Best Actress (Helen Mirren) for the Golden Globe Awards, Collider was invited to chat with director Sacha Gervasi recently.  During the interview about the film and its exploration of the little known romantic and creative relationship between Alfred Hitchcock (Anthony Hopkins) and his wife, Alma Reville (Mirren), the filmmaker talked about intentionally keeping a level of fantasy to the story, the unexpected decision to focus on Alma’s creative contribution to Hitchcock’s career more than the man himself, his first exposure to the films of Hitchcock, how the test screening process affected the finished product, and the handful of deleted scenes that he can put on the DVD.  He also talked about his next film, My Dinner with Hervé, based on when he interviewed Hervé Villechaize (with Peter Dinklage set to play the French actor) in the final days before his suicide.  Check out what he had to say after the jump.

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.

HITCHCOCK Review

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When Alfred Hitchcock made Psycho, he built a foundation for the movie—woman steals money and tries to get away—before kicking the legs out from under it to leads us into an entirely new and exciting picture.  Sacha Gervasi‘s Hitchcock sets up no such foundation as it leaps into the marital difficulties between the Master of Suspense and his wife/partner, Alma Reville.  We’re led into a relationship already at the brink, and in an attempt to humanize a legend like Hitchcock, he comes off as small and a bit cartoonish.  We see his quirks and his insecurities, but rarely taken to a thoughtful or dangerous place.  Despite the strong performances, especially from the always-reliable Helen Mirren, Hitchcock pushes us away from the eponymous filmmaker and into a sad, predictable marriage spat.

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.

New Clips for RISE OF THE GUARDIANS and HITCHCOCK, Plus a New TV Spot for THE HOBBIT

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New clips and TV spots to share with you today. Here they are at a glance:

  • A new clip from director Peter Ramsey’s Rise of the Guardians shows Jack Frost (voiced by Chris Pine) and Bunnymund (Hugh Jackman) taking a ride in North’s (Alec Baldwin) sleigh. Also featuring the voice work of Isla fisher, Jude Law and Dakota Goyo, Rise of the Guardians opens November 21st.
  • Sacha Gervasi’s Hitchcock has released a new clip in which the director, played by Anthony Hopkins, discusses the famous shower scene with Janet Leigh (Scarlett Johnasson) and his wife, Alma Reville (Helen Mirren). Hitchcock opens in limited release November 23rd.
  • A new TV spot has become available for Peter Jackson’s The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey which shows the strength of Bilbo’s (Martin Freeman) character. Also starring Richard Armitage, Ian McKellen and Elijah Wood, The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey opens December 14th.

Hit the jump to check out the clips and TV spot.

New HITCHCOCK Images, Poster and Clip Featuring Anthony Hopkins, Helen Mirren and Scarlett Johansson

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A new batch of images for Sacha Gervasi’s Hitchcock has gone online, along with a new poster and clip from the film. Everything we’ve seen so far emphasizes the central focus of Hitchcock: not the famed director’s films, but rather his relationship with wife and creative partner, Alma Reville (Helen Mirren). The new clip highlights another of their snappy bits of dialogue. The images include Mirren’s Alma alongside Scarlett Johansson’s Janet Leigh and as Hitchcock himself, Anthony Hopkins.

The film also stars Jessica BielJames D’ArcyToni ColletteMichael StuhlbargDanny Huston, and Kurtwood Smith.  Hitchcock opens on November 23rd. Hit the jump to check out the new images, poster and clip.

Misleading International Trailer for HITCHCOCK Starring Anthony Hopkins and Helen Mirren

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A new international trailer for Hitchcock has gone online.  While this trailer centers on the drama revolving around the making of Hitchcock’s Psycho, that’s not really the thrust of the movie.  It’s more of a backdrop to the film’s central (and less interesting) conflict between Hitchcock (Anthony Hopkins) and wife/partner Alma Reville (Helen Mirren).  This trailer shows only a hint of the marital tension between the two characters, which serves as the basis for most of the movie.  Going into Hitchcock thinking you’re about to see a riveting tale about the making of Psycho is a recipe for disappointment.

Hit the jump to check out the trailer.  The film also stars Scarlett Johansson, Danny Huston, Toni Collette, Jessica Biel, Michael Stuhlbarg, James D’Arcy, Michael Wincott, Richard Portnow, and Kurtwood SmithHitchcock opens in limited release on November 23rd.

First Featurette for HITCHCOCK Focuses on the Relationship Between Hitch and Alma

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The first featurette for director Sacha Gervasi’s real-life drama Hitchcock has been released.  The film takes place during the troubled development and production of Psycho, specifically focusing on the relationship between Alfred Hitchcock (Anthony Hopkins) and his wife Alma Reville (Helen Mirren).  This featurette boasts a great deal of new footage and centers on the complex collaboration and relationship between Hitch and Alma.  Mirren has already garnered plenty of awards buzz for her performance as Hitch’s “other half,” and it’s easy to see why based on this footage.

Hit the jump to watch the featurette.  The film also stars Scarlett Johansson, Jessica Biel, James D’Arcy, Toni ColletteMichael StuhlbargDanny Huston, and Kurtwood Smith.  Hitchcock opens on November 23rd.

8 New Images from HITCHCOCK Featuring Anthony Hopkins, Helen Mirren, Scarlett Johansson, and Jessica Biel

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Fox Searchlight has released 8 new images from the upcoming drama Hitchcock.  Directed by Sacha Gervasi, the film stars Anthony Hopkins as legendary director Alfred Hitchcock and chronicles the development and production of Psycho, specifically focusing on Hitchcock’s strained relationship with his wife and collaborator Alma Reville (Helen Mirren).  These new images give us fresh looks at the prolific couple as well as the Psycho cast: Scarlett Johansson as Janet Leigh, Jessica Biel as Vera Miles, and James D’Arcy as Anthony Perkins.  The film received a mixed-to-positive reception following its world premiere at AFI Fest, though Mirren’s performance as Reville has drawn near universal praise.

Hit the jump to check out the images.  The film also stars Toni Collette, Michael Stuhlbarg, Danny Huston, and Kurtwood SmithHitchcock opens on November 23rd.

First Brief Clip from HITCHCOCK Features Anthony Hopkins Directing the PSYCHO Shower Scene

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Director Sacha Gervasi’s much anticipated Hitchcock will have its world premiere at AFI Fest tonight, and the first brief clip from the film has now landed online.  The pic focuses on the legendary filmmaker’s production of Psycho, specifically centering on his relationship with his wife and collaborator Alma Reville (Helen Mirren).  This brief clip shows Anthony Hopkins as Hitchcock aggressively directing Psycho’s classic shower scene, with Scarlett Johansson playing Janet Leigh.  After seeing the stellar first trailer, I’m really, really looking forward to this one.

Hit the jump to watch the clip.  The film also stars Jessica Biel, Toni Collette, Danny Huston, Michael Stuhlbarg, and Kurtwood Smith.  Hitchcock opens on November 23rd.

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