AMERICAN HUSTLE Wins SAG Best Ensemble Award; Matthew McConaughey, Lupita Nyong’O, and Jared Leto Take Home Trophies

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The Screen Actors Guild Awards took place earlier this evening, and the performance-centric American Hustle won the big Best Ensemble prize.  That wasn’t a huge shock given the amount of talent on display in David O. Russell’s film and the fact that Hustle landed an Oscar nomination in every single acting category.  Elsewhere at the SAGs, Matthew McConaughey continues to look more and more like an Oscar winner with another Best Actor trophy, 12 Years a Slave breakout Lupita Nyong’O won Best Supporting Actress, and Cate Blanchett and Jared Leto won their umpteenth Best Actress and Best Supporting Actor awards, respectively.  On the TV side of things, Breaking Bad won Best Dramatic Ensemble and Modern Family won Best Comedic Ensemble.

Hit the jump for the full list of winners, and take note in your respective Oscar pools.

Full Cast and Synopsis Revealed for THE BEST EXOTIC MARIGOLD HOTEL 2

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The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel was one of 2012′s sleeper hits.  It was the perfect summer counter-programming to the blockbusters inundating theaters.  John Madden‘s film is a nice, fluffy piece that has charming actors in a story featuring a solid balance of comedy and romance with a little bit of drama thrown in for good measure.  This mixture ended up yielding $136 million worldwide on a reported budget of $10 million, and that’s good enough for Fox Searchlight to make The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel 2 the first sequel in the company’s history.  Judi Dench, Maggie Smith, Bill Nighy, Dev Patel, Celia Imrie, Ronald Pickup, Penelope Wilton, Diana Hardcastle, Tena Desae, and Lillete Dubey are all set to return, and they’ll be joined by Richard Gere, David Strathairn, and Tamsin Greig (Episodes).

Hit the jump for the press release, which contains the synopsis for the movie.  Ol Parker and Madden will return to write and direct, respectively.

Maggie Smith and Kevin Kline Star in MY OLD LADY, Benjamin Walker in Talks for IN THE HEART OF THE SEA, Lance Reddick Joins SEARCH PARTY

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Here’s today’s casting news:

Hit the jump for more on each casting announcement. 

The Road to Oscar: Best Supporting Actress

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With the 85th Academy Awards looming closer, we here at Collider thought now would be a good time to take a look back at Oscar race thus far.  It’s been a wild and somewhat nutty 12 months, as we’ve seen numerous contenders rise and fall (and some rise back up again) in the contentious hunt for Oscar gold.  We’ve already run down the ebbs and flows of the Best Supporting Actor category, and today we’ll be taking a look back and how the race played out for Best Supporting Actress.

2013 Golden Globe Winners Announced; ARGO Takes Best Picture (Drama), Best Director; LES MISERABLES Wins Best Picture (Comedy or Musical)

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The 2013 Golden Globes have just wrapped up.  I only watched the last hour of the ceremony because the Globes no longer have their awards season power due to voting schedule changes.  Reading tweets and Facebook posts, it seems like it was a fairly entertaining show (keep an eye out for Jodie Foster‘s acceptance speech for her Lifetime Achievement Award).  As for the winners, they were very “Globes” in that they were more populist choices that are unlikely to have much bearing on the Oscars.  Argo may have had a good night at the Globes by winning Best Picture (Drama) and Best Director, but I still think Lincoln is the picture to beat when it comes to the Academy Awards, especially since Ben Affleck was snubbed for the Best Director Oscar nomination.

Hit the jump for the full list of winners.

Adam Predicts the 2013 Oscar Nominees

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At last, Oscar is upon us.  Back in November I shared a look at the early awards season race by way of our 2013 Oscar Preview articles, and now nearly two months later there’s still quite a bit up in the air.  This truly is one of the more exciting awards races in recent years, as 2012 is so stacked with quality that there are a surprising number of uncertainties this close to the Academy Awards ceremony.  Nevertheless, I am once again foolishly going to attempt to predict how the Oscar nominations will shake out when they’re announced tomorrow morning, January 10th.  Hit the jump to check out my predictions.

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.

Sequel to THE BEST EXOTIC MARIGOLD HOTEL in Development; Principal Cast Eager to Return

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As we whippersnappers start watching movies on our TVs and phones, a desperate Hollywood has turned their attentions to their steadiest and most solid base of theatergoers: the AARP crowd.  In that vein, Fox Searchlight is looking to make a sequel to this year’s surprise hit The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel, based on a novel, that starred a host of, well, gray-haired actors: Judi Dench (Casino Royale), Bill Nighy (Love Actually), Maggie Smith (Downton Abbey) and Tom Wilkinson (Batman Begins), and others, including one young gun in Dev Patel (Slumdog Millionaire).

Ol Parker (who wrote the screenplay for the first film) will send in a treatment to the eager studio soon, the eagerness stemming from the original film having grossed thirteen times its nearly $10 million budget.  The eagerness also rests with the actors, as the principal cast is apparently keen on returning.  For more on the “gray is green” trend, hit the jump.

New Trailer and Clip for QUARTET from Debut Director Dustin Hoffman and Starring Maggie Smith

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You might think that two-time Oscar-winner Dustin Hoffman has done pretty much everything in his prolific career, but his upcoming film, Quartet, will be his directorial debut.  Centering on a nursing home for retired opera singers, Quartet shows that not everyone ages gracefully as the egos of a few threaten to disrupt plans for the home’s annual concert.  But the show must go on!

Quartet stars Maggie Smith, Billy Connolly, Pauline Collins, Tom Courtenay and Michael Gambon opens domestically in limited release on December 28th and in the U.K. on January 4th 2013.  Hit the jump to watch the trailer and clip.

HOMELAND and MODERN FAMILY Clean Up at Primetime Emmy Awards; MAD MEN Shut Out

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The 2012 Primetime Emmy Awards were given out last night, and longtime favorite Mad Men had a pretty rough evening.  Matthew Weiner’s AMC drama was shut out in every category in which it was nominated (Christina Hendricks was robbed), denying the series a record-breaking fifth consecutive Best Drama Series Emmy in favor of Showtime’s excellent freshman series Homeland.  The cable thriller nearly swept the drama series category, even landing Damian Lewis a surprising Best Actor win over perennial favorite Bryan Cranston (Breaking Bad) and Mad Men’s way overdue Jon Hamm.  It’s hard to complain, though, as Homeland had a positively stellar first season and star Claire Danes gave a powerhouse performance as a psychologically plagued CIA analyst, for which she was awarded Best Actress.

On the comedy side of things the awards were a tad more predictable, with ABC’s Modern Family pulling off another sweep in the genre. Julia Louis-Dreyfus took home the Best Actress award for her hilarious work on Veep, and Jon Cryer inexplicably won Best Actor in a Comedy for his role in Two and a Half Men despite that show not being funny.  Hit the jump to read the full list of winners.

New Release Dates for LAST VEGAS, STAND UP GUYS and QUARTET

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We’ve got a few new release dates for you this evening.  Check them out at a glance:

  • Last Vegasdirected by Jon Turteltaub and starring Michael Douglas, Robert De NiroMorgan Freeman and Kevin Kline will open December 20th, 2013.
  • Stand Up Guysthe Fisher Stevens comedy starring Al Pacino, Christopher Walken, Julianna Margulies and Alan Arkin, opens January 11th, 2013.
  • QuartetDustin Hoffman’s directorial debut starring Maggie Smith, Billy Connolly, Pauline Collins, Tom Courtenay, and Michael Gambon opens domestically December 28th of this year and in the U.K. January 4th 2013.

Hit the jump for more on each film, including synopses.

Two Trailers for DOWNTON ABBEY Season Three, Which Premieres September 16th in the UK and January 6th, 2013 in the US

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The Crawley family is set to return for the third series of Downton Abbey this fall  (unless you live in the States, in which case you have to wait until the New Year).  Two new trailers have dropped in anticipation of the hit series’ return: one from Britain’s ITV and one from PBS.  The Golden Globe-winning series from Julian Fellowes stars Hugh Bonneville, Maggie Smith, Laura Carmichael, Jim Carter, Brendan Coyle, Michelle Dockery, Joanne Froggatt, Rob James-Collier and many more in this outstanding ensemble cast.  Downton Abbey returns September 16th on ITV and on January 6th, 2013 on PBS.  Hit the jump to watch the two trailers.

New DOWNTON ABBEY Season 3 Clips Reveal Snappy Dialogue Between Maggie Smith and Shirley MacLaine

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Edwardian soap opera Downton Abbey, which will air first on Britain’s ITV next month and then later this year in America on PBS, has added a new character to its third season sure to shake things up — Cora’s (Elizabeth McGovern) mother Martha Levinson, played by Shirley MacLaine.

For those not up on Downton history, Cora married the Earl of Grantham (Hugh Bonneville) for position while he married her for money.  Though it turned out to be a good match in the end (as they are actually affectionate with one another), there are clearly mixed feelings by the Earl’s mother, Violet, Dowager Countess (Maggie Smith) about an American having rescued their estate.  Now, several decades later, with Downton’s fortunes again on the downturn, it seems that Martha is in town for a visit (to pay some bills?) but she’ll be up against Violet’s distain and sharp barbs.  For a preview of their deliciously devilish discourse, hit the jump.

DOWNTON ABBEY Season 3 Trailer Teases New Characters and Plenty of Drama

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After an uneven second season (that was mercifully saved by a stunning Christmas Special), PBS’s exceptionally successful series Downton Abbey is ready to return.  The series is co-produced with Britain’s ITV, who will air Downton first in September, followed by a second run on PBS in January.  The new season will feature all of the principle cast, plus the addition of Shirley MacLaine as Lady Mary’s other grandmother.  Things are sure to get heated between the American (MacLaine) and the Queen of Quips, The Dowager Countess (Maggie Smith), as the trailer already suggests.  To view the trailer and read more about the series, hit the jump.

Trailer for Dustin Hoffman’s Directorial Debut, QUARTET

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The first trailer for Quartet has gone online.  The film is Dustin Hoffman‘s directorial debut, and stars Maggie Smith, Billy Connolly, Pauline Collins, Tom Courtenay, and Michael Gambon as opera singers at a retirement home.  Smith plays a new resident who decides not to participate in the year’s annual concert.   “This is not a retirement home,” Maggie Smith’s character proclaims.  “This is a madhouse.”  Indeed, the movie looks incredibly slight, and yet perfectly geared to the audiences that have helped The Exotic Marigold Hotel to $121 million worldwide.  In a nutshell: your parents will probably want to see it.

Hit the jump to check out the trailer.  Quartet opens in U.K. on January 4, 2013; there’s currently no U.S. release date.

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