American Hustle

Following SAG and the PGA, the Writers Guild of America has just unveiled its list of nominees for the 2014 nominees. For anyone who’s been watching the awards race, the list won’t contain many surprises. The WGA likes American Hustle and Dallas Buyers Club just as much as everyone else does. Additionally, several of the most notable absences can be chalked up to disqualifications. 12 Years a Slave, considered a favorite for the Best Picture Oscar, was deemed ineligible, as was Golden Globe nominee Philomena.

One that did qualify but failed to secure a nomination nonetheless was the Coens’ Inside Llewyn Davis, which similarly struck out with both SAG and the PGA. And one unexpected outcome was a nomination for Peter Berg’s Lone Survivor, which hasn’t come up in too many awards seasons conversations as of yet.

Hit the jump to read the full list.

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Hopefully by now you all know not to trust advertising. Movie advertising in particular can be extra sneaky, as studios who have a bad movie will go to any lengths to make audiences think it’s good. Some examples include editing a critic’s actual words to give them them a positive spin, or turning to Twitter to quote random viewers, passing the quote off like a published review.

The latest twist on this disturbing trend comes from The Weinstein Company. They’re marketing August: Osage County and Philomena (at least one of which is a good movie with solid reviews) as if they’ve already won the Golden Globes they’ve been nominated for. See what we mean below. Read More »

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Ah, December: The month when all the awards buzz that’s been circulating throughout the year starts to solidify into actual nominations. 12 Years a Slave has been considered a strong favorite to win the season since moment it premiered at Telluride, and this morning the Screen Actors Guild threw their support of the slavery drama by nominating four times over.

August: Osage County, Lee Daniels’ The Butler, and Dallas Buyers Club made strong showings as well, with three nominations each. On the TV side, Breaking Bad proved itself the show to beat, with three. Hit the jump to read all the names.

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The play August: Osage County was kind of a big deal — the blackly comic family drama won the Pulitzer in ’08. The film version is also garnering a lot of attention, thanks in no small part to the cast. Put Meryl Streep, Julia Roberts, Ewan McGregor, Benedict Cumberbatch, Abigail Breslin, Sam Shepard, and Chris Cooper in a film together and people are bound to pay attention.

Tonight you can watch a live Q&A with some of the cast (Julia Roberts, Julianne Nicholson, Juliette Lewis, Margo Martindale, Chris Cooper, Dermot Mulroney) and producer George Clooney. Whether you’re interested in the film or not, the live patter between Clooney and Roberts is always entertaining, and the rest of the cast should be able to think on their feet as well to keep the talk lively.

The livestream Q&A begins at 11pm EST / 8pm PST. Watch via the embed (which may not show up before the start time) below. Read More »

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Fall brings no shortage of star-studded prestige pics, but even in that crowd August: Osage County stands out. The John Wells-directed film stars Meryl Streep and Julia Roberts and Benedict Cumberbatch and Ewan McGregor and Chris Cooper and Abigail Breslin (plus half a dozen others) which means we’re all but guaranteed to see it making waves during awards season.

Based on the Pulitzer Prize-winning play by Tracy Letts, August: Osage County chronicles a family gathering in the Midwest. So the setup is fairly simple, but as anyone who’s ever suffered through an extended family trip can attest, it’s ripe for hilarity and emotion. A new trailer has been released by The Weinstein Co., and you can check it out after the jump.

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Devils Knot

One of the most prestigious film festivals in North America, the Toronto Film Festival, has begun to announce its line up for 2013. The event takes place September 5-15 and as usual, the line-up includes pretty much every highly-anticipated awards contender scheduled for release through the end of the year.

Just a few examples are the Jackie Brown prequel Life of Crime, Matthew McConaughey in Dallas Buyers Club, the star-studded August: Osage County, Idris Elba in Mandela: Long Walk To Freedom, Steve McQueen’s 12 Years A Slave, the West Memphis Three film Devil’s Knot (above), Jason Reitman’s latest Labor Day, Jason Bateman’s debut Bad Words, Ron Howard’s Rush, the Wikileaks film The Fifth Estate, Mike Myers’ documentary Supermench, Matthew Weiner’s You Are Here, Hugh Jackman in Prisoners, Keanu Reeves’ Man of Tai Chi and Alfonso Cuaron’s space drama, Gravity.

And they haven’t even finished announcing everything. Below, read everything in this first wave. Read More »

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August: Osage County, a Pulitzer Prize and multiple Tony award winning play, is hoping to become a multiple Oscar-winning film. Directed by John Wells (The Company Men), the film has one of the most impressive dramatic casts in recent memory: Meryl Streep, Julia Roberts, Ewan McGregorBenedict Cumberbatch,Margot MartindaleChris Cooper, Dermot MulroneyJuliette LewisAbigail Breslin, and Sam Shepard. They’ll bring to life a story about a group of young women forced to go home and deal with their parents. A simple story to be sure, but a powder keg for emotion and drama.

Don’t believe me, though. Check out the trailer and poster for the November 8 release.  Read More »

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Got a couple of casting possibilities for you guys to mull over, starting with Dwayne Johnson playing the character of Sinbad in Arabian Nights, the $70 million 3D ‘spin’ on the classic collection of Middle Eastern and South Asian folk tales and stories referred to outside of the US as One Thousand and One Nights.

After the break, more on Arabian Nights, and info about a potential new project for ‘the Streep’. Read More »

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