La La Land - 2017 Critics Choice Awards

Awards season has officially begun, and we’re going to be hearing a lot about which movies are garnering accolades from various critics groups, guilds and eventually the Golden Globes and Academy Awards. The Independent Spirit Awards were first out of the gate with their nominations last week, and now the 2017 Critics Choice Awards nominations from the Broadcast Film Critics Association have arrived.

What’s fun about this particular line-up of nominees is that in addition to the usual powerful dramas that typically get nominated for awards, the BFCA also hands out awards for Best Action Movie, Best Sci-Fi/Horror Movie and Best Comedy, and the latter category isn’t full of movies pretending to be comedies like at the Golden Globes.

Check out the full list of 2017 Critics Choice Awards nominations after the jump. Read More »

2017 Independent Spirit Awards Nominations

We’re heading into the heart of awards season, and first out of the gate with accolades to go around is Film Independent with the 2017 Independent Spirit Awards nominations, honoring achievements in the world of indie cinema. This year the nominations seem to be spread out quite a bit, though there were a couple clear leaders in the number of nominations.

Both Moonlight from Barry Jenkins and American Honey from Andrea Arnold came away with six nominations each, including Best Feature and Best Director. Other nominees spread across various categories include the Sundance sensation Manchester by the Sea, the first lady biopic Jackie, the comedic drama Other People, the quirky farting corpse comedy Swiss Army Man, and plenty of other movies that you simply must seek out.

Get the full list of 2017 Independent Spirit Award nominations after the jump. Read More »

Jackie trailer

The vast majority of 2016 movies are in our rearview mirror at this point, but there are still a few gems to look forward to before the year’s out. Among them is Jackie, a biopic of First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy in the difficult days following her husband’s death. The film’s already earned high praise on the festival circuit, particularly for director Pablo Larraín‘s unsentimental approach to his subject and for Natalie Portman‘s insightful lead performance, and in just a few weeks it’ll be in theaters for the rest of us to enjoy. Watch the new Jackie trailer below.  Read More »

Jackie teaser trailer

Each year, as the weather cools down, the theaters become flooded with prestige pics hoping to snag some awards. Some of them look more promising than others, and a few are quite clearly out of their depth. But Pablo Larraín‘s Jackie looks like it could be among the cream of the crop. The First Lady biopic is coming off of rave reviews at TIFF and Venice, and if all goes well it’ll ride that wave of acclaim all the way to its theatrical release in December.

In particular, critics are singling out Larraín’s unconventional approach to biography, and Natalie Portman‘s portrayal as Jackie Kennedy in the day following John F. Kennedy’s death. I know it can be reductive to talk about movies in terms of their awards potential, and it should go without saying that that’s not the best reason to watch Jackie; the fact that it looks like a really good movie is. But if you’re the kind of person who enjoys following the Oscar race, this is definitely one you’ll need to put on your to-watch list. Watch the Jackie teaser trailer below.

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Jackie early buzz

Director Pablo Larraín‘s (The ClubJackie left more than a favorable impression at the Venice Film Festival. Larraín’s English language debut about the first lady Jacqueline Kennedy (Natalie Portman) scored rave reviews, with critics praising the filmmaker’s unconventional approach to the biopic and a potential career best performance from Portman. So far, the reviews are almost nothing but effusive.

Below, check out the early buzz from the first Jackie reviews.

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First Look: Natalie Portman As Jackie Kennedy

Jackie, featuring Natalie Portman as first lady Jacqueline Kennedy

Protozoa Pictures has released the first photo of Natalie Portman in Jackie, a film about first lady Jacqueline Kennedy who fights to define her husband President John F. Kennedy’s, legacy in the seven days immediately following his assassination. Hit the jump to see the full Natalie Portman Jackie Kennedy photo.

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Natalie Portman playing Jackie O

Earlier this week we heard that Natalie Portman would play Ruth Bader Ginsburg in a film called On the Basis of Sex. Now she’s set to play another major figure in US history: Jacqueline Kennedy, in a film that will take place during the four days following the assassination of President John F. Kennedy. The film is called Jackie, and it counts Portman’s Black Swan director Darren Aronofsky as a producer. Read More »

Katie Holmes portrayed Jackie O in last year’s The Kennedys, Minka Kelly is playing her in next year’s The Butler, and now it could be Natalie Portman‘s turn to tackle the role. The Oscar-winning star is reportedly being courted for the simply titled Jackie, a Noah Oppenheim-scripted drama about the aftermath of JFK’s assassination as seen through the eyes of his widow.

When the project first got going, Portman’s Black Swan director Darren Aronofsky was attached to direct with Rachel Weisz in the lead. However, both dropped out when their marriage ended in 2010. Portman is said to be waiting on a choice of director before she makes her decision. [Deadline]

After the jump, Wes Bentley and Brit Marling jump on the Abe Lincoln trend, and Hannah Montana goes on a crime spree.

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The Black List has been released. The annual list is compiled with a poll of 300 (up from last year’s 250) development executives and high-level assistants, and contains a ranking of the hot screenplays making the rounds in Hollywoodland, which were written in, or are somehow uniquely associated with, 2010 and will not be released in theaters during this calendar year. Basically, the black list contains the hottest projects in Hollywood that you haven’t heard of yet.

Note: The headline is a slightly inaccurate, because a lot of these screenplays have already been acquired (six of the top ten listed), a bunch are in production now, and some have even finished production. One of this year’s top ten screenplays, J.C. Chandor‘s Margin Call, about the last 24 hours at now-defunct investment bank Lehman Brothers is already in the can and set to premiere at the 2011 Sundance Film Festival with Chandor at the helm and Kevin Spacey and Paul Bettany star. The top screenplay om the list, College Republicans, already has Shia LaBeouf and Paul Dano attached to star.

Started in 2005 by a young executive at Leonardo DiCaprio’s production company Appian Way, who polled 90+ peers to send him their 10 favorite new unproduced screenplays to read over the holidays. The underground list was e-mailed around and quickly became a Hollywood phenomenon. To give you an idea, the top three entries of the 2005 list where Things We Lost in the Fire, Juno, and Lars and the Real Girl. However it should be noted that a warning appears at the beginning of the list:

“THE BLACK LIST is not a “best of” list. It is, at best, a “most liked” list.”

Also, it should be noted that many people in recent years have begun accuse participants for pushing their own/friends clients.

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Darren Aronofsky and Rachel Weisz

Last month, it was revealed that Steven Spielberg was shepherding yet another film as producer, a film titled Jackie, a Noah Oppenheim script based on the life of Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis. At the time it was reported that HBO was the most interested party, and that Jackie could be developed as a cable movie project for them. Apparently things have since gotten a lot more interesting. Spielberg is actually not involved, and the project is not going to be a made for premium television movie.

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