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Brad Pitt’s ‘Fury’ Enters The Oscar Season Fray Off The Fest Circuit – Can It Be A Hit AND A Contender?

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The New York Film Festival is winding down this weekend with its closing film, Birdman tomorrow. The AFI Fest is early next month. Venice, Toronto and Telluride have come and gone. But one film, rumored to be an Oscar contender and opening next week, has decided to take another route and skip that circuit where so many awards hopefuls show up. Rather than let “the air out of the bag” at a film festival as one source told me, Fury will be released by Sony Pictures on… Read

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Deadline’s The Contenders Set For November 1 As Oscar Hopefuls Launch Awards Season

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Invites are in the mail as awards season kicks off in a big way with the 4th annual The Contenders Presented By Deadline, an all-day event Saturday, November 1 showcasing 12 participating studios and distributors and a record 37 films in the hunt for gold in 2014. Due to overwhelming response, the popular invitation-only event — open to Academy Of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences members as well as those of key guilds — is moving to a larger venue, the DGA theatre at 7920… Read

Film

‘St. Vincent’ Review: Pete Hammond On Bill Murray’s Not Saintly But Superb Work

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Bill Murray plays the anything-but-saintly curmudgeon at the heart of St. Vincent, the comedy-drama from the Weinstein Company and, as I say in this DeadlineNow video review, Murray gives a blessedly good performance. The film, which debuts Friday and expands wide on Oct. 24, premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival. It is directed by Theodore Melfi, from a script he wrote based on his own experiences taking in the daughter of his late brother. The cast also… Read

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‘Foxcatcher’ Set To Close AFI Fest After Year Delay

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Well, better late than never. The American Film Institute has announced that its closing-night film for the 2014 AFI Fest Presented By Audi will be none other than director Bennett Miller's Oscar-buzzed FoxcatcherSound familiar?  You might recall that AFI had actually announced, with much fanfare, this same film's World Premiere for the second night of the 2013 AFI Fest. But just a few days later it was abruptly pulled when Sony Pictures Classics issued a terse release… Read

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Oscar Watch: ‘Who’s Up?’ And ‘Who’s Down?’ As Past Academy Favorites David Fincher, Paul Thomas Anderson and Jason Reitman Debut New Films

'Gone Girl' Looking to Beat 'Annabelle' At Weekend B.O.

Some publications just love doing the old 'Who's Up, Who's Down' thing on a weekly basis all season long. Yawn. Let me tell you “Who's Up.” It's every filmmaker who can get any kind of movie made these days that is not cookie-cutter stuff ordered straight out of a studio development meeting.  And “Who's Down“?  That's all the filmmakers whose ambitious projects have been shot to pieces by clueless executives and are still looking for a way to get them made and financed. I… Read

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Oscar Season Gift From The Academy As Stunning Hollywood Costume Exhibit Premieres At Future Site Of Movie Museum

The V&A's Hollywood Costume Exhibition - Installation Photo Call

It may not be the Grand Opening celebration that the Academy of Motion Pictures Art & Sciences is going to be throwing when they  launch the long-awaited Academy  Museum Of Motion Pictures at some point in 2017 as is now planned,  but the Los Angeles debut of the much-acclaimed Hollywood Costume exhibit imported by the Academy  from the Victoria And Albert Museum in London  is really  something to see.  The Academy's Ellen Harrington told me at Wednesday night's opening… Read

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Fox Chief On Oscar Contender ‘Exodus: Gods & Kings': “You Don’t See Movies On This Scale Anymore”

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Earlier today Deadline debuted the new trailer for 20th Century Fox's big Christmas picture Exodus: Gods And Kings. The large-scale biblical drama looks BIG. EPIC. The kind of movie studios used to thrive on but are simply cost-prohibitive these days. Well, they seem to be making a comeback. Ben-Hur, which took 11 Academy Awards in 1959 including Best Picture, is now being remade. Of course Paramount released Darren Aronofsky's Noah early in the year. But Gladiator in… Read

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Oscar Watch: Best Actor Race Most Crowded Ever; Why Academy Should Double Number Of Nominees

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We are only just on the cusp of October and you can already put the “NO VACANCY” sign out on the Best Actor Oscar race. Sorry, no room. Don't even think about jumping in. Every year of late, it seems the Actor race gets richer while the Actress contest actively searches for candidates. Remember how “sure things” Tom Hanks and Robert Redford didn't even make the cut last year? Perhaps that is just a reflection of what juicy roles the industry is offering on either side of… Read

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Ben Affleck Slays ‘Em As ‘Gone Girl’ Launches New York Film Festival And Marches Into Oscar Race

Opening Night Gala Presentation And World Premiere Of "Gone Girl" -Arrivals - 52nd New York Film Festival

The latest stop on the Fall Festival circuit hit the Big Apple Friday night with the opening of the New York Film Festival, which boasts two World Premieres as its key draw for Awards Season attention. They include Warner Bros.' Paul Thomas Anderson-directed Inherent Vice next Saturday, and of course Friday night's unveiling of the much-awaited film adaptation of the best seller Gone Girl  from 20th Century Fox and New Regency which screened  at 6 p.m. and 9 p.m. to… Read

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Jimmy Kimmel To Host Matthew McConaughey’s Cinematheque Tribute As Stars Line Up

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Jimmy Kimmel has been named as host and co-stars Jennifer Garner, Reese Witherspoon and Jessica Chastain are among the first wave of stars announced to pay tribute to Matthew McConaughey as he becomes the 28th recipient of the American Cinematheque Award. The organization's annual benefit gala is October 21 at the Beverly Hilton. Others announced this morning for the show include Cole Hauser, who co-starred as Benny O'Donnell opposite McConaughey in 1993's Dazed And Confus… Read

International

‘Saint Laurent’ Tapped As France’s Entry Into Foreign Language Oscar Race

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The selection of the Foreign Language Oscar entry from France has been one of the more interesting to follow this year given all the controversy surrounding 2013's ultimate decision. The committee that chooses the picture that will represent France has gone with Bertrand Bonello's biopic Saint Laurent, which will premiere next week in the U.S. at the New York Film Festival. Saint Laurent, which Sony Pictures Classics acquired ahead of its Cannes premiere in competition… Read

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Oscar Watch: First-Class Films From Aniston, Connelly, Costner, Gere Still Seek Distributors As Clock Running Out

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The 2014 Oscar clock is running out for powerful, but still unsold, festival showpieces starring Jennifers Aniston and Connelly, as well as Kevin Costner and Richard Gere. Several unspoken-for films came into this year's Toronto International Film Festival determined not only to find a distributor, but to set a 2014 release date. In the case of Still Alicethe touching drama of a woman's descent into early-onset Alzheimer's disease, that plan worked spectacularly well… Read

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