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Amy Adams Will Tell 'The Story Of Your Life' With Director Denis Villeneuve

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • April 2, 2014 9:00 AM
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Amy Adams Denis Villeneuve The Story Of Your Life
Director Denis Villeneuve, already acclaimed on the arthouse circuit for films like "Polytechnique" and "Incendies," firmly made a play for the big leagues last year dropping two unforgettable films on the festival circuit. There was the star studded drama "Prisoners" followed by the mind-bending "Enemy" (now playing in limited release)—both starring Jake Gyllenhaal—that confirmed that the filmmaker refused to be bound by genre and would bring a unique vision to whatever material he's working on. And for his next effort, not only does he have good stuff to work with, but one of the biggest actresses in town coming on board.

Premature Oscar Predictions: The 2015 Best Actress Contenders

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • March 11, 2014 2:10 PM
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Premature Predictions: Actresses, 2015
You know the deal by this point, so we'll get to it as quickly as we can. Every year, to draw a line under the awards season, we take a moment to look ahead at some of the possibilities for the films and performances that we could be talking about in the context of the Oscar race in the eleven months to come. We've already discussed the Best Picture and Best Actor possibilities, and now, we've picked out some potentials to succeed Cate Blanchett as the winner of the Best Actress Academy Award.

Watch: Amy Adams' Tearful Tribute To Philip Seymour Hoffman On ‘Inside the Actors Studio’

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • February 20, 2014 12:24 PM
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We're coming up on three weeks since we learned about the death of Philip Seymour Hoffman, and the loss of his tremendous talent still stings cinephiles the world over. But of course, the weight of his loss is more deeply felt to those who were close to him, and there were few actors who were lucky enough to work him on the level that Amy Adams did. She starred in three films with Hoffman—"Charlie Wilson's War," "Doubt" and "The Master"—and was slated to feature in his next directorial effort "Ezekiel Moss" before he passed away. And clearly, that time with him was special.

Watch: Go Behind The Scenes Of 'American Hustle' With 30-Minute Special 'The Art And Soul Of Survival'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • February 14, 2014 5:19 PM
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American Hustle
Today is what every director, actor, studio executive, PR person, marketing guru and consultant has been building to all awards season long—the start of Oscar voting. But that doesn't mean the campaigns end. Rather, one big push is coming (or has come) and "American Hustle" is being given one last chance to shine.

Oscars: The Best Underrated Performances Of The 2014 Actor & Actress Nominees

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • February 3, 2014 1:47 PM
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Underrated Performances, 2014 Actor & Actress Nominees
The trouble with awards season, especially when it comes to actors who often attract nominations, is that there's a risk that it delegitimizes their work if it doesn't get recognized. If Meryl Streep, say, has countless nominations, than there could be a temptation to think of her performances in less awards-friendly fare as "lesser" work, whereas in fact, the opposite can be true—even in films that are of otherwise questionable quality, the actors can still give remarkable performances.

Amy Adams & Jake Gyllenhaal Join Philip Seymour Hoffman-Directed 'Ezekiel Moss' & More

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • February 1, 2014 11:03 AM
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You'll have to jog your memory a bit, but way back in the fall of 2012, it was announced that Philip Seymour Hoffman would be following his feature directorial debut "Jack Goes Boating" with "Ezekiel Moss," a period-set ghost story. And then nothing much was heard from it. But today the project got a kick in the pants with the addition of two big stars.

Oscars: How The Historic PGA Tie Keeps The Best Picture Race Wide Open, Plus Who Could Upset In The Acting Categories?

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • January 20, 2014 3:27 PM
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Gravity 12 Years A Slave
For a minute, it looked as if the race might be over. David O. Russell's "American Hustle" (and the way that that phrase rhymes alone makes us glad it's a Best Picture nominee) had the momentum going into the Oscar nominations last week, and had even more after it: ten nominations, including Best Picture, Best Director, and four acting nods, one in each category, only the second movie to achieve that feat in the last thirty years (Russell's previous film, "Silver Linings Playbook," being the other).

10 Things We Learned From The 2014 Golden Globes

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • January 13, 2014 1:28 PM
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10 Things We Learned From The 2014 Golden Globes
If you're a salesperson of aspirin, raw eggs or hair-of-the-dog booze in Hollywood, today is a good day for you: it's the morning after the Golden Globes, otherwise known as the single most hungover day in the Hollywood calendar. The night that truly kicks off the two-month-long season of awards ceremonies, all leading up to the Oscars at the start of March, its reputation is as one that not many take seriously, but everyone treats as a bit of a party, with some gloriously decadent shenanigans taking place over the years.

Watch: Louis C.K. Reveals The End Of The Ice Fishing Story In 'American Hustle' Plus New Clip & 6 Featurettes

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • January 8, 2014 3:09 PM
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American Hustle Louis C.K.
There is no such thing as a small role, the old saying goes, and one of the many pleasures to be found in David O. Russell's awards season contender "American Hustle," is Louis C.K.'s turn as Stoddard Thorsen, the supervisor to Bradley Cooper's slowly unraveling FBI agent Richie DiMaso. Throughout the film, the two come head-to-head, bickering over the scope and reach of their operation, and their meetings are usually finished by Stoddard sharing a new portion of an ice fishing story which Richie keeps trying to guess the end of. In the movie, neither the audience nor Richie manage to hear the punchline, but it has finally been revealed.

Watch: New Clip From 'American Hustle' Plus 30-Minute Interview With Director David O. Russell

  • By Cain Rodriguez
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  • December 19, 2013 9:45 AM
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American Hustle
This Friday sees the expanded release of David O. Russell’s delirious “American Hustle” and with the awards contender facing some stiff competition at the box office, you better believe a blitz is on with the director and his cast doing their bit to entice audiences to take a chance on the virtuoso film over the holidays.

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