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First Look: Amy Adams And Christoph Waltz In Tim Burton's 'Big Eyes'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • August 3, 2014 10:33 PM
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Big Eyes
It's a scandal that occupies a curious corner of art history, but this Oscar season, it's being brought to the big screen. Tim Burton turns his eye to something less fantastical with this upcoming "Big Eyes," telling the story of art enthusiasts Margaret and Walter Keane, who rose to prominence thanks to the titular paintings. However, when their relationship dissolved, Margaret took Walter to court, claiming he took credit for the paintings she actually created, leading to one of the most bizarre things to ever happen during a legal proceeding — a paint off.

Review: 'Lullaby' Starring Garrett Hedlund, Amy Adams, Richard Jenkins, Terrence Howard, Jennifer Hudson & More

  • By Nikola Grozdanovic
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  • June 10, 2014 5:12 PM
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Lullaby
Death is taken for granted way too often in movies. If someone could measure the average time spent on a character death in a modern Hollywood film, we’d wager it would be less than five minutes and even that feels generous. Actor and producer Andrew Levitas’ debut as a director goes a long way into correcting that by setting his story at death’s door and placing the viewer in the personal center of it.

Watch: New Trailer For Dramedy 'Lullaby' Starring Garrett Hedlund & Amy Adams Brings More Feelings

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • June 4, 2014 2:50 PM
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Lullaby
This weekend brings "The Fault In Our Stars" (our review), the twee story of two teens, with cancer, who fall in love, all while the story builds to a climax that will require you to have a box of Kleenex at your side, at the ready. But if you have some hankies left over, perhaps you can save them for "Lullaby."

Watch: First Trailer For Euthanasia Dramedy 'Lullaby' Starring Garrett Hedlund & Amy Adams

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • May 1, 2014 9:28 PM
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Lullaby, Garett Hedlund
Yeah, we know, we forgot about this one too. Waaaaay back in 2012 — yep, two years ago — it was announced that Garrett Hedlund, Amy Adams, Richard Jenkins, Terrence Howard, Jennifer Hudson and Jessica Brown-Findlay were making a movie called "Lullaby." Cool story bro, and like everyone else, it was wiped from our memory. Well the thing was filmed and usually, if a movie starring this kind of ensemble takes forever to arrive, and once it does, its in the hands of a tiny indie distributor, the results probably aren't so hot. And now you can judge for yourself, as the first trailer is here.

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.

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