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For Your Consideration: 10 Overlooked Actors Who Deserve Some Awards Season Attention

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • November 26, 2013 4:17 PM
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  • 35 Comments
Oscars: 10 Overlooked Actors
In the few weeks since we put a spotlight on the Best Actor race, a competitive field has only tightened further. Robert Redford, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Matthew McConaughey and Tom Hanks have only firmed up their status as near-certain nominees, and if there was any doubt that Bruce Dern would pick up a nod, the actor's fierce campaigning makes it more and more likely that it'll come to pass. Short of a real shock, or a swell of momentum for late entrants Christian Bale ("American Hustle") or Leonardo DiCaprio ("The Wolf Of Wall Street"), those will likely be your five nominees come January.

Review: ‘Delivery Man’ Starring Vince Vaughn, Cobie Smulders & Chris Pratt

  • By Charlie Schmidlin
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  • November 20, 2013 4:30 PM
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Delivery Man
Few actors carry the ability of Vince Vaughn in conveying an unique type of smooth-talking weariness, but 51 films into his career that expression has seeped over into the work itself. The jittery wiseguys of “Swingers” and “Return to Paradise” have aged into truly desperate futures; the films that they now inhabit carry only a high-concept logline, a new, forgettable occupation for Vaughn to try, and hopefully a few laughs to render the whole thing serviceable. To the credit of “Delivery Man,” which sees NYC schlub David Wozniak (Vaughn) discovering that his old sperm bank haunt has erred and resulted in 533 of his biological children being produced, Vaughn’s occupation is a little more memorable this time.

Tribeca Review: 'What Richard Did' Is A Stark, Sobering Drama Of Guilt And Regret

  • By Gabe Toro
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  • April 26, 2013 6:02 PM
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  • 27 Comments
Last week, Matt Singer wrote a solid Criticwire piece on spoilers and film reviews, discussing the right, or lack thereof, of readers complaining about spoilers in reviews. I don't subscribe to the theory of spoilers because films aren't simply a cherry-picked collection of moments: it makes no difference whether you say if Tom Cruise survives at the end of "Oblivion" compared to sharing with someone the content of his dubious opening narration (side note: you can't spoil a Tom Cruise movie anyway). So, look, if you're marching headfirst into a review for a movie called "What Richard Did" and you don't want to know what Richard did, then wait for us to build a Complaint Dept. and we will forward your emails there.

On The Rise: 11 Actors To Watch In 2013

  • By The Playlist Staff
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  • March 11, 2013 12:16 PM
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It's a pretty exciting time to watch the current crop of leading men emerge. Names like Ryan Gosling, Michael Fassbender and Tom Hardy are some of the most interesting actors to follow these days, each them choose to work with great talent and take on fascinating roles. Their stars are still in ascendance, but they've certainly proved a breath of fresh air to the movies in the last few years.

Newcomer Jack Reynor Lands Co-Starring Role Opposite Mark Wahlberg In 'Transformers 4'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • January 8, 2013 4:15 PM
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Even though the trailer for his upcoming "small" movie "Pain & Gain" showed us the Michael Bay we forgot about -- fun, ridiculous, over-the-top, funny -- dude has sports cars to buy, so he's dully shooting "Transformers 4" next. Sigh. And Bay has been busy over the fall, testing various young things to take roles opposite Mark Wahlberg in the movie, and now he's found his new Shia LaBeouf.

First Image From 'Mortal Instruments' Arrives, Four Testing For Male Lead In 'Divergent' Opposite Shailene Woodley

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • November 14, 2012 12:20 PM
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With "Twilight" wrapping up its final installment this week, there's clearly a certain amount of jostling to be the next big young adult franchise going on. "The Hunger Games" certainly has the early lead, but that franchise is already eyeing its 2015 endgame by hiring Francis Lawrence to direct the two-part finale, 'Mockingjay,' so the field is still fairly open. And there's plenty on the way, with two of the contenders starting to show their wares or shape up their casts.

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