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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.

Exclusive: First Official Image From 'Suite Francaise' Starring Michelle Williams & Matthias Schoenaerts

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • September 2, 2013 9:44 AM
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Is it a bit ridiculous to already be pining for next year's festival season? Alright, it totally is ridiculous but we're probably not alone in being stoked for "Suite Francaise," if only because it brings together Michelle Williams and Matthias Schoenaerts for a wartime romance. And with lensing taking place this summer, some early images from the film have arrived along with an official synopsis and director's statement to give a sense of what's in store.

Watch: Trailer For Steven Spielberg Produced JFK TV Doc 'Letters To Jackie' Featuring All-Star Voice Cast

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • June 17, 2013 2:26 PM
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This fall will mark fifty years since November 22, 1963 -- a date that continues to haunt American history. When John F. Kennedy was assassinated, it seemed to mark an undeniable shift in the country, away from the positivity and hope that followed War War II, into a more fraught and frightened era with more wars overseas, social and political upheaval and much more. To mark the anniversary, there will undoubtedly be a ton of programming and films to choose from, and this is one of them.

Joel Edgerton In Demand: Actor Joins Johnny Depp In 'Black Mass' & Michelle Williams In 'The Double Hour'

  • By Edward Davis
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  • May 15, 2013 8:11 PM
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The Great Gatsby, Joel Edgerton
Has Aussie actor Joel Edgerton become Hollywood's new it-man? He turned heads with a jerk in 2010's crime thriller, "Animal Kingdom" (we immediately took notice) and gained further acclaim for his toe to toe role with Tom Hardy in the underloved MMA drama "Warrior." Directors of note also took notice. Kathryn Bigelow cast him for a small but important role in "Zero Dark Thirty," and he arguably stole the show from Leonardo DiCaprio, Carey Mulligan and the rest of the cast in Baz Luhrmann's "The Great Gatsby." So what's next for an encore? Two plum roles in two major projects everyone's keeping a close eye on.

Scarlett Johansson Joins Jon Favreau's 'Chef' As Michelle Williams & Marion Cotillard Circle Rival Bradley Cooper Pic

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • May 15, 2013 11:25 AM
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The culinary arts and filmmaking don't seem to go together that often. You get the occasional great picture set in the restaurant world -- "Big Night" and "Ratatouille" spring to mind -- but more often than not, you end up with films more like "No Reservations" when you try to put cooks on screen. But now, chefs are suddenly the new, uh, Snow White, with two big names gearing up rival foodie-related pictures, to the extent that legal issues may be brewing over their titles.

Michelle Williams Offered Lead In Remake Of 'South Pacific'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • May 10, 2013 9:25 AM
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So here's some interesting news of the day: Bob Balaban is producing a remake of the musical "South Pacific." It's a bit surprising considering his credits as a producer thus far have been few, with "Gosford Park" the most notable, but yeah, he's hoping to give the Rodgers and Hammerstein stage musical a contemporary big screen redo. And he's found someone to possibly be his new Mitzi Gaynor.

The Weinstein Company Booking 'Suite Francaise' With Michelle Williams & Matthias Schoenaerts

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • April 16, 2013 10:00 AM
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The Weinstein Company are carrying an impressive 2013 slate with "Grace Of Monaco," "August: Osage County," "Salinger," "Fruitvale," "The Butler" and "The Grandmaster" all dated, and "Snowpiercer," "Lowlife" and "Mandela: Long Walk To Freedom" (hopefully) expected this year as well. And it seems they are looking ahead to 2014, as they've picked up a movie that already boasts a promising pedigree.

The Playlist Bares All: 20 Unforgettable Nude Scenes

  • By The Playlist Staff
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  • April 12, 2013 10:51 AM
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20 Unforgettable Nude Scenes
Not to dick around, but we've got nudity on the boob right now. Mind. On the mind. Thing is, with an intriguing article over at EW exploring the death of the movie sex scene and the rise of the New Prudishness, with waves made over Kristen Stewart's nudity and handjobs in "On the Road," and now with this week's "Trance" under fire from some quarters for Rosario Dawson's (some say plot-driven, others say gratuitous) birthday suit scene, we've been thinking about nakedness in film almost as much as Seth McFarlane was when he wrote his already-infamous Oscars opening song, though largely without, we hope, the sniggering misogyny.

Review: 'Oz The Great And Powerful' Dresses Up Dull Prequel Story With Special Effects Wizardry

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • March 1, 2013 9:00 AM
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We’re coming up on 75 years since MGM’s Technicolor wonder “The Wizard Of Oz” first enchanted audiences on screen, and at the time it was already the fourth movie based on the works of L. Frank Baum. Of course, it has become not only the best known version, but an American cinema classic and icon, and so the prospect of a prequel is always one that was greeted with some wariness. There’s not only the pressure of living up to a film that has been beloved by generations of filmgoers, but there's also the often undiscussed issue of whether or not adding backstory and additional mythology is simply answering a question no one asked. As studios continue to mine fables, fairy tales and comics for franchises, it’s a query they will continue to grapple with, but as for the results cooked up in Disney and director Sam Raimi’s “Oz The Great And Powerful,” it’s a lot of smoke and light, without much behind it.

Watch: Bubbles & Fireballs In 2 New Clips From 'Oz The Great And Powerful'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • February 21, 2013 4:19 PM
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Are you ready to go back down the yellow brick road? Sam Raimi's prequel "Oz The Great And Powerful" is on the way, but it's a brand-new story from the magical land, with a new cast of characters having some adventures and trying to ensure that everyone has a happy ending. It's an ambitious project, and two more clips have arrived to tease what you'll encounter in merry old Oz.

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