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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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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.

Sorry Ridley Scott, Isaiah Washington Is Going To Tackle A Football Concussion Drama First

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • November 13, 2013 2:58 PM
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Look out fairy tales, young adult novels and toys — it looks like the hot new material around town is football head injury dramas. Wait, what? Well, it certainly seems that way with reports hitting last week that Ridley Scott was starting development on a drama out the health crisis in the sport. But considering that project might not even get made, given Scott's plethora of things to choose from at any moment, it's not a shock another movie is going to tackle the subject first.

'12 Years A Slave' Leads Gotham Award Nominees; 'Inside Llewyn Davis, 'Upstream Color' & More Earn Nods

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • October 24, 2013 10:44 AM
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12 Years A Slave
... and here we go. Even though we're not even in November, and with two more months of movies and awards season contenders to come, the Gotham Independent Film Awards have announced their nominees for 2013. While this may be "the first major awards ceremony of the film season," the real accomplishment here is shining a light on the kind of well-made, acclaimed movies that will unfortunately be forgotten as the heavier hitters with more money behind them elbow their way to the Dolby Theater in February.

Review: D.C. Sniper Drama 'Blue Caprice' Starring Isaiah Washington

  • By Gabe Toro
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  • September 13, 2013 11:34 AM
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Perhaps reading the tabloids gives a greater insight as to why an actor like Isaiah Washington currently works on the periphery of Hollywood. Handsome, forceful, and compelling, Washington drives “Blue Caprice,” a new drama that chronicles the D.C.-wide sniper shootings of 2002. As John Allen Muhammad, Washington is tasked with bringing a semblance of recognizable logic to a man who clearly operated on a more broken plane of morality. It’s not an easy task, as Alexandre Moors’ film also has to present this man as charismatic and friendly enough to make innocents comply with his worldview.

Watch: New Trailer For Beltway Sniper Drama 'Blue Caprice' Goes Hunting

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • August 15, 2013 1:39 PM
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It was over a decade ago, so it might be easy to forget just how drastic the impact the Beltway Snipers had not just on the Washington, D.C., Maryland, and Virginia area, but the nation as a whole. For nearly a month, it dominated the news while folks along Interstate 95 feared for their lives, thinking they might be the next person to be randomly picked off. And while there have been a couple of movies about those events, none seem to have the electricity of "Blue Caprice."

Exclusive: Poster For Sundance Beltway Snipers Drama 'Blue Caprice'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • August 14, 2013 5:20 PM
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Blue Caprice
While all eyes are currently on the fall festival season, it's always easy to forget that the cinematic year already has a strong crop of movies that have already had their red carpet rollout and are gearing up to hit theaters. And one to keep an eye out for is "Blue Caprice," which premiered in January at the Sundance Film Festival. Starring Isaiah Washington, Tequan Richmond, Joey Lauren Adams and Tim Blake Nelson, it's based on the chilling true story of the Beltway Sniper, who kept Washington, D.C., Maryland, and Virginia at a standstill in October 2002 but randomly killing people along Interstate 95 with no apparent rhyme or reason.

Edward James Olmos & Isaiah Washington Star In John Sayles' Next Film 'Go For Sisters'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • July 2, 2012 5:47 PM
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John Sayles is still churning out films on a fairly regular basis, and his most recent effort “Amigo” got its limited release in theaters in August last year. Starring Chris Cooper, Garret Dillahunt and Dane DeHaan (“Chronicle”), the film was moderately well received, but grossed a tiny $184k from its release on a maximum of 10 screens. To say it was small would be an understatement. But such is the state of financing these days where guys like Sayles are left on the sidelines. But, keen to keep his fanbase updated with plans for his next film, Sayles has taken to his blog to speak about his upcoming 18th feature.

Michael K. Williams & Isaiah Washington Team For Indie-Thriller 'The Suspect'

  • By Simon Dang
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  • September 27, 2011 2:59 AM
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After years of excellent work, Michael K. Williams is finally starting to reap the rewards in a mainstream capacity with a recurring role on the Martin Scorsese-backed HBO series "Boardwalk Empire," a guest spot on this season of "Community," and more recently, a role that looks good to go in Quentin Tarantino's "Django Unchained" specifically written after Williams lost out the lead role to Jamie Foxx.

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