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Weinstein Co. Awards Plans Come Into Focus: What Are Their Oscar Frontrunners?

Dating a film says a lot about a distributor's plans. So the later the film comes out--in the thick of the most congested season of the year-- the more willing the company is to step up and promote. It means they have skin in the Oscar game. There's no other reason to put out a limited-release movie in that time frame. Every year, Hollywood looks to the Weinstein Co. to put several awards-season players in the race. What are they?
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • July 28, 2014 12:56 PM
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WATCH: James McAvoy & Jessica Chastain Are Lovers Torn Asunder in 'Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby' Trailer

At last, the trailer has arrived for Ned Benson's hotly buzzed-about two-hander romance "The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby," starring James McAvoy and Jessica Chastain as lovers in a rough patch. Is it an Oscar contender?
  • By Ryan Lattanzio
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  • June 27, 2014 4:24 PM
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Career Watch: Will James McAvoy’s ‘X’ Factor Raise His Stature?

With its time-traveling multi-generational cast, “X-Men: Days of Future Past” is a-swarm with super-powered beings. Yet James McAvoy manages to prove -- as he did before in 2011’s “X-Men: First Class” -- that brains are often as crucial as brawn when it comes to comic-book heroes.
  • By Susan Wloszczyna
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  • May 25, 2014 11:11 AM
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Is 'X-Men: Days of Future Past' Just Another Marvel Mutant Retread? Critics Don't Think So

Director Bryan Singer's mutant mash "X-Men: Days of Future Past" doesn't hit theaters until May 23, but early reviews have landed. Is the latest Marvel entry of the Summer just another expensive, fans-only spectacle? Or is there substance here?
  • By Ryan Lattanzio
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  • May 13, 2014 4:07 PM
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Which Version of 'Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby' Will We See This Fall?

When it premiered at Toronto last Fall, writer/director Ned Benson's "The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby," like monogrammed towels, appeared in two version: "Him," and "Her." So what version will we see this Fall?
  • By Ryan Lattanzio
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  • May 7, 2014 3:37 PM
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WATCH: Final Trailer for 'X-Men: Days of Future Past,' Plus Fanboy Q&A with Jackman, Fassbender & McAvoy

The third and final trailer for director Bryan Singer's "X-Men: Days of Future Past," one of the summer's most hotly anticipated movies, has arrived. Watch it here, plus a 20-minute Q&A with stars Hugh Jackman, Michael Fassbender and James McAvoy.
  • By Ryan Lattanzio
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  • April 16, 2014 11:16 AM
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Jameson Empire Award Voters Favor British Home Team

Movie fans from the UK and other countries vote for the annual Jameson Empire Awards, which honor blockbusters, indies and British films alike. This year they went overboard for the home team.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • March 30, 2014 4:28 PM
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Jessica Chastain & Ned Benson Talk the Long Road to TIFF Hit 'The Disappearance Of Eleanor Rigby'

One of the unforeseen but delightful surprises at this year's Toronto International Film Festival was "The Disappearance Of Eleanor Rigby." I must confess that, stumbling bleary-eyed into its first 9 am press screening, I did feel slightly concerned about the 190-minute running time of writer-director Ned Benson's debut.
  • By Matt Mueller
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  • September 23, 2013 6:04 AM
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First Look: Jessica Chastain and James McAvoy in Two-Part Love Story 'The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby: Him and Her'

With the TIFF special screening announcement of two-part love story "The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby: Him and Her" comes the first glimpse of the films, starring Jessica Chastain and James McAvoy. It is directed by first-time feature filmmaker Ned Benson.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • July 23, 2013 1:26 PM
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Britain's 2013 Olivier Award Nominees Include Helen Mirren, James McAvoy, Kristin Scott Thomas

Nominees for the 2013 Olivier Awards were announced today, including notable screen actors Helen Mirren, Rupert Evertt, Kristin Scott Thomas and James McAvoy for their recent stage performances. Britain's equivalent of the Tonys, the awards are presented annually by the Society of London Theatre to honor excellence in professional stage productions.
  • By Ryan Lattanzio
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  • March 27, 2013 2:22 PM
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