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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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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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