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10 Oscar Underdogs Who Stand the Best Chance at Gold

16 October 2017 4:19 PM, PDT | Thompson on Hollywood | See recent Thompson on Hollywood news »

Ten months into the year, it’s hard out here for an Oscar contender. Being worthy of remembering, or being watched by Academy members, demands a warm film-festival reception, rave reviews, effective marketing and distribution, strong theater attendance, and word of mouth. Check out this curated (alphabetical) selection of long-shot performers who are worthy of Oscar consideration, but may see their movies get lost in the intense competitive awards shuffle.

1. Bryan Cranston

Category: Best Actor

Awards: Nominated for Best Actor by SAG and the Oscars for “Trumbo,” Cranston won three Best Actor in a Drama Emmys for playing Walter White in “Breaking Bad” and won SAG Best Actor in TV movie as Lbj in “All the Way.”

Last Hit: “Why Him?” ($60 million domestic)

Title: “Last Flag Flying” (Amazon Studios)

Bottom Line: This layered New York Film Festival opener stars Cranston in one of his signature large, colorful, entertaining performances as Sal, »

- Anne Thompson

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10 Oscar Underdogs Who Stand the Best Chance at Gold

16 October 2017 4:19 PM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Ten months into the year, it’s hard out here for an Oscar contender. Being worthy of remembering, or being watched by Academy members, demands a warm film-festival reception, rave reviews, effective marketing and distribution, strong theater attendance, and word of mouth. Check out this curated (alphabetical) selection of long-shot performers who are worthy of Oscar consideration, but may see their movies get lost in the intense competitive awards shuffle.

1. Bryan Cranston

Category: Best Actor

Awards: Nominated for Best Actor by SAG and the Oscars for “Trumbo,” Cranston won three Best Actor in a Drama Emmys for playing Walter White in “Breaking Bad” and won SAG Best Actor in TV movie as Lbj in “All the Way.”

Last Hit: “Why Him?” ($60 million domestic)

Title: “Last Flag Flying” (Amazon Studios)

Bottom Line: This layered New York Film Festival opener stars Cranston in one of his signature large, colorful, entertaining performances as Sal, »

- Anne Thompson

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Rome Film Fest Announces Hollywood-Heavy Lineup

10 October 2017 5:00 AM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

For its 12th year, the Rome Film Festival is getting a heavy dose of Hollywood.

The Rome lineup, announced Tuesday, includes a slew of awards-season titles from the U.S., including Kathryn Bigelow's Detroit, Craig Gillespie's I, Tonya, Richard Linklater's Last Flag Flying, Steven Soderbergh's Logan Lucky, Dee Rees' Mudbound, Marc Webb's The Only Living Boy in New York, David Gordon Green's Stronger and Matthew Newton's Who We Are Now.

As previously announced, Scott Cooper's Western Hostiles will open the fest. The film is already picking up Oscar buzz for star Christian Bale.

Other highlights in Rome this year include Eugene Jarecki's Promised Land, »

- Ariston Anderson

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Review: Stronger

9 October 2017 2:12 AM, PDT | Pure Movies | See recent Pure Movies news »

This is the Pure Movies review of Stronger, directed by David Gordon Green and starring Jake Gyllenhaal, Tatiana Maslany, Miranda Richardson, Richard Lane Jr. and Nate Richman. It’s very easy to look upon film adaptations of real-life atrocities with a healthy degree of cynicism. ‘How can you even think about converting tragedy into commercial product?’ you might think, and sometimes this is a perfectly valid question. More often than not, though, such works can shed an illuminating light on the national psyche, whether it’s a nuanced rumination on the complexity of understanding random acts of violence (Elephant), a visceral dramatisation of one of the defining moments in modern history (United 93) or a simple act of providing a human face to an all-too-common headline (Fruitvale Station). Stronger, David Gordon Green’s contribution to the dialogue, takes a story that could easily become mired in cloying gung-ho American flag-waving and, »

- Joshua Glenn

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‘The Florida Project’ Scores at Specialty Box Office as ‘Victoria & Abdul’ Soars

8 October 2017 10:48 AM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Fresh off the New York Film Festival, Sean Baker’s acclaimed “The Florida Project” (A24) sprinted ahead of the over-crowded fall specialty pack, as some 35 titles launched in limited runs this weekend. Backed by some of the best reviews of the year, the Cannes pickup marks Baker’s breakout following succès d’estime “Tangerine.”

“Victoria & Abdul” (Focus) is setting the early pace for this awards season’s contenders, with Judi Dench showing yet again her strength as a draw.

Most other openings appealed to niche audiences, with several documentaries competing to get review attention that might position them for later awards consideration. While another Nyff title, Agnes Varda and J.R.’s “Faces, Places” (Cohen), nabbed the best reviews, none did more than modest business.

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The Florida Project (A24) – Metacritic: 94; Festivals include: Cannes, Toronto, New York 2017

$152,622 in 4 theaters; PTA (per theater average): $38,156

Sean Baker’s sixth feature follows his »

- Tom Brueggemann

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The Real Hero from “Stronger:” Who is Jeff Bauman?

6 October 2017 11:00 AM, PDT | TVovermind.com | See recent TVovermind.com news »

Jeff Bauman was one of the people who survived the Boston Marathon bombing. Due to that incident, he lost both of his legs but managed to make a recovery with the help of a wide range of people. In 2014, he released a memoir about the experience called Stronger, which has since been turned into a movie of the same name with Jake Gyllenhaal playing him. Here are five things that you may or may not have known about Jeff Bauman: At the Marathon to Cheer for His Girlfriend In 2013, Bauman was standing at the finish line for the

The Real Hero from “Stronger:” Who is Jeff Bauman? »

- Nat Berman

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Jake Gyllenhaal to Discuss Career at Rome Film Fest

5 October 2017 8:18 AM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

Jake Gyllenhaal will return to the Rome Film Fest a decade after attending its second edition for the film Rendition.

This time around, the actor will participate in the Rome event's popular "Close Encounters" series, which features famous personalities in conversation with festival director Antonio Monda. 

Gyllenhaal, who was nominated for an Oscar for his performance in Brokeback Mountain, will discuss his career, which has included very different roles in such films as Donnie Darko, Zodiac, Prisoners and Nocturnal Animals

Rome Film Fest will also screen Gyllenhaal's new film, Stronger, the true story of Jeff Bauman, who lost his legs in the 2013 Boston Marathon bombing. Both Gyllenhaal and Bauman will promote the film in Rome. 

"I am extremely »

- Ariston Anderson

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'Stronger' Team on Crafting an Authentic "Portrait of Struggle"

3 October 2017 1:58 PM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

Stronger isn't the first movie about the 2013 Boston Marathon bombing, but the film, which stars Jake Gyllenhaal as survivor Jeff Bauman, focuses more on Bauman and his family's effort to overcome a tragedy and move forward in the months after a traumatic event.

"I think it goes beyond the headlines," Tatiana Maslany, who plays Bauman's on-again, off-again girlfriend Erin Hurley in the movie, told The Hollywood Reporter ahead of a recent screening. "Jeff was sort of touted as this hero and that was something that was uncomfortable for him to carry, and really it's about these individual »

- Hilary Lewis

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Movie News: See Daisy Ridley Go Blonde in 'Chaos Walking'; Judy Greer Touted for 'Halloween'

3 October 2017 12:00 PM, PDT | Movies.com | See recent Movies.com news »

Chaos Walking: Daisy Ridley (Murder on the Orient Express, above) shared a photo on social media (below), revealing that she has dramatically changed her appearance for a role in Chaos Walking. She stars alongside Tom Holland (also in the photo) as two people on the run in a dystopian world on the brink of war. Doug Liman (American Made) is directing; the movie is scheduled to hit theaters on March 1, 2019. [Facebook via ScreenCrush]   Halloween: Judy Greer (above) is in talks to join the cast of Halloween. If things work out, Greer will portray Karen Strode, the daughter of Laurie Strode, who will once again be played by Jamie Lee Curtis. The new Halloween is based on a screenplay by Danny McBride and David Gordon Green (Stronger); Green will direct the horror...

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- Peter Martin

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Judy Greer in talks to play Jamie Lee Curtis' daughter in Halloween sequel

2 October 2017 4:11 PM, PDT | JoBlo.com | See recent JoBlo news »

Yet another Halloween sequel seems like a pointless prospect, after all, how can you ever hope to live up to John Carpenter's magnificent original? But, a Halloween sequel which will disregard everything after the first sequel directed by David Gordon Green (Stronger) from a script written by himself and Danny McBride (Vice Principals), well, that's interesting; combined with John... Read More »

- Kevin Fraser

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Cinemaholics #34: American Made Review

1 October 2017 5:47 PM, PDT | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

Tom Cruise is back in the cockpit as Barry Seal in American Made, which means the Cinemaholics have just landed to discuss what they think about the new film that’s sweeping the box office.

For Mini Reviews, Jon Negroni, Maveryke Hines and Will Ashton cover some exciting new movies and shows worth checking out. Jon and Will saw Battle of the Sexes, starring Emma Stone and Steve Carrell, and have a battle of their own debating the film’s merits.

Maveryke, meanwhile, lets us know “what the deal” is with Jerry Before Seinfeld, a new comedy special on Netflix. Finally, Will boldly reviews Star Trek Discovery, arguing whether or not we’ll prosper from the new series, and Jon finishes out with a heartfelt review of Stronger, starring Jake Gyllenhaal and Tatiana Maslany.

As always, here are the links to what was discussed this week (your Cinemahomework):

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- Jon Negroni

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Harry Dean Stanton’s Last Film ‘Lucky’ Leads Crowded Specialty Box Office

1 October 2017 10:17 AM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Nearly 30 specialized films debuted in New York and/or Los Angeles this week. And with Yom Kippur falling right during the weekend, it meant most potentially high-end titles avoided the date (unlike last weekend).

Perhaps the highest-profile among them, “Our Souls at Night” starring Robert Redford and Jane Fonda, is debuting on Netflix film at the same time it played a few scattered big city play dates (grosses are not available).

Among those that opened, “Lucky” (Magnolia), Harry Dean Stanton’s second to last acting role, opened ahead of the rest. The initial limited full week (prior to its one-day showings) of “Pearl Jam: Let’s Play Two” (Abramorama) showed some strength, while “Mark Felt: The Man Who Brought Down the White House” (Sony Pictures Classics) fared less well in its limited showings. An exclusive opening in Los Angeles of the surfer documentary “Take Every Wave” (IFC) in Los Angeles was impressive, »

- Tom Brueggemann

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Jake Gyllenhaal Wishes Someone Would Set Him Up on a Date - If Only We Could Think of Someone

29 September 2017 1:10 PM, PDT | Popsugar.com | See recent Popsugar news »

Image Source: Getty / Mike Pont Jake Gyllenhaal nabbed a feature for Elle this week in support of his new film Stronger, in which he portrays real-life Boston bombing survivor Jeff Bauman. In the profile, Jake admitted to being "nervous" upon meeting the 31-year-old, saying, "It was initially awkward. Inevitably, when you're dealing with a real-life story, there's the knowledge that nothing you can do will ever match what [Jeff] went through." Related44 Pictures of Jake That Will Have You Saying "Gyllenhaal-alujah!" In addition to sharing his thoughts on being set up on dates, Jake also opened up about masculinity and the ever-changing ideas of what it means to "be a man." The 36-year-old, who attended the Women's March on Washington with older sister Maggie in January, also shared the biggest lessons he's learned from the women in his life, including his mother, playwright Naomi Foner. Check out his insightful (and swoon-worthy) quotes below. »

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Jake Gyllenhaal Is All for Being Set Up on Dates: 'I Absolutely Encourage It'

29 September 2017 11:48 AM, PDT | Entertainment Tonight | See recent Entertainment Tonight news »

Jake Gyllenhaal isn't afraid of a blind date or two.

The 36-year-old actor is featured in the October issue of Elle magazine and admits that he doesn't mind being set up by his friends -- in fact, he champions the idea.

Watch: Jake Gyllenhaal Reacts to ‘Jake Doing Things’ Memes -- ‘Sandwiches Are Hilarious!’

"People should do it more often. I absolutely encourage it," Gyllenhaal quips. "There should be more of that in my life."

However, he then implies that he might not have initially understood the question, adding, "When you said 'set you up,' I thought you meant for a prank."

While the Stronger star is open to romantic relationships, he also seems content with being single. "I don’t get lonely. I have myself," he says. "I have a really wonderful group of friends, and I have a life I love in New York City. When you have a foundation that’s strong, you can »

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David Gordon Green says his Halloween sequel will be unique

28 September 2017 5:21 PM, PDT | JoBlo.com | See recent JoBlo news »

Another Halloween sequel/remake was likely inevitable, but I doubt that many of us would have guessed that it would originate from David Gordon Green (Stronger) and Danny McBride (Vice Principals), or that John Carpenter would be involved and that Jamie Lee Curtis would be returning to reprise her role of Laurie Strode. Suddenly, the stage seems set for something uniquely terrifying... Read More »

- Kevin Fraser

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Oscar Opportunity: Why There Are So Many Last-Minute Entries in the 2018 Awards Race

27 September 2017 1:16 PM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Way back in 2008, Fox Searchlight jumped into Oscar action with Toronto pickup “The Wrestler;” it yielded two 2009 Oscar acting nominations for Mickey Rourke and Marisa Tomei. Similarly, having lost “Birth of a Nation” as a viable candidate, Searchlight picked up “Jackie” at Tiff 2016 and landed three nominations including Natalie Portman for Best Actress. Last-minute Oscar-hopeful buys are relatively rare; awards campaigns aren’t meant to be rush jobs. However, it sometimes pays to be opportunistic and the 2018 race looks like one of those years.

Eager to prove itself, rising indie Neon plunked down $5 million for North American rights to “I, Tonya” (December 8), even though Margot Robbie and Allison Janney will go up against intense competition in the two Actress categories.

Read More:‘I, Tonya’ Director Reveals Tonya Harding’s Reaction to the Breakout Biopic — Tiff

That rookie energy also fueled Byron Allen’s Entertainment Studios, which not only scooped up »

- Anne Thompson

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Oscar Opportunity: Why There Are So Many Last-Minute Entries in the 2018 Awards Race

27 September 2017 1:16 PM, PDT | Thompson on Hollywood | See recent Thompson on Hollywood news »

Way back in 2008, Fox Searchlight jumped into Oscar action with Toronto pickup “The Wrestler;” it yielded two 2009 Oscar acting nominations for Mickey Rourke and Marisa Tomei. Similarly, having lost “Birth of a Nation” as a viable candidate, Searchlight picked up “Jackie” at Tiff 2016 and landed three nominations including Natalie Portman for Best Actress. Last-minute Oscar-hopeful buys are relatively rare; awards campaigns aren’t meant to be rush jobs. However, it sometimes pays to be opportunistic and the 2018 race looks like one of those years.

Eager to prove itself, rising indie Neon plunked down $5 million for North American rights to “I, Tonya” (December 8), even though Margot Robbie and Allison Janney will go up against intense competition in the two Actress categories.

Read More:‘I, Tonya’ Director Reveals Tonya Harding’s Reaction to the Breakout Biopic — Tiff

That rookie energy also fueled Byron Allen’s Entertainment Studios, which not only scooped up »

- Anne Thompson

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A24’s Oscar Blitz: How The Studio is Positioning 9 Contenders After ‘Moonlight’s Best Picture Win

27 September 2017 12:58 PM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

After last year’s three-Oscar haul for “Moonlight,” including Best Picture, A24 wants to prove that was no anomaly. Here’s what the rising young distributor will push this awards season. (Remember: A year ago, “Moonlight” wasn’t viewed as a likely Best Picture contender — much less the big winner.)

Co-founded by David Fenkel, John Hodges, and Daniel Katz, A24 is known for edgy arthouse pleasers that eschew conventional storytelling. “Moonlight” was the company’s first original production; its other box office players include Oscar-winners “Ex Machina,” “Room,” and “Amy,” and smart horror flick “The Witch.” But none have passed the $27 million box office earned by “Moonlight.”

Read More:Why Greta Gerwig’s ‘Lady Bird’ Is a Serious Oscar Contender

After the fall trifecta of Venice, Telluride and Toronto, the company has three bonafide awards contenders: SXSW’s well-reviewed true story “The Disaster Artist” (December 1), director James Franco’s 14th »

- Anne Thompson

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Watch Exclusive 'Stronger' Clip: You Don't Owe Me Anything

27 September 2017 10:00 AM, PDT | Fandango | See recent Fandango news »

Celebration turned to tragedy in an instant in the 2013 Boston Marathon bombing. Two homemade bombs took the lives of three innocent souls and injured several hundred people, including more than a dozen who lost limbs. Jeff Bauman (Jake Gyllenhaal) lost his legs as he waited at the finishing line for his girlfriend Erin Hurley (Tatiana Maslany) to complete the marathon. But that was only the beginning of the story that is told in Stronger, which follows Jeff's attempts to walk again and...

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Fall Movie Preview: A Guide to Totally Early Oscar 2018 Predictions

26 September 2017 8:00 AM, PDT | Entertainment Tonight | See recent Entertainment Tonight news »

An Oscar movie could hit theaters at any time during the year -- as far as the rules are concerned, it only needs to be released between Jan. 1 and Dec. 31 to be eligible -- but everyone knows that all of the true contenders arrive in the last quarter of the year.

I suppose some Academy-worthy movies have already been released: Dunkirk, right? The Big Sick and Get Out less likely, but perhaps! I guess some people believe Wonder Woman could really get a Best Picture nomination.... So, instead of considering this our first round of Oscar predictions, think of it as a Ones to Watch list to prepare you as studios start showing off their films that could earn noms at next year's Academy Awards. (Which are still five months away, Fyi, on March 4, 2018.)

Best Picture

The Contenders: The surest things at this point appear to be The Shape of Water, Guillermo del Toro's already »

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