Potential Contenders for the Foreign Language Film Oscar Make Their Mark ... New York Film Fest: Top-Secret Edward Snowden Doc Added to Lineup ... ‘Pride’ Angles for Golden Globe Musical-Comedy Categories ... Hollywood Heads to Broadway ... Shekhar Kapur Will Chair 2014 Capri, Hollywood International Film Fest ... Five Possible Oscar Nominees Awaiting Distribution Deals ... Feinberg Forecast: The Awards Landscape After Telluride and Toronto, Before New York ... Toronto: ‘Imitation Game’ Audience Award Win Puts Weinsteins Back in Oscar Season Pole Position ...
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Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Potential Contenders for the Foreign Language Film Oscar Make Their Mark


By Anjelica Oswald
Managing Editor

As the Oct. 1 deadline approaches for foreign language submissions, countries are starting to name their entries or at least schedule their announcements. Germany, Turkey, Sweden, and Mexico are among the countries who have already announced their entries. Belgium intends on announcing its choice on Sept. 19, Canada is releasing its option Sept. 23 and Denmark is choosing its submission from a shortlist of three films on Sept. 18. Other countries have also scheduled their announcements for later this month.

A record 76 films were submitted to the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences last year for best foreign language film. A shortlist of nine films was released in December and then the final five nominees were announced in January. In the end, Paolo Sorrentino‘s The Great Beauty (La Grande Bellezza) won Italy its 11th Oscar, the most foreign-language wins of any country. Italy has yet to announce an official submission, but they released a shortlist of seven films that they will choose from and announce on Sept. 24.

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Tuesday, September 16, 2014

New York Film Fest: Top-Secret Edward Snowden Doc Added to Lineup


By Scott Feinberg
The Hollywood Reporter

The New York Film Festival is entering its 52nd year, but never before, in its long and rich history, has it done what it did today: namely, added a film —Laura Poitras‘ new documentary about Edward SnowdenCITIZENFOUR — to its main slate after the lineup had already been announced.

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Tuesday, September 16, 2014

‘Pride’ Angles for Golden Globe Musical-Comedy Categories

By Scott Feinberg
The Hollywood Reporter

On Monday night, most of New York’s acting community, on their night off from the boards, could be found in one of two places. Many were attending the American Theatre Wing’s annual gala at the Plaza Hotel, where the legendary Angela Lansbury was feted. And the rest, it seemed, could be found at the historic Ziegfeld Theatre, where Stephen Sondheim, Mike Nichols and Scott Rudin — a Big Apple all-star trio, if ever there was one — hosted a special advance screening of Pride, a feel-good dramedy about a little-known slice of U.K. history which CBS Films will release on Sept. 26.

It had its world premiere as the closing night film of the Directors’ Fortnight section of the May’s Cannes Film Festival and its North American premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival last week, and now joins a relatively thin field of Golden Globe contenders in the musical or comedy categories.

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Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Hollywood Heads to Broadway


By Anjelica Oswald
Managing Editor

Every year, the glittering lights and unique experience of Broadway lures Hollywood actors to the East Coast; some are veterans of the stage and others are making their Broadway debut. Bryan Cranston (Breaking Bad), James Franco (This is the End) and Chris O’Dowd (Bridesmaids) all made their Broadway debuts earlier this year, with O’Dowd receiving a Tony nomination for Of Mice and Men and Cranston winning a Tony for All The Way. Neil Patrick Harris (How I Met Your Mother), who hadn’t been on Broadway since his 2004 run in Assassins, scored his first Tony nomination and win for Hedwig and the Angry Inch this summer.

The Broadway lineup for the end of the year hosts a number of Hollywood actors making their Broadway debuts, and they are joined by an illustrious group of Broadway vets returning to the stage.

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Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Shekhar Kapur Will Chair 2014 Capri, Hollywood International Film Fest


By Scott Feinberg
The Hollywood Reporter

Shekhar Kapur, the Indian filmmaker best known internationally for his two collaborations with Cate Blanchett, Elizabeth (1998) and Elizabeth: The Golden Age (2007), will serve as chairman of the 19th Capri, Hollywood — The International Film Festival, the Gulf of Naples-based fest said Monday. This year’s edition will run from Dec. 26, 2014, through Jan. 2, 2015.

Advertised as “a bridge between Italian and American cinema,” the event occurs two months before its stateside counterpart, Los Angeles, Italia, which occurs the week of the Academy Awards. Since it honors talent at both locations, it has become a noted stop on the Oscar season circuit.

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Monday, September 15, 2014

Five Possible Oscar Nominees Awaiting Distribution Deals


By Anjelica Oswald
Managing Editor

With Oscar season in full swing, the race is on for Oscar hopefuls. U.S. distributors help push their films and actors involved toward Oscar nominations, and some acquisition titles managed to find distributors in Telluride and Toronto. Ethan Hawke’s Seymour: An Introduction was sold to Sundance Selects at Telluride. Toronto continued to be a hotspot for acquisition titles looking to secure deals. Some films that inked deals include Chris Rock’s Top Five (Paramount), Chris EvansBefore We Go (RADiUS), Still Alice (Sony Pictures Classics) and Noah Baumbach’s While We’re Young (A24); there are still a number waiting in the wings, though. Here are five actors who could possibly score an Oscar nomination if their films are picked up by distributors:

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Monday, September 15, 2014

Feinberg Forecast: The Awards Landscape After Telluride and Toronto, Before New York


By Scott Feinberg
The Hollywood Reporter

Every week through the 87th Oscars on Feb. 22, 2014, The Hollywood Reporter‘s lead awards analyst Scott Feinberg will post an updated “Feinberg Forecast,” wherein he presents a summary of major developments since the last update that helped to shape his current opinions and then lists his revised projections. For more about Feinberg and how he arrives at his projections, scroll to the bottom of this post.

Factoring into this week’s charts…

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Sunday, September 14, 2014

Toronto: ‘Imitation Game’ Audience Award Win Puts Weinsteins Back in Oscar Season Pole Position


By Scott Feinberg
The Hollywood Reporter

With Sunday afternoon’s announcement that The Weinstein Co.’s The Imitation Game has won the Toronto Film Festival’s people’s choice award, we now have, for the first time this season, a real frontrunner for the best picture Oscar.

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Saturday, September 13, 2014

Toronto: ‘Food, Inc.’ Doc Maker Back in Oscar Contention for ‘Merchants of Doubt’


By Scott Feinberg
The Hollywood Reporter

Over his decades in the television and film documentary business, filmmaker Robert Kenner has established himself as a Michael Lewis-like figure, pointing his lens at subjects with which most of us feel we are already familiar, but then showing us that we’re not by asking them questions we wouldn’t have thought to ask ourselves.

Kenner did this most prominently in his 2009 Oscar-nominated doc Food, Inc., which looks at the shocking shortcuts that multinational corporations take with our food and the impact this has on our health. And he has done it again in his latest doc, Merchants of Doubt, which Sony Classics is currently taking on the fall fest circuit: it premiered at Telluride, played at Toronto (where I caught up with it on Wednesday) and will next be seen in New York.

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Saturday, September 13, 2014

Toronto: Benicio Del Toro Could Catch Voters’ Attention for ‘Escobar: Paradise Lost’


By Scott Feinberg
The Hollywood Reporter

In Escobar: Paradise Lost, an intense drama that marks the directorial debut of the Italian actor Andrea Di Stefano, The Hunger GamesJosh Hutcherson portrays Nick, the character with the most screen time, a young Canadian who meets and marries Maria, a young girl in Colombia (Claudia Traisac, now Hutcherson’s real-life girlfriend), where Nick had gone to surf and live with his brother.

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