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Thursday, December 11, 2014

Paramount Reboots ‘Interstellar’ Campaign, Placing Greater Emphasis on Its Actors


By Scott Feinberg
The Hollywood Reporter

The early teaser trailers for Interstellar, released back when nobody really had any idea what Christopher Nolan’s latest film was about, didn’t offer much information about it. All one could really deduce from the visuals and Matthew McConaughey’s vague ramblings (perhaps they were his audition tape for the Lincoln commercials?) was that its focus would be on the exploration of our solar system.

Now that the film has been unveiled and the awards race is heating up, Paramount wants to bring that focus back down to earth by highlighting its central performances by lead actor McConaughey, lead actress Anne Hathaway and supporting actress Jessica Chastain.

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Wednesday, December 10, 2014

SAG Awards: What the Nominations Mean for the Oscar Race


By Scott Feinberg
The Hollywood Reporter

The Grand Budapest Hotel and The Theory of Everything in, Foxcatcher and Into the Woods out? Cake’s Jennifer Aniston in, The Homesman’s Hilary Swank out? St. Vincent’s Naomi Watts in, Wild’s Laura Dern out? Boardwalk Empire and Homeland in, True Detective and The Good Wife out? Brooklyn Nine-Nine in, Parks and Recreation out? Boardwalk Empire’s Steve Buscemi in, The Blacklist’s James Spader out? ShamelessWilliam H. Macy and Modern Family’s Eric Stonestreet in, Transparent’s Jeffrey Tambor and House of LiesDon Cheadle out? Orphan Black’s Tatiana Maslany in, Scandal’s Kerry Washington out?

This morning’s announcements of the 21st SAG Award nominations were watched closely by much of Hollywood, despite coming well before sunrise, because they are the season’s first set of noms chosen by people who might also be in — and are certainly represented in — the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, which determines the Oscar nominees, and the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences, which determines the Emmy nominees.

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Wednesday, December 10, 2014

‘Love is Strange’ is Flying Under the Awards Radar


By Anjelica Oswald
Managing Editor 

John Lithgow and Alfred Molina play Ben and George, a newlywed couple who have been together for 39 years, in Ira SachsLove is Strange. When George is fired from his job as a music teacher at a Catholic school, the couple can no longer afford their Manhattan apartment. The two are forced to move in with family and friends in separate apartments as they sort through their housing situation.

The indie darling has been praised since premiering at this year’s Sundance Film Festival and currently holds a 97% critics rating on Rotten Tomatoes. Despite this, it has stayed under the radar this award season.

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Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Oscar Isaac’s Rise from Indie to Franchise Star


By Anjelica Oswald
Managing Editor 

Oscar Isaac is making his way from indie flicks to sure-to-be blockbuster hits with roles in 2014’s A Most Violent Year, writer-director J.C. Chandor’s Oscar hopeful, and J.J. AbramsStar Wars: The Force Awakens, which is slated for a December 2015 release.

A Most Violent Year features Isaac as a husband and father trying to run an honest business in New York City in 1981, which is statistically the most violent year in the city’s history. The film opened AFI Fest and was recently voted best film by the National Board of Review. Isaac tied with Michael Keaton (Birdman) for best actor.

As for joining the Star Wars franchise, Isaac told IGN that the experience was “like living out a childhood dream. Being on those sets and being surrounded by those people — talking to Anthony Daniels, seeing him getting suited up, and Peter Mayhew putting on the suit again — that was incredible.”

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Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Santa Barbara Film Fest: Ethan Hawke and Patricia Arquette to Share Honor for ‘Boyhood’


By Scott Feinberg
The Hollywood Reporter

Ethan Hawke and Patricia Arquette, the veteran thesps who play key supporting roles in Richard Linklater’s Boyhood, will be the first people ever to be jointly honored with the Santa Barbara International Film Festival’s American Riviera Award following an extensive onstage interview at Santa Barbara’s historic Arlington Theatre on Feb. 5, the fest announced Tuesday.

Hawke, 44, and Arquette, 46, play the divorced parents of a young boy who grows into a man in the critically acclaimed and widely beloved indie, which also is a best picture and best director Oscar contender.

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Monday, December 8, 2014

AFI’s Lists of 2014’s Best Films and TV Shows Serve Up Some Surprises


By Scott Feinberg
The Hollywood Reporter

With Oscar nominations voting only weeks away — and SAG Awards nomination voting having just closed at noon PST, with Golden Globe Awards nomination voting closing at 5 pm PST — many in the industry are closely studying the meaning of Monday afternoon’s announcement of the 15th annual AFI Awards honorees. The AFI annually selects a list of the year’s top 10 films (though this year, the list grew to 11) and top 10 TV shows of the year.

Do the AFI Awards offer insight into how the Academy itself may act down the road? Yes and no.

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Monday, December 8, 2014

Jennifer Aniston on ‘Cake,’ Typecasting and Not Wanting to Talk About BS Anymore


By Scott Feinberg
The Hollywood Reporter

“I can’t tell you how refreshing it is to be in a conversation that has to do with something other than trite, silly, you know, ‘Are you pregnant?’ ‘When are you this?’ ‘What’s your hair doing?’ You know, or, ‘You’re just a rom-com person!’ Anything just to have a discussion about the work!”

So said the actress Jennifer Aniston when I met up with her on Saturday at the Bel Air home that she shares with her fiancée, the actor Justin Theroux, to talk about her life and career and the turning point in both that has come in the form of Daniel Barnz’s indie drama Cake, for which she is currently in the thick of the best actress Oscar, Golden Globe and SAG Award conversations.

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Monday, December 8, 2014

Clint Eastwood: “I Was Against Going Into the War in Iraq”


By Scott Feinberg
The Hollywood Reporter

“I was against going into the war in Iraq since I figured we would probably trip over ourselves in some way,” Clint Eastwood revealed after screening his new film American Sniper on Saturday at the Academy of Motion Picture Artists and Sciences’ Goldwyn Theater in Beverly Hills.

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Monday, December 8, 2014

Bradley Cooper Could Become the 10th Actor to Earn A Third Consecutive Oscar Nom


By Anjelica Oswald
Managing Editor

Bradley Cooper’s portrayal of Navy SEAL Chris Kyle in Clint Eastwood’s American Sniper has been garnering Oscar buzz since the film premiered at AFI Fest. With The Hollywood Reporter’s Todd McCarthy saying, “nothing the actor has done before suggests the dramatic assuredness he brings to his way of detailing Kyle’s self-control, confidence, coolness, genuine concern for his comrades-in-arms, compulsion to serve his country and ultimate realization that enough is enough, even of the thing he loves most, which is war,” Cooper may earn his third consecutive Oscar nomination this year. This would follow behind his best actor nomination last year for Silver Linings Playbook (2012) and this year’s nomination for his supporting role in American Hustle (2013).

The last male actor to accomplish this feat was Russell Crowe, who scored three nominations from 2000 to 2002. He won in 2001 for his lead role in Gladiator. Crowe is one of nine male actors who have earned three or more consecutive nominations, two of which have actually earned four consecutive nominations. Six of them have won at least one of the awards.

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Monday, December 8, 2014

Bradley Cooper on How He Brought ‘American Sniper’ to the Screen and ‘The Elephant Man’ to Broadway


By Scott Feinberg
The Hollywood Reporter

Allow me to take a moment to talk about Bradley Cooper.

Why? Because the 39-year-old star of Clint Eastwood’s American Sniper — a harrowing portrait of the life of Chris Kyle, a Navy SEAL who was the most effective American sniper during the Iraq War, which Warner Bros. will release on Dec. 25 — is not available to talk much about himself at the moment, being in the midst of starring in The Elephant Man eight times a week on Broadway. (The production officially opened Sunday night at the Booth Theatre, where its original incarnation premiered 35 years ago, and where I caught a preview performance last week. THR‘s theater critic David Rooney writes that Cooper gives a performance “staggering in its physical discipline, its piercing emotional transparency and, most surprisingly, its restraint.”)

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