One Big Scene: A Mother's Love Versus Mother Nature in 'The Impossible'

Posted by Sean Oconnell on January 03, 2013

  One Big Scene is a weekly column dedicated to spectacular visual sequences we’re recommending you see in the theater. If you have ones you’d like us to write about, let us know in the comments section. Make no mistake: J.A. Bayona’s harrowing The Impossible doesn’t celebrate the devastating tsunami that washed away huge chunks of Southeast Asia’s island communities in 2004. And in no way does the movie trivialize the damage and loss that occurred in the... More

Russell Crowe Responds to Adam Lambert's 'Les Miserables' Criticisms

Posted by Sean Oconnell on January 02, 2013

Everyone’s a critic. Yet, when someone with the vocal prowess of pop sensation Adam Lambert weighs in on a musical like Les Miserables, people tend to listen.    In a series of critical Tweets, Lambert recently claimed that Tom Hooper’s screen adaptation of the stage hit was “visually impressive with great Emotional performances,” but lashed out at the “great actors PRETENDING to be singers.”    “I felt like I should ignore... More

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One Big Scene: Anne Hathaway's Show-Stopper of a 'Les Miserables' Tune Has Oscar's Attention

Posted by Sean Oconnell on December 24, 2012

It is the scene that has Anne Hathaway dreaming of Oscar glory. Mind you, she’s too demur to admit to such thoughts. But the minute that you hear the Dark Knight Rises actress singing the Broadway classic “I Dreamed a Dream” in Tom Hooper’s screen adaptation of Les Miserables, you know that you’ve just witnessed the performance that instantly catapults Hathaway into the annual Oscar race … and likely locks up the Best Supporting Actress category.     So... More

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'Lincoln' Surges in Our Latest Awards Predictions List

Posted by Dave Karger on December 19, 2012

The last seven days brought us the Screen Actors Guild and Golden Globe nominations, which managed to shake up the awards season a bit. I've now moved Django Unchained's Christoph Waltz from the Best Actor to Best Supporting Actor races in accordance with the change in his campaign. And Nicole Kidman seemed to come out of nowhere with SAG and Globe nods for her supporting performance in The Paperboy. Here's where I think things stand right now.   BEST PICTURE 1. Lincoln 2.... More

Which Original Song Contender Would You Like to See Performed at the Oscars?

Posted by Christopher Campbell on December 18, 2012

Thanks to a recent change in the rules, there will be at least five nominees for the Academy Award for Best Original Song this year--unlike the previous Oscars, which had only two. And as announced last week, those final five contenders will be selected from a list of 75 tunes written specifically for a film released in 2012. Among the songwriters who might have a shot at the little gold man are Katy Perry, Keith Urban, Adele, R.Kelly, Karen O., Beck, Fiona Apple, Clint Black, Jon Bon Jovi and... More

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Poll: Vote for Who You Think Will Take Home the Oscar!

Posted by Derrick Deane on December 18, 2012

Oscar nominations will be announced in just under a month, but before we cross into the new year, we'd like to hear who you think will take home the Oscar at the 85th Academy Awards. The polls are now open and you can vote on categories such as Best Director, Best Actor and Actress, Best Supporting Actor and Actress and of course, Best Picture. Check back in our Awards Watch Guide on January 10 to see if your choices were nominated and again on February 24 when the Oscars are handed... More

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Awards Watch: Ewan McGregor Describes Filming Scene with Tsunami Survivors in 'The Impossible'

Posted by Derrick Deane on December 17, 2012

The latest episode of The Frontrunners is here. Today, Ewan McGregor sits down to chat about a pivotal scene in his upcoming film The Impossible that featured real-life tsunami survivors. The film centers on a family who is vacationing in Thailand during Christmas when a massive tsunami hits and changes their lives forever. Generating solid awards buzz thanks to strong performances by McGregor and co-star Naomi Watts, The Impossible gets a limited release this Friday. If you've missed our... More

Final 'Zero Dark Thirty' Trailer Amps Tension, Promises Thrills

Posted by Sean Oconnell on December 14, 2012

We understand how difficult it can be to see films like Zero Dark Thirty and Les Miserables do well with Screen Actors Guild and Golden Globes nominations, because you can’t go right out to the theater and see what makes them so great. Soon enough. They’re coming. We promise. In the meantime, we have stellar trailers like this one for Kathryn Bigelow’s hunt-for-Bin-Laden thriller, which arrived online today. Check it out below:     That is a masterful example... More

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Richard Gere Dissects Climactic Scene from 'Arbitrage' in Latest Episode of 'The Frontrunners'

Posted by Derrick Deane on December 13, 2012

Awards season rolls on today with the Golden Globe nominations. And as the accolades continue to be doled out, we have a new episode of The Frontrunners to share! In this latest episode, Dave Karger talks with Golden Globe nominee Richard Gere, who dissects a climactic scene from his latest film, Arbitrage. Gere talks about his approach to the scene, co-starring Brit Marling, and reveals how much of it was improv. Take a look below and be sure to catch the full slate of The Frontrunners in... More

Golden Globes: Nicole Kidman, 'Salmon Fishing' Pepper Kooky List of Noms

Posted by Sean Oconnell on December 13, 2012

If the Oscars are the pedigreed “big dog” of the annual awards season, the Golden Globes would be the scrappy, free-spirited “cat” that doesn’t take itself quite as seriously and, as a result, manages to have a bit more fun with its process.   Voted on by members of the Hollywood Foreign Press Association, the Golden Globes honor the finest in movies and television from the previous year. But because they divide their nominees into two categories... More

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