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First Official Teaser for ‘mother!’ is Appropriately Weird and Crazy

Darren Aronofsky’s mother! has been the most secretive and one of the most anticipated films of the year. We hadn’t even had so much as a production still until the poster was unveiled last month and now the official teaser for the psychological (supernatural?) thriller that’s set for the Venice and Toronto International Film Festivals. The film stars Oscar winners ...

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Oscar Podcast #55: New Academy Members, Fall Festivals and July Oscar Predictions

This 55th Oscar podcast I’m joined by no less than three esteemed Gold Rush Gang members – Jason Osiason, Richard Anthony and Matt Dinn. We open on a discussion of the 774 Academy invitees announced two weeks ago and some of the backlash against names some felt were diluting the membership. We talk about how last year’s new group impacted Moonlight‘s Best Picture win this ...

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73rd Venice Film Festival WINNERS: La La Land, Lav Diaz take top honors

Filipino director Lav Diaz took home the top prize from the 73rd Venice Film Festival with his newest (and one of his shortest) film, The Woman Who Left. Diaz had won once and been nominated another time in the Horizons section; this is his first win here. Recent winners of the the festival’s top award, The Golden Lion, have included ...

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Can Natalie Portman Crash the Best Actress Ball with Jackie?

May I Have This Dance? Natalie Portman has her eyes set on Oscar #2 with her rave reviews in ‘Jackie’ Yesterday, Jackie debuted at the Venice Film Festival to shockingly great reviews, most of all for its star Natalie Portman. The film, about the immediate aftermath of President John F. Kennedy’s assassination, has been a bit of a mystery this ...

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2017 Oscar Predictions: BEST ACTOR (September)

As we saw with Best Picture and Best Director, we see in Best Actor for Nate Parker (The Birth of a Nation). He was #1 last month and now he’s down to #7 and barely hanging on. But again, these predictions for him and his film are purely reactions and gut feelings based on August and could change if the ...

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2017 Oscar Predictions: BEST PICTURE (September)

Boy, can a lot change in a month. Last month, The Birth of a Nation was tied with Silence at #2 for Best Picture but with the fallout of his 1999 rape controversy being at the forefront of the film’s press and Parker handling it quite disastrously (as is Fox Searchlight) the film plummets this month. As always, our predictions ...

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Venice Review Roundup: La La Land, Arrival and Nocturnal Animals

Three of Oscar season’s biggest titles made their debuts in Venice this week and the reviews so far have been pretty stellar. Sometimes a Venice launch of a highly anticipated film ends up with a decidedly muted response (like The Danish Girl last year) but not this year. These three Oscar hopefuls, which includes an Amy Adams 1-2 punch, are finding tanto ...

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