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Oscar Best Actress race: Is Renee Zellweger (‘Judy’) a shoo-in to win?

Oscar Best Actress race: Is Renee Zellweger (‘Judy’) a shoo-in to win?
Unlike Glenn Close, who was denied an Academy Award (darn that Olivia Colman!) on her seventh try when she was nominated for 2018’s “The Wife,” Renee Zellweger already has a gold trinket to cuddle for her spunky supporting acting turn as a no-nonsense mountain woman in 2003’s “Cold Mountain.”

She was previously nominated for her upgraded take on a single working girl in 2001’s “Bridget Jones’ Diary” and she was lauded for her singing and dancing turn as murderous jazz-age chorine Roxie Hart in 2002’s “Chicago.” But something happened to Zellweger once she earned Hollywood’s top honor. The girl who had Tom Cruise at hello in 1996’s “Jerry Maguire” went into a bit of a slump following the less-said-the-better second Bridget Jones film in 2004 and in the stereotypical role as a supportive wife in the 2005 boxing biopic, “Cinderella Man.”

See Renee Zellweger’s 15 greatest films ranked worst to best

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Will Greta Gerwig (‘Little Women’) and beau Noah Baumbach (‘Marriage Story’) duke it out for Best Director at the 2020 Academy Awards?

Will Greta Gerwig (‘Little Women’)  and beau Noah Baumbach (‘Marriage Story’) duke it out for Best Director at the 2020 Academy Awards?
Back in 2010, you might recall that the 82nd Academy Awards ceremony got a bit awkward when Kathryn Bigelow‘s indie war film “The Hurt Locker” was pitted against ex-husband James Cameron‘s sci-fi blockbuster “Avatar.” Both movies scored nine nominations — including Best Picture and Bigelow, just the fourth women to compete in the directing category, went up against her former spouse.

While Cameron took the Golden Globe award for helming his cutting-edge 3-D live animation sci-fi fantasy, Bigelow snared the Director Guild’s directing honor. Not only was it the battle of the sexes and the exes, the contest also featured a David vs. Goliath scenario with the $16 million Iraq War combat flick, which took in just $15 million at the box office, going up against a $237 million behemoth that grossed a then-record-breaking $2.8 billion, an amount only recently usurped by “Avengers: Endgame” this year.

How did the Oscars play out? Bigelow
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Lily-Rose Depp and Timothée Chalamet Can Thank Netflix For Their Steamy Romance

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There has been a ton of buzz lately around Hollywood sweethearts Timothée Chalamet and Lily-Rose Depp - especially since the two were spotted kissing on a yacht and became a meme (more on that later). Call Me by Your Name star Timothée, 23, and 20-year-old actress and model Lily-Rose have been dating for quite some time now - since October of 2018, to be exact - and never seem to fail at getting the paparazzi to snap the perfect picture of their Pda. While the pairing may seem a little out of the blue, we assure you it's not, as the duo are rumored to have started their relationship not long after meeting on the set of upcoming the Netflix drama The King.

With Timothée cast as King Henry V and Lily-Rose playing the role of Catherine of Valois, the two lovebirds have spent a lot of time together on and off

10 Of The Best A24 Movies, Based On Their Rotten Tomatoes Scores

An A24 film is one that is typically easy to recognize. The independent production has backed some of the most unique, captivating films of the past decade. A24 was founded in 2012 by Daniel Katz, David Fenkel, and John Hodges.

Some of the company's most notable films include Lady Bird, Moonlight, and The Florida Project, but recently, A24 has accumulated a fair share of widely praised horror movies. Having been founded only a few years ago, this company has gained significant ground and is still teeming with potential. Let's take a look at 10 of A24's best films, based on their Rotten Tomatoes scores.
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A24 Launches Book Imprint to Showcase the ‘Singular Vision and Unbridled Artistry’ of Beloved Films

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A24 Launches Book Imprint to Showcase the ‘Singular Vision and Unbridled Artistry’ of Beloved Films
In addition to its reliable stable of great films, A24 has long enjoyed creating and trotting out unique bits of movie swag and paraphernalia to accompany the release of features like “Lady Bird,” “The Farewell,” and “Krisha” over the years. From pins of Toni Collette’s screaming “Hereditary” face to fingerboards for “Mid90s,” the boutique distributor has long excelled at kitting their films out with fun accompaniments.

This month, A24 is adding to their film-adjacent holdings yet again, joining the book publishing fray with the launch of their own book imprint. The new collection will “celebrate the singular vision and unbridled artistry of… noted writer-directors, showcasing how they saw their films through from script to screen.” The distributor already has its own signature ‘zine that it centers around various new releases (a recent issue focused on “The Farewell” was dedicated to first generation Americans).

Each of the new books
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Timothée Chalamet And Jordan Fisher Being Eyed For Prince Eric In The Little Mermaid

Now that Harry Styles has officially turned down the role of Prince Eric, Disney is currently scouting out another rising star to play Ariel’s love interest in The Little Mermaid. And according to our sources – the same ones who told us the Mouse House was developing an Aladdin sequel, which has since been confirmed – two of the names reportedly being eyed to fill the part are Timothée Chalamet and Jordan Fisher. Nothing is official as of yet, of course, but we’ve been told that the studio is interested in both actors.

Chalamet is a twenty-three-year-old French-American talent who’s quickly become a heartthrob after appearing in several award-winning movies. His eye-opening performances in Homeland, Lady Bird, Interstellar, Beautiful Boy and more all garnered him critical praise, though it was Chalamet’s heartfelt turn in Call Me By Your Name that made him the third-youngest actor in history to
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Listen to an Exclusive Track from Composer Trevor Gureckis’ Bloodline—Original Motion Picture Soundtrack

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Ever since seeing Bloodline at the 2019 Popcorn Frights Film Festival, I've had its infectious, synth-infused soundtrack stuck in my head, as the original music by Trevor Gureckis is like its own character in the film, giving the serial killer story a deadly pulse that hearkens back to some of the most memorable collaborations between John Carpenter and Alan Howarth. With Bloodline—Original Motion Picture Soundtrack coming to digital via Lakeshore Records on September 20th (the same day the film will be released in theaters and on Digital and VOD by Momentum Pictures), we've been provided with an exclusive track from the film's score to share with Daily Dead readers.

Below, you can listen to the exclusive "Good Boy" track from Bloodline—Original Motion Picture Soundtrack ahead of its September 20th release from Lakeshore Records.

In case you missed it, read Heather Wixson's 4-star review of the film, and we
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Oscar predictions: Top 10 frontrunners for Best Actress include Renee Zellweger, Scarlett Johansson, Jennifer Lopez and …

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Oscar predictions: Top 10 frontrunners for Best Actress include Renee Zellweger, Scarlett Johansson, Jennifer Lopez and …
Frontrunners are already forming in the Oscar race Best Actress race, according to early combined predictions at Gold Derby. Now that the three major fall film festivals — Telluride, Venice and Toronto — have unspooled many of the most anticipated titles, these predictions reflect the flux now that award journalists have passed judgment on early fall contenders. Two major shifts for female leads: Both Julianne Moore (“Gloria”) and Nicole Kidman (The Goldfinch”) have dropped out from the top 10, replaced by Jennifer Lopez in “Hustlers” and Helen Mirren in “The Good Liar.” We’ve confirmed category placements with studios or campaigners, but — as awards season veterans know — such labels can change later. For example, JLo may drop to the supporting race if that improves her chance to win. For now, Gold Derby ranks her in both categories.

Below: the current top 10 Best Actress rankings on the Gold Derby site, in order, as of Sept.
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13 Midway Character Posters Reveal All-Star Cast for Roland Emmerich's WWII Epic

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Lionsgate has released 13 new character posters for the upcoming epic, Midway, giving us a pristine look at the star-studded cast. From Independence Day and The Day After Tomorrow director Roland Emmerich, Midway is an epic underdog film that tells the story of real-life events during World War II. It explores the pivotal clash between the American fleet and the Imperial Japanese Navy that acted as a turning point in the Pacific Theater during the War. The film aims to portray the heroic story of the leaders and soldiers who, "used their instincts, fortitude and bravery to overcome the odds."

Each poster gives a close-up of the thirteen characters that make up the powerful cast. With warm light and artful shadows, the portraits speak to the classic, war epic feel Roland Emmerich is striving for. Receiving the glossy character poster treatment are:

Luke Evans (Beauty and the Beast) as Lieutenant Commander Wade McClusky,
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40% say Saoirse Ronan (‘Little Women’) should finally get her overdue Oscar bill paid off [Poll Results]

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40% say Saoirse Ronan (‘Little Women’) should finally get her overdue Oscar bill paid off [Poll Results]
Yes, Saoirse Ronan is just 25-years-old. This Irish-American lass earned her first of three Oscar nominations so far for her supporting role as a spiteful adolescent in 2007’s “Atonement.” That was followed by lead noms for her homesick Emerald Isle transplant in ’50s New York and her high-spirited high-schooler in 2017’s “Lady Bird.”

Can you call her overdue? Why not if her nominations are spread across a decade. Considering that she is playing Jo March in Greta Gerwig‘s version of Louisa May Alcott’s much-filmed “Little Women” — one of American literature’s most iconic female characters, you just know that Ronan has the right amount of spunk to bring her headstrong character to vivid life. We will have to wait until Dec. 25 to see how she stacks up with Katharine Hepburn and June Allyson, who previously played Jo on the big screen.

SEESaoirse Ronan’s 10 greatest films ranked worst
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Little Women: All the Main Actors and Where You've Seen Them Before

You could say there have been several Little Women adaptations in film and television, and that'd still probably be an understatement. However, there's no hiding our excitement for the new film that's set to come out later this year, in December 2019.

Related: Little Women: 10 Things We Need To See In Greta Gerwig's New Adaptation

Directed by Greta Gerwig (director of Lady Bird (2017)), we're more than stoked for this stacked cast and incredibly classic tale. So who will be playing these iconic characters? We thought you should probably know all of the famous faces behind the foursome of sisters, the parents, and the lover boy. So without further ado, here all of the actors and actresses in the new film, and where you've seen them before.
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Sterling K. Brown makes ‘Waves’ this Oscar season with new trailer for A24 drama [Watch]

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On September 5 A24 released the official trailer for its upcoming indie drama “Waves,” which could trouble the water this Oscar season following its August world premiere at the Telluride Film Festival. Does it look liken awards contender to you? Watch the trailer above, and make or update your own Oscar picks here in our predictions center.

A24’s official plot synopsis says, “Set against the vibrant landscape of South Florida, and featuring an astonishing ensemble of award-winning actors and breakouts alike, ‘Waves’ traces the epic emotional journey of a suburban African-American family — led by a well-intentioned but domineering father — as they navigate love, forgiveness, and coming together in the aftermath of a loss. From acclaimed director Trey Edward Shults, ‘Waves’ is a heartrending story about the universal capacity for compassion and growth even in the darkest of times.”

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That father
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The 7 Best Movies New to Netflix in September 2019

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Judging by the meager slate of new movies that Netflix is adding to its library this September, it seems like the streaming giant is saving all of its resources and energy for a go-for-broke awards season push; with all eyes on “Marriage Story,” “The Irishman,” and documentary heavyweights like “American Factory,” as well as Disney+ giving the company a world of new competition come November, this isn’t the time for Netflix to pull out all the stops. But that doesn’t mean subscribers will be completely out of new content to stream this month. “The Lord of the Rings” is nothing to sneeze at, even if Netflix is just replacing the first part of the trilogy with the last two. And the addition of Wong Kar-wai’s “The Grandmaster” will give millions of people new access to one of the most dazzling biopics of the 21st century, even if only in truncated form.
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Richard Linklater to adapt Stephen Sondheim musical ‘Merrily We Roll Along’

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‘Boyhood’ filmmaker, Richard Linklater has signed up helm an adaptation of Stephen Sondheim musical ‘Merrily We Roll Along’.

The ambitious project is set to follow in the footsteps of ‘Boyhood’ and span over a number of years. The project is based on the musical and the 1934 play of the same name by George S. Kaufman and Moss Hart which takes place over 20 years. Linklater has stated he wanted to stay faithful to the original. It is reported that the film is being shot in reverse chronological order, as the play and musical end when the characters are in their mid-20s and just embarking on their entertainment careers.

The story follows Franklin Shepard, a talented Broadway composer who abandons his theatre career in New York and all his friends in order to produce movies in Los Angeles. Like the play, the musical begins at the height of his Hollywood fame and moves backwards in time,
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Richard Linklater to Direct Sondheim Musical in ‘Boyhood’ Vein With Beanie Feldstein and Ben Platt – Report

Richard Linklater to Direct Sondheim Musical in ‘Boyhood’ Vein With Beanie Feldstein and Ben Platt – Report
Director Richard Linklater broke ground with his 2014 coming-of-age film “Boyhood,” which unfolded across 12 years, filming every year, and went on to be nominated for six Academy Awards, including Best Picture. Now, according to a new report from Collider, Linklater is in talks to direct another multi-year film — this time with stars Beanie Feldstein and Ben Platt.

Produced by longtime Linklater collaborator Ginger Sledge, and possibly with the involvement of producer Jason Blum and Blumhouse, the film will be an adaptation of Stephen Sondheim’s Tony Award-nominated stage musical “Merrily We Roll Along.” Sondheim’s 1981 musical is based on the 1934 play of the same name by George S. Kaufman and Moss Hart, and it takes place across 20 years, with sources saying that Linklater will maintain fidelity to that timeline.

Unfolding from 1957 to 1976, “Merrily We Roll Along” centers on Broadway composer Franklin Shepard, who jettisons his New York theater career for a
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A24 Opening Trey Edward Shults’ ‘Waves’ In Prime Awards Season November Spot

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A24 Opening Trey Edward Shults’ ‘Waves’ In Prime Awards Season November Spot
Exclusive: The first weekend of November is a magical place for limited releases, where a slew of Oscar contenders have launched.

It’s where Open Road debuted Spotlight in 2015 which went on to win Best Picture, and it’s also the release date for a number of other Academy Award nominees such as A24’s Lady Bird, Fox Searchlight’s Brooklyn (2015, 3 noms), and Focus Features’ Loving (2016, 1 Oscar), and Focus Features’ The Theory of Everything (5 noms) which won best actor for Eddie Redmayne.

Well, A24, following the world premiere of Trey Edward ShultsWaves at the Toronto International Film Festival next month, will open that pic on Nov. 1 in limited release.

Waves, written by Shults, is set against the vibrant landscape of South Florida, and traces the epic emotional journey of a suburban African-American family— led by a well-intentioned but domineering father—as they navigate love, forgiveness and coming together
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Top 10 early-bird Best Director Oscar picks: Martin Scorsese (‘The Irishman’) is sitting pretty at No. 1 for now

Top 10 early-bird Best Director Oscar picks: Martin Scorsese (‘The Irishman’) is sitting pretty at No. 1 for now
Frontrunners are already forming for the Oscar Best Actor race, according to early combined predictions at Gold Derby. While most films in contention have not yet been released, enough teaser trailers are out there, ranging from “A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood” and “The Irishman” to “Little Women” and “Ford v Ferrari” to provide some sense of what at least feels like a worthy contender. We’ve confirmed category placements with studios or campaigners, but — as awards season veterans know — such labels can change later. And once the fall film fests commence, the standings will likely rapidly shift.

Here are the current top 10 Best Director picks on the Gold Derby site, in order, as of Aug. 21:

1. Martin Scorsese: Marty and mobsters are like milk and cookies — most moviegoers just can’t resist. That this is his ninth collaboration with Robert De Niro and their first since 1995’s “Casino” is an event indeed.
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Little Women trailer shows off Greta Gerwig's adaptation of a classic story

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After proving to be a director to take notice of with her incredible work on the movie Lady Bird, Greta Gerwig is back with her latest directorial effort with a new adaptation of the classic novel, Little Women. Centering on the life of the March sisters, this new film version (the eighth adaptation. to be exact) features an all-star cast featuring Saoirse Ronan, Emma Watson,Florence Pugh, Laura Dern, Eliza Scanlen, Timothée Chalamet, and Meryl Streep, and…
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Greta Gerwig’s ‘Little Women’ Debuts First Trailer

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Greta Gerwig’s ‘Little Women’ Debuts First Trailer
The first look at Greta Gerwig’s latest adaptation of “Little Women” is finally here.

Gerwig, who directed 2017’s acclaimed “Lady Bird,” re-teams with Saoirse Ronan and Timothée Chalamet for the adaptation of Louisa May Alcott’s 19th century classic novel about four young women coming of age in Civil War-era U.S.

The film follows the March sisters — Jo (Ronan), Meg (Emma Watson), Amy (Florence Pugh) and Beth March (Eliza Scanlen) — along with their mother Marmee (Laura Dern), their tough Aunt March (Meryl Streep) and the boy-next-door Laurie (Chalamet). The cast also includes Bob Odenkirk, Chris Cooper and James Norton.

Ronan portrays an aspiring writer who is working on a novel about her life and sisters, who are determined to live their life on their own terms.

“Make it short and spicy,” an editor advises. “And if the main character is a girl, make sure she’s married at the end.
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Greta Gerwig’s ‘Little Women:’ See Saoirse Ronan, Meryl Streep and Emma Watson in First Trailer (Video)

Greta Gerwig’s ‘Little Women:’ See Saoirse Ronan, Meryl Streep and Emma Watson in First Trailer (Video)
The cast that director Greta Gerwig has assembled for her take on “Little Women” makes it look like the Avengers of 18th-century novel adaptations.

Saoirse Ronan, Emma Watson, Florence Pugh and Eliza Scanlen star as the March sisters Jo, Meg, Amy and Beth, respectively, and that young cast is joined by Laura Dern as their mother Marmee March, Meryl Streep as their Aunt March and Timothée Chalamet as the charming love interest Laurie.

On Tuesday, we finally get to see them all together as Sony has released the colorful and lush first trailer for the awards hopeful drama that’s set to open in theaters on Christmas of this year.

Also Read: Greta Gerwig and Noah Baumbach to Write 'Barbie' for Mattel and Warner Bros

Little Women” follows the four teenage sisters and their mother during Civil War-era Massachusetts as it charts their coming of age from childhood to womanhood,
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