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Mar 20, 2016   Leave a Comment 'Spotlight'

At the Open Road Films post-Oscars soiree Sunday night, everyone was asking the same question: “How did ‘Spotlight’ do it?” Given that the year’s big winner remained a mystery all the way up until Morgan Freeman’s casual pronouncement at the end of the 3½-hour ceremony — putting a bow on one of the tightest Oscar races in recent memory — it was a fair query following a season that never conformed to parameters. Read More: // here

Mar 20, 2016   Leave a Comment 'Jackie'

The busiest filmmaker around right now might be the Chilean helmer Pablo Larrain, who has three movies due for release in 2017. “The Club” and his poetry biopic “Neruda” are probably unlikely to register in a big way on the awards circuit, but his English-language debut “Jackie” could well follow his Foreign Language nominee “No” to the Oscar party. The project, which follows Jackie Kennedy (Natalie Portman) in the days following the assassination of John F. Kennedy, has been kicking around for a few years, with names like Steven Spielberg and Darren Aronofsky attached, but it’s Larrain who got it over the line, and he’s a perfect fit for the material. We looked at the script by Noah Oppenheim way back in the day, and it was a very strong piece of work even then, and Larrain’s cast it with ringers like Portman, Greta Gerwig, Billy Crudup, Peter Sarsgaard and John Hurt. The movie wraps shortly, and should be ready for the fall festivals: it doesn’t have a distributor yet, but assuming this lives up to expectations, it’ll be a contender. Read More: // here

Mar 20, 2016   Leave a Comment 'Spotlight'

“For something like this where I needed a little bit more money, I needed this cast. And these guys signed on so quickly, it was the easiest casting process I’ve ever gone through,” the director and co-writer said as he accepted the Robert Altman Award recognizing the movie’s ensemble. Read More: // here

Mar 20, 2016   Leave a Comment 'Spotlight'

The Spotlight cast boasts one of the deepest acting benches in recent memory. Mark Ruffalo and Rachel McAdams received Oscar nominations for playing two of the Boston Globe reporters who exposed decades of clerical sex abuse in 2002, but the entire ensemble — which includes Billy Crudup, Brian d’Arcy James, Michael Keaton, Liev Schreiber, John Slattery, Stanley Tucci, and many others — has been justly celebrated, winning the group acting prize from the Screen Actors Guild. There’s one player, however, who hasn’t necessarily enjoyed the same attention, even though he’s an Oscar-nominated actor who plays a pivotal role in the film: Richard Jenkins. Read More: // here

Mar 20, 2016   Leave a Comment ‘Alien: Covenant’

Ridley Scott’s Alien: Covenant is in the process of rounding out it main cast ahead of production, which is now being eyed to start next month. Jussie Smollett, Amy Seimetz, Carmen Ejogo and Callie Hernandez have signed on to a cast that already features Micahel Fassbender, Katherine Waterston, Demian Bichir and Danny McBride. Read More: // here