Oscar Scuttlebutt: Nominations are Over, Let's Get On With It

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Tomorrow will offer the announcements for the Oscars, which means that part of the journey is almost over. We're at the midway point of season, and we're about to see things get really interesting. Especially when you have incidents like David O. Russell comparing Jennifer Lawrence's Hunger Games contract to slavery.

Oscar Scuttlebutt: The DGA and the Tightening Race

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Though the box office hasn't been stellar, the late birth of Martin Scorsese's The Wolf of Wall Street may have given it more energy than some of the other limited release Oscar contenders. At least it seems that way going by the DGA announcements.

Screencrave's Top Ten Films We're Most Excited for in 2014

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With 2013 about to end, it's worth looking ahead to what's coming, and what looks freaking awesome. But as we delve into the future, it's worth noting that we can only go on the talent involved and what could be. On paper a lot of films sound awesome (like The Lone Ranger). On paper. That said, here's what we can't wait to watch in 2014.

ScreenCrave's Most Disappointing and Worst Films of 2013

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Like any year, 2013 had a number of big stinkers. Films that could have been contenders, but left us slightly wanting -- and sometimes offended that the film got made. It seems the biggest offenders are often the over-hyped summer movies (though sometimes it was would-be Oscar pictures as well) that promise so much and deliver so little. So here's our list of the worst and most disappointing...

ScreenCrave's Top 20 Films of 2013

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What is there to make of 2013's cinematic year? Like most years it started slow and small, got big and interesting, then wore out its welcome for a while until Fall came with some great pictures... but also more junk. At this point it's getting pointless to begrudge sequels as they are the way of the world, but this was also the year that comic book movies figured out how to be a part of the...

Oscar Scuttlebutt: As the Year Ends....

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2013 began with Texas Chainsaw 3D, and is closing with a smattering of films that could get some awards love, with The Wolf of Wall Street the strongest, and with The Secret Life of Walter Mitty a question mark. Have we learned anything? Probably not.

Ten Timeless Millennial Holiday Movies

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Holiday films bring to mind very specific scenes from classics.  It's a Wonderful life brings to mind "Every time a bell rings, an angel gets his wings." But the Millennial generation tends to reference recent pop culture, and are more likely to say  "You sit on a throne of lies!" Here is a list of millennial holiday movies that have become...

Naughty or Nice List: 2013 Movies Edition

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Wonder what characters from the films of 2013 would be on the naughty or nice list? Here's a speculation of who would make Santa's lists and what they would or should get for Christmas.

Oscar Scuttlebutt: SAG and the Golden Globes Enter the Fore

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This past week has seen The Golden Globes and SAG announce their nominees. Has everyone seen all the films in contention at this point? Maybe. But it's just as likely that The Wolf of Wall Street wasn't screened for everyone, though that didn't stop the Globes from nominating the film and Leonardo DiCaprio. Such is awards season.

Oscar Scuttlebutt: And Here Come the Critics Awards

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Though critics and the academy act independently of each other, there's a sense that one informs the other, or at least helps narrow the playing field. This week saw the release of Out of the Furnace, which was obviously intended to be in the Oscar conversation. And no matter how many screeners get sent out, with poor box office and no critical support, it's going to...

Oscar Scuttbutt: 'American Hustle' and the Coens

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This week saw the two first awards ceremonies of the season, which mostly split the good between films, with the Gotham awards giving a prize to the Coen Brothers' Inside Llewyn Davis, while the New York Film Critics Circle went heavy on David O. Russell's American Hustle.

Our Five Favorite Cinematic Turkeys (For Thanksgiving, Obviously)

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We all like to pride ourselves in our impeccable taste in film, but let's face it, we all have a list of movies we'd rather not share at dinner parties. I'm talking about those stupid, ridiculous, campy movies that are unrealistic and just plain bad, but that we happen to love to watch over and over again. I'm guilty of this, and it's okay. There's nothing wrong with having a favorite movie...

Oscar Scuttlebutt: The Blockbuster Conundrum

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This weekend brings The Hunger Games: Catching Fire to the big screen, and it stars a number of Oscar winners and nominees. And yet its Oscar prospects are virtually nil. Is this a reflection of the considered old Academy voting block? More than likely.

Where Have All The Chick Flicks Gone?

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Chick flicks are a dying breed of cinema. Every year we have less and less movies about women, and not just romantic comedies, but any kind of movie that specifically targets the female audience that isn't in a training bra. Chick flicks, whether comedy or not, are rarely being made these days, and not because they don't make money – they do, and a lot – but because Hollywood...

Oscar Scuttlebutt: Did Bruce Dern Sink His Own Ship?

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This weekend brings Nebraska to the big screen, and the film is already a big winner, as Bruce Dern won the best actor trophy at Cannes. Unfortunately, Dern has made a case that he should be up for the best actor Oscar, and that may have hurt his chances of winning a gold trophy.

Oscar Scuttlebutt: Time to Take Stock of the Oscar Race

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We're just into November, and though there are definite candidates for who could be Oscar nominated, we've still got two months of releases to go, and very little sense of the room temperature. Why? Number one, because academy voters haven't seen the films, and number two, because in some cases, only a handful of people have seen the finished films.

Oscar Scuttlebutt: Jared Leto, Oscar Nominee?

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This week brings two films that could/were meant to compete in the Oscars this year: Free Birds and Last Vegas Dallas Buyers Club and Diana. One has a very good shot at getting some nominations, the other....

Oscar Scuttlebutt: Martin Scorsese and Ridley Scott are in the Mix

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This week in Oscar ephemera, we've seen 12 Years a Slave do exceptionally well in limited release, we'll see Blue is the Warmest Color hit American screens, and Ridley Scott's latest film The Counselor sneaks into theaters. And we know for sure that there's a big dog in the race.

Oscar Scuttlebutt: 'The Fifth Estate' and the Films That Whiff

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There are certain things to expect every Oscar season. The films that become the front runner early on that people haven't seen yet (which this year could be The Wolf of Wall Street or American Hustle) which sometimes deliver and sometimes don't, the sneaky films that manage to stick around (which could be Lee Daniels' The...