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...

The 10 Most Anticipated Films Of Fall 2013

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If you were a little let down by the movies that were released this summer, you are not alone. Between the box office bombs and horrible comedies (here's looking at you Grown Ups 2), 2013 has been somewhat of a disappointment in regards to movies, especially when compared to last year, which was filled to the brim with greatness. But 2013 isn't over, and you'll be surprised to know...

Oscar Scuttlebutt: Could Tom Hanks Sink His Own Chances with 'Captain...

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This week brings another obvious Oscar contender into the race, the Paul Greengrass-directed Captain Phillips, which stars Tom Hanks in one of his best on screen performances. But there's a long road to award season, and the film has a number of hurdles to clear before it becomes a serious contender.

Oscar Scuttlebutt: And We're Off to the Races with 'Gravity'

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It's October, which means that the Oscar season is starting to commence, a ride that takes us into March of next year. There have been a couple of films that may make an impression at the end of the year, but with the release of Gravity, the season begins in earnest (sorry Prisoners and Rush, you're also-rans).

The Good And Bad On Ben Affleck As Our New Batman

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That weird rumbling you may have heard on Thursday night wasn't due to anything spooky coming your way, it was a collective group of people on the Internet getting absolutely outraged that director/actor Ben Affleck is the latest man to become Bruce Wayne/Batman. In a way Ben Affleck's sudden involvement with Zack Snyder's Batman vs. Superman shouldn't come off as...

Top 10 Creepy Killer Masks In Movies

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Most of the iconic killers in the horror genre come in creepy face masks. A killer in disguise is more terrifying than one who decides to ditch the fake guise because it makes them appear less human. A masked killer doesn't display any feeling of remorse when killing his victims. In You're Next, a group of killers in animals masks violently attack a family in their home. Since the...

Editorial: Why I Redbox

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This summer has seen a slew of movies that cost over $100 Million dollars hit theaters (some over $200 Million, some possibly near $300 Million), and yet this is the first summer I've noticed that I'm okay with totally skipping a number of the biggest films of the year. This is likely a feeling that's been building for a while, but now it's gotten that much worse. It's not that I won't catch...

Top Five Female Sex Comedies

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The To Do List, which opens this weekend, puts a twist on the teen sex comedy by sharing a perspective that few films have before – the female one. Instead of telling the tired-old story of teen boys trying to lose their virginity, writer/director Maggie Carey focuses on a goody-two-shoes girl named Brandy Klark (played by Aubrey Plaza), who sets out to become more sexually...

Top 5 Best Female Duos In Film

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Bromances are extremely popular, but for some reason, Hollywood doesn't seem all that invested in tales about female friendship, unless of course, there's some canoodling involved. Heck, there's not even a term for this genre, though some have tried labeling it as "womance" or "ho-mance." But this type of movie may soon gain a label, especially with The Heat, which stars Sandra...

Brad Pitt: Top 10 Best Movies

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It's hard not to hate Brad Pitt. The man has it all –good looks, intelligence, charm and, gosh darn it, he's a gifted actor. Looking at his resume, you'll be surprised by the number of times you hear yourself saying, "I love that movie," or "That was a great film." This weekend, Pitt returns to the screen with World War Z, an apocalyptic zombie film by Marc Forster. The movie...

Top Ten Best Comedy Sequels (That Aren't Sequels)

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The biggest problem with a sequel to a successful comedy is that it's hard not to either disappoint, or basically remake the first film. Such is why The Hangover sequels have been so disappointing. Often, the best solution is to get the gang back together, but do something completely different. Here's out top ten list of films that brought back a lot of the same...