Oscars news: Sneak peek at ‘Interstellar,’ Eddie Redmayne on ‘The Theory of Everything’

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In conjunction with its “Interstellar” cover story, Time also has a sneak peek at the picture, which opens next Wednesday. In this low-key clip, Matthew McConaughey’s character chides his daughter’s principal for disciplining her after she told her classmates that the moon landing was real. Time

Dave Karger is bringing his must-watch digital series “Frontrunners” to “Access Hollywood” this awards season. “Frontrunners” will debut on Fandango in November and his guests will include Angelina Jolie (director of “Unbroken”), Reese Witherspoon (“Wild”), Steve Carell (“Foxcatcher”), Hilary Swank (“The Homesman”) and Patricia Arquette (“Boyhood) Fandango

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Anne Thompson sits down with “The Theory of Everything stars Eddie Redmayne and Felicity Jones for an intimate chat: “They are clearly enjoying their most successful outing to date as they ride the road to Oscar. ‘You’re in LA at the premiere of the film with lightbulbs flashing everywhere,’ says Redmayne. ‘It never gets less intimidating. And you remember those hours of angst in a tiny studio in the suburb of London, so far removed. It’s a lovely feeling.'” Thompson on Hollywood

In a must-read piece, Sasha Stone reflects on the state of the race: “There has never been a more scarce lineup for Best Actress than there is right now in 2014. While there might be plenty of opportunities for women to stand behind, prop up and otherwise be there to make sure the “great man” succeeds, there are fewer and fewer opportunities for women to stand on their own.It isn’t that there aren’t people out there in the world who want to see movies about women – there are. Why, just look at the top twenty box office hits of 2014 so far.” Awards Daily 

Mark Harris surveys the Best Picture field: As of this writing, five movies with at least some hope of a nomination — “Birdman,” “Boyhood,” “Gone Girl,” “The Grand Budapest Hotel,” and “Whiplash” — have opened. In November, four more will join them: Bennett Miller’s pitch-dark money. madness, murder drama “Foxcatcher,” Christopher Nolan’s big swing “Interstellar,” and two movies about real-life British geniuses who strive to overcome adversity so they can do super-difficult things: “The Imitation Game, with Benedict Cumberbatch as WWII code breaker Alan Turing, and “The Theory of Everything,” with Eddie Redmayne as Stephen HawkingGrantland

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Cinema Eye has unveiled the slate of 15 documentary features that it dubs ‘unforgettable.” While this list includes three of the five IDA nominees — “Citizenfour,” “Point and Shoot” and “Tales of the Grim Sleeper”– it also honors other Oscar contenders, including “Life Itself: and “Supermensch.” Cinema Eye

Ramin Sedooteh counts down “nine under-the-radar performances that deserve a fighting chance in this year’s Oscar race.” Among them: Channing Tatum in “Foxcatcher” and Keira Knightley in “Begin Again.” Variety

As Matt Patches reports: “Writer Anthony McCarten is having a very good year. The playwright and novelist spent ten years writing ‘The Theory of Everything,’ developing Jane Hawking’s book ”Travelling to Infinity” into 2014’s critically acclaimed biopic. Festival and academy screening reactions suggest McCarten could see his first Oscar-nomination in the Best Adapted Screenplay category. And with its limited release imminent, the writer has found a follow-up to sink his teeth into project. He’ll collaborate with George Clooney on his next directorial effort.” Hitfix

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