Oscars News: Will ‘Interstellar’ be a combo of Steven Spielberg emotion and Stanley Kubrick intellect?

Kris Tapley looks at the “lay of the land” regarding Oscars after the current New York Film Festival concludes. He says the “Interstellar” onslaught is already beginning with a new trailer, TV spots, posters, and more. The Christopher Nolan film has a reported “massive” runing time, but that it possibly “finds a sweet spot between the emotion of Steven Spielberg and intellect of Stanley Kubrick.” The race becomes even more interesting with the unseen “Unbroken” (Angelina Jolie), American Sniper” (Clint Eastwood), “Fury” (David Ayer), “A Most Violent Year” (J.C. Chandor), and “The Gambler” (Rupert Wyatt). HitFix

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Kevin Lincoln proclaims that director/writer Paul Thomas Anderson “is one of the few mainstream filmmakers capable of inciting feverish curiosity by virtue of his name alone.” His new Thomas Pynchon adaptation “Inherent Vice” will first be seen at the New York Film Festival this weekend (see new trailer here). The original novel “is a meandering and phantasmagoric detective story that features very little detective work of story.” The film stars Joaquin Phoenix, Josh Brolin, and a large ensemble. Grantland

Sasha Stone applauds Oscar and movie experts Anne Thompson and Kenneth Turan for “changing the game” of awards season. Unlike almost all other pundits, Thompson refuses to select a film or its stars in predictions until she actually sees them. Turan recently did not allow his negative review of “Boyhood” as part of the Metacritic score. It would have brought down the rare 100% rating, and he wanted people to enjoy the film for themselves and come up with their own opinions. Awards Daily

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Nathaniel Rogers reports that Oscar contender J.K. Simmons was holding court at the New York Film Festival this weekend. In “Whiplash,” he plays the sadistic mentor Professor Fletcher to a young talented drummer (Miles Teller). Simmons kept the press laughing throughout, especially to “faux-mock” Teller, who was too busy to attend. The film was a big hit at Sundance this year and might provide the 59-year-old actor with his first real shot at the awards spotlight. Film Experience

Whitney Friedlander interviews Deborah Nadoolman Landis about the Academy’s upcoming Hollywood Costume Exhibition. The event will run at the Wilshire May Building in Los Angeles from October 2 to March 2. It will feature costumes from a wide range of films, including “The Wizard of Oz,” “Singin’ in the Rain,” “Raiders of the Lost Ark,” and “Borat.” Variety

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