The much-anticipated teaser trailer for "Star Wars: The Force Awakens" debuts today in select theaters and on iTunes. The 88 seconds of footage will be for the seventh chapter of the "Star Wars" saga which will hit the big screen in December, 2015. The sequel is directed by J.J. Abrams and reunites original stars Harrison Ford, Mark Hamill, and Carrie Fisher 30 years after "Return of the Jedi." Newcomers include Oscar Isaac, Adam Driver, Lupita Nyong'o, John Boyega, and Daisy Ridley. The Wrap
Ten weeks after wowing the Toronto film festival and winning the audience award, "The Imitation Game" arrives in theaters Friday. Buoyed by strong reviews (scoring 85% at RottenTomatoes), this showcase for Emmy champ Benedict Cumberbatch" ("Sherlock") should do well in limited release this weekend.
Anne Thompson introduces a must-read interview thus: "Look up the credits of 'The Imitation Game' and you will see that the producing team of Ido Ostrowsky and Nora Grossman have not produced any other movies. And yet the first time out of the gate their period British biopic of Enigma codebreaker Alan Turing is the Weinstein Co.'s top dog in this year's awards race, and could earn Benedict Cumberbatch his first Oscar nomination. TOH
On Sunday and Monday, media pundits will see the last of the major Oscar contenders – "Unbroken" – and we will finally have a good sense of the race.
Jeff Labrecuqe chats with Chris Rock about "Top Five," in which "he plays a movie star whose already-fading career is about to crumble on the day he’s being interviewed by a savvy New York Times reporter (Rosario Dawson) about his comedy career, his ambitious new Oscar-bait movie about the Haitian revolution, and his imminent nuptials to a reality star. She accompanies him to his old neighborhood, where he and his friends kill time arguing about their top five rappers. 'What are the normal conversations—not the contrived romantic-comedy conversations—that happen when you get a bunch of old friends together?' Rock says, describing the scene." EW
When looking over the Best Picture predictions of 25 Oscar experts at Gold Derby, don't take most of their rankings too seriously. Only four of us have "The Theory of Everything" listed as a major threat to win – that is, we have it ranked in our top three: Scott Feinberg (Hollywood Reporter), Matt Atchity (Rotten Tomatoes), Susan Wloszczyna (RogerEbert.com) and me.
Everybody else is crazy.
"Survivor: San Juan del Sur" made up for its lack of hidden Immunity idols being played at Tribal Council this season when not one, but two castaways gave up their idols Wednesday night. And both players -- Jon Misch and Keith Nale -- ended up needing to play them, or else they would have been voted out. That meant "Two and a Half Men" enthusiast/chicken nugget-eating champ Wes Nale got his torch snuffed with only two votes cast against him.
Gold Derby readers were notably shocked with this outcome, as the young Louisiana firefighter only had 8/1 odds of going home according to our exclusive "Survivor" racetrack odds. All of our users who correctly predicted Wes' elimination earned game points based on the odds they locked in throughout the week in our "Survivor" prediction contest.
The Golden Globes have given separate awards for dramas and musicals/comedies since the 1950s, but even though the Oscars tend to favor dramatic performances, only about half of all Golden Globe winners for Best Film Drama Actress are subsequently crowned by the academy.
As Mike Leigh's new film "Mr. Turner" reveals, famous British painter J.M.W. Turner was an infamous human being. Even though he was widely perceived to be a refined aristocrat of the early 19th century, he was also vulgar, selfish and cruel. Hollywood biopics usually paint their subjects in heroic light, but the only place you'll find a golden glow in "Mr. Turner" is around the signature sunsets and burning Parliament buildings so celebrated in his paintings.
Why does Leigh risk turning off moviegoers by delivering such a brutally harsh portrayal of the artist in "Mr. Turner"?