Oscars News: Watch new clips of Oscar contenders ‘Birdman,’ ‘Inherent Vice,’ ‘Gone Girl’

Sasha Stone rounds up several clips from much-anticipated films and Oscar contenders that will debut soon at the New York Film Festival. Get a first look now at Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu‘s “Birdman” (Michael Keaton and Emma Stone), David Fincher‘s “Gone Girl” (Ben Affleck and Rosamund Pike), and Paul Thomas Anderson‘s “Inherent Vice” (Joaquin Phoenix and Josh Brolin). This year’s event takes place from September 26 through October 12. Awards Daily

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Drew Taylor interviews actor James McAvoy about the Toronto premiere of his film “The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby.” McAvoy is coming off of another blockbuster sequel, “X-Men: Days of Future Past,” and now plays a husband in a crumbling relationship with his wife (Jessica Chastain). He discusses how the film was originally conceived as two films (“His” and “Hers”) with the perspectives of both characters about what really happened. AOL Moviefone

Steve Pond chats with actress Jessica Chastain and director Liv Ullmann about the Toronto debut of their film “Miss Julie.” Even though it is set in the 1890s, the “beautifully dark and emotionally terrifying” film is filled with subject matter similar to the recent theft of celebrity nude photos and other scandals. Based on a play by August Strindberg, the plot is about a noblewoman who has an affair with a servant (Colin Farrell). The Wrap

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Kris Tapley proclaims Jack O’Connell as “the next big thing” and that we will all “be hearing plenty about him in the near future.” The fairly unknown young actor was picked by director Angelina Jolie for the lead role in Oscar contender “Unbroken.” In a new interview, he discusses the “selflessness” of Jolie, the pain of washboard abs (needed for “300: Rise of an Empire”), and taking on the challenging role of a World War II hero. HitFix

Scott Foundas, Justin Chang, and Peter Debruge team up to discuss the state of the Toronto Film Festival at the midpoint. Their headline conclusion is “Too Many Gems, No Sole Standout.” Foundas states that “prognosticators are still looking for The One – that mythical, annointed cinematic being that will appear before them.” One crowd-pleaser has been the Chris Rock film “Top Five” but most have been Oscar-baiters like “The Imitation Game” (Benedict Cumberbatch), “The Judge” (Robert Downey, Jr.), “The Theory of Everything” (Eddie Redmayne), and “Wild” (Reese Witherspoon). Variety

Scott Feinberg says that the “hype was merited” for the praise given to Argentina’s “Wild Tales.” The film made its debut at Cannes and has now been screened at Telluride and Toronto. The comedy written and directed by Damian Szifron is comprised of six shorts about vengeance with lots of laugh-out-loud moments. It is expected to be Argentina’s submission in the foreign language category at the Oscars. Hollywood Reporter

Kyle Buchanan interviews two-time Oscar champ Michael Douglas on his visit to Toronto. He says that his villainous big-game hunter in the new film “The Reach” might be “the most cut-and-dry” baddie he has ever played. They also discuss the upcoming super hero flick “Ant-Man” in which he co-stars, learning new things as an actor after many decades of working, and stage fright. Vulture

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