Oscars news: Is Eddie Redmayne (‘The Theory of Everything’) unbeatable for Best Actor?


Sasha Stone takes us inside “last night’s packed academy premiere for ‘The Theory of Everything‘” and reports “it became clear that Eddie Redmayne has a good chance of unseating the two frontrunners in the Best Actor race, Michael Keaton for ‘Birdman‘ and Benedict Cumberbatch for ‘The Imitation Game.’ The way the Best Actor race usually works is that it’s inextricably linked to Best Picture. This is the case almost every year but especially lately. The winning Best Actor is almost always in a Best Picture contender and when he isn’t he’s usually an overdue veteran whose number has at last come up.” Awards Daily 

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Anthony D’Alessandro profiles “Whiplash” star Miles Teller: “Teller, who’s a rock drummer in his spare time, thirsted for something that connected to his musical background. It arrived in the form of Andrew, the masochistic music conservatory drummer who’ll do anything to meet his acerbic jazz band teacher’s demands in Damien Chazelle’s ‘Whiplash.’ For three and half weeks, Teller threw himself into jazz drumming, a completely different style of percussion from what he knew, blood blisters and all. His mastery of the music is one thing; the fierce intensity that Teller creates playing against J.K. Simmons’ ruthless professor, is something altogether game-changing.” Deadline

Anna Silman wonders: “What’s better than ‘Gone Girl‘?” The answer: “‘Gone Girl’ reenacted entirely by kittens, for one thing (inexplicably there are also a few Barbie dolls). The video from The Pet Collective is an impressive 137 seconds long and hits all the major beats of the film, from the diary entries to the shower scene, and features plenty of delightful cat puns.” Vulture

Marc Graser notes that DreamWorks Animation announced: “stronger third quarter results Wednesday, thanks to the performance of ‘How to Train Your Dragon 2.’ The toon studio posted $180.9 million in revenue and $11.9 million in net profits, compared to $154.5 million in sales and $10.1 million in profits during the September period last year.” Variety

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The International Documentary Assn. unveiled the five films contending for its top prize: “Citizen four,” “Finding Vivian Maier,” “Point and Shoot,” “The Salt of the Earth,” and “Tales of the Grim Sleeper.” The winner will be revealed at the 30th annual edition of these kudos on Dec. 5 in Los Angeles. IDA

Jason Hughes recaps the new trailer for Ridley Scott‘s “Exodus: Gods and Kings:” A story of conflict with two men at the heart of the storm. Christian Bale‘s Moses squares off against Joel Edgerton‘s Ramesses II, and if the latest trailer is any indication, there’s a WWE main event on the way between these two.” The Wrap

Ryan Lattanzio reports: “the The Museum of Modern Art, New York, and the Hammer Museum in LA have announced their bicoastal collaboration on The Contenders, MoMA’s annual end-of-the-year series that surveys the year’s best films, awards hopefuls and cult classics in the making. Many are accompanied by Q&As with talent.” Thompson on Hollywood

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