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Oscars 2013: EW's no-nonsense Prize Fighter analysis of early contenders '12 Years a Slave,' 'Gravity,' more ...


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The Toronto International Film Festival unofficially kicks off the Oscar race each year as the best-of-the-best line up for their shot at awards glory – and the movie-fan attention (and ticket sales) that inevitably accompanies it.

Right now, we’re six months away from the March 2 Academy Awards, any film can still pull ahead or fall back. But as the Toronto festival draws to a close this weekend, it’s clear which films will rank among the fiercest competitors. READ FULL STORY

Benedict Cumberbatch faces a disturbing secret about own safety in 'The Fifth Estate' clip -- EXCLUSIVE VIDEO

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If there’s one thing Julian Assange does not lack, it’s confidence. But his epic self-assurance crumbles spectacularly in this clip from the Wikileaks thriller The Fifth Estate, starring Benedict Cumberbatch as the eccentric hacker-journalist.


Toronto: '12 Years a Slave' makes a devastating impression, with Oscar nominations a certainty

12 Years a Slave is the movie that left a whole theater speechless. And that’s saying something.

Festival-goers tend to gab easily about their likes or dislikes as they walk out of a film, but the crowd exiting Friday night’s emotionally crushing 12 Years a Slave showing struggled to express their overwhelming admiration. They communicated at first mostly in deep exhales and short exclamations like “Wow,” “Amazing,” and “Oh My God …”

Based on a true-life story that starts in 1841, Chiwetel Ejiofor stars as a musician — a free, educated, and rather well-to-do Northern black man — who is kidnapped during a trip to Washington D.C. and transported to the deep South, where he is sold into slavery with no recourse for contacting his family or restoring his legal liberty. It opens to the public on Oct. 18.

Director Steve McQueen (Hunger, Shame) and his impressive cast — which includes Michael Fassbender, Alfre Woodard, Brad Pitt and Kenyan actress Lupita Nyong’o — took the stage after the credits rolled, and the audience managed to shake off its collective shellshock for a standing ovation.

Consider this the first film to qualify as a sure-thing Best Picture nominee, and a formidable contender to win. McQueen, Ejiofor and Nyong’o, who displays immense strength in the face of unconscionable suffering as Patsey, a fellow plantation slave, should also prepare for a long season of red carpets.


Toronto: 'The Fifth Estate' stars Benedict Cumberbatch and Daniel Brühl are vulnerable to the wrath of Assange

Benedict Cumberbatch and Daniel Brühl probably shouldn’t store any compromising materials on their phones or computers.

The stars of the WikiLeaks cyber-drama The Fifth Estate admit they would be easy targets for vengeful hackers.

Or even friendly ones.

Brühl, who plays conscience-stricken WikiLeaks activist Daniel Domscheit-Berg, met the real-life man during filming and said this computer savvy underwhelmed the tech mastermind.

“When I first met Daniel, he told me it would take him probably five minutes to get into my computer and get all the information. So I changed my passwords — and now I don’t remember them,” Brühl said at the movie’s Toronto International Film Festival press conference.

Cumberbatch, who stars as divisive WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, also admitted to being “computer illiterate.” READ FULL STORY

Toronto: Benedict Cumberbatch praised, but 'The Fifth Estate' Oscar chances spring leak after critical jabs


The WikiLeaks film The Fifth Estate has proven to be as divisive as its subject.

The journalism drama, about the early David vs. Goliath victories of Julian Assange’s truth-telling tech movement, kicked off the Toronto International Film Festival on Thursday night.

There was praise for Benedict Cumberbatch’s incarnation of the white-haired cyber-guru — who is a hero to some, and an instigator of chaos to others. And the film got an extended standing ovation at the premiere, but early reviews were generally harsh, which could sap its Oscar hopes.

EW’s Owen Gleiberman split from the naysayers and gave The Fifth Estate a strong endorsement, calling it a “feverishly edgy and exciting drama.”

At the after-party launching the 38th annual festival, which is seen throughout Hollywood as the official start of good-movie-season — reactions to The Fifth Estate were so-so. The movie, directed by Dreamgirls and Gods and Monsters director Bill Condon definitely had some supporters, but there tended to be more zeal from its detractors.


Oscars: Angelina Jolie, Angela Lansbury, Steve Martin, Piero Tosi to receive Academy's Governors Awards

Angelina Jolie, Angela Lansbury, Steve Martin and costume designer Piero Tosi are the year’s first Oscar winners.

Each has been selected by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences to receive the honorary Governors Awards. READ FULL STORY

'Saving Mr. Banks,' 'Foxcatcher,' 'Inside Llewyn Davis' to highlight AFI Fest 2013

Move aside Hitchcock, here comes Walt Disney.

Last year, AFI Fest opened with that behind-the-scenes Hollywood drama about the making of an iconic film, and they’re doing it once again — albeit with a spoonful of sugar this time.

Saving Mr. Banks, about the combative relationship between Walt Disney and Mary Poppins author P.L. Travers, will open the Nov. 7-14 festival, which is considered a prime showcase for Oscar contenders.


'Spring Breakers': James Franco tells Oscar voters to 'Consider this sh-'

With summer coming to a close, Oscar season is officially in full swing. James Franco, fresh from his Comedy Central Roast, kicks off the first of the “For Your Consideration” ads that appeal to awards-show voters. In a bid to secure a Best Supporting Actor Oscar nomination for his role as Alien in Spring Breakers, the film’s distributor, A24, launched a campaign called “Consider This Sh–,” The Hollywood Reporter first reported.

In Spring Breakers, directed by Harmony Korine, Franco plays a kind of Spring Break Jesus, in the form of a rapper/hustler/predator of college girls — replete with chest-length cornrows and a grill, and a psycho-Southern accent.

Though not considered a leading contender for the category, a spokesperson for A24 films told The Hollywood Reporter, “James Franco has created a character so indelible it deserves recognition. We are excited to be able to support it with a campaign and know the impact of Alien will last far past this awards season.”

In the ad, Franco, dressed to the Florida-swag hilt as Alien, is book-ended by two out of four of his college-age, perma-bikini-clad protégés: Brit (Ashley Benson) and Candy (Vanessa Hudgens). Franco is leaning against a white car and proudly double-fisting Oscar statuettes.

'Labor Day': FIRST LOOK at Kate Winslet and Josh Brolin in Jason Reitman fugitive drama -- EXCLUSIVE

The guy who is bleeding from his side needs help. But he’s not asking – he’s telling.

That’s the setup for the simmering drama Labor Day, starring Josh Brolin as an escaped convict who takes shelter with the mentally fragile, reclusive single-mom Adele (Kate Winslet) and her almost-teenage son (Changling’s Gattlin Griffith) over the course of one long late-summer holiday weekend in the mid-1980s.


Ellen DeGeneres to host the Oscars for second time

The Oscars have gone from naughty to nice.

Ellen Degeneres will be taking over the emcee duties for the March 2 Academy Awards telecast, her second turn overseeing Hollywood’s biggest event. She announced the news via Twitter: “It’s official: I’m hosting the #Oscars! I’d like to thank @TheAcademy, my wife Portia and, oh dear, there goes the orchestra.”

Degeneres returns to the Oscar stage as the kinder, more self-deprecating comedian compared to Seth MacFarlane, who brought some much-needed edge but also divided some viewers with his more acidic, raunchier comedy style when he hosted last February.

“I am so excited to be hosting the Oscars for the second time. You know what they say — the third time’s the charm,” DeGeneres joked in a statement released by the Academy.


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