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Woody Harrelson on getting drunk for 'Rampart' and Haymitch -- EXCLUSIVE FIRST LOOK

mesmerizing” and raved that Harrelson plays his role “with intricate demonic force.” Rampart, which will receive a one-week awards qualification run on Nov. 23 before its nationwide release in January, could result in Harrelson’s third career Oscar nomination. (Not coincidentally, the film was directed by Oren Moverman, who guided Harrelson to his Oscar-nominated performance in 2009’s The Messenger.)

But first, below, here is an exclusive first look at the visually arresting Rampart poster, which will begin showing up in theaters this weekend:  READ FULL STORY

Ryan Gosling's Oscar dilemma: 'Drive' or 'The Ides of March'?

When an actor delivers two strong performances in the same calendar year, it’s convenient when one is a lead role and the other is supporting so they don’t cannibalize each other in the awards race. Like when Jamie Foxx scored simultaneous nominations for Ray (Best Actor) and Collateral (Best Supporting Actor), for instance. But poor Ryan Gosling, who was undeniably robbed of a nod earlier this year for Blue Valentine (I’m still smarting over that one), has the misfortune of starring in this fall’s Drive and The Ides of March. Though he’s fantastic in both, Academy rules dictate that if the two roles are in the same category, he can only be nominated for one. So what’s he going to do? Pick Ides, which was directed by Oscar pro George Clooney? Or go with Drive, whose director, Nicolas Winding Refn, is so tight with Gosling that they’re already planning to work together again? I chatted with the actor here at the Toronto film festival about his curious dilemma.

ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY: At some point, are you going to make a Sophie’s choice and pick one role to campaign for this season?
RYAN GOSLING: But I don’t feel like they are lead roles. To me they’re, like, ensemble pieces. I guess in Drive I’m in the lead. But when I read them, they felt like ensemble pieces. No? READ FULL STORY

'Shame': Fox Searchlight picks up graphic drama starring Michael Fassbender


Fox Searchlight has picked up the U.S. distribution rights for Shame, the drama from director Steve McQueen that premiered to considerable acclaim earlier this week at the Venice and Telluride film festivals, and is currently playing at the Toronto Film Festival. The film reunites McQueen with actor Michael Fassbender (X-Men: First Class), who starred in the director’s first movie, the 2008 drama Hunger.

In Shame, Fassbender plays Brandon, a thirtysomething New Yorker with a compulsive addiction to sex. Brandon’s life begins to unravel when his younger sister (Carey Mulligan) moves into his apartment. The film, which could be headed for a NC-17 rating due to its graphic sex scenes, will open sometime before the year’s end, thereby pushing Fassbender into the Best Actor Oscar race.

George Clooney's 'The Ides of March': The year's first slam-dunk Best Picture nominee?

The Ides of March, George Clooney’s latest directorial effort, has just premiered at the Venice Film Festival, and if you ask me, we now have the first sure-thing Best Picture nominee on our hands. A contemporary echo of Clooney’s multi-nominated 2005 drama Good Night, and Good Luck, Ides — an inside look at a fictional presidential campaign — is smart, but not overly complicated; cynical, but not completely depressing; and timely, but not forced. Plus, it boasts top-flight acting from its entire cast, including Ryan Gosling, Paul Giamatti, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Marisa Tomei, and Evan Rachel Wood. READ FULL STORY

Screen icon Peter O'Toole talks about making 'The Stunt Man': 'I'll tell you a yarn!'


Screen legends really don’t come much more legendary than Peter O’Toole who, amongst his many achievements, has racked up eight Best Actor Academy Award nominations in his now almost 60-year-long career. O’Toole received the sixth of those noms for playing, with flamboyant brilliance, the manipulative and devilish film director Eli Cross in Richard Rush’s 1980 film The Stunt Man. This paranoia-fueled comedy about a Vietman vet who hides from the cops by becoming a stuntman on a World War I movie is out today on Blu-ray in a package that also includes a two hour making-of doc and a Rush career retrospective, amongst its many extras.

We spoke to O’Toole himself about his memories of making The Stunt Man.


Which Cannes films could become Oscar contenders?

Last year, several films that played at the Cannes film festival — including Biutiful, Blue Valentine, Another Year, and Inside Job — ended up scoring major-category Oscar nominations. Now that this year’s Cannes lineup has been announced, let’s take a very preliminary look at which films could become next year’s award contenders.

This Must Be the Place Just look at this photo of Sean Penn as an ’80s new-wave star. Are you as intrigued as I am? The film, directed by Italian filmmaker Paolo Sorrentino, is a bit of a mystery, but when Penn takes on a physically transformative role, it usually piques the Academy’s interest.

We Need to Talk About Kevin I’m already hearing great things about Tilda Swinton’s performance as the distraught mother of a school gunman. After her strong turns in Julia and I Am Love failed to gain awards-season traction, it would be terrific to have her back in the game.

Martha Marcy May Marlene Director Sean Durkin’s moody drama (one of the best films I saw at Sundance this year) features another creepy supporting turn from this year’s Winter’s Bone nominee John Hawkes as a charismatic cult leader. And rising star Elizabeth Olsen carries the film with her memorable breakout performance.

The Tree of Life It’s never great when a movie finally has its premiere years after it was shot. But director Terrence Malick’s last three films all received at least one Oscar nomination. And the cast (featuring Brad Pitt, Sean Penn, and touted up-and-comer Jessica Chastain) certainly has potential.

The Skin I Live In The first feature-length collaboration between Pedro Almodóvar and Antonio Banderas in over 20 years is alone cause for celebration. Though it’s an adaptation of a novel rather than an original screenplay, Almodóvar’s works are always strong contenders to become Spain’s foreign-language submission.

For Cannes updates and Oscar news throughout the year, follow me on Twitter: @davekarger.

'A Better Life': 2011's first awards movie?

This year’s Oscars weren’t even two weeks ago and already we could have an awards contender on our hands for next year. This week I had a chance to see A Better Life, a drama directed by Chris Weitz (New Moon) about a single-dad gardener from Mexico living illegally in Los Angeles and trying to keep his teenage son away from the pervasive gang culture. Summit Entertainment is releasing the film at the end of June, in the same slot it gave to The Hurt Locker two years ago.

They have reason to be high on the film. A Better Life is an unfussy, yet quite powerful drama with a terrific central performance by Demián Bichir, who played Fidel Castro in 2008’s Che and also dated Mary-Louise Parker on Weeds. The film will remind many viewers and critics of The Visitor, which scored Richard Jenkins a Best Actor nod two years ago — both movies feature major characters facing possible deportation — but should also have no trouble standing on its own. The behind-the-scenes players are interesting as well: Weitz is a past Oscar nominee for Best Adapted Screenplay for About a Boy, and the film is the first producing effort for actress Jami Gertz (Still Standing) and former agent Stacey Lubliner, who have their own production company together, Lime Orchard Productions. (The film’s other two producers are Christian McLaughlin and Paul Junger Witt.) At the very least, A Better Life seems like a good bet for some Spirit Award nominations next year (most likely for Bichir). With the right reviews and commercial reception, it could go even further.

Oscars 2011: Director Troy Miller talks about making last night's opening spoof movie

hathaway-franco-oscar-spoofDirector Troy Miller has a long list of comedy credits, from Flight of the Conchords to Parks and Recreation to Mr Show. But there’s no doubt Miller’s most viewed work has been his Academy Awards opening montages spoofing the nominated films. Last night’s opening spoof, starring hosts James Franco and Anne Hathaway (along with Alec Baldwin and Morgan Freeman), was in fact his sixth for the awards. EW spoke to the director about getting Morgan Freeman to bring the funny and what it was like to do “covers” of Inception, True Grit, and The Social Network. READ FULL STORY

Dave Karger's Oscar picks for Best Actor/Actress

Each day leading up to Sunday’s 83rd Academy Awards, we will share Dave Karger’s Oscar picks in a major category, as well as his prediction of how the votes will break down (based on previous awards won and conversations with insiders and Academy members). Today, we have his picks for Best Actor and Actress. Check back tomorrow for his predictions for Best Director. READ FULL STORY

Oscar nominations: The 5 biggest surprises

BiutifulImage Credit: Jose HaroThis morning’s Academy Award nominations ended up going mostly to plan. The King’s Speech with the most nods? Check. Tons of acting love for The Fighter? Check. But a few things caught my eye. Here are my five biggest surprises of the morning.

True Grit places second with 10 nominations Would mega-producer Scott Rudin ever have thought that his Coen brothers Western would earn more overall nods than his other contender, the critics-award-sweeping The Social Network? Thanks to the acting branch’s slight of Andrew Garfield and the inclusion of the Coens in Best Director, Grit ended up scoring two more nominations than Network. READ FULL STORY

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