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Of course the 2015 film I'm most looking forward to is STAR WARS: THE FORCE AWAKENS, which is scheduled to be released in December.

I'm looking forward to Michael Moore's Where to Invade Next which is premiering at the Toronto IFF.

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10 terrific films I've seen this year:

 

INSIDE OUT - Pixar hits another home run. The casting of Lewis Black as Anger is particularly inspired.

 

AMY - Heartbreaking documentary about the rise and fall of soulful British singer Amy Winehouse. Don't do drugs, kids.

 

HOME - Strong non-Pixar animated film. Kids today don't know good they have it. Most fare aimed at them, especially the animated  films, are really well-made.

 

IT FOLLOWS - With a budget of about $1.33, this is by miles the best horror film of the year. You have to accept the crazy, made-up rules of how evil works in this movie, but once you go with the flow, it will absolutely chill you.

 

TOMORROWLAND - Another great film aimed primarily at kids, but it will also appeal to adults who were ever into science fiction and speculations on future life.

 

THE GIFT - Hitchcock homage focusing on three people, one of whom may be not at all as originally appears, and with a great twist ending.

 

PITCH PERFECT 2 - Hollywood can make a highly successful movie that doesn't have superheroes or special effects. I laughed from start to finish.

 

FAR FROM THE MADDING CROWD - Tighter, less meandering version of the Thomas Hardy novel with Carey Mulligan in the Julie Christie role.

 

JURASSIC WORLD - So sue me. Yes, it's over the top. Hey, it's about killer dinosaurs! I saw it in IMAX and 3-D, and certain movies actually justify all those bells and whistles. This is one.

 

ME & EARL & THE DYING GIRL - For every moment last year's THE FAULT IN OUR STARS seemed contrived and artificial, this one feels human and genuine. And classic movie fans will enjoy all the quirky "remakes" of famous movies with slightly shifted titles.

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I saw a preview for Grandma when I saw Jurassic World a couple weeks ago.  Grandma looked really good.  I always enjoy Lily Tomlin.  It also looks like Sam Elliot is in it as well.  The teenage girl in the film reminded me of the girl that played Christina Crawford in Mommie Dearest.  They both had the same awful platinum "Annie" hairstyle.

 

 

Grandma WAS good. Offbeat little tale about a day in the life......wont give away plot details. I thought the script would cop out in the end, but it didnt.............

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They are predicting already? Ridiculous.......

 

The Oscars buzz really gets started around the time of the Toronto International Film Festival, which ended on Sunday. And film studios already are trying to decide such things as whether "Carol" co-stars Cate Blanchett and Rooney Mara should go head to head for Best Actress, or if Mara should be pushed for the Best Supporting Actress category. For her performance, Mara tied for the Best Actress award at the Cannes Film Festival in May. The theory is that she would have a stronger chance of winning the Supporting Actress award.

 

Blanchett also has a big role in the movie "Truth," so it's being said she can get two nominations by being placed in the Supporting Actress category for "Carol."

 

And wouldn't it be wild if Robert Redford earns his second-ever acting nomination for his portrayal of Dan Rather in "Truth"?

 

Decisions, decisions.

 

http://www.theguardian.com/film/2015/sep/21/oscars-2016-frontrunners-toronto-film-festival

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PR buzz no doubt. How many people have actually seen the films???

 

Well, that's the fun part! The awards season gets under way in late November or early December, and all Academy Award-nominated films must be shown in the Los Angeles area by Christmas Day. Many of the nominated films won't hit most theaters in North America until after the Oscar nominations are revealed on January 14, 2016. So people will see most of the films after that.

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I know the public haven't seen the films, but I doubt many Academy voters have either at this point. Way too early for me to get interested. (LOL)....

 

It's later than you think! Christmas decorations and promotions will be popping up everywhere before you know it.

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It's later than you think! Christmas decorations and promotions will be popping up everywhere before you know it.

Oh the Christmas decorations are out already.  I was at Target the other day, buying Halloween candy (Don't judge me! The candy was for me and my husband and there was a sale, though "fun size" is definitely a misnomer. Small candy is not fun).  There were Christmas lights and other outside lighting already out on the shelves.  I'm sure as we get closer to Halloween and the section starts becoming depleted, the Christmas stuff will slowly take over.  Come November 1, watch out.  Lol. I like the Christmas decor and movies and the music and such, I just hate all the commercialism and focus on shopping.  Spend. Spend. Spend. 

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The Oscars buzz really gets started around the time of the Toronto International Film Festival, which ended on Sunday. And film studios already are trying to decide such things as whether "Carol" co-stars Cate Blanchett and Rooney Mara should go head to head for Best Actress, or if Mara should be pushed for the Best Supporting Actress category. For her performance, Mara tied for the Best Actress award at the Cannes Film Festival in May. The theory is that she would have a stronger chance of winning the Supporting Actress award.

 

Blanchett also has a big role in the movie "Truth," so it's being said she can get two nominations by being placed in the Supporting Actress category for "Carol."

 

And wouldn't it be wild if Robert Redford earns his second-ever acting nomination for his portrayal of Dan Rather in "Truth"?

 

Decisions, decisions.

 

http://www.theguardian.com/film/2015/sep/21/oscars-2016-frontrunners-toronto-film-festival

 

It seems crazy that people can pick and choose what category they can be submitted for based on where they have a better shot at winning.  It seems to me that there should be criteria as to what constitutes a lead performance and a supporting performance.  I always assumed the lead or supporting role was based on overall screen time in the film, as presumably the lead characters would be onscreen longer than the supporting ones.  However, perhaps the lead or supporting role is determined by the status of the actors involved? Cate Blanchett, with two Oscars under her belt, is definitely a bigger star than Rooney Mara.

 

For example, with All About Eve, Fox wanted to submit Bette Davis as Best Actress and Anne Baxter as Supporting Actress.  However, Baxter argued for the Best Actress nomination.  Both ladies were submitted for the category and lost. It was thought that they split the votes for the film, allowing Judy Holliday to swoop in and claim the Oscar.  It has been said that if Baxter had complied with studio wishes, both she and Davis may have potentially won. Whether that's actually true, or pure speculation, I don't know.  In All About Eve's case, I'm on Baxter's side as both she and Davis had large roles in the film.  Baxter's character's name is in the title! Even if Baxter could have won the supporting Oscar, she didn't really have a supporting role.

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OMG It's out in SEPT. now????????????????????

Lol.  Yes.  I guess Target is trying to get a jump on things.  You can also pick up all your Thanksgiving wares as well, if you want to.  Pretty soon Valentine's Day stuff will be out!

 

To me all these holidays are just new candy seasons.  Halloween candy now... Then when Halloween is over, its time for all the Christmas candy... When that ends, then it's Valentine's Candy.  It never ends! The specialty holiday themed candy season is upon us.  Lol. 

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It seems crazy that people can pick and choose what category they can be submitted for based on where they have a better shot at winning.  It seems to me that there should be criteria as to what constitutes a lead performance and a supporting performance.  I always assumed the lead or supporting role was based on overall screen time in the film, as presumably the lead characters would be onscreen longer than the supporting ones.  However, perhaps the lead or supporting role is determined by the status of the actors involved? Cate Blanchett, with two Oscars under her belt, is definitely a bigger star than Rooney Mara.

 

For example, with All About Eve, Fox wanted to submit Bette Davis as Best Actress and Anne Baxter as Supporting Actress.  However, Baxter argued for the Best Actress nomination.  Both ladies were submitted for the category and lost. It was thought that they split the votes for the film, allowing Judy Holliday to swoop in and claim the Oscar.  It has been said that if Baxter had complied with studio wishes, both she and Davis may have potentially won. Whether that's actually true, or pure speculation, I don't know.  In All About Eve's case, I'm on Baxter's side as both she and Davis had large roles in the film.  Baxter's character's name is in the title! Even if Baxter could have won the supporting Oscar, she didn't really have a supporting role.

 

Sometimes, people stick to their guns and reap great rewards. There was talk of putting Sir Anthony Hopkins in the 1991 Supporting Actor category for his performance as Dr. Hannibal Lecter in "The Silence of the Lambs." His screen time in the movie is only 24 minutes and 52 seconds, but he wound up winning the Best Actor Oscar, anyway.

 

Rosalind Russell might have won the 1955 Best Supporting Actress award for her performance as an aging schoolteacher in "Picnic." But she reportedly held out for the Best Actress category -- and ended up without a nomination at all.

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Lol.  Yes.  I guess Target is trying to get a jump on things.  You can also pick up all your Thanksgiving wares as well, if you want to.  Pretty soon Valentine's Day stuff will be out!

 

To me all these holidays are just new candy seasons.  Halloween candy now... Then when Halloween is over, its time for all the Christmas candy... When that ends, then it's Valentine's Candy.  It never ends! The specialty holiday themed candy season is upon us.  Lol. 

 

 

Yep. Dentists will be happy. Was just in Target, but didnt notice Christmas trappings. Thankful.

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Sometimes, people stick to their guns and reap great rewards. There was talk of putting Sir Anthony Hopkins in the 1991 Supporting Actor category for his performance as Dr. Hannibal Lecter in "The Silence of the Lambs." His screen time in the movie is only 24 minutes and 52 seconds, but he wound up winning the Best Actor Oscar, anyway.

 

Rosalind Russell might have won the 1955 Best Supporting Actress award for her performance as an aging schoolteacher in "Picnic." But she reportedly held out for the Best Actress category -- and ended up without a nomination at all.

Rosalind would have done well in the Supporting Actress category.  Her character was not a main character in Picnic, Kim Novak and William Holden were the leads.  Everyone else were supporting players.  

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Rosalind would have done well in the Supporting Actress category.  Her character was not a main character in Picnic, Kim Novak and William Holden were the leads.  Everyone else were supporting players.  

 

 

It's one of those parts that could go either way. She isnt the lead, but she's in it almost as much as Novak and in a showier role. Possibly as much as Novak, though the movie doesnt revolve around her...

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In case you'd like to keep up with Awards Season, here are the dates of the upcoming events for 2015-2016: 

 

DECEMBER 2015

Tuesday, December 1 – National Board of Review Awards

Thursday, December 3 – Writers Guild of America nominations (television)

Wednesday, December 9 – Screen Actors Guild nominations

Thursday, December 10 – Golden Globe nominations

 

JANUARY 2016

Sunday, January 3 – National Society of Film Critics Awards

Wednesday, January 6 – Writers Guild of America nominations (films)

Friday, January 8 – BAFTA nominations

Sunday, January 10 – Golden Globe Awards

Tuesday, January 12 – Directors Guild nominations (feature films)

Tuesday, January 12 – Visual Effects Society nominations

Wednesday, January 13 – Directors Guild nominations (television  and documentary) 

Wednesday, January 13 – Razzie Award nominations

Thursday, January 14 –  Academy Award nominations

Saturday, January 23 – Producers Guild Awards

Sunday, January 31 – Screen Actors Guild Awards

 

FEBRUARY 2016

Tuesday, February 2 – Visual Effects Society Awards

Saturday, February 6 – Directors Guild Awards

Saturday, February 13 – Writers Guild of America Awards

Sunday, February 14 – BAFTA Awards

Saturday, February 27 – Film Independent Spirit Awards

Saturday, February 27 – Razzie Awards

Sunday, February 28 – Academy Awards

 
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I was watching CNN this morning and they did an interview with Robert Redford and Cate Blanchett about their new film, Truth (2015).

During the interview they kept referring to the controversy surrounding the original 60 Minutes story on which the film is based.

But not once during this interview which was approximately 7 minutes long did they mention what the 60 Minutes controversy was about.

It left me wondering if that line of questioning was edited out of this CNN spot because the media is still responding to the heat they got from the story years ago.

Even the trailer for the film is ambiguous in that regard.  It's like going to the bother of making All the President's Men and being afraid to mention Watergate.

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I was watching CNN this morning and they did an interview with Robert Redford and Cate Blanchett about their new film, Truth (2015).

During the interview they kept referring to the controversy surrounding the original 60 Minutes story on which the film is based.

But not once during this interview which was approximately 7 minutes long did they mention what the 60 Minutes controversy was about.

It left me wondering if that line if questioning was edited out of this CNN spot because the media is still responding to the heat they got from the story years ago.

Even the trailer for the film is ambiguous in that regard.  It's like going to the bother of making All the President's Men and being afraid to mention Watergate.

 

CBS fired "60 Minutes II" producer Mary Mapes (the Cate Blanchett character) and pushed Rather into retirement after the "Memogate" fiasco in 2004. Needless to say, CBS is a bit antsy about how the Tiffany Network has been portrayed in "Truth." So it has refused to run ads for the movie. And it doesn't end there. I watched "CBS Sunday Morning" yesterday and they had Los Angeles Times critic Kenneth Turan talk about upcoming films. Guess which one wasn't even mentioned? 

 

Here's a Forbes magazine piece about the controversy:

 

http://www.forbes.com/sites/scottmendelson/2015/10/17/cbs-refusing-to-air-truth-tv-commercials-is-priceless-advertising-for-the-movie-it-opposes/

 

As for "Memogate," here's the Wikipedia entry on the issue:

 

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Killian_documents_controversy

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CBS fired "60 Minutes II" producer Mary Mapes (the Cate Blanchett character) and pushed Rather into retirement after the "Memogate" fiasco in 2004. Needless to say, CBS is a bit antsy about how the Tiffany Network has been portrayed in "Truth." So it has refused to run ads for the movie. And it doesn't end there. I watched "CBS Sunday Morning" yesterday and they had Los Angeles Times critic Kenneth Turan talk about upcoming films. Guess which one wasn't even mentioned? 

 

Here's a Forbes magazine piece about the controversy:

 

http://www.forbes.com/sites/scottmendelson/2015/10/17/cbs-refusing-to-air-truth-tv-commercials-is-priceless-advertising-for-the-movie-it-opposes/

 

As for "Memogate," here's the Wikipedia entry on the issue:

 

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Killian_documents_controversy

Thanks Jakeem,

I'm more interested than ever to see the film.  I like the part in the Forbes article where it says that the scandal obscured the overall truth of the controversy.

It is akin to 'giving' the prosecution a planted phoney expert witness then exposing them when they are on the stand.  There goes your case with the bathwater.

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