Oscar Watch: 'Crazy' Heart' shows its heart and 'Nine's' Kate Hudson dazzles
To say that Scott Cooper's "Crazy Heart" is a late entry to the Oscar race is an understatement. Over a month ago the drama was expected to premiere at Sundance in January. Instead, Fox Searchlight has taken a chance and is throwing Jeff Bridges' great performance as a down and out country singer/songwriter into the Best Actor race by releasing it next month.
The movie's trailer premiered on Apple's trailer showcase tonight. What's most striking about it, besides teasing that Gyllenhaal also delivers something special, is how sweet the film's title track is. "The Weary Kind (the Theme from "Crazy Heart")" is a beautiful tune written and performed by up and coming country/Americana singer Ryan Bingham. In a competitive year, "Weary Kind" has put itself smack dab in the middle of the Best Original Song race (and were talking just to get nominated folks). Expect the buzz to keep building with Searchlight going full blast with screenings of "Crazy Heart" as they aren't afraid to show their wares unlike (cough) some studios...
In any case, "Heart" is one to watch when it opens in select theaters on Dec. 16.
Another contender released a new trailer tonight and it's none other than Rob Marshall's "Nine." This preview is a major extension of the Kate Hudson number Awards Campaign discussed yesterday for the new song "Cinema Italiano." Have to say, while it may not make a lot of sense in the context of the movie it's a lot more impressive below than it was in the cut down version on Entertainment Tonight. Can anyone remember the last time Kate Hudson looked like she was having so much fun on the big screen? See for yourself below. [This will most likely be in front of "The Twilight Saga: New Moon" this weekend. Wonder what the kiddies will think?]
1971 | Action | RSummary: A pair of NYC cops in the Narcotics Bureau stumble onto a drug smuggling job with a French connection.Director: William Friedkin
Cast: Gene Hackman, Roy Scheider, Fernando Rey, Tony Lo Bianco
2011 | Drama | RSummary: A queasy, weird tale of two guys who dream of surviving the apocalypse who are tested when they encounter something their homemade car and flamethrowers can't handle: love.Director: Evan Glodell
Cast: Evan Glodell, Tyler Dawson, Jessie Wiseman
2002 | Crime | RSummary: A passion for photography keeps young Rio de Janeiro resident Rocket out of gang activity, and through him we see a cavalcade of incredible stories about life in a Rio slum.Director: Fernando Meirelles, Kátia Lund
Cast: Alexandre Rodrigues, Matheus Nachtergaele, Leandro Firmino
1985 | Horror | RSummary: Two horror movie-loving friends find their adolescent lives turned upside down when a vampire moves into their suburban neighborhood.Director: Tom Holland
Cast: Chris Sarandon, William Ragsdale, Amanda Bearse
2014 | Family | NRSummary: The early life of Walt Disney is explored in this family film with an art house twist. Though his reality was often dark, it was skewed by his ever growing imagination and eternal optimism.Director: Logan Sekulow
Cast: Travis Tritt, Olan Rogers, Ryan Dunlap, Mark Stuart
1988 | Comedy | PGSummary: A light comic joust breaks out between con men played by Steve Martin and Michael Caine when they each set their sights on a wealthy heiress.Director: Frank Oz
Cast: Steve Martin, Michael Caine, Glenne Headly
2000 | Drama | RSummary: Michelle Rodriguez packs a punch as a Brooklyn high-school student who finds purpose, discipline and excellence inside the boxing ring.Director: Karyn Kusama
Cast: Michelle Rodriguez, Santiago Douglas, Jaime Tirelli
1996 | Action | PGSummary: Amy is only 13 years old when her mother is killed. She goes to Canada to live with her father, an eccentric inventor whom she barely knows. Amy is miserable in her new life... until she discovers a nest of goose eggs that were abandoned when a local forest is torn down. The eggs hatch and Amy be...Director: Carroll Ballard
Cast: Jeff Daniels, Anna Paquin, Dana Delany, Terry Kinney
2011 | Drama | RSummary: The Cold War comes back to life in this impeccably designed spy story in which disgraced former spy George Smiley (Gary Oldman) returns to his old agency to ferret out a mole.Director: Tomas Alfredson
Cast: Gary Oldman, Colin Firth, Tom Hardy
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