Ladies and gentlemen, Eddie Redmayne is about to explode

Ladies and gentlemen, Eddie Redmayne is about to explode

An in-depth Q&A with this year's potential Best Actor winner

An actor or actress can be on the periphery of stardom for what seems like an eternity before the right role comes along at the right time and transforms his or her career. Do you know how many times you probably saw Michael Fassbender on screen before he technically broke out four years ago? Did you know Benedict Cumberbatch had been a working actor for almost a decade before he finally got Hollywood's attention after "Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy" and "Sherlock" (2011)? Enter the latest star on the verge of global recognition: Eddie Redmayne.

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Fox Searchlight has a Throwback Thursday treat: the trailer for 'Birdman Returns!'

Fox Searchlight has a Throwback Thursday treat: the trailer for 'Birdman Returns!'

In a world...

Emboldened by "Birdman's" box office impact in limited release so far, Fox Searchlight will be expanding the film to nearly 50 more markets this week, bringing its theater count up to 450. Hopefully if it's been elusive for you, the film will finally make it close to your neck of the woods. In the meantime, however, the studio has a fun Throwback Thursday (#tbt) treat for you: the trailer for Riggan Thompson's "Birdman Returns!"

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Black Sea
Credit: Focus Features

The 'Black Sea' poster dredges up all the right '90s thriller memories

The 'Black Sea' poster time traveled from the 1990s

It takes a high-brow director to deliver quality low-brow entertainment. Just look at thrillers from the 1990s. Say what you will about John McTiernan, but the man knew character as well as he knew action. "Patriot Games" and "Clear and Present Danger" Philip Noyce balanced out his action resume with movies like "Rabbit Proof Fence" and the upcoming "American Pastoral." And Martin Scorsese, David Cronenberg, and Richard Donner shot some of the best genre movies of that decade. So it gives me great hope that Kevin MacDonald, seasoned documentarian and occasionally solid narrative filmmaker ("The Last King of Scotland, "How I Live Now"), can turn the upcoming "Black Sea" into a down-and-dirty thriller a la the best of the '90s. Early glimpses at the film point to something along those lines.

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Tech Support: 'Boyhood,' 'Imitation,' 'Interstellar' slice and dice in Best Film Editing

Tech Support: 'Boyhood,' 'Imitation,' 'Interstellar' slice and dice in Best Film Editing

'Argo' Oscar winner pulls double duty this year

Want to know what's in contention for Best Picture? Look to Best Film Editing. No category except Best Director has as much overlap with the top category as of late. Is that how things will turn out this year? Let's take a look…

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American Werewolf in London
Credit: Universal Pictures

Monster make-up legend Rick Baker to receive lifetime achievement award

The veterans receive the Make-up Artists and Hair Stylists Guild highest honor

In October, Rick Baker appeared in an Academy-approved video, touring industry outsiders around his makeup studio, a treasure trove of special effects wonderment. The inside look came tinged with sadness; With modern blockbusters opting for more CG effects over practical makeup, Baker’s craft has slowly faded into the history books, prompting him to move out of his sprawling warehouse. For those left weeping over the video comes a hint of good news: The Make-up Artists and Hair Stylists Guild Awards will honor the monster movie make-up master during its 2015 ceremony.

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Michael Shannon and Kevin Spacey
Credit: AP

Michael Shannon and Kevin Spacey will be 'Elvis & Nixon' (respectively)

New indie to chronicle the musician and political figures’ strange 1970 meeting

Ron Howard’s "Frost/Nixon" disappointed with only $18 million at the domestic box office. So the logical thought was, "Sequel!?" Well, say hello to "Elvis & Nixon," the "Mothra vs. Godzilla" of the Richard Nixon franchise.

OK, "Elvis & Nixon" has nothing to do with Howard’s film, but it is an in-the-works docudrama starring two major talents that could prove even more fruitful than the Michael Sheen/Frank Langella pairing.

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New 'Into the Woods' trailer finds Meryl Streep singing in a 'Maleficent' world

New 'Into the Woods' trailer finds Meryl Streep singing in a 'Maleficent' world

Does Johnny Depp's wolf look more like a cat or is it us?

Could Disney's "Into the Woods" be a Christmas surprise for moviegoers and Oscar? Judging by the film's second trailer, let's just say we're pleasantly surprised. Here are five quick thoughts to ponder on Rob Marshall's latest endeavor before or after you watch the new preview.

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Jessica Chastain stays classy as 'Interstellar' vs. 'A Most Violent Year' goes public

Jessica Chastain stays classy as 'Interstellar' vs. 'A Most Violent Year' goes public

Find out when she first met Christopher Nolan in person

Frankly, many of us saw this coming. As soon as A24 Films confirmed that J.C. Chandor's "A Most Violent Year" would be released just in time for Oscar consideration, the questions began. Was Jessica Chastain's performance a leading or supporting proposition? Moreover, how would that relate to her work in Christopher Nolan's "Interstellar," which Paramount Pictures was clearly positioning (accurately) for Best Supporting Actress consideration? Once the film began to screen, word got out that her turn in "Year" was clearly supporting and at some point a choice was going to have to be made. A24 probably hoped things would work out for everyone and Chastain would be considered a lead for Chandor's film, but based on the news The New York Times broke tonight, it might not have mattered.  

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<p>&quot;Footprints&quot;</p>

"Footprints"

10 animated shorts advance in 2015 Oscar race, Pixar snubbed

Bill Plympton officially has two shots on goal

The Academy has announced the 10 animated short films that have advanced in this year's Oscar race. Five nominees will be announced along with all other categories on January 15, 2015.

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<p>&quot;Begin Again&quot;</p>

"Begin Again"

Credit: The Weinstein Company

'Birdman,' 'Dragon 2,' 'Begin Again' win Hollywood Music in Media Awards

'It's about time drummers get some love.'

The fifth annual Hollywood Music in Media Awards were held Tuesday night at The Fonda Theatre in Hollywood. "Birdman" composer Antonio Sanchez walked away with top film honors while "How to Train Your Dragon 2" and "The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug" also brought home awards.

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