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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"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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"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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Matt Damon joins Alexander Payne’s high concept sci-fi, 'Downsizing'

The long-gestating project follows a man who shrinks himself to save money

Alexander Payne sticks to the real. Even with the biting satire of "Election," "Sideways’" melancholy sitcomisms, and the quirk "Nebraska," his films keep their feet on the ground. But there’s a high-concept side to Payne, a writer capable of penning "Jurassic Park 3" and "I Now Pronounce You Chuck & Larry." We’ll see those skills put to good use when his percolating script "Downsizing" finally comes to fruition with one of Hollywood’s most talented leading men.

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David O. Russell’s lost film 'Nailed' revived as 'Politics in Love,' recut for UK release

The grisly satire will surface in 2015.

"Nailed" haunts writer-director David O. Russell. A health care satire starring Jessica Biel suffering from a near-fatal nail gun shot to the head, the film went into production before "The Fighter" and imploded before making it through post-production. Russell moved on, for the clear better, but onlookers anxious for a taste of the writer’s sardonic humor kept wondering if the film would ever surface. Whether he was talking about "The Fighter," "Silver Linings Playbook" or "American Hustle," nearly ever interview steered towards "Nailed" out of due diligence. When our own Drew McWeeny spoke to Russell in 2011, he summed up the experience he was happy to distance himself from: "['Nailed'] was supposed to be a fresh page and comeback and it turned out to be disappointment, another notch on my belt in this business."

Fans would never see "Nailed." Or fans were resigned to never seeing "Nailed"… until now. 

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Big Eyes
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First 'Big Eyes' screening goes head-to-head with AFI Fest closing night

Where will voters turn out during a packed awards season?

The around-the-corner 2014 AFI Festival is a cavalcade of awards contenders… with limited space. The films AFI selects are among the best of the best. But not everything fits. Not everything wants to fit. Example: As if to divert attention with its own, non-festival fanfare, The Weinstein Company’s "Big Eyes" will premiere at Los Angeles County Museum of Art "Film Independent" screening on on Thursday, Nov. 13 — the final night of AFI Fest. 

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"Interstellar"

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Tell us what you thought of 'Interstellar'

Christopher Nolan's space epic is here

Well this one is ready to burst. "Interstellar" is here — on film, anyway. Those eager to check it out in 35mm, 70mm or 70mm IMAX can do so now, with all formats blazing on Friday. We have chewed on it plenty around here. We've talked to Matthew McConaughey (with more to come). We've heard from Christopher Nolan. HitFix's Drew McWeeny was positive. After a second look, so was I, both of us with reservations. That seems to be the pattern with most responses.

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Best rumor yet? Michael Fassbender in 'early talks' to play Steve Jobs for Danny Boyle
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Best rumor yet? Michael Fassbender in 'early talks' to play Steve Jobs for Danny Boyle

Christian Bale and Leonardo DiCaprio previously met for the part

Another day, another Steve Jobs casting rumor.

As Deadline first reported and the LA Times has confirmed, "X-Men: Days of Future Past" thesp Michael Fassbender is in "early talks" to star as the Apple co-founder in Sony's upcoming biopic, which previously flirted with both Leonardo DiCaprio and Christian Bale for the role (it was reported just yesterday that Bale had turned down the part).

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'Big Hero 6' and 'Boxtrolls' lead Oscar's official 20 Best Animated Feature Film contenders

'Big Hero 6' and 'Boxtrolls' lead Oscar's official 20 Best Animated Feature Film contenders

How many of these have you actually seen?

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences revealed the 20 films that have submitted for this season's best animated picture Oscar.  The films in contention, if they qualify, include:

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