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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Best Screenplay 2015: Oscar contenders include 'Budapest,' 'Boyhood,' 'Gone Girl'

Best Screenplay 2015: Oscar contenders include 'Budapest,' 'Boyhood,' 'Gone Girl'

Could the Coen brothers land their first nod for a film they didn't direct?

The screenplay races sort of go back and forth every couple of years as to which — original or adapted — is the most competitive. Typically the adapted field is tough to crack because it's full of Best Picture contenders leaping off best-sellers or historical tomes, but this year, the original race seems to be the most impenetrable for anything not bringing the absolute goods. Interesting.

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Darren Aronofsky
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Darren Aronofsky will lead the 2015 Berlin Film Festival Jury

The 'Noah' director will help Berlinale celebrate its 65th year.

Prepping for its Feb. 5, 2015 opening night, the Berlin Film Festival has named Darren Aronofsky its jury President. Despite never having a film play the Berlinale, the "Noah" director rides the good graces of Venice, Toronto, and Sundance to the head of the German fest’s table.

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Birdman
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How Alejandro G. Iñárritu 'directed' drummer Antonio Sanchez’s 'Birdman' score

The seasoned jazz percussionist took specific cues from the Mexican filmmaker

Before 43-year-old "Birdman" composer Antonio Sanchez met Alejandro González Iñárritu, director, he was a diehard fan of Alejandro Iñárritu, radio DJ. As a teenager growing up in Mexico City, 96.9 WFM, playing the “hippest music” in town, would accompany the music enthusiast’s drives to school. At night, he’d tune in to Iñárritu’s "Magic Nights" show, which Sanchez describes as “a little more daring" than the average radio programming. That was the first time he heard Pat Metheny’s "Last Train Home," a hazy guitar tune that wails with Latin jazz and funk sounds.

Flash forward to 2002 and Sanchez is a professional jazz drummer playing in the Pat Metheny Group.

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Who will play Steve Jobs? Christian Bale turns down role of Apple co-founder
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Who will play Steve Jobs? Christian Bale turns down role of Apple co-founder

'American Hustle' star had been in early talks for the role

Sorry, Aaron Sorkin: Christian Bale won't be playing Steve Jobs after all. Less than two weeks after the "Newsroom" creator indicated to Bloomberg that Bale was on board to play the Apple co-founder in the biopic he wrote for director Danny Boyle ("Slumdog Millionaire"), Variety is reporting that the Oscar winner has turned down the high-profile role after engaging in early talks with Boyle about the part.

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Ranking Danny Elfman's scores from Tim Burton movies

Ranking Danny Elfman's scores from Tim Burton movies

From 'Pee-wee' to 'Frankenweenie' with 'Big Eyes' on the way

Saturday night I had the pleasure of taking in "Danny Elfman's Music from the Films of Tim Burton," a concert showcase of his various collaborations with the goth auteur that he tends to put on for a few days around Halloween every year. It was a wonderful reminder of how singular this 29-year collaboration has truly been, and with "Big Eyes" on the way this holiday season, it sparked a desire to dig in and rank the lot.

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Forget Spielberg or Soderbergh: McConaughey calls Nolan the 'best leader' he's seen

Forget Spielberg or Soderbergh: McConaughey calls Nolan the 'best leader' he's seen

'Interstellar' helmer makes things happen by 'pure will'

For an actor who didn't get the respect he deserved until almost 20 years into his now legendary career, Matthew McConaughey has certainly been lucky enough to work with some amazing filmmakers. Last year's Best Actor Oscar winner has honed his craft under the eyes of Steven Spielberg ("Amistad"), Steven Soderbergh ("Magic Mike"), Martin Scorsese ("The Wolf of Wall Street"), Ron Howard ("Edtv"), John Sayles ("Lone Star"), Robert Zemeckis ("Contact"), William Friedkin ("Killer Joe") and his longtime friend Richard Linklater, who gave him his big break in "Dazed and Confused." Surprisingly, McConaughey more or less tells HitFix they all come up short compared to his helmer for the expected blockbuster "Interstellar," Christopher Nolan.

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71
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''71,' 'Pride,' 'The Imitation Game' Nab British Indie Film Award Nominations

Nick Cave doc '20,000 Days on Earth' is another favorite.

The British Independent Film Awards announced its nominees this Monday morning and it was good news for films that may not have the muscle to break into the Academy Awards contest. The Irish political thriller “’71” and “Pride,” the story of gay activism and mineworker strikes that fits snuggly the time-honored British sociopolitical dramedy genre, earned the most nominations. In honors that will likely replicate themselves stateside, “Imitation Game” also earned a Best British Independent Film nod, with stars Benedict Cumberbatch and Keira Knightley finding love in the Best Actor and Actress categories, respectively.

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<p>&quot;A Most Violent Year&quot;</p>

"A Most Violent Year"

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J.C. Chandor can thank Jessica Chastain for landing Oscar Isaac in 'A Most Violent Year'

The film premieres at the opening night of AFI Fest Nov. 7

Hopping on the phone with a filmmaker to discuss a trailer for a film I haven't seen. Yeah, that's a little weird. And maybe J.C. Chandor knows that, but he's eager to launch "A Most Violent Year" onto the world. That will happen Thursday night at the opening night of this year's AFI Fest at the Dolby Theater in Hollywood.

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