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Links for the Day: Oscar Nominations 2014, Emails Raising Questions About the Polanski Case, American Hustle Has Nothing To Say (And That’s Okay), & More

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Links for the Day: Oscar Nominations 2014, Emails Raising Questions About the Polanski Case, American Hustle Has Nothing To Say (And That’s Okay), & More

1. “Oscar Nominations 2014.” American Hustle, Gravity lead with 10 nominations.

American Hustle and Gravity stole the show this morning as both blockbuster films were nominated for 10 Oscars with 12 Years a Slave right behind at nine nominations. The surprise of the day came from Nebraska, a film that nabbed six Oscar nods. Dallas Buyers Club and Captain Phillips also got six.”

2. “Meryl Streep: Anatomy of an Actor.” How the most respected actress in Hollywood learned to stop worrying and love being laughed at.

“At the age of 64, Meryl Streep has become one of the biggest box-office draws in Hollywood, leading bubbly comedies like It’s Complicated and Mamma Mia! While continuing her unprecedented streak of Oscar nominations. But that lighter side wasn’t always easy for the actress, who has been called the greatest of her generation for more than three decades. In the new book Meryl Streep: Anatomy of an Actor, former LA Weekly film critic Karina Longworth revisits one of Streep’s early attempts at broad comedy with 1992’s Death Becomes Her, and contrasts that film’s harsh reception to her more recent enormous hits, starting with 2006’s The Devil Wears Prada. Below we talk to Longworth about how Streep transitioned from a too-serious actress with plenty of accolades but inconsistent box-office clout to an outspoken megastar; we also excerpt from Longworth’s book, which can be purchased now from Amazon or Phaidon.”

3. “And the award for worst movie awards group goes to: The Razzies!” The Oscars can always be counted on to miss or even snub great films, filmmakers and actors. But one can always predict the Razzies.

“So guess what? The Worst Picture nominees include The Lone Ranger, because of course they do. The film tanked and garnered terrible reviews, therefore it’s on there. Ditto After Earth, because that bombed, too. Lindsay Lohan got nominated for The Canyons, because she’s Lindsay Lohan and isn’t she crazy? Lady Gaga got a supporting actress nom for the roughly three minutes she spent in Machete Kills because a) she’s a musician acting and b) her latest album didn’t do so hot, so backlash time.”

4. “Emails Raising Questions About the Polanski Case” Internal court emails have raised new questions about the conduct of the judges in the statutory rape case against the film director Roman Polanski.

“In the newly disclosed emails, one judge on the Los Angeles County Superior Court indicated that if Mr. Polanski, a fugitive, returned to the United States for a hearing, the judge might be compelled to free him because of the conduct of Laurence A. Rittenband, the judge who handled the case in the 1970s and who died in 1993. The judge expressing concern, Larry P. Fidler, also said he feared a public backlash if he ruled in Mr. Polanski’s favor.”

5. American Hustle Has Nothing To Say (And That’s Okay).” David O. Russell is more about entertainment than statement, but his films still matter.

“There’s not a lot of takeaway from American Hustle, but that’s Russell’s personality—he’s got a great appetite for verve and foolhardy spectacle, rather than reverb and real-life substance. His best film, Three Kings (1999), managed in a similar fashion to construct a cross-purposes farce in the center of the first Gulf War. While it managed to factor Kuwaiti and Iraqi citizens into its plot equations, the anti-imperialist messaging felt tacked on and nowhere as convincing as the rest of the film’s neo-Voltairean view of mankind. Flirting with Disaster (1996), an overlooked screwball miracle, beautifully involved multiple layers of American society, but did it gingerly, without any force.”

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Watch: The Long-Awaited Deadwood Movie Gets Teaser Trailer and Premiere Date

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At long last, we’re finally going to see more of Deadwood. Very soon after the HBO series’s cancellation in 2006, creator David Milch announced that he agreed to produce a pair of two-hour films to tie up the loose ends left after the third season. It’s been a long road since, and after many false starts over the years, production on one standalone film started in fall 2018. And today we have a glorious teaser for the film, which releases on HBO on May 31. Below is the official description of the film:

The Deadwood film follows the indelible characters of the series, who are reunited after ten years to celebrate South Dakota’s statehood. Former rivalries are reignited, alliances are tested and old wounds are reopened, as all are left to navigate the inevitable changes that modernity and time have wrought.

And below is the teaser trailer:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tAcftIUE6MQ

Deadwood: The Movie airs on HBO on May 31.

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Watch: Quentin Tarantino’s Once Upon a Time in Hollywood Gets Teaser Trailer

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When it rains, it pours. Four days after Quentin Tarantino once more laid into John Ford in a piece written for his Beverly Cinema website that saw the filmmaker referring to Ford’s She Wore a Yellow Ribbon as Tie a Yellow Ribbon, and two days after Columbia Pictures released poster art for QT’s ninth feature that wasn’t exactly of the highest order, the studio has released a teaser for Once Upon a Time in Hollywood. The film was announced early last year, with Tarantino describing it as “a story that takes place in Los Angeles in 1969, at the height of hippy Hollywood.”

Set on the eve of the Manson family murders, Once Upon a Time in Hollywood tells the story of TV actor Rick Dalton (Leonardo DiCaprio) and his stunt double, Cliff Booth (Brad Pitt), as they try to get involved in the film industry. The film also stars Margot Robbie (as Sharon Tate), Al Pacino, the late Luke Perry, Damian Lewis, Dakota Fanning, Emile Hirsch, Timothy Olyphant, Kurt Russell, and Bruce Dern in a part originally intended for the late Burt Reynolds.

See the teaser below:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Scf8nIJCvs4

Columbia Pictures will release Once Upon a Time in Hollywood on July 26.

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Watch the Stranger Things 3 Trailer, and to the Tune of Mötley Crüe and the Who

A wise woman once said that there’s no such thing as a coincidence.

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A wise woman once said that there’s no such thing as a coincidence. On Friday, Jeff Tremaine’s The Dirt, a biopic about Mötley Crüe’s rise to fame, drops on Netflix. Today, the streaming service has released the trailer for the third season of Stranger Things. The clip opens with the strains of Mötley Crüe’s “Home Sweet Home,” all the better to underline that the peace and quiet that returned to the fictional rural town of Hawkins, Indiana at the end of the show’s second season is just waiting to be upset again.

Little is known about the plot of the new season, and the trailer keeps things pretty vague, though the Duffer Brothers have suggested that the storyline will take place a year after the events of the last season—duh, we know when “Home Sweet Home” came out—and focus on the main characters’ puberty pangs. That said, according to Reddit sleuths who’ve obsessed over such details as the nuances of the new season’s poster art, it looks like Max and company are going to have to contend with demon rats no doubt released from the Upside Down.

See below for the new season’s trailer:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YEG3bmU_WaI

Stranger Things 3 premieres globally on July 4.

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