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What Do the Gotham Award Nominations Tell Us About the Oscars?

Long considered the unofficial opening of awards season, the Gotham Independent Film Awards (which announced its 2016 nominations yesterday and will be held at Cipriani Wall Street on November 28), have never been the kind of bellwether of future Oscar success that, say, the SAGs and PGAs have been. Mostly, it's just a great party where all of New York's independent film scene turns up and gets drunk together.

But maybe they should be.


Chris Pine Joins A Wrinkle in Time; Ava DuVernay Settles the Question of the Best Superhero-Chris

The most sensitive Chris, Chris Pine, has joined Ava DuVernay's epic adaptation of A Wrinkle in Time, reports Deadline. He'll play Dr. Alex Murry, the scientist dad who goes missing after working on a top-secret project called a tesseract, completing the hot scientist couple with Gugu Mbatha-Raw, who plays his wife, Dr. Kate Murry. They'll parent the adorable Meg, played by Storm Reid, who will travel through time and space to track down her father. And if that's not enough casting magic for you, may we remind you that Oprah, Reese Witherspoon, and Mindy Kaling will play the trio of powerful, intergalactic beings Mrs. Which, Mrs. Whatsit, and Mrs. Who, respectively — and respectfully.

Donald Glover Is Your New Lando Calrissian in the Star Wars Han Solo Prequel

Sound the alarm, Star Wars has made at least one of your fan-casting dreams come true: Donald Glover has officially been cast as a young Lando Calrissian in the upcoming Han Solo stand-alone movie, LucasFilm announced on Friday. He'll star opposite Alden Ehrenreich, your new Han, as the famous smuggler in the still-untitled film slated for 2018. “These are big shoes to fill, and an even bigger cape, and this one fits him perfectly, which will save us money on alterations," directors Phil Lord and Christopher Miller said in statement. "Also, we’d like to publicly apologize to Donald for ruining Comic-Con for him forever.” Poor guy. On top of a year that's already seen Glover rise to the top of the list of greatest young comedian-auteurs of his time, he's also previously been cast in the Spider-Man reboot, fulfilling all your nerdiest fantasies. Thank him later.

Leonardo DiCaprio Has a New Biopic to Star In As Music Producer Sam Phillips

Leonardo DiCaprio has starred in his fair share of biopics. He’s been an American entrepreneurial billionaire, the first director of the FBI, a Wall Street tycoon, a rugged explorer, a teenage con man, and he’s even played King Louis XIV. But he’s never played a music-industry icon — until now! According to Deadline, DiCaprio’s Appian Way production company has acquired the rights to the book Sam Phillips: The Man Who Invented Rock 'n' Roll and the newly minted Oscar winner is set to play the title role. Phillips was a producer at Sun Studio in Memphis, and he worked with legendary figures like Elvis Presley, Howlin’ Wolf, Johnny Cash, and more. Mick Jagger has also come onboard to help produce.

Moonlight’s Barry Jenkins on Directing One of the Best Films of the Year

There's been no sophomore slump for Barry Jenkins. Eight years after his first film, the influential Medicine for Melancholy, Jenkins has written and directed Moonlight, which is earning some of the best reviews of the year. Adapted from the play In Moonlight Black Boys Look Blue by Tarell Alvin McCraney, the film tracks its protagonist, Chiron, through three pivotal periods of his life: as a boy (Alex Hibbert) mistreated by his drug-addicted mother (Naomie Harris), as a wiry teenager (Ashton Sanders) figuring out his sexuality, and as a man (Trevante Rhodes) who wears his muscles like a suit of armor but finds an unexpectedly emotional connection with an old friend (André Holland). For Jenkins, the film sometimes hit too close to home: He, too, grew up in Chiron's rough Miami neighborhood with a mother who grappled with substance abuse. For those reasons, Moonlight is hard for him to watch. For other people, though, it is a necessity.


The Ivory Game Trailer: Save the Elephants!

Leonardo DiCaprio, he's our hero. A week before his climate-change documentary Before the Flood is set to premiere on the National Geographic Channel, Netflix is releasing the first trailer for the DiCaprio-produced The Ivory Game, which illuminates the shadowy and horrifying black market of ivory trafficking, and explains how it's wiping out global elephant populations. “Traders in ivory actually want extinction of elephants,” says one man. “The less elephants there are, the more the price rises.” So get ready to see a grown elephant pushing around a large piece of elephant skeleton on the ground as a disembodied voice tells you how elephants treat each other as family and we don’t yet have an understanding of how deeply they feel for each other. Yeah. It’s like that. The Ivory Game premieres on Netflix on November 4.

Jack Reacher: Never Go Back Is a Model of Mindless Pulpy Action

Given that Tom Cruise is of relatively small stature and that a defining element of Lee Child’s do-gooder killing machine Jack Reacher is that he’s six-foot-five, the second Cruise-Reacher outing is not bad at all. Jack Reacher: Never Go Back is a tight little thriller directed by Edward Zwick, who generally does highbrow projects but worked with Cruise on The Last Samurai and probably needed a commercial hit. The choice of this particular Child novel seemed odd, given that it’s one of the talkiest and the payoff is muted, but Zwick and his partner Marshall Hershkovitz (Richard Wenk also has screenplay credit) have changed the story and upped the number of kills. My hunch is that, like Nicholas Meyer with Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan, they pored over the Reacher canon to find the most Ur-Reacher moments and sprinkled them through the script. Although the reviews have been bad (there are people who think, inexplicably, that Christopher McQuarrie, the director of Jack Reacher, is a master of the genre), the movie is lighter, more fun, and ultimately more satisfying than its weighty predecessor.


  • Posted 10/21/16 at 12:18 PM
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Kevin Feige Says Brie Larson’s Captain Marvel Will Be the Strongest Superhero Yet

Captain Marvel's big-screen debut isn't due until 2019, but the last time I talked to Marvel Studios head Kevin Feige, he was bullish that he'd have both a star and a director signed for the film by the end of summer. At Comic-Con, he announced that Oscar-winner Brie Larson would topline Marvel's first female-fronted superhero movie, but despite reports in August that Feige has met with directors like Niki Caro, Lesli Linka Glatter, and Lorene Scafaria to helm the film, the Captain Marvel stewardship remains an open assignment.

He expects to have a director for the Captain Marvel movie by the end of the year. »

Leonardo DiCaprio Almost Died Again, Probably for Another Oscar

Leonardo DiCaprio may be in hot water with at least one climate-change charity, but as it turns out, the man was deep in actual water prior to making his new documentary, Before the Flood. So deep, he nearly died again for the sake of bringing international attention to our dying planet – and, you know, for his art. The doc's director Fisher Stevens tells GQ that, six years ago, before work on the film even began, Leo nearly drowned on their first expedition in the Galapagos until former Marvel superhero Edward Norton saved him:

The second time we properly hung out together was in 2010 when I was invited to film Sylvia Earle for a TED conference expedition to the Galapagos. Leo was on the expedition. I was filming Sylvia and I had this little easy camera to shoot underwater, and he was Sylvia’s diving buddy, so I said, would you film Sylvia? And he said, "Yeah I love it man, I love it." I was diving buddies with Edward Norton. So we go down and we see 300 Eagle Rays and Spotted Rays and it was an amazing dive. Leo bolts away with Sylvia, and Edward goes in front of me and the next thing I know after twenty minutes I’d lost them all. Then, I see Leo buddy breathing, because Leo’s tank was leaking oxygen, and Edward had to save him! It was pretty crazy. But he actually did get some film for me and it was good for a second and then it got pretty shaky when he couldn’t breathe. But we really bonded on that trip.


The Best Place for Women in Action Movies Is Next to Tom Cruise

This weekend, Tom Cruise returns to theaters with the second installment in the Jack Reacher film franchise, Jack Reacher: Never Go Back. Much like last time, Cruise’s Reacher is called upon to clear the name of an innocent person saddled with a heinous crime, in this case, his former commanding officer Susan Turner (Cobie Smulders). It's the latest installment in the Cruise Action Canon, a set that started in earnest with the first Mission Impossible back in 1996 and has carried through six installments in that franchise, two Reacher movies, and a handful of one-offs like Oblivion, Minority Report, and Edge of Tomorrow. And while these films are all marked by incredible stunt sequences and formidable fight choreography, they're also notable for something else: providing the best safe spaces for women in all of action cinema.

Short of playing a Mockingjay, being Tom Cruise's female co-star is the highest-profile showcase for women in the whiz-bang genre to kick ass, be sexy, and outwit their opposition, without having to worry about being grossly objectified or used as a prop to demonstrate the virility of a male lead. In his own strange way, you could make the case that Tom Cruise — onscreen, at least — is the feminist action hero 2016 needs.


Gugu Mbatha-Raw Joins Ava Duvernay’s A Wrinkle in Time

Doesn’t it kind of feel like Ava Duvernay’s A Wrinkle in Time adaptation is just going to keep being cast infinitely, forming a kind of Oprah-blessed utopia where everyone has a voice and dreams come true — but like it’s never actually going to be real? Well, according to Variety, another actress has been raptured into Duvernay’s Time, and it’s Gugu Mbatha-Raw. She will play Mrs. Murry, the mother of Meg and Charles Wallace and a scientist who helps devise the notion of the wrinkle in time with Meg’s father. Mbatha-Raw joins Reese Witherspoon, Oprah Winfrey, Mindy Kaling, and young actress Storm Reid in the good place. Duvernay is, in her own words, thrilled about the addition to her Time Squad.

That Time the Harry Potter Franchise Said ‘No Thanks’ to a Bruce Spingsteen Ballad

Bruce Springsteen might be the undisputed king of New Jersey, but the producers behind the Harry Potter films clearly weren't charmed enough by the Boss's reign. During an interview on Simon Mayo's BBC Radio 2 show on Thursday, Springsteen confirmed the long-standing rumor that he a wrote a song specifically for the fantasy franchise, titled "I’ll Stand By You Always," and that the tune never saw the light of day in the wizarding universe. When prompted by Mayo about it, Springsteen chuckled a bit while divulging the details. "That is true," he said. "They didn’t use it." He's still unsure as to the why the "pretty lovely song" was rejected, and even expressed hope that another kid-oriented film would be interested in using it instead. "It was pretty good," he continued. "It was a song that I wrote for my eldest son, it was a big ballad that was very uncharacteristic of something I’d sing myself. But it was something that I thought would have fit lovely; at some point I’d like to get it into a children’s movie of some sort." Act fast, How to Train Your Dragon 3! Don't let this opportunity slide!

Watch an Intense Homecoming in This Exclusive Scene From Moonlight

Barry Jenkins's Moonlight is being pegged as a strong awards-season contender ahead of its release this weekend, and it isn't hard to see why. The film, which follows the coming-of-age of a young, gay black man at three different points in his life, grapples with complex emotions in an intuitive and honest way, and features superb performances from three actors portraying the main character Chiron, Naomie Harris as his mother, and Mahershala Ali as the closest thing he has to a father figure. For a taste, check out this exclusive clip from the film, in which Ali returns Chiron, at this point known as Little, to his home — and his concerned mom.

Jesse Plemons Will Star in Kirsten Dunst’s Oh-So Blonde Adaptation of The Bell Jar

There's no better way to have fun as a couple than spending a bunch of time with Sylvia Plath. Jesse Plemons, Kirsten Dunst's boyfriend and Fargo co-star, has joined the cast of her directorial debut, a film version of Plath's The Bell Jar. Dakota Fanning stars as Esther Greenwood. Plemons will play Lenny Shepherd, which means we'll get to see him dress like a cowboy. Dunst is co-writing the film with Nellie Kim. No word on which blondes will fill out rest of the cast — maybe Frank Ocean?

Tom Hardy Will Play a Legendary Antarctic Explorer in His Next Physically Extreme Role

When it comes to selecting roles, Tom Hardy has no time for your simple character dramas. The story of explorer Ernest Shackleton has, according to Deadline, previously been considered “too logistically difficult” to bring to screen, which makes it an ideal project for Hardy to breathe life into. Shackleton was a Brit who led multiple expeditions to the Antarctic in the early 1900s in order to become the first person to set foot on the South Pole. On the third trip, his ship (which was so perfectly called Endurance) got trapped in the ice, forcing Shackleton and his crew to make camp on a sheet of frozen water. As the Endurance sank, the adventurer and his men had to survive the goddamn Antarctic and find their way back to civilization. We won’t spoil the rest of the story if you haven’t been keeping up on your history about the Heroic Age of Antarctic Exploration, but honestly, does this not sound like the perfect role for a man who spent much of Mad Max: Fury Road strapped to the front of a speeding car in a post-civilization wasteland?

Oscar Futures: Will Voters Find Magic In Moonlight?

Every week between now and February 26, 2017, when the winners of the Academy Awards are announced, Vulture will consult its crystal ball to determine the changing fortunes in this year's Oscars race. In our Oscar Futures column, we'll let you in on insider gossip, parse brand-new developments, and track industry buzz to figure out who's up, who's down, and who's currently leading the race for a coveted Oscar nomination.

Barry Teaser Trailer: Movie Obama Is Almost As Cute As Real-Life Obama

Because Hollywood biopics frequently occur in pairs, after the Sundance hit Southside With You, which tells the tale of Michelle and Barack Obama's first date, we get another biopic of the president in his early years, simply titled Barry. The movie, starring newcomer Devon Terrell, follows a young Barack Obama as he moves to New York City to attend Columbia University. (Roar lion roar!) The movie is a Netflix original that will be available on December 16, when we'll already be feeling the pangs of nostalgia as the Obamas get set to leave the White House. Don't go, Barry!

Check Out Dev Patel’s Glorious Hair in the New Lion Poster

The upcoming Lion tells the real-life story of Saroo Brierley, an Indian man who was separated from his family as a child and adopted by an Australian couple, and who turned to Google Earth decades later in the hope of finding his birth family. The film, which is receiving a major Oscar push from the Weinstein Company, stars Dev Patel as the adult Brierley and Nicole Kidman as his adoptive mother, with a key supporting role for Dev Patel's hair. Vulture is pleased to premiere the exclusive one-sheet poster for the film, which puts Patel's glorious mane front and center, alongside co-star Rooney Mara. Look at those gorgeous locks!

Colin Firth Joins Mary Poppins Returns, Giving It an Extra British Kick

Colin Firth is closing in on the role of William Weatherall Wilkins in 2018's Mary Poppins Returns, according to Variety, and right now you’re probably thinking, “Wait, didn’t I already know Colin Firth was in Mary Poppins?” It’s a fair question, but no, you didn’t know that. He’s just British, and William Weatherall Wilkins feels like it could be Firth’s pseudonym when he books hotel rooms or makes restaurant reservations on the sly. So, yes, Colin Firth will play the president of the Fidelity Fiduciary Bank alongside Emily Blunt as Poppins, Meryl Streep as the titular character’s cousin, and Lin-Manuel Miranda as a lamplighter named Jack. No one is prepared for how charming this movie will be.

A Close Read of the Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 Trailer

Since Star-Lord, Gamora, and the rest of the Guardians of the Galaxy are occupying their own remote section of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, it's been quite a while since we've seen them in action: They don't get to take part in avenging, and they're a little too far away to engage with superhero civil wars, which is why today's teaser trailer for Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 was such a delightful reintroduction to the gang. But what can we glean about their coming adventures from this short clip, and what was left out of the trailer that's even more promising? I was lucky enough to see a whole hell of a lot more Guardians 2 footage this past summer at Comic-Con, so below, I'll try my best to contextualize the trailer for you as we move through it nearly shot by shot.