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Oscar Season Begins! The 5 Movies You Need To See This Fall

Steven Panzarella lists the 5 movies he thinks you have got to see this year.

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It’s September, and for movie buffs like myself, it’s the time that a bunch of Oscar hopefuls start hitting theaters. Thanks to The Toronto Film Festival and the early reviews that have come out of it, I’ve compiled a list of 5 movies that you won’t want to miss!

THE MASTER– The most recent work of Paul Thomas Anderson starring a number of Oscar Winners and Nominees, including Joaquin Phoenix (WALK THE LINE), Phillip Seymour Hoffman (CAPOTE,DOUBT) and Amy Adams (THE FIGHTER, DOUBT), THE MASTER has gotten a lot of buzz because the story follows the creation of Scientology. It has also won a bunch of awards – in fact THE MASTER won so many other awards at the Venice film festival that it did not qualify for the festival’s best picture prize (yes…at the Venice film festival there is an awards limit per film). It is already being fitted for a spot in the best picture category on Oscar night and is poised to sweep the acting awards at the major award ceremonies.  THE MASTER is set to hit theaters September 21st.

SILVER LININGS PLAYBOOK– Starring Bradley Cooper (THE HANGOVER), Jennifer Lawrence (WINTERS BONE, THE HUNGER GAMES), Robert Deniro, Chris Tucker (RUSH HOUR) and  Jacki Weaver (ANIMAL KINGDOM). SILVER LININGS PLAYBOOK follows Pat (Cooper), a man who has just been released from a stint in a mental instition, as he returns to live with his parents (Weaver and Deniro) and tries to reconcile with his ex-wife.  That’s when he meets Tiffany (Lawrence), a women with plenty of issues of her own. SILVER LININGS PLAYBOOK is directed by Oscar nominatted director David O. Russell (THE FIGHTER) and is reaching the peak of oscar buzz for its stars Cooper and Lawrence and for its director. More recently SILVER LININGS PLAYBOOK took home the People’s Choice Award at the Toronto Film Festival, which is the festival’s highest honor (won in the past by THE KING’S SPEECH and SLUMDOG MILLIONAIRE). SILVER LININGS PLAYBOOK is set to hit theaters in November.

THE SESSIONS– The triumphant return of Helen Hunt (AS GOOD AS IT GETS), THE SESSIONS follows a disabled man (John Hawkes), who wants to finally lose his virginity at the age of 38 after being confined to an iron lung. He hires a professional sex surrogate (Hunt) to help him with the process and gets help from his Priest (William H. Macy) and his therapist (Moon Bloodgood). Based on a true story, with power house performances from Hawkes, Macy and Hunt, THE SESSIONS has done very well on the festival tour and has earned rave reviews thus far. THE SESSIONS will come out October 19th.

LINCOLN-Daniel Day Lewis has become an actor that acts once every few years, and rightfully so.  He embodies every character he plays and earns every award nomination he gets. So when we heard that Daniel Day Lewis was appearing in Stephen Spielberg’s LINCOLN, there was plenty of excitment that surrounded the project. Now with a massive cast and an awe inspiring trailer, the excitement has reached a fever pitch. Tommy Lee Jones, Joseph Gordon Levitt, Sally Field, Jackie Earle Haley and David Strathairn highlight the incredible cast.  Directed by Steven Speilberg with a script by Tony Kushner (MUNICH), LINCOLN follows president Abraham Lincoln at the end of the civil war, as he struggles with his cabinet and the politics involved in abolishing slavery. Try to not get chills as you watch Lewis become the 16th President of the United States. LINCOLN is set to hit theaters in November.

CLOUD ATLAS– Directed and written by Lana and Andy Wachowski (THE MATRIX) and Tom Tykwer (RUN LOLA RUN). CLOUD ATLAS stars Halle Berry, Tom Hanks, Hugo Weaving (V FOR VENDETTA), Hugh Grant, Susan Sarandon and Jim Sturgess (ACROSS THE UNIVERSE) among many others, and is a multi layered, beautifully shot drama about how the actions and events of one person can deeply effect the past, present and future. It is as one reviewer calls it “A three hour mental workout with an emotional payoff” and one that should be seen. CLOUD ATLAS hits theaters in late October.

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Check Out The Trailer For HUSTLERS, Starring J Lo, Lizzo, and Cardi B!

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At long last, we are getting a look at the star-studded film “Hustlers.”

The movie seems to have it all for the 2019 world – stripping, revenge and a great heist.

Constance Wu of Crazy Rich Asians is the lead character, but today the buzz is all about Jennifer Lopez and Cardi B.

Let’s also give a shout for girl power! “Hustlers” is directed and scripted by Lorene Scafaria.

The movie hits US Screens on September 13.

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TRAILER: The New ‘Child’s Play’ Movie Looks So Chuckin’ Scary

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The new Child’s Play movie launches Chucky into the 21st century for some technologically advanced terror.

After watching this trailer, you may be packing your bags and heading to Amish country because Child’s Play looks like a technological nightmare brought to life. In the reboot of the classic 1988 film, Buddi Dolls are the toy on every child’s wishlist because their connection to technology allows them to truly become your best friend. These new and improved Buddi Dolls come complete with an app that links the doll to every electronic device in your home…enter updated, terrifying plot twist! When a young boy’s Buddi Doll, Chucky, becomes corrupt, he goes on a killing spree that promises to be even more gory than the film’s original!

Mark Hamill voices the murderous Buddi Doll, Chucky, as the film stars Gabriel Bateman as Andy, Chucky’s 13-year old owner, Aubrey Plaza as Andy’s mom and Brian Tyree Henry as the detective investigating the strange string of murders. The film is set to release on June 21 and you can bet I will be avoiding toy stores for the entire summer.

Check out the frightening trailer below!

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B’WAY BUZZ: Ryan Murphy Announces Netflix Film Adaptation Of ‘The Prom’

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At a charity performance on Tuesday, Ryan Murphy took to the stage to announce his plans to adapt the Broadway musical for Netflix. Theater lovers everywhere were like:

Back in November a new musical hit Broadway and before you knew it everyone wanted to be back in high school. The Prom follows an Indiana teen who simply wants to bring her girlfriend to her high school prom. Once the PTA catches wind of the news, the openly gay teen is banned from going to dance altogether. A gaggle of Broadway performers with questionable intentions decide to head to Indiana to help the teen get to the prom of her dreams. The musical made history when the cast performed at the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade and featured the parade’s first same-sex kiss ever. The shows jam packed with talent as it is directed and choreographed by Casey Nicholaw and features such stars as Beth Leavel, Brooks Ashmanskas, Christopher Sieber, Caitlin Kinnunen, Angie Schworer, Josh Lamon, Michael Potts and Isabelle McCalla.

On Tuesday, there was a benefit performance at the Longacre Theatre which helped raise money for the Hetrick-Martin Institute, GLAAD and the Trevor Project. Ryan Murphy hosted the special performance and it was there where he made the big announcement. Murphy obtained the rights to turn The Prom into a Netflix film! It’s no surprise that Murphy has chosen to take on this project as he is a huge advocate for LBGT+ community having created such inclusive projects such as PoseThe Normal Heart, and Glee. The audience – filled with celebs such as Sarah Jessica Parker, Glenn Close, Jane Krakowski, Ben Platt, Gus Kenworthy, Sandra Bernhard, Laura Dreyfuss, Janet Mock, Matthew Morrison, Bernadette Peters, Billy Porter, Andrew Rannells, MJ Rodriguez, and Christian Siriano – went wild when they heard the news. Murphy told the overjoyed crowd:

“I know, it’s exciting. I’m really tired of hearing about bad news and Trump. I want to see entertainment that is optimistic and uplifting. I was absolutely blown away by Casey’s work and the incredible cast. I cried at the end from pure joy, which has not happened to me since Patti LuPone was the flower girl at my wedding. I wish this show was around when I was a kid.”

It remains to be seen if any of the Broadway cast will appear in the film but what has been confirmed is the expected release date; September 2020. It’s no coincidence that the release date falls right around the 2020 election as Murphy closed his speech by saying “We want to change hearts, minds and votes.”

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