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It’s most likely Amy Adams will score another Oscar nomination with her much-buzzed about performance in Big Eyes. After five previous nods, could lucky number six finally be her ticket to Oscar glory. Award pundits think it’s a strong possibility. Fingers crossed she wins. The 40-year-old is long overdue.

In Big Eyes, Adams plays famed painter Margaret Keane whose husband claimed credit for her work to great acclaim and fortune. After painting masterpieces in her basement, her husband Walter (Christoph Waltz) would then add his signature. Things eventually became sour and the two ended up in a huge legal battle. The presiding judge placed two easels side by side and challenged each of them to start painting.

Jason Schwartzman, Krysten Ritter, Danny Huston and Terence Stamp round out the cast. Big Eyes directed by Tim Burton hits theaters on December 25. Check out the first trailer below.

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Disney Developing Enchanted Sequel

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Get ready for another trip to Andalasia. Seven years after Amy Adams enchanted moviegoers as the princess Giselle, Deadline.com is reporting that Disney is developing a sequel to Enchanted. It makes perfect business sense since the original generated $340 million worldwide at the box office and even snagged Golden Globe and Oscar nominations.

Shrek 2 and The Smurfs writers J. David Stem and David N. Weiss have been hired to write Enchanted 2. No word on if any of the original cast members including Patrick Dempsey, James Marsden, Timothy Spall, Idina Menzel, Rachel Covey, Susan Sarandon or Adams will be involved.

It’ll be interesting to see where the story goes this time. It’d be a shame if Adams and Dempsey didn’t get their happily-ever-after, after all. Perhaps, the story could revolve around Dempsey’s daughter who’s probably a young adult now.

Are you looking forward to a sequel? Do you think the original stars should come back? Or should the sequel involve new characters? Sound off below.

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How the mighty have fallen. Maxim named Miley Cyrus the sexiest woman of 2013. However, AskMen.com readers and, more importantly, staff disagree. To be fair, even though the “Wrecking Ball” singer landed on the 99th slot, she actually placed higher on the list based on readers’ votes. The publication made the editorial decision to give her the bottom spot to make a point. Here’s their explanation as to why.

“We ask both the readers and the staff to take more than just sex appeal into account. We ask them to consider all the character traits they would look for in a significant other, including personality, ambition, talent, and potential for the year ahead. From our point of view, the fact that Miley made the list, and the slot that she finished in, really speaks to this diverse criteria. Within the content team, we didn’t think that she deserved to make the list at all, and we voted accordingly.”

“Don’t get me wrong, we do think that she’s attractive, ambitious and talented; we also think she will have a big year in 2014. However, she seems thrives on bad publicity and polarizing behaviors, and this is deeply undesirable. AskMen believes desirability consists of a combination of attractive physical and intellectual qualities — the ability to stir up controversy to the extent that it defines your year is not one of them.”

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2014 Critics Choice Movie Awards Winners

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The 19th annual Critics Choice Movie Awards were held on Thursday, January 16 at the Barker Hangar at the Santa Monica Airport. Aisha Tyler hosted the event, honoring the finest achievements in filmmaking the past year.

Gravity rocketed to the top, walking away with a record seven wins. However, 12 Years A Slave was the big winner by snatching Best Picture honors. For the most part, the winners lined up with those who walked away with Golden Globes statues a few days ago. The most notable exception was Lupita Nyong’o taking Best Supporting Actress honors over Jennifer Lawrence.

The American Hustle actress shouldn’t be too worried about her Oscar chances. Last year, Jessica Chastain beat her for Best Actress at the Critics Choice but lost the Academy Award. As much as I love J-Law, I’m rooting for Lupita. I love an underdog. American Hustle didn’t walk away empty-handed. It took home four awards for Best Acting Ensemble, Best Hair and Makeup, Best Comedy and Best Actress in a Comedy for Amy Adams.

Speaking of Adams, it’s looking like a tight race for the Best Actress Oscar between Amy and Cate Blanchett. Once again, both won a statue, but since comedy and drama were separated, it’s difficult to predict who’ll bask in Oscar glory. At the upcoming SAGs, Adams was snubbed so there’s no direct competition between these two at a major awards show until the main event. Amy is the only Best Actress Oscar nominee this year without an Academy Award statue to her name. Once again, I’m rooting for the underdog.

Over on the men’s side, Matthew McConaughey is solidifying himself as the frontrunner. Don’t count out Leonardo DiCaprio just yet. The Wolf of Wall Street is picking up steam. DiCaprio could sneak pass McConaughey for the win because Leo has never won despite being nominated numerous times. It could be his time finally. Check out all the winners below.

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Movie Review: Her

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Spike Jonze’s Her is easily one of the best films I’ve seen in a long time. It is a beautifully stylized futuristic love story about a man who falls in love with the operating system of his computer. I use the term futuristic loosely as the film’s setting is not that far off from our own. There are some technological advances and some adorable fashion throwbacks, which include high-waisted pants (yes!), but this world is very much just around the corner from today.

Joaquin Phoenix plays the man, Theodore Twombly, who works for a company that makes handwritten letters for people, the first sign this society has a problem with communication and human connection. Scarlett Johansson voices the woman, Samantha, who is actually genderless but I will continue to use female pronouns for the sake of this review. Samantha is an AI based operating system with the ability to learn and grow and we see her do just that throughout the course of the film.

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I don’t know how Hollywood Reporter consistently does it. Gathering six extremely-busy actresses for a photoshoot snapped by Joe Pugliese and for an hour-long roundtable discussion must be a difficult feat. Reportedly, coordinating these six women began all the way in the Summer. However, I’m sure they jumped at the chance to be in the company of the other talented actresses. Plus, it’s never too early to start campaigning for that 2014 Oscar.

Lupita Nyong’o (12 Years A Slave), Emma Thompson (Saving Mr. Banks), Amy Adams (American Hustle, Her), Oprah Winfrey (Lee Daniels’ The Butler), Julia Roberts (August: Osage County), and Octavia Spencer (Fruitvale Station) are all being hailed as Oscar contenders this year. The road to Hollywood success hasn’t always been a barrel of laughs though. The six discuss their scariest on-set moments, fears, sacrifices, the greatest advice they ever received and much, more more. Watch the video and check out more pics below.

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There’s no denying Bradley Cooper looks pretty damn fine with his signature shaggy long hair. With an extremely tight perm, not so much. However, he does exude a douchey vibe which is surprisingly somewhat hot.

Cooper isn’t the only one serving 70s realness in a batch of new American Hustle character posters. Jennifer Lawrence, Amy Adams, Jeremy Renner and Christian Bale also channel the disco decade extremely well. Each sports an appropriate trendy hairstyle from the era. That is everyone but Bale’s character, who’s the proud owner of a receding hairline.

Expectations are high for David O’Russell’s upcoming film. The last time he teamed up with both Cooper and Lawrence, their collaboration earned numerous awards including a Best Actress Oscar statue for J-Law. Set in the late ’70s, American Hustle “tells the scandalous story of con man Irving Rosenfeld (Bale) and his British partner/lover, Sydney Prosser (Adams), who are coerced into working with federal agent Richie DiMaso (Cooper). The pair soon find themselves seduced by the wealth of New Jersey power players and the mafia — but Irving’s wife, Rosalyn (Lawrence), could be the one to end it all.”

American Hustle hits theaters on December 13 in limited release and everywhere on Christmas Day. Check out the rest of the posters below. It’s all about the hair.

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The last time Joaquin Phoenix teamed up with Amy Adams, the two scored Academy Award nominations. Will their latest collaboration yield the same results as Paul Thomas Anderson’s The Master? Most probably not for Adams, but Phoenix stands a good chance. He’s absolutely captivating and endearing in the newly-released trailer for Her. I can only imagine how brilliant he is in the entire film.

Directed by Spike Jonze, Phoenix’s character Theodore is a socially recluse man who falls in love with an artificially intelligent operating system named Samantha voiced by Scarlett Johansson. Imagine Apple’s Siri but sexier and actually understands what you’re asking her. Even though, we only ever hear Johansson’s voice, I have a feeling she’ll turn in a fantastic performance.

Also appearing in the film are Rooney Mara, Olivia Wilde and Chris Pratt. It’s scheduled to hit theaters on November 20. If the film is remotely half as good as Jonze’s other films (Being John Malkovich, Adaptation and Where the Wild Things Are), Her stands a good shot of picking up awards at the end of the year. Watch the engaging clip below.

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