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Thank God I don’t have to refer to the next 007 film as Bond 24 anymore. At a special live webstream event, director Sam Mendes revealed that Bond 24 will now be called SPECTRE. Why that one?

Unlike previous titles, this one is rather easy to decipher. It’s an acronym for a global terrorist organization- Special Executive for Counter-intelligence, Terrorism, Revenge and Extortion. Hardcore fans will know many of Bond’s villains count themselves as members of the group. Dr. No (Dr. No), Emilio Largo (Thunderball) and Ernst Stavro Blofeld (From Russia With Love, Thunderball and Diamonds Are Forever) are just a few. Spectre, which is the British spelling of specter, also means ghost.

In addition to unveiling the title, Mendes introduced this installment’s Bond girls and villains who’ll join returning cast members Ralph Fiennes, Ben Whishaw, Naomie Harris, Rory Kinnear and Daniel Craig. Speaking of returning crew, I’m ecstatic Mendes is up for another round. He’s the reason why Skyfall is the most successful Bond film to date.

Check out the newbies below along with their character names. And for you car geeks, be sure to scroll to Bond’s new ride- a kickass Aston Martin. SPECTRE will be released on November 6, 2015.

check out the teaser poster after the jump and more of the cast

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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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Nearly 20 years ago he directed 12 Monkeys. A decade before that, Terry Gilliam released Brazil. Billed as the final part of his dystopian satire trilogy, The Zero Theorem looks as wacky and completely out there as its predecessors. Gilliam returns to familiar ground with his latest science fiction satire.

An eccentric and reclusive computer genius (Christoph Waltz) plagued with existential angst works on a mysterious project aimed at discovering the purpose of existence—or the lack thereof—once and for all. However, it is only once he experiences the power of love and desire that he is able to understand his very reason for being. Under the instruction of a shadowy figure known only as “Management” (Matt Damon), Qohen works to solve the “Zero Theorem” – a mathematical formula which will finally determine whether life has any meaning.

Rounding out the cast are Ben Whishaw, Tilda Swinton and David Thewlis. If you love futuristic costumes, colorful wigs and stunning cinematography, The Zero Theorem is for you. Check out the first official trailer below.

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Every now and then, Zach Galifianakis does a hilariously awkward faux interview segment on Funny Or Die with celebrities and this week, the actor/comedian takes on some of the biggest names in Hollywood that are in the running for Oscars this season in Between Two Ferns: Oscar Buzz Edition.

The actors he interviews include: Amy Adams, Anne Hathaway, Bradley Cooper, Christoph Waltz, Jennifer Lawrence, Jessica Chastain, Naomi Watts, and Sally Field.

If you’ve every scene an episode of Between Two Ferns, you’ll know that these actors are pretty much walking into a trap and are not walking into a conventional interview. Galifianakis doesn’t give them the respect their used to by other interviewers and asks some really embarrassing and off topic questions. Hathaway shows up drunk for her interview, Jennifer Lawrence puts him in his place, and Bradley Cooper and him have a huge fight. Watch the hilarious interviews below.

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2013 Oscar Watch: 85th Academy Awards Nominations

In: Donovan, Movies

Let the official Oscar campaigning begin. Even though the race started long before today, with the nominations now revealed, the handshaking and butt kissing to Academy voters kicks into high gear. This is exactly the part Joaquin Phoenix criticized when he slammed the Oscars. Despite that dig, as predicted by him, Phoenix snagged an Oscar nod for his work in The Master. Can he parlay his “unique” campaigning to Oscar glory when the winners are announced on February 24, 2013 at the Dolby Theater in Hollywood?

Oscar host Seth Macfarlane and Emma Stone woke up extremely early today to read out the nominations for the 85th Academy Awards. Side note: Macfarlane is the first host to announce the nominations since Charlton Heston did double duty back in 1972. As widely predicted, Lincoln dominated with 12 nominations including Best Director, Best Film, Best Actor, Best Supporting Actress and Best Supporting Actor. Coming in second was Life of Pi with 11 nods. Unlike Lincoln, Life of Pi didn’t score any acting nods and their haul came mostly from the creative categories. Check out all the nominations and my commentary including snubs in all the major awards below.

check out all the nominations after the jump

The BAFTAs aka British Academy Film Awards really don’t factor too much in the Oscar race. It’s just another excuse to dress up and publicly campaign for your chances at securing an Academy Award. That being said, their nominations fall mostly in line with many of the Oscar precursors. Even across the pond, Steven Spielberg’s film about an American president is the one to beat. Lincoln dominated with 10 nominations. The historical drama secured nods for Best Film, Best Actor and Best Supporting Actress to name a few.

The musical Les Miserables and Ang Lee’s Life of Pi came in second with 9 nominations a piece. The 23rd installment of the James Bond franchise, Skyfall, picked up 8 BAFTAs including nods for Javier Bardem and Dame Judi Dench in the supporting acting categories. Anna Karenina which has been mostly shut out in many Oscar precursors, racked up several nominations mostly in the creative categories such as makeup, production design, costume design etc…

The BAFTAs, hosted by Stephen Fry, will take place on Sunday, February 10 at London’s Royal Opera House and be broadcast on BBC One. Check out all the nominees below.

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‘Django Unchained’ Unveils First Trailer

In: Movies, Patrick

The highly anticipated trailer for Quentin Tarantino‘s film ‘Django Unchanged‘ has just debuted, starring Jamie Foxx, Leonardo DiCaprio and Christoph Waltz among others. Similarly to Kill Bill, this film is about vengeance but set in the wild west, two years before the civil war.

With the help of his mentor (Waltz), a slave-turned-bounty hunter (Foxx) sets out to rescue his wife from a brutal Mississippi plantation owner (DiCaprio). The plantation is known as “Candyland” and there slaves are groomed by trainer Ace Woody (Kurt Russell) to battle each other for sport.

This A-list ensemble also consists of Samuel L. Jackson, Kerry Washington, and Don Johnson. ‘Django Unchained’ hits theatres in December 2012. For now, check out the first trailer below!

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Movie Review: Water for Elephants

In: Dan, Movies

This weekend, Water for Elephants, one of my all-time favorite books is making its big screen debut and I was fortunate enough to get a sneak peak of the film this past Wednesday. I basically sprinted to the theatre in anticipation, was the first one to arrive (about twenty minutes early), but I didn’t care. I got the best seat in the house, had tissue ready in my pocket should it be required and sat back, waiting for my imagination to come to life before me on screen (and my emotions take over).

If you’ve read my book review on the original novel, Water for Elephants, by Sarah Gruen, or my articles showcasing the announcement of the case or the official movie trailer, then you’ll truly understand my passion. If you haven’t, I recommend you read each of those first and THEN go see this movie! To everything that I have bought, sent or loaned you the book, then I strongly encourage you to see this movie ASAP. You won’t be disappointed!

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