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Ben Fountain’s acclaimed war novel, Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk, won several year-end awards, most notably the National Book Critics Circle Award for Fiction. Ang Lee brings the 2012 novel to life on the silver screen with a star-studded cast and a cute newcomer named Joe Alwyn who plays the titular role. Damn, Alwyn is adorable 😉

Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk Description

The film is told from the point of view of 19-year-old private Billy Lynn (newcomer Joe Alwyn) who, along with his fellow soldiers in Bravo Squad, becomes a hero after a harrowing Iraq battle and is brought home temporarily for a victory tour. Through flashbacks, culminating at the spectacular halftime show of the Thanksgiving Day football game, the film reveals what really happened to the squad – contrasting the realities of the war with America’s perceptions. Ang Lee used new technology, shooting at an ultra-high frame rate for the first time in film history, to create an immersive digital experience helping him dramatize war in a way never seen before.

Among the big names featured in the cast include Chris Tucker, Garrett Hedlund, Vin Diesel, Steve Martin and Kristen Stewart.

Speaking of Stewart, props to her for reinventing herself from Twilight teen queen to critically-acclaimed respected actress. She’s really become a favorite among top directors and currently making a splash in Cannes this week promoting her two new films- Woody Allen’s Cafe Society and Olivier Assayas’ Personal Shopper. Congrats on all the success.

Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk fittingly marches into theaters on Veterans Day, November 11. Check out the intense first teaser below which features Alesso’s somber cover of David Bowie’s “Heroes (We Could Be).”

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Kristen Stewart and Jesse Eisenberg must really love working together. They team up once again for Woody Allen’s upcoming movie, Cafe Society. This marks their third collaboration after co-starring together in Adventureland and American Ultra. I’m sure this won’t be the last time either.

Cafe Society Synopsis

“A young man arrives in Hollywood during the 1930s hoping to work in the film industry. There, he falls in love, and finds himself swept up in the vibrant café society that defined the spirit of the age.”

While this is Stewart’s first time working with the legendary director, Eisenberg previously appeared in his film, To Rome With Love. Also starring in Cafe Society are Steve Carell, Blake Lively, Parker Posey and Corey Stoll.

Cafe Society hits theaters on August 12 but it’ll open first at the Cannes Film Festival in May. Check out the stylish trailer below.

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Talk about great casting. If anyone can play a person without emotion, it’s Kristen Stewart. The actress was often criticized earlier in her career for showing little to no emotion, mostly excitement and happiness. Love K-Stew but it was kinda true.

Equals is set in an extremely white and stark utopian society where all human emotion, including sexual desire has been eradicated. Imagine a gigantic Apple store to the nth degree. The 26-year-old former Twilight actress and Nicholas Hoult catch a disease where they begin to feel empathy and naturally, fall in love. Obviously, this becomes a major problem.

Movie Synopsis

In a futuristic utopian society, human emotions have been eradicated and everyone lives in peace but when a new disease surfaces, everything changes for illustrator Silas (Hoult). He becomes an outcast once infected and is drawn to his writer co-worker Nia (Stewart), who is also infected but hiding her condition. In order to survive, they have to escape together.

Jacki Weaver and Guy Pearce also star in the Drake Doremus-directed flick. The film gets a limited theatrical release starting July 15. Check out the trailer below.

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Spotlight notched another Best Picture win under its belt this awards season. The film about the 2002 Boston Globe investigation into sex abuse in the Catholic Church also won Best Screenplay.

Though the film won the top award, Best Picture runner-up Mad Max: Fury Road snagged the most awards. The George Miller epic earned three honors, including Best Director, Best Production Design and Best Cinematography.

Over on the acting front, Michael Fassbender was named Best Actor for Steve Jobs, while Charlotte Rampling impressed the LAFCA committee with her work in 45 Years to win Best Actress. Alicia Vikander and Michael Shannon were named the Best Supporting Actress and Actor for Ex Machina and 99 Homes respectively.

Kristen Stewart lost out to Vikander but she was named the runner-up. I’m thinking the Twilight actress’ name will be read come Oscar nomination day. She’s definitely picking up some precursor momentum.

Check out all the winners and runner-ups below. This year’s LAFCA winners will be honored at an event in Los Angeles on January 9.

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The New York Film Critics Circle have fallen in love with Carol. The lesbian drama snatched a whopping four awards– Best Film, Best Director, Best Cinematography and Best Screenplay. Surprisingly, Cate Blanchett who’s been lauded for her work in the drama didn’t win Best Actress. Instead, that honor went to Saiorse Ronan for Brooklyn.

Over on the Supporting Actress front, Kristen Stewart was showered with praise. It’s the second major win for Stewart this year for her Clouds of Sils Maria role. In February, she won the French equivalent of an Oscar, Cesar Award. It was the first time an American actress has ever won the honor. Chances for Stewart snagging an Academy nomination look good. The last nine NYFCC winners in this category went on to earn an Oscar nomination.

The winners will accept their awards during NYFCC’s annual ceremony on Jan. 4, 2016. Check ou the full list of winners below.

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Being the face of the revolution against President Snow pays.

Forbes reveals that Jennifer Lawrence is the highest paid actress over the past 12 months. At a whopping $52 million, she soars above her compatriots. No doubt a good chunk of that coin comes from The Hunger Games franchise. Her lucrative endorsement deals for brands such as Dior certainly pad her bank account quite nicely as well.

Coming in at the runner-up slot is Scarlett Johansson at $35 million thanks to The Avengers and Lucy. Rounding out the Top 3 is Melissa McCarthy at $23 million.

Last year’s top dog Sandra Bullock falls to No. 15 on this year’s list, earning $8 million according to the publication. Check out below which other actresses are laughing all the way to the bank.

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Who doesn’t love a good pot-themed comedy? Dazed & Confused and Pineapple Express quickly come to mind as two of the best. Hoping to follow their success at the box office and stoner households around the world is Jesse Eisenberg’s new film, American Ultra. Mark Zuckerberg, definitely he is not, in this action comedy.

Eisenberg plays a stoner in a small town who finds his life disrupted when his past comes to haunt him. Apparently, at one time he was a trained assassin. Check out the official synopsis below.

Movie Synopsis

An action comedy about Mike (Eisenberg), a seemingly hapless and unmotivated stoner whose small-town life with his live-in girlfriend, Phoebe (Kristen Stewart), is suddenly turned upside down. Unbeknownst to him, Mike is actually a highly trained, lethal sleeper agent. In the blink of an eye, as his secret past comes back to haunt him, Mike is thrust into the middle of a deadly government operation and is forced to summon his inner action-hero in order to survive.

American Ultra re-teams Eisenberg and Stewart for the first time in five years. They previously starred in Greg Mottola’s Adventureland. Joining them in the film are Topher Grace, Connie Britton, Bill Pullman and John Leguizamo.

The film smokes up at theaters on August 21. Check out the entertaining red band trailer below.

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No matter who you are, regardless of star status, everyone has their fair share of fans and haters. Celebrities just have more than most. Star magazine compiled a list of twenty celebrities who have more people loathing them, than adoring them. Check out which controversial singers, self-promoting reality TV stars and pretentious actors made the list.

Naturally, Chris Brown made the cut. Ever since assaulting then-girlfriend Rihanna back in 2009, he’s been on many people’s hit list. His seemingly lack of remorse and douchey attitude hasn’t helped redeem his image. Surprisingly, the R&B singer lands at No. 20. Believe it or not, there are 19 other personalities more hated than him.

Kim Kardashian, whom I loathe, and mom-ager Kris Jenner only placed at 11th and 10th respectively. Anne Hathaway with her perceived faux humility and humbleness during the Oscar awards season earned her a No. 9 slot. Not even cheating Kristen Stewart with her surly and less-than-thrilled expressions snagged the top spot. She came up short in the runner-up slot. Find out who the “Most Hated Celebrity In Hollywood” is below and the rest of the Top 20.

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