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Five more Oscar-ready films for the holidays — The Academy Awards are less than four months away, so now's a good time as any to mark your calendar for movies that have some Oscar potential - and are similar in ways to past winners: Rosewater (Nov. 14) Celebrities making their own features is usually interesting.

Holiday movies give the gift of Oscar contenders — Count on three things to arrive for the holidays: A feast of turkey, Christmas carols and Oscar bait at the local cineplex. Studios are rolling out their big-screen finery during the next two months as the race toward the 87th Academy Awards on Feb. 22 kicks into high gear.

Exclusive: ‘Newsroom’ anchor Will McAvoy plays fantasy football - who knew?! — Will McAvoy, Emmy winner Jeff Daniels' lovably irascible newsman on HBO's The Newsroom, balances a crazy personal life, corporate overlords and righteous journalism. How does he kick back? Apparently by playing fantasy football, a scoop the likes of which belong in the "A block" of News Night!

Exclusive: Connie Nielsen is a hot mom with game in ‘All Relative’ trailer — Last time we saw Connie Nielsen she was getting shot in The Following - that's what happens when you get on Kevin Bacon's bad side. But she's in a socially dangerous situation in writer/director J.C. Khoury's new romantic comedy All Relative.

'ABCs of Death 2' offers a different take on zombies — Horror-movie fans know their ABCs. Because the first terror-filled anthology was so well received two years ago, The ABCs of Death 2 (on VOD now and in theaters Friday) unleashes another 26 shorts done by filmmakers all over the world using the alphabet to explore creepy and terrifying ways to die.

Exclusive: Eddie Redmayne on the ‘catalyst’ for Stephen Hawking’s genius work - a girl! — The Stephen Hawking biopic The Theory of Everything contains all the theoretical physics and mindblowing equations that one equates to pretty much the smartest guy in the world. But there's also dancing, kissing and playful rides on a ferris wheel. That's because, for Eddie Redmayne, the real-life genius' story is filled with equal amounts of love and science.

Marvel goes for diversity with latest movie slate — "Welcome to the fray." Robert Downey Jr. welcomed Chadwick Boseman to the Marvel Cinematic universe Tuesday at the El Capitan Theater in L.A., and Marvel Studios unveiled a slate of movies with some of its greatest characters - and some new kids, too - that will have fanboys psyched until 2019.

Hey Warner Bros., lasso one of these female directors for ‘Wonder Woman’

'Harley Quinn' annual smells like another winner — There are certain freedoms you're allowed when your comic-book character is not only crazy but crazy successful. And for co-writers - and married couple - Jimmy Palmiotti and Amanda Conner, that means bringing a cascade of smells to the latest issue of their runaway hit comic Harley Quinn.

Everybody apparently has watched the ‘Avengers: Age of Ultron’ trailer — A lot of people have watched the Avengers: Age of Ultron trailer. Like a bunch. A horde even. It's not surprising since the first Avengers film is one of the biggest movies of all time and this year is currently being ruled by a Marvel flick with a talking raccoon and a tree.
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Oct 31, 2014

RT @ghweldon: Hey, milk-fed tween on the Metro wearing a Bad Brains shirt: Is that your Halloween costume, or are you just that unutterably awesome?

Oct 31, 2014

RT @katerbland: For Halloween, I am going as a person who cried at the end FURIOUS 6.

Oct 31, 2014

Holiday movies give the gift of Oscar contenders: Pundits picks + five more

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