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Viola Davis delivers a performance worthy of an Oscar in new ‘Fences’ clip

Now that the Oscar race has come into full focus, we can begin making accurate predictions about who will be nominated for an award when the nominees…

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Now that the Oscar race has come into full focus, we can begin making accurate predictions about who will be nominated for an award when the nominees are announced next month in January. There’s no doubt in anyone’s mind that Damien Chazelle’s modern musical La La Land and Barry Jenkins’ timeless story of human connection and self-discovery Moonlight will easily make the cut—but what about the others? That’s where the likes of Fences comes in.

Denzel Washington and Viola Davis in a film written by August Wilson adapted from a Pulitzer Prize-winning play screams awards potential and that is certainly what we’re seeing in the latest clip from the upcoming drama that finds Davis’ character asking her husband, played by Washington, “What about me?” Early reviews for Fences praise performances from both the actor and actress but it seems as if Davis is the main standout in this cast.

In terms of awards, it should come as no surprise that we’ll most likely be seeing Davis earning a Best Supporting Actress nomination for her role in Fences which should make for a tight race against Manchester by the Sea actress Michelle Williams who is another strong contender in this particular category. Sure, we’ll probably see Naomie Harris and Greta Gerwig earn nominations for their respective performances in Moonlight and 20th Century Women, but up against Davis and Williams, how big of a chance do they really have? We’ll just have to wait and see.

If you haven’t been following the awards beat this year, Fences is directed by Washington and follows the story of Troy Maxson, a mid-century Pittsburgh sanitation worker who once dreamed of having a basketball career, but was too old when the major leagues began admitting black players. He tries to be a good husband and father, but his lost dreams still haunt him inside and cause him to make a decision that could threaten to tear his family apart.

Fences can be seen in theaters now in select cities Los Angeles and New York City. The film will expand nationwide on Dec. 25.

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The ‘Uncharted’ movie is probably just one of those things that’s never actually going to get made

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Between Spider-Man parting ways with the Marvel Cinematic Universe and now this new development regarding the long-in-the-works film adaptation of Uncharted, it’s been a pretty eventful and rather unfortunate week for Tom Holland.

Dan Trachtenberg, the fifth director to be attached to Uncharted, has reportedly exited the project for unspecified reasons, though it’s likely it had to do with creative differences or whatever bullshit excuse it is that these studios manage to pull out of their asses whenever a director leaves a high-profile project.

Again, Trachtenberg was not the first, second, third, or fourth director to be attached to be Uncharted, but the FIFTH. David O. Russell, Neil Burger, Seth Gordon, and Shawn Levy were all attached to the project at one point or another but ended up leaving for various different reasons.

On the bright side (?), however, Sony is already looking to lock down a replacement for Trachtenberg and a new director should be in place soon in anticipation of the film’s early 2020 production start.

But, like, let’s be real here for a second; what are the chances of the Uncharted movie actually happening at this point? This is a truly cursed production and if it does actually ever get made, I vow to release my tax returns.

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Adam Driver and Annette Bening work to expose the CIA’s torture program in ‘The Report’ trailer

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Another day, another trailer for a movie starring Adam Driver; a few days after Netflix blessed us with two teasers trailers for Noah Baumbach’s Marriage Story, Amazon Studios has released the first trailer Scott Z. Burns’ The Report.

Driver stars here as idealistic staffer Daniel J. Jones, who is tasked by his boss Senator Dianne Feinstein (Annette Bening) to lead an investigation of the CIA’s inhumane Detention and Interrogation Program, which was formed in the wake of 9/11 and used “enhanced interrogation techniques” — that’s government codeword for torture.

“Jones’ relentless pursuit of the truth leads to explosive findings that uncover the lengths to which the nation’s top intelligence agency went to destroy evidence, subvert the law, and hide a brutal secret from the American public,” reads the synopsis.

In addition to Driver and Bening, The Report features one hell of an impressive ensemble cast that includes the likes of Jon Hamm, Sarah Goldberg, Michael C. Hall, Douglas Hodge, Fajer Kaisi, Ted Levine, Jennifer Morrison, Tim Blake Nelson, Linda Powell, Matthew Rhys, T. Ryder Smith, Corey Stoll, and Maura Tierney.

The film premiered at and was purchased out of the Sundance Film Festival in January and currently boasts a 94% approval rating on Rotten Tomatoes, so it sounds like we’re going to be in for quite a treat when The Report hits theaters on November 15 and Prime Video on November 29.

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Charlize Theron, Nicole Kidman & Margot Robbie glare intensely at each other in the ‘Bombshell’ trailer

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Despite taking place entirely in a hot, stuffy elevator and featuring little to no dialogue, the first trailer for Jay Roach’s Fox News drama Bombshell about the downfall of Roger Ailes does a pretty damn good job of showcasing what is likely to be a serious contender this awards season.

Written by Charles Randolph, Bombshell chronicles the inevitable collapse of Ailes’ reign at Fox News, where he served as chairman and CEO up until his resignation in 2016 amid dozens of sexual harassment and abuse allegations from several female employees at the conservative media empire.

Among the many women who accused Ailes of misconduct were former Fox News hosts Megyn Kelly and Gretchen Carlson, who are played here by Charlize Theron and Nicole Kidman, respectively, while Margot Robbie plays as a fictional associate producer named Kayla Pospisil.

As if those three stars weren’t enough, the film’s ensemble cast also includes the likes of John Lithgow (who plays Ailes), Allison Janney, Kate McKinnon, Malcolm McDowell, Mark Duplass, Rob Delaney, and Stephen Root.

I don’t know about you, but I dig everything about this trailer (I could literally watch Nicole Kidman, Charlize Theron, and Margot Robbie glaring at each other in an elevator all day) and I’m actually pretty excited to see how Bombshell turns out when it drops in December.

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