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“Spotlight” Academy Award Nominations Reactions

As we reported earlier this week “Spotlight” received 6 Oscar nominations this week, including a Best Actress In A Supporting Role for Rachel herself. The initial reactions of Rachel and the cast and crew of the movie can be found in our previous post, but the filmmakers released additional statements to the press which we will round-up in this post. Excerpts can be found below. The 88th Academy Awards will be held on February 28, at the Dolby Theater in Hollywood.

Rachel On Her Nomination: “This is such an incredible honour. I am shocked and delighted, Thank you to Tom, the cast, the entire Spotlight team, especially Sacha Pfeiffer and the Academy. What a tremendous recognition, not just for me but for this important film. Never been so happy to get a call at 6 a.m.!”

Rachel is expected to attend the Critics’ Choice Awards this weekend, alongside Sacha Pfeiffer. She is nominated for 3 Critics’ Choice Awards for her work in both “True Detective” (Best Actress Limited Series) and “Spotlight” (Best Supporting Actress and Best Ensemble)

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Rachel In Talks For “Collateral Beauty”?

As we are still beaming with joy from yesterday’s Oscar nomination more good news has surfaced. The Wrap is reporting that Rachel is in talks to join the “Collateral Beauty“. If everything works out it would mean she would reunite with her “State Of Play” co-star Helen Mirren, her “The Lucky Ones” co-star Michael Peña and her “Southpaw” co-star Naomie Harris. Rachel is currently still filming “Doctor Strange” and making her rounds for “Spotlight” during award season. Production for “Collateral Beauty” is expected to begin next month, according to The Wrap:

New Line and director David Frankel are pulling together a star-studded cast to join Will Smith and Helen Mirren in “Collateral Beauty,” as Edward Norton, Michael Pena and Naomie Harris are set to join the ensemble, while newly-anointed Oscar nominee Rachel McAdams is also in talks, multiple individuals familiar with the situation have told TheWrap.

New Line did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

Written by Allan Loeb, “Collateral Beauty” follows a New York advertising executive (Smith) who experiences a personal tragedy, so his colleagues try to come up with a plan to get him out of his funk. It works, but in a different way than imagined.

PalmStar CEO Kevin Frakes and Anthony Bregman are producing with Loeb and Anonymous Content’s Bard Dorros and Michael Sugar, the latter of whom received an Oscar nomination earlier Thursday as a producer on “Spotlight.”

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Latest “Spotlight” News Round-Up

We will round up the latest “Spotlight” news in this post. First of all, Rachel received a Best Supporting Actress nomination at the 2015 North Carolina Film Critics Association Awards alongside Jennifer Jason Leigh, Rooney Mara, Helen Mirren and Alicia Vikander won for her work in Ex-Machina. Rachel also received a Best Supporting Actress nomination from the Central Ohio Film Critics Association alongside Jennifer Jason Leigh, Rooney Mara, Alicia Vikander and Kate Winslet. Additionally, Rachel also received a nomination from the Denver Film Critics Society for Best Supporting Actress alongside Alicia Vikander, Kate Winslet, Elizabeth Banks and Jennifer Jason Leigh. Additionally, “Spotlight” received 3 BAFTA nominations earlier this week. The movie received nominations in the Best Film, Best Original Screenplay and Best Supporting Actor (Mark Ruffalo). The producers of the movie also received a nomination at the Producers Guild Awards.

Secondly, the SAG-AFTRA Foundation will host a “Spotlight” screening followed by a Q&A with Rachel and her co-stars Mark Ruffalo and Liev Schreiber on Monday (January 11) as part of their the Conversations series. Rachel received two nominations (Best Supporting Actress and Best Ensemble) for the upcoming Screen Actors Guild Awards last month for her work in the movie. For more information be sure to head over to their official website. “Spotlight” continues to receive award season buzz. The movie seems to be one of the front runners for the Best Picture race. Rachel also received individual buzz for her performance. She’s still part of the latest top 5 of Best Supporting Actresses front runners prediction lists according to various sources, including THR and Variety. The Oscar nomination poll closed on Friday (January 8) and the nominations will be announced next week, on January 14.

Finally, the Golden Globes Awards are today and The Wrap is reporting that Rachel is expected to attend and she will bring her “Spotlight” counterpart Sacha Pfeiffer as her date. Rachel missed the pre-Golden Globes party hosted by Open Road Films on Friday, because she was filming “Doctor Strange” in London. Be sure to tune in tonight, 8pm ET on NBC. The red carpet pre-show begins at 7pm ET/4pm PT. Be sure to check your local listing for the time.

“The Little Prince” To Open SBIFF 2016!

“The Little Prince” To Open SBIFF 2016!

The Santa Barbara International Film Festival (SBIFF) announced yesterday that “The Little Prince” is set as the opening night film for the festival on February 3. This will mark the U.S. premiere for the movie, which premiered last year at the Cannes Film Festival. The movie will be released on March 18 in the U.S. The SBIFF previously announced that Rachel will receive American Riviera Award alongside her “Spotlight” co-stars Mark Ruffalo and Michael Keaton. The ceremony will take place on February 5. The SBIFF runs from February 3-13 and for more information be sure to head over to the official website.

The Santa Barbara International Film Festival will open with the U.S. premiere of Paramount Pictures’ “THE LITTLE PRINCE” at the Arlington Theatre on Wednesday, February 3rd, 2016. Directed by Mark Osborne and featuring the voices of Jeff Bridges, Rachel McAdams, Paul Rudd, Ricky Gervais, James Franco, Mackenzie Foy, and Benicio Del Toro, “THE LITTLE PRINCE” is based on the classic tale of the same name by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry. The Santa Barbara International Film Festival’s Opening Night Film + Gala is co-sponsored by Bella Vista Designs.

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2016 A Look Ahead

First of all: Happy New Year everyone! Last year we gave you a look ahead of 2015 and today we will look at what we can expect in 2016. We thought it might be fun to try and make this into an annual post as well, just like our year in review post.

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EW Reveals Rachel’s “Doctor Strange” Role (Sort Of)

EW Reveals Rachel’s “Doctor Strange” Role (Sort Of)

Entertainment Weekly has the first official look at Benedict Cumberbatch as “Doctor Strange” in their upcoming First Look issue, which will hit digital newsstands on December 31. The movie, directed by Scott Derrickson, began principal photography in November of this year and will wrap filming in March 2016. EW has more details about Rachel’s role. The name of the character is yet to be revealed but the nature of the character is revealed.

We know that Benedict Cumberbatch plays the titular surgeon-turned-sorcerer in Marvel’s new superhero movie Doctor Strange (out Nov. 4). We also know that Tilda Swinton portrays a mystic called the Ancient One, that Chiwetel Ejiofor is an associate of the Ancient One called Karl Mordo, and — as EW exclusively revealed — that Mads Mikkelsen has been cast as the movie’s main baddie.

But who is Rachel McAdams playing? That’s a question which has occupied a lot of comic fans ever since it was announced that the star of The Notebook and Spotlight had been cast in the film, and is one we can now answer. Well, sort of.

As is the case with Mikkelsen’s character, the Marvel producers are not releasing the name of the person portrayed by McAdams. But they are happy to give up a little information about the nature of the role.

“Rachel McAdams plays a fellow surgeon that has a history with Strange and is his sort of lynchpin to his old life, once he steps into he role of a sorcerer,” says Kevin Feige, the producer of Doctor Strange and president of Marvel Studios. “She is someone he connects with at the beginning, and reconnects with, and helps anchor his humanity.”

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“The Family Stone” 10 Year Anniversary

“The Family Stone” 10 Year Anniversary

Time does fly! Yet another movie of Rachel is celebrating it’s 10 year anniversary. “The Family Stone” was released in theaters on December 16, 2005 in the U.S. and U.K. The movie was written and directed by Thomas Bezucha. Rachel co-star alongside an all star ensemble, including Sarah Jessica Parker, Dermot Mulroney, Craig T. Nelson, Claire Danes, Luke Wilson, Brian White, Elizabeth Reaser, Paul Schneider, Tyrone Giordano and of course Diane Keaton. This movie marked the first time Rachel worked with Diane Keaton, and they would later reunite for “Morning Glory“. Rachel earned her first Satellite Award nomination for her portrayal of Amy Stone. This movie will always be special to me, not only is it a family tradition to watch it every year around Christmas since it’s release, Rachel’s performance is one of my favorites of hers. The movie is currently available on DVD, On Demand and in a lot of regions on Netflix. Be sure to head over to GoWatchIt.com to find your preferred platform.

“Spotlight” News Round-Up

“Spotlight” News Round-Up

The 4th Aspen Film Academy Screenings have announced it’s line-up earlier this week and “Spotlight” is part of their line-up. The screening will be held on Tuesday, December 22, 2015. For more information be sure to head over to the official website. Voting members of AMPAS, BAFTA and the associated guilds can receive a complimentary pass to the screenings. The National Board Of Review also announced it’s 2015 Awards earlier this week and “Spotlight” is among it’s top films. Additionally, the Satellite Awards announced the cast will receive a special honor for Best Ensemble: Motion Picture. It was previously announced that Rachel has received a nomination for Best Supporting Actress. The Time also announced it’s Top 10 Best Movies and “Spotlight” is named it’s #1 movie. Finally, we have added additional production stills and an international poster in our gallery.

Rachel Talks “Doctor Strange”

Rachel talked to MTV News during the Gotham Independent Film Awards earlier this week and she briefly spoke about “Doctor Strange“. Marvel previously confirmed the principal cast. Rachel will star alongside Benedict Cumberbatch, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Michael Stuhlbarg, Mads Mikkelsen and Tilda Swinton.

Like so much about Marvel’s upcoming “Doctor Strange“, Rachel McAdams’ role is still completely shrouded in mystery. Who is she playing, and how will she be connected to the film’s hero, Stephen Strange (Benedict Cumberbatch)?

McAdams isn’t ready to get into juicy spoiler territory just yet, but when MTV News caught up with her at the Gotham Independent Film Awards in New York City last night (November 30), which she was attending for her new film “Spotlight,” the actress finally opened up about why she decided to join the Marvel family.

“I mean, I just love the director,” McAdams told us. “I met with Scott [Derrickson] and loved his vision, he was so passionate. And the opportunity to work with Benedict was kind of a no-brainer. And Marvel makes amazing films, so it was a complete package.”

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“Doctor Strange” Official Press Release: Production Begins

“Doctor Strange” Official Press Release: Production Begins

Marvel officially confirmed the cast of “Doctor Strange” by releasing a press release which also confirms that the production officially started. Rachel will star in the movie alongside Benedict Cumberbatch, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Michael Stuhlbarg, Mads Mikkelsen and Tilda Swinton. It’s not yet confirmed who Rachel will portray. The movie will be released on November 4, 2016 in the U.S.

Marvel Studios announced today that production has begun on “Doctor Strange,” starring Benedict Cumberbatch (“Black Mass,” “The Imitation Game”), Chiwetel Ejiofor (“12 Years a Slave,” “The Martian”), Rachel McAdams (“Southpaw,” “Sherlock Holmes”) and Michael Stuhlbarg (“Steve Jobs,” “A Serious Man”) with Mads Mikkelsen (“Clash of the Titans,” “Casino Royale”) and Academy Award® winner Tilda Swinton (“Michael Clayton,” “The Grand Budapest Hotel”). The film, which opens in U.S. theaters on November 4, 2016, is directed by Scott Derrickson (“Sinister,” “The Exorcism of Emily Rose”). The film will be shot in several locations around the world, including London, New York, Hong Kong and Kathmandu, Nepal.

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“Spotlight” Trio Receives SBIFF 2016 American Riviera Award

“Spotlight” Trio Receives SBIFF 2016 American Riviera Award

The 31st Santa Barbara International Film Festival has announced that Rachel and her co-stars Michael Keaton and Mark Ruffalo will be honored with the 2016 American Riviera Award for their work in “Spotlight“. The official press release can be found below and be sure to head over to the official website for more information.

The Santa Barbara International Film Festival announced today that Michael Keaton, Mark Ruffalo and Rachel McAdams will be honored with the 2016 American Riviera Award at the 31st edition of the Fest, which runs from February 3 to February 13, 2016. This is the first time the award will be given to three honorees, who will be fêted with a Tribute celebrating their careers, culminating with their powerhouse collaboration in Tom McCarthy’s blisteringly true drama “Spotlight.” The film recently opened to critical acclaim. The Tribute will take place during the festival’s run at the historic Arlington Theatre.

The American Riviera Award was established to recognize actors who have made a significant contribution to American Cinema. Keaton, Ruffalo and McAdams will join a prestigious group of past recipients, including last year’s honorees Patricia Arquette and Ethan Hawke (2015), Robert Redford (2014), Quentin Tarantino (2013) and Martin Scorsese (2012), Annette Bening (2011), Sandra Bullock (2010), Mickey Rourke (2009), Tommy Lee Jones (2008), Forrest Whitaker (2007), Philip Seymour Hoffman (2006), Kevin Bacon (2005) and Diane Lane (2004).

“Michael, Mark and Rachel are three of the finest actors in the business.” stated Festival Director Roger Durling, “They are artists in the truest sense of the word who continue to surprise and inspire audiences with their talent,” adding, “their recent turn in Spotlight demonstrates their skills both harmoniously as an ensemble and individually, it is an honor to celebrate their work with the American Riviera Award.”

Spotlight tells the astonishing story of the Boston Globe’s Pulitzer Prize-winning “Spotlight” team of investigative journalists, who in 2002 shocked the city and the world by exposing the Catholic Church’s systematic cover-up of widespread pedophilia perpetrated by more than 70 local priests.

The festival runs from February 3-13 and the date of the ceremony will be announced.

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