Which Motion Pictures Will Win Top Honors at the Golden Globes? (PHOTOS)

In the ramp-up to the Golden Globes, the Oscar nominations have come and gone, leaving a bread-crumb trail of obvious nods and an ocean of dissatisfied grumbles at some of the less-subtle snubs.

In fact, one could argue that between its two two-category system of Drama and Musical/Comedy, the Globes made a much wiser set of selections. And if you haven’t seen several, most or all of these noteworthy nominees, Celebuzz is here to break them down and help you out in the office pool come Monday.

Lincoln, Argo and Zero Dark Thirty are frontrunner for Best Drama at the Globes, while Les Miserables and Oscar-favorite The Silver Linings Playbook duke it out for Best Musical/Comedy.

The Globes air Sunday, January 13 on NBC. Here’s our guide to all of the nominees, including our predictions of who should – and will – win.

Not that we’re playing favorites, but check out Celebuzz’ interview with Zero Dark Thirty star Jessica Chastain. And then tell us in the comments below: Which movies are you rooting for?

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‘Gangster Squad’: How Arresting is Ryan Gosling’s Crime Thriller?

More things should have Ryan Gosling and Tommy guns. It’s science, really.

Thankfully, Gangster Squad agrees with us. The new film from Zombieland director Ruben Fleischer features Gosling and Josh Brolin as police detectives in 1940s Los Angeles, working outside the law to take down real-life crime boss, Mickey Cohen (Sean Penn). Emma Stone also stars as the requisite femme fatale.

While Squad has plenty of Gosling and cops ‘n robbers action, is it worth your hard-earned money at the box office? Read on to hear what the critics have to say.

Devin Faraci, BadassDigest

“Do not expect much from Gangster Squad. This is not LA Confidential 2… This is not a hard-hitting film. This is not a movie with much to say. Gangster Squad is a big cartoon, a pulpy movie made by people who only know pulp from reading about it in movie reviews… And if you approach it like that, you’ll enjoy the movie just fine.”

Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times

“To be fair, this tawdry dose of pulp fiction (“inspired by real events”) is not a complete waste of time. It offers the marginal pleasure of an all-star cast slumming their way through a thicket of routine plotting, almost laughable dialogue and the constant blaze of tommy guns.”

Charlie Schmidlin, ThePlaylist

“With his third feature, Zombieland director Ruben Fleischer frames 1940s Los Angeles — morally compromised, glamorous, and a monument to protect and exploit on both sides of the law — to adapt Paul Lieberman’s true-crime articles into cinematic legend, but in lieu of any sharp insight into the period and its notorious figures, the film’s brash, ultraviolent encounters instead build a showy exterior with nothing of import left standing.”

Peter Debruge, Variety

“The cops play things as dirty as the crooks in Gangster Squad, an impressively pulpy underworld-plunger that embellishes on a 1949 showdown between a dedicated team of LAPD officers and Mob-connected Mickey Cohen (Sean Penn) for control of the city.”

James Rocchi, GeekNation

Combining the retro-L.A. style of L.A. Confidential, the candy-colored visuals of ‘Dick Tracy’ and entirely too much of The Untouchables, Gangster Squad doesn’t so much fail to succeed on its own merits, but instead fails because it lacks any merits of its own.”

Ouch. Those are same damning reviews… But what do you think? Drop your review in the Comments below. And watch the trailer now on Celebuzz!

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‘Gangster Squad’: How Arresting is Ryan Gosling’s Crime Thriller?

More things should have Ryan Gosling and Tommy guns. It’s science, really.

Thankfully, Gangster Squad agrees with us. The new film from Zombieland director Ruben Fleischer features Gosling and Josh Brolin as police detectives in 1940s Los Angeles, working outside the law to take down real-life crime boss, Mickey Cohen (Sean Penn). Emma Stone also stars as the requisite femme fatale.

While Squad has plenty of Gosling and cops ‘n robbers action, is it worth your hard-earned money at the box office? Read on to hear what the critics have to say.

Devin Faraci, BadassDigest

“Do not expect much from Gangster Squad. This is not LA Confidential 2… This is not a hard-hitting film. This is not a movie with much to say. Gangster Squad is a big cartoon, a pulpy movie made by people who only know pulp from reading about it in movie reviews… And if you approach it like that, you’ll enjoy the movie just fine.”

Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times

“To be fair, this tawdry dose of pulp fiction (“inspired by real events”) is not a complete waste of time. It offers the marginal pleasure of an all-star cast slumming their way through a thicket of routine plotting, almost laughable dialogue and the constant blaze of tommy guns.”

Charlie Schmidlin, ThePlaylist

“With his third feature, Zombieland director Ruben Fleischer frames 1940s Los Angeles — morally compromised, glamorous, and a monument to protect and exploit on both sides of the law — to adapt Paul Lieberman’s true-crime articles into cinematic legend, but in lieu of any sharp insight into the period and its notorious figures, the film’s brash, ultraviolent encounters instead build a showy exterior with nothing of import left standing.”

Peter Debruge, Variety

“The cops play things as dirty as the crooks in Gangster Squad, an impressively pulpy underworld-plunger that embellishes on a 1949 showdown between a dedicated team of LAPD officers and Mob-connected Mickey Cohen (Sean Penn) for control of the city.”

James Rocchi, GeekNation

Combining the retro-L.A. style of L.A. Confidential, the candy-colored visuals of ‘Dick Tracy’ and entirely too much of The Untouchables, Gangster Squad doesn’t so much fail to succeed on its own merits, but instead fails because it lacks any merits of its own.”

Ouch. Those are same damning reviews… But what do you think? Drop your review in the Comments below. And watch the trailer now on Celebuzz!

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‘Gangster Squad’: How Arresting is Ryan Gosling’s Crime Thriller?

More things should have Ryan Gosling and Tommy guns. It’s science, really.

Thankfully, Gangster Squad agrees with us. The new film from Zombieland director Ruben Fleischer features Gosling and Josh Brolin as police detectives in 1940s Los Angeles, working outside the law to take down real-life crime boss, Mickey Cohen (Sean Penn). Emma Stone also stars as the requisite femme fatale.

While Squad has plenty of Gosling and cops ‘n robbers action, is it worth your hard-earned money at the box office? Read on to hear what the critics have to say.

Devin Faraci, BadassDigest

“Do not expect much from Gangster Squad. This is not LA Confidential 2… This is not a hard-hitting film. This is not a movie with much to say. Gangster Squad is a big cartoon, a pulpy movie made by people who only know pulp from reading about it in movie reviews… And if you approach it like that, you’ll enjoy the movie just fine.”

Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times

“To be fair, this tawdry dose of pulp fiction (“inspired by real events”) is not a complete waste of time. It offers the marginal pleasure of an all-star cast slumming their way through a thicket of routine plotting, almost laughable dialogue and the constant blaze of tommy guns.”

Charlie Schmidlin, ThePlaylist

“With his third feature, Zombieland director Ruben Fleischer frames 1940s Los Angeles — morally compromised, glamorous, and a monument to protect and exploit on both sides of the law — to adapt Paul Lieberman’s true-crime articles into cinematic legend, but in lieu of any sharp insight into the period and its notorious figures, the film’s brash, ultraviolent encounters instead build a showy exterior with nothing of import left standing.”

Peter Debruge, Variety

“The cops play things as dirty as the crooks in Gangster Squad, an impressively pulpy underworld-plunger that embellishes on a 1949 showdown between a dedicated team of LAPD officers and Mob-connected Mickey Cohen (Sean Penn) for control of the city.”

James Rocchi, GeekNation

Combining the retro-L.A. style of L.A. Confidential, the candy-colored visuals of ‘Dick Tracy’ and entirely too much of The Untouchables, Gangster Squad doesn’t so much fail to succeed on its own merits, but instead fails because it lacks any merits of its own.”

Ouch. Those are same damning reviews… But what do you think? Drop your review in the Comments below. And watch the trailer now on Celebuzz!

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‘Hunger Games: Catching Fire’ First Look; Aaron Taylor-Johnson to Battle ‘Godzilla’

The first official images from The Hunger Games: Catching Fire were released on Thursday, showing characters such as Jennifer Lawrence’s Katniss and Plutarch Heavensbee, played by Philip Seymour Hoffman. In addition to revealing the new pics, producer Nina Jacobson revealed why fan-favorite characters Bonnie, Twill, and Darius will not appear in the sequel.

“I want every single thing in there,” Jacobson said. “But… If you have to give up something in order to give more time to Katniss and Gale or to Effie as she starts to feel a conscience, you make the sacrifices in order to serve the characters and themes that are more essential.” Catching Fire arrives in theaters November 22. [EW]

Legendary Pictures’ Godzilla recently drafted Frank Darabontfor a rewrite, and now the film is searching for a star.

Kick-Ass star Aaron Taylor-Johnson has reportedly been offered the leading role in the film, and that the actor will most likely sign-on once Darabont completes his rewrite. Johnson can currently be seen in the Oscar-nominated drama Anna Karenina. [Variety]

Bridesmaids’ director Paul Feig recently decided to stay rooted in the business of making more R-rated comedies. In light of the recent successes of Ted and The Hangover series, 20th Century Fox has signed the director to a first-look deal, allowing Feig to write and direct adult-themed comedies under his Feigco banner. Feig recently made buddy cop comedy The Heat for Fox, which is set for release April 5. [Deadline]

The Norwegian helmers behind Oscar-nominated Best Foreign Film Kon-Tiki have signed on to direct their first-ever major studio project. Joachim Rønning and Espen Sandberg will helm Spectral for Legendary Pictures and Warner Bros. The story details are (per usual) being kept underwraps, but word ‘round the campfire is that the film is in the vein of Black Hawk Down but with a supernatural twist. [Deadline]

Reports of Steven Spielberg’s next project being dead are slightly exaggerated. In a recent interview following his Oscar nomination for Best Director, The Beard himself said that his new sci-fi entry, Robopocalypse, is still going to happen – just latter than planned. And with a new story. “We found that the film was costing a lot of money and I found a better way to tell the story more economically but also much more personally.” Spielberg told Entertainment Weekly. “I’m starting on a new script and we’ll have this movie back on its feet soon.” Spielberg hopes to have the new story completed in six to eight months. [EW]

Excited for your latest Hunger Games fix? Or for Spielberg’s return trip to the sci-fi genre? Tell Celebuzz all about it in the comments!

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‘Gangster Squad’ vs. ‘Zero Dark Thirty’: Box Office Battle (POLL)

Ryan Gosling takes on the manhunt for Osama Bin Laden at the box office this weekend.

Super awards contender Zero Dark Thirty finally goes into wide release after a limited run in December, and the fedora-wearing cops of Gangster Squad are gunning for it. Yep, another round of Box Office Thunderdome is upon us.

In one corner, Warner Bros. long-delayed Gangster Squad sets Gosling, Josh Brolin and others on a tommy-gun filled mission to take down mob boss Mickey Cohen (Sean Penn) in 1950s Los Angeles. Reviews have been mixed to kinda good, and who doesn’t like a good cops ‘n robbers film?

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But audiences may like Kathryn Bigelow‘s intense military procedural more. Zero Dark Thirty has received some of the loudest awards buzz in recent memory, along with some of the the best reviews of a film released this year – let alone in the last decade. Audiences are eager to see what the big deal is for themselves, so expect Thirty to give Squad a serious run for its money.

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Which movie will you see this weekend? More importantly, which film do you think will win the box office? Sound off in the comments below!

 

Angelina Jolie’s ‘Cleopatra’ Gets a New Director; ‘Dark Knight’ Director Christopher Nolan Finds His Next Film

Angelina Jolie‘s long-gestating movie about Cleopatra is saying goodbye to director David Fincher and hello to Ang Lee. The Life of Pi director is circling the epic biopic, which the filmmaker acknowledged in a recent interview is something outside his wheelhouse. “I’m about to read the script. It just feels right to me after all the other types of films I’ve done,” Lee told The Hollywood Reporter. “What does it have in common with any of them? They’re all totally different! That’s what makes this perfect.” Lee is expected to enter pre-production on the film once Awards season wraps. [The Hollywood Reporter]

Speaking of Life of Pi, the American Society of Cinematographers recently nominated Director of Photography Claudio Miranda for outstanding achievement in cinematography.

The DPs behind Anna Karenina, Les Miserables, Lincoln and Skyfall were also nominated. Expect many from this line-up to get a nod from Oscar. For the complete list of nominees, click here.

Ellen Page is going to get her Road Warrior on. The Juno actress is set to star in the small-scale post-apocalyptic drama Into the Forest. Based on the novel by Jean Hegland, the story focuses on two teenage sisters, living alone and way off the grid, struggling to go on in the wake of an off-screen collapse of society. Forest is still out to directors.  [Variety]

Another one of Spielberg’s projects is in the news, and it involves director Christopher Nolan. The man behind Warner Bros. successful Batman films will make Interstellar his next film. The film, written by Jonathan Nolan, centers on a team of astronauts who travel through a wormhole and must deal with complications stemming from time travel and alternate realities – which sounds perfect for the Inception director. Spielberg was previously attached to the film; no word yet if he will remain involved with the project in another capacity. Bottom line: Nolan going to space for his next film is not a bad thing. [The Hollywood Reporter]

And in more directors-leaving-movies news, talks have broken down with Drive helmer Nicolas Winding Refn to direct Denzel Washington in the action thriller The Equilizer. Refn was circling the adaptation of 1980s hit TV show in December, and it looked like a done deal, but the deal fell apart at the eleventh hour for unknown reasons. Sony Pictures is currently racing to find a replacement in time to shoot the film in May. Hey Equilizer? May we suggest Spielberg? He’s recently become free, just sayin’… [Deadline]

Which news story has you all excited – tell Celebuzz all about it on the comments. And watch our interview with director Ang Lee for Oscar-contender, Life of Pi!

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Ryan Gosling: Six of Our Favorite Roles From the ‘Gangster Squad’ Star (PHOTOS)

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If you’re like us, then you love Ryan Gosling more than you care to admit.

When he’s not making women wish they could use him as a human Snuggie, he’s showing off his crazy talent on the big screen. In honor of Gosling’s new film, the crime thriller Gangster Squad, Celebuzz ranks and files his most essential performances.

As his resume can attest, Gosling has been slowly but surely developing his “big deal” status.

It’s a Sophie’s Choice having to pick his best, most must-see performances. While Gosling is good in everything, he’s especially good in the following six films.

What is your favorite Gosling movie? Sound off in the comments below, and check out Celebuzz’s trailer for his latest, Gangster Squad

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Who Will Win the Golden Globe for Best Actress in a Motion Picture? (PHOTOS & VIDEOS)

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Before this morning’s Academy Award nominees get their shot at Oscar, they will first have to contend with the Golden Globes.

The Globes offer a decent barometer as to who will go home with Hollywood’s most coveted award. As the town ramps up for the Globes on Sunday, January 13, Celebuzz takes a look at each nominee in the major acting and film categories.

First up: Who will – and should – win Best Actress.

With the Oscar nominations announced, there is some expected overlap between the Academy’s picks and the Hollywood Foreign Press.

Favorites Naomi Watts (The Impossible), Jessica Chastain (Zero Dark Thirty) and Jennifer Lawrence (The Silver Linings Playbook) have emerged as the frontrunners for both awards, with Chastain and Lawrence seemingly in a dead heat for victory.

While a Golden Globe win does not guarantee an Academy Award, it does provide a decent indicator as to who should start making extra room on their mantle.

Check out our breakdown of the actresses in contention and their chances, then share with us your predictions in the comments below!

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Tina Fey In Talks for ‘The Muppets 2′; Josh Brolin Joins Joseph Gordon-Levitt in ‘Sin City 2′

The Muppets 2 just took it to 11 with the help of Tina Fey. The 30 Rock star and host of this year’s Golden Globes is in “late stage negotiations” to star opposite former Globes host, Ricky Gervais, in the Disney sequel. Fey is circling the leading female role in the film, to be directed by the original Muppet’s helmer James Bobin. If Fey can somehow convince Amy Poehler to cameo, we’ll do anything to see it. “Illegal in 7 states”-type of anything. [The Hollywood Reporter]

Less than 24 hours after Joseph Gordon-Levitt signed on for a role in Sin City: A Dame to Kill For comes word of another big casting announcement.Who joined the ensemble?

Academy Award-nominated actor Josh Brolin has locked down role of “Dwight” in the prequel, a part which was previously played by Clive Owen in the original film. Brolin joins returning Sin City stars Jessica Alba and Rosario Dawson for Dame, which will unleash all sorts of bloody violence when it hits theaters on October 4, 2013. [Deadline]

Clutch the pearls – even more casting news! Magic Mike’s Alex Pettyfer is one of the names vying for the lead role in the YA-adaptation Divergent, starring The DescendentsShailene Woodley. Newcomers Lucas Till (X-Men: First Class) and War Horse’s Jeremy Irvine are also circling the role in the film, which could kick off a Twilight-sized franchise for distributor Lionsgate. [Variety]

Michael Bay bypassed the whole press release thing and took to the internets to announce the latest actor to join the director’s Transformers 4. Newcomer Jack Reynor has joined the first film in a planned trilogy, which takes place 4 years after the events of Transformers: Dark of the Moon. Reynor stars opposite Mark Wahlberg in the Paramount tentpole, which promises to be just as loud and explode-y as the previous films when it’s released on June 27, 2014. Click here to read more about the casting on Michael Bay’s blog. [MichaelBay.com]

One writer has kicked off the new year by securing a high-profile assignment. Relative unknown Kealan O’Rourke will adapt The Houdini Box for Chernin Entertainment. Based on the book by Hugo Cabret author Brian Selznick, the story centers on a young boy who idolizes the famous magician. Upon receiving an invitation to Houdini’s house, the boy discovers that the magician has died and left the child a mysterious box. [Variety]

Seth Lochhead, the co-writer of the action thriller Hanna, has signed on to pen the movie adaptation of the popular video game, Shadow of the Colossus. Chronicle’s Josh Trank is attached to direct the fantasy epic for Sony, soon after he completes work on Fox’s Fantastic Four reboot. [The Hollywood Reporter]

How excited are you for Tina Fey in The Muppets 2? Or Brolin in Sin City? Talk amongst yourselves in the comments below. And speaking of Josh Brolin, watch Celebuzz‘s trailer for Gangster Squad, which opens Friday, Jan. 11.

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DGA Noms Announced — What Does That Mean for Oscar?

With less than a week to go before the Oscar nominations are announced, one of the biggest foreshadows for Oscar gold – the Directors Guild – has revealed their nominees for Best Director.

As expected, Argo‘s director and star Ben Affleck and Lincoln‘s Steven Spielberg lead the pack, followed by a few surprise picks.

Read on for the full list of directors…

Tom Hooper (Les Miserables), Kathryn Bigelow (Zero Dark Thirty) and Ang Lee (Life of Pi) round out the list of 5 directors. This year marks Affleck’s first DGA nomination, while Best Director Oscar winners Hooper and Bigelow received their second. Spielberg scored is eleventh DGA nomination.

David O. Russell, a favorite for The Silver Linings Playbook, is notably absent. Also missing from the list are Quentin Tarantino for Django Unchained and The Master‘s Paul Thomas Anderson.

The DGA is one of the strongest indicators of who will take home Oscar gold. No director has ever won an Academy Award without previously receiving a nod from the DGA.

So based on the DGAs, who are Oscar’s frontrunners? With Golden Globe and DGA nods, Hooper is a safe bet for a Best Director nomination. Ditto Spielberg and Bigelow.

The outlook is still a bit fuzzy on Lee; the Academy could go either way and give it to Russell. And don’t count out Tarantino just yet; the filmmaker is very popular with the Academy and his Golden Globe nomination may be enough to secure a nod. Oscar nominations are announced Thursday, January 10.

Which director do you think will win? Who do you want to go home with the Oscar? Sound off in the comments below.

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