POSTER: "Big Eyes"

Here's the new poster for Tim Burton's Big Eyes, which is coming out on Christmas Day but still hasn't been screened for anyone yet (unusual for late releases at this time of year). If a movie hasn't been seen at this stage it likely means that there's not a lot of confidence in it behind the scenes- or for one reason or another, the studio just doesn't think it's going to be good enough for an awards run (they usually take their big awards contenders to a fall film festival to get the buzz going). We'll see though, sooner or later.

TEASER #3: "The Hunger Games- Mockingjay, Part 1"

So yeah, I may be done with posting the relentless amount of teasers being released for this movie after today (similar to the way I finally cut off Maleficent), but I guess that's what you do when your marketing campaign is targeting a demographic that spends all its time on social media. Anyway, here's one that seems to be an early scene in the movie, with Katniss gearing up for battle.

TRAILER: "Top Five"

This movie, written and directed by Chris Rock, made a huge splash in Toronto this year, ignited a bidding war over distribution, and is now being quickly slated for a release on December 5th, in time for awards consideration. It got some very enthusiastic reviews, although I don't know if you can tell what makes it so special from this trailer- it looks funny, but apparently it's more than that, with some serious points to make about a variety of topics, including Hollywood, relationships, etc. Some referred to it as Chris Rock's Annie Hall, if that gives you a better idea of what it might be. Looking forward to seeing it though- I hope it can live up to the hype.

FINAL TRAILER: "Foxcatcher"

Up until now, Foxcatcher's only been promoted with a series of short teasers, but we finally have a full length trailer for this movie, and it looks awfully good, at least to me. It's been considered a major Oscar contender since Cannes, but there are those who wonder if it might be too cold and calculating for the Academy's tastes. It's possible, but they have responded to Bennett Miller's last two movies, Capote and Moneyball, so we'll see. Either way, the actor's branch should like it, as it's already been said to have three transformative performances from Steve Carell, Channing Tatum and Mark Ruffalo. It comes out on November 14th.

Neil Patrick Harris to host the 2015 Oscars

The next Oscar host has been tapped and it's veteran awards emcee Neil Patrick Harris, who's made a run of it so far, having hosted the Tonys four times and the Emmys twice. The Oscars will air on Feb 22nd of next year, with the same producing team of Craig Zadan and Neil Meron behind the scenes, making this their third year in a row producing the show, to mixed results with hosts Seth MacFarlane and Ellen Degeneres. I don't know- I realize that fans of NPH as a host come strictly from his Tonys stints, which I've never seen, but I did see both times he hosted the Emmys, and I was not impressed with either. It worries me some that he's not a comedian, but hopefully he can pull off a song and dance man kind of routine, ala Hugh Jackman. That's probably the best precedent for him. What do you think?