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Every week on This Had Oscar Buzz, film and entertainment writers Joe Reid and Chris Feil are going to be talking about a different movie that once upon a time had big-time Academy Award aspirations, and for one reason or another, it all went wrong.

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Every week on This Had Oscar Buzz, film and entertainment writers Joe Reid and Chris Feil are going to be talking about a different movie that once upon a time had big-time Academy Award aspirations, and for one reason or another, it all went wrong.

    194 – Ransom (EW Fall Movie Preview)

    194 – Ransom (EW Fall Movie Preview)

    What’s the one about a Best Director frontrunner who gets snubbed for a nomination only to have the star of his then-filming movie assume his frontrunner status all the way to a win. No joke, this is what happened with 1996′s Ransom, with director Ron Howard’s shockeroo miss for Apollo 13resulting in favor being showered upon (boo! hiss!) Mel Gibson. The actor would then delay filming to work on Braveheart’s Oscar campaign, resulting in Ransom from being pushed from summer to Thanksgiving, setting some speculation that it could serve an Oscar rebound for Howard. Instead, the film was a box office success a bit too schlocky (not to mention quite violent) thriller for Oscar.





    This episode, we devour the Fall Movie Preview and its offering of THOB eligibles, but even more titles that underwhelmed with one or two nominations. We also discuss the film’s stellar ensemble, from the expect tone-setting from Delroy Linda, to the under appreciated Rene Russo, to the indie darling status of Lili Taylor.





    Topics also include Candace Bushnell wearing a weirdly phallic chair, website reviews, and The First Wives Club.

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    • 2 hr 39 min
    193 – The Da Vinci Code (EW Summer Movie Preview)

    193 – The Da Vinci Code (EW Summer Movie Preview)

    Our EW Movie Previews miniseries continues this week with a look at the summer season! After the ubiquity of the best-selling book, The Da Vinci Code was primed for a glossy movie adaptation even before it landed the Oscar pedigree pairing of Ron Howard and Tom Hanks. Considered prestigious enough to open the Cannes Film Festival, the film received middling reviews for its schlock factor and was ultimately added to the heap of another bad movie in a cursed summer movie season. Though the film stayed somewhat in awards consideration thanks to earning nominations from various crafts’ guilds, the film was quickly destined to a life on cable television.





    This episode, we look at the film’s handling of controversies from an upset Catholic Church and EW’s positioning of the summer’s biggest films, including eventual Best Picture nominee Little Miss Sunshine. We also discuss Hans Zimmer’s Oscar nomination history, Hanks’ much discussed longer hairstyle for the film, and Ian McKellen leading Mary Magdalene’s stan army.





    Topics also include Paul Bettany at Provincetown Catholic Week, scrunts and narfs, and forgotten studio animated films of the aughts.

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    • 2 hr 3 min
    192 – Panic Room (EW Spring Movie Preview) (with Adam B. Vary)

    192 – Panic Room (EW Spring Movie Preview) (with Adam B. Vary)

    We’re kicking off our May Miniseries on EW Movie Preview cover movies at the beginning of the calendar with the Spring Movie Preview spotlight on Panic Room. David Fincher’s post-Fight Club foray into elevating a straightforward thriller with his stylistic perfectionism, the film almost starred Nicole Kidman as a recently separated mother who hides with her daughter in the eponymous fortress when her new home is invaded by a trio of fledgling criminals. But when Kidman exited due to lingering injuries sustained during Moulin Rouge!, the extremely Oscar friendly Jodie Foster ditched Cannes jury president duties to work with Fincher. Though Foster’s name was still synonymous with Oscar after almost winning her third only a few years prior, this spring release was left in awards voters minds as a crowd pleasing thriller by year’s end.





    This episode, senior entertainment writer for Variety Adam B. Vary joins us to discuss how the EW movie previews were made, including a deep dive into how movies were chosen for prime coverage, letters to the editor, and its bonanza of fonts. We also discuss the films’ mismatched brilliance of its three criminals played by Forrest Whitaker, Jared Leto, and Dwight Yoakam, its breakthrough performance for Kristen Stewart, and covering Jodie Foster’s pregnancy during filming.





    Topics also include EW’s Critical Mass grid as the early Rotten Tomatoes, movies delayed because of 9/11, and Free Winona.

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    • 2 hr 27 min
    BONUS – EW Movie Previews, We Love Yous

    BONUS – EW Movie Previews, We Love Yous

    We have a special BONUS episode for you to kick off our May Miniseries looking back on Entertainment Weekly’s movie preview editions. We bid a fond farewell to the print edition of this formative, beloved publication as we set the stage for what’s to come in May: Spring Movie Preview – PANIC ROOM; Summer Movie Preview – THE DA VINCI CODE; Fall Movie Preview – RANSOM; Holiday Movie Preview – THE PELICAN BRIEF; and your Listeners’ Choice (a Summer Movie Preview) NOTTING HILL! In this bonus, we’ll discuss how we came to this May Miniseries option, how we’re playing looser with “buzz” to stick to this theme, and spare a moment for the other Listeners’ Choice options!

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    • 22 min
    191 – The Zookeeper’s Wife

    191 – The Zookeeper’s Wife

    This week, we are returning to the work of the recent Academy Award winner Jessica Chastain. In 2017, the actress headlined the adaptation of the popular non-fiction book The Zookeeper’s Wife, detailing Antonina Zabinska and her husband Jan’s efforts to help Polish Jews escape the Nazis by hiding them within the Warsaw Zoo. Directed by Niki Caro, who had previously guided two previous Best Actress nominees, the film held much early promise before being slated for an early year release after distributor Focus Features had its hands full with two Best Picture nominees the previous season. By the end of the year, Chastain herself would have a heavier hitting contender in Molly’s Game, leaving The Zookeeper’s Wife as a quickly forgotten prestige effort.

    This episode, we look back at Niki Caro’s rise as the director of independent dramas to massive studio tentpoles and Chastain’s omnipresent arrival in the early 2010s. We also get into how the previous season resulted in her as our newest Best Actress winner, Daniel Bruhl’s typecasting in Nazi roles, and Focus Features’ upcoming lineup.

    Topics also include Mike Tyson’s Punch Out, Netflix’s 2022 supertrailer, and our May Miniseries starting next week!!

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    • 1 hr 51 min
    190 – Love and Friendship

    190 – Love and Friendship

    We’ve talked before about the shaky Oscar history with Amazon Studios, and this episode we are talking about one of their unfortunate misses that happened in the year of their biggest success: 2016′s Love and Friendship. Adapted from the scabrous Jane Austen novella Lady Susan, the film had a much-ballyhooed premiere at the Sundance Film Festival and reunited Whit Stillman with his Last Days of Disco stars Kate Beckinsale and Chloe Sevigny. A perfect marriage between Austen and Stillman’s high society wits, the film sees Beckinsale in peak comedic form as the flirtatious and scheming Lady Susan opposite a cast of those caught in her web, including the uproarious breakout supporting player Tom Bennett.

    This week, we discuss our love for the film and explore the Whit Stillman vibe of socially observant comedy. We also discuss Beckinsale’s career as primarily an action star, the highly competitive Best Actress and Best Supporting Actor races that made little room for Beckinsale and Bennett, and Amazon’s summer of 2016 misfires.

    Topics also include the most recent AARP Movies for Grownups ceremony, Critics’ Choice ties, and which son maybe dies in “they’ll think we’re lezzos” cinema Adore.

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    • 1 hr 43 min

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This podcast is a unique concept and it’s FREE (zero ads) I appreciate that. Chris and Joe are film savants, the things they remember are very impressive.

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