Now that we have the Oscars out of the way, it’s time to look ahead 360 days or so to next year’s awards. As The Hollywood Reporter says, it’s never too early to predict the best picture nominees, including:
▪ “The Revenant” (Dec. 25 limited; Jan. 8 in KC): After “Birdman,” Alejandro G. Inarritu is back with a Western starring a bearded Leonardo DiCaprio as a fur trapper out for vengeance against the men who betrayed him.
▪ “The Hateful Eight” (fall): Another Western, this one from Quentin Tarantino, with Channing Tatum and Samuel L. Jackson trapped in a blizzard in post-Civil War Wyoming.
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▪ “Steve Jobs” (Oct. 9): Michael Fassbender is the founder of Apple. Danny Boyle directs.
▪ “Trumbo” (TBD): Bryan Cranston stars as blacklisted screenwriter Dalton Trumbo (“Spartacus”).
▪ “St. James Place” (Oct. 16): Steven Spielberg directs Tom Hanks in this Cold War thriller about a lawyer hired by the CIA to rescue a pilot held in the Soviet Union.
▪ “Suffragette” (fall): Meryl Streep, Helena Bonham Carter and Carey Mulligan shed light on the early days of feminism.
▪ “Joy” (Dec. 25): David O. Russell’s third film with Jennifer Lawrence is the quirky story of single mom Joy Mangano, inventor of the Miracle Mop.
After ‘Parks and Rec’
Leslie Knope and friends from “Parks and Recreation” said farewell on NBC Tuesday. But many of those cast members will be busy on the big screen, says The Wrap:
▪ Amy Poehler: In Pixar’s “Inside Out” (June 19), she’s the voice of Joy (not related to Jennifer Lawrence’s movie), one of the emotions vying for control in a tweenager’s brain. In December’s “Sisters,” she and Tina Fey play siblings who throw a house party before their parents’ house is sold.
▪ Aubrey Plaza: In the comedy “Dirty Grandpa” (2016), she’s Robert De Niro’s love interest. And she’s filming Emilio Estevez’s ensemble drama “The Public,” about a public library.
▪ Chris Pratt: After last year’s “Lego Movie” and “Guardians of the Galaxy,” he’s on a roll: the dino adventure “Jurassic World” June 12; Antoine Fuqua’s “Magnificent Seven” remake with Denzel Washington; “Cowboy Ninja Viking” (Yes!!), and 2017’s “Guardians of the Galaxy 2.”
▪ Nick Offerman: The Oscar buzzy “Me & Earl & the Dying Girl” and the Robert Redford hiking comedy “A Walk in the Woods” played at last month’s Sundance Festival. And he co-stars in Terrence Malick’s screenwriter tale, “Knight of Cups” (December).
| Sharon Hoffmann,