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Spielberg’s ‘Bridge of Spies’ is surefire Oscar bait

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Three-time Oscar winner Steven Spielberg will almost certainly collect a pair of additional Best Picture and Best Director nominations for the thoroughly engrossing, old-school Cold War thriller “Bridge of Spies,’’ which premiered to a standing ovation Sunday night at the New York Film Festival and is based on a true story.

In Spielberg’s best film since “Saving Private Ryan,’’ his frequent collaborator Tom Hanks emerges as a strong Best Actor candidate for his flawless performance as James Donovan, a Brooklyn lawyer who bravely risked his life to covertly negotiate the release of Francis Gary Powers, an American spy captured after his plane pilot was shot down over the Soviet Union in 1960.

Several years before that, Donovan was demonized in the press for his aggressive legal defense of an American-captured Soviet spy whose many names included Rudolf Abel — brilliantly played by British theater legend Mark Rylance, who may lead the field for Best Supporting Actor.

Donovan loses the case but gets Abel spared from execution by arguing that imprisoning him instead may provide “insurance” for future American spies — and indeed, the Department of State and the Central Intelligence Agency come calling on Donovan to work out a swap after Powers is captured with key secrets.

The film does a fantastic job of capturing 1950s New York in its first half, and surpasses that when Donovan travels (with no official authorization or protection whatsoever) to East Berlin, where he witnesses would-be refugees being gunned down on the newly erected wall dividing the German capital.

Also worthy of serious awards consideration is the script by British dramatist Matt Charman and filmmakers Joel and Ethan Coen. It subtly balances arguments that we need to provide civil liberties to even our enemies with Hanks’ dry humor — as his character navigates Cold War hysteria at home as well as the political agendas of the Soviet and East German governments, which become tangled when the East Germans arrest an American student on spy charges.

Spielberg again shows why he’s one of the best directors, working with a mostly silent opening sequence depicting Abel’s capture, and ratcheting up the suspense when Donovan is plunged into what seems like a nearly impossible mission armed with only his wits. “Bridge of Spies” is surefire Oscar bait — and will probably reach an even larger audience than Spielberg’s most recent film, “Lincoln,” when it hits North American theaters on Oct. 16.

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The butt on Kanye West these days though.

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this is funny………..

The butt on Kanye West these days though...(photo)

The butt on Kanye West these days though...(photo)

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Relationship goals or not? Lovestruck woman and her boyfriend engage in a very rough play with a gun

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There’s nothing you wouldn’t find on social media these days! A video shared via Instgaram recently shows a black young man being urged by his lovestruck girlfriend to shoot her head with his gun. Not knowing whether it was loaded or not, she blindly urged the violent act on – insisting that she loves and trusts him. Watch below…

 

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Kevin Hart’s sex tape partner finds it ‘distasteful’ that the married comedian is cashing in on the cheating scandal

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Montia Sabbag, the 26-year-old woman at the center of the Kevin Hart sex tape scandal, is reportedly upset that the married comedian is cashing in on the drama.

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Weeks after Kevin apologised to his pregnant wife, Eniko, for cheating on her, he officially announced that he was going on an ‘Irresponsible’ comedy tour in the US – which was clearly put in place to exploit the scandal resulting from his sex tape.

Montia’s attorney, Lisa Bloom however insists that they find Kevin using the scandal “very distasteful” because Montia is enduring social media hacks, death threats and slut-shaming. “This stuff takes a toll mentally and physically, and now with this tour it’s like this whole thing was a joke,” she said.

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