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It is an astonishing thing, to know there was a time when women weren’t valued enough to be allowed governance of their own rights. It took us so long, and the struggle is never-ending, because to fight requires sacrifices that are near impossible to make. Fighting and protesting means being exiled, alienated, belittled, resented, hated. […]
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Rejoice! Awards season is upon us. Both the Telluride and Venice Film Festivals are under way and several prominent Oscar hopefuls are receiving world premieres. Black Mass starring Johnny Depp has screened and word is it’s his best performance to date. Trailers for Macbeth, The Danish Girl and Netflix’s Beasts ...

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The premiere of Davis Guggenheim’s He Named Me Malala had a few false starts as it rolled out for a crowd of about 300 who waited in the rain to see it for the first time. The film is a tribute to Malala Yousafzai’s work but also to the work ...

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Call them the twin peaks of American Film Festivals. The high altitude buzz that comes out of Sundance and Telluride can carry a movie aloft straight through to Oscar Night. While Sasha is on the scene as Telluride gets underway, Jordan Ruimy reflects on some of the highlights that debuted ...

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Netflix has released the trailer for Beasts Of No Nation, and so their Oscar campaign begins. Directed by Cary Fukunaga, Beasts of No Nation is based on the book by Uzodinma Iweala. It tells the tale of an African child soldier (Abraham Attah) who is taught to fight in the ...
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Kris Tapley over at Variety has posted the lineup for the Telluride Film Fest. So far it’s mostly in keeping with what most have been circulating. What I’m wondering is, where is our Best Picture for 2016? The list: Telluride’s main program slate for 2015: “Amazing Grace” (d. Sydney Pollack, U.S., ...

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Though All the Presidents Men and Zodiac are two of the greatest American films without a doubt, they really only have the newsroom in common. What they are about and how they tell their stories are vastly different. Zodiac, you could say, is All the President’s Men jacked up to ...

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Senior critic for one of the two trade papers, THR’s Todd McCarthy, has seen Cary Fukunaga’s eagerly anticipated Beasts of No Nation. McCarthy gives it a great review, writing: One of the most impressive things about Beasts is that it was able to be made at all, and with such verisimilitude. Shot mostly ...

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The film adaptation of Patricia Highsmith’s Carol made its debut at this year’s Cannes Film Festival. Both its stars, Cate Blanchett and Rooney Mara won rave reviews for their roles. Blanchett stars as a married woman who falls in love with a younger department store worker played by Mara. The ...

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And all through the internet the chatter reached a crescendo when the Danish Girl trailer dropped. Do you think he’ll win back-to-back Oscars? they ask. And indeed, had Eddie Redmayne not won last year for his remarkable turn as Stephen Hawking he would probably win this year (sight unseen) for ...

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Over at Entertainment Weekly, Anthony Breznican gets the exclusive that in addition to the new producers being added to the this year’s Oscars, there will be TWO hosts.  David Hill told Breznican, “There will be multiple hosts for sure – there will be two.” Breznican theorizes that the reason they’re saying ...
The 85th Academy Awards® will air live on Oscar® Sunday, February 24, 2013.

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David Hill and Reginald Hudlin have been announced as the 2016 Oscar Producers. The duo will produce the 88th Academy Awards set to take place on February 28, 2016.   Hill won an Emmy in 2011 for Outstanding Live Sports Special. Most recently he was a Sports Executive at Fox ...

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The new offical U.S trailer for Macbeth has arrived, teasing epic battles. Michael Fassbender plays the menacing Macbeth and Marion Cotillard plays his scheming Lady Macbeth. Filmed on the Scottish Highlands, the trailer gives us a look at the misty, dark, and bloody epic with more scenes of Macbeth on the ...

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The first trailer for The Danish Girl has arrived. Oscar Winner Eddie Redmayne plays Einar Wegener, a Danish born artist who was born a man and undergoes a series of sex reassignment surgeries in Germany, as she realizes she is a woman. Set in the 1930’s, Wegener changes her name ...

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Mad Max: Fury Road has been voted best film by the International Federation of Film Critics (FIPRESCI). Director George Miller will accept the Grand Prix at the San Sebastian Film Festival Sept 18-26. The four finalists included László Nemes’ Son Of Saul, Hou Hsiao-hsien’s The Assassin, Jafar Panahi’s Taxi and ...

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London, Tuesday 1 September 2015: – The programme for the 59th BFI London Film Festival in partnership with American Express® launched today, with Festival Director Clare Stewart presenting this year’s rich and diverse selection of films and events. BFI London Film Festival is Britain’s leading film event and one of ...

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During out latest podcastof Oscar Poker, Jeff Wells and I contemplated the idea that this could be a year where the Best Picture race might depart from last year’s lineup of small earners. Indeed, we could be looking at a year where many of the films vying for Oscar are ...
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Nicholas Hoult has been cast as JD Salinger and though I greatly admire Hoult’s work I’m not sure he’s the right guy to play Salinger. He’s too pretty for one thing.  Adam Driver seemed born to play Salinger, I always thought. Danny Strong is the writer/director behind the project. Press release as ...

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Will Smith stars in Concussion, a dramatic thriller based on the incredible true David vs. Goliath story of American immigrant Dr. Bennet Omalu, the brilliant forensic neuropathologist who made the first discovery of CTE, a football-related brain trauma, in a pro player and fought for the truth to be known. ...
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The Venice Film Festival is in a unique position to capture the first blush of a film that might ultimately do well during Oscar season.  This was true of Gravity and it was true of Birdman. The next stop after Venice is Telluride, which is its own kind of launch ...

The State of the Race


During out latest podcastof Oscar Poker, Jeff Wells and I contemplated the idea that this could be a year where the Best Picture race might depart from last year’s lineup ...
In this photo provided by the Producers Guild of America, Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu accepts the Darryl F. Zanuck Award for outstanding producer of theatrical motion pictures for “Birdman” on stage at the 26th Annual Producers Guild Awards at the Hyatt Regency Century Plaza on Saturday, Jan. 24, 2015, in Los Angeles. (Photo by John Shearer/Invision for Producers Guild of America/AP Images)




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In a year where the outlook appeared to be barren without Breaking Bad and True Detective in contention, House of Cards began as the default Emmy consensus front-runner earlier this ...





ADTV continues its Making the Case series with today’s entry for HBO’s Silicon Valley to win Outstanding Comedy Series. Clarence praises the shaggy-dog nature of the workplace sitcom and engaging ...
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Netflix has released the trailer for Beasts Of No Nation, and so their Oscar campaign begins. Directed by Cary Fukunaga, Beasts of No Nation is based on the book by ...



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This looks pretty great all the way around, I have to admit. Someone seems to have finally put Matt Damon’s sense of humor to good use. Can it possibly be ...



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