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Vanity Fair Evolves

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Holy cow, I almost choked on my coffee as I looked at these covers.  You never see non-whites on the cover of Vanity Fair, never ever.  In the second term with our first African American president, a film that looks like it might become — MIGHT BECOME — the first ever film written by, directed by and starring black filmmakers and artists to win Best Picture now Vanity Fair has…

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Life of Pi, opening shots to open the mind

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    Music moves me – duh – and that is like having a window opening on a heightened reality, but the effect is fleeting: When the music ends, the magic, the uplifting, vanishes and the window slams shut. Words, on the other hand, by the nature of how they work, emotions evoked by dint of carefully laid out thoughts, have a more lingering effect. — Yann Martel Enter the…

Amour sweeps Césars winning 5 top awards

Amour sweeps Césars winning 5 top awards

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Best Picture Amour Director Michael Haneke, Amour Actress Emmanuelle Riva, Amour Actor Jean-Louis Trintignant, Amour Original Screenplay Michael Haneke, Amour

PGA sets 2014 awards date

PGA sets 2014 awards date

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Like many of us, the Producers Guild seems anxious to put the current dance marathon behind us and look ahead to the sharp elbows and foot stomps of next year’s tango fiasco. LOS ANGELES (February 21, 2013) – The Producers Guild of America (PGA) announced today that the Producers Guild Awards, honoring excellence in motion picture, television and new media productions, will celebrate its 25th anniversary on Sunday, January 19,…

CBS Films acquires the Coen Brothers’ Inside Llewyn Davis

CBS Films acquires the Coen Brothers’ Inside Llewyn Davis

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(Press release): LOS ANGELES – February 19, 2013 – CBS Films announced today it has acquired US rights to INSIDE LLEWYN DAVIS. Written and directed by Academy Award©-winners Joel and Ethan Coen and produced by Scott Rudin and Joel and Ethan Coen, the film stars Oscar Isaac, Carey Mulligan, John Goodman, Garrett Hedlund, F. Murray Abraham and Justin Timberlake.

Jesse Williams rips Django Unchained to smithereens

Jesse Williams rips Django Unchained to smithereens

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I can’t recall the last time I ever read a more devastating shredding of a film than this dismantling written by Jesse Williams (mild-mannered actor, model, producer, star of Grey’s Anatomy by day; heroic blogger, teacher, Temple University grad, though-provoker, and movie-bullshit fighter by night). Today a tweet from Ava DuVernay led me to Williams 1500 word critique of Tarantino’s lazy insults on CNN. In the film’s opening sequence, shackled…

Interview: Jeff White’s Visual Effects for The Avengers

Interview: Jeff White’s Visual Effects for The Avengers

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Jeff White joined the legendary LucasFilm visual effects company Industrial Light and Magic roughly ten years ago, and has since worked on some of the biggest blockbusters of the past decade. His work spans all three Transformers movies, Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest, and Star Wars: Episode III “Revenge of the Sith.” During the course of those films and many others, White has worked his way up from…

Sally Field channeled grief over mother’s death into Lincoln

Sally Field channeled grief over mother’s death into Lincoln

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Sally Field was featured on ABC Evening News tonight in a story that originally aired on Valentine’s Day. Sally Field has been a beloved part of American pop culture for nearly a half-century. At 66, she has as many Best Actress Academy Awards as Meryl Streep. Pretty good for someone who began on the ABC sitcoms “Gidget” and “The Flying Nun.” “When I started in the business, I started in…

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Kathleen Kennedy: Desert Island Producer

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Since the Oscar race that started with Argo in Telluride is now finishing with Argo in Hollywood I have really no choice but to quote Bob Dylan — “You just kinda wasted my precious time but don’t think twice, it’s all right.” All of the in-between that happened there? That was the stuff that dreams are made of. One of the things that happened this year and will likely be…

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Ben Affleck and the Charm Offensive

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All the films up for Best Picture are formidable challengers in their own right. But only one of these has a secret weapon: a charming, handsome actor-director most people have known for years. The public knows his suave celebrity disposition, the industry knows his reputation as one of the nicest guys in town. Good luck going up against that. Likeable movie, likable star with an added narrative of having been…