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Best Director: The Visual Effects Masterpiece

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Last year’s Gravity, and Life of Pi the year before, have flipped-flopped the traditional way Best Picture and Best Director have split. When I stood with Steve Pond in the tent at the Spirit Awards the day before the Oscars and I was trying to convince him why I had changed my mind about Gravity winning Best Director and 12 Years a Slave winning Best Picture he was continuing the…


Picture of the Day: Ava DuVernay on the Set of Selma

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Selma has an upcoming release date of Christmas Day.  Ava DuVernay is updating her Facebook page with news.

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Richard Linklater’s Boyhood Enters Best Picture Race

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Although its reception at Sundance was kind of mezzo mezzo, there is no doubt that Richard Linklater’s Boyhood has the stuff to become one of the nine by year’s end. There are several factors that will contribute to this but the top of the list would be Linklater’s dedication to the project.  Indiewire’s Erik Kohn calls it an “unprecedented achievement in fictional storytelling.”  Starting in 2002, Boyhood tracks a child…


Universal to Distrib Coens Hail Caesar

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Variety reports that the new Coen brothers film will star George Clooney and Josh Brolin. It will be about a movie fixer in the 1950s (probably Clooney). I’m imaging Brolin as the big time movie star. Am also betting that the Coens satirize the movie business of today by diving into the movie business of the past. Either way, how great that there will be a next Coen brothers movie.


Angelina Jolie Talks Filmmaking and Future Project with Brad Pitt

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video platformvideo managementvideo solutionsvideo player Angelina wrote the script she and Brad will be starring in together.


Foxcatcher – Bennett Miller’s Third Great Film about the American Dream

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“That’s why they call it the American Dream, because you have to be asleep to believe it.” ― George Carlin When John Steinbeck wryly observed that most Americans disdained socialism as if they were “temporarily embarrassed millionaires” whose ship had yet to come in, he had no idea just how many millions of hard working self-made millionaires the country would someday spawn — how many would actually attain that American…


The Homesman – Haunted by How the West was Won

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The Homesman works as both an entertaining western as well as a subtle commentary on a dark moment in our American history, specifically how the West was won, when settlers stole the land outright from Native Americans and justified their cruelty with Christianity. We took what we wanted with little regard for what was there before. The immoral behavior of a supposedly moral people is a shameful part of our…


The State of the Race: What We Can Learn from Cannes So Far

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It’s best not to think about the Oscar race when in Cannes. Why would you? The two competitions are worlds away from one another and vive la difference. Yesterday’s press luncheon for the Weinstein Co. brought the topic of Oscars to the forefront, however, and it’s never too early to take a look at the way things might be changing at this stage of the game, for better or worse….

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Wasted Opportunity for talented Filmmaker Keren Yedaya

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Being that the subject was the lack of women directors at Cannes, it was especially disheartening to sit through Loin de Mon Pere (That Lovely Girl) as part of the Un Certain Regard. I was hoping I could watch it and declare it to be way better than any of the main competition films and why didn’t they choose this one instead. But the film collapsed under its own one-dimensional…

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Two New Clips from Mike Leigh’s Mr. Turner

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Screening in Cannes a few hours from now: