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The Hollywood Reporter polled “hundreds” of Oscar voters to find out their screening habits. I’m not surprised that the film most saw in the theater was Boyhood – because the kick-ass publicity team behind the film made sure they did, ...
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NPR Talks to John Walker, editor of 12 Years a Slave: “And we see him hanging, and doing this surreal dance with the tiptoes of his feet in the mud,” Walker says. “And we aren’t plying you with music, and ...
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The Academy just released this photo of their having sent out to Meryl Streep recognition for her nomination. American Hustle burns up the box office with $115 million, 12 Years a Slave re-released and has now made $40 million. Wolf ...
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Nathaniel Rogers (Gurus of Gold pundit and otherwise brilliant human) has begun his Oscar Symposium. He kindly invited a few of us to chat along with him. Mostly we try to stay focused on the acting races. It does sort ...
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Matthew McConaughey wins Best Actor from the Rome Film Fest, while Scarlett Johansson takes the prize for Actress based on a voice performance. Anne Thompson attends the Governors Awards and makes a few key points about the “serious opportunities for ...
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Gravity’s tops the box office for the third consecutive week. What was that thing about women not being able to open movies? Seems to me we have a solid with Sandra Bullock.  12 Years a Slave also did very well ...
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In his excellent Grantland piece, Wesley Morris draws an eerie parallel between Trayvon Martin and Oscar Grant, but more to the point, Ryan Coogler’s film. It calls to mind what is, I think, the difference between an objective film review ...

 New Poster for the new biopic about Steve Jobs, starring Twitter pioneer Ashton Kutcher.  The tagline, “It only takes one person to start a revolution.” The New York Times lampoons the current state of Hollywood, or “Hollywood” as it chases ...

The goodie bag for the Oscar contenders this year is impressive. Hell, it’s worth getting an Oscar nomination just to get one: This year’s goody bags include a $12,000 trip to Australia, condoms, a $600 acupuncture appointment and a package ...

Oscar Podcast episode 20 with Craig Kennedy and Ryan Adams — we talk about our Oscar predictions, such as they are. Vulture offers up Four Oscar tactics that work: Oscar Tactic No. 3: Act humble — even if you’re not. ...

–>Nate Silver takes a crack at Oscar predictions by offering up the general consensus. He admits that in many categories there is just no way of knowing for sure. The only thing he doesn’t factor in in his stats is ...

Many films delved into history this year but only film actually changed it.  After seeing Lincoln, Mississippi finally got around to ratifying the 13th amendment. “I think there’s a 110 percent chance Daniel Day-Lewis will win. I think ‘Argo’ will definitely ...

Globes ratings best in six years [EW] **** [HE] Torture is too important an issue to allow a film such as “Zero Dark Thirty” to be the final arbiter. The facts need to play that role. I call on the ...

“On the first movie I met this girl [via Make-a-Wish], and I can’t tell this story without crying. […] She had scars all over her body—burns—and she was telling me she was always so ashamed of the way she looked ...

Three senators protest the “misleading” content in Zero Dark Thirty Zero Dark Thirty boasts impressive opening day numbers, according to boxoffice.com. It has a must-see-it, no doubt, “$124,848 from only 5 locations on its first day of release. A final ...

Tom O’Neil over at Gold Derby has compiled a list of screeners that have been going out to Academy members. Getting them there early is essential for films that don’t have purty young girls naked in them or big stars ...

If you follow the trend for #kingsspeech on Twitter you will come face to face with the raw love there is out there for this film. It might be a moment in time that won’t last (probably), it might not. ...

Gabby Sidibe is one of the NY Times’ Nifty 50 “We’re more disconnected than we’ve ever been,” Reitman says. “We communicate on the phone, we have webchats, but we don’t look into each other’s eyes any more. We feel at ...

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