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Robert Redford Makes TIME’s 100 Most Influential Cover

Robert Redford Makes TIME’s 100 Most Influential Cover

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Along with Ms. Beyonce. Click over to  JustJared to see the rest.

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The Truth about Awards Season Emerges at the Close of the Santa Barbara Film Fest

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“You do the work. That’s all that matters. The rest is someone else’s business,” — Robert Redford accepting his Riviera award at the Santa Barbara Film Fest. It’s easy to forget that there is value beyond the awards race. I know, silly coming from one of the people who built the monster, but it is easy to forget – we are driven by the notion of winning. Not winning and…

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Robert Redford to Receive Prestigious Riviera Award

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Robert Redford will be feted at the Santa Barbara Film Fest on February 7 with the American Riviera Award.   Redford delivered one of the best performances of the year in All is Lost, JC Chandor’s meditation on human existence.   Somehow, the SAG voters overlooked Redford’s performance, leading many to speculate that he can’t win the Oscar, or might not even be nominated. Any real actor who has studied…

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The Crowded Best Actor Race Outsizes Category

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2013 is one of those years when the Oscar category for Best Actor could double from five to ten without breaking a sweat. This isn’t strictly true for any of the other categories, although Foreign Language, Documentary Feature and Animated feature could fill ten slots with ease.   Since around 1945, the Academy reduced the Best Picture category to five.  The following year, the other categories that had more than…

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Review Rewind: JC Chandor’s All Is Lost

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JC Chandor’s Oscar-nominated screenplay, Margin Call, took him ten years to write. It is a deliberate, careful study of what it takes for a man to survive on Wall Street. He’s applied the same deceptively simple writing and directing to his new film, All Is Lost, starring just one person: Robert Redford. The film begins with a few plain-spoken words from Redford. From that point on, the film relies only…

High Praise for Robert Redford in All is Lost

High Praise for Robert Redford in All is Lost

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New York Magazine’s David Edelstein writes: In his late seventies, Robert Redford has never held the camera as magnificently as he does in the survival-at-sea thriller All Is Lost, and it’s not just because he’s the only person in the movie. It’s because solitude is his natural state. He plays an unnamed man forced to solve a series of increasingly urgent problems when a discarded shipping container in the middle of the…

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Redford talks to New York Times’ Maureen Dowd

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Maureen Dowd has taken some time off from beating down what’s left of the Obama administration to give some ink to the great Robert Redford. Would that Dowd would write this kind of stuff more often, at least until Obama leaves office. Redford gives her three intimate hours of honest talk – one thing about Redford (I can say this having met the guy, then fainting) is that he’s dead…

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Best Actor Race – Most Competitive in Years

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In competitive years for Best Actor surprising results have often emerged. When Jack Nicholson for About Schmidt was up against Daniel Day Lewis for Gangs of New York, Michael Caine for the Quiet American and Nicolas Cage for Adaptation, Adrien Brody won for The Pianist. In 2011, when George Clooney for The Descendants was up against Brad Pitt for Moneyball, Demian Bichir for A Better Life, and Gary Oldman for…

Robert Redford in J.C. Chandor’s All Is Lost

Robert Redford in J.C. Chandor’s All Is Lost

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New Trailer for Survival Drama, All is Lost

New Trailer for Survival Drama, All is Lost

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JC Chandor and Robert Redford’s collaboration for this film is something to behold. While it seems like Hollywood is falling apart, and that TV is the new movie, there are still pockets of hopeful inspiration here and there.  All is Lost is exactly the kind of film that is made specifically for the theatrical experience. While there aren’t many visual effects and it didn’t cost $200 mil, it is nonetheless…