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The air in Los Angeles turned cold just as November arrived and with it the AFI Fest, the season’s last gasp before the film critics start tallying up the year’s successes. A Most Violent Year will get its world premiere, finally. The JC Chandor film, like the rest of the last remainders will get a […]
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Tension builds as Oscar Isaac and Jessica Chastain try to take on the violence in New York in 1981.
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A reader sent in the following email after a twitter exchange between Ryan and me: I’m always intrigued by your take on socially-aware filmgoing vs. needlessly tearing a film apart to create controversy. You tweeted earlier about how critics would react to The Silence of the Lambs today. As a ...
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My friend and “second daughter” is raising money for an independent film about domestic violence for The Trees. So far, she’s just gotten $410 against $10k. In case you want to help, here’s the link and here’s the vid.
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Of all of the things written about Interstellar over the past few days the one that has disturbed me the most is the notion that the women in the film are ruled by their emotions and therefore can’t be trusted. This was most recently brought up by the New York ...
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LOS ANGELES, CA – One hundred thirty-four features have been submitted for consideration in the Documentary Feature category for the 87th Academy Awards®. The submitted features, listed in alphabetical order, are: “Afternoon of a Faun: Tanaquil Le Clercq” “Ai Weiwei: The Fake Case” “Algorithms” “Alive Inside” “All You Need Is ...
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This is your mission should you choose to accept it. Spend an entire year talking about which films might go to the Oscar race. To go to the Oscar race the movie must be: 1. A feel-good theme 2. Take place in the past 3. Not have any negative reviews ...
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(Press Release) LOS ANGELES, CA, October 31, 2014 – AFI FEST 2014 presented by Audi, a program of the American Film Institute, announced today that it will offer a first look at director Ava DuVernay’s highly anticipated film SELMA on Tuesday, November 11. The presentation will feature 30 minutes of ...
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There has never been a more scarce lineup for Best Actress than there is right now in 2014. While there might be plenty of opportunities for women to stand behind, prop up and otherwise be there to make sure the “great man” succeeds, there are fewer and fewer opportunities for ...
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We’re giving away a signed poster by Miles Teller, J.K. Simmons & Damien Chazelle, along with the Whiplash soundtrack to celebrate the film being released in theaters. The giveaway is open only to US residents and no PO boxes. But if you don’t live here and you’d like to share ...
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At last night’s packed Academy premiere for The Theory of Everything it became clear that Eddie Redmayne has a good chance of unseating the two frontrunners in the Best Actor race, Michael Keaton for Birdman and Benedict Cumberbatch for The Imitation Game. The way the Best Actor race usually works ...
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BEST FEATURE AWARD Citizenfour Director: Laura Poitras RADiUS-TWC, Participant Media, and HBO Documentary Films Finding Vivian Maier Directors: John Maloof, Charlie Siskel Sundance Selects Point and Shoot Director: Marshall Curry The Orchard The Salt of the Earth Directors: Wim Wenders, Juliano Ribeiro Salgado Sony Pictures Classics Tales of the Grim ...

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(Press Release) LOS ANGELES, CA (October 29, 2014) – The Producers Guild of America (PGA) announced today that Gale Anne Hurd will receive the 2015 David O. Selznick Achievement Award in Motion Pictures. The award will be presented to Hurd at the 26th Annual Producers Guild Awards ceremony on Saturday, ...
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And the people bowed and prayed To the neon god they made And the sign flashed out its warning In the words that it was forming And the sign said “The words of the prophets Are written on subway walls And tenement halls And whispered in the sounds of silence” ...
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One of the things about Interstellar that has to be seen to be believed are the visual effects, and in this Wired video you can see all that went into it.
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It’s always difficult to write about a movie that requires a second viewing before it can be fully understood. Therefore, I think I will hold off reviewing Interstellar as such but will give you a few preliminary notes. First off, what helps it in the Oscar race for Best Picture ...
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France, 1940. In the first days of occupation, beautiful Lucile Angellier (Michelle Williams) is trapped in a stifled existence with her controlling mother-in-law (Kristin Scott Thomas) as they both await news of her husband: a prisoner of war. Parisian refugees start to pour into their small town, soon followed by ...
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Birdman did exceedingly well in limited release, with a $28,721 per theater average playing in just 50 locations. Whiplash needs a bit more word of mouth which it will get once the awards start rolling in. But with no major stars like Birdman has, it did respectable business with $5,778 ...
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David Fincher’s Gone Girl is about to make in 4 weeks what Benjamin Button made in 18. Argo totaled out at $136 million, and didn’t get where Gone Girl has gotten until about 18 weeks. Gone Girl will likely hit $150 million before it leaves theaters. It’s estimated at $124 ...

The State of the Race

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)

When this website first began its grand experiment of cracking the code of why some films make it into the Oscar race and why other films don’t, there were three major ...
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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 ...
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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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From Sasha’s review of Youth at Cannes in May: Paolo Sorrentino just hit it out of the park here at Cannes, delivering what has to be the most compelling screening ...
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The Year of the Man marches on with Bradley Cooper in Burnt. Oh look, there’s Emma Thompson propping him up – and look, there’s Siena Miller helping him out. I ...
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