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Wonderful. Swiped from Hollywood-Elsewhere.com:
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Jeff Wells brings up the idea, initially sparked by Anita Busch, that Shailene Woodley film, The Fault in Our Stars could potentially take the box office this weekend. What’s interesting about this and worth noting is that it will be the second weekend that a film headlined by a woman ...
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Very exciting Variety exclusive, this: With the recent release of “Maleficent,” which grossed more than $170 million worldwide in its opening weekend, Disney is working fast on its next live-action fairy-tale adaptation. Bill Condon is set to direct a live-action version of “Beauty and the Beast” for Disney. Casting thoughts ...

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Despite Russian reassurances that Moscow’s troop buildup along Ukraine’s eastern frontier is for a military exercise, its growing scale is making U.S. officials nervous about its ultimate aim. President Barack Obama on Friday urged Russia to stop “intimidating” Ukraine and to pull its troops back to “de-escalate the situation.” He ...
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This question shadows the Oscar race from the beginning of the year onward. It stood upright when No Country for Old Men was in the race and it loomed large when The Departed was in the race. “Too dark” translates this way: The Academy is made up of senior citizens, ...
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Warner Bros. has pushed the release date of the Wachowski’s Jupiter Ascending from July 18th of this year all the way to February 6th, 2015. Word is that the film needs more effects work. Within minutes the internet was throwing up its collective hands and chanting, “Game over, man! Game ...
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It’s exciting that Lupita Nyong’o has been cast in Star Wars as initially promised. When casting news first came out and her name wasn’t it there was the fear that one giant door had bee closed. Why does it matter so much? Well, because usually any Oscar winner who is ...
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It’s great to see someone give a damn. Make sure to watch all the way through to the end.
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Nat has posted his first of the year Oscar charts to get the party started right. Many of the films listed here for Best Pic have not yet been seen but still some Oscar predictors like to get their stuff out early to see whether or not they can play ...
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Warning: This post is not Oscar-related. Please feel free not to read it. I can’t believe I have to do this. Overall, any press that revolves around something someone said is one of the signs of our society’s demise — Gwyneth said this, Beiber said that – WHO GIVES A ...
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Make no mistake, Maleficent is a revisionist, feminist retelling of a familiar princess story, one of THE princess stories. When I was a little girl, my favorite Disney movie was Sleeping Beauty. When I look back on this now, the only possible reason I can think of for loving it ...

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The 59th Annual Drama Desk Awards are underway (8:00PM – 10:30PM ET) at The Town Hall in Manhattan. Here are the livestream. The nominees are below. We’ll update periodically as winners are announced. Best Play Nell Benjamin, The Explorers Club Steven Levenson, Core Values Conor McPherson, The Night Alive Richard ...
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As we head into another Oscar season you’ll see an array of representations of male characters of all ages and walks of life. Old, young, fat, thin, handsome, unattractive – you name it, they never run out of stories to be told about them. Women, such is not the case. ...
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This time we talk about the films we saw in the last half of Cannes, like Xavier Dolan’s Mommy, etc. We also talk the Normal Heart and Mad Men. Have a listen!
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BEST ACTION THE HUNGER GAMES: CATCHING FIRE “World Event” Lionsgate/Trailer Park BEST ANIMATION/FAMILY FROZEN “Forces First Ped” Disney/Trailer Park BEST COMEDY BAD WORDS “Red Band Trailer” Focus Features/Mark Woolen & Associates BEST DOCUMENTARY BLACKFISH Magnolia/Zealot BEST DRAMA LEE DANIEL’S THE BUTLER The Weinstein Company/AV Squad BEST FANTASY ADVENTURE MALEFICENT “Dream” ...
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Full disclosure: I have not yet seen Maleficent. But I plan to. And not a single negative review of the film is going to change my mind. Why? Because these reviews seem to miss the overall point. I only need to know two things. 1) is Jolie great as Maleficent? ...
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by Jordan Ruimy There is something entirely captivating in watching a film as little and unknown as “Blue Ruin”. Debut director Jeremy Saulnier has crafted something very unique, a film that amasses in impact the more it goes along. It’s not an easy film to review given the style and ...
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And so the story goes, but really this is a great publicity stunt to get the word out about Sin City 2, note the date. Nothing is going to get the target demo flooding to the theater faster than this single shot of Eva Green. It goes without saying that ...

The State of the Race

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During out latest podcastof Oscar Poker, Jeff Wells and I contemplated the idea that this could be a year where the Best Picture race might depart from last year’s lineup ...
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)

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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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Trailers

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Netflix has released the trailer for Beasts Of No Nation, and so their Oscar campaign begins. Directed by Cary Fukunaga, Beasts of No Nation is based on the book by ...
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This looks pretty great all the way around, I have to admit. Someone seems to have finally put Matt Damon’s sense of humor to good use. Can it possibly be ...
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