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PenisGate Continues with 12 Angry Men Parody

I love that Amy Schumer is embarrassing the power elite in Hollywood who think they doing the public’s bidding in only hiring that which will raise the mighty peen. She is addressing it with the amount of absurdity it deserves. Get More: Comedy Central,Funny Videos,Funny TV Shows More of this ...

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Los Angeles Film Festival Announces Full 2015 Line-Up

(Press Release) 30 Films chosen for U.S. Fiction, Documentary and World Fiction Competitions. 18 World Premieres. Full competition lineup showcases 54 feature films and 39 World Premieres. Today the Los Angeles Film Festival, produced by Film Independent with Presenting Media Sponsor the Los Angeles Times and Host Partner L.A. LIVE, ...

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Robin Write revisits Cannes: Palme d’Or, Pt 3

Robin Write at writeoutofla.com shares his favorite Palme d’Or winners at Cannes. Final installment of a three-part post. The correlation between the winner of the Palme d’Or and the Best Picture Oscar (or more indirectly the Cannes Film Festival and the Academy Awards) is often talked about, but never really ...

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Star Wars Gets Sneak in Vanity Fair, Hints at Female Lead

This Vanity Fair cover is encouraging because it looks like they’re deliberately putting Daisy Ridley front and center, as in, she’s THE STAR. Some say she’s the new Luke, therefore the actual lead and driving force and some say she’s one of three leads. Adam Driver is one, Oscar Isaac ...

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Giveaway : Avengers : Age of Ultron

To celebrate the release of the new blockbuster, Avengers: Age of Ultron, Dolby Atmos are giving away a pair of Avenger branded headphones  produced by Kid Designs/iHome and a pair of movie theatre tickets. Avengers: Age of Ultron is the latest installment of the Avengers franchise and brings fans one step ...

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SNL Mocks Gridlock of Chick Flicks + Superhero Boy Culture

It isn’t all on the studios, of course. It’s on the bloggers, the critics and the audiences – if we’re laying blame. Scarlett Johansson is so much more talented than every single actor she’s playing “the girl” for in the Avenger films it’s just embarrassing by this point. SNL mocked ...

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Ex Machina: Seen and Not Seen

“As long as she thinks of a man, nobody objects to a woman thinking.” ― Virginia Woolf, Orlando There are two roads into Alex Garland’s magnificent new film, Ex Machina. One is to take it on its face as a simple story of an AI evolving past its creator’s limitations ...

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Robert Downey, Jr. Doth Protest Too Much about His SuperHero Career

We get it, the dude is happy to be getting the amenities that go along with doing a movie that is like an all-inclusive resort. You’re treated like a god, you have a nice trailer, the public loves you and you’re a huge box office draw. The best thing is ...

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Robin Write revisits Cannes: Palme d’Or, Pt 2

Robin Write at writeoutofla.com shares his favorite Palme d’Or winners at Cannes. Second installment of a three-part post. Did you know that the big prize, the Palme d’Or was called the Grand Prix du Festival International du Film between 1939 and 1954, and then again from 1964 to 1974? You ...

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EmmyWatch: Is Viola Davis Unstoppable?

Over at ADTV, Clarence Moye ponders the question. When ABC’s How to Get Away with Murder premiered last September, audiences immediately gravitated toward the formidable Shonda Rhimes’s newest production thanks, in part, to lead actress Viola Davis’s dominating performance as Annalise Keating. It’s not just that the performance was great (it was ...

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Oscar Podcast Episode 81

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We finally pulled it together for an updated podcast, mostly talking about Cannes and the impact of Mad Max: Fury Road on the Oscar race. You can subscribe to the podcast via iTunes by clicking here. Have a listen! http://www.awardsdaily.com/podcasts/oscarpodcast/episode81.mp3 Podcast: Play in new window | Download

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Giveaway: American Sniper

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To celebrate the release of Oscar nominated American Sniper on blu-ray, Awards Daily are giving away three copies of the film. A unique film with no orchestral score, American Sniper uses intense surround sound to build tension and evoke the character’s fragile emotional state. Sound is a crucial element that supports distinguishing Kyle’s (Bradley Cooper) reality at home from his war world. You can hear the subtle complex surround elements in his home world, while the warzone carries lifelike nature sound elements mixed with powerfully echoing gunshots that are amplified with Dolby Atmos. Read an interview with the sound team ...

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What will the Academy’s Doc Branch do About the new NY Times Critics Policy?

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The New York Times has announced a new policy where it will no longer — can no longer — guarantee to review every movie that comes out. Smart, considering the kind of movies that are being released now that really need no critic to review them.  It does have an impact on the Academy’s doc branch, however, because their rule requires a film to be reviewed either by the New York Times or the LA Times to qualify. It’s all on the Los Angeles Times, says a spokesperson in the Academy about the documentary branch’s rule that films must be ...

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Why is Nobody Talking About What Serial Left Out?

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Sarah Koenig today updated fans of the wildly popular, game-changing podcast series Serial with an update on the new shows, yet another award they won and the recent news about the case against Adnan Syed. Syed was the subject of the podcast and is currently serving a life sentence, 15 years in, for the murder of his ex-girlfriend, 17 year-old Hae Min Lee. While there have been plenty of websites salivating over the recent update on Syed’s case, including Huffington Post, The Frisky, and a few others, there is still a glaring flaw in the story that began with Serial ...

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AFFRM Hosts 12-Hour Twitter Takeover with over 40 Black Filmmakers

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Check it out — taking action via social media, Ava DuVernay’s AFFRM will host a 12-hour long Twitter takeover “with over 40 black feature filmmakers to raise awareness for AFFRM’s mission called Array Releasing. AFFRM + ARRAY’s amplifies varied voice and visions in film and is currently in the middle of a member drive at www.arrayaction.com.” Filmmakers from far and wide are standing with AFFRM + ARRAY from hot festival favorites like Ryan Coogler (Fruitvale Station) and Rick Famiyuwa (Dope) to studio stalwarts like Tyler Perry (For Colored Girls), Gina Prince-Bythewood (Beyond The Lights) and Malcolm Lee (The Best Man) ...

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An Appreciation of Michael Mann’s Heat, 20 Years On

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by guest author Nick Clement Find Nick here Michael Mann’s Heat represents the finest distillation of the filmmaker’s stylistic and narrative obsessions, the ultimate synthesis of plot, character, and action, all fused together in a nouveau package that still feels fresh and contemporary 20 years after its initial release. Mann, a writer/director who has often reached greatness throughout his career, appears to be most comfortable when telling stories about crime and its effects on the various people that surround his multilayered stories. A reworking of his earlier NBC movie of the week, L.A. Takedown, Heat still holds up now even ...

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The State of the Race: On the Hunt for Important Men Doing Important Things

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The Oscar race could be flipped this year to feature films about important women doing important things, which would be highly significant in that it could mirror what’s happening, or might soon happen, in the Oval Office. Pixar’s Inside Out is here to represent on the animation side. Charlize Theron and her gang of feminist fugitives could dominate the effects genre films for the year, eclipsing Age of Ultron quite handily. Perhaps The Force Awakens will indeed feature a female at its center (not counting on it just yet). Finally, we have two films headed for the Best Picture race, ...

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Jacques Audiard’s Dheepan wins Palme d’Or at Cannes; Rooney Mara, Emmanuelle Bercot share Best Actress prize

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Palme d’or: Dheepan, dir. Jacques Audiard Grand Prix (second prize): Son of Saul, dir. Laszlo Nemes. Best Director: Hou Hsiao-Hsien, The Assassin Jury Prize – The Lobster, dir. Yorgos Lanthimos Best Actress: Rooney Mara, Carol & Emmanuelle Bercot, Mon Roi Best Actor: Vincent Lindon, Measure of a Man Camera d’Or – Land and Shade, writer/director Cesar Acevedo

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Festival de Cannes 2015, open thread

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[Update: the live stream of the broadcast has of course ended, but the discussion continues after the cut.] From May,13th to May,24th 2015, join us for live coverage of the Festival de Cannes Competition 24/24 (Red Carpet, Press Conferences, Photocall) TODAY’S AGENDA Sunday, 24th May 18h00 Red carpet Ice and the sky – Luc Jacquet 20h00 Awards evening 20h15 Press conference Jury 20h30 Photocall Award Winners 20h45 Press conference Award Winners 21h15 Interview Pierre Lescure and Thierry Frémaux

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Todd Haynes’ Carol awarded the Queer Palm

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Todd Haynes’ Carol has been named the winner of the 2015 Queer Palm prize at Cannes. The Queer Palm was instituted in 2010 by journalist Franck Finance-Madureira to honor films for their portrayal of LGBT themes, and is selected from among all the films nominated or screened at Cannes each year. Queer Palm Winners 2010: Kaboom – dir. Gregg Araki 2011: Beauty – dir. Oliver Hermanus 2012: Laurence Anyways – dir. Xavier Dolan 2013: Stranger by the Lake – dir. Alain Guiraudie 2014: Pride – dir. Matthew Warchus 2015: Carol – dir. Todd Haynes

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Cannes 2015: Un Certain Regard

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PRIZE OF UN CERTAIN REGARD HRÚTAR (Béliers / Rams) by Grímur Hákonarson JURY PRIZE ZVIZDAN (Soleil de plomb / The High Sun) by Dalibor Matanić BEST DIRECTOR PRIZE Kiyoshi Kurosawa for KISHIBE NO TABI (Vers l’autre rive / Journey to the Shore) UN CERTAIN TALENT PRIZE COMOARA (Le Trésor / Treasure) by Corneliu Porumboiu PROMISING FUTURE PRIZE MASAAN by Neeraj Ghaywan Ex aequo NAHID by Ida Panahandeh

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Cannes Directors’ Fortnight winners

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SACD Prize My Golden Days (Arnaud Desplechin) Europa Cinemas Label Mustang (Deniz Gamze Erguven) Art Cinema Award Embrace of the Serpent (Ciro Guerra) Illy Prize Rate Me! (Fyzal Boulifa) Special Mention The Exquisit Corpus (Peter Tscherkassky) Oceans Prize Pape (Nicolas Polixene) (via Paddy Mulholland at screenonscreen)

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Son of Saul, Masaan win Fipresci Ahead of Palme

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The International Federation of Film Critics (FIPRESCI) gave out their top awards to Son of Saul, probably the most buzzed film of the festival, and to Masaan. It is not unheard of for a film to win both this prize and the Palme d’or. Blue is the Warmest Color swept Cannes, winning both, only to then deflate somewhat once it played elsewhere. That was a good example of how things that happen in Cannes can sometimes stay in Cannes. On the other hand, Son of Saul is not loaded with the same kind of controversy nor hype. It should have ...

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