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2014 Oscars: The Playlist's 86th Academy Awards Live Blog

  • By Katie Walsh
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  • March 2, 2014 10:35 PM
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2014 Oscar Selfie
What's up party people, here is your official Playlist Oscars 2014 live-blog, steered with reckless, and rosé-soaked abandon by me, Katie Walsh. I'm no awards pundit, or expert, but I am an enthusiast for fashions, celebrities, and live television mishaps, which is what these awards shows do best, as well as hand out shiny gold doorstoppers to the best and brightest of Hollywood. It's also a wonderful way to celebrate the end of what has seemed like an incredibly long and convoluted Oscar season (which really, is most of the year now), and tonight will no doubt be a great catharsis of all our collective anxieties, disagreements and heated opinions.

Watch: Go Behind The Scenes Of 'American Hustle' With 30-Minute Special 'The Art And Soul Of Survival'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • February 14, 2014 5:19 PM
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American Hustle
Today is what every director, actor, studio executive, PR person, marketing guru and consultant has been building to all awards season long—the start of Oscar voting. But that doesn't mean the campaigns end. Rather, one big push is coming (or has come) and "American Hustle" is being given one last chance to shine.

David O. Russell To Direct Joy Mangano Biopic, Eyes Jennifer Lawrence To Lead

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • January 30, 2014 11:36 PM
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David O. Russell Jennifer Lawrence American Hustle
Everything has a story, even the lowly Miracle Mop. But who would've thought the QVC bestselling product could be the basis of a movie? Well, "Bridesmaids" writer Annie Mumulo thought so. Indeed she wrote a script about Joy Mangano, the inventor of the Miracle Mop, who worked three jobs before seeing her invention become a sensation, bringing her from rags to riches. And now that screenplay and story is getting a big league boost.

Oscars: The Best Underrated Performances By The 2014 Supporting Actor & Actress Nominees

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • January 29, 2014 2:03 PM
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Oscars: The Best Underrated Performances By The 2014 Acting Noms
With the Oscar nominations out, and the SAGs and Golden Globes a few weeks in the past, we're entering something of a quiet phase in awards season, with the Academy not even due to begin voting for a few weeks yet. So it seems like a good time to look back.

New Images From 'X-Men: Days Of Future Past' Are Ready To Rumble

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • January 29, 2014 9:17 AM
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X-Men: Days Of Future Past
It would seem that Empire has a hotline right to the good stuff when it comes to "X-Men: Days Of Future Past." Earlier this week, they debuted an (absurd) 25 magazine covers featuring the cast of characters from the upcoming superhero pileup (including one for Rogue, who has been cut from the movie), and now they've got a handful of new stills from the flick.

Oscars: How The Historic PGA Tie Keeps The Best Picture Race Wide Open, Plus Who Could Upset In The Acting Categories?

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • January 20, 2014 3:27 PM
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Gravity 12 Years A Slave
For a minute, it looked as if the race might be over. David O. Russell's "American Hustle" (and the way that that phrase rhymes alone makes us glad it's a Best Picture nominee) had the momentum going into the Oscar nominations last week, and had even more after it: ten nominations, including Best Picture, Best Director, and four acting nods, one in each category, only the second movie to achieve that feat in the last thirty years (Russell's previous film, "Silver Linings Playbook," being the other).

2013: The Year In Quotes

  • By Jessica Kiang
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  • January 9, 2014 2:23 PM
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The Best Quotes of 2013
2013, we’re not quite done with you yet. To close off our coverage of the year gone by, we wanted to hand over the mic to the actors, directors and other film professionals who made waves, headlines, faux pas, announcements, pronouncements or funny gags throughout the year. And we’re changing up the format this time out, scouring the whole internet and not just our own archives for these little nuggets, mainly because we’re fairly sure you’ve all avidly consumed, and committed to memory every word of each of the 200-odd interviews we ran in 2013, and we’d be preaching to the choir.

Watch: Louis C.K. Reveals The End Of The Ice Fishing Story In 'American Hustle' Plus New Clip & 6 Featurettes

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • January 8, 2014 3:09 PM
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American Hustle Louis C.K.
There is no such thing as a small role, the old saying goes, and one of the many pleasures to be found in David O. Russell's awards season contender "American Hustle," is Louis C.K.'s turn as Stoddard Thorsen, the supervisor to Bradley Cooper's slowly unraveling FBI agent Richie DiMaso. Throughout the film, the two come head-to-head, bickering over the scope and reach of their operation, and their meetings are usually finished by Stoddard sharing a new portion of an ice fishing story which Richie keeps trying to guess the end of. In the movie, neither the audience nor Richie manage to hear the punchline, but it has finally been revealed.

Best Picture, Best Director, Best Actor: 'Inside Llewyn Davis' Dominates National Society Of Film Critics Awards

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • January 4, 2014 8:48 PM
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Inside Llweyn Davis
Could "Inside Llewyn Davis" have a few more songs left in its awards season campaign? After a week that left its Oscar prospects in serious question, after being shut out by both the PGA and WGA nominations, the latest from the Coens has scored some big honors at the National Society Of Film Critics Awards.

Watch: 3 New Clips, 2 Featurettes & A Bale-Full Of New Photos From 'American Hustle'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • January 3, 2014 10:29 AM
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American Hustle
While "The Wolf Of Wall Street" and "American Hustle" can be loosely linked by their conman centered stories, and voiceover driven narratives, focused on an ensemble of players doing bad things, the similarities end there. Where Martin Scorsese's picture goes headlong into the extremes of bad behaviour, David O. Russell's film is more concerned on the emotional fallout and toll. It makes for a different (and arguably) far more richer and satisfying experience. And while we'll leave that debate for the comments section, here's a reminder that "American Hustle" has it's own wild side.

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