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The Films Of Hal Hartley: A Retrospective

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  • February 29, 2012 3:00 PM
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Imagine if Woody Allen, Whit Stillman, Kevin Smith and the Sundance Institute had a love child. This ungainly creature, speaking in witty, heightened, unnaturalistic sentences, and ambling, sometimes shambling between comedy, tragedy and pretension, might very well go on to make films that greatly resemble those of Hal Hartley.

We Read It: Casting Ridley Scott & Cormac McCarthy's Bleak, Beautiful Collaboration 'The Counselor'

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • February 28, 2012 12:00 PM
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Accusations of ageism fly around Hollywood all the time, but they seemed to be fairly definitively refuted in recent weeks when a 78-year-old became the hottest screenwriter in town after his film sold, attracted Ridley Scott and Michael Fassbender, and was fast-tracked into production this May. Of course, it helps if that 78-year-old is Cormac McCarthy, the Pulitzer prize-winning author of "Blood Meridian," "All The Pretty Horses," "The Road" and the source material for Best Picture winner "No Country For Old Men." But it's still a rare achievement, to get a film from the page to a greenlight, with A-list talent attached, in only a matter of days.

The Best & Worst Moments Of The 84th Academy Awards

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • February 27, 2012 2:45 PM
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How's your Oscar hangover? We've all got the prosecco sweats in the Playlist offices this morning, but that's about the norm for a Monday. Or a Tuesday. Or a Thursday. Anyway, the dust is settling post-Oscars, with the winners basking in their glory, and the losers digging through their script pile to find a disabled Holocaust survivor to play to give them another chance at the big prize.

The Amazing Race: Final Predictions For The 2012 Academy Awards

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • February 24, 2012 3:49 PM
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We've written, by vague estimates, something close to 80,000 words on the Academy Awards in the last six months. That's novel length. And in two days time, it'll all be done, with the ceremony finally taking place at the no-longer-Kodak Theater at around 5pm PST.

5 Oscars Wins That We'd Love To See This Year (Even If They Won't Happen)

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • February 24, 2012 1:02 PM
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Sometimes, the nomination is the prize. Even in more open years than this one (where many of the major prizes have been locked in for weeks, if not months), only two or three of the nominees have had a realistic chance of winning, with the others merely filling out the field. Which is not to say that they're not deserving. Indeed, quite often, the anointed winner is in that position because they're overdue, or they're part of a film that's sweeping the Oscars in general, or any one of a number of reasons.

The Actors & Actresses Who Should Have Been Nominated For Oscars In 2012

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • February 24, 2012 12:02 PM
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The Oscars are so close that we can already smell the fresh-ironed shirts, the mascara wiped away by thwarted nominees, and the post-Governor's Ball vomit, but our preparation coverage continues. Yesterday we picked out the directors, cinematographers and other below-the-line titles that we thought deserved to be sitting in the Kodak Theater on Monday, but somehow missed out.

The Directors, Cinematographers & More Who Should've Been Nominated For Oscars In 2012

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • February 23, 2012 1:57 PM
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We're just a few days away from the Oscars, and it's not long before we find out who's going to be the big winners and losers. But at this time of year, it's important not to forget those who slipped through the cracks: there were films released in 2011 that weren't "The Artist," after all.

Woody Allen & Dick Cavett Look Back At 'Radio Days' In Candid Conversation At 92Y

  • By Cory Everett
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  • February 23, 2012 9:56 AM
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With the Academy Awards almost here at last we can finally put a capper on 2011. One of last year’s most unexpected success stories was “Midnight In Paris,” which is currently nominated for 4 Oscars including Best Picture and Best Director, as well as Best Original Screenplay for Woody Allen. Allen’s 41st feature film was also his highest grossing of all time, but in all likelihood he'll be skipping the festivities at the Kodak Theater this Sunday. Instead, the filmmaker decided to drop in to the 92Y in New York with his old friend, talk show host Dick Cavett for a discussion about his early days in Brooklyn, the golden age of radio and his 1987 film “Radio Days” which screened immediately following the discussion.

Dan Aykroyd Was Nominated For An Academy Award? The Oscar Nominations That Time Forgot

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • February 22, 2012 2:47 PM
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You would think that an Oscar nomination would be a total career-changer once you get it. The top prize from your peers, even just a nomination can see you offered all kinds of new opportunities. But sometimes, that can be a short-term effect: looking over lists of past winners in the major categories, all but the most comprehensive film nerd or awards buffs will find more than a few films and performances that they never knew existed, let alone gone anywhere near the Academy Awards.

5 Actresses That Are Overdue For An Oscar Nomination

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • February 21, 2012 4:41 PM
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Well, we've taken a look at the leading men, now it's time to look at the actresses who have also fallen outside of the Academy Award radar. While there is no Gary Oldman-esque story of recognition this year at the Oscars for the ladies, these five names will hopefully be a reminder that there are more women out there other than Meryl Streep who deserve to put that funny gold statue on their mantle.

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