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Fall Film Preview: 20 Of Our Most Anticipated Films

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  • August 21, 2014 3:51 PM
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Fall Film Preview 2014
It always happens too quickly. One moment we're munching on popcorn and sucking noisily on sodas while CG humanoid turtles fight onscreen. The next moment half of us are donning our top hats and monocles and swanning off to film festivals to harrumph about the latest obscure Euro arthouse sensation, and the other half are settling in for a long few months of sorting out obvious Oscar bait from the films that may actually bait Oscar. The gear change from Summer Tentpole period to Fall Festival/Awards Season is a pretty dramatic one, so we've prepared a little survival kit.

2014 Emmy Predictions: Who Will Win

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • August 21, 2014 12:05 PM
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2014 Emmy Predictions: Who Will Win
Like it or not, Oscar season kicks off next week, with the premiere of Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu’s “Birdman” at the Venice Film Festival. But we must first close off another awards season, and this coming Monday sees the curtains close on the 2013/2014 TV season, with statues handed out at the 66th Primetime Emmy Awards.

On The Rise 2014: 13 Actresses To Watch

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  • August 20, 2014 3:39 PM
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OTR Actresses, 2014
We’re about to hit a real sea-change with the kind of movies Hollywood is making. For years, studio bosses shied away from the idea of making movies with female leads that weren’t weepies or romantic comedies, but last year saw the three of the top-grossing movies — “The Hunger Games: Catching Fire,” “Frozen” and “Gravity”—star women, all in genres that are traditionally more male driven.

On The Rise 2014: 13 Screenwriters To Watch

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  • August 19, 2014 1:05 PM
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Screenwriters On The Rise, 2014
"'I loved 'Gravity,' but the screenplay sucked" went the relatively common refrain. We'd wager that the people who said that were often the same who expressed confusion when silent film "The Artist" was nominated for an Oscar nomination for its original screenplay. You can find fault with the writing in "Gravity" and "The Artist," but if you enjoyed both, that's in large part down to the writing, and the popular conception that writers are responsible only for the dialogue is just one of the reasons that screenwriting remains one of the most misunderstood and curiously unsung aspects of filmmaking.

On The Rise 2014: 12 Actors To Watch

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  • August 14, 2014 3:39 PM
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Actors OTR 2014
In Hollywood, you can be on top of the world one minute, and then a public indiscretion, or a handful of box office disasters, or the simple fact of getting old, can each result in fewer and fewer calls (you can count on hearing from Millennium Entertainment no matter what). Bad news for the old guard, but good news for the many aspiring and talented performers looking to fight their way to billboards, bus shelters and the front few rows of the Academy Awards.

On The Rise 2014: 12 Film Composers To Watch

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  • August 13, 2014 3:31 PM
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On The Rise: Composers - 2014, feature header
At times, the eagle eyed film enthusiast could be forgiven for thinking that there were about four composers scoring high profile films. Hans Zimmer scored five films last year, and four films this year. Alexandre Desplat managed six in 2013, and five in 2014, while Christophe Beck topped both with seven last year, and six in 2014. Once you're in demand, you're really in demand, and the top tier of movies is very much dominated by established figures to the extent that up-and-comers must feel that it's impossible to break through.

The Essentials: Lauren Bacall's 6 Best Performances

  • By Jessica Kiang
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  • August 13, 2014 2:28 PM
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Lauren Bacall
With the passing of Lauren Bacall at age 89 yesterday, the “they don’t make stars like that anymore”-style tributes came flooding in. But with all due respect to those sentiments, they didn't ever make stars like Bacall. Anomalous even in her starlet days, Bacall’s appeal was based on an allure that had as much to do with an attitude as any thespian talent. In fact, compare her early roles to later roles and it seems fair to suggest that acting technique and range were things Bacall acquired over time (and she was clearly a very quick study); she walked onto that first set with unalloyed charisma.

20 Fictional Movie Bands That Rocked Your World

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  • August 13, 2014 12:05 PM
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Fictional Bands Feature -- 20 Groups
Movies and music are closely entwined, as the name of this site demonstrates and as we've shown several times recently (each word there links to a different recent music/movie feature). But rarer —and frequently more fun— than pre-existing songs or known musicians showing up on screen are films where the music and the musicians purely fictional. We looked at the phenomenon last year in a precursor version of this list, but every once in a while we encounter a movie that gives us the ideal opportunity to go back and flesh out an earlier feature. And this week, a film arrives in which the fictional musicians are so good they remind us of what’s so great about movies and music in the first place.

In Memoriam: Robin Williams’ 10 Best Performances

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  • August 12, 2014 12:52 PM
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In Memoriam: 10 Of Robin Williams’ Best Performances
We lost a genius yesterday. As you're surely aware by now, comedian and actor Robin Williams took his own life in California yesterday morning, aged 63, after what only a few seemed to know was a longtime struggle with depression. Williams had been a household name for close to forty years, first as a stand-up, then as a TV star thanks to "Mork & Mindy," then as a big-screen leading man. But he wasn't just a comic. He was also a Julliard-trained actor, and as his career went on, he continued to show new strings on his bow, becoming Oscar-winning character actor.

Discuss: What Do The Season 2 “Reboots” Of ‘Fargo’ & ‘True Detective’ Say About The Future Of TV?

  • By Jessica Kiang
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  • August 11, 2014 2:23 PM
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TV Reboots/Future of TV
Hey, ever hear the one about how we’re living in a “Golden Age of Television”? Of course you have. It’s a cliché so often repeated by now that it has the ring of well-duh irrefutable truth. And even the staunchest holdouts, proud to not know their Walter Whites from their Red Reznikovs, can’t deny the seismic changes in the TV landscape that have occurred over the last few years. You don’t have to be involved in those watercooler conversations to know that traditional outlets like HBO, Showtime, FX and more recently online services like Netflix, Amazon Instant and Hulu have changed the way we consume television.

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