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Download Over 30 Oscar-Contending Screenplays Including ‘Wolf of Wall Street,’ ‘Gravity’ ‘12 Years A Slave’ & More

  • By Kieran McMahon
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  • December 16, 2013 2:27 PM
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The Wolf Of Wall Street
You might be an aspiring screenwriter or filmmaker and want to see how the professionals and the current masters do it on the page. Or maybe you're curious to see how the finished product differs from the original script or perhaps you just enjoy reading the work from your favorite directors and writers.

NY Times A.O. Scott's Top Films Of 2013 Include 'Frances Ha,' 'Bling Ring,' 'Pain And Gain' & More

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • December 11, 2013 4:46 PM
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We're sure the water cooler is buzzing over at the New York Times today as both of the paper's major film critics have released their assessment of this year's best movies. We've already seen what Manohla Dargis had to say, and now it's time for A.O. Scott to pour one out for 2013.

Interview: Lee Daniels Talks 'The Butler,' Wanting Oprah Winfrey For 'Prisoners,' His Hip-Hop TV Drama & More

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • November 26, 2013 12:03 PM
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Named by The Hollywood Reporter as one of the top 25 film schools in the country, the Savannah College Of Art & Design grows in stature year by year. The annual Savannah Film Festival—which we attended last month—is the rare event that almost seamlessly marries the glitz of the red carpet with the serious aspirations of the student body. Attending filmmakers and actors often provide masterclasses to students, while the intimacy of Savannah's festivities provide accessibility that larger festivals in bigger cities don't often provide. It's against that backdrop that organizers and officials at SCAD once again brought Hollywood flavor to Georgia.

Oscars: Can Karen O & 'Short Term 12' Beat Disney's 'Frozen' In The Music Categories?

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • November 25, 2013 2:31 PM
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Oscars, Score, 2013
This week sees the arrival of Disney's "Frozen," the studio's most acclaimed film in years. It's also a serious throwback to the studio's animated musicals of the late 1980s and 1990s, a full-on songfest with multiple numbers of Broadway quality, and that's useful for our purposes, because this week we're going to focus on the musical categories of the Academy Awards.

Box Office: 'Lee Daniels' The Butler' Withstands 'The World's End' & 'The Mortal Instruments' To Take #1 For Second Week

  • By Diana Drumm
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  • August 25, 2013 1:30 PM
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The end of summer is nigh and it's going out with a whimper (although this weekend's gross is up 16% since last year). The openers (even the third installment of the Cornetto Trilogy) couldn't compete with an Oprah and Weinstein Company-endorsed historical drama and a comedy featuring a Jennifer Aniston striptease. Sorry folks, the next few weeks look even bleaker with an Ethan Hawke-Selena Gomez chase heist flick and the One Direction doc on the horizon. With a sense of dread, looking out onto the dearth of late summer movies and waiting for the shiny-though-not-always-golden "I want an Oscar" period of fall, we give you this weekend's not-so-surprising and not-so-thrilling box office results.

Lee Daniels Thought About Putting Barack Obama In 'The Butler' & Casting Oprah Winfrey As A Serial Killer

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • August 19, 2013 4:47 PM
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While Lee Daniels hasn't been shy about his expressing his feelings that "The Butler" represents of something of a compromise of his vision in order to deliver a PG-13 cut to theaters, that's not to say the director doesn't continue to think far outside the usual box. In an interview with the New York Times the filmmaker reveals that he was toying with the idea of taking his movie — which spans decades of American history, and includes appearances by President Nixon, JFK and Ronald Reagan — and telling the story right up to the present day.

Box Office: 'Kick-Ass 2' Gets Served By 'Lee Daniels' The Butler'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • August 18, 2013 1:18 PM
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Sorry folks, it's summer, which means holidays which means our usually box office folks are away. So here's a quick rundown of what went on this weekend at the multiplex instead of our usually more verbose take. Onwards......

12 Films About Black History

  • By Gabe Toro
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  • August 14, 2013 4:00 PM
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The Butler Forest Whitaker Oprah Winfrey
This Friday sees the release of “Lee Daniels’ The Butler,” (our review) the true story of Eugene Allen (renamed Cecil Gaines for the film), an African-American butler who served multiple presidents through several generations in the White House. As played by Forest Whitaker, Gaines bears witness to pivotal moments in the nation’s evolution, watching as the intersection of American history and black history reveals truths about himself and his surroundings, understanding both where he’s been, and where he’s going.

Lee Daniels Talks The Ratings Struggles Of 'Lee Daniels' The Butler' And A Musical Remake Of 'Nights of Cabiria'

  • By Gabe Toro
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  • August 13, 2013 4:00 PM
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Lee Daniels is used to a good fight. He had to fight perceptions of his first film, “Shadowboxer,” in order to make “Precious: Based On The Novel ‘Push’ By Sapphire.” He had to fight for the right to direct “The Paperboy,” a project that had switched hands amongst filmmakers as lauded as Pedro Almodovar. But nothing could have prepared him for the ratings fight that greeted him in regards to his new film, “Lee Daniels’ The Butler.”

Review: 'Lee Daniels' The Butler' Starring Forest Whitaker, Oprah Winfrey

  • By Kimber Myers
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  • August 9, 2013 8:59 AM
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The Butler Forest Whitaker Cuba Gooding Jr.
“Lee Daniels’ The Butler” is nothing if not full of sincerity and effort. Which is why it’s so entirely confusing why they cast former teen heartthrob John Cusack as hangdog Richard Nixon. He’s fallen from his “Say Anything” days (and even the highs of “High Fidelity”), but this is maybe the worst casting we’ve seen in a major Hollywood film since Denise Richards as a nuclear physicist. Having Robin Williams play Dwight Eisenhower comes a close second, and Liev Schreiber as Lyndon B. Johnson isn’t much better. The decades-spanning drama tries so hard to create a moving, seemingly accurate look at the titular character’s time spent on the staff at the White House during turbulent times that these missteps stand out particularly strongly, especially when compared to lookalike contest winners James Marsden’s JFK and Alan Rickman’s Ronald Reagan.

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