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Foreign Language Oscar Contenders

Magnolia Pictures has a film in this year's foreign Oscar race, as is often the case, from Scandinavia. Sweden's official entry is black comedy psychodrama "Force Majeure," the fourth feature for writer-director Ruben Östlund and the second of his films to be submitted (2009's "Happy Sweden" aka "Involuntary"). It won the Jury Prize in Un Certain Regard at Cannes and will have its North American premiere as a Special Presentation at the 2014 Toronto International Film Festival. Magnolia will release "Force Majeure" in New York and Los Angeles on Friday, October 24, followed by a national rollout.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • September 2, 2014 1:40 PM
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TV Watch: How John Oliver Beat Stewart, Colbert, and Broadcast News at Their Own Games

John Oliver's not satisfied with challenging former Comedy Central colleagues Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert for satirical primacy. He's going after broadcast news, too. And he's winning.
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  • September 2, 2014 1:10 PM
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Cronenberg's Cannes Winner 'Maps to the Stars' Takes Focus World Route, Skips Oscars

Julianne Moore can kiss goodbye to any hopes she was nursing for an Oscar campaign for David Cronenberg's Cannes Best Actress winner "Maps to the Stars," which is set to play Toronto and New York festivals.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • September 1, 2014 10:33 PM
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Oscar Predictions 2015 UPDATE

Oscar Predicts Chart 2014
As the fall festivals loom, I'm listing some possibilities for Oscar consideration for 2015. Going into the season, only a handful of movies have Oscar potential; their handlers will rely on critics and guild groups to keep them in the conversation over the long haul. They are Wes Anderson's well-wrought hit "Grand Budapest Hotel," which gains points for period but loses some for comedy. Similarly, Richard Linklater's "Boyhood" has earned critics' kudos for its daring and unique 12-year time travel, but remains a small-scale indie that has to sustain itself over a year, from January's Sundance through the long awards slog.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • September 1, 2014 9:56 PM
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WATCH: Alejandro González Iñárritu Talks 'Birdman' Risks at Telluride (EXCLUSIVE VIDEO)

Alejandro González Iñárritu brought "Birdman" to Telluride, where it played well to the cinephile crowd and should prove a serious Oscar contender for Fox Searchlight. We talked on video as well as audio.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • September 1, 2014 6:05 PM
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Lisa Cholodenko & Frances McDormand's 'Olive Kitteridge' Impresses in Venice

The biggest positive surprise at Venice is probably Lisa Cholodenko’s HBO miniseries, “Olive Kitteridge.” Starring those national treasures Frances McDormand and Richard Jenkins as the title character and her pharmicist husband, Henry, the four-part series travels through their lives over some 25 years.
  • By Tom Christie
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  • September 1, 2014 1:18 PM
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WATCH: 'Downton Abbey' Season 5 Trailer

The new trailer for "Downton Abbey" season five -- or series five, as they say across the pond -- is here.
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  • September 1, 2014 12:54 PM
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Trailers from Hell on 'Being There'

The brilliant chameleon Peter Sellers turns in his greatest (and penultimate) performance in this low-key satire about politics and the cult of personality.
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  • September 1, 2014 12:18 PM
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Screen Talk: Telluride and the Oscars, from 'Birdman' to 'The Imitation Game'

On this week's Screen Talk, Indiewire critic Eric Kohn and I debate new movies "Wild," "Imitation Game" and "Birdman"--and which ones will have an impact on this year's Oscar race.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • September 1, 2014 11:38 AM
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Venice Film Festival Diary: 'Black Souls,' 'Heaven Knows What,' 'Goodnight Mommy'

The dark days of Venice continue. It’s not easy starting your morning with a film called “Black Souls” but someone has to do it. Italian director Francisco Munzi’s tale of a Calabrian family embroiled in the mafia gave me a stomach ache, partly because of the sense of dread it successfully exported from the opening shot, and partly because it never quite achieves what it seems to be going for.
  • By Tom Christie
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  • September 1, 2014 6:20 AM
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