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Will Jesse Eisenberg as Lex Luthor in 'Batman vs. Superman' Invigorate the Franchise?

I have no problem with this morning's news that Jesse Eisenberg is set to play Lex Luthor in Zack Snyder's "Batman vs. Superman," and Jeremy Irons will take over fellow senior Brit Michael Caine's role as Bat butler Alfred. At least--as the vociferous Twitter reaction indicates--Eisenberg represents a change-up in the next "Superman" movie.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • January 31, 2014 5:16 PM
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This Weekend, See Oscar Shut-Outs 'Labor Day' and 'Tim's Vermeer'

The steady stream of Oscar prestige movies has finally cooled, so with the end of an era come two last-minute Academy shut-outs, "Labor Day" and "Tim's Vermeer," as well as a romantic comedy for the guys, "That Awkward Moment."
  • By Anne Thompson and Ryan Lattanzio
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  • January 31, 2014 4:41 PM
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Rotterdam Panel: Creative Co-Funding of Indie Films, from Tribeca to Kickstarter (UPDATED)

Funding and financing an independent film takes almost as much creativity as making the film, according to a panel of representatives from The Tribeca Film Fund, Kickstarter and Cinereach. Filmmakers from outside the U.S. -- especially those in Europe -- benefit from government support and co-production treaties, but Americans are on their own.
  • By Torene Svitil
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  • January 31, 2014 4:38 PM
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'Philomena' Gets a BAFTA Boost at Height of Oscar Voting, Frears, Coogan on VIDEO

As the BAFTAs approach (the Brit Academy Awards take place on February 16 at London's Royal Opera House), don't count out wily Oscar campaigner Harvey Weinstein's Best Picture Oscar contender "Philomena," which scored well with BAFTA nominations and could gain a boost on its home turf during prime Oscar voting season.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • January 31, 2014 4:04 PM
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Trailers from Hell: Nicolas Winding Refn's Arthouse Action Noir 'Drive'

Josh Olson on Noir! concludes at Trailers from Hell, with screenwriter Olson opting to introduce a contemporary noir, Nicolas Winding Refn's "Drive."
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  • January 31, 2014 3:05 PM
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TCM Bringing 'Casablanca' to 20 Cities for Free Screenings in March

Louie, I think this is the beginning of a beautiful friendship. TCM is bringing mega classic “Casablanca” to theaters for free (!) screenings in 20 select cities on Tuesday, March 4.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • January 31, 2014 2:09 PM
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Anatomy of a Scene: Talking the 'Her' Office with Oscar-Nominated Production Designer K.K. Barrett

Spike Jonze's beautiful and beguiling "Her," the dark horse in the best picture Oscar race, offers a warm and inviting fusion of LA/Shanghai, with its intoxicating use of red. And the opening scene in the office -- a high rise on Hope near Bunker Hill -- wonderfully sets up the delicate mood and world inhabited by the forlorn Joaquin Phoenix. Oscar-nominated production designer K.K. Barrett discusses his artistic choices and the impact.
  • By Bill Desowitz
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  • January 31, 2014 2:05 PM
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Oscar-Nominated 'The Square' Team Talk Filming a Revolution (VIDEO)

TOH! interviews the team behind Oscar-nominated documentary "The Square," now streaming on Netflix.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • January 31, 2014 12:29 PM
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Academy's 2014 Nicholl Fellowship in Screenwriting Competition Now Underway

The 2014 Academy Nicholl Fellowships in Screenwriting competition is now underway. In November, as many as five $35,000 fellowships will be awarded.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • January 31, 2014 11:42 AM
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'Great Gatsby' Wins Big at Australian Oscars

"The Great Gatsby" was the life of the party at the Australian Academy Awards, winning in six of its seven nominated categories, including Best Film, Director and Best Actor (Leonardo DiCaprio). Plus, the show featured a razzle-dazzle closing number that paid tribute to director Baz Luhrmann's "Strictly Ballroom," "Moulin Rouge," "Romeo and Juliet" and "Gatsby."
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • January 31, 2014 11:28 AM
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