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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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Saying Good-Bye to Two Hollywood Good Guys

It has not been an easy week, saying goodbye to two old Hollywood friends, Hollywood producer Jim Jacks and studio executive Tom Sherak, who shared something in common; they were both good guys. They were generous and giving to their friends; they were adored by the people who worked for them. At the Academy Board of Governors meeting on Monday night, the governors gave former AMPAS president Sherak a moment of silence, and talked about how much he had done to help shepherd the organization through a challenging time.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • January 30, 2014 7:40 PM
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WATCH: Jason Bateman Waxes Filthy in Directorial Debut 'Bad Words,' Headed for SXSW

Among the feature film lineup at this year's SXSW is "Arrested Development" star Jason Bateman's directorial debut "Bad Words." The movie stars Bateman, Rohan Chand, Alison Janney, Kathryn Hahn and Phillip Baker Hall. In the first clip (below), Bateman's character defines the word "autofellatio" for a ten-year-old spelling bee champ hopeful.
  • By Ryan Lattanzio
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  • January 30, 2014 4:12 PM
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SXSW 2014 Unveils Feature Film Lineup: Full List of 115 Titles Playing the Fest

With Sundance now wrapped, South by Southwest is the next major American festival on the horizon. SXSW 2014 has unveiled its features lineup for this year’s fest, running March 7 – 15 in Austin, Texas. Check out the full list, below.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • January 30, 2014 2:58 PM
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Seven TV Spots to Watch for This Super Bowl Sunday (CLIPS)

During Sunday's Superbowl XLVIII on FOX, major studios will be unveiling new trailers and exclusive first-looks at some of 2014's biggest movies. Celebrity appearances also abound in the evening's commercials, including a Ford spot starring James Franco. Teaser for that ad, clips and a heads-up for must-watch spots here.
  • By Ryan Lattanzio
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  • January 30, 2014 2:54 PM
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2014 Preview: From 'Nymphomaniac' to 'Gone Girl,' What Films Look Good, Great, and Troublesome This Year

With awards season still very much in full swing, it's still too soon to shake off 2013 completely. But a slate of great-looking films lies ahead on the horizon, as well as the theatrical releases of some of 2013's festivals hits that we've already seen.
  • By TOH!
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  • January 30, 2014 2:50 PM
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Crafts Roundup: Talking VFX with the Five Oscar Nominees

The "Gravity" juggernaut, the surprising entry of "The Lone Ranger," the new and improved "Iron Man 3," the ascendance of "Star Trek Into Darkness" and the J.J. Abrams factor, and the power of the eponymous dragon from "The Desolation of Smaug." We reflect on the great year for VFX with the lead supervisors of all five Oscar nominees.
  • By Bill Desowitz
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  • January 30, 2014 2:05 PM
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WATCH: Terrific New Trailer for Jonathan Glazer's 'Under the Skin,' Starring Scarlett Johansson

"Under the Skin" continues to be one of the most visually intriguing films of the year (for those of us who weren't lucky enough to catch it at Telluride or Toronto last fall), and now the Jonathan Glazer-directed sci-fi mindbender has released a new red band trailer.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • January 30, 2014 1:43 PM
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Michael B. Jordan and Kristen Bell Set to Host Academy's Sci-Tech Awards

Michael B. Jordan and Kristen Bell are set to host the Academy’s Scientific and Technical Awards on Saturday, February 15. They will present 19 awards to 52 individual recipients during the evening.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • January 30, 2014 1:21 PM
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WATCH: Stormy Super Bowl Ad for Darren Aronofsky's 'Noah'

A Super Bowl spot for Darren Aronofsky's biblical epic "Noah," starring Russell Crowe in the eponymous role, has been released. Check it out, below.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • January 30, 2014 11:55 AM
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