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Trailers from Hell: John Landis on Delightful and Dark Holiday Classic 'It's a Wonderful Life'

It Isn't Always a Wonderful Life! concludes at Trailers from Hell with John Landis introducing Frank Capra's holiday classic starring Jimmy Stewart as frustrated small-town dreamer George Bailey.
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  • January 3, 2014 12:33 PM
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Sony Pictures Classics Acquires Shortlisted Foreign Oscar Contender 'The Notebook'

As expected, frequent foreign Oscar distributor Sony Pictures Classics has acquired the North American rights to World War II drama "The Notebook," the shortlisted Hungarian entry for the Best Foreign Language Oscar.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • January 2, 2014 7:46 PM
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Megan Ellison May Wind Up with Two Best Picture Oscar Nominations

There's a new Oscar kingpin in town. The biggest rival to the likes of Harvey Weinstein and Scott Rudin is now 27-year-old Megan Ellison, who scored not one but two Producers Guild of America feature nominations on Thursday.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • January 2, 2014 7:32 PM
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Chaz Ebert Reflects on Roger Ebert's Last Days: "He Talked About Visiting This Other Place"

In a moving piece called "Reflecting for the New Year: Roger's Last Day," Chaz Ebert looks back to April 4 of 2013, the day film critic Roger Ebert died. Highlights from the piece below, which is a transcript of what she told to Chris Jones of "Esquire."
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • January 2, 2014 2:55 PM
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Crafts Roundup: Best Costume Design Contenders Play Dress-Up for the Past and Future

Costumers finally got their own branch this year, which mean they're no longer lumped in with the other designers, so we'll see how that impacts the nominations in two weeks. Not surprisingly, there's an abundance of upscale period pieces ("American Hustle," "12 Years a Slave," "Lee Daniels' The Butler," "The Great Gatsby," "Philomena," "Inside Llewyn Davis"). But even when dealing with the future ("Her") there's a retro vibe, save for the idiosyncratic and flamboyant "The Hunger Games: Catching Fire" (see our TOH! interview with Trish Summerville)
  • By Bill Desowitz
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  • January 2, 2014 2:48 PM
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PGA Nominations 2014: Ten Features Reveal Where Oscar Voters Might Go, Weinsteins Shut Out

The Producers Guild has unveiled its ten 2014 nominees, with a shocking shutout of all the Weinstein' Co.'s potential Best Picture contenders.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • January 2, 2014 12:54 PM
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The New Year Starts Off Well for Benedict Cumberbatch

The new year is off to a good start for Benedict Cumberbatch, whose "Sherlock" third season premiere nabbed the highest-ever UK ratings upon its return to the BBC. U.S. audiences will have to wait.
  • By Anne Thompson and Beth Hanna
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  • January 2, 2014 12:18 PM
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Martin Scorsese and Leonardo DiCaprio to Receive Santa Barbara Film Fest's Cinema Vanguard Award

The Santa Barbara International Film Festival is set to honor Martin Scorsese and Leonardo DiCaprio with its Cinema Vanguard Award for the fest's 29th edition, running January 30 through February 9, 2014. The award presentation and evening tribute will take place on February 6 at the Arlington Theatre.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • January 2, 2014 11:39 AM
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