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How Most Indie Filmmakers Are Stunting the Growth of Their Own Films

It is almost a cliché it is so true. The Internet changes every part of the media world. There are no exceptions. I have come to the conclusion that there are two groups of people within the media world. Those who deny the change and those who acknowledge it. (Sort of like the climate.) Yes, it is that simple and that stark.
  • By Chris Dorr
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  • February 28, 2014 3:16 PM
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WATCH: Audrey Hepburn's Oscar Acceptance Speech for 'Roman Holiday,' with Presenters Gary Cooper and Donald O'Connor

As we prepare for an evening filled with Oscar acceptance speeches on Sunday, take a look at Audrey Hepburn's genuinely grateful, concise and endearing words of acceptance for her Best Actress win in 1953's "Roman Holiday." The presenter onstage is Donald O'Connor (he of limber legs in "Singing in the Rain"), while Gary Cooper, on location at a film set in Mexico, reads the nominees. Watch below.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • February 28, 2014 2:46 PM
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Pedorazzi: Kristen Bell and Star Parents Fight Back

The campaign against the “pedorazzi,” actress Kristen Bell’s perhaps-less-than-catchy term for photographers who chase star kids, is close to Bell’s heart, and there’s no time like the pre-release period of a hotly anticipated film – “Veronica Mars,” the upcoming Kickstarter-funded feature about the highs school detective (Bell) resurrected from the culty 2004-2007 TV series – to gather media steam for your cause. And just as Veronica was good at the well-timed revelation, Bell has been handing a few to journalists.
  • By John Anderson
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  • February 28, 2014 1:58 PM
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WATCH: Kermit and the Gang Sing the Sequel Song in New 'Muppets Most Wanted' Trailer

A clever new trailer has arrived for Disney's upcoming "Muppets Most Wanted," wherein Kermit et al put on a song-and-dance routine to the ditty "We're Doing a Sequel." Though they admit while crooning, "that's what we do in Hollywood, though everybody knows the sequel's never quite as good," it beats the depressing alternative: Standing on a deserted Hollywood Boulevard with tumbleweeds blowing by. Check it out, below.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • February 28, 2014 1:14 PM
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Review: Liam Neeson Is Once Again the Cialis of Action Heroes in 'Non-Stop'

Think of Liam Neeson as the Cialis of action heroes. The Boomers needed one and there was Neeson, ready to step into the breach, lose the occasional daughter, thwart the occasional bad guy, overcome the insurmountable odds and now -- in “Non-Stop,” a.k.a “Taken 3” -- make transatlantic travel more of a nightmare than it already was.
  • By John Anderson
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  • February 28, 2014 12:43 PM
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Ellen DeGeneres on Why She Almost Didn't Host the Oscars Again, Interest in More Dramatic Roles and More

Oscar host Ellen DeGeneres sat down with Parade Magazine days before the big show to discuss all things movies and Academy Awards, including why her initial reaction to hosting for a second time around was "no," on her decision to not dance on the Kodak stage, on being the inspiration for current Oscar nominee Sandra Bullock's 1999 hit "Miss Congeniality" and more. Interview highlights, below.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • February 28, 2014 12:03 PM
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Oscar Talk Final Predictions: 'Gravity' or '12 Years a Slave'? Lawrence or Nyong'o?

On this season's final Oscar Talk Podcast, Kris Tapley and I dig in to this year's hardest categories to predict: Best Picture and Best Supporting Actress.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • February 28, 2014 11:59 AM
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Trailers from Hell: Larry Karaszewski on Visconti's Sweeping Epic 'The Leopard'

A Criterion Royal Flush! concludes at Trailers from Hell, with screenwriter Larry Karaszewski introducing Luchino Visconti's Italian cinema classic "The Leopard," starring Burt Lancaster.
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  • February 28, 2014 11:40 AM
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Oscar Roundup: Vanity Fair Panel, Pundits Votes, A Grumpy Voter's Ballot, Best Actress, Northup Family and VFX Galleries, Ellen's Bets on the Oscars and More (VIDEO)

At long last, the Oscars are upon us. Thank God. This awards season was stretched due to the Olympics. It'll be shorter next year. Below, a roundup of what last-minute Oscar-related odds and ends are out there in the cybersphere.
  • By Anne Thompson and Beth Hanna
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  • February 27, 2014 4:53 PM
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This Weekend, Shun 'Son Of God,' See Two Fab Indies

This weekend, it's a mixed batch of films ranging from the tiniest of indies to the escapist actioner and, finally, to the All-Important Christ Movie. Here's what you should see-- and what you shouldn't.
  • By Anne Thompson and Ryan Lattanzio
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  • February 27, 2014 4:29 PM
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