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BAFTA Awards Winners List (UPDATED)

The full list of BAFTA winners is here, led by "Gravity" with six awards, but "12 Years a Slave" grabbed two key wins.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • February 16, 2014 4:34 PM
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Box Office Top Ten: Audiences Still Love 'Lego' and Kevin Hart, Snub Colin Farrell

Looking at the Box Office Top Ten this week, you'd think we were still in the 1980s. Four new openers include three remakes of '80s hits, and another adapts a major novel from the decade. Another familiar pop culture artifact from the period -- Legos -- returned as the top film this weekend, as Warner Bros.' animated 3D film continues its strong run in its second weekend.
  • By Tom Brueggemann
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  • February 16, 2014 2:06 PM
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After 'The Canyons,' Strange Tale of 'The Jesuit'

My strange tale. Five years ago I wrote an original script titled "The Jesuit" which I was set to direct starring Oscar Isaac when the financing entity, Maya, collapsed. It was meant to be a return to my action exploitation roots, i.e., "Rolling Thunder." I also wanted to make a Latin film.
  • By Paul Schrader
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  • February 15, 2014 9:14 PM
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Here's the First Teaser Trailer for 'Orange Is The New Black' Season Two

On the heels of the Valentine's Day release of "House of Cards" season two, Netflix premiered the first teaser trailer for the second season of "Orange Is the New Black." The women's-prison-set series comes from creator Jenji Kohan and is available to binge-stream on Friday, June 6.
  • By Ryan Lattanzio
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  • February 15, 2014 8:05 PM
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BERLINALE PRIZES: 'Black Coal' Takes Golden Bear, Americans Linklater and Anderson Settle for Silver Prizes

The 64th Berlinale closed this evening with James Schamus's jury's surprise awarding of the Golden Bear, which many expected to go to Richard Linklater’s “Boyhood” but went instead to Diao Yinan’s atmospheric noir, “Bai Ri Yan Huo (Black Coal, Thin Ice).”
  • By Tom Christie
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  • February 15, 2014 4:12 PM
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Friday Box Office: 'LEGO Movie' Bests Valentine's Day Opener 'About Last Night'

With Valentine's Day falling on a Friday this year, three new films aimed at the dating crowd opened to varying results, but at the end of the night none quite topped the list. "The LEGO Movie" (Warner Bros.) stayed in front by a tiny margin (grossing $13,030,000) on its way to an easy full holiday weekend win ahead, fueled by matinees and strong word of mouth. Business overall was impressive, spread among several decent performers.
  • By Tom Brueggemann
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  • February 15, 2014 2:23 PM
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WATCH: Ellen Page Comes Out (VIDEO)

On Valentine's Day at the Human Rights Campaign conference, Ellen Page extolled the virtue of love as she came out. "I am here today because I am gay..And maybe I can help others to have an easier time, I am tired of hiding." Watch the moving video below. BRAVO.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • February 15, 2014 12:36 AM
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Miyazaki Talks Retirement, Oscars, True History in 'The Wind Rises'

Well, I hate to break it to you, but during my satellite interview at Team Disney last week on the Oscar-nominated "The Wind Rises," Hayao Miyazaki confirmed that he will not direct another movie.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • February 14, 2014 8:11 PM
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Oscar Writers Reveal Road to Movies at Santa Barbara 'It Starts with the Script' Panel (VIDEO)

The annual Santa Barbara International Film Festival "It Starts with the Script" panel where I grill many of the writing Oscar nominees is my favorite moderating duty. This year did not disappoint.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • February 14, 2014 4:28 PM
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Review: Adaptation 'Winter's Tale' Is Ruined by Writer-Director Akiva Goldsman

That thud you just heard was “Winter’s Tale” landing in the theaters today, and poised to become a touchstone in the history of misbegotten literary adaptations. It’s been 30 years since Mark Helprin published his enchanting and enchanted novel about time travel, Old New York, beautiful consumptives, a gang called the Short Tails, and a Marc Chagall-meets-steam-punk aesthetic. But given what Akiva Goldsman has chosen to do with it, well, there was really no hurry.
  • By John Anderson
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  • February 14, 2014 3:16 PM
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