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BAFTA Selects Date for 2015 Film Awards

BAFTA has revealed the date for its 2015 film awards: February 8. As per usual, the show will take place at London's Royal Opera House, broadcast by the BBC in the UK.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • March 14, 2014 11:21 AM
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WATCH: Deleted Musical Number from Steve Coogan's 'The Trip' (NSFW)

Not to put too fine a point on it, in Monty Python style, the refrain of this profane Steve Coogan musical number cut from "The Trip" is "everyone is a bit of a c..t sometimes." It's funny.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • March 13, 2014 4:48 PM
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Wes Anderson Talks Inventing Euro-Past in 'Grand Budapest Hotel' (EXCLUSIVE VIDEO)

In an exclusive SXSW video interview, Wes Anderson describes how he made "The Grand Budapest Hotel."
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • March 13, 2014 3:10 PM
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Robert Rodriguez Launches Content Creation Contest with $250K Grand Prize Plus Mentorship

Robert Rodriguez has launched Green Label Studios: Open Call, a project which provides aspiring filmmakers the opportunity to win a $250,000 production grant to create content for Green Label’s website. Plus, the winner gets a mentorship with Rodriguez, and executive producer-writer Roberto Orci (“Star Trek Into Darkness”).
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • March 13, 2014 2:56 PM
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Lena Dunham's Not Sure If She Wants to Act Anymore

Lena Dunham's hilarious turn on this past weekend's SNL reiterated something: Aside from being a talented writer and director, the woman's got delivery chops. She's easily the strongest actress of the four female leads on "Girls." But, per an interview with Glamour magazine, Dunham may not want to be in front of the camera for much longer.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • March 13, 2014 1:52 PM
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Indie Filmmakers: Why Building Your Audience Is More Valuable Than Promoting Your Film

The challenge presented to each indie filmmaker is the same. How do I get my work discovered?
  • By Chris Dorr
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  • March 13, 2014 1:00 PM
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Here Are Sam Mendes' 25 Rules for Directors

Director Sam Mendes, who has "Bond 24" coming up next year, was recently feted at New York's Roundabout Theater Company's spring gala. In his acceptance of the honor, Mendes read aloud the 25 rules for "becoming a happier director" he's accrued over his career. Check those out, below.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • March 13, 2014 11:56 AM
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WATCH: Matthew McConaughey Explains the Real Origins of "All right, all right, all right"

Most people familiar with Richard Linklater's "Dazed and Confused" know that Matthew McConaughey's character in the film, David Wooderson, says the now famous McConaughey-ism "all right, all right, all right" (which became the actor's mantra throughout this past awards season, right up to the Oscar podium). But how did McConaughey come up with the idea to incorporate that into his first big-screen role? Watch below.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • March 13, 2014 11:38 AM
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This Weekend, Drive Past 'Need for Speed' and Head for the Indies

This weekend, your best bet is to steer clear of "Need for Speed" and seek out a few indies instead. The critics have spoken, and "Breaking Bad" star Aaron Paul's first mainstream theatrical vehicle, based on the wildly popular video game racing franchise, has no wheels. So instead, why not catch not one, but two hunky Jake Gyllenhaals in Denis Villeneuve's moody "Enemy," director Jason Bateman's "Bad Words," the long-awaited "Veronica Mars" movie, or even some sweet old folks in "Le Week-End"? Trailers below.
  • By Anne Thompson and Ryan Lattanzio
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  • March 12, 2014 7:55 PM
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Lynne Ramsay and 'Jane Got a Gun' Producers Reach a Settlement

Is the "Jane Got a Gun" saga finally over? Following a legal dispute underway since last Fall, the producers of the troubled Western and director Lynne Ramsay, who vanished from the production in March 2013, have reached an agreement. Though the financial particulars remain unclear, the settlement is said to be agreeable to all.
  • By Beth Hanna and Ryan Lattanzio
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  • March 12, 2014 4:37 PM
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