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EXCLUSIVE: New Clip from SXSW World Premiere 'Patrick's Day,' Directed by Terry McMahon

Check out this exclusive clip from upcoming SXSW entry "Patrick's Day," set to make its world premiere at the Austin fest on March 8. Written and directed by Terry McMahon ("Charlie Casanova"), the film centers on a schizophrenic young man attempting to build a relationship with a suicidal flight attendant, despite his mother's disapproval of the precarious situation. Watch below.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • March 4, 2014 12:01 PM
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Tribeca Film Fest Programmers Talk World Competition Narrative and Doc Lineups

The 2014 Tribeca Film Festival has revealed part one of the upcoming fest’s lineup. This includes the World Narrative and Documentary Competition film selections, along with selections for the out-of-competition Viewpoints program, designed to highlight diverse filmmakers in international and American independent cinema. Check it out, below.
  • By Anne Thompson and Beth Hanna
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  • March 4, 2014 11:58 AM
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Paolo Sorrentino Talks Oscar-Winner 'The Great Beauty' and What's Next (TRAILER)

I first discovered the cinema of Italian auteur Paolo Sorrentino in 2008 when I saw "Il Divo" at Cannes, which also stars the incandescent Toni Servillo. Even though the biopic did a deep dive into the arcane Machiavellian politics of Italy, the movie was utterly accessible because Servillo carried you through as former Prime Minister Giulio Andreotti.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • March 4, 2014 1:06 AM
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Oscar Talk: The 2014 Oscars, and a Special Announcement

Kris Tapley and I sat down for our final 2014 Oscar Talk podcast. Listen below.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • March 3, 2014 10:00 PM
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Backstage at the 2014 Oscars

As expected, "12 Years a Slave" earned best picture Sunday night at the 86th Academy Awards, while "Gravity" dominated the crafts, winning seven, as well as best director for Alfonso Cuaron. The reverse-engineered blockbuster took home awards for cinematography, VFX, editing, sound editing, sound mixing, and original score.
  • By Bill Desowitz
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  • March 3, 2014 5:00 PM
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'12 Years a Slave' Wins Best Picture Oscar, 'Gravity' Takes Seven, 'American Hustle' Shut Out (BACKSTAGE QUOTES, FULL WINNERS LIST)

"Possibility number one, '12 Years a Slave' wins Best Picture. Possibility number two, you're all racists," said Oscar host Ellen DeGeneres, returning after seven years, as she ended her opening monologue. Well, the Academy's 6000 voters went with possibility number one.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • March 3, 2014 3:13 PM
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Oscar Winner 'Frozen' Crosses $1 Billion Mark in Worldwide Box Office

Well, "Frozen" had a very good weekend. Not only did it score two Academy Awards on Sunday, for Best Animated Feature and Best Original Song ("Let It Go"), but it also crossed the $1 billion dollar mark in worldwide box office.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • March 3, 2014 2:31 PM
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WATCH: Oscar Red Carpet Videos

My first time covering the Oscars red carpet came and went this afternoon, with plenty of adrenaline, jitters, excitement, flusteredness, as well as a solid dose of hurry-up-and-wait.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • March 3, 2014 1:29 PM
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WATCH: Martin Scorsese Talks the Influence of the Great John Cassavetes

The BFI has posted this clip from "A Personal Journey Through American Movies," wherein Martin Scorsese discusses the influence of writer-director-actor John Cassavetes. "Relationship were all he was interested in: the laughter and the games, the tears and the guilt, the whole roller coaster of love," says cinephile Scorsese. Watch below.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • March 3, 2014 12:43 PM
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EXCLUSIVE: Watch a First Clip from SXSW World Premiere 'Thank You A Lot'

TOH! has scored an exclusive clip to SXSW premiere "Thank You A Lot," centering on a struggling Austin music manager who is facing the possibility of losing his job unless he signs with his reclusive country music father (played by real-life underground country star James Hand). Check it out, below.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • March 3, 2014 12:15 PM
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