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Obit: Paramount Stalwart A.C. Lyles Bows Out at Age 95

A.C. Lyles – producer, publicist and one of the last links to Hollywood’s early years – has died at the age of 95. He was 10 years old in 1928 when he handed out fliers at a Paramount owned theater in Jacksonville, Florida and 20 when he had saved enough money working as an usher to take the train to California and arrive at the Paramount gate expecting to get a job. He got one in the Paramount mailroom.
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  • September 30, 2013 9:50 PM
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Oscar-Bound Bruce Dern Talks Career and Alexander Payne's 'Nebraska'

Let the Oscar drum-roll begin for 77-year-old actor Bruce Dern. He talks his career, and his wonderfully heartbreaking performance as Woody Grant, an aging man on a quest for a dubious sweepstakes reward of $1 million, in Alexander Payne's "Nebraska."
  • By Anne Thompson and Beth Hanna
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  • September 30, 2013 4:25 PM
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AFI FEST Adds Three Centerpiece Galas; 'Out of the Furnace' World Premieres

The AFI FEST has added a world premiere to their lineup, after Sony Pictures Classics pushed back Bennett Miller's "Foxcatcher" to 2014: Scott Cooper's "Out of the Furnace," starring Christian Bale, Woody Harrelson, Casey Affleck and Forest Whitaker (November 9).
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • September 30, 2013 3:58 PM
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TV IS THE NEW CINEMA: 'Breaking Bad' Goes Out with Neat Freak White at the Helm; Do the Suits Smell Blood?

It is now work like "Breaking Bad," rather than the white elephant CGI films that play in theaters, that furnishes our touchstones and defining metaphors. And if this really is the '60s and '70s, we have to thinking about how it might end. If the Third Golden Age of Television began because the suits didn't see any obvious way to "monetize" (lovely word) the wacky things the creators were doing, can the end be far behind now that they've tasted blood?
  • By David Chute
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  • September 30, 2013 3:35 PM
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TCM Announces 'Oscar,' New Documentary on History of the Academy Awards, to Premiere in February 2014

As part of TCM's annual "31 Days of Oscar" showcase in February of 2014, the network will present the world premiere of brand-new documentary "Oscar," which traces the history of the Academy Awards.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • September 30, 2013 2:41 PM
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Review Roundup UPDATE: 'Captain Phillips' a Gripping Thriller with Outstanding Performance by Tom Hanks (NEW TRAILER)

Reviews continue to roll in for Paul Greengrass' "Captain Phillips," following its New York Film Festival premiere. The breathless thriller stars Tom Hanks in the title role as a real-life cargo ship captain contending with Somali pirates. Check out the critical reactions, plus the new trailer for the film, below.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • September 30, 2013 2:11 PM
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Trailers from Hell: Larry Karaszewski on Joseph Losey's 'Secret Ceremony,' Starring Taylor, Farrow and Mitchum

The Dark Side of Sanity! kicks off at Trailers from Hell, with screenwriter Larry Karazsewski introducing "Secret Ceremony," which he calls "nobody's favorite Joseph Losey film," starring Elizabeth Taylor, Robert Mitchum and Mia Farrow. Losey is bettter known for deftly angst-ridden titles like 1951 noir "The Prowler" and 1963's "The Servant."
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  • September 30, 2013 1:43 PM
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Take Note, Indie Filmmakers: Why Indiegogo Is at the Head of the Crowdfunding Class (Q & A)

At a recent panel in Los Angeles, Marc Hofstatter of Indiegogo was joined by campaign producer Ray Brown ("The Bounce Back") to discuss the ins-and-outs of the company, and what makes a successful campaign -- in other words, sage wisdom for any indie filmmaker looking to crowdfund.
  • By Ryan Lattanzio
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  • September 30, 2013 1:33 PM
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European Film Awards Nominate Animated Films 'The Congress,' 'Jasmine' and 'Pinocchio'; Plus Watch New 'Frozen' Trailer (VIDEO)

The European Film Academy has announced its three nominations for Best Animated Feature Film of 2013. Plus, watch a new trailer for Disney's "Frozen," hitting theaters November 27.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • September 30, 2013 1:17 PM
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'Breaking Bad' Finale Divides Critics: Just Right or Too Neat? (REVIEW ROUNDUP)

As with anything hotly -- nay, insanely -- anticipated, the "Breaking Bad" finale was bound to divide critical opinion. Some found it the perfect cap to the series, while others took issue with its too-neat wrap-up of plot. A roundup of reviews below.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • September 30, 2013 12:26 PM
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