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More than 300 Films Vie for Four Oscar-Qualifying Spots at 20th Palm Springs Shortfest

The Palm Springs International Shortfest is a big deal: one of only 70 or so Oscar-qualifying festivals for shorts, it qualifies the first-place winners of its four competitions to compete for the Academy Award; only the sprawling Los Angeles Film Festival qualifies more for Oscar contention.
  • By Jacob Combs
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  • June 5, 2014 1:25 PM
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This Weekend, Head to 'Godzilla' and, At Last, 'The Immigrant' (TRAILERS)

Marion Cotillard in "The Immigrant"
At long last, those lucky enough to live in New York or Los Angeles can see director James Gray's measured, masterful period film "The Immigrant" this weekend. Those inclined toward multiplex fare can comfortably seek out "Godzilla" and "Million Dollar Arm," which both offer plenty of popcorn pleasures. Meanwhile, two other small-scale indies off the festival pipeline arrive: "Chinese Puzzle," and "Half of a Yellow Sun."
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  • May 15, 2014 3:22 PM
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Cannes: Chiwetel Ejiofor and Gwyneth Paltrow Set for 'Secret in Their Eyes' Remake

Director Billy Ray ("Shattered Glass") has had a remake of Argentina's Oscar winner thriller "The Secret in Their Eyes" in the works for a few years, set up and then languishing at Warner Bros., and now rejuvenated at IM Global, who's set to shop the film at the Cannes market. And they've got a tantalizing cast in place: Chiwetel Ejiofor and Gwyneth Paltrow.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • May 13, 2014 1:56 PM
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Laura Dern and Chiwetel Ejiofor Set for Seattle Film Fest Tributes

Now in its 40th year, the Seattle International Film Festival (May 15-June 8) has announced that actors Laura Dern and Chiwetel Ejiofor will be honored with Tribute awards for Outstanding Achievement in Acting. Both are set to appear at special events, screenings of their work, awards presentations, Q&As and more.
  • By Ryan Lattanzio
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  • April 28, 2014 12:52 PM
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Watch: BAFTA Acceptance Speeches by Blanchett, Ejiofor, McQueen, Cuaron, Abdi, Mirren and More

We've rounded up a number of the rousing BAFTA acceptance speech videos, including Cate Blanchett, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Helen Mirren, Steve McQueen, Alfonso Cuaron and Barkhad Abdi. Check it all out, below.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • February 17, 2014 11:56 AM
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VANITY FAIR HOLLYWOOD ISSUE: Roberts, Ejiofor, Elba and Clooney on Front Cover, Who Was Brave Enough to Pose for a Chuck Close Polaroid? (VIDEO)

The annual Vanity Fair Hollywood cover has arrived in the mail. They've gone back to established movie stars for the front cover: those gorgeous faces include Oscar contenders Chiwetel Ejiofor ("12 Years a Slave") and Julia Roberts ("August: Osage County"), as well as global movie stars Idris Elba ("Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom") and George Clooney ("Gravity").
  • By Anne Thompson and Beth Hanna
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  • February 14, 2014 2:41 PM
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WATCH: Cinematographer Janusz Kaminski Directs Blanchett, Redford, Ejiofor and Many More in 11 Gorgeous Short Films

Here's a nifty thing. Oscar-winning cinematographer Janusz Kaminski directed 11 very short films for the New York Times Magazine, and the Times has a released a behind-the-scenes video of Kaminski directing the likes of Cate Blanchett, Robert Redford, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Oprah Winfrey, Adele Exarchopoulos, Forest Whitaker, Oscar Isaac, Greta Gerwig, Michael B. Jordan and Julia Louis-Dreyfus for the projects. Check it out, below.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • November 25, 2013 2:14 PM
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Actors Talk Actors: Julia Roberts, Ralph Fiennes, Benicio Del Toro and More Discuss This Year's Oscar Contenders in Variety

In Variety's new SAG preview, 35 different actors discuss this year's likely Oscar contenders: Ralph Fiennes talks Chiwetel Ejiofor in "12 Years a Slave," Candice Bergen talks Sandra Bullock in "Gravity," Julia Roberts talks James Gandolfini in "Enough Said" and much more. Quote highlights below.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • November 20, 2013 3:00 PM
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Awards Circuit: Things I Learned at the Governors Awards and Other Weekend Parties

"This is what the Oscars should be like," said Warren Beatty after the fifth non-televised Academy Governors Awards Saturday night at Hollywood & Highland. The night was happy/sad. One minute the dinner guests were erupting in laughter, the next choking back tears.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • November 18, 2013 6:00 AM
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Immersed in Movies: Cinematographer Sean Bobbitt Talks '12 Years a Slave'

Sean Bobbitt discusses going for visual simplicity in Steve McQueen's Oscar frontrunner, "12 Years a Slave."
  • By Bill Desowitz
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  • October 18, 2013 12:33 PM
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