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How Did 'Birdman,' 'Gone Girl,' 'Inherent Vice' and 'Imitation Game' Land Key Fall Festival Slots?

Everyone in Hollywood reads the industry tea leaves, the probable truth behind every announcement and its attendant spin. As the awards season takes shape, three major releases are jockeying for position: "Gone Girl," "Inherent Vice" and "Birdman." The Hollywood studios, indie distributors, Oscar campaigners and strategists were pushing the New York Film Festival (September 26 - October 12) for their awards hopefuls, wanting to land a coveted gala slot.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • July 21, 2014 3:33 PM
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Upcoming Hurricane Sandy Film Continues Hollywood's Preoccupation with Technology's Place in Our Lives

After Hurricane Sandy made landfall in October 2012, I became one of the residents of Manhattan’s newest neighborhood: SoPo, the wonderfully NYC-esque portmanteau for South of Power. This month, a new film about the power outage called "3rd Street Blackout" is set to begin production in New York.
  • By Jacob Combs
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  • June 3, 2014 12:10 PM
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Woody Allen's Next Film Begins Casting, Expected to Shoot in Rhode Island in July

Woody Allen's films have taken us all over the world these last few years--Paris in 2011, Rome in 2012, San Francisco in 2013 and the French Riviera this year in his new "Magic in the Moonlight"--and his next film will bring us back home, according to some juicy, newly released details.
  • By Jacob Combs
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  • June 2, 2014 10:48 AM
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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."
  • By TOH!
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  • May 15, 2014 3:22 PM
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Emma Stone Will Star Opposite Joaquin Phoenix in Woody Allen's Next Film

Emma Stone, who stars in Woody Allen's upcoming feature "Magic in the Moonlight," is also now signed on to star in the prolific director's next film, opposite Joaquin Phoenix.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • May 6, 2014 1:45 PM
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Four Reasons 2014 Will Be the Year of the Immigrant on Film (VIDEO)

From reportorial nonfiction to epic drama, from the couch to the art house, immigrants past and present will be at the forefront of 2014's film offerings -- not to mention your cable news network of choice. As the Congressional debate over immigration reform heats up and the midterm election gears begin to turn, here are four things to watch for:
  • By Matt Brennan
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  • January 27, 2014 1:24 PM
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LISTEN to Joaquin Phoenix Tell All on Terry Gross's Fresh Air

Joaquin Phoenix has enjoyed a strained relationship with his public. He's one of our great actors, from "Gladiator," which earned him one of three Oscar nominations (along with "Walk the Line" and "The Master") to Spike Jonze's "Her." Getting him to talk to Fresh Air's ace interlocutor Terry Gross was a favor to all of us. What did he reveal?
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • January 24, 2014 3:10 PM
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WATCH: In New Clip from 'Her,' Joaquin Phoenix Listens as Scarlett Johansson's Samantha Navigates New Feelings

Spike Jonze's imaginative and winningly uncynical sci-fi romance "Her" has its wide release on January 10, following its limited release back on December 18, in time for awards season contention. Check out a clip from the film below, featuring Joaquin Phoenix as lonely writer Theodore as he listens to his OS girlfriend Samantha (voiced by Scarlett Johansson) talk about her recent emergence of feelings and desires -- and the resulting insecurity.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • January 3, 2014 12:56 PM
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'Her' Designers Barrett and Storm Talk Creating Warm, Retro Look

Turns out that red is not only the warmest color in Spike Jonze's Oscar-contending "Her," but that there was no room for blue in this cozy LA of the near future. That's because the world building was retro rather than futuristic in exploring the conflict between emotion and environment, according to K.K. Barrett and Casey Storm, the director's longtime production designer and costume designer.
  • By Bill Desowitz
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  • December 24, 2013 2:50 PM
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'Her' Review: Spike Jonze Returns with a Vengeance with Tech Romance (Q & A)

Some of the best movies come from filmmakers on the rebound from a flop. After years of struggling to finish his labor of love, the idiosyncratic Maurice Sendak adaptation "Where the Wild Things Are," Spike Jonze has returned with a vengeance, for the first time writing as well as directing the story of a man on the rebound from a failed marriage. "Her" can be viewed as the flip side of Sofia Coppola's Oscar-winning movie about the end of their relationship, "Lost in Translation."
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • December 20, 2013 6:21 PM
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