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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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Portland's Northwest Film Center to Celebrate Wes Anderson and His Influences

Over the next two months, from July 12 to August 31, the Northwest Film Center in Portland will present "Wes's World: Wes Anderson and His Influences," a look at the director's films and the filmmakers who have inspired him.
  • By Jacob Combs
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  • June 30, 2014 12:07 PM
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Review and Roundup: Matthew Weiner Misfires with Critically Panned 'You Are Here'

Matthew Weiner's contemporary comedy "You Are Here," an exploration of male friendship starring Owen Wilson and Zach Galifianakis, doesn't work. How could the creator of "Mad Men" so miss the mark?
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • September 10, 2013 1:44 PM
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Review: 'The Internship' Stars Vaughn and Wilson in Profoundly Unfunny Google Comedy

Isn’t it just so ironically hilarious that Vince Vaughn and Owen Wilson come off as such unwanted guests in “The Internship,” Shawn Levy’s divided-generations and generation-dividing comedy? Not really. In the film, which for some reason co-stars Rose Byrne, the “Wedding Crashers” duo play unemployed, overage cadets aboard the Google mothership, trying to get jobs at America’s No. 1 place to work (according to Fortune magazine). As any proctology patient will attest, even the most unfunny experience has something to teach us. In the case of “The Internship” it’s how truly polarized the generations seem to be.
  • By John Anderson
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  • June 2, 2013 4:43 PM
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First Look: Set Images from Wes Anderson's 'The Grand Budapest Hotel,' Starring Ralph Fiennes as M. Gustave

  • By Maggie Lange
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  • March 10, 2013 4:06 PM
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