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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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Larry Kramer's 'A Normal Heart' Will Debut on HBO in May

Ryan Murphy and Larry Kramer's adaptation of his Tony-winning play 'A Normal Heart,' starring Mark Ruffalo, Matt Bomer, Taylor Kitsch, Jim Parsons and Julia Roberts, will debut in May for HBO Films.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • January 9, 2014 6:56 PM
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WATCH: New Trailer for Peter Berg's 'Lone Survivor,' Starring Wahlberg, Foster, Kitsch and Hirsch

A new trailer has arrived for Peter Berg's "Lone Survivor," starring Mark Wahlberg, Ben Foster, Taylor Kitsch, Eric Bana and Emile Hirsch. The film, which follows the true story of four Navy SEALS' covert mission into the mountains of Afghanistan -- and their subsequent ambush -- has its world premiere at AFI FEST on November 12, a limited release December 27, and a national rollout January 10. Watch below.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • November 8, 2013 2:57 PM
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Oscar Watch: 'Lone Survivor' Is Peter Berg's Bid to Redeem Himself After 'Battleship'

Peter Berg directed "Battleship" for Universal Pictures so that he could direct the movie he cared about, "Lone Survivor," which he has been working on for five years. Universal is giving "Lone Survivor" an Oscar qualifying run on December 27 in advance of a January 14 wide release. Like "Argo" and "Zero Dark Thirty," it is based on a true story.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • August 16, 2013 3:46 PM
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Watch: Oliver Stone Interrogates Hayek, Del Toro, Lively in 'Meet the Savages'

In the first of five cross-examination videos leading up to the July 6 release of Oliver Stone's "The Savages," an offscreen Stone "interrogates" his characters. Cartel queen Elena (Salma Hayek), enforcer Lado (Benicio Del Toro), ex-mercenary Chon (Taylor Kitsch), pot producer Ben (Aaron Johnson) and their girlfriend O (Blake Lively) all share.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • June 13, 2012 1:24 PM
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Casting Watch: Who's Up for Finnick Odair in 'Catching Fire'? Only One Fits the Bill

I just fnished reading "Mockingjay," the third and final "Hunger Games" installment. Fair to say, the plot thickens and the action gets even more intense in "Catching Fire" and "Mockingjay" as Katniss Everdeen and her two rival swains Gale and Peeta go through several rings of fire.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • May 30, 2012 6:10 PM
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'Battleship' Nasty Early Reviews: Critics Unleash Nautical Brickbats

"Battleship," which so far boasts a paltry 45% on Rotten Tomatoes, is currently hitting screens in Europe and premieres stateside May 18, 2012.
  • By Maggie Lange
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  • April 11, 2012 2:02 PM
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