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'Trip to Italy' Star Rob Brydon to Host BAFTA LA's Britannias on October 30, BAFTA Awards Timetable

Are you a fan of "The Trip" or "Trip to Italy?" Welsh comedian Rob Brydon costars in these Michael Winterbottom road trip comedies with Steve Coogan, and both are hilarious. There's something authentic and yet well-performed about the setup--two old actor friends go along on a food trip, competing for the attention of various tablemates and women. Sometimes they annoy us and each other, but more often they amuse. Brydon did so well last year hosting the annual BAFTA LA's Britannia awards--which are well attended by various awards contenders every fall--that the BAFTAs are bringing him back for a second time around.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • August 20, 2014 3:36 PM
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Showtime Renews Emmy-Nominated 'Masters of Sex' and 'Ray Donovan' for Third Seasons

My favorite summer TV series is "Masters of Sex," which has deepened its exploration of male-female relationship dynamics in its second season. So I'm delighted to report that Showtime has renewed the hourlong series about the work and life of the famous sex research couple Masters and Johnson for a third season, along with hardboiled drime series "Ray Donovan," starring Liev Schreiber and Jon Voight.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • August 20, 2014 1:09 PM
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Emmy Watch: Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Bryan Cranston & Aaron Paul Star in Hilarious Academy Parody (VIDEO)

Anything that puts Bryan Cranston, Julia Louis-Dreyfus and Aaron Paul in a room together is something to see!
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  • August 19, 2014 3:30 PM
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Screen Talk: Remembering Robin Williams and Lauren Bacall, New Director/TV Paradigm, Festival Update, Emmys, Week's Picks

On this week's Screen Talk podcast (available on iTunes), Indiewire critic Eric Kohn and I remember Lauren Bacall and Robin Williams, look at the new director paradigm on television pioneered by Cary Fukunaga and Steven Soderbergh in "True Detective" and "The Knick," respectively, talk "Outlander" and Emmys, latest festival news and make our picks of the week.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • August 15, 2014 1:36 PM
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'Fury' Starring Brad Pitt Closes London Film Festival in Bid for Oscar Contention

David Ayer's "Fury" is a movie I want to see. That's because Ayer is a visceral, innovative director who pulls strong performances from his actors, from Christian Bale and Freddy Rodriguez in "Harsh Times" to Michael Pena and Jake Gyllenhaal in hand-held indie "End of Watch," which made my 2012 Ten Best List. But trying to figure out "Fury" as an Oscar contender is another matter. Clearly Sony is pushing the movie into the awards corridor, moving up its release date from November to October in order to accommodate a closing night berth at the London Film Festival.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • August 14, 2014 1:17 PM
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Why Brad Pitt-Starrer 'Fury' Is Moving from November to October (VIDEO)

Sony Pictures is pushing up the release of David Ayer's intense world War II film "Fury," marking "Inglourious Basterds" star Brad Pitt's return to World War II as the commander of a battle-weary five-man tank unit at the end of their tour of duty--from November 14, 2014 to October 17, 2014. "Transformers" star Shia LaBeouf, Logan Lerman ("Noah"), Jon Bernthal ("Walking Dead") and Ayer regular Michael Pena ("End of Watch") also star in this 35 mm portrait of men under pressure.
  • By Anne Thompson and Tom Brueggemann
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  • August 12, 2014 1:56 PM
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Oscar Predictions 2015

Oscar Predicts Chart 2014
As the fall festivals loom, I'm listing some possibilities for Oscar consideration for 2015. Going into the season, only a handful of movies have Oscar potential; their handlers will rely on critics and guild groups to keep them in the conversation over the long haul. They are Wes Anderson's well-wrought hit "Grand Budapest Hotel," which gains points for period but loses some for comedy. Similarly, Richard Linklater's "Boyhood" has earned critics' kudos for its daring and unique 12-year time travel, but remains a small-scale indie that has to sustain itself over a year, from January's Sundance through the long awards slog.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • August 11, 2014 12:46 PM
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Best of the Week: Oscar Predictions, The Female Superhero Strikes Back, Duplass' New Indie Paradigm & More

The top stories of the week from TOH!
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  • August 9, 2014 1:46 PM
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How to Pick a Foreign Oscar Entry?

Certain countries over the decades have done better with foreign Oscar nominations. Italy and France lead the field with the most Oscar wins.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • August 6, 2014 12:41 PM
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Golden Globes Awards Dates and Deadlines

The timetable for the 72nd Golden Globes Awards--the third most watched awards show on television--is upon us. The Hollywood Foreign Press Association (HFPA) nominations for The 72nd Annual Golden Globe® Awards for motion picture and television will be announced at 8 a.m. (ET) on Thursday, December 11, 2014. Tina Fey and Amy Poehler will host the NBC show at the Beverly Hilton which airs live January 11th from 5-8 p.m. (PT) and 8-11 p.m. (ET) in 160 countries worldwide.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • August 5, 2014 1:45 PM
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