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Jared Leto Wants the White House to Reject the Keystone XL Pipeline

Fresh off his Oscar win, Jared Leto has publicly pooh-poohed the extension of the Keystone XL Pipeline, which currently runs from Alberta, Canada to Nebraska and Illinois.
  • By Ryan Lattanzio
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  • March 6, 2014 4:32 PM
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John Travolta on Idina Menzel Name Blunder: "Let it go, let it go!" (UPDATED)

UPDATE: Since John Travolta's blooper at the Oscars (Idina Menzel = Adele Dazeem) has been nearly eclipsing any other chatter about the big night, the actor himself has come forward with a good-natured official statement on his truly strange slip-up:
  • By Anne Thompson and Beth Hanna
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  • March 5, 2014 12:10 PM
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All About Oscar Winning Animated Short 'Mr. Hublot': Where to Watch, Backstage Interview and More (TRAILER)

The one upset from the 86th Academy Awards was Laurent Witz’s Braziland steampunk gem "Mr. Hublot" besting Mickey Mouse in "Get A Horse!" in the Animated Short category. Want to know more about the surprise Oscar winner? Below, Witz' backstage comments after his win, and what he told me about the film in interviews leading up to the big night. Plus, watch the trailer.
  • By Bill Desowitz
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  • March 5, 2014 11:49 AM
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Career Watch: Where Does Oscar-Winner Cate Blanchett Go from Here?

Former USA TODAY film maven Susan Wloszczyna, a contributor/critic for RogerEbert.com, kicks off a new feature that examines the career status of major Hollywood stars. This week: Oscar’s freshly crowned best actress winner Cate Blanchett.
  • By Susan Wloszczyna
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  • March 4, 2014 1:43 PM
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Paolo Sorrentino Talks Oscar-Winner 'The Great Beauty' and What's Next (TRAILER)

I first discovered the cinema of Italian auteur Paolo Sorrentino in 2008 when I saw "Il Divo" at Cannes, which also stars the incandescent Toni Servillo. Even though the biopic did a deep dive into the arcane Machiavellian politics of Italy, the movie was utterly accessible because Servillo carried you through as former Prime Minister Giulio Andreotti.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • March 4, 2014 1:06 AM
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Oscar Talk: The 2014 Oscars, and a Special Announcement

Kris Tapley and I sat down for our final 2014 Oscar Talk podcast. Listen below.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • March 3, 2014 10:00 PM
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Backstage at the 2014 Oscars

As expected, "12 Years a Slave" earned best picture Sunday night at the 86th Academy Awards, while "Gravity" dominated the crafts, winning seven, as well as best director for Alfonso Cuaron. The reverse-engineered blockbuster took home awards for cinematography, VFX, editing, sound editing, sound mixing, and original score.
  • By Bill Desowitz
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  • March 3, 2014 5:00 PM
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'12 Years a Slave' Wins Best Picture Oscar, 'Gravity' Takes Seven, 'American Hustle' Shut Out (BACKSTAGE QUOTES, FULL WINNERS LIST)

"Possibility number one, '12 Years a Slave' wins Best Picture. Possibility number two, you're all racists," said Oscar host Ellen DeGeneres, returning after seven years, as she ended her opening monologue. Well, the Academy's 6000 voters went with possibility number one.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • March 3, 2014 3:13 PM
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WATCH: Oscar Red Carpet Videos

My first time covering the Oscars red carpet came and went this afternoon, with plenty of adrenaline, jitters, excitement, flusteredness, as well as a solid dose of hurry-up-and-wait.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • March 3, 2014 1:29 PM
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WATCH: 2014 Oscar Highlights, Plus Whole Show Recapped in Two Minutes (UPDATED VIDEO)

UPDATE: Due to Academy copyright issues, the videos we'd rounded up earlier of acceptance speeches were taken down from YouTube. Instead, watch the AP's highlights compilation from the show, plus "The 86th Academy Awards in Under Two Minutes" below.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • March 3, 2014 11:45 AM
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