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George Clooney to Receive BAFTA LA's Stanley Kubrick Britannia Award on November 9

On November 9, BAFTA LA will honor actor, director and producer George Clooney with the Stanley Kubrick Award for Excellence in Film at the 2013 Britannia Awards.
  • By Ryan Lattanzio
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  • July 9, 2013 2:12 PM
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Screen Actors Guild Sets 2013 Calendar, Submissions Deadlines

Submissions of performances for the 20th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards nominations, which will be announced on Wednesday, December 11 2013, are now open. Submissions will close on Thursday, Oct. 24, at 5 p.m. (PST). The award ceremony will be aired live on TNT and TBS on Saturday, January 18. 2014.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • July 8, 2013 4:51 PM
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Emmy Watch: 'Scandal' Star Kerry Washington Graces August Vanity Fair Cover

It won't do the "Scandal" Emmy campaign any harm for Kerry Washington to be on the cover of the August issue of Vanity Fair. It's a pretty stunning cover photo by Norman Jean Roy. Contributing editor David Kamp wrote the feature interview with the actress, 36, who grew up in the Bronx and broke out at Sundance in 2001 indie feature "Lift."
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • July 2, 2013 4:51 PM
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Lena Dunham, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Ava DuVernay, Prince and Milla Jovovich Among 276 Invited to Join Academy

It's hard to get into the Academy, but these days it helps to be young, gifted and black. The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has extended invitations to 276 artists and executives to join the organization, rounding out its complete additions for 2013.
  • By Anne Thompson and Ryan Lattanzio
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  • June 28, 2013 3:50 PM
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Oscar Watch: Disney Gives 'Saving Mr. Banks' a Limited December Run Ahead of Wide Holiday Release

Early buzz is good on Disney's indie pick-up "Saving Mr. Banks," and the studio appears confident that critical reaction and word-of-mouth will be upbeat, as they are moving the anticipated year-end entry up to December 13 in limited release, ahead of its wide break set for December 20.
  • By Tom Brueggemann
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  • June 13, 2013 9:27 PM
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Sony Pictures Classics' Bernard & Barker Feted and Roasted at MOMI's First Annual Envision Awards

Lotta love in the room last night at the Museum of the Moving Image in New York for Sony Classics co-chiefs Tom Bernard and Michael Barker, recipients of MOMI’s first annual Envision Award, and who were roasted, but not to the point of combustion. “They hold a record,” Focus CEO James Schamus began, and paused …. was he going to mention Bernard-Barker’s 135 career Academy nominations? A list of filmmakers that includes Woody Allen, Pedro Almodovar, Michael Haneke and Asgar Farhadi? Their taste? Their balls? Their good looks?
  • By John Anderson
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  • June 12, 2013 2:34 PM
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2014 BAFTA Awards Timetable Announced

BAFTA, the British Academy of Film and Television Arts, announced today the timetable for the 2014 BAFTA Awards, to be held on February 16 at the Royal Opera House in London's Covent Garden, and to be broadcast by the BBC. Details on key dates for voting rounds, nominations and other deadlines below.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • June 11, 2013 12:42 PM
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Seattle Film Festival Wraps with 'The Bling Ring,' South African 'Fanie Fourie’s Lobola' Wins Audience Award

The sprawling 39th Seattle International Film Festival, at 25 days the largest in the United States, wrapped up on Sunday. At the annual awards brunch at the Space Needle, director Carl Spence, jury members and some of his programming team of 25 announced the winners of the SIFF 2013 Competition and Golden Space Needle Audience Awards.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • June 9, 2013 2:41 PM
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Ribald Mel Brooks AFI Tribute, from Scorsese and Lynch to De Niro and Silverman: 'You're an Enigma, You are Singular, You are Ridiculous' (TRAILERS)

When asked by AFI if he could be the honoree of the 41st Life Achievement Award, Mel Brooks responded, "Of course! What took you so long?" It's a good question. It's clear from last night's event at the Dolby Theater -- a procession of food, drink, roasts and tributes -- that Hollywood peers just adore the 86 year-old director, screenwriter, composer, you-name-it. He's a renaissance man and an immortal legend and no one disputed that.
  • By Ryan Lattanzio
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  • June 7, 2013 2:53 PM
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Ricky Gervais Says Hosting the Oscars "Would Be Very Tempting" -- Here's Why That Won't Happen

A provocative quote from Ricky Gervais comes to us today courtesy of Gold Derby. The comedian and actor, who has now hosted the Golden Globes twice to both incendiary and underwhelmed reactions, says that hosting the Oscars "would be very tempting." Now, Gervais hasn't been offered the role in any capacity, and here's why he won't be.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • June 5, 2013 1:10 PM
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