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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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Amsterdam Film Festival Awards

Congrats to TOH contributor Sophia Savage, pictured here with the "Bellflower" boys Evan Glodell and Tyler Dawson, for winning the World Cinema directing prize at the Amsterdam Film Festival for her Kickstarter-funded debut short film "Empyrian," which she also wrote and stars in, along with Dawson. All the 2013 winners are here.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • June 3, 2013 4:44 PM
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Neil Patrick Harris Adds Emmys To Hosting Tonys, Why Not Oscars? UPDATE

Why fix something that isn't broken? Musically gifted TV star Neil Patrick Harris is not only returning for a fourth turn as host of the Tony Awards at Radio City Music Hall, to air June 9 on CBS, but will also host the Emmys for the network on September 22. Harris hosted the Tonys in 2009, 2011 and 2012, and the 2009 Emmys, which is the last time they were broadcast on CBS. it doesn't hurt that the final-season premiere of Harris's show “How I Met Your Mother" is the night after the awards show.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • May 29, 2013 2:59 PM
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'Blue Is The Warmest Color' Wins Cannes Palme d'Or

In a twist in Cannes Sunday evening, director Abdellatif Kechiche's "Blue is the Warmest Color" not only won the Palme d'Or, but the jury, headed by Steven Spielberg, made the extraordinary gesture of also giving its actresses Adele Exarcholpoulos and Lea Seydoux honorary scrolls for their bravery in the film. The three-hour feature had received terrific word-of-mouth after its initial screening though some speculated its heavy and explicit sexual content, which is based on the French graphic novel Le Bleu est une couleur chaude by Julie Maroh, would possibly hinder a Palme d'Or win.
  • By Anne Thompson and Brian Brooks
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  • May 26, 2013 1:05 PM
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Cannes Un Certain Regard Awards: 'Missing Picture,' 'Omar,' 'Stranger by the Lake,' 'Fruitvale Station'

The Cannes sidebar Un Certain Regard 2013 presented in competition 17 films from 15 different countries, six of which were first films. Sofia Coppola's "The Bling Ring" opened the program out of competition. The jury led by Danish director Thomas Vinterberg ("The Hunt") included actresses Zhang Ziyi (China) and Ludivine Sagnier (France) as well as Ilda Santiago, the Head of Festival do Rio, and Enrique Gonzalez Macho, the Spanish producer, distributor, exhibitor.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • May 25, 2013 3:03 PM
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MacFarlane Opts Out of 2014 Oscar Gig, Recommends Joaquin Phoenix as Host

Some have speculated that because the motion picture Academy is happy with the ratings of the last Oscar show, and therefore wanted to bring back musically-oriented producers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron, that their 2013 Oscar host Seth MacFarlane would be part of the 2014 show package. But not so fast. UPDATE: MacFarlane reiterates yet again on Twitter that his Oscar gig was a one-time thing.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • May 20, 2013 2:23 PM
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Cannes: Coens Make A Splash with 'Inside Llewyn Davis' (TRAILER)

The Coens made a splash Saturday night with the gala premiere of "Inside Llewyn Davis." The film, with a stunning awards-worthy performance by Oscar Isaac, follows a singer/-songwriter as he attempts to make a go of it in the burgeoning folk music scene of New York's Greenwich Village in the early '60s. Backed by upbeat reviews, distributor CBS Films, producer Scott Rudin and Oscar strategist Cynthia Swartz will make an awards push for the film (here's Variety, Indiewire, THR, Awards Daily).
  • By Brian Brooks
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  • May 19, 2013 12:45 PM
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2013 Student Academy Award Winners Announced

The winners have been announced for the 2013 Student Academy Awards. Thirteen students from nine US colleges and universities as well as three students from foreign universities have been selected as winners. Full list below.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • May 15, 2013 11:53 AM
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