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EXCLUSIVE VIDEO: Rory Kennedy Talks Growing Up with and Filming 'Ethel'

Rory Kennedy, 43, is a Sundance and HBO documentary veteran who needed all her accumulated experience to navigate HBO Doc czar Sheila Nevins' challenge to her: make a film about her mother, Ethel Kennedy. First the filmmaker was shocked when her mother agreed to her request to do the doc profile. Then she asked her eight surviving siblings to participate--without any control over how their interviews would be used.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • December 12, 2012 3:58 PM
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Palm Springs Fest Honors Helen Mirren with International Star Award

The Palm Springs International Film Festival (January 3-14) will present Helen Mirren with the International Star Award on January 5 at their Awards gala.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • December 12, 2012 2:53 PM
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NAACP Image Awards Nominees Include 'Beasts,' 'Django' & 'Flight' -- 'Middle of Nowhere' Shut Out of Best Picture Race

The NAACP Image Award nominations were announced December 11, with Benh Zeitlin's "Beasts of the Southern Wild," Quentin Tarantino's "Django Unchained," Robert Zemeckis' "Flight" and Ava DuVernay's "Middle of Nowhere" nabbing recognition across multiple categories.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • December 12, 2012 2:28 PM
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SAG Nominations 2012: Surprises Include Kidman, Mirren, Bardem; 'Django Unchained,' Phoenix, Knightley, Adams, Weaver, McConaughey Snubbed UPDATED

SAG nominees for film were announced Wednesday morning. "Lincoln" and "Silver Linings Playbook" led the field with four nominations apiece. Big surprises: Nicole Kidman landed a supporting actress nom for "Paperboy," Javier Bardem scored a supporting nod for "Skyfall" while "Best Exotic Marigold Hotel" landed both supporting actress (Maggie Smith) and best ensemble nominations.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • December 12, 2012 9:15 AM
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Academy Deems 75 Original Songs Eligible for Oscar Contention, from 'Skyfall' to 'Paul Williams Still Alive'

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has deemed 75 feature film songs eligible for contention for nominations in the Original Song category for the 85th Academy Awards.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • December 11, 2012 7:57 PM
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Top Ten Season: Time Targets 'Amour' & 'Cloud Atlas' as Best & Worst of 2012

Time magazine's 10 Best and 10 Worst Movies of the Year lists are a varied bunch. Among them there's one documentary, one animated film and hoards of A-listers...
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • December 11, 2012 3:04 PM
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Review: Czech Oscar Entry 'In the Shadow,' Sleek Neo-Noir and Gorgeously Old-Fashioned Policier

“In the Shadow,” the Czech Republic’s official Oscar entry, takes place in 1953 Prague, during the currency reform. World War II has been over for the better part of a decade, but the stench of anti-Semitism is still thick in the air, and a tightly controlled police state looms. Detective Jarda Hakl (Ivan Trojan) falls upon a seemingly routine burglary case -- a safe broken into, jewelry missing -- that leads him down a labyrinthine rabbit hole with murder, lies and relentless surveillance in its cavernous depths.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • December 11, 2012 1:53 PM
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Detroit Film Critics Mix It Up with Best Picture & Director Nominations for Polley's 'Take This Waltz' & Bayona's 'The Impossible'

The Detroit Film Critics have announced their nominations, with many usuals getting recognition ("Zero Dark Thirty," "Argo," "Silver Linings Playbook") and a few interesting indie pushes -- Sarah Polley's "Take This Waltz" and J.A. Bayona's "The Impossible" both nabbed Best Picture and Best Director noms. Lead actresses Michelle Williams and Naomie Watts also received nominations, as did Greta Gerwig for Whit Stillman's "Damsels in Distress." Full list below.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • December 11, 2012 1:47 PM
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'Lincoln' Leads Critics' Choice Movie Awards Nominations with Record 13: UPDATED ANALYSIS

The Broadcast Film Critics Association nominations for the 18th annual Critics' Choice Movie Awards are led by Steven Spielberg's "Lincoln" with a record-setting 13 nominations, including Best Picture, Director, Actor (Daniel Day-Lewis), Supporting Actress (Sally Field) and Supporting Actor (Tommy Lee Jones). "Les Miserables" and "Silver Linings Playbook" aren't far behind, with 11 and 10 nominations, respectively. Full list and analysis below.
  • By Anne Thompson and Beth Hanna
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  • December 11, 2012 1:08 PM
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Academy Reveals 104 Eligible Original Scores for 2012 Oscar Race

Alexandre Desplat is 51 years old and has composed some 130 movie scores. This year they include three of the 104 eligible Oscar features: "Argo," "Rise of the Guardians," and "Zero Dark Thirty."
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • December 10, 2012 5:52 PM
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