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NYC Retrospective for Oscar Nominee Gary Oldman: 'Tinker Tailor,' 'Sid and Nancy,' 'Dracula' and More

Oscar and BAFTA award nominee Gary Oldman ("Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy") is getting a six-film retrospective in New York City, to include free screenings of "The Contender," "Bram Stoker's Dracula," "JFK," "Prick Up Your Ears," "Sid and Nancy" and "Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy." WNYC Radio is hosting the retrospective at Landmark Theatres' Sunshine Cinema; Oldman will attend a Q & A following the "Tinker" screening on February 8. Tickets are available here. More on the screenings below:
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • February 1, 2012 1:45 PM
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Immersed in Movies: 'The Artist' Cinematographer Talks in Retro Code

Take a step back for a moment to consider the bizarre irony of "The Artist" being on the verge of winning the Best Picture Oscar. What an underdog story: a black-and-white silent ode to Hollywood made by a French director with two French stars up against the best that our current film industry has to offer.
  • By Bill Desowitz
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  • February 1, 2012 1:40 PM
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Oscar-Nominated Films Come Home Via Movies On Demand

During Oscar season studios capitalize on nominations at the box office--and reach more Academy voters in LA and NY--with limited runs such as the one week re-release of "Rango" in Hollywood. But now they are grabbing eyeballs in another way: Movies on Demand.
  • By Jacob Combs
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  • February 1, 2012 1:33 PM
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Academy Launches Pre-Oscar Week Screenings Hosted by Bird, Moore, Oswalt

If you're champing at the bit for Oscar night to arrive, the Academy has plans to tide you over during the last week of waiting. If you can get to Beverly Hills, the Samuel Goldwyn Theater's screenings and discussions from February 21-25 feature director Brad Bird, Michael Moore and producer Mark Johnson, among others.
  • By Jacob Combs
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  • February 1, 2012 10:13 AM
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Woody Allen's DGA Speech: Says Awards Fall Somewhere Between Nobel Prize & Republican Primary

Woody Allen wasn't present at the DGA awards, where "The Artist" director Michel Hazanavicius was the big winner, but that didn't stop him from stealing the show with a suitably neurotic speech via video. It went like this:
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • January 31, 2012 2:36 PM
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Backstage at the SAG Awards, Jean Dujardin Responds to Oscar Win Question with a Song

Only three French actors have been nominated for Best Actor in the 83-year history of the Academy Awards--Maurice Chevalier twice, Charles Boyer, and Gerard Depardieu. And quite often, the winner of the SAG best actor prize wins at the Oscar as well--in fact, the last seven winners. When presented with this intel backstage at the SAG Awards--suggesting that he could be the first French actor to win the Oscar--Jean Dujardin fended off the query with one response--"pressure, big pressure"--and another: a song. Watch and listen:
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • January 30, 2012 5:17 PM
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SAG Awards Favor 'The Help,' 'The Artist'

The big upset of the night at the SAG Awards was Best Actor going to Jean Diujardin over George Clooney. The SAG ensemble prize for "The Help" was no surprise. Of the four Oscar nominations for the film, three were for performances. The SAG wins for Viola Davis and Octavia Spencer for "The Help" will repeat on Oscar night, as will Christopher Plummer's for "Beginners."
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • January 29, 2012 10:21 PM
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Weekend Box Office: Oscar Contenders Update

Jean Dujardin in "The Artist"
The weekend after the nominations resulted in the leading contenders grossing around $30 million total, on par with recent years despite there not being one single film that boosted the total. Rather, the wealth, in varying degrees, was spread around a number of films, with “The Descendants” gaining the most.
  • By Tom Brueggemann
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  • January 29, 2012 5:22 PM
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Immersed in Movies: Editing 'The Descendants,' from Clooney to Ozu

If "The Descendants" has a wild card in beating "The Artist," the front runner, for best picture, it's the George Clooney factor. He elevates the dramedy written and directed by Alexander Payne to cathartic heights.
  • By Bill Desowitz
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  • January 29, 2012 4:24 PM
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Santa Barbara Performer of the Year and Oscar Front-Runner Viola Davis Seeks Roles "You Can Sink Your Teeth Into"

At the height of awards season, at the 27th Santa Barbara International Film Festival, Myrlie Evers-Williams, widow of slain Civil Rights activist Medgar Evers, presented actress Viola Davis with the Outstanding Performer of the Year Award Friday,
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • January 29, 2012 3:08 PM
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