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How Screenwriter Terry Southern Prepared Me for a Career in Hollywood

Some people debate the value of film school. I’m not one of them.
  • By Nancy Nigrosh
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  • February 6, 2014 1:29 PM
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We Own Our Own Copyrights

The simplest distinction often tells us all we need to know. In the music and film worlds there are artists who own the copyrights to their work and those who do not.
  • By Chris Dorr
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  • February 5, 2014 2:33 PM
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2014 Preview: From 'Nymphomaniac' to 'Gone Girl,' What Films Look Good, Great, and Troublesome This Year

With awards season still very much in full swing, it's still too soon to shake off 2013 completely. But a slate of great-looking films lies ahead on the horizon, as well as the theatrical releases of some of 2013's festivals hits that we've already seen.
  • By TOH!
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  • January 30, 2014 2:50 PM
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Sundance Feeds Hungry Egos -- Some Deserving, Many Not

Call it Sundance Head. There is one sad phenomenon that Sundance Film Festival publicists can’t do anything about: the fleeting, illusory and oxygen-deprived belief among certain of their clients that they have become, and will remain, the center of the universe.
  • By John Anderson
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  • January 22, 2014 3:12 PM
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Stream These: 10 Classic Best Picture Losers That Deserved Better

As we ramp up to the Academy Awards nominations unveiled this Thursday, here are ten films that lost Best Picture but deserved better. And you can stream them now.
  • By Ryan Lattanzio
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  • January 14, 2014 3:08 PM
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The VFX Bakeoff: Mixing Old School and New School

The Academy's VFX branch voted for the five nominees Thursday night, and while frontrunners "Gravity," "The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug," and "Pacific Rim" wowed the packed Samuel Goldwyn Theater, "World War Z," "The Lone Ranger," and "Oblivion" put on impressive presentations. The remaining contenders acquitted themselves nicely: "Iron Man 3," "Elysium," "Star Trek Into Darkness," and "Thor: The Dark World." So who knows? There might be a surprise or two come next Thursday.
  • By Bill Desowitz
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  • January 10, 2014 2:57 PM
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CINE-LIST: Five International Cinema Highlights from the Palm Springs Film Festival

Palm Springs International Film Festival excels in its foreign cinema selection, offering up the must-see buzzy titles, but also the lesser-known, equally worthy entries. By this point everyone knows that, say, Miyazaki's "The Wind Rises" or Thomas Vinterberg's "The Hunt" can't be missed. But what are some international films a bit more off the beaten track? Cine-List has five selections, from Kazakhstan to Argentina:
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • January 9, 2014 4:13 PM
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Crafts Roundup: Disco, Flappers and Old Men Dominate the Makeup and Hairstyling Oscar Race

The Oscar race for makeup and hairstyling has been very contentious. Making the shortlist were "American Hustle," "Dallas Buyers Club," "The Great Gatsby," "Hansel & Gretel Witch Hunters," "The Hunger Games: Catching Fire," "Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa," and "The Lone Ranger." However, the list of snubs include "The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug," "Rush," "12 Years a Slave," "Lee Daniels' The Butler," "Oz the Great and Powerful," and "Star Trek Into Darkness," and "Man of Steel."
  • By Bill Desowitz
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  • January 9, 2014 2:05 PM
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Best of the Week: PGA and WGA Noms, Why Everyone Is Piling on 'Wolf of Wall Street' and More

The top stories of the week from TOH!
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  • January 4, 2014 1:00 PM
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Crafts Roundup: Best Costume Design Contenders Play Dress-Up for the Past and Future

Costumers finally got their own branch this year, which mean they're no longer lumped in with the other designers, so we'll see how that impacts the nominations in two weeks. Not surprisingly, there's an abundance of upscale period pieces ("American Hustle," "12 Years a Slave," "Lee Daniels' The Butler," "The Great Gatsby," "Philomena," "Inside Llewyn Davis"). But even when dealing with the future ("Her") there's a retro vibe, save for the idiosyncratic and flamboyant "The Hunger Games: Catching Fire" (see our TOH! interview with Trish Summerville)
  • By Bill Desowitz
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  • January 2, 2014 2:48 PM
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