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Watch: Featurette for Supporting Actor Nominee Max Von Sydow in 'Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close'

Check out this featurette on Best Supporting Actor Oscar nominee Max Von Sydow's performance in "Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close." Here's what he said of his nomination at the Oscar Nominees Luncheon.
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • February 7, 2012 4:29 PM
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Who Sold You at Super Bowl XLVI 2012? Vote for Best TV Spot

Like many folks on my movie-oriented Twitterfeed, I watched and tweeted the entertainment side of the Super Social Bowl and tuned out the game. And I was disappointed as hell by the super-expensive ($3.5 million per 30 seconds) TV spots created by the Hollywood studios' best and brightest.
  • By Anne Thompson and Sophia Savage
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  • February 6, 2012 2:44 PM
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Watch: Michelle Williams Navigates Life and Longing in Trailer for Polley's 'Take This Waltz'

Michelle Williams considers the fact of being alive (and a kind of idiotic, marvelous, ridiculous longing) in the new trailer for "Take this Waltz" (Magnolia, June 29), Canadian actress-writer-director Sarah Polley's follow-up to 2006's "Away from Her," which earned two Oscar nominations, for her screenplay and star Julie Christie.
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • February 6, 2012 2:17 PM
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Teaser Watch: Phil Kaufman's 'Hemingway & Gellhorn'

Check out this HBO Films teaser promo reel for biopic "Hemingway & Gellhorn" (May 2012) about the tempestuous romance between war journalists Martha Gellhorn and Ernest Hemingway, directed by Phil Kaufman, yet another disenfranchised Hollywood filmmaker turning to HBO.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • February 6, 2012 1:11 PM
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Super Bowl 2012 Movie Ads UPDATE: Full-Length 'John Carter,' 'Battleship,' Ferris Bueller for Honda, 'Hunger Games,' 'Avengers,' 'Star Wars: Episode One 3D'

Thirty seconds of Super Bowl screen time will cost an advertiser $3.5 million. In exchange for this pretty penny, that half minute will reach some 111 million viewers. And a catchy TV spot will go viral and far outshine that number.
  • By Maggie Lange
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  • February 5, 2012 1:05 PM
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Video: Ben Gazzara and Friends

Too many people are leaving us, and all three of the guests on this 1970 Dick Cavett Show (not promoting "Husbands," and torturing Cavett) are now gone: Ben Gazzara, Peter Falk and John Cassavetes.  
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • February 4, 2012 4:25 PM
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Watch: New Trailer for 'The Hunger Games' with Jennifer Lawrence

Voila! "The Hunger Games" has a new trailer. Expect the marketing to continue accelerating until the franchise's debut March 23.
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • February 2, 2012 1:50 PM
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Video: Bingham Ray (1954-2012)

As the independent community mourns the loss of art film champion Bingham Ray, here are some video clips of some of his appearances. Also, check out this New York Magazine profile of Ray and his cohorts at the height of October Film's success. See also the tribute from his poker buddies, read by a choked-up John Cooper on Sundance closing night, as well as our obit and coverage of the impromptu Sundance Memorial. for Ray. Here are his NYT and LAT obits.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • January 31, 2012 11:55 AM
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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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First Look: 'The Artist' Blooper Reel Stumbles Onto the Internet

Need a dose of slapstick physical humor? We thought so. Two minutes of gloriously silly bloopers from Best Picture front nominee "The Artist" have emerged online -- and some of the mugging, toothy grins, and crack-ups nearly rival what made the final cut.
  • By Maggie Lange
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  • January 27, 2012 1:36 PM
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