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De Niro Oscar Campaign Goes Into Overdrive; Star Wants Total 10-15 Scorsese Flicks (CLIPS)

To kick off its three day retrospective of the films of Robert De Niro, the American Cinematheque screened David O. Russell's "Silver Linings Playbook" and hosted a post-screening conversation with the iconic actor. Harvey Weinstein introduced De Niro after a reel of some of his career highlights -- including scenes from "Casino," "Raging Bull," "Kings of Comedy" and "Taxi Driver." (See clips below.)
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • February 5, 2013 2:24 PM
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Immersed in Movies: Ang Lee Talks 'Life of Pi' VFX and 3-D

Tuesday night, the Visual Effects Society will honor director Ang Lee with its Visionary Award at the 11th annual VES Awards at the Beverly Hilton. It's an apt tribute, given the tremendous tech accomplishments of "Life of Pi" as both a groundbreaking 3-D experience and for the riveting performance of Rhythm & Hues' CG Bengal tiger, Richard Parker.
  • By Bill Desowitz
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  • February 4, 2013 3:35 PM
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Fincher, Soderbergh, Tatum Talk the Rooney Mara Mystique in Newsweek Profile

Newsweek's profile of actress Rooney Mara looks at the Girl with the Cool-As-Ice Demeanor, and what makes her so alluring to some of Hollywood's biggest directors. After being nominated for an Oscar in 2011 for David Fincher's "Girl with the Dragon Tattoo"...
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • February 4, 2013 12:50 PM
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'Lincoln' Oscar Frontrunner Daniel Day-Lewis Opens Up in Santa Barbara (VIDEOS)

Daniel Day-Lewis may not appear to be a marquee movie star. But audiences are starting to get the idea that when he does a movie--and he picks them carefully, willing to wait years between roles--they should check it out. At a time when many actors risk overexposure, grabbing all the roles they can while interest is hot, Day-Lewis steps back and keeps himself grounded in his family and waits for the muse to hit him.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • February 2, 2013 7:51 PM
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Oscar Watch: West Bank Man with '5 Broken Cameras' UPDATED

"I film to heal," says Emad Burnat, a Palestinian filmmaker and activist living in the West Bank, towards the end of "5 Broken Cameras," the disturbing and intricately layered documentary composed predominantly of Burnat's footage, which he crafted into a film along with Israeli director Guy Davidi. To forget, Burnat says, is to allow the wounds to fester in some hidden place; it is memory—and documentation—that are necessary to experience true recovery.
  • By Jacob Combs
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  • January 31, 2013 2:52 PM
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Oscar Watch: 'The Gatekeepers' Pops the Lid Off the Israeli/Arab Conflict, Dror Moreh Q & A (VIDEO)

Things aren't getting any easier in the Middle East. Filmmaker Dror Moreh decided to look at the Israeli/Palestine conflict from another angle. He went to the six living men who have run Shin Bet, Israel's Secret Service, from 1980 through 2011. Backed by Israel, France, Germany and Belgium, "The Gatekeepers" was acquired by Sony Pictures Classics and has been a hit on the festival circuit.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • January 31, 2013 1:57 PM
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'Side Effects': Soderbergh Q & A and Review Roundup [VIDEO]

As "Side Effects" co-stars Channing Tatum and Catherine Zeta-Jones were no-shows at Wednesday night’s group Q & A for the twisty new Steven Soderbergh thriller "Side Effects" (February 7), the filmmaker himself was the star of the night. Soderbergh charmed his post-screening audience at Lincoln Center’s Walter Reade Theater as thoroughly as he did the entire internet earlier this week in his conversation with Mary Kate Schilling for Vulture.
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  • January 31, 2013 1:11 PM
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Immersed in Movies: Revisiting 'Frankenweenie' with Tim Burton

If "Frankenweenie" has an edge in the Oscar race for best animated feature, it's because of the Tim Burton factor. He's long overdue for an Academy Award and if it weren't for the continued popularity of "The Nightmare Before Christmas", there likely wouldn't be three stop-motion movies competing for the Oscar this year.
  • By Bill Desowitz
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  • January 30, 2013 2:29 PM
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Lucasfilm's Kathleen Kennedy Talks 'Star Wars,' George Lucas is 'Her Yoda,' Wanting the Oscar for 'Lincoln' and More

In the first in-depth profile of Lucasfilm's Kathleen Kennedy, the Hollywood Reporter talks with Kennedy about nabbing J.J. Abrams for "Star Wars Episode VII," and George Lucas' involvement with the new film. They also speak with Steven Spielberg, David Fincher and Kennedy's husband, producer Frank Marshall.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • January 30, 2013 1:29 PM
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Sundance: 'Emanuel and the Truth About Fishes' Review and Interview (VIDEO)

Unfortunately, the characters in Francesca Gregorini's handsome but uninvolving "Emanuel and the Truth About Fishes" don't talk or behave like real people.
  • By Nora Chute
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  • January 30, 2013 12:14 PM
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