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Oscar Watch: The Artist is the One to Beat

Yes, "The Artist" is running away with the Oscar ball. It's has love from critics, dominated the SAG and Golden Globes nominations, and is strong with actors and craftspeople alike. As a nostalgic love letter to the movies--and a comic/tragic/romance--it has everything a Academy member could love, and will grab more Oscar nominations than any other film.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • December 15, 2011 4:29 PM
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Scorsese Gets American Riviera Award at the Santa Barbara Film Festival

Martin Scorsese is not in love with awards campaigning. But accepting awards--that's a relatively painless part of the Oscar campaign process. Thus he is going to attend the 27th Santa Barbara Film festival tribute to him on January 30 to receive the American Riviera Award.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • December 12, 2011 6:43 PM
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Immersed in Movies: Cinematographer Bob Richardson Goes Blue for Hugo in 3-D

The 3-D journey on "Hugo" for Oscar-winning cinematographer Bob Richardson ("The Aviator, " "JFK"), once he got over the growing pains and realized that the digital technology wouldn't hinder his craft, was to confidently embrace it.
  • By Bill Desowitz
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  • December 9, 2011 11:38 AM
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Video: Listen to French Electro-Duo Air's Score for Melies' "A Trip to the Moon"

Cannes 2011: Méliès's Fully Restored A Trip To The Moon in Color To Screen Fest's Opening Night
Check out the clip below from the digital restoration of hand-tinted 1902 film "Trip to the Moon," complete with French electronic duo Air’s contemporary film score, which debuted at Cannes and played Telluride. The new soundtrack gives a playful, energizing burst of vigor to the vibrant print. The pioneering short also plays a key role in Martin Scorsese's nostalgic loveletter to filmmaker Georges Melies, "Hugo."
  • By Maggie Lange
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  • December 8, 2011 2:22 PM
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Breaking Dawn Gobbles Thanksgiving Holiday Box Office, Muppets Leads Family Film Glut, Hugo Stumbles

The Thanksgiving holiday weekend offered a rich groaning board for mainstream and specialty audiences alike as more films pushed into the award season fray. Holdover "Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn- Part One" and new Disney musical "The Muppets" dominated the weekend, while "The Descendants" proved a powerful word-of-mouth hit for Fox Searchlight. On the downside, Martin Scorsese's $150-170 million 3-D period family film "Hugo" needed much bigger opening numbers to make back its production and marketing costs.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • November 27, 2011 1:15 PM
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Hugo: The 3-D Game-Changer

  • By Bill Desowitz
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  • November 25, 2011 12:44 PM
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Thankful for Scorsese: What's Next; Ebert's Goodfellas & Badfellas; Fast Company on the 'Greatest Living Director'

Martin Scorsese is not slowing down, burning out---or selling out, either. "Hugo," his first children's tale and first 3-D film, opens this weekend, and is earning stellar reviews. While it may prove too rich for many mainstream moviegoers, it's a testament to his ongoing exuberance as a director.
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • November 23, 2011 1:41 PM
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Will Hugo's Rave Reviews Yield Audiences and Oscar Nominations?

It's no surprise that film critics are loving "Hugo," Martin Scorsese's valentine to the birth of cinema and reinvention of the art of 3-D (November 23). In fact, as I was rejiggering my Oscar chart I recognized that in a field of small-scale movies this year,  the $150-million period adventure has a strong shot at quite a few technical nominations, going up against the likes of "The Adventures of Tintin," "The Tree of Life," "Transformers: Dark of the Moon" and "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - Part Two."
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • November 22, 2011 2:11 PM
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Martin Scorsese Talks 3-D Cinephile Fantasy Hugo and Holograms with Paul Thomas Anderson

At a special Paramount preview screening of Martin Scorsese’s first 3-D film Hugo yesterday, a capacity crowd avidly responded to the film’s immersive effects and masterly visual style, writes Justin Lowe, who covered a Q & A with the director and his crew and surprise moderator Paul Thomas Anderson, below.
  • By Justin Lowe
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  • November 6, 2011 1:16 PM
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Oscar Talk: Spielberg's War Horse, My Week with Marilyn's Michelle Williams, Scorsese's Hugo

Oscar Talk: Spielberg's War Horse, My Week with Marilyn's Michelle Williams, Scorsese's Hugo
In this week's Oscar Talk Kris Tapley and I debate Simon Curtis's My Week with Marilyn, which I saw at the New York Film Festival and the Weinsteins have moved to Thanksgiving. "You see a lot working behind those eyes," says Tapley. We agree Williams will make the top five for best actress.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • October 14, 2011 4:12 AM
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