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How Does Hans Zimmer Do It? Hack or Genius? "I am still an architect"

Hans Zimmer: "I am still an architect. Authorship seems to be more difficult for other people. My head runs over with ideas. I can't sleep at night, I get home and get another idea, I go back to studio and do it. I am surrounded by brilliant musicians. It's a give and take, constantly. The original concept is mine."
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • April 2, 2014 6:38 AM
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What's Next for Lupita Nyong'o? Oscar Winner On Board to Translate Hadza Doc

While the Academy Awards may already be in the cultural rearview mirror, you have to wonder when you're going to see a preternatural talent, and first-time Oscar winner, like Lupita Nyong'o again. Her next official project will be as Swahili consultant and translator for the upcoming environmental doc "The Hadza: Last Of The First."
  • By Anne Thompson and Ryan Lattanzio
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  • March 21, 2014 2:44 PM
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Ridley Sets Record Straight on McQueen '12 Years' Rift, Talks 'Jimi: All Is By My Side'

On location in Texas, John Ridley sets the record straight on the rift with '12 Years a Slave' director Steve McQueen. And digs into directing his second feature film, 'Jimi: All is By My Side.'
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • March 8, 2014 3:19 PM
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'12 Years a Slave' Wins Best Picture Oscar, 'Gravity' Takes Seven, 'American Hustle' Shut Out (BACKSTAGE QUOTES, FULL WINNERS LIST)

"Possibility number one, '12 Years a Slave' wins Best Picture. Possibility number two, you're all racists," said Oscar host Ellen DeGeneres, returning after seven years, as she ended her opening monologue. Well, the Academy's 6000 voters went with possibility number one.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • March 3, 2014 3:13 PM
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Final 2014 Oscar Predictions

Why are people talking about Oscar upsets this year? Because this intensely competitive race --prolonged by the Olympics--could yield some surprises on March 2. (See my picks below.)
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • March 2, 2014 12:22 PM
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'12 Years a Slave' Dominates the Indie Spirit Awards

"To be a part of that does not come along all that often," said Brad Pitt of producing "12 Years a Slave," backstage at Saturday's alternative to the Oscars, the Independent Spirit Awards. '12 Years a Slave' took home five awards, not only for best feature, but director Steve McQueen, supporting actress Lupita Nyong'o, cinematography Sean Bobbitt and screenplay John Ridley.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • March 1, 2014 7:59 PM
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Oscar Talk Final Predictions: 'Gravity' or '12 Years a Slave'? Lawrence or Nyong'o?

On this season's final Oscar Talk Podcast, Kris Tapley and I dig in to this year's hardest categories to predict: Best Picture and Best Supporting Actress.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • February 28, 2014 11:59 AM
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Talking Editing with the Oscar Nominees

Editorially, all five films take us out of our comfort zones in this strange season of survival and rebirth: from the chameleon-like con of "American Hustle" to the abduction at sea in "Captain Phillips" to the weightless terror of "Gravity" to the ticking clock death sentence of "Dallas Buyers Club" to the horror of having your life and liberty snatched away in "12 Years a Slave." I got an insider's view from Jay Cassidy ("American Hustle"), Christopher Rouse ("Captain Phillips"), John Mac McMurphy ("Dallas Buyers Club"), Mark Sanger ("Gravity"), and Joe Walker ("12 Years a Slave").
  • By Bill Desowitz
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  • February 20, 2014 4:28 PM
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Anatomy of a Scene: Solomon Northup Chained in '12 Years a Slave'

One of the most important yet difficult decisions in Steve McQueen's "12 Years a Slave" was how to depict Solomon Northup (Chiwetel Ejiofor) waking up in bondage. Fortunately, they hit on the idea in the cutting room to tell it out of sequence, the result of which was disconcerting for Northup and viewer alike, and which laid the groundwork for a more intimate narrative approach by staying with his POV. I discussed this crucial scene with the two Oscar nominees, production designer Adam Stockhausen and editor Joe Walker.
  • By Bill Desowitz
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  • February 19, 2014 4:26 PM
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Oscar Writers Reveal Road to Movies at Santa Barbara 'It Starts with the Script' Panel (VIDEO)

The annual Santa Barbara International Film Festival "It Starts with the Script" panel where I grill many of the writing Oscar nominees is my favorite moderating duty. This year did not disappoint.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • February 14, 2014 4:28 PM
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