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Awards Circuit: Things I Learned at the Governors Awards and Other Weekend Parties

"This is what the Oscars should be like," said Warren Beatty after the fifth non-televised Academy Governors Awards Saturday night at Hollywood & Highland. The night was happy/sad. One minute the dinner guests were erupting in laughter, the next choking back tears.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • November 18, 2013 6:00 AM
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Why Does the World Need Another Film Festival?

With a prolonged global recession putting increasing pressure on the already fragile financial underpinnings of film festivals all over the world, what’s the argument for yet another curated offering -- and especially one taking place more than an hour from a major city, in rural Virginia? That skepticism greeted the announcement of this weekend’s first annual Middleburg Film Festival, which was spearheaded by Washington DC (and Middleburg) entrepreneur, filmanthropist and sports team owner Sheila Johnson -- one of the producers of "Lee Daniels’s The Butler."
  • By Rick Allen
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  • October 30, 2013 12:50 PM
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AFI FEST Adds Centerpiece Galas and Special Screenings, World Premiere of Peter Berg's 'Lone Survivor'

The American Film Institute (AFI) is adding more Centerpiece Galas and Special Screenings. They include John Wells and Tracy Letts' Toronto title "August: Osage County" on November 8 and the world premiere of Peter Berg's war film "Lone Survivor" (November 12) as well as Bernardo Bertolucci's Oscar-winning "The Last Emperor" in 3-D on November 10.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • October 17, 2013 9:00 AM
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Meryl Streep Gets a Bruising in New Poster for 'August: Osage County'

The claws are out in this new one-sheet for "August: Osage County," which hits theaters December 25. Check it out, below. TOH! liked the film out of TIFF; Meryl Streep is, unsurprisingly, a frontrunner for a Best Actress nomination, as is Julia Roberts for Supporting.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • October 16, 2013 2:56 PM
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Telluride and Toronto Winners and Losers: Who Came Out Ahead?

The fall film festivals are a crucible that send winners out into the award fracas and losers to lick their wounds.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • September 16, 2013 6:19 AM
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TIFF, Day Five: Villeneuve's 'Enemy,' Reichardt's 'Night Moves' and the Overstuffed 'August: Osage County'

Sometimes you shouldn't listen to people you're standing next to in line, no matter how charming you find them.
  • By Meredith Brody
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  • September 13, 2013 12:10 PM
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Harvey Weinstein Cuts a Swath Through the Fall Fests, from 'August: Osage County' to Pick-Ups

The Weinstein Co. was on the move on the fall festival circuit. They unveiled hyped documentary "Salinger" to mixed response and Stephen Frears' Judi Dench vehicle "Philomena" to raves in Venice, Telluride and Toronto. They world-premiered at TIFF not only sprawling dysfunctional family drama "August: Osage County," which will factor in the Oscar race for Meryl Streep, Julia Roberts and possibly even supporting stars Margo Martindale and Chris Cooper, but "Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom," starring Idris Elba as the South African leader, which failed to achieve take-off, the well-received "One Chance," based on the true story of a Welsh coal miner who goes on Britain's Got Talent and turns world class opera singer, and Maverick Series doc "12.12.12."
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • September 12, 2013 3:13 PM
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EW's Fall Movie Preview Arrives: 'Anchorman' Sequel, 'August: Osage County,' Jennifer Lawrence's 'Hunger Games' Tell-All (TRAILERS)

A huge survey of the season's most anticipated films, Entertainment Weekly's annual fall movie preview hits newsstands today. From the "Anchorman" sequel to Scorsese's "The Wolf of Wall Street," we've rounded up some highlights here.
  • By Ryan Lattanzio
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  • August 9, 2013 2:05 PM
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What Could Play at the 2013 Venice Film Festival? 'Gravity,' 'Captain Phillips,' '12 Years a Slave' and Malick in the Mix

With the fall festival season only two months away, speculation has begun as to what will play at Venice, celebrating its 70th anniversary this year. Variety and HitFix think Alfonso Cuaron's space epic "Gravity," starring Sandra Bullock and George Clooney, and Paul Greengrass' "Captain Phillips," starring Tom Hanks as the real-life cargo ship captain who conducted tense negotiations with Somali pirates in 2009, will be part of the lineup.
  • By Anne Thompson and Beth Hanna
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  • June 24, 2013 2:07 PM
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Trailer Watch: Meryl Streep and Julia Roberts Go Toe-to-Toe in Weinstein Entry 'August: Osage County'

Check out the first trailer for "August: Osage County," starring heavyhitters Meryl Streep and Julia Roberts in John Wells' adaptation of Tracy Letts' Pulitzer Prize-winning play. The Weinstein film hits theaters on November 8 and, needless to say, is a likely Oscar contender. (Harvey Weinstein is expected to introduce some material on the film at a press preview in Cannes.)
  • By Anne Thompson and Beth Hanna
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  • May 10, 2013 2:57 PM
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