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How Did 'Birdman,' 'Gone Girl,' 'Inherent Vice' and 'Imitation Game' Land Key Fall Festival Slots?

Everyone in Hollywood reads the industry tea leaves, the probable truth behind every announcement and its attendant spin. As the awards season takes shape, three major releases are jockeying for position: "Gone Girl," "Inherent Vice" and "Birdman." The Hollywood studios, indie distributors, Oscar campaigners and strategists were pushing the New York Film Festival (September 26 - October 12) for their awards hopefuls, wanting to land a coveted gala slot.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • July 21, 2014 3:33 PM
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Career Watch: TV Boosts Movie Stars Jon Voight, Robin Wright and Kevin Spacey

With Emmy Award season in full swing (the show airs Aug. 25), we look at three Emmy nominees who came up in Hollywood and are enjoying a career boost from their work in television. These days it's possible to move more fluidly than ever before between movies and TV (the late great James Garner was a rare example of a star who could swing both ways). The Third Golden Age of Television --easily viewed on multi-platforms by a wide range of viewers--has proved a boon for these movie actors.
  • By Susan Wloszczyna
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  • July 21, 2014 11:56 AM
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KVIFF Jury Prizes Won by 'Corn Island,' Elle Fanning, Nahuel Pérez Biscayart, Doc 'Waiting for August'

The juries for the 49th Karlovy Vary International Film Festival (July 4-12) handed out prizes in four competition categories Saturday night at the Hotel Thermal at a ceremony punctuated by slippery girls in black bikinis sliding across a watery stage. "Karlovy Vary is the face of this country," president of the competition Jury Luis Miñarro told the crowd before a screening of the hilarious dark Argentinian comedy "Wild Tales."
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • July 12, 2014 2:00 PM
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Emmy Nominations Snubs and Surprises, Early Picks to Win

Nominees from The Primetime Emmy Awards are listed below. Stay tuned for updates. Landing nominations were "True Detective" and Woody Harrelson and Matthew McConaughey, "Fargo" and Netflix's "Orange is the New Black" as well as surprise entrants Lizzy Caplan of "Masters of Sex" and Rickey Gervais for "Derek."
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • July 10, 2014 9:13 AM
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'Life Itself' Director Steve James Gets Up Close with Roger Ebert at the End of His Life (EXCLUSIVE VIDEO INTERVIEW)

Roger Ebert and his wife Chaz enthusiastically embraced the idea of a documentary of his bestselling memoir "Life Itself," and wanted Chicago filmmaker Steve James, whose "Hoop Dreams" Ebert had discovered at Sundance 20 years ago, to direct it.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • July 2, 2014 5:25 PM
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Academy Releases Official Submission Dates for Oscars

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences today revealed its category submission deadlines for the 87th Academy Awards®, which will be held on February 22, 2015.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • July 1, 2014 4:20 PM
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New Oscar Blogger Cara Buckley Joins the Red Carpet Ranks

Following David Carr and Melena Ryzik, the new New York Times Carpetbagger is now metro desk veteran-turned-culture reporter Cara Buckley.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • June 30, 2014 4:36 PM
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Academy Goes Digital with New Rules

The Board of Governors of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has approved rules for the 87th Academy Awards. The full list of changes is below.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • June 27, 2014 4:52 PM
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Digging Into New Academy Member Invites

The 271 new Academy member invites are revealing. For the second year in a row there are more of them. Twenty-two leaders of the field are now members of the new Casting Directors branch, long overdue.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • June 26, 2014 5:29 PM
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Why Academy Governors Changed Music Campaign Rules

At Tuesday's meeting of the Motion Picture Academy board of governors, they changed campaign rules for the music branch. They are reacting to this year's revocation of music branch member Bruce Broughton's original song Oscar nomination. He had e-mailed some 70 music branch members calling their attention to his song, entry #57, which he wanted them to check out.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • June 26, 2014 1:40 PM
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