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Screen Talk: Telluride Film Festival Predictions and Preview

The Thursday before Labor Day weekend, Indiewire critic Eric Kohn and I will arrive in Telluride, a little mining town in the Colorado Rockies, when we'll finally learn what's actually on the Telluride Film Festival schedule. On this week's podcast, we suss out our best guesses on the program. What impact will the new rules of engagement--no Telluride premieres on Toronto's first weekend--have on the two festivals?
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • August 22, 2014 12:41 PM
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Judd Apatow, Lena Dunham and Norman Lear Win 2014 PEN Literary Awards

Winners of the upcoming PEN Literary Awards include Judd Apatow, Lena Dunham and Ben Coccio for teleplay and screenplay awards, as well as authors like Gretel Ehrlich, Octavio Solis, Lindsay Hill and Craig Malisow, among others.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • August 21, 2014 7:40 PM
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'Trip to Italy' Star Rob Brydon to Host BAFTA LA's Britannias on October 30, BAFTA Awards Timetable

Are you a fan of "The Trip" or "Trip to Italy?" Welsh comedian Rob Brydon costars in these Michael Winterbottom road trip comedies with Steve Coogan, and both are hilarious. There's something authentic and yet well-performed about the setup--two old actor friends go along on a food trip, competing for the attention of various tablemates and women. Sometimes they annoy us and each other, but more often they amuse. Brydon did so well last year hosting the annual BAFTA LA's Britannia awards--which are well attended by various awards contenders every fall--that the BAFTAs are bringing him back for a second time around.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • August 20, 2014 3:36 PM
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Emmy Watch: Flying Under Awards Radar, 'Mad Men' Still Soars

As the final season of "Mad Men" begins, freelancer Freddy Rumsen (Joel Murray) speeds through a sleek, cinematic pitch for Accutron watches, selling the fantasy of time harnessed, exploited, made beautiful. He's selling, in a sense, "Mad Men" itself. "It's not a timepiece," his tagline goes. "It's a conversation piece."
  • By Matt Brennan
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  • August 19, 2014 6:18 AM
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'Fury' Starring Brad Pitt Closes London Film Festival in Bid for Oscar Contention

David Ayer's "Fury" is a movie I want to see. That's because Ayer is a visceral, innovative director who pulls strong performances from his actors, from Christian Bale and Freddy Rodriguez in "Harsh Times" to Michael Pena and Jake Gyllenhaal in hand-held indie "End of Watch," which made my 2012 Ten Best List. But trying to figure out "Fury" as an Oscar contender is another matter. Clearly Sony is pushing the movie into the awards corridor, moving up its release date from November to October in order to accommodate a closing night berth at the London Film Festival.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • August 14, 2014 1:17 PM
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Why Brad Pitt-Starrer 'Fury' Is Moving from November to October (VIDEO)

Sony Pictures is pushing up the release of David Ayer's intense world War II film "Fury," marking "Inglourious Basterds" star Brad Pitt's return to World War II as the commander of a battle-weary five-man tank unit at the end of their tour of duty--from November 14, 2014 to October 17, 2014. "Transformers" star Shia LaBeouf, Logan Lerman ("Noah"), Jon Bernthal ("Walking Dead") and Ayer regular Michael Pena ("End of Watch") also star in this 35 mm portrait of men under pressure.
  • By Anne Thompson and Tom Brueggemann
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  • August 12, 2014 1:56 PM
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Final 2014 Oscar Winners

Complete list of 2014 Oscar Winners.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • August 11, 2014 1:14 PM
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Oscar Predictions 2015

Oscar Predicts Chart 2014
As the fall festivals loom, I'm listing some possibilities for Oscar consideration for 2015. Going into the season, only a handful of movies have Oscar potential; their handlers will rely on critics and guild groups to keep them in the conversation over the long haul. They are Wes Anderson's well-wrought hit "Grand Budapest Hotel," which gains points for period but loses some for comedy. Similarly, Richard Linklater's "Boyhood" has earned critics' kudos for its daring and unique 12-year time travel, but remains a small-scale indie that has to sustain itself over a year, from January's Sundance through the long awards slog.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • August 11, 2014 12:46 PM
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How to Pick a Foreign Oscar Entry?

Certain countries over the decades have done better with foreign Oscar nominations. Italy and France lead the field with the most Oscar wins.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • August 6, 2014 12:41 PM
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Golden Globes Awards Dates and Deadlines

The timetable for the 72nd Golden Globes Awards--the third most watched awards show on television--is upon us. The Hollywood Foreign Press Association (HFPA) nominations for The 72nd Annual Golden Globe® Awards for motion picture and television will be announced at 8 a.m. (ET) on Thursday, December 11, 2014. Tina Fey and Amy Poehler will host the NBC show at the Beverly Hilton which airs live January 11th from 5-8 p.m. (PT) and 8-11 p.m. (ET) in 160 countries worldwide.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • August 5, 2014 1:45 PM
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