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Toronto Film Fest Doc Preview, from Oscar Hopefuls to Likely Buys (Midnight Madness, Vanguard Lineups)

The Toronto International Film Festival always premieres a lineup of strong docs, some of which will be in this year's awards conversation. Programmer Thom Powers takes us through the selection.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • July 29, 2014 4:45 PM
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Emmy Watch: Learning to Love 'Game of Thrones'

The first time I quit "Game of Thrones," in the midst of the prolonged setup that plagued season one, it came as a relief.
  • By Matt Brennan
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  • July 29, 2014 1:29 PM
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Career Watch: TV Provides Stepping Stone to Film for Edgy Emmy Nominees Dreyfuss, Driver, Louis C.K.

These days, a movie star can easily make the switch to TV with no loss of stature. In fact, Matthew McConaughey’s acclaimed work on the HBO series “True Detective” probably helped to seal the deal on his Oscar win for “Dallas Buyers Club.” But taking the leap from TV to film? That’s an iffier proposition. Just because someone is popular on a small screen doesn’t mean they will have the same impact at the multiplex. And audiences often have a problem accepting a lead of a long-running series as a different character. Here are three actors – all competing for Emmys when this year’s ceremony airs on Aug. 25 – who have had varying degrees of success with conquering film.
  • By Susan Wloszczyna
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  • July 28, 2014 2:36 PM
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Weinstein Co. Awards Plans Come Into Focus: What Are Their Oscar Frontrunners?

Dating a film says a lot about a distributor's plans. So the later the film comes out--in the thick of the most congested season of the year-- the more willing the company is to step up and promote. It means they have skin in the Oscar game. There's no other reason to put out a limited-release movie in that time frame. Every year, Hollywood looks to the Weinstein Co. to put several awards-season players in the race. What are they?
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • July 28, 2014 12:56 PM
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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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