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Review: Kim Mordaunt's Australian Oscar Submission 'The Rocket,' a Primitivist Parable with Anti-Corporate Message (TRAILER)

There’s some seductively primeval scenery decorating Aussie director Kim Mordaunt’s “The Rocket,” which is Australia's Oscar entry, if only because its setting -- Laos -- has so seldom appeared on western screens. The film opens in New York City on January 10 and in Los Angeles on January 17 at the Nuart Theatre.
  • By John Anderson
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  • January 8, 2014 11:51 AM
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BAFTA Live Stream: British Academy Film Awards Nominations

The BAFTA nominations are here. The Brits have long had an impact on the Academy Awards--there's an overlap of several hundred members.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • January 8, 2014 2:32 AM
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New York Film Critics Circle Apologizes to Steve McQueen and Fox Searchlight for Armond White Heckling, White Defends Himself (UPDATE)

For pure shock value, Adele Exarchopoulos’ legs were the main event at Monday’s New York Film Critics Circle awards dinner, barely contained as they were in a man’s shirt disguised as a dress. Armond White? There’s not a lot of shock value left: When we sat down to eat, someone at our table said, “Let’s have a pool: How long 'til Armond goes off?” We waited a while, but Old Faithful finally blew.
  • By John Anderson
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  • January 7, 2014 2:41 PM
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Paul Mazursky to Receive Writers Guild West's 2014 Screen Laurel Award

Paul Mazursky
Writer, director and actor Paul Mazursky is set to receive the Writers Guild West's Screen Laurel Award at the upcoming 2014 ceremony. The honor recognizes Mazursky's lifetime of work in the film industry.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • January 7, 2014 2:25 PM
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Directors Guild Nominations 2014 Reveal the Five Oscar Frontrunners

The Directors Guild of America's five nominees for Outstanding Directorial Achievement in a Feature Film for 2013 make clear the top five contenders for the Oscar. Along with the SAG, PGA and WGA nominations, the DGA is usually a strong bellwether for where things are going.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • January 7, 2014 1:20 PM
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'Grandmaster' Wong Kar-Wai Mourns 35 MM, Honors Fading Martial Arts (EXCLUSIVE VIDEO)

Hong Kong filmmaker Wong kar-wai ("In the Mood for Love") is an engaging and articulate man. He's happy that after two years of research travel around Asia meeting the grandmasters of martial arts, his film "The Grandmaster" is not only his second to be submitted by Hong Kong for the best foreign Oscar, but made the shortlist of nine.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • January 7, 2014 12:59 PM
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Debate Continues Over Use of A.O. Scott's Modified 'Llewyn Davis' Tweet; He Said No to Publicity Team When Approached UPDATED

UPDATE: It seems that when A.O. Scott was approached over email by "Inside Llewyn Davis" publicist Cynthia Swartz about using his tweet in a full-page NYT ad for the film, he gave her a pretty clear "No." Per the Times, he responded to Swartz via email:
  • By Anne Thompson and Beth Hanna
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  • January 7, 2014 12:08 PM
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John Legend to Perform at Governors Ball on Oscar Night

Following the 86th Academy Awards telecast, nine-time Grammy Award-winner John Legend will perform at the Governors Ball, the Academy's post-Oscars celebration, on Sunday March 2.
  • By Ryan Lattanzio
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  • January 6, 2014 8:29 PM
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Academy Nags Oscar Voters to Fill Out Ballots

You know those annoying pre-taped campaign calls that you get ahead of a political election? Well, some 6000 active voting members of the Academy are picking up roto-calls from new Academy president Cheryl Boone-Isaacs. She's asking them to please submit their ballots before the looming deadline.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • January 6, 2014 3:11 PM
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WATCH: Nicole Holofcener Talks to Indiewire's Awards Season Spotlight

"Enough Said" writer-director Nicole Holofcener is today's honoree in Indiewire's ongoing Awards Season Spotlight interview series. Check out some video segments, below.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • January 6, 2014 2:19 PM
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