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Sarah Polley Candidly Talks Must-See Memoir 'Stories We Tell' UPDATED (EXCLUSIVE VIDEO, TRAILER)

Transparency is Canadian writer-actress-director Sarah Polley's credo, as you can see in our candid video interview about her memoir "Stories We Tell." When Polley showed the documentary she was stunned that when people came up to her afterwards it was not to talk about her family mysteries, but their own. It turns out that she struck a universal chord.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • November 4, 2013 1:09 PM
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AFI FEST Promotes One of Last Holiday Entries Via Special Tribute to David O. Russell

Given that David O. Russell's "American Hustle" (December 25) is one of the last films to arrive into the already-crowded awards fray, the last film festival of the fall season, AFI FEST 2013 (November 7-14), gets to promote the presumed Oscar contender via Special Tribute on Friday, November 8.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • November 1, 2013 1:10 PM
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Producers Guild to Honor Michael G. Wilson and Barbara Broccoli with 2014 Selznick Achievement Award

The Producers Guild of America (PGA) has announced that Michael G. Wilson and Barbara Broccoli of EON Productions will receive the 2014 David O. Selznick Achievement Award in Motion Pictures. The award will be presented at the 25th Annual Producers Guild Awards ceremony on January 19 at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Los Angeles.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • October 30, 2013 12:23 PM
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Producers Guild To Give Visionary Award to Illumination Czar Chris Meledandri (TRAILER)

The Producers Guild Visionary Award recognizes Chris Meledandri "as one of the definitive producers of contemporary animation." Why is he getting this now? Illumination's latest Universal blockbuster "Despicable Me 2" is in the running for an animated Oscar, and is the 5th highest-grossing animated film of all time worldwide at the global box office.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • October 28, 2013 1:48 PM
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Isaiah Washington On African American Oscar Contenders: "It Doesn't Stray from the Formula"

'Blue Caprice' star Isaiah Washington on the current Oscar crop: "Killers and slaves, butlers and maids: it sounds like it’s going to be a great Oscar night for people."
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • October 25, 2013 5:50 PM
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Oscar Talk: Where Are We Now?

In Contention's Kris Tapley and I look at where the Oscar race is now. We check out the strengths and weaknesses of the New York Film Festival entries "Captain Phillips," Spike Jonze's "Her," and Ben Stiller's "Secret Life of Walter Mitty." We agree that Tom Hanks reminds us of what a real performance looks like.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • October 25, 2013 12:00 PM
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How Much Will Tina Fey and Amy Poehler Make Hosting the Upcoming Golden Globes? UPDATED

UPDATE: Reports are swirling about how much Tina Fey and Amy Poehler will make for their upcoming Golden Globes hosting gig in 2014. (They're also signed on for the 2015 Globes.)
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • October 24, 2013 11:34 AM
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Oscar Watch Q & A: Chiwetel Ejiofor Embodies Solomon Northup in Steve McQueen's '12 Years a Slave'

“12 Years a Slave” broke out at the Telluride, Toronto and New York Film Festivals, as audiences and critics immersed themselves in Steve McQueen and John Ridley's hard-hitting film adaptation of the memoir of musician Solomon Northup, a free Bostonian who was kidnapped and sold into slavery from 1841 to 1853. “12 Years a Slave” and its British star Chiwetel Ejiofor ("Kinky Boots") leaped to the top of the Oscar prediction charts, along with Alfonso Cuaron's critical and box office hit "Gravity." Fox Searchlight opens "12 Years a Slave: October 18.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • October 15, 2013 4:31 PM
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