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Ridley Sets Record Straight on McQueen '12 Years' Rift, Talks 'Jimi: All Is By My Side'

On location in Texas, John Ridley sets the record straight on the rift with '12 Years a Slave' director Steve McQueen. And digs into directing his second feature film, 'Jimi: All is By My Side.'
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • March 8, 2014 3:19 PM
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John Travolta on Idina Menzel Name Blunder: "Let it go, let it go!" (UPDATED)

UPDATE: Since John Travolta's blooper at the Oscars (Idina Menzel = Adele Dazeem) has been nearly eclipsing any other chatter about the big night, the actor himself has come forward with a good-natured official statement on his truly strange slip-up:
  • By Anne Thompson and Beth Hanna
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  • March 5, 2014 12:10 PM
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All About Oscar Winning Animated Short 'Mr. Hublot': Where to Watch, Backstage Interview and More (TRAILER)

The one upset from the 86th Academy Awards was Laurent Witz’s Braziland steampunk gem "Mr. Hublot" besting Mickey Mouse in "Get A Horse!" in the Animated Short category. Want to know more about the surprise Oscar winner? Below, Witz' backstage comments after his win, and what he told me about the film in interviews leading up to the big night. Plus, watch the trailer.
  • By Bill Desowitz
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  • March 5, 2014 11:49 AM
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Oscar Talk: The 2014 Oscars, and a Special Announcement

Kris Tapley and I sat down for our final 2014 Oscar Talk podcast. Listen below.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • March 3, 2014 10:00 PM
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Backstage at the 2014 Oscars

As expected, "12 Years a Slave" earned best picture Sunday night at the 86th Academy Awards, while "Gravity" dominated the crafts, winning seven, as well as best director for Alfonso Cuaron. The reverse-engineered blockbuster took home awards for cinematography, VFX, editing, sound editing, sound mixing, and original score.
  • By Bill Desowitz
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  • March 3, 2014 5:00 PM
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'12 Years a Slave' Wins Best Picture Oscar, 'Gravity' Takes Seven, 'American Hustle' Shut Out (BACKSTAGE QUOTES, FULL WINNERS LIST)

"Possibility number one, '12 Years a Slave' wins Best Picture. Possibility number two, you're all racists," said Oscar host Ellen DeGeneres, returning after seven years, as she ended her opening monologue. Well, the Academy's 6000 voters went with possibility number one.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • March 3, 2014 3:13 PM
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Oscar Selfie Crashes Twitter, Breaks Retweet Record

One of the genius moments from the 86th Oscars was Ellen DeGeneres collecting multiple attendees into an impromptu Oscar selfie with herself, Jared Leto, Jennifer Lawrence, Bradley Cooper, Meryl Streep, Juia Roberts, Brad Pitt, Kevin Spacey, and Lupita Nyong'o and her brother Junior.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • March 2, 2014 11:10 PM
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Ten Meryl Streep Characters Through a Feminist Gaze

Meryl Streep is a cinema nonpareil whose acting talent and aura seemingly can't be explained. Nominated for a record 18 Academy Awards and winner of three, Streep is up for an Oscar on March 2 for her over-the-top portrayal of a grieving, drug-addicted mother in John Wells' movie version of Tracy Letts' Broadway smash "August: Osage County," although she's not pegged for another win. Critic Karina Longworth zeroes in on ten iconic Streep characters in her new book.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • March 2, 2014 5:11 PM
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Final 2014 Oscar Predictions

Why are people talking about Oscar upsets this year? Because this intensely competitive race --prolonged by the Olympics--could yield some surprises on March 2. (See my picks below.)
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • March 2, 2014 12:22 PM
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'12 Years a Slave' Dominates the Indie Spirit Awards

"To be a part of that does not come along all that often," said Brad Pitt of producing "12 Years a Slave," backstage at Saturday's alternative to the Oscars, the Independent Spirit Awards. '12 Years a Slave' took home five awards, not only for best feature, but director Steve McQueen, supporting actress Lupita Nyong'o, cinematography Sean Bobbitt and screenplay John Ridley.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • March 1, 2014 7:59 PM
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