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Un Certain Regard Prizes Unveiled at Cannes

Hungarian director Kornel Mondruczo's film centering on an uprising of dogs, "White God," has nabbed the top prize in Cannes' Un Certain Regard section.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • May 23, 2014 1:54 PM
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Reese Witherspoon's 'Wild' Gets Oscar Friendly Release Date

Fox Searchlight is officially throwing "Wild," starring Reese Witherspoon, into this year's Oscar game. The film has been given a December 5, 2014 release date, right in the prime spot for awards season attention.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • May 12, 2014 2:16 PM
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Cannes Update: Complete Camera d'Or and Un Certain Regard Juries

In 2014, fifteen films will be vying for the Camera d'Or award to be presented during the Awards Ceremony on Saturday May 24th. French director Nicole Garcia will preside. Here's the jury.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • May 11, 2014 3:42 PM
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Can Fox Searchlight Turn 'The Grand Budapest Hotel' Into a Serious Oscar Contender?

Wes Anderson's "The Grand Budapest Hotel" could very well be a major awards player in 2014. The specialty box office sensation (almost $52 million domestic at the time of writing, and $140 million worldwide) is in the Top Ten two months after its initial release. It could score Oscar nominations for director, writer, actor, art direction, score, costumes and cinematography, as well as being a popular contender for critics awards come the year's end. It does happen.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • May 7, 2014 12:47 PM
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Things I Learned at the San Francisco Film Festival Awards, from Lasseter to Linklater

The Awards night at the 15-day San Francisco International Film Festival, the nation's oldest, in its 57th year, usually arrives about halfway through the marathon of screenings, Q & As, tributes and panels. On Thursday, San Francisco Film Society Awards went to Pixar chief John Lasseter, rewarded after decades of Bay Area stardom; Austin writer-director Richard Linklater ("Before Midnight"), who then screened his Sundance hit "Boyhood" to a standing ovation at the packed Castro Theatre on Friday night; screenwriter Steve Gaghan ("Syriana") and veteran actor Jeremy Irons.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • May 3, 2014 1:53 PM
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'Foxcatcher' Gets Award Season November Release

Sony Pictures Classics will release Bennett Miller's "Foxcatcher" on November 14, a full year after it was scheduled to open at the AFI Film Festival 2013. Michael Barker and Tom Bernard pulled the film from that festival; it's now heading to screen in competition at Cannes. It's a big deal to be anointed a full-fledged auteur your first time playing that festival.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • April 23, 2014 11:49 AM
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Meron and Zadan Return for Third Round as Oscar Producers

The fact that producers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron are returning to produce the Oscars for the third time running is no surprise. I took it for granted that they would come back for another round. Their last two shows --with hosts Seth MacFarlane and Ellen DeGeneres, respectively--played well enough both inside and outside Hollywood that the Academy and ABC were likely to want them back.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • April 21, 2014 1:33 PM
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WATCH: Stylish First Trailer for Clint Eastwood's Musical 'Jersey Boys,' Why Go Out in Summer?

The first trailer for director Clint Eastwood's hotly anticipated "Jersey Boys," adapted from the celebrated musical about iconic '60s rock group The Four Seasons, has landed. Why is the presumed Oscar contender opening so early?
  • By Anne Thompson and Ryan Lattanzio
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  • April 18, 2014 1:18 PM
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Academy Reveals Key Dates for the Oscars

It's back to business as usual at the Oscars. The last awards season, which ended on March 2, was elongated by the Winter Olympics. This time the timetable for the 87th Academy Awards is determined by the already announced Oscar show date of February 22.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • April 17, 2014 1:48 PM
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Pulitzer Prize Winners Unveiled

The film world has its fingerprints all over this year's Pulitzer Prize winners, announced this morning.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • April 14, 2014 3:57 PM
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