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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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Jameson Empire Award Voters Favor British Home Team

Movie fans from the UK and other countries vote for the annual Jameson Empire Awards, which honor blockbusters, indies and British films alike. This year they went overboard for the home team.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • March 30, 2014 4:28 PM
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Errol Morris Stands Up for Unapologetic Donald Rumsfeld Doc 'The Unknown Known'

Errol Morris talks back on his new documentary on Donald Rumsfeld "The Unknown Known," which arrives in theaters April 4.
  • By John Anderson
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  • March 26, 2014 11:53 AM
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Martin Scorsese and More to Honor Rob Reiner at Film Society of Lincoln Center's Upcoming Gala

The Film Society of Lincoln Center has unveiled its initial list of presenters set for the upcoming 41st Chaplin Award Gala honoring Rob Reiner, on April 28.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • March 24, 2014 12:53 PM
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