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Weinstein Co. Awards Plans Come Into Focus: What Are Their Oscar Frontrunners?

Dating a film says a lot about a distributor's plans. So the later the film comes out--in the thick of the most congested season of the year-- the more willing the company is to step up and promote. It means they have skin in the Oscar game. There's no other reason to put out a limited-release movie in that time frame. Every year, Hollywood looks to the Weinstein Co. to put several awards-season players in the race. What are they?
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • July 28, 2014 12:56 PM
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How Did 'Birdman,' 'Gone Girl,' 'Inherent Vice' and 'Imitation Game' Land Key Fall Festival Slots?

Everyone in Hollywood reads the industry tea leaves, the probable truth behind every announcement and its attendant spin. As the awards season takes shape, three major releases are jockeying for position: "Gone Girl," "Inherent Vice" and "Birdman." The Hollywood studios, indie distributors, Oscar campaigners and strategists were pushing the New York Film Festival (September 26 - October 12) for their awards hopefuls, wanting to land a coveted gala slot.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • July 21, 2014 3:33 PM
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Review: Thompson Triumphs in 'Saving Mr. Banks,' which Adds Spoonful of Sugar to Backstage 'Mary Poppins' Tale (TRAILER)

For 20 years, Walt Disney avidly pursued the film rights to "Mary Poppins," and for 20 years, author P.L. Travers rebuffed the mogul's tenacious advances, fearing the ways he might maul her beloved book and character. This is the tale that "Saving Mr. Banks," which had its world premiere at the BFI London Film Festival and North American premiere at AFI FEST, sets out to tell, interspersed with flashbacks to Travers' own difficult, unexpected childhood in the Australian Outback. Travers is Emma Thompson's best leading film role since Elinor Dashwood in "Sense And Sensibility," 18 years ago, and she makes the Australian-born British transplant a curmudgeonly delight.
  • By Matt Mueller
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  • November 8, 2013 1:03 PM
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BFI London Film Festival Winners Include Pawlikowski's 'Ida,' Newcomer Scribe Jonathan Asser for 'Starred Up' and More

The BFI London Film Festival wrapped this weekend, announcing its top prizes. UK-based Polish director Pawel Pawlikowski's "Ida," a drama centered on a Catholic nun exploring her Jewish roots, nabbed the fest's top award for Best Picture, while Best British Newcomer went to Jonathan Asser for his script for David Mackenzie's prison drama "Starred Up."
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • October 21, 2013 12:29 PM
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Tom Hanks Talks His 'Life in Pictures,' Hair-Raising 'Captain Phillips' and Sugar-Coating Walt Disney at London Film Festival (CLIPS)

During his 33-year career Tom Hanks has branched into writing, directing and producing, both in film and television. But it was as an actor that he was in London this month, performing a rare double as his films "Captain Phillips" and "Saving Mr. Banks" opened and closed the London Film Festival, respectively. While in London Hanks discussed his craft and career at BAFTA’s latest “Life in Pictures” event, a series of onstage interviews whose subjects have included Dustin Hoffman and Meryl Streep. “The first job I ever got was because I was louder and funnier than the others – or maybe just louder,” he said.
  • By Demetrios Matheou
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  • October 20, 2013 3:22 PM
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'Saving Mr. Banks' Producer Owen Says Film Industry Should Embrace the Internet in Keynote for BFI London Film Fest

“It’s about bloody time!” said Clare Stewart, the BFI London Film Festival’s Artistic Director, in her introduction to the first woman to give the festival’s annual industry keynote address, the fourth. British producer Alison Owen focused her 40-minute talk at the Curzon Soho Cinema on "The Power Of The Story" and exhorted the film industry not to be afraid of the internet, but rather embrace its potential because “the internet is a container, not a substance.”
  • By Matt Mueller
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  • October 18, 2013 2:09 PM
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Paul Greengrass' 'Captain Phillips,' Starring Tom Hanks, to Open 57th BFI London Film Festival

Paul Greengrass' "Captain Phillips" will open the 57th BFI London Film Festival on October 9. Greengrass and star Tom Hanks, who plays the eponymous real-life cargo ship captain who contended with Somali pirates, are scheduled to attend the festival's screening.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • August 1, 2013 11:22 AM
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BFI London Film Festival Announces 2013 Dates

The 57th BFI London Film Festival will run from October 9-20, 2013. The fest is now accepting submissions, and will announce the full lineup in September.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • February 7, 2013 11:41 AM
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