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Cannes Stars: Considering 14 Careers Heading Into Festival

Cannes can have a huge impact on a star's career--from the dazzling experience of walking up the Palais red carpet, to facing a gauntlet of international press. With the Cannes lineup revealed, let's dig into what this year's stars have to win or lose.
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • April 19, 2012 6:31 PM
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Cannes Line-Up Analysis: Two Weinstein Aussie Auteurs Join Competition, No Women (Trailers & Posters)

We'll have to wait for the latest offerings from Wong Kar Wai, Paul Thomas Anderson, Terrence Malick, Derek Cianfrance, Olivier Assayas, Manuel de Oliveira, and Park Chan-wook. But the competition Cannes line-up for 2012 leans on American indies, boasts two star-studded Australian pick-ups from Harvey Weinstein, two stars from "Twilight," and no women directors. The femme directors at Cannes are shunted to Un Certain Regard (the Director's Fortnight list comes later), comme toujours.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • April 19, 2012 12:05 PM
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Paul Thomas Anderson's Producer Tips 'The Master' for Cannes? UPDATE: It Was Pitt-Starrer 'Killing Them Softly'

"Cannes," reads the cryptic tweet at @annapurnapics, the Twitter account for the production company, Megan Ellison's Annapurna Pictures, behind Paul Thomas Anderson's "The Master." "Uh oh, just tell us now if we should book our ticket...," tweets Anderson-affiliated @cigandredvines.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • April 18, 2012 3:46 PM
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Hillary Johnson's Hollywood Satire 'Shooting Stars' Hits Amazon, Bookstores

"Shooting Stars," a Hollywood mystery satire from Dymaxicon Press, just went up on Amazon. The page-turner hits stores April 1. It's the funniest Hollywood novel I've read in a long time, up there with the likes of the two Peters, Farrelly and Lefcourt.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • March 28, 2012 7:37 PM
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Watch Pitt & Clooney in Dustin Lance Black's '8'; Complete Play & Reviews

On March 3, Los Angeles' Wilshire Ebell Theater was treated to a star-filled reading of Dustin Lance Black's play, "8," about the Federal District Court's trial to overturn Proposition 8. The benefit was presented by the American Foundation for Equal Rights and Broadway Impact...
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • March 5, 2012 12:34 PM
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Awards Watch: Pitt and Clooney Do Inside the Actors Studio, Can't Stop Dujardin's Oscar Momentum

Oscar contenders George Clooney and Brad Pitt have both recently appeared on Inside the Actors Studio to celebrate their successful careers in Hollywood (and talk about pranking each other), and while their charm is bottomless, Jean Dujardin and "The Artist" continue to gain momentum.
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • February 13, 2012 12:50 PM
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EXCLUSIVE Video Interview: Brad Pitt and Oakland A's Billy Beane Talk 'Moneyball'

Oscar Q & As are going on all over town; Monday night Brad Pitt and Oakland A's general manager Billy Beane, the man he plays in "Moneyball," joined moderator Elvis Mitchell at LACMA for an Oscar nominees panel with Jonah Hill, editor Christopher Tellefsen and sound mixer Deb Adair. Then Pitt and Beane sat down for an exclusive talk.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • February 7, 2012 6:32 PM
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Oscar Nominees Luncheon - Best Lead & Supporting Actor Contenders Meet the Press: Clooney, Pitt, Oldman, Bichir, Dujardin & More

Each of the Lead and Supporting Best Actor nominees, save Christopher Plummer, met the press during the annual Oscar Nominees Luncheon at Los Angeles' Beverly Hilton on February 6. Double nominee George Clooney (Best Actor for "The Descendants," Best Adapted Screenplay for "Ides of March") was first up and had the room full of journalists in giggles within seconds. The man knows how to work it. Check out what the nominees had to say:
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • February 6, 2012 6:08 PM
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Pitt on Best Actor Race with Clooney, Dujardin: 'Last Man Standing Takes the Oscar'

THR cover boy Brad Pitt's take on his Oscar race with George Clooney and Jean Dujardin? "We should all just put our hands on it and see who can hold it the longest..Last man standing takes the trophy," he told Jon Stewart on The Daily Show. "Hands on the Oscar."
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • February 2, 2012 1:43 PM
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Oscar Watch: The Academy Expands Producer Credits for Best Picture Nominee 'Tree of Life'

The Academy expanded the producer credits from the usual three to four for "The Tree of Life." The official nominees for the film are Sarah Green, Bill Pohlad, Dede Gardner and Grant Hill. They did not, however, include the film's star, Brad Pitt.
  • By Anne Thompson and Maggie Lange
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  • January 28, 2012 11:53 AM
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