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Jared Leto Wants the White House to Reject the Keystone XL Pipeline

Fresh off his Oscar win, Jared Leto has publicly pooh-poohed the extension of the Keystone XL Pipeline, which currently runs from Alberta, Canada to Nebraska and Illinois.
  • By Ryan Lattanzio
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  • March 6, 2014 4:32 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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Talking Editing with the Oscar Nominees

Editorially, all five films take us out of our comfort zones in this strange season of survival and rebirth: from the chameleon-like con of "American Hustle" to the abduction at sea in "Captain Phillips" to the weightless terror of "Gravity" to the ticking clock death sentence of "Dallas Buyers Club" to the horror of having your life and liberty snatched away in "12 Years a Slave." I got an insider's view from Jay Cassidy ("American Hustle"), Christopher Rouse ("Captain Phillips"), John Mac McMurphy ("Dallas Buyers Club"), Mark Sanger ("Gravity"), and Joe Walker ("12 Years a Slave").
  • By Bill Desowitz
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  • February 20, 2014 4:28 PM
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Oscar Writers Reveal Road to Movies at Santa Barbara 'It Starts with the Script' Panel (VIDEO)

The annual Santa Barbara International Film Festival "It Starts with the Script" panel where I grill many of the writing Oscar nominees is my favorite moderating duty. This year did not disappoint.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • February 14, 2014 4:28 PM
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Screen Actors Guild Awards Go to 'American Hustle,' McConaughey & Leto and More (FULL LIST OF WINNERS)

As Oscar watchers predict what will win on March 2, the Screen Actors Guild Award does have an impact on winning momentum, throwing clips and acceptance speeches in front of the voters. Lupita Nuong'o wins the first of the SAG awards for supporting actress.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • January 18, 2014 10:22 PM
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How Indies 'Dallas Buyers Club' and 'Out of the Furnace' Got Made: Relativity's Robbie Brenner Talks Bale, McConaughey and Leto

Relativity's Robbie Brenner backed two movies in the year-end awards derby, "Out of the Furnace" and "Dallas Buyers Club."
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • December 3, 2013 7:20 PM
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Matthew McConaughey Talks "Behaving, Not Acting" in 'Dallas Buyers Club' UPDATED (EXCLUSIVE VIDEO)

The last time I sat down with Gotham Best Actor-winner Matthew McConaughey, almost a year ago, he looked scarily thin. He'd lost 38 pounds to prep for passion project "The Dallas Buyer's Club," about a straight man fighting HIV who becomes a dealer in unapproved drugs to stave off AIDS. The actor was fasting and subsisting on a diet of fresh fish and a daily glass of red wine. He was down from 182 to 143 pounds as he was just about to start filming. In our latest exclusive video interview, McConaughey talks about his new approach to choosing roles, which has yielded a rich panoply of films with top directors. One reason he'll be in the Oscar conversation for Best Actor for "Dallas Buyer's Club" is that he's overdue, and his comeback has been noted.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • December 3, 2013 4:47 PM
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New York Film Critics Circle 2013 Winners (UPDATE)

The New York Film Critics Circle winners can be hugely influential on other awards races, especially in a year with so many hopefuls. "American Hustle"took home three awards and Oscar frontrunner "12 Years a Slave" settled for best director. Frontrunners Cate Blanchett and Jared Leto took their respective categories. Anyone wondering if Jennifer Lawrence would wind up with a Best Supporting Actress Oscar nomination can be assured that she will. And Hollywood/Indiewood icon Robert Redford will also land an Oscar nomination for "All is Lost."
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • December 3, 2013 3:11 PM
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Weekend Top Ten: 'Catching Fire' and 'Frozen' Take Off

One expected blockbuster, "The Hunger Games: Catching Fire," easily matched expectations with a record gross for the season of $161 million, while the next tentpole up, Disney's animated "Frozen," took in nearly $270,000 on a single Los Angeles screen in advance of its national rollout next pre-holiday Wednesday.
  • By Tom Brueggemann
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  • November 24, 2013 1:12 PM
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Arthouse Audit: 'Book Thief' Survives Critics, Oscar-Contender 'Wind Rises' Sells Out Two Theaters

This week's newbies are a mixed bag. "The Book Thief," a rare major studio platform release, overcame less than great reviews for a respectable showing, while Disney's release of Hayao Miyazaki's subtitled animated feature "The Wind Rises" sold out most shows at two one-week-only theaters. The rest of the newcomers fell far short of these two, with Alex Gibney's documentary "The Armstrong Lie" the best of the mediocre bunch.
  • By Tom Brueggemann
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  • November 10, 2013 4:33 PM
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