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Golden Globes Awards Dates and Deadlines

The timetable for the 72nd Golden Globes Awards--the third most watched awards show on television--is upon us. The Hollywood Foreign Press Association (HFPA) nominations for The 72nd Annual Golden GlobeĀ® Awards for motion picture and television will be announced at 8 a.m. (ET) on Thursday, December 11, 2014. Tina Fey and Amy Poehler will host the NBC show at the Beverly Hilton which airs live January 11th from 5-8 p.m. (PT) and 8-11 p.m. (ET) in 160 countries worldwide.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • August 5, 2014 1:45 PM
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William Friedkin Makes a Midler Musical, Defends Digital, Restores 'Sorcerer,' Reveres Old Studios

The director has been keeping busy not only writing his memoir, The Friedkin Connection, and directing such films as Tracy Lett's adaptation of "Killer Joe," starring Matthew McConaughey, but many operas. He's legendary for his intensity and demands for excellence--but the results speak for themselves. Always have. Friedkin has also painstakingly restored 1977 cult film "Sorcerer" which is out on Blu-Ray and is coming on DVD and Digital Download.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • July 31, 2014 5:25 PM
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Hollywood Memoir: A Young Woman's Intro to Filmmaking in The Golden Age

It was 1973 when I arrived in Hollywood with all the usual hopes, dreams, and expectations...A few weeks later, I was sent to the production offices of "The Godfather: Part II," which filmed on the Paramount lot for a month before moving on to the Dominican Republic for the Cuba sequences.
  • By Tova Laiter
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  • July 3, 2014 3:13 PM
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SCREEN TALK EPISODE 3: 'Transformers' vs. 'Snowpiercer,' the State of Hollywood & More Finke

Indiewire's New York critic Eric Kohn and I hit Skype again to debate movies and the state of Hollywood. Does "Transformers" represent what's wrong with the movie industry today?
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • June 27, 2014 1:57 PM
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Setting the Record Straight on Nikki Finke, Peter Bart and Mike Fleming

Get one thing straight. Peter Bart and Mike Fleming wouldn't have jobs right now if it weren't for Nikki Finke. Their recent back-and-forth on why Finke is no longer working at Deadline sticks in my craw.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • June 23, 2014 1:13 PM
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Media Watch: The Changing Landscape for Movie Coverage

As Vanity fair hires a new film critic, where is movie coverage going? I see increased consolidation and competition for traffic.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • March 25, 2014 1:41 AM
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LISTEN: Three Seasoned Hollywood Reporters Debate the Future of Filmed Entertainment (EXCLUSIVE PODCAST)

On the occasion of the publication of "The $11 Billion Year: From Sundance to the Oscars, an Inside Look at the Changing Hollywood System," which covers one year at the movies-- 2012, from January's Sundance Film Festival through Oscar night 2013, when "Argo" won Best Picture--I invited two seasoned film industry reporters to debate with me the future of filmed entertainment ahead of last Sunday's screening of "Argo" at The Egyptian Theatre. We do not always agree.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • March 19, 2014 3:56 PM
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It's Official: Jay Penske Finally Fires Nikki Finke, But Is She Free to Go Solo in January?

There was no containing Nikki Finke. The Deadline founder finally got her way. Following her last destructive media salvo--memorably describing her four years under media mogul Jay Penske as "slavery"--her boss fired her. She's free. Bring on NikkiFinke.com. But does Finke have a non-compete?
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • November 6, 2013 2:08 PM
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Controversial New Hollywood History Book Asserts Direct Link Between Studio Heads and Adolf Hitler

One Hollywood history book that will be stealing our attention upon its publication this fall is Ben Urwand's "The Collaboration: Hollywood's Pact with Hitler." A recent profile in the New York Times points out that the already contentious project asserts that in the 1930s Hollywood wasn't just collaborating with Nazi Germany but, in Urwand's words, "with Adolf Hitler, the person and human being."
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • June 28, 2013 2:36 PM
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Richard Burton & His Diaries, 'The Great Actor Who Hated Acting'

In The Great Actor Who Hated Acting, The New York Review of Books' Finton O'Toole looks at the late great Richard Burton. A new book, "The Richard Burton Diaries," delves in to the actor's mind and musings through his extensive personal diaries, published now for the first time. O'Toole recalls Burton's career, his life with Elizabeth Taylor, his impoverished youth and the traps of fame and alcohol as he ventures through the diaries and considers the insight they provide into Burton's psyche. Not only did Burton hate acting, he hated himself. O'Toole compares him to James Tyrone of Eugene O'Neill's "Long Days Journey Into Night," positing that both may be among the great twentieth century tragedies. Check out some highlights from O'Toole's review (which includes portions of Burton's diary entries) below:
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • November 29, 2012 7:00 AM
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