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'Calvary' Director McDonagh and Brendan Gleeson Talk the Betrayal of Trust (EXCLUSIVE VIDEO)

John Michael McDonagh's second film, "Calvary," was grabbed at Sundance by Fox Searchlight and opens in theaters August 1. "Calvary" marks perhaps Brendan Gleeson's best performance to date among many others--and a potential Oscar nomination. I talk to them both.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • August 1, 2014 6:16 AM
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Netflix Releases Groundbreaking Eco-doc 'Mission Blue,' Plus Other Potential Doc Oscar Contenders (TRAILER)

The words 'Netflix' and 'original content' bring to mind shows like "House of Cards" and "Orange Is the New Black." But Netflix has been consistently seeking new types of programming to bring to viewers under its own banner, and it plans to do so significantly this year with a raft of new documentaries.
  • By Anne Thompson and Jacob Combs
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  • July 31, 2014 3:37 PM
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'Guardians of the Galaxy''s Groot Deserves Best Animated Character of the Year Award

One of the best animated characters ever--even better than the fabulous Andy Serkis's groundbreaking work with Weta Digital in everything from Gollum and King Kong to Caesar--is Groot in "Guardians of the Galaxy" (August 1). One reason: thanks to motion capture, you can feel the actor behind the animation--it's in the eyes. It's not just Vin Diesel's delivery of the phrase, "I am Groot," which provides comic relief.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • July 30, 2014 3:57 PM
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Toronto Film Fest Doc Preview, from Oscar Hopefuls to Likely Buys (Midnight Madness, Vanguard Lineups)

The Toronto International Film Festival always premieres a lineup of strong docs, some of which will be in this year's awards conversation. Programmer Thom Powers takes us through the selection.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • July 29, 2014 4:45 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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Academy Releases Official Submission Dates for Oscars

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences today revealed its category submission deadlines for the 87th Academy Awards®, which will be held on February 22, 2015.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • July 1, 2014 4:20 PM
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John Williams, Gustavo Santaolalla and Gustavo Dudamel Take The Academy Behind the Score

If you're a music buff, especially one in Los Angeles, the names John Williams, Gustavo Santaolalla and Gustavo Dudamel are practically sacred.
  • By Jacob Combs
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  • June 30, 2014 10:49 AM
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Academy Goes Digital with New Rules

The Board of Governors of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has approved rules for the 87th Academy Awards. The full list of changes is below.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • June 27, 2014 4:52 PM
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Adopt Films Grabs U.S. Rights to Palme d'Or Winner 'Winter Sleep'

Adopt Films has secured the U.S. distribution rights to Nuri Bilge Ceylan's "Winter Sleep," which won the Palme d'Or at this year's Cannes Film Festival.
  • By Jacob Combs
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  • June 23, 2014 11:59 AM
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Palm Springs International Shortfest Winners and Panel Takeaways

A record 500 filmmakers from 37 countries attended the 20th annual Palm Springs International Shortfest (June 17-23). The largest short film festival and only short film market in North America screened 330 short films out of 3000 submissions. The Fest awarded more than $115,000 in prizes, including $21,000 in cash awards, in 21 categories.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • June 23, 2014 12:28 AM
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