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WATCH White House Correspondent Dinner Parodies from Steven Spielberg, Daniel Day Lewis, and Kevin Spacey (VIDEO)

This year's annual D.C. schmooze-fest, the White House Correspondents Dinner, featured some mischievous film and television parodies. There's nothing subversive or particularly astute here, but watching big muckety-mucks make fun of themselves is always a pleasure.
  • By Maggie Lange
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  • April 28, 2013 7:41 PM
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Cannes Announces Director-Dominated Jury, Unveils Producers on the Move Lineup

The Cannes Film Festival has revealed the members of Steven Spielberg's 2013 jury: this year, directors dominate. Lynne Ramsay ("We Need to Talk About Kevin"), Cristian Mungiu (whose "Beyond the Hills" racked up prizes in last year's main competition), Ang Lee ("Life of Pi") and Japanese director Naomi Kawase will all deliberate over the best films in the main competition.
  • By Ryan Lattanzio
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  • April 24, 2013 11:35 AM
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Spielberg Developing Kubrick's Abandoned 'Napoleon' as Miniseries

This year's Cannes jury president Steven Spielberg has begun developing Stanley Kubrick's "Napoleon" screenplay as a miniseries. Spielberg, who collaborated with Kubrick on 2001's "A.I.," is working with Kubrick's family to bring the abandoned 1970s project to TV.
  • By Anne Thompson and Beth Hanna
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  • March 4, 2013 12:39 PM
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Nate Silver Predicts the Oscars -- Statistical Frontrunners and Nominees with "more noise than signal"

"Political calculus" election guru Nate Silver is taking his third stab at Oscar predictions in the six major categories -- he previously predicted in 2009 and 2011 -- and using a no-nonsense approach. While Silver doesn't boast a perfect Oscar track record, he claims that his method of basing the winners off other awards given out in the run-up to the Academy Awards is "the best predictor of Oscar success" and the closest equivalent to pre-election polls.
  • By Anne Thompson and Beth Hanna
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  • February 22, 2013 1:10 PM
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Mississippi Ratifies 13th Amendment 147 Years Late; University Professor Who Saw 'Lincoln' Discovered Clerical Error

While the United States' 16th president Abraham Lincoln was key in pushing through the 13th Amendment that abolished slavery, it seems that the film "Lincoln" has called attention to an error in Mississippi law: the state never actually ratified the slavery-outlawing amendment.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • February 19, 2013 12:13 PM
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Oscar Talk: Shorts and Documentary, BAFTAs and Scripters, Spielberg vs. Lee, Lawrence vs. Riva and More

On this week's Oscar Talk Podcast, Kris Tapley and I discuss live-action and documentary shorts as well as the documentary feature race. We look at the influence of last weekend's BAFTAs and USC Scripters Awards, and talk a few too-close-to-call categories: Steven Spielberg or Ang Lee for Best Director? Jennifer Lawrence or Emmanuelle Riva for Best Actress? Supporting actor, cinematography and production design are also in the mix.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • February 15, 2013 12:00 PM
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Watch: 'Bringing Lincoln to Life' on '60 Minutes' with Spielberg, Day-Lewis and Biographer Goodwin

Check out the complete 12-minute segment from February 10's "60 Minutes" episode focusing on Steven Spielberg's "Lincoln." The show explores the painstaking process by the director and his team to recreate an authentic, war-torn 1864-65 environment...
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • February 11, 2013 1:59 PM
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American Cinema Editors Honor Spielberg with Golden Eddie Filmmaker of the Year Award

Steven Spielberg will be honored with the American Cinema Editors' ACE Golden Eddie Filmmaker of the Year Award at the 63rd annual Eddie Awards on February 16.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • January 30, 2013 1:32 PM
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Lucasfilm's Kathleen Kennedy Talks 'Star Wars,' George Lucas is 'Her Yoda,' Wanting the Oscar for 'Lincoln' and More

In the first in-depth profile of Lucasfilm's Kathleen Kennedy, the Hollywood Reporter talks with Kennedy about nabbing J.J. Abrams for "Star Wars Episode VII," and George Lucas' involvement with the new film. They also speak with Steven Spielberg, David Fincher and Kennedy's husband, producer Frank Marshall.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • January 30, 2013 1:29 PM
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Immersed in Movies: Cinematographer Janusz Kaminski Talks 'Lincoln'

The stripped-down, theatrical approach to "Lincoln" allowed Janusz Kaminski to light with an intimacy and ambiguity that's unique in his celebrated collaboration with Steven Spielberg (he's photographed every one of the director's live-action movies since "Schindler's List," for which he won his first Oscar).
  • By Bill Desowitz
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  • January 23, 2013 2:35 PM
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