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Oscar Watch: From Aniston To Bening To Rowlands Best Actress Dark Horses Make Their Move In “Thin” Field

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While the Oscar race for Best Actor has heated up to a frenzy with, as previously reported here, at least 30 viable candidates and only five slots, most observers have labeled this year's Best Actress crop from weak to thin with not even enough sure things at this point to make a list of five. That's a bit of an overstatement as pundits generally agree there are at least three, possibly four near-certainties for nominations: Julianne Moore for the still-unreleased Still Al… Read

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‘Into The Woods’ Sings Its Way Straight Into The Oscar Race

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Dinsey unveiled another piece of the Oscar season puzzle Saturday night with an innovative bi-coastal screening of their big holiday release, the musical adaptation of Into The Woods, which screened simultaneously in New York City and at Disney Studios in Burbank (where I saw it). Post-screening, a satellite-transmitted Q&A featured director Rob Marshall, screenwriter James Lapine and key cast members. Full disclosure:  I have been in love with this Stephen Sondheim… Read

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OSCARS: Live Action Shorts Shortlist Set

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LOS ANGELES, CA - The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences today announced that 10 live action short films will advance in the voting process for the 87th Academy Awards®. One hundred forty-one pictures had originally qualified in the category. The 10 films are listed below in alphabetical order by title, with their production companies: "Aya," Oded Binnun and Mihal Brezis, directors (Chasis Films) "Baghdad Messi," Sahim Omar Kalifa, director, and Kobe Van… Read

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‘The Theory Of Everything’: A Brief History Of Stephen and Jane Hawking At The Contenders

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The producers of The Theory of Everything - Anthony McCarten (also the screenwriter) and Lisa Bruce - talk in this video shot at Deadline's The Contenders event about the years-long process of filming the love story of physicist Stephen Hawking and first wife Jane Hawking. Bruce also talks here with Deadline's Pete Hammond about the strong female character at the film's heart whose presence (and memoir) made this biopic unusual among so many Hollywood movies. James Marsh… Read

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‘Big Eyes’ True Story So Crazy Filmmakers Had To Tone It Down: The Contenders

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Director Tim Burton and producer/screenwriters Scott Alexander and Larry Karaszewski are admittedly drawn to telling tales of characters working on the fringe of society, and particularly about oddball artists of one stripe or another. In our latest video (see above) from The Contenders, Deadline's annual Oscar showcase, Alexander and Karaszewski talk about what drew them to the stranger-than-fiction story. The first collaboration between the three came 20 years ago with E… Read

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Oscar Watch: Matthew McConaughey Gets His Star And Spago Lunch As Campaigns Launch Into Orbit

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If there was any doubt that the Oscar-season engine is roaring, events, Q&As, screenings and all that jazz is at a fever pitch — and it isn't even Thanksgiving yet. Today's big moment belonged to reigning Best Actor winner Matthew McConaughey, who got his star on Hollywood's Walk of Fame followed by a lavish lunch at Spago in Beverly Hills hosted by Paramount Chairman Brad Grey and attended by his Interstellar co-stars Anne Hathaway, Jessica Chastain (who was excited to… Read

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How To Build A Huggable Robot: ‘Big Hero 6′ At The Contenders

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Big Hero 6 directors Don Hall and Chris Williams sat down with Deadline's Dominic Patten at our recent Oscar showcase, The Contenders, to talk about creating the Disney film. In particular, Hall and Williams discussed how they adapted an obscure set of Marvel Comics characters into the animated feature and the unlikely real-world inspiration for billowy 'bot Baymax, the lovable nurse robot at the heart of the story. Check out the video. Have you seen the film yet? If so… Read

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Patricia Arquette and Ethan Hawke discuss the 12 years that went into ‘Boyhood’

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As a narrative film, there really is no precedent for Richard Linklater's time-lapse Boyhood. As a potential Oscar contender, one could look a year back, to 12 Years a Slave, a film that established itself early in the season and then refused to go away--even as higher-budgeted rivals unspooled--and won best picture. Can the same fate await a film best described as "12 Years an Adolescent"? Boyhood's critical glow began building way back in January, with a sneak screening… Read

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Oscar campaigns now require a year-round film fest strategy

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There are literally so many film festivals out there now that you could sell your house, make sure your passport is renewed, and have a comfortable life just traveling from one to the other, watching movies all day and talking with filmmakers all night. Is there a city that doesn't have a fest or is angling to get one? Beginning with Cannes in May, which sets the table for most of what is to follow (other than Berlin and Venice, I would say), the festivals obviously are… Read

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‘Selma’ star David Oyelowo talks about the long path to becoming Martin Luther King Jr.

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Photograph by J.R. Mankoff Portraying civil rights leader Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. in Selma has been a seven-year journey for British actor David Oyelowo (pronounced "o-yellow-o"). The project famously had been through several directors--Stephen Frears, Paul Haggis, Spike Lee, and Lee Daniels, among them--and after being passed over by everyone but Daniels, Oyelowo and the project finally converged with director Ava DuVernay, who only had two small independent films to… Read

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Eddie Redmayne discusses his career-making performance in ‘The Theory of Everything’

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Photograph by Mark Mann Eddie Redmayne only has made a handful of films, most notably My Week with Marilyn and Les Miserables, both of which raised his profile considerably in Hollywood. But the British actor is no stranger to the awards circuit; just two years ago he made the rounds with Les Mis, where we ran into each other often. Toward the end of that season, Redmayne told me, "Well, I guess I'm not going to see you again unless I do something good." Bingo. He did… Read

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Bart & Fleming Argue: Should Hollywood Film Awards Christen Kudos Season?

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Peter Bart and Mike Fleming Jr. worked together for two decades at Daily Variety. In this occasional column, two old friends get together and grind their axes, mostly on the movie business.  BART: Did I sleep through the starter's gun? Did someone ring a bell? It seems the awards season has "officially started" (according to CBS) and I haven't even seen some of the contenders yet (because they're unfinished). It was CBS' decision to broadcast the Hollywood Film Awards… Read

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