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Oscars: Adam Levine To Perform Best Song Nominee “Lost Stars”

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These announcements will come fast and furious now as the Oscar producers begin lining up talent for the 87th Academy Awards on February 22. The Best Original Song category is loaded with big names on the writing and performing fron, none as big as Maroon 5 frontman and The Voice judge Adam Levine, who will perform “Lost Stars” from the John Carney-helmed Begin Again, the Weinstein Company pic that he also co-starred in with Mark Ruffalo and Keira Knightley. "Lost Stars,"… Read

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SAG Movies: Not Many Surprises But Hawking Vs. ‘Birdman’ Fires Up The Best Actor Oscar Race – Hammond

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As far as being a good Oscar harbinger, the SAG awards have a fairly good track record. Last year for instance, they first awarded Matthew McConaughey, Cate Blanchett, Jared Leto and Lupita Nyong’o, and then they all went on to win Oscars. However, American Hustle took the Outstanding Cast award, but was shut out by the Academy. Cut to tonight where Birdman took the Cast award. The continuing coronation of  Julianne Moore in lead actress for Still Alice, J.K. Simmons… Read

Business

PwC Taps Martha Ruiz To Help Oversee Oscar Results

"Making Of" The 86th Annual Academy Awards Oscar Winners Envelope

Here’s something for you hard-core Oscar fans who can’t get enough information about the awards — or want to know about the most glamorous job in tax consulting: Financial advisory firm PwC just announced that Rick Rosas, who has been balloting co-leader for 14 years, won’t handle the chore this year. Tax specialist Martha Ruiz will take his place, joining Brian Cullinan as the only people who will know the results ahead of the presentations at the February 22… Read

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Charlie Hebdo, MLK Day & ‘Selma’ Converge In Protest Words – And Images

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EXCLUSIVE: In New York City and Washington D.C. on Monday, thousands of protesters took part in a “Die-In,” blocking traffic and, in Manhattan, diverting Martin Luther King Birthday observers from — what else? — shopping, at Bloomingdale’s on the Upper East Side. Similar scenes played out in Philadelphia, Atlanta, Boston and scores of other cities across the U.S. In some places, sound trucks broadcast the Nobel laureate’s speeches. I can only speak for New York, where I… Read

Film

‘American Sniper’ Praised By Michael Moore; Calls Bradley Cooper’s Performance “One Of The Best Of The Year” – Update

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UPDATE, 12:26 PM: A day after taking to Twitter to lambast snipers as "cowards," the Academy Award winning director is now praising American Sniper the movie – to some extent. My uncle was killed by a sniper. Here's my Facebook post on "American Sniper", and snipers in general: https://t.co/By4leT6b67Michael Moore (@MMFlint) January 19, 2015 "Awesome performance from Bradley Cooper," said Michael Moore on his Facebook page late last night about the Clint Eastwood… Read

Awards

Oscar Short Film Nominees To Open In 450+ Theaters On January 30

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ShortsHD, the Short Movie Channel, and Magnolia Pictures are partnering to release 2015’s Oscar-nominated Short Films in a record 450+ theaters in the U.S., Canada, Europe and Latin America on Friday, January 30. The Oscar Nominated Short Films 2015 will showcase the Live Action, Animation and Documentary short film nominees as three separate theatrical events. This will be the only theatrical screening for the films prior to the 87th Academy Awards on February 22. This… Read

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Bart & Fleming: How Warner Bros Brass Bulls-Eyed ‘American Sniper;’ ‘Selma’ Snub; Ageless Tom Cruise

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Peter Bart and Mike Fleming Jr. worked together for two decades at Daily Variety. In this weekly column, two old friends get together and grind their axes, mostly on the movie business.  FLEMING: As one who often complains about the lack of risk by major studios preoccupied with dating sci-fi and superhero spectacles a decade out, I am impressed by what Warner Bros has done with American Sniper. Skeptics questioned Kevin Tsujihara's decision to replace Jeff Robinov with… Read

Box Office

All These Indie Oscar Noms At The B.O. — Does Anybody Care? Who Will Watch The Oscars?

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With the lack of big studio titles at this year’s Oscars, the big question begged is whether Oscar viewership and the overall box-office marketplace is going to take a hit. Typically the old rule of thumb was that big blockbuster movies, whenever they were nominated, such as James Cameron’s 1997 Titanic and 2009’s Avatar, are one of the catalysts for big Oscar ratings (that year’s host is another). The 1998 telecast, when Titanic won best pic, still ranks as the… Read

Film

Controversy From SAG To The Academy As Issue Turns To Diversity: Is It Fair? – Oscar Watch

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One week from today, the #allwhite SAG movie awards will take place at the Shrine. For the film categories that will appear on the Jan. 25 telecast, the actors union managed to nominate not a single black actor in any of its four film acting categories. SAG also didn’t nominate any black performers among the 42 additional actors named as part of its Outstanding Performance By A Cast In A Motion Picture (nominees are Birdman, Boyhood, The Grand Budapest Hotel, The Imitation… Read

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‘Force Majeure’s Ruben Ostlund Does “Worst Man Cry” Over Oscar Snub – Video

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After winning the Un Certain Regard Jury Prize in Cannes and going on to strong box office, great word of mouth and making the Foreign Language Oscar shortlist in December, Swedish helmer Ruben Ostlund’s Force Majeure was shockingly omitted from the Academy’s nominations roster on Thursday. Today, Ostlund good-naturedly posted the video above to YouTube in which he watches the nominations with producer Erik Hemmendorff from New York — while eating apples, questioning the… Read

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Critics’ Choice Movie Awards Gathered Oscar Nominated & Not-Nominated For One Memorable Party

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Last night’s Critics’ Choice Movie Awards, held just hours after the Oscar nominations were announced, was a big night of celebration for a lot of movies like Boyhood, Birdman, The Grand Budapest Hotel, Still Alice, Whiplash and others who managed to win a slew of trophies Thursday night — while still basking in the glory of their multiple Oscar nods. It made for a surreal day of kudos overload. For others, passed over by Oscar earlier in the day, the ceremony might have… Read