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Oscar Watch: Best Actor Race Most Crowded Ever; Why Academy Should Double Number Of Nominees

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We are only just on the cusp of October and you can already put the “NO VACANCY” sign out on the Best Actor Oscar race. Sorry, no room. Don't even think about jumping in. Every year of late, it seems the Actor race gets richer while the Actress contest actively searches for candidates. Remember how “sure things” Tom Hanks and Robert Redford didn't even make the cut last year? Perhaps that is just a reflection of what juicy roles the industry is offering on either side of… Read

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Ben Affleck Slays ‘Em As ‘Gone Girl’ Launches New York Film Festival And Marches Into Oscar Race

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The latest stop on the Fall Festival circuit hit the Big Apple Friday night with the opening of the New York Film Festival, which boasts two World Premieres as its key draw for Awards Season attention. They include Warner Bros.' Paul Thomas Anderson-directed Inherent Vice next Saturday, and of course Friday night's unveiling of the much-awaited film adaptation of the best seller Gone Girl  from 20th Century Fox and New Regency which screened  at 6 p.m. and 9 p.m. to… Read

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Jimmy Kimmel To Host Matthew McConaughey’s Cinematheque Tribute As Stars Line Up

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Jimmy Kimmel has been named as host and co-stars Jennifer Garner, Reese Witherspoon and Jessica Chastain are among the first wave of stars announced to pay tribute to Matthew McConaughey as he becomes the 28th recipient of the American Cinematheque Award. The organization's annual benefit gala is October 21 at the Beverly Hilton. Others announced this morning for the show include Cole Hauser, who co-starred as Benny O'Donnell opposite McConaughey in 1993's Dazed And Confus… Read

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‘Saint Laurent’ Tapped As France’s Entry Into Foreign Language Oscar Race

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The selection of the Foreign Language Oscar entry from France has been one of the more interesting to follow this year given all the controversy surrounding 2013's ultimate decision. The committee that chooses the picture that will represent France has gone with Bertrand Bonello's biopic Saint Laurent, which will premiere next week in the U.S. at the New York Film Festival. Saint Laurent, which Sony Pictures Classics acquired ahead of its Cannes premiere in competition… Read

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Oscar Watch: First-Class Films From Aniston, Connelly, Costner, Gere Still Seek Distributors As Clock Running Out

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The 2014 Oscar clock is running out for powerful, but still unsold, festival showpieces starring Jennifers Aniston and Connelly, as well as Kevin Costner and Richard Gere. Several unspoken-for films came into this year's Toronto International Film Festival determined not only to find a distributor, but to set a 2014 release date. In the case of Still Alicethe touching drama of a woman's descent into early-onset Alzheimer's disease, that plan worked spectacularly well… Read

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Toronto: ‘The Imitation Game’ Named Festival’s People’s Choice Winner – Oscar Harbinger?

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The Toronto International Film Festival gave its top prize Sunday to The Imitation Game, starring Benedict Cumberbatch and distributed by The Weinstein Company. The announcement brings the huge festival to a close after hundreds of film screenings over 10 days. The Imitation Game, a biopic about gay computer pioneer and code-breaker Alan Turing, won the Grolsch People's Choice Winner, AKA, the audience award for favorite feature-length film shown. The acclaimed film… Read

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Fall Festival Verdict: Who’s In, Who’s Out As The 2014 Oscar Race Gets Its First Real Shot Of Adrenaline

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With the last gasp of the Toronto International Film Festival now upon us (it officially closes Sunday,) the Oscar race has become further defined, particularly with input from Venice and Telluride. Until that fall fest trifecta, only IFC's summer phenomenon Boyhood and perhaps Sony Pictures Classics' Foxcatcher  could realistically be thought to be in serious contention for Best Picture consideration. Wes Anderson's The Grand Budapest Hotel has been mentioned in some… Read

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Global Showbiz Briefs: ‘Rising Star’ Format Heads To China; Ukraine Makes Surprise Choice For Foreign Language Oscar Race

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China is the latest country to secure a local version of Rising Star. Keshet International said Thursday that it has sold the singing competition format to Enlight Media China in a two-season deal for 30 episodes. The program will air on state-run China Central Television's CCTV-3 channel. "We are excited about this format because of its cross-platform and interactive features, which are things that have never been seen before in Chinese television," said CCTV-3 Program… Read

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Toronto: Jennifer Aniston Sparks Oscar Buzz With Game-Changing Drama ‘Cake’

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Jennifer Aniston — Oscar contender? You better believe it after the tumultuous standing ovation she received at the Elgin Theatre on Monday afternoon for her potentially career-changing film Cake after the end credits had rolled. Sans makeup but for scars and other disfigurements, Aniston proved way beyond cosmetic changes that she is the real thing. She's heartbreakingly good, alternately bitingly dramatic and funny in this story of a woman suffering with chronic pain… Read

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Toronto: ‘Theory Of Everything’ Sends Oscar Race Into Early Overdrive As TIFF World Premieres Keep On Coming

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In terms of Oscar watching, the most anticipated World Premiere at this year's Toronto International Film Festival debuted Sunday night and it did not disappoint. Focus Features, as expected, has a major contender in The Theory Of Everythingits Stephen Hawking biopic that turns out to be a touching and unusual love story between the young Hawking and his wife Jane. The film is based on her memoir, and Anthony McCarten's adaptation and first-rate direction by Oscar… Read

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Toronto: Kevin Costner, Jake Gyllenhaal, Dustin Hoffman And A Very Hot Chris Rock Fill Busy Fest Weekend

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Kevin Costner came into the Toronto International Film Festival on Saturday for the world premiere of his powerful new drama, Black And White, a stirring story dealing with our racial divide,  but mostly a riveting human tale from writer/director Mike Binder. It's unflinchingly honest and contains a crackerjack courtroom scene that's priceless. In that scene, Costner delivers perhaps the best performance of his career, or at least since the period of his career circa Field… Read

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