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Reactions to Lauren Bacall’s Death: Great Beauty, An Iron Backbone

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Although Lauren Bacall, who died today of a stroke, was of a different generation, her passing at 89 quickly drew anguished reactions from across Twitter, where many were still feeling the emotional sting of Robin Williams' death on Monday. From John Cusack's explosive curse to evocations of her classic line about how to whistle, fans posted photos, video and more of Bacall's fabulous career. Related: Lauren Bacall: A Life In Pictures “What a terrible loss for us all,”… Read

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Robin Williams: A Huge Funny/Dramatic Talent Who Proved He Could Do It All — An Appreciation

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I didn't see Robin Williams' attempt at a new sitcom, CBS' The Crazy OnesI didn't want to. I didn't want to think that the great Robin was, at only 62, already making the trip back to weekly TV half-hours after such a stellar, Oscar-winning career in films and such a bright, unhinged light on comedy stages for all of his career. It's just too constricting for this kind of talent. It's even sadder to think the show got cancelled after one season, a failure that must have… Read

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Hot Trailer: First Look At Oscar Contender ‘The Theory Of Everything’ — An Unexpected Love Story About Stephen Hawking

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One of the most anticipated World Premieres at this year's Toronto Film Festival is director James Marsh's The Theory Of Everything. It is getting a prime spot the first weekend at the fest, which starts September 4th with opening night film The Judge. This Working Title production being distributed by Focus Features starting November 7th tells the compelling story of Stephen Hawking, the world famous astrophysicist, but at its heart – and with its heart – also is about… Read

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Toronto: What Oscar Clues Are Wrapped In Today’s Massive Announcement Of TIFF Films?

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Well, they are coming hot and heavy now. With Toronto International Film Festival announcing 13 Galas and 46 Special Presentations this morning in what is really just the first wave of their upcoming lineup, and  on top on New York Film Festival's confirmation of their Opening (Gone Girl), Centerpiece (Inherent Viceand Closing (Birdman), BFI London's opener of The Imitation Game and Venice Film Festival's opener (also Birdman)  the awards season landscape is starting to… Read

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Oscar-Nominated Film Now Aiming To WIN An Emmy For Netflix – How Is It Eligible For Both?

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The Squarea harrowing documentary about the Egyptian revolution as seen through the eyes of six of its participants, was Oscar-nominated in the 2013 Best Feature Documentary race. So how come it is suddenly a major contender at the Emmys too? Inquiries have come to our attention, including one calling for its withdrawal from Emmy competition, so I decided to check it out. The film, which accounts for four of the impressive 31 Emmy nominations Netflix received this year… Read

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‘Boyhood’ Sets Off On Awards Trek With Strong, Packed Weekend Screenings For Oscar And SAG Voters

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We are still a little more than a month away from the official start of awards season, but for IFC's smash-out-of-the-box indie hit, Boyhood, it already began in earnest on Sunday with back-to-back screenings and Q&As for members of the newly chosen 2000-strong Screen Actors Guild Nominating Committee, and later its official Academy screening at the newly re-opened Samuel Goldwyn Theatre at the Acad's Beverly Hills headquarters. The SAG nom comm is just beginning its long… Read

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Specialty B.O.: ‘Boyhood’s’ Big Shoulders Continue To Dominate In Second Week

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Boyhood continued to muscle into the Specialty Box Office in its second frame amid an expansion, even while the weekend's newcomers showed mixed numbers. Zach Braff's Wish I Was Here and Mike Cahill's I Origins, second films from both writer/directors, bowed with averages in the low $7K range. IFC Films' Boyhood opened last week with the year's second highest PTA among limited-release titles and only compounded its star status in expansion. The Richard Linklater-directed… Read

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‘Boyhood’ By The Numbers: What Else Happened Over 12 Years

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After it debuted last week to the second-best opening of any specialty film in 2014, Richard Linklater's Boyhood is already considered an early Oscar contender that has a chance to cross over as it broadens its run to 10 markets today. It is unprecedented for a narrative film to be shot like this one was. It proved to be a time-lapse process that allows viewers to watch Ellar Coltrane and his castmates age naturally from age 6 to 18 and believably go through the joys and… Read

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Movie Academy Unveils Board Of Governors Election Results

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The new members announced today after voting are re-upped for three-year terms. This comes ahead of the August 5 board meeting to elect the Academy's officers. On that ballot will be current Academy president Cheryl Boone Isaacs, who is up for her second of a potential four one-year terms and is expected to be re-upped. Isaacs, from the Public Relations Branch, was among the eight governors re-elected today, a list that includes Academy Secretary Phil Robinson (Writers… Read

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‘Gone Girl’s’ NYFF Announcement Fuels Fall Festival Oscar Season Speculation

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Though it is still only July – and the summer movie blockbuster season is still in full force – all eyes are turning to awards season as much-awaited announcements of the four big Fall movie festivals that signal the beginning of the Oscar race are starting to drop. Following last week's news that Fox Searchlight and New Regency's Birdman would be launching the Venice Film Festival on August 27th, comes official word today from the Film Society Of Lincoln Center that… Read

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Art Directors Guild Draws Up Lifetime Achievement Award For Jim Bissell

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Legendary production designer Jim Bissell will receive the Art Directors Guild's Lifetime Achievement Award, which will be bestowed January 31 at the 19th annual awards ceremony at the Beverly Hilton. Bissell, the production designer for E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial, is currently in pre-production on his second film in the Mission Impossible franchise, and was the production designer of four of the five films directed by George Clooney, including this year's Monuments… Read

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Oscar Watching: The First Sure-Fire Best Picture Nominee Has Just Arrived And It’s Only July – Let The Race Begin

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Emmy nominations may only have been released yesterday, and I know it's still just July, but with the opening of Richard Linklater's Boyhood today I am declaring July 11th the new official start of the Oscar season (at least for this year) with a film that I predict will occupy one of those prized Best Picture slots when Academy Award nominations are announced six months from now. It's a bold statement considering last year's first of nine eventual Best Picture nominees, G… Read

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