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Costume Designers For ‘Lion’, ‘La La Land’ And ‘Jackie’ Find Their Threads

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Costume design, like editing and sound, is one of the many "invisible arts" of moviemaking: if it's done well, then you don't notice it. It is, though, perhaps a little more front and center than the others, hiding its many clever tricks in plain sight. Indeed, often when you meet a character, it's their wardrobe that begins telling the viewer their tale, before they've even spoken. Three of the best costume designers of this year's rich choice of Oscar-worthy movies — Cap… Read

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As ‘Moonlight’ Is Feted, How Barry Jenkins Turned Struggle Into Success

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Talent flows from God, or whatever mysterious force passes for such. But an artistic career is born of hopes, dreams, accidents and existential choices that conspire to make something special of the talented. For Barry Jenkins, the decidedly special writer-director of Moonlight, a controlling accident was the location of Florida State University's small film school—its quarters are built into the football stadium. "I think they figured, we're putting all this money into… Read

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‘Trolls’ Director Mike Mitchell On Making The Miyazaki-Influenced DreamWorks Fairy Tale

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Director Mike Mitchell had a ball with his latest DreamWorks endeavor, working alongside Walt Dohrn and a cast of musical virtuosos to bring the vibrantly colorful Trolls to the big screen. A musical animated adventure, pitting a community of colorful creatures against the unhappy, Troll-eating Bergens, Trolls has an unusual, tactile aesthetic, which comes down to the directors’ work alongside other DreamWorks artists, including Kendal Cronkhite, Tim Lamb and Priscilla… Read

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‘Joe’s Violin’ Director Kahane Cooperman On Crying For Two Years In Making Of Emotional Documentary Short — Q&A

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A documentary filmmaker and television producer best known for her tenure on The Daily Show with Jon Stewart, Kahane Cooperman teamed up with producer Raphaela Neihausen to make Joe’s Violin, a heart-rending documentary short which was shortlisted for an Oscar last month. Telling the story of a New York instrument drive, which forged an unexpected connection between a passionate young student, growing up in the nation's poorest congressional district, and a 91-year-old… Read

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‘Sieranevada’ Actors Judith State And Rolando Matsangos On The Fastidious Pursuit Of “Little Miracles”

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A Palme D’Or nominee at the Cannes Film Festival, writer/director Cristi Puiu’s Sieranevada has been submitted as Romania’s Oscar entry for Best Foreign Language Film. A sprawling, ambitious family drama, coming in at a nearly three hour running time, the latest entry from the much-lauded filmmaker tells the story of a successful neurologist, who gathers with family on the anniversary of his father’s death. A thoughtful, melancholy reflection on family and one’s place… Read

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Pharrell Williams On His ‘Hidden Figures’ Contribution: “It Made Sense For Everything We Stand For”

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There are few musicians in this year's Oscar race who can have had as significant a contribution to the projects they're attached to as Pharrell Williams with Hidden Figures. Already Oscar nominated for the phenomenal hit song "Happy", which was attached to Despicable Me 2 in 2013, the multi-hyphenated musical artist steps into his second feature film as a producer—after last year's Dope—with Theodore Melfi's movie, which tells the true story of the African American women… Read

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Pete Hammond’s Notes On The Season: When Warren Met Kirk; #OscarsSoWhite A Thing Of The Past?

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A weekly column chronicling conversations and events on the awards circuit. It was, as usual this time of year, another big week on the awards circuit. From the standpoint of critics’ group love, Warren Beatty — who is no stranger to lots of awards in his legendary career — was AWOL from East Coast and Critics’ Choice lists this week for Rules Don’t Apply, his first directorial effort in 18 yearsThe movie also didn’t exactly light up the box office, either, but this… Read

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Oscars: ‘Rogue One,’ ‘Doctor Strange’ Make Cut As Academy Narrows Visual Effects Race

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The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has drawn up its shortlist of 20 films vying for Visual Effects Oscar nominations. As usual, the list is peppered with big-budget pics — some of which were massive hits (Deadpool, The Jungle Book, Fantastic Beasts, etc.), some that underperformed (Alice Through the Looking Glass, The BFG, Independence Day: Resurgence) and a few that haven’t been released yet (Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, Passengers). Here is the full list… Read

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‘Sully’ Editor Blu Murray On Cutting The Clint Eastwood Film And The Biggest Challenges Of His Editing Debut

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Descending from a lineage of Oscar-sound editors—including his Oscar nominated grandfather, Robert G. Henderson, and his father, Oscar winner Alan Robert Murray—editor Blu Murray quickly realized through firsthand experience that sound editing wasn’t for him. Of interest, though, was the craft of picture editing; recognizing that picture and sound editors operate within the same union, Murray put his time into sound work before transitioning over, making his own beginning… Read

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‘Hail, Caesar!’ Hair And Makeup Department Heads On Designing Looks For Friends, Romans And Countrymen

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Boasting a history with the Coen brothers dating back to their early films, makeup and hair department heads Jean Ann Black and Cydney Cornell were excited to delve into the pair's latest effort, old Hollywood comedy Hail, Caesar! An airy La La Land mystery set in the '50s, on Hollywood backlots and Romanesque sets, Caesar! required a multitude of looks. The research process began with a look to the past—to the films of Esther Williams, for example, and sword-and-sandal… Read

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Mel Gibson, Andrew Garfield And Bill Mechanic On The 15-Year Ordeal To Scale ‘Hacksaw Ridge’

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When Mel Gibson and Andrew Garfield gather to speak on their WWII film Hacksaw Ridge, each has jetted into LA from Europe, where they are making other movies. Gibson left the set of The Professor and the Madman, a movie he's starring in with Sean Penn. Garfield was deep into developing the semi-schizophrenic character he was about to start playing in Under the Silver Lake. But it doesn't take much time for them to snap back into Desmond Doss mode. The moment they received… Read

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Felicity Jones On ‘Rogue One’, ‘A Monster Calls’ And ‘Inferno’: “Film, At Its Best, Really Can Change Things” – Q&A

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When Felicity Jones walked into the bar at the Bel Air Hotel towards the end of October, the meerkat-like LA glitterati didn't crane their necks with the expected urgency usually reserved for movie stars whose names grace every other billboard across town, as Jones's did that particular week. She had come to Hollywood for the launch of Inferno, the third Ron Howard adaptation of Dan Brown's ever-expanding Robert Langdon series starring Tom Hanks, and few can have missed… Read