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Michael Keaton Will Be Lauded At 30th SBIFF With Modern Master Award

Michael Keaton To Be Lauded At Santa Barbara Film Festival

The 30th Santa Barbara International Film Festival will bestow its highest festival honor, The Modern Master Award, to Michael Keaton who is receiving rave reviews for his portrayal of a down-on-his-luck Hollywood star, who is trying to resurge himself on Broadway in Fox Searchlight's Birdman Or (The Unexpected Virtue Of Ignorance).  The tribute to Keaton will take place on Saturday, January 31, 2015 at the Arlington Theatre. SBIFF runs from January 27 – February 7… Read

OSCARS: Eight Documentary Shorts On 2014 Shortlist

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The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has narrowed its field of Documentary Short Subject contenders to eight films from a field of 58 submissions. Of those, three to five will earn Oscar nominations, which will be announced January 14. The Oscars are February 22 at the Dolby Theatre at Hollywood & Highland and will be televised live on ABC. Here is the shortlist in alphabetical order by title, with their production companies: "Crisis Hotline: Veterans Press 1,"… Read

Oscars: ‘Birdman’ Flew Sky High In Theaters, But How Did It Play With Academy Voters?

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There can be no question that one of this year's most anticipated films, Oscar-wise, flew high in its limited platform break at the box office this weekend. With an estimate exceeding $400,ooo at just four theatres in NY and LA, the $103,000-per-screen figure indicates strong want-to-see on the coasts. I had expected this totally unique and original film, with its orgiastic critical and Venice/Telluride/NY film fest response and general must-see status, would be huge on… Read

AFI Fest Adds ‘The Homesman’ Gala And Conversations With Keaton, Norton And Deakins

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Tommy Lee Jones'  Cannes competition film,  The Homesman has been added as an additional Centerpiece Gala to this year's growing lineup for the AFI Fest.  The film which he directed and also co-stars in with Hilary Swank and Meryl Streep among others  will screen on Tuesday November 11th.   AFI also announced a series of “Special Screenings”  including a number of other films that initially debuted at Cannes in May : Olivier Assayas'  Clouds Of  Sils Maria,  Mike Leigh's… Read

Oscar Watch: How Elaine Stritch And Other Showbiz Documentaries Hope To Grab The Eyes – And Hearts – Of Voters

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If there was any doubt awards season was in full swing, this week's growing list of screening events featuring lunches, dinners and receptions all aimed at luring Academy and Golden Globe voters should erase any question. As I pointed out last week, the Academy's “official” foreign-language screenings began on Monday night with Poland's Ida and Hungary's demanding but very fine White God. But that is just the beginning for both those films. On Friday afternoon at Century… Read

Gena Rowlands To Receive Career Honors From LA Film Critics

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Oscar-nominated actress Gena Rowlands will receive the LA Film Critics Association's Career Achievement kudos this winter, the org announced today. In an acclaimed career that's spanned six decades, Rowlands nabbed Academy Award nominations for her iconic roles in two of her ten films for filmmaker/husband John Cassavetes, Gloria and A Woman Under the Influence. She won the Golden Globe for the latter and snagged three Emmy wins on the small screen. Rowlands' films… Read

Relativity Buys Kevin Costner-Starrer ‘Black Or White’

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EXCLUSIVE: Relativity is wrapping a deal to acquire U.S. rights to Black Or White, the Mike Binder-directed drama that stars Kevin Costner and Octavia Spencer. A racially charged drama that created strong buzz when it premiered at Toronto under the title Black And White. That title couldn't be cleared, which is why it changed to “Or.” The film will be released in time to qualify for the Oscar race. That could mean a platform before year's end, but those details are being… Read

Queen Latifah To Host Hollywood Film Awards

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The inaugural broadcast of the Hollywood Film Awards will be hosted by Queen Latifah. The Oscar-nominated actress, musician and talk show host will preside over the event, which will take place Nov. 14 at the Hollywood Palladium and air on CBS. "Queen Latifah is the real deal. She is a triple threat - she can act, she can sing, she can dance - she is beloved by audiences across multiple genres and she entertains millions of people every day," said CBS EVP specials Jack… Read

‘Birdman,’ ‘Dear White People,’ ‘Hiroshima Mon Amour’ Lead Weekend’s Specialty Debuts

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Perched at the top of this week's flock of specialty film debuts is Birdman (Or The Unexpected Virtue Of Ignorance), a possible Oscar contender starring Michael Keaton. Though it's a limited release, Alejandro González Iñárritu's complex film about a fading action-hero trying to reclaim his mojo on Broadway nevertheless combines elements of a superhero franchise that could tap fans well beyond the art house. It's part of yet another big flock of specialty film debuts… Read

Christopher Nolan Handing American Cinematheque Award To Matthew McConaughey

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American Cinematheque continues to finalize plans for their 28th Annual Gala announcing today that his Interstellar  director, Christopher Nolan, will present this year's honoree Matthew McConaughey with the prestigious American Cinemetheque Award on Tuesday evening.   Additionally another co-star of the much-anticipated film, Anne Hathaway, has been added to the lineup along with McConaughey's How To Lose A Guy In 10 Days and  Fool's Gold  co-star Kate Hudson.  They join… Read

Art Directors Guild To Add Tyler, Lisanby, Beckman To Hall Of Fame

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They worked with Charlie Chaplin, Cecil B. DeMille and Judy Garland, and now they're being inducted into the Art Directors Guild's Hall of Fame. Legendary production designers Walter Tyler, Charles Lisanby and John Gabriel Beckman will receive the posthumous honor at the guild's 19th annual Excellence in Production Design Awards in January. Tyler, who died in 1990, won the 1951 Oscar for Best Art Direction-Set Decoration for DeMille's Sampson and Delilah, and was… Read

Neil Patrick Harris To Host Oscars

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Neil Patrick Harris has been selected to host the 87th annual Oscars. The news just broke on Twitter (see it below) via Neil Meron, who is back to co-produce for a third consecutive year with Craig Zadan. The Academy Awards will air live on ABC on Sunday, February 22, at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood. This will be Harris' first stint as Oscar host, but he is known for his hosting proclivities that have included fronting the Emmys (twice) and the Tony Awards (four times)… Read

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