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Stephen Hawking Joins Facebook

Physicist Stephen Hawking Lectures At UC Berkeley

Stephen Hawking is doing his part to get the word out into the universe about The Theory Of Everything, the Hawking biopic starring Eddie Redmayne and Felicity Jones that is gearing up for a November 7 release and an awards-season run.  Hawking joined Facebook today with a kickoff note to his potential friends — and maybe even potential moviegoers: “I have always wondered what makes the universe exist. Time and space may forever be a mystery, but that has not stopped my… Read

Edward Snowden Documentary ‘Citizenfour’, Sweden’s ‘Force Majeure': Specialty Box Office Preview

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Last year, RADiUS scored at the box office and in Awards Season with its documentary 20 Feet From Stardom (nearly $4.95 million and Best Documentary Feature Oscar win). This year, it may have another non-fiction awards behemoth, hitting theaters this weekend. Citizenfourdirected by journalist and filmmaker Laura Poitras, tells the story of NSA leaker Edward Snowden as he disclosed massive domestic U.S. government spying. The film unfolds in real time as Poitras and Guard… Read

Oscar Producers Blast Trade Story That Called Neil Patrick Harris An “Also-Ran” And Not First Choice To Host

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An anonymously sourced Hollywood Reporter story Wednesday headlined  “Also-ran Academy Host?” in their print edition gossip column, as well as an expanded online version blatantly headlining “Neil Patrick Harris Wasn't Academy's  First Choice To Host The Oscars,” has been flatly denied  by Oscar show producers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron. The story, credited in the online version to writer Seth Abramovich, claims 2014 host Ellen DeGeneres was “begged” by the producers to… Read

Gotham Awards Nominees Announced: ‘Boyhood’ & ‘Birdman’ Lead Way

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Birdman, The Grand Budapest Hotel, Love Is Strange and Under The Skin are up for the Best Feature prize in the 24th annual Gotham Independent Film Awards. The Independent Filmmaker Project calls this the “kickoff to the film awards season,” and highlights “worthy independent films.” The collection includes 15 films nominated for Best Feature, Best Documentary, and the Bingham Ray Breakthrough Director Award. IFP members can vote online from November 19-26. The ceremony… Read

Matthew McConaughey Gets A ‘Stellar’ Tribute From American Cinematheque

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How ironic it was that American Cinematheque, this bastion of all things honoring the history of film, would choose to give Matthew McConaughey its highest honor at a warm, funny and revealing tribute last night at the Beverly Hilton. Because among other things, McConaughey revealed he had actually only even seen two movies — ever — before the age of 18:  King Kong and Orca. And though this non-cineaste didn't specify which King Kong, I would be willing to bet it was the… Read

Why Did Stephen Hawking Film ‘Theory Of Everything’ Take A Decade? Scribe Anthony McCarten Explains

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EXCLUSIVE: Eddie Redmayne looked a bit misty eyed as he emerged from the MOMA screening room after the rousing applause that followed a teary-eyed New York premiere of The Theory Of Everything from Focus Features. Redmayne's reaction is understandable, given the outsized performances he and Felicity Jones turned in as physicist Stephen Hawking and his first wife Jane. Redmayne's portrayal humanizes that iconic image of the genius frozen in a ruined body, and the Like Crazy… Read

Hollywood Film Awards Sets 18 Categories

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The Hollywood Film Awards has announced the 18 award categories that will be featured during the inaugural live broadcast on CBS. Hosted by Queen Latifah, the event will take place at 8 PM on November 14 at the Hollywood Palladium. The Hollywood Film Awards have recognized excellence in the art of cinema and filmmaking for over 17 years. Winners will be announced during the broadcast. See the complete list of awards below: Hollywood Career Achievement Award Hollywood… Read

BAFTA Names Emma Baehr To New Director Of Awards Post

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As film awards season gets underway, the British Academy of Film and Television Arts has created a new post overseeing all five of its London-based prize ceremonies. Previously the Acting Head of Film, Emma Baehr has been named Director of Awards and will be responsible for the ongoing development of the British Academy's kudos, including the BAFTA Film Awards that fall just ahead of the Oscars in February. She is charged with ensuring that output reaches a wide and… Read

Napa Valley Film Festival Hoping Quake Damage Doesn’t Shake Up Show

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It's white-knuckle time for the Napa Valley Film Festival's organizers, filmmakers and fans, with a key venue and two hotels still fixing earthquake damage ahead of the Nov. 12 opening night. The post-quake craziness comes just as the four-year-old event is getting traction in Hollywood for its Oscar Season-adjacent timing, with companies setting encore screenings and star appearances, to tout awards contenders from earlier in the year. The festival bills itself a mix of… Read

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

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