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Does Birdman Know Oscar’s Long Love For Cinema About Greasepaint?

Does Birdman Know Oscar’s Long Love For Cinema About Greasepaint?

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Kevin Lincoln On “Edward Norton’s Abandoned Movie Stardom”

Kevin Lincoln On “Edward Norton’s Abandoned Movie Stardom”

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Tim Gray Thinks Oscar Ought To Think Frisky Instead Of Glum

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Kindly J. K. Simmons On Bringing The Amperage In Whiplash

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Kyle Buchanan Channels Fury

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Joshua Rothman on “What Gone Girl is Really About”

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Thedore Melfi Tells The Most Wondrous Tale How He Cast Bill Murray In St. Vincent

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Who’s The Next Star Of The Red Carpet?

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Scott Feinberg Thinks Mike Binder’s Black And White Is On Its Way To Awards

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Golden Globes Change Animation Rules

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Academy Invites 271 New Members

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48 Weeks To Oscar: Reviewing The 2014 Oscar Show

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20W2O: Rebooting The Independent Spirit Awards

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20 Weeks To Oscar: 3 Days To Go

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Gurus o’ Gold: Time To Open Envelopes

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Gurus o’ Gold: Top 3

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20W2O: 12 Days To Go – Season of Pudding

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Gurus o’ Gold: If We Could Sway The Academy

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Gurus o’ Gold: Frontrunners & Potential Upsetters

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20W2O: What The Oscars Should Learn From This Super Bowl

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“The infinitude of time as conveyed in Birdman’s unbroken stream of visuals is its most prescient conceit; were this a drama about radio or cinema, it would not work. On the stage where there is no barrier between performer and audience, where the performance—like life—unfolds without edits in a fluid stream of happenings (and non-happenings), there is nothing but now, no state of being but on.”
Fine Young Filmmaker Barry Jenkins Oh-So-Admires Birdman

NY Times

“Given my choice between allowing portrayals of women who are sexually manipulative, erotically aggressive, fearless in a deranged kind of way, completely true to their own temperament, desperately vital, or the alternative—wallowing in feminist propaganda and succumbing to the niceness plague—I’ll take the former.”
Maureen Dowd Is In True Rare Form As She Loves, Loves, Loves Amazing Amy spoilers, of course

“Perhaps Gone Girl‘s greatest insight is that the men aren’t mere brutish exploiters. Where a more simplistic narrative would posit that every loss for women is a gain for men, Flynn shows again and again that nobody is a winner—everyone is a dupe.”
Try And Top “Marriage Is An Abduction,” Elif Batuman‘s Superb Take On Gone Girl, Book And Film

“I’m telling you straight and true that Paul Dano‘s performance as the youngish Brian Wilson in Bill Pohlad‘s Love and Mercy is almost spookily great.”
Avers Jeff Wells

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“I wondered how different it would be to write a novel and it’s totally different. It’s very internal. The weird thing about it is that I found that novel-writing was much more like directing than it is like screenwriting. You’re casting it, you’re lighting it, you’re doing the costumes, you’re doing the locations, you’re doing it all yourself as a director would. In screenwriting, you don’t do that stuff. You don’t describe the face of the actor or the character when you’re writing a screenplay because Tom Cruise is going to do it and he doesn’t look like that, whereas in the novel to describe what he is is what he is. The actual act of writing, just like shooting on a set, is a slow slog. It’s going to work every day.”
~ David Cronenberg On Screenplay vs. Novel

“I was fortunate to be in the two big film epics of the last part of the 20th century: Godfather and “Lonesome Dove” on television, which was my favorite part. That’s my “Hamlet.” The English have Shakespeare; the French, Molière. In Argentina, they have Borges, but the western is ours. I like that.”
~ Robert Duvall