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Fine Young Filmmaker Barry Jenkins Goes Bird—- For Birdman

“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…

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Gurus o’ Gold: After New York…

This week, the Gurus take on Picture, Actor, Actress, Supporting Actress, Supporting Actor, and Director. And if The Gurus are right at this point, all five of these individual honors would got to first-time winners and 3 of the 5 would have never been nominated before.

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Jeff Jensen On-Sets Interstellar

Jeff Jensen On-Sets Interstellar

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Emma Stone On Not —-ing Up Birdman

Emma Stone On Not Messing Up Birdman

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Michael Cieply Sez World War II May Be Battle That Wins Oscar

Michael Cieply Sez World War II May Be Battle That Wins Oscar

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Variety Cover-Stories “Saint” Bill Murray

Variety Cover-Stories “Saint” Bill Murray

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“I was always thinking about labyrinths. Backstage and the dressing rooms and all those corridors are like an infinite labyrinth.”

“I was always thinking about labyrinths. Backstage and the dressing rooms and all those corridors are like an infinite labyrinth.”

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Benedict Cumberbatch Says No Need For Gay Sex In Imitation Game

Benedict Cumberbatch Says No Need For Gay Sex In Imitation Game

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Tim Gray Thinks Oscar Ought To Think Frisky Instead Of Glum

Tim Gray Thinks Oscar Ought To Think Frisky Instead Of Glum

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Maureen Dowd Loves, Loves, Loves Amazing Amy

“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…

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“It’s a very gracious thing for David to have kept me on because even though I think my first draft was solid, it still would have been easier for him to say, ‘You know what? I’m actually going to have someone who’s written a fucking screenplay before write this one.’ But he responded to the first draft and we have kind of similar sensibilities. We liked the same things about the book, and we wanted the same thing out of the movie.”

“It’s a very gracious thing for David to have kept me on because even though I think my first draft was solid, it still would have been easier for him to say, ‘You know what? I’m actually going to have someone who’s written a fucking screenplay before write this one.’ But he responded to the…

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Try And Top “Marriage Is An Abduction,” Elif Batuman’s Superb Take On Gone Girl

“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…

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

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

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Kyle Buchanan Channels Fury

Kyle Buchanan Channels Fury 

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Joshua Rothman on “What Gone Girl is Really About”

Joshua Rothman on “What Gone Girl is Really About” spoilerage

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21 Weeks To Oscar – Carlos & Joey & Cash, Oh My! (Part 2 of 2)

Should anyone really care that Joey Berlin has built a “critics” group that now affords him a rather significant annual payday? Does it matter than Carlos de Abreu made up awards out of nothing but the contents of his giant scrotal sack and now has gotten rich on the money that returns virtually nothing of value to the studios? Eighty-something foreign-language speakers have made themselves seem worth much, much more than the time of day because they have a TV show that has been successfully and inaccurately positioned as an Oscar precursor… should we care? The Academy has made The Oscars less and less about movies and more and more about being like the Jimmy Fallon show with statues (Oscar nominee beer pong, coming this spring!) because they are obsessed with being cutting edge, when the only real distinction of the organization is the many years it takes to get invited to join, thus given its awards real weight… does it matter?

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21 Weeks To Oscar – Carlos & Joey & Cash, Oh My! (Part 1 of 2)

How could I write about what a con the Hollywood Foreign Press Association was – and is – with its eight-something barely-employed writers puffing up with self-importance and raping studio coffers all year long while showing no semblance of journalistic integrity whatsoever, and be charmingly amused by Carlos who made up awards, chose winners by himself in negotiations with distributors, with no other purpose than to line his own pockets? I was being a hypocrite.

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22 Weeks To Oscar: Bring On The Narratives!

Even before we really know – and no one really knows jack excrement this early, especially in this season – we do know some of the strategies waiting to be unfurled in the next two months.

If you wanna to win an Oscar, you gotta have a narrative.

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“This is the kind of stuff it’s very hard to make a cinema audience engage with, because we’ve got this whole —-ing ‘likeability’ thing that people are so concerned with. They reserve their empathy because they don’t want to fall in love with someone whose body is going to end up in a 50-gallon oil drum. They don’t want to be charmed by someone who might have hacked his wife up and put her in the crawlspace.”

“This is the kind of stuff it’s very hard to make a cinema audience engage with, because we’ve got this whole —-ing ‘likeability’ thing that people are so concerned with. They reserve their empathy because they don’t want to fall in love with someone whose body is going to end up in a 50-gallon oil drum….

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

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

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Awards Watch

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“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

“He’s not one of my heroes. He doesn’t touch me or inspire me. There are so many people who inspire me, so many people who touch my heart. It doesn’t matter if he’s not a hero of mine. It doesn’t matter if I don’t tell the whole world how honoured I am to share a prize with a man who made somebody play with words over the years. He’s a hero in cinema historically, but he’s not a personal hero of mine. Jean-Luc Godard did this press release and he mentioned he would never go and see Mommy in theatres because he already knew what Mommy was about: another ‘TV movie’ and that nowadays everything is predictable. He’s this old grinchy man. He’s the grinch from Switzerland in the mountain. Deaf, blind, smoking, literally. Basically being provocative about everything.”
~ Xavier Dolan On Jean-Luc Godard