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  • Oscar best song possibilities: Can one of these tunes score?

     Oscar best song possibilities: Can one of these tunes score?
    When the 2013 Oscars opened in February, host Seth MacFarlane declared that the show had a theme. The Academy Awards, MacFarlane said, would be celebrating the marriage of film and music. Though such a thesis may have been obscured by the ensuing song-...
  • How Danny Strong made 'The Butler' speak out on civil rights stories

    How Danny Strong made 'The Butler' speak out on civil rights stories
    "I want to tell the story of the civil rights movement," I said. The late, great film producer Laura Ziskin looked at me and said, "Which part?" "All of it." Many people in our business would've immediately explained why telling such a vast story...
  • Film Reviews: Opening This Week (Nov. 25-29, 2013)

    Frozen (Disney) Move over, Frosty. A quixotic snowman who longs to experience summer handily steals the show in "Frozen," Disney's 53rd in-house animated feature and one of its most classical, with a Hans Christian Andersen pedigree, a full-fledged...
  • Weinstein Co. Offers Free Movie Tickets to SAG-AFTRA Voters

    The Weinstein Co. has a unique way to get SAG-AFTRA voters to see its films: Free tickets. Thanks to a partnership with Fandango that was announced today, Screen Actors Guild Awards voters will be able to obtain a free pair of tickets to see TWC awards...
  • Weinstein Co. to offer free movie tickets to SAG Awards voters

    Weinstein Co. has come up with a clever way to get its films seen by voters during awards season: free movie tickets. The company will offer pairs of tickets to SAG-AFTRA voters for any of the company's films that earn Screen Actors Guild Awards...
  • Gotham Awards Shines Light on Thesps

    Since their inception 23 years ago, IFP's Gotham Independent Film Awards have experienced their share of growing pains and gains. For years, the low-key kudofest, which takes place at the outset of awards season, was truly independent and unconcerned...
  • Spirit Noms Analysis: 'All Is Lost,' 'Fruitvale Station,' 'Short Term 12′ Join Must-See List

    "12 Years a Slave" and "Nebraska" may have earned the most nominations for the Indie Spirit Awards, but the biggest beneficiaries could be films including "All is Lost" (pictured), "Blue Jasmine," "Before Midnight," "Enough Said," "Fruitvale Station"...
  • Stephen Dorff on 'The Motel Life' and What's Wrong with Hollywood

    In 2010, Stephen Dorff found himself on the industry's hot list after starring in Sofia Coppola's "Somewhere," a meditative drama about a Hollywood actor and his lonely daughter. Dorff recalls a stream of offers from a fickle business that he's been...
  • Films inspired by true events walk a tricky line

    Films inspired by true events walk a tricky line
    "Lee Daniels' The Butler" isn't true. It's only "inspired" by a true story. Screenwriter Danny Strong realized his limitations in constructing a script based on an article about former White House butler Eugene Allen, but rather than ditch the story...
  • Freshmen Writers of 2013: New Scribes Prove Wise

    Oscar has a way of falling in love with first-time scripters, including Chris Terrio ("Argo"), Michael Arndt ("Little Miss Sunshine"), Diablo Cody ("Juno"), Dustin Lance Black ("Milk"), Mark Boal ("The Hurt Locker") and Geoffrey Fletcher ("Precious")....
  • Weinstein Company May Boost Film Distribution From $50 Million Fund

    Harvey Weinstein may be distributing more films, thanks to a distribution deal with newly formed Catalina Capital and its $50 million film finance fund. The Weinstein Company will have a first look option on domestic distribution and international...
  • 'Best Man Holiday' Over-Performing with Possible $35 Million Weekend

    Christmas is coming early for Universal's "The Best Man Holiday." Malcolm D. Lee's comedy sequel, made for only $17 million, should take in over $30 million at the box office this weekend, wildly exceeding expectations for the Universal film, which...