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Win Passes To The Advance Screening Of Last Flag Flying In St. Louis

Opening Wednesday, November 22nd is Last Flag Flying.

In 2003, 30 years after they served together in the Vietnam War, former Navy Corps medic Larry “Doc” Shepherd (Steve Carell) re-unites with Former Marines Sal Nealon (Bryan Cranston) and Reverend Richard Mueller (Laurence Fishburne) on a different type of mission: to bury Doc’s son, a young Marine killed in the Iraq War. Doc decides to forgo burial at Arlington Cemetery and, with the help of his old buddies, takes the casket on a bittersweet trip up the East Coast to his home in suburban New Hampshire. Along the way, Doc, Sal and Mueller reminisce and come to terms with shared memories of the war that continues to shape their lives.

A thoughtful and moving road movie from Oscar®-nominated director Richard Linklater (Boyhood, 2014), Last Flag Flying brims with humor, melancholy and regret as it examines the lasting effect of choices made in the crucible of war.
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New York Film Festival Review: Richard Linklater’s ‘Last Flag Flying’

New York Film Festival Review: Richard Linklater’s ‘Last Flag Flying’
If you took three middle-aged war veterans and turned their lives into an earnest, pious, watchable, but naggingly inauthentic TV dramedy, the result might look something like Richard Linklater’s “Last Flag Flying.” The movie was adapted from a novel by Daryl Ponicsan, who wrote the book that “The Last Detail” was based on, and it’s a kind of spiritual sequel that mirrors the abstract outline of that celebrated 1973 film: a trio of military men thrown together on a scattershot road odyssey. In this case, though, the movie is set in December 2003, and the three men are old comrades (two Marines, one Navy), all of whom served together in Vietnam.

Sal (Bryan Cranston), craggy and bearded in a black leather jacket, with a leering insult for every occasion, is the upstart of the group: an ebullient, foul-mouthed drinker who owns and runs a dive bar in Norfolk, Virginia. Burly, gray-haired
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Film News Roundup: Netflix to Release Lady Gaga Documentary in September

Film News Roundup: Netflix to Release Lady Gaga Documentary in September
In today’s film news roundup, Netflix announces a release for its Lady Gaga documentary, FilmRise picks up “The Secret Life of Lance Letscher,” and the Hollywood Film Awards announce a donation to the Mptf.

Release Date

Netflix has set a Sept. 22 release date for “Gaga: Five Foot Two,” a portrait of a year in the life of Lady Gaga. The documentary will premiere at this year’s Toronto International Film Festival.

Chris Moukarbel directed the documentary, aimed at showing an unguarded look at Gaga through a series of personal highs and lows and the culmination of a year’s emotional journey.

“It is a rare moment when one is invited behind the curtain to witness the raw truth of an individual, even more so when that person happens to be one of the most recognizable, influential and scrutinized public figures in culture today,” said Lisa Nishimura, VP of original documentaries for Netflix. “Director
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Richard Linklater's Last Flag Flying to open 55th New York Film Festival by Anne-Katrin Titze - 2017-06-14 15:04:53

Richard Linklater's Last Flag Flying to open 55th New York Film Festival Photo: Anne-Katrin Titze

The Film Society of Lincoln Center (Flag Day in the Us is today, June 14) announced on Monday that the World Premiere of Richard Linklater's Last Flag Flying - co-written with Darryl Ponicsan (Cinderella Liberty, The Last Detail), produced by Ginger Sledge, John Sloss, and Thomas Lee Wright, starring Steve Carell, Bryan Cranston and Laurence Fishburne - is the Opening Night Gala selection of the New York Film Festival. Linklater's terrific Boyhood team of cinematographer Shane F Kelly, editor Sandra Adair, and costume designer Kari Perkins worked also on his latest.

Kent Jones: "Last Flag Flying is many things at once - infectiously funny, quietly shattering, celebratory, mournful, meditative, intimate, expansive, vastly entertaining, and …" Photo: Anne-Katrin Titze

The Festival Director and Selection Committee Chair is Kent Jones. Dennis Lim, Fslc Director of Programming; Florence Almozini,
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'The Secret Life of Lance Letscher': Film Review

'The Secret Life of Lance Letscher': Film Review
Casual admirers of Austin artist Lance Letscher, whose vibrant collages display above all a love of color and enjoyment of pop culture ephemera, may never intuit the pain seen in that work by those closest to him personally. Diving surprisingly deep into the roots of that hurt, Sandra Adair's The Secret Life of Lance Letscher offers empathy without draining the artist's overstuffed creations of their fun. Adair, best known as Richard Linklater's go-to editor (and a co-producer on Boyhood) makes a confident debut as director here, offering a doc with appeal even for art lovers who don't yet know this...
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Memo to Distributors: Buy These SXSW 2017 Movies

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Memo to Distributors: Buy These SXSW 2017 Movies
Most Beautiful Island

A short, stressful, and utterly spellbinding debut that transforms the immigrant experience into the stuff of an early Polanski psychodrama, “Most Beautiful Island” was a worthy winner of the SXSW Grand Jury Prize for best narrative feature, and might prove to be a breakthrough moment for a major new talent: Spanish actress Ana Asensio not only wrote, directed, and produced this fraught metropolitan thriller, she also appears in just about every frame.

It would be criminal to reveal too much about what happens to her character, a Manhattan immigrant who’s struggling to make a life for herself in the big city and in for the longest night of her life, but it’s thrilling to watch the anxiety of neo-realism as it slowly bleeds into something that resembles the suspense of the orgy sequence from “Eyes Wide Shut.” Creating a lucid sense of reality only so
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‘The Secret Life of Lance Letscher’ Clip: SXSW Doc Shows the Painfully Beautiful Chaos of An Artist’s Mind — Watch

‘The Secret Life of Lance Letscher’ Clip: SXSW Doc Shows the Painfully Beautiful Chaos of An Artist’s Mind — Watch
Sandra Adair, best known for her work as editor on “The Before Trilogy” and “Boyhood,” is making her directorial debut with the premiere of her documentary “The Secret Life of Lance Letscher.” The film bowed at this week’s SXSW Film Festival, still rolling on down in Austin, Texas.

Read More: How ‘Boyhood’ Editor Sandra Adair Helped Shape The Film’s 12-Year Evolution

Adair captures the painfully beautiful work of local Austin artist, Lance Letscher. According to the official synopsis of “The Secret Life of Lance Letscher”: “After 30 years of working in the visual arts, Letscher has proven himself to be a modern master of collage. While developing a new project for the legendary South Congress Books in Austin, Texas, Letscher reflects for the first time on camera about his chaotic rise from an art student at the University of Texas to the subject of renowned solo exhibitions all over the world.
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SXSW Film Festival: What to Watch Out for in 2017 Lineup

SXSW Film Festival: What to Watch Out for in 2017 Lineup
The South by Southwest Film Festival has a long history of spotlighting native and adopted Texan filmmakers. Yet one particularly noteworthy filmmaker with Texas roots has been long outstanding, and the festival’s 24th iteration will finally see an appearance from one of arthouse cinema’s biggest names, as Terrence Malick brings his Austin-set “Song to Song” to the festival’s March 10 opening night. Thematic appropriateness aside, it represents something of a coup for the once-scrappy fest to feature the auteur, whose last films bowed at Toronto, Berlin, and Cannes.

Yet Malick’s is hardly the only boldfaced name to be found in the lineup, and here are other features — among the 125 scheduled films, 84 of them world premieres — to watch.

Stars at Night

Song to Song” boasts a particularly starry cast, with Rooney Mara, Ryan Gosling, Cate Blanchett, and Michael Fassbender all on deck. But it will have plenty of
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The Before Trilogy

Who would have thought that a ’90s ‘slacker’ independent filmmaker would make such a strong romantic statement? Well, it’s not all romance in the old sense. In what must be a project of love, Richard Linklater examines the ongoing love life of Jesse & Céline, in three movies spread across eighteen years. The conversations are as free- flowing as are the cameras roaming through European back streets. Thanks to the commitment of Julie Delpy and Ethan Hawke, the in-depth relationship seems real.

The ‘Before’ Trilogy

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The Criterion Collection 856

1995, 2004, 2013 / Color / 1:85 widescreen / 101, 80, 109 min. / available through The Criterion Collection / Street Date February 28, 2017 / 79.96

Starring: Ethan Hawke, Julie Delpy

Cinematography: Lee Daniel; Lee Daniel; Christos Voudouris

Film Editor: Sandra Adair (3)

Original Music: Fred Frith; none; Graham Reynolds

Written by Richard Linklater, Kim Krizan; Richard Linklater, Julie Delpy, Ethan Hawke, Kim Krizan; Richard Linklater, Julie Delpy, Ethan Hawke, Kim Krizan.

Produced by Anne Walker-McBay
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SXSW 2017 Bolsters Lineup With Baby Driver, Ben Wheatley’s Free Fire And Much More

After drawing attention to the festival’s annual Gaming Awards, organizers behind the South by Southwest Film Festival have posted the full, comprehensive lineup, revealing that the likes of Edgar Wright’s Baby Driver and Free Fire, the riotous ensemble thriller from Ben Wheatley, are among those films that will screen for critics and attendees.

Per SXSW 2017‘s website, this year’s showcase will host “84 World Premieres, 11 North American Premieres, and 6 Us Premieres. First-time filmmakers account for 51 films, continuing our tradition of unearthing the emergent talent of tomorrow.” British auteur Ben Wheatley (Kill List, Sightseers, A Field in England) is a regular of the Texas festival, and will be rubbing shoulders with other favorites including Michael Winterbottom, Nacho Vigalondo, Michael Showalter.

SXSW 2017 begins on March 10th in Austin, Texas and you can get up to speed on everything the festival has to offer down below.

Narrative Feature Competition

A Bad Idea Gone Wrong
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Ranking the films of Richard Linklater so far

It might have something to do with how much I love Everybody Wants Some, but I’m still thinking about Richard Linklater and his career to date. Yes, I touched on that a bit last week, and previously in 2014 when Boyhood was making its way through the awards season, but I’m not quite done just yet. There’s something about Linklater that has me constantly thinking about and re-evaluating his films. Interestingly enough, his flicks tend to be ones that lend themselves nicely to introspection/retrospection. In doing this, one of the things I’ve actually come up with is that he’s actually yet to make a bad movie, despite having a nearly 20 deep filmography. As such, it made perfect sense to rank his films today, showing you just how varied yet consistent he is as a director. It’s really quite something to behold, at least in my eyes…
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“Everybody Wants Some” is one of the year’s biggest delights

I knew going in to see Richard Linklater’s new film Everbody Wants Some earlier this week that it was likely to appeal to me. What I didn’t expect was a near masterpiece and perhaps an instant cult classic. I absolutely adored this movie and really think it’s among the best titles of 2016 so far. Linklater has made something that’s not just a worthy companion piece/spiritual sequel to Dazed and Confused, but something that even continues some of the themes explored in Boyhood. This is another top notch effort that shows his current filmmaking to be at near master status. This is a special film. The movie looks at the first weekend at college for freshman pitcher Jake Bradford (Blake Jenner). We basically just follow him as he meets his teammates, including Glenn McReynolds (Tyler Hoechlin), Willoughby (Wyatt Russell), Billy Autry (Will Brittain), Dale Douglas (J.
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SXSW Film 2016 Honors the Past While Facing an Exciting, Gaudy and Uncertain Future

The night before the SXSW Film Festival got under way, Michael Barker, co-president of Sony Pictures Classics, defended his communal love of film in theaters. "In pursuing the new future, we cannot decimate the past," he said in his acceptance speech as one of the honorees at the Texas Film Awards, the annual benefit for Richard Linklater's now 30-year-old Austin Film Society.

Watching the Sony Classics reel, the crucial art films I grew up on over the decades sped past. From Truffaut's "The Last Metro" and Merchant/Ivory's "Howards End" to more recent Oscar-winners "Blue Jasmine," "Alice" and "Son of Saul," I felt a twinge of loss. SXSW is all about change, and forward motion. But in our rush toward digital immediacy, we lose something too.

While Barker and partner Tom Bernard's Sony Classics remains the very model of a theatrically driven and adaptive studio specialty subsidiary, the world is changing around them. 35 mm is no longer a viable exhibition format, directors have to fight to shoot with celluloid, and distributors are increasingly challenged to lure consumers away from mobile and home-viewing options in favor of a theater.

Also fighting the good fight is Linklater. He announced construction on the Austin Film Society's new two-screen theatre, "showing repertory, international and arthouse films every day of the week," which will boast a 35 mm projector. Meanwhile, more local exhibitors are turning to alternative content like TCM Classic Movies to grab their customers—most of whom are well over 30, if not 60.

Linklater has enjoyed an enviably idiosyncratic career since his pre-sxsw 1991 Sundance breakout "Slacker" (picked up by Barker and Bernard). He's moved through a wide range of budgets and subjects, from animated "Waking Life" and the walking and talking "Before Sunrise" series to "Dazed and Confused," which Alphaville's Sean Daniel and Jim Jacks made with Universal chairman Tom Pollock. Universal couldn't figure out how to sell a Texas coming of age film with a young indie filmmaker and no-name cast (including Ben Affleck and Matthew "all right, all right" McConaughey) at the box office; "Dazed and Confused" eventually emerged as a cult homevideo classic.

After Linklater made commercial hit "School of Rock" in 2003 at Paramount, the studio developed the 1980 Austin film that became "Everybody Wants Some!!" And, as he said at his New York pre-sxsw party, it was still tough to get it made. The film took a decade to go into production, just as "Boyhood" hit big and headed for awards contention. However, it may be deja vu all over again: Cast with unknowns, the movie is hugely entertaining, shot with the same "Dazed and Confused" aesthetic (and many of the same crew, including long-time Linklater editor Sandra Adair), and Paramount is hedging its bets: "Everybody Wants Some!!" will go out via platform release April 1.

It's a struggle that speaks to why, these days, emerging film directors tend to find more work in television, from SXSW stars the Duplass brothers, who keep their film budgets low, to director-actress Amy Seimetz ("The Killing," "The Girlfriend Experience") and Lena Dunham, whose HBO series "Girls" launched SXSW Film's move into television premieres. These are now major draws, from "Broad City" panels to the outdoor preview exhibit “Welcome to Annville," which ties to AMC’s supernatural comic-book drama, "Preacher" (November) starring Dominic Cooper (from executive producers Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg); that will premiere at SXSW March 14.

As for the movies at SXSW, buzz has started as film buffs spread the word on opening-night titles like Joey Klein's bleak romance "The Other Half," starring real-life couple Tatiana Maslany and Tom Cullen. But it can be tough for the film side of SXSW to grab attention from the rest of the festival — even after President Obama had left town.

At SXSW 2016, everyone hovers on street corners searching for their Uber or Lyft drivers. Downtown Austin resembles San Diego's Comic-Con with its countless showrooms, meet-up tables, and brand marketing opportunities like the "Mr. Robot" ferris wheel, Capital One House, and pedicabs bedecked with HBO's "Game of Thrones.

As at Comic-Con and Sundance, the noise of the corporate world trying to nab a piece of the smart digital-driven demo at SXSW has gotten a lot louder. Interactive was SXSW's growth engine for four years, but attendance stabilized in 2015 and 2016 (2015 attendance included 30,000 music, 33,000 interactive and 20,000 film participants). "'Twas the night before SXSW and all through this hotel lobby bar there are Interactive nerds drinking wine talking about Macs and Minecraft," tweeted The Daily Beast's @jenyamato.

SXSW attendees lined up around the block to get into fashion and lifestyle site Refinery29's opening night high-school-themed "The School of Self Expression" party, serving miniaturized high school snacks on molded cafeteria trays to guests including Kate Bosworth.

"SXSW is about youth and the future," eight-year SXSW veteran and Refinery29 cofounder Philippe von Borries told me. "It's forward looking, but it's a dude-centric world. SXSW events used to attract diehard geeks who love technology. It then became about big marketing events, as brands started coming in. That's blown up in the last few years. Now there’s a much larger female presence, more style, more creativity in the air."

Targeted to millennial women, Refinery29 lures 150 million visitors a month with content ranging from horoscopes to in-depth interviews with Hillary Clinton, pushed out via social platforms like Facebook and Instagram. "It's about self-expression and empowering women, bringing content from incredible female voices from around the world: style, fashion, beauty, global issues, health, wellness," said Von Borries.

And it may be companies like Refinery29 that will shape the future of SXSW. Video is driving Refinery29's next evolution; at Sundance, it announced the "Shatterbox Anthology," a 12-part series of shorts directed by women. Produced by Killer Films' Christine Vachon and Pam Koffler, it will debut this spring with "Kitty," the directing debut of actress Chloe Sevigne. And Von Borries is proud of Jill Soloway's darkly irreverent six-part comedy series "The Skinny," about a young woman with an eating disorder, which "goes to places other media companies are not going."
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SXSW Film Review: ‘Everybody Wants Some!!’

SXSW Film Review: ‘Everybody Wants Some!!’
After the dramatic one-two punch of “Before Midnight” and “Boyhood,” a master of the modern hangout movie achieves his most sustained comic bliss-out in years with “Everybody Wants Some!!” Billed quite accurately as a “spiritual sequel” to 1993’s “Dazed and Confused,” Richard Linklater’s latest acutely funny, achingly perceptive retro-sociology lesson follows a team of ’80s college baseball players wasting a longish weekend together before the start of a new school year; many scenes of pot smoking, disco dancing, knuckle flicking, skirt chasing and other forms of competitive male sport (and some baseball here and there) predictably and hilariously ensue. Linklater indulges his characters’ antics with such wild, free-flowing affection that you might miss the thoughtful undertow of this delightful movie: Few filmmakers have so fully embraced the bittersweet joy of living in the moment — one that’s all the more glorious because it fades so soon.

Linklater loyalists will
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Diversity Scandal Overlooks Historic Year for Women at Oscars

By Patrick Shanley

Managing Editor

When it comes to this year’s Academy Awards, no word is more buzzworthy than “diversity”. For the second year in a row the Oscars have nominated only white actors in their four main acting categories, sparking backlash and, as a result, inciting the Academy to announce new changes to tackle its “diversity problem”.

Amidst another year of #OscarsSoWhite trending on Twitter, however, the fact that 2015 has been an exceptionally strong year for women has been largely overlooked. Three of this year’s best picture nominees (Brooklyn, Room, Mad Max: Fury Road) are female-centric and feature strong female protagonists in the center of the action. In fact, even outside of those films and their performances, a number of women are nominated for best picture as producers, as well. Kristie Macosko Krieger is nominated for Bridge of Spies, Blye Pagon Faust is nominated for Spotlight, Dede Gardner
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[Sundance Review] Richard Linklater: Dream is Destiny

Premiering at Sundance 25 years after his seminal second feature film, Slacker, Richard Linklater: Dream is Destiny, produced for the PBS series American Masters, is the kind of documentary that requires little introduction. Borrowing its title from the opening moments of his Waking Life — a film that itself represented a rebirth for the Austin-based filmmaker following his second studio feature The Newton Boys — and combining behind-the-scenes footage from many of Linklater’s films (from Slacker to his upcoming Everybody Wants Some) with a history of Austin’s independent film scene, as developed by Linklater and the Austin Film Society, the picture reflectively weaves together a history of a master filmmaker whose work is squarely interested in the passage of time. The picture includes commentary by the late Siskel and Ebert, along with critic / scholar Kent Jones and, very briefly, Kevin Smith.

Directed by Louis Black (SXSW and Austin Chronicle founder) and Karen Bernstein,
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Richard Linklater Baseball Comedy to Release April 15

Richard Linklater Baseball Comedy to Release April 15
Paramount has set Richard Linklater’s baseball comedy — formerly titled “That’s What I’m Talking About” — for an April 15 release.

The studio also moved its untitled comedy, which had been starring Leslie Mann, out of that release slot with no new date set.

Megan Ellison is producing the baseball movie along with Sean Daniel, Linklater, Sandra Adair, John Sloss and Ginger Sledge. Daniel and the late Jim Jacks partnered with Linklater on his breakout 1993 teen comedy “Dazed and Confused.”

The pic is the first film for Linklater following his Oscar-nominated family drama “Boyhood.”

Blake Jenner stars as a new pitcher on a highly ranked college baseball team that also parties extensively. Tyler Hoechlin, Wyatt Russell, Ryan Guzman, Zoey Deutch, Will Brittain and Glen Powell also star.

The movie — set in the 198os in Texas — has also been informally titled “Everybody Wants Some.” It’s Linklater’s second baseball comedy
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SXSW: The 5 Best Things We Learned From 'Boyhood'' Post-Production Team

SXSW: The 5 Best Things We Learned From 'Boyhood'' Post-Production Team
"Twelve years went by like that," said “Boyhood" editor Sandra Adair with a snap of her fingers. The end result of the Oscar-nominated film appears seamless, but for Adair and her colleagues, the process was unprecedented. Filmmaking technology has changed enormously over the past decade, with editing programs becoming obsolete in a virtual heartbeat. How in the world did they do it? Joining Adair on the SXSW panel was assistant editor Mike Saenz, colorist and digital intermediate editor Parke Gregg and post-production supervisor Laura Yates. Below are the key takeaways of the discussion: Read More: How 'Boyhood" Editor Sandra Adair Helped Shape the Film's 12-Year Evolution When you have an editing project of this magnitude, be Zen. Director Richard Linklater would shoot for three or four days every year and then pass his work to Adair, who would work on her edit for about a month. But Adair said
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2015 "Oscars" Nominations

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Take another look @ the complete 'Oscar' nominations list for the 87th Annual Academy Awards, to be presented February 22, 2015 :

Best Picture

"American Sniper"

"Birdman"

"Boyhood"

"The Grand Budapest Hotel"

"The Imitation Game"

"Selma"

"The Theory of Everything"

"Whiplash"

Best Actor

Steve Carell, "Foxcatcher"

Bradley Cooper, "American Sniper"

Benedict Cumberbatch, "The Imitation Game"

Michael Keaton, "Birdman"

Eddie Redmayne, "The Theory of Everything"

Best Actress

Marion Cotillard, "Two Days, One Night"

Felicity Jones, "The Theory of Everything"

Julianne Moore, "Still Alice"

Rosamund Pike, "Gone Girl"

Reese Witherspoon, "Wild"

Best Supporting Actor

Robert Duvall, "The Judge"

Ethan Hawke, "Boyhood"

Edward Norton, "Birdman"

Mark Ruffalo, "Foxcatcher"

J.K. Simmons, "Whiplash"

Best Supporting Actress

Patricia Arquette, "Boyhood"

Laura Dern, "Wild"

Keira Knightley, "The Imitation Game"

Emma Stone, "Birdman"

Meryl Streep, "Into the Woods"

Best Director

Alejandro González Iñárritu, “Birdman

Richard Linklater, “Boyhood

Bennett Miller, “Foxcatcher

Wes Anderson, “The Grand Budapest Hotel”

Morten Tyldum, “The Imitation Game
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11 Lessons from the Oscars Flubs, Snubs and Legos

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11 Lessons from the Oscars Flubs, Snubs and Legos
The 87th Academy Awards may have gone largely as expected, but that doesn’t mean we didn’t learn some lessons on Sunday night. For instance: 1. Oscar voters really loved a Sundance movie … just not the one we thought they loved. Going into the show, the conventional wisdom had “Birdman” in a tight race with Richard Linklater’s “Boyhood” for Best Picture, and that Linklater had a real shot at Best Director, Patricia Arquette had sewn up Best Supporting Actress and Sandra Adair was a shoo-in for Best Film Editing. Arquette won, all right, but Linklater lost to Alejandro G. Iñárritu,
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