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Focus Features’ “The Place Beyond the Pines” is being buoyed by an awards factor that is often overlooked: In-flight movies. At a Friday luncheon, Bradley Cooper told Variety, “Countless people have come up to me to tell me how much they love the movie, and it turns out they’ve seen it recently on airplanes.”

Cooper is in L.A. for a few days, on a brief Thanksgiving hiatus from the untitled Cameron Crowe movie that’s filming in Hawaii. Focus took advantage of his presence to salute “Pines” at the Soho House.

Some pundits consider the film below the radar, since it opened in April instead of the usual awards-heavy fourth quarter. But writer-director Derek Cianfrance said he’s surprised at how many people, including awards voters, have seen his film two or three times.

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