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Oscars news: Emily Blunt goes 'Into the Woods,' Brad Pitt ('Selma') honored by Producers Guild

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Anthony Delassandro kicks off this engaging profile of Emily Blunt thus: "As an actress from across the pond, [she] stood the risk of falling into the period film trap. Blunt did period earning a Golden Globe nom for her portrayal of Queen Victoria in 'The Young Victoria' but it’s her gutsiness and rawness that has allowed her to show off her range, playing everything from a stoner in 2008’s 'Sunshine Cleaning' to a gun-wielding militant in last summer’s 'Edge of Tomorrow.' This season, Blunt takes another leap with sublime ease: She shows the world that she can sing as the Baker’s Wife in Disney’s adaptation of the Stephen Sondheim musical 'Into the Woods.'" Deadline -Break- Updated: Experts' Oscars predictions in 19 categories Brent Lang reports: “'The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies' bested all comers at the foreign box office this weekend, »

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Carmen Ejogo on playing Coretta Scott King for a second time in 'Selma' [Exclusive Video]

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Carmen Ejogo's life has changed quite a bit since she last played Coretta Scott King, the wife of civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr. She played the role in the 2001 HBO telefilm "Boycott," about the 1955 Montgomery Bus Boycott, and again this year in "Selma," about the 1965 voting rights marches in the titular Alabama city. Ejogo became a mother in the intervening years, which helped her relate to Scott King, whose own life changed dramatically in-between the events of the two films. -Break- Common ('Selma') on the 'Glory' of Martin Luther King & fight for civil rights [Video] "I think the Coretta I got to play in 'Selma' is a much wearier, burdened personality," says Ejogo (watch our interview below). "She was an intellect, an academic, she was a singer, she was a progressive, a feminist, and in some ways by 1965 she had really kind of been »

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Oscars flashback: Steve Carell led Best Actor race, Jake Gyllenhaal not even in contention

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When we launched our Oscars prediction center in late August, our current Best Actor frontrunner Michael Keaton ("Birdman") was a distant second to Steve Carell ("Foxcatcher"). And Jake Gyllenhaal ("Nightcrawler") -- who just reaped bids at the Golden Globes, Critics' Choice and SAG Awards -- did not even figure into our calculations.  -Break- To compare the state of the race at various points in time, go to this page, scroll down and click any two dates (after Aug. 22) on the calendars. You will see who our Experts were predicting to prevail on each date. And be sure to click on the different categories on the left-hand side of the page to see the changes in those races as well. At the start of the awards season, Carell was coming off of a triumphant screening at Cannes of Bennett Miller's dark drama about millionaire John DuPont and his deadly obsession »

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News Nuggets: 'The Hobbit' finale torches American box office

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The final installment of Peter Jackson's Hobbit trilogy torches the American box office this weekend. "The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies" opens to a massive $90.6 million over its five-day debut. Adding in its global take, the movie has now made $355.6 million. Another sequel, "Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb" with Ben Stiller and the late Robin Williams, has a soft opening with $17.3 million for second place. Musical "Annie" starring Quvenzhane Wallis and Jamie Foxx starts in third place with $16.3 million. Hollywood Reporter -Break- Margaret Lyons goes to great trouble annotating every single person who appeared with Stephen Colbert for a closing song. The final episode of "The Colbert Report" aired Thursday night, with the finale being the classic song "We'll Meet Again." Among many politicians and pundits, others joining Colbert included his former boss Jon Stewart, Randy Newman, Bryan Cranston, Wi »

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Oscars experts: Jennifer Aniston ('Cake') looking like lock for Best Actress nomination

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Julianne Moore ("Still Alice") still enjoys a commanding lead in the Best Actress race for her portrayal of an academic suffering from early-onset Alzheimer's. However, Jennifer Aniston is coming on strong for her dramatic turn in "Cake" as a grieving mother coming to terms with the death of her son in a car crash that has left her both emotionally and physically scarred. Both women reaped bids for three key precursor prizes -- the Golden Globes, Critics' Choice and SAG Awards -- and both have been working the circuit touting their indie films.  -Break- They have faced off once before, back in 2002 at the Independent Spirit Awards. Moore won for her leading role in the period picture "Far From Heaven" over, among others, Aniston for her low-key work in the comedy-drama "The Good Girl." Moore then contended at the Oscars but lost to Nicole Kidman, her co-star from "..." »

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Oscar voters get DVD screeners: 'Birdman,' 'Selma,' 'Wild,' ...

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So far academy members have received these DVD screeners at home to be considered for Academy Awards: Dec. 19: "Citizenfour" Dec. 18: "Selma" Dec. 18: "The Gambler"  Dec. 17: "Gone Girl" Dec. 17: "Song of the Sea" Dec. 16: "Birdman" Dec. 16: "Wild" Dec. 15: "Inherent Vice" Dec. 15: "The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies" Dec. 13: "Dawn of the Planet of the Apes" Dec. 13: "The Fault in Our Stars" -Break- Dec. 12: "Cake" Dec. 12: "Into the Woods" Dec. 12: "Rosewater" Dec. 12: "Unbroken" Dec. 11: "The Imitation Game" Dec. 10: "Mr. Turner" Dec. 10: "Still Alice"  Dec. 4: "American Sniper" Dec. 3: "Fury" Dec. 2: "Foxcatcher" Dec. 2: "St. Vincent" Dec. 2: "Nightcrawler" Dec »

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Producer Matt Baer on 'extraordinary' 17-year effort to make 'Unbroken' [Exclusive Video]

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"It started in 1998," says producer Matt Baer of the process of turning the true story of World War II veteran Louis Zamperini into the feature film "Unbroken" (watch our interview below). That's when he saw a 30-minute CBS Sports documentary on Zamperini, who ran a leg of the torch relay at the Winter Olympics that year in Nagano, Japan, the country where he had been held as a prisoner of war. Baer adds, "It's extraordinary in terms of the length of time [it took to make the film]. It's probably one of the longest in history." -Break- Oscars Go To War: 16 Best Picture Champs The story of the film's development actually started long before Baer was involved: "In 1956, Lou wrote his book, called 'Devil at My Heels,' and Universal bought the book for Tony Curtis to play Lou." Then, when Baer picked up the torch in 1998 (at which point the film's eventual star, Jack O'Connell, »

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Documentarian Orlando von Einsiedel: 'Virunga' was a 'dangerous film to make' [Exclusive Video]

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"I was regularly very, very frightened making this film," says director Orlando von Einsiedel about "Virunga," which documents efforts to protect the Congo's Virunga National Park from encroaching rebel forces and an energy company looking to exploit its natural resources. The film is now one of 15 contenders on the shortlist for an Oscar nomination for Best Documentary Feature. -Break- 15 films make Oscar's Best Documentary shortlist: 'Life Itself,' 'Citizenfour' ... Von Einsiedel wasn't the only one at risk. "It was a very dangerous film to make," he explains, "not just for me when combat came to where we were, but [journalist Melanie Gouby] and [head park ranger Rodrigue Mugaruka Katembo], the two characters in the film who go undercover – they risked their lives regularly. And just the rangers as a whole – 140 of them have died in the last 15 years protecting this park..."' »

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