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Sundance 2014: Michael Fassbender, Nick Offerman, and Roger Ebert headline Premieres
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The Sundance Film Festival announced the titles selected to screen in its out-of-competition Premieres and Documentary Premieres sections. Last year, the movies that were launched in these categories — which typically highlight filmmakers who’ve appeared at Sundance before — included Before Midnight, Don Jon, and The Way Way Back; this year appears to be just as promising. In Lynn Shelton’s Laggies, a young woman stuck in arrested-development (Keira Knightley) has her life upended by an unexpected marriage proposal. In David Wain’s They Came Together — surely, a naughty pun, yes? — Wet Hot American Summer alums Amy Poehler and Paul Rudd »
- Jeff Labrecque
AFI movies of the year: 'Her' and '12 Years a Slave' in; 'August: Osage County' out
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AFI has a strong history of selecting films that end up competing for an Academy Award. Last year alone, all but Moonrise Kingdom and The Dark Knight Rises picked up Best Picture nominations. The only nominee AFI missed was Amour, and that’s just because AFI only selects from American films. Not too shabby.
The list is mostly consistent with the landscape of serious contenders that we’ve been anticipating. The recently announced »
- Lindsey Bahr
On the scene with Amy Adams, Bradley Cooper, Louis C.K., and David O. Russell at the 'American Hustle' premiere
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Damn, it must feel good to be a hustler. Coming off a New York Film Critics Circle best picture win and whispers of Oscars buzzing in the air, the stars of American Hustle celebrated the film’s world premiere Sunday night at New York’s Ziegfeld Theater.
Inspired by the 1978 Abscam scandal in which the FBI set up a sting operation to capture corrupt political officials, the dramedy started off as a kernel of an idea in the mind of screenwriter and executive producer Eric Warren Singer 15 years ago. But for him, the movie all started with one character — irresistibly charming con man Irving Rosenfeld, »
- Maricela Gonzalez
New 'Fifty Shades' pic shows Ana kissing Christian -- Photo
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First there was the filming photo of Christian (Jamie Dornan) and Anastasia (Dakota Johnson) having a cup of tea (shockingly, not a euphemism), and the newest filming candid from Fifty Shades of Grey shows the actors embracing while Ana goes for a kiss outside what is likely Grey Enterprises. (For those that have remained blissfully unaware thus far, that’s the company where Christian is CEO.)
What’s next? Well, considering the subject matter, perhaps soon the behind-the-scenes photos won’t be quite so PG…as fans of the series are no doubt hoping.
- Erin Strecker
Road to Sundance: 'Precious' pushed all the right buttons in 2009
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December is the heart of Oscar season, yet by the time we finally see who wins the trophies on March 2, we will have heard the nominees answer the same red-carpet questions and tell the same late-night television anecdotes — about process and weight loss and legacy, etc — that we’ll practically be able to write the winners’ acceptance speeches for them. It’s refreshing, then, that right in the middle of this circus will be the Sundance Film Festival.
Every January, in Park City, Utah, a fresh crop of movies is unveiled at independent film’s grandest showcase. What separates Sundance from other prestigious festivals, »
- Jeff Labrecque
Paul Walker memorial draws thousands
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The sounds of high-performance car engines filled the air Sunday as thousands of fans, friends and car enthusiasts headed to the Los Angeles suburb of Santa Clarita to pay tribute to Paul Walker at the site where the Fast & Furious actor died in a car crash.
The memorial, planned through social media, was scheduled to begin at noon, but mourners began arriving hours beforehand to leave flowers, candles, stuffed animals and other tributes.
By afternoon, about 5,000 people, including entire families with children, dropped by, Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Capt. Mike Parker said, adding that the gathering was mostly peaceful. »
- Associated Press
L.A., New York, and Boston Critics awards roundup: '12 Years a Slave', 'Gravity' dominate
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Sunday was a busy day for film critics on both coasts. Boston, New York, and Los Angeles Film Critics announced their annual awards, adding fuel to the Oscar-prediction fire with a strong showing for 12 Years a Slave in the Best Picture arena.
Other repeat honorees include Blue Jasmine’s Cate Blanchett for Best Actress, 12 Years a Slave’s Chiwetel Ejiofor for Best Actor, Dallas Buyers Club’s Jared Leto for Best Supporting Actor, and 12 Years a Slave’s Lupita Nyong’o for Best Supporting Actress. Cinematography awards mostly went to Emmanuel Lubezki for his work on Gravity, and Inside Llewyn Davis »
- Lindsey Bahr
'12 Years a Slave' tops Boston Society of Film Critics awards
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Cate Blanchett earnest best actress for her work in Blue Jasmine, while James Gandolfini won best supporting actor for Enough Said, and June Squib won best supporting actress for Nebraska. See the full list of winners below:
12 Years a Slave
Chiwetel Ejiofor, 12 Years a Slave
Best Supporting Actor
Best Supporting Actress
June Squibb, »
- Denise Warner