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Where do the new Oscar winners stack up with previous winners?

25 February 2015 11:20 AM, PST | Hollywoodnews.com | See recent Hollywoodnews.com news »

Today, in an effort to combine the past and the present, I wanted to take a look at how the winners in the big eight categories of this most recent Academy Awards ceremony compare to the all time best. To try and figure this out, I’m actually going with the lists of the top 25 in each category that I put out last year. It’s an interesting exercise, since it’s impossible to know which will and which won’t stand the test of time, but there’s a few educated guesses that can be made. For my money, a few of the performances will certainly be remembered for years to come. I don’t think it’s impossible for you to have forgotten already, but here are the big eight winners: Best Picture went to Birdman or The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance, Best Director went to Alejandro González Iñárritu »

- Joey Magidson

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‘American Sniper’s Bradley Cooper On Less Is More, And Other Lessons Learned From Eastwood, De Niro And David O

11 February 2015 1:28 PM, PST | Deadline | See recent Deadline news »

Exclusive Q&A: It arrived too late to factor in guild and critics awards, but the Clint Eastwood-directed American Sniper has established such a connection with American movie audiences that its dark horse chances of upsetting the Oscar status quo cannot be ignored. It passed Saving Private Ryan to become the highest domestic grossing war movie ever; it even shot past the U.S. gross of Bradley Cooper’s previous biggest hit, The Hangover, and trails only The Passion Of The Christ for biggest-ever R-rated domestic grosser. This, for a hard R film about the wartime exploits and horrors faced by the most dangerous sniper in U.S. military history, and the price paid by Chris Kyle, wife Taya, and his fellow soldiers tasked with door to door searches in Sadr City when it was the most dangerous place in Iraq.

Nominated for Best Actor for his spare portrayal of the Navy Seal sharpshooter, »

- Mike Fleming Jr

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Wilson sisters bring Undead Sun Rotterdam

27 January 2015 1:37 AM, PST | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Turner nominated artists The Wilson sisters, Louise Wilson and Jane Wilson, have been in Rotterdam this weekend for the international premiere of their new piece Undead Sun, originally presented in London’s Imperial War Museum last year.

Undead Sun sees the Newcastle-born sisters investigating the uses of disguise and camouflage in war. They regard the film as a natural successor to their 2011 work, Face Scripting: What Did the Building See. This was about the assassination of Hamas commander Mahmoud Al-Mabhouh by Mossad agents in a Dubai hotel.

“It was looking at CCTV and looking at covert imagery,” Jane Wilson says of a film which explores how contemporary warfare has moved from old fashioned battlefields into the luxurious confines of a modern, upmarket hotel. “What we were thinking about was how technology has developed through facial recognition and through use of CCTV.”

When the First World War started, the sisters note, there were still »

- geoffrey@macnab.demon.co.uk (Geoffrey Macnab)

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Flashback: 24-Year-Old Johnny Depp Is Not a Fan of Hollywood

21 January 2015 4:56 PM, PST | Entertainment Tonight | See recent Entertainment Tonight news »

Before he was a 3-time Oscar nominee or People's "Sexiest Man Alive,"  Johnny Depp was a young teen idol trying to navigate his newfound fame. Et first met Depp in 1988, just a year after he debuted his smoldering looks as Office Tom Hanson in 21 Jump Street, as screaming girls lined up to meet the star.

"It's very exciting. It's also very strange because you don't expect that kind of response," the then 24-year-old told Et. "It's very new to me."

Photos: Johnny Depp’s 10 Greatest Roles

"I'm dealing with it the best way I know how which is I try to meet as many people as I can," he said. "I try to sign as many things as I can. I dont want to hurt anybody's feelings or make them feel like I dont have time."

Depp made his big screen debut in the 1984 Wes Craven classic A Nightmare on Elm Street, before landing »

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Quiz: All About Johnny Depp

19 January 2015 7:30 AM, PST | Cineplex | See recent Cineplex news »

Johnny Depp has had a remarkable career.  After debuting – and dying – in A Nightmare on Elm Street back in 1984, he was just one of the guys in the ensemble Platoon, the rockabilly heartthrob in Cry-Baby, and the star undercover cop in TV’s “21 Jump Street.”  With Edward Scissorhands came his career-changing role, blossoming him to the top of the A-list where he’s remained as a bonafide movie star ever since. 

This week he’s back on the big screen in Mortdecai (and surprise! Tim Burton is nowhere to be found).  As moustachioed art dealer Charles Mortdecai, Depp is searching for a stolen painting that’s been linked to a stolen bank account of Nazi gold. 

We’re about to get a whole lotta Depp on the big screen in the next two years as he’s lined up a number of projects including London Fields (with fiancée Amber Heard »

- Rachel West

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