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Lily Tomlin and the generational feminism of her new film 'Grandma'

19 August 2015 3:30 AM, PDT | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

I don't keep a running list of all the people I have or haven't interviewed over the last 17 years. I think my first official Ain't It Cool interview was either with Brad Bird or maybe Neil Gaiman. Or was it Kevin Spacey? I have memories of many of the interviews I've done. Specific questions or reactions. But as many things as I remember, I'll bet I've forgotten five times more things, simply because of the sheer volume of all of the interviews I've done. There are people I know I've never spoken with, though, because if I had, those memories would not fade. And one of the people that I have always wanted to meet and talk to about their work was Lily Tomlin. I say "was" because as of last Friday, she is no longer on my "to do" list. We sat down to talk about her new film, »

- Drew McWeeny

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How ‘Sniper,’ ‘Imitation Game’ and ‘Selma’ Made a Difference Beyond Oscar Race

20 February 2015 7:21 PM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

There’s no denying that Hollywood’s awards derby is brutally cutthroat. Every studio, publicist, filmmaker and star that has skin in the game is guilty of shameless campaigning. But on the eve of the movie industry’s biggest race of all — this weekend’s Oscars — it’s worth taking a uncynical look at the backers of some of the year’s most important movies.

American Sniper,” “The Imitation Game” and “Selma” have each been repeatedly beaten up in the media for allegedly taking liberties with real-life facts. But they have also significantly raised public awareness about Ptsd, Alan Turing and civil rights, respectively.

And that is likely what initially motivated the folks who made those films to get involved with those projects in the first place, rather than eventual statuettes.

Much of the debate over Warner Bros.’ “Sniper” has centered on U.S. involvement in Iraq and on the character of Chris Kyle, »

- Tim Gray

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