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New York Serves as the Backdrop for a Number of Oscar Contenders

3 November 2014 11:12 AM, PST | Scott Feinberg | See recent Scott Feinberg news »

By Anjelica Oswald

Managing Editor 

While some films in contention for the 87th Academy Awards in February are set in Los Angeles, such as Nightcrawler, a number of films are based in New York City. Begin Again features Mark Ruffalo as a New York City record label executive who records music around New York City with a songwriter played by Keira Knightley; Birdman, about a washed-up Hollywood actor trying to write, direct and act in a Broadway play; Whiplash, about a jazz drummer at a Manhattan school; Still Alice, about a professor from Columbia dealing with early-onset Alzheimer’s; and Love is Strange, about a same-sex couple from Manhattan.

Jessica Chastain stars in two different films that take place in New York: The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby, about a couple living in New York, and A Most Violent Year, about a couple living in New York during one of the city’s most violent years. »

- Anjelica Oswald

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Kate Upton Cozies Up to Detroit Tigers Star Justin Verlander

1 February 2014 9:30 AM, PST | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

Maybe it was their Michigan connection. Or maybe it was simply a mutual love of the game. Supermodel Kate Upton and Detroit Tigers pitching ace Justin Verlander put rumors of a relationship to rest Friday, happily posing for photos at the 2014 GQ Super Bowl Party in N.Y.C. Related: Scarlett Johansson's Sexy Super Bowl CommercialDressed in matching black - Upton in a sleeveless dress and Verlander, 30, in a tweed blazer - the couple snuggled together at the bash, which was also attended by Fox sportscaster Erin Andrews and San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick. Upton, 21, made waves across »

- Andrea Billups

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James Franco to Star in Ford Super Bowl Commercial: Watch a Teaser

1 February 2014 8:15 AM, PST | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

James Franco can add one more item to his already impressive resume. The actor will star in a Ford Fusion Hybrid commercial - which also features actor Rob Riggle - during this Sunday's Super Bowl, and it's set to air between the coin toss and kickoff. "Super Bowl commercials are such a big thing now, they're almost mini-movies. So it sounded like it could be fun, and it was," Franco tells People. "One of the concepts involved me kind of doubling certain things that Rob Riggle does in the first part of the piece. He [had] certain scenes like sitting on »

- Mariah Haas

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VH1's Super Bowl Blitz Features Live Concerts

30 January 2014 6:30 PM, PST | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

The Super Bowl means epic football and even more epic ads, but it also means epic music, and we're not just talking about the halftime show. VH1's Super Bowl Blitz is featuring six concerts over six nights from acts including Fall Out Boy, the Goo Goo Dolls and Gavin DeGraw. On Thursday night, TLC's Rozonda "Chilli" Thomas and Tionne "T-Boz" Watkins took the stage at New York City's Beacon Theater to perform "Waterfalls" and "Creep." The concert series, hosted by Nick Cannon and Stacy Keibler, is being live streamed by VH1, and you can watch it right here on People. »

- Katie Kauss

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12 Years a Slave – review

11 January 2014 5:20 PM, PST | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

Steve McQueen deserves every gong going for his unflinching portrayal of slavery

While it is not the role of critics to tell people which films to see and which to avoid (audiences make those decisions for themselves), let me begin by saying that if you have any interest in cinema – or, for that matter, in art, economics, politics, drama, literature or history – then you need to watch 12 Years a Slave. If, as now seems possible, this very powerful film from British director Steve McQueen achieves a clean sweep in the forthcoming best picture categories, it will be a rare example of awards ceremonies getting it right.

That McQueen may be on the verge of becoming not only the first black film-maker to win an Oscar for best director, but the first to do so while in possession of a Turner prize, lends enough historical precedent to merit your attention. But »

- Mark Kermode

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