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The Independent Spirit Award nominations hit on Tuesday, and as always, they’re a hot topic of conversation. Birdman leads with six nominations, while Boyhood, Nightcrawler, and Selma are just behind with five bids each. But eligible awards contenders like The Imitation Game and Wild were nowhere to be found. It’s

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The “official” kickoff of the awards season may have been last week, but it more or less showed us that Robert Duvall, Chris Rock, and Shailene Woodley will hit the campaign trail harder than we expected… Regardless, the awards part of awards season kicks off over the next two weeks.

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It’s the time of the year many movie lovers fear but fills others with cheer. Folks, the season’s kicking into gear. Alejandro González Iñárritu’s Birdman hits theaters across the United States this weekend, while Damien Chazelle’s Whiplash gets an expansion to about 400 screens. Bennett Miller’s Foxcatcher and Tommy Lee

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Stiles White’s low-budget horror flick Ouija barely won the weekend box office over Nightcrawler – Dan Gilroy’s takedown of today’s entertainment press, but the real story of the weekend is Alejandro González Iñárritu’s Birdman. Following raves out of the Venice Film Festival, Telluride Film Festival, and New York Film Festival,

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Christopher Nolan’s Interstellar recently screened for select bloggers and critics. Reactions seem to be all over the place, but it could end up being the big spectacle contender – because what else is there, honestly? Guess we’re still looking for “the one to beat,” assuming that we haven’t found it

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Rupert Wyatt’s The Gambler will have its world premiere on Nov. 10 at this year’s AFI Fest – more specifically, in the Dolby Theatre. The remake of the 1974 drama that earned James Caan a Golden Globe nomination stars Mark Wahlberg, Brie Larson, Jessica Lange, Michael Kenneth Williams, and John

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We already knew that Disney had big plans for Into the Woods – Rob Marshall’s big-budget adaptation of the classic Stephen Sondheim musical – but plans for the Oscar campaign now seem settled (though everything is always subject to change): Emily Blunt and James Corden – who play the Baker’s

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J.C. Chandor’s A MOST VIOLENT YEAR will kick off the AFI Film Festival. How will this affect its Oscar chances?

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Chris Rock’s Top Five seemed to be more of a commercial prospect when distributors were fighting for get U.S. rights at the Toronto International Film Festival. However, winning bidder Paramount might also have Oscar on the mind: Five hits select locations on Dec. 5 and theaters nationwide the following weekend.

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Morten Tyldum’s The Imitation Game took the Toronto International Film Festival’s audience award earlier this week. The film won over runners-up Isabel Coixet’s Learning to Drive and Theodore Melfi’s St. Vincent; people had pegged James Marsh’s The Theory of Everything as a contender, too. Gold Derby reports that 25 of

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David Dobkin’s The Judge – starring Robert Downey Jr. and Robert Duvall – was the first film to, officially, make its case at the Toronto International Film Festival when it kicked off the fest last Thursday night. Well, the jury reached a guilty verdict… Enough courtroom puns, though – what

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The Oscar race moves on as the Telluride Film Festival ends and the Toronto Film Festival begins.

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