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Watch Robin Williams accept his Oscar for ‘Good Will Hunting’

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With Good Will Hunting surprising audiences in 1997 with its genuine tenderness and sharp wit, the world got to see the dramatic side of Robin Williams that showed itself every now and then. His role of Dr. Sean Maguire, a compassionate yet flawed therapist who has a great deal in ...

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The Academy invites new members, changes Music Branch rules

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The Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences Thursday announced their annual crop of newly invited Academy members, a grand total of 271 industry individuals, many of whom were major nominees or players in 2013’s Oscar race. The list includes notables like Barkhad Abdi, Lupita Nyong’o, Michael Fassbender, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, ...

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Disney Blu-ray Round-up: ‘Frozen’

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Frozen is one of the highest-grossing animated films of all time, raking in over $1 billion worldwide in barely 4 months. If you ignore inflation or re-releases, it is the highest-grossing film from Walt Disney Animation Studios ever. A few weeks ago, it became the first of Disney’s (not Pixar’s) ...

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The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announces the winners for the 86th Academy Awards

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One of the most well-known awards for film are the Academy Awards. Better known as the Oscars, the awards have grown in stature over the years, with their choices becoming a point of discussion among many film fans in the lead up to, and following, the event. Previous winners have ...

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Mousterpiece Cinema, Episode 133: ‘The Wind Rises’

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This is what’s called serendipitous timing, folks. If you’re downloading this episode the day it drops on iTunes, then we’re just one day away from the Academy Awards, and the film we’re talking about on the new episode of Mousterpiece Cinema may very well walk away with an Oscar this ...

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Recommend Reading: Shallow Deep Talk of True Detective, The Gender Gap In Screen Time, Oscar Talk and more

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The shallow deep talk of True Detective by Emily Nussbaum:  “Judged purely on style, HBO’s “True Detective” is a great show. Every week, it offers up shiver-inducing cable intoxicants, from an over-the-top action sequence so liquid it rivals a Scorsese flick to piquant scenes of rural degradation, filmed on location ...

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‘Omar’ a tense, irony-laden Middle Eastern thriller/star-crossed romance

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Omar Written and directed by Hany Abu-Assad Palestine, 2013 Within its first scene, Omar recalls the romantic actions of Shakespeare’s Romeo, as our title character climbs up one wall and jumps down another, both via rope, to approach the shy and reserved girl he’s got his eyes on. But as star-crossed ...

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Recommended Reading: Cronenberg’s visual shock, 2014 Cannes winners, Philip Seymour Hoffman and drug laws, Woody Allen speaks out, and more

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  Russell Brand: Philip Seymour Hoffman is another victim of extremely stupid drug laws. Toward a Kingdom Without Kitsch. How they made the Lego Movie. Cannes Winners To Be Unveiled Early. Gravity Becomes Third Movie to Cross $100 Million in IMAX Theaters. Woody Allen Speaks Out. David Cronenberg’s Visual Shock. ...

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‘Gloria’ represents a confident counter to mainstream, male-centric dramas

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Gloria Written by Sebastián Lelio and Gonzalo Maza Directed by Sebastián Lelio Chile and Spain, 2013 The advantage that the new film Gloria has is its uniqueness. At one moment, the title character winds up face to face with a striking white peacock, a creature as rare as she. Though ...

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Oscars 2014: Was it Really Snubbed?

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Every year, when awards nominations are announced, the word “snub” tends to be thrown around a lot. However, I think this happens because people want every great movie to be rewarded for their work without thinking of who should be cut. Thus I get treated to Huffington Post headlines like ...

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The Academy of Motion Pictures and Sciences announces the nominees for the 86th Academy Awards

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One of the most prestigious awards in the film circuit is the Academy Awards, better known as the Oscars. Given out by The Academy of Motion Pictures and Sciences, the Oscars have gained importance over the years due to the prestige they bring to winners, many of whom often find ...

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‘The Broken Circle Breakdown’ an emotionally manipulative but tuneful Belgian drama influenced by Americana

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The Broken Circle Breakdown Written and directed by Felix Van Groeningen Belgium, 2012 Some things are universal, crossing moral or literal boundaries. Some situations are, when described, so inherently sad that it’s hard not to well up with tears, just as some music is so joyous and hopeful that it’s ...

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