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2015 American Music Awards Nominations: Taylor Swift Leads with 6

  The nominations for the 2015 American Music Awards were announced today and to no one’s surprise Taylor Swift led the race with six mentions that cover individual, collaborative and album nominations. Meghan Trainor, Nicki Minaj and Ed Sheeran also felt love and newcomer The Weeknd led new artist mentions with nominations in Artist of the Year, New Artist, Song …

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Jennifer Lawrence Wages War on the Gender Pay Gap, Silences Haters

  After heralded speeches on the absurd gender gap in Hollywood (which has spawned a Federal investigation) from the likes of Academy Award-winning actresses Patricia Arquette and Meryl Streep and the Sony hack revealed drastic pay gaps (which Academy Award-winner Charlize Theron successfully used as a negotiation tool) another Oscar-winning actress has a few things to say about the gender …

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MVFF38: ‘Carol’ starring Cate Blanchett and Rooney Mara

  Set in an era when glances an small gestures speak volumes, Todd Haynes’s Carol is a luscious and profound piece on relationships, sexuality and repression. Based on the Patricia Highsmith novel “The Price of Salt,” the film details the meeting, flirtation and romance between two very different women; Carol is a wealthy New York City suburbanite in a rocky …

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‘Joy’ to go Drama at The Golden Globes, Who Else Is In?

  Earlier today, Daniel Montgomery of GoldDerby reported that 20th Century Fox has submitted Joy for Drama at the Golden Globes. This falls directly in line with our viewers that saw the film last week and assured me that the film would “100% compete in Drama.” Looking at director David O. Russell’s last two efforts Silver Linings Playbook competed in …

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MVFF38 Review: ’45 Years’

  Is there anything more insidious than a secret? Kate and Geoff Mercer (Charlotte Rampling and Tom Courtenay) lead a quiet and charmingly simple life in the country. She walks the dog daily, chatting with townsfolk, he listens to the radio and promises to fix that bloody toilet once and for all. It’s the kind of life we all strive …

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MVFF38 Review: ‘Spotlight’

  Telling the story of the Pulitzer Prize-winning Boston Globe reporters whose 2001 investigation broke through the systemic cover-up of Catholic priests sexually abusing kids and being shuttled around to different parishes for protection is not an easy gamble. Ultra-sensitive material and a tendency for stories like this to glamorize the job over the story happen all the time. Not …

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81 Countries in Competition For 2015 Foreign Language Film OSCAR®

  LOS ANGELES, CA – Eighty-one countries have submitted films for consideration in the Foreign Language Film category for the 88th Academy Awards®. Currently, the frontrunners are ARGENTINA (The Clan), AUSTRIA (Goodnight Mommy), BRAZIL (The Second Mother), COLOMBIA (Embrace the Serpent), GERMANY (Labyrinth of Lies), HUNGARY (Son of Saul), ICELAND (Rams), SWEDEN (A Pigeon Sat on a Branch Reflecting On Existence), …

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‘Joy’ Screens: It’s a Major Oscar Player

  The highly anticipated Christmas release Joy, starring Jennifer Lawrence, screened last night in LA and AwardsWatch* was there to take in what was either going to be a huge success or a big disappointment. Being one of the few films that has yet to be seen in full (The Revenant and The Hateful Eight are other majors), it’s kind …

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