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Oscar Podcast #55: New Academy Members, Fall Festivals and July Oscar Predictions

This 55th Oscar podcast I’m joined by no less than three esteemed Gold Rush Gang members – Jason Osiason, Richard Anthony and Matt Dinn. We open on a discussion of the 774 Academy invitees announced two weeks ago and some of the backlash against names some felt were diluting the membership. We talk about how last year’s new group impacted Moonlight‘s Best Picture win this ...

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INTERVIEW: Barry Jenkins on being an active ally, who he’s influenced by and the ensemble of MOONLIGHT

I recently sat down for a conversation with writer/director Barry Jenkins to talk about his extraordinary new film Moonlight. The film tells the story of a largely under-represented section of society – queer African-American males. In this interview, we discuss the film, what it means to be an active ally, his cinematic influences, and his incredible ensemble cast. READ: Review: ‘Moonlight’ ...

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New ‘Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk’ Featurette

This new featurette for one of the most anticipated films of the fall, Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk, gives us new insight into director Ang Lee’s choice to film the movie in 3D, 4K and at 120 frames per second. Trying to create a revolutionary, completely immersive experience in a drama as opposed to a sci-fi blockbuster like we’re used ...

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First trailer for Ava DuVernay’s prison doc ’13th’ is a story “150 years in the making”

  The first trailer for 13th, from Ava DuVernay (Selma), is a searing indictment on the enslavement of the black community in the United States via the 13th amendment and the political and financial explosion of the for-profit US prison system. The documentary, the first from DuVernay, features archival footage and testimonies from activists, politicians, and historians, including Michelle Alexander, ...

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2017 Oscar Predictions: BEST PICTURE (September)

Boy, can a lot change in a month. Last month, The Birth of a Nation was tied with Silence at #2 for Best Picture but with the fallout of his 1999 rape controversy being at the forefront of the film’s press and Parker handling it quite disastrously (as is Fox Searchlight) the film plummets this month. As always, our predictions ...

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The Lost City of Z to Close New York Film Festival, Aims for a 2017 Bow

James Gray’s much anticipated The Lost City of Z has been announced as the Closing Night Film of the New York Film Festival. NYFF previously announced that Ava DuVernay’s documentary The 13th will open the festival, while the Mike Mills’s 20th Century Women will premiere in the Centerpiece slot. The Lost City of Z tells the true story of famed British explorer Percy ...

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REVIEW: ‘Miles Ahead’ (★★★)

  “Get the fuck off me, Hitler” Don Cheadle’s gaudy, prismatic passion-project biopic Miles Ahead just had its world premiere. It was the closing night film of the New York Film Festival and it is very much an anti-thesis to Marc Abraham’s recent I Saw the Light. The contrast is dramatic. Where I Saw the Light is dull, Miles Ahead ...

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When Oscar Bait Fails: How Film Festival Response Makes or Breaks a Film

  What has happened to this Oscar season? The Toronto International Film Festival, currently underway, is normally the jumping off point, or in some cases the breeding ground, for the season’s major Oscar players and for the most part many of them are here. But one by one, they’ve been shot down, bang bang. Hype and hope collided and didn’t ...

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Sony Pictures Classics Picks Up Don Cheadle’s ‘MILES AHEAD’

Wouldn’t you know it, right after we post our August predictions for Best Actor and Best Supporting Actress comes the news that Don Cheadle’s decade-long Miles Davis passion project and directorial debut Miles Ahead, which is set to close the New York Film Festival, gets a pick up today from Oscar powerhouse Sony Pictures Classics. We saw this happen at last ...

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