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Interview: Betsy West and Julie Cohen, Oscar-nominated directors of ‘RBG’

Betsy West and Julie Cohen (Photo by Patrick Lewis/Starpix/REX/Shutterstock) At the age of 85, U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg has developed abreathtaking legal legacy while becoming an unexpected pop culture icon. But without adefinitive Ginsburg biography, the unique personal journey of this diminutive, quietwarrior’s rise to the nation’s highest court has been largely unknown, even to some of …

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2019 Oscars: Academy Reverses Decision After Industry Protest; All 24 Categories Will Be Broadcast Live

After a truly wild week of social media uproar and industry backlash from actors, directors and editors, cinematographers and makeup & hairstylists guilds, the Academy and Oscars producers have relented. All 24 categories will be presented in the live Oscars broadcast. Industry Open Letter to Academy Reaches 550+ This decision breaks from Academy protocol that would have required the 54-member …

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Can the Academy Save Itself From Itself?

It was one thing that film fans and Oscar fans alike joined forces to decry the Academy’s decision to move four categories – Cinematography, Film Editing, Live-Action Short and Makeup & Hairstyling – to commercial breaks (to be edited into the show later) I don’t know if they were expected the level of anger and even vitriol that came their …

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‘Black Panther,’ ‘black-ish’ lead 50th NAACP nominations

(Photo: Matt Kennedy)(Photo: ABC/Ron Tom) The nominations for the 50th NAACP Image Awards celebrating the accomplishments of people of color in the fields of film, television, music, and literature were announced today with Disney’s Black Panther leading the film nominations (16) and ABC’s black-ish out in front for television with 9. Other top nomination getters were Warner Bros.’ Crazy Rich …

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Fox Searchlight acquires Chloé Zhao’s ‘Nomadland’ with Frances McDormand

Photo Courtesy of Fox Searchlight PicturesPhoto Courtesy of Fox Searchlight Pictures Fox Searchlight Pictures Chairmen Nancy Utley and Stephen Gilula together with Presidents of Production Matthew Greenfield and David Greenbaum announced today that the company has acquired worldwide rights to writer-director Chloé Zhao’s (The Rider) third feature Nomandland. The film stars Frances McDormand in her first role since winning the …

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World premiere of Netflix’s ‘Armistead Maupin’s Tales of the City’ to open 2019 San Francisco International Film Festival

Tommy Lau Photography for SFIFF A episodic opener will be the first for SFIFF and features an all-star cast including Laura Linney, Olympia Dukakis, and Ellen Page SFFILM today announced that the 2019 San Francisco International Film Festival will kick off with the World Premiere of Netflix’s new original series Armistead Maupin’s Tales of the City, Wednesday, April 10, 7:00 pm at the Castro Theatre. The evening will …

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‘Tolkien’ trailer teases Lord of the Rings origins

Tolkien explores the formative years of the orphaned author as he finds friendship, love and artistic inspiration among a group of fellow outcasts at school. This takes him into the outbreak of World War I, which threatens to tear the “fellowship” apart. All of these experiences would inspire Tolkien to write his famous Middle-Earth novels. The film is directed by …

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Academy Reveals the Four Categories Being Presented During Commercial Breaks

The Academy today revealed the categories that the viewing audiences will not see and will instead be presented during commercial breaks and edited into the show later. They are: Film Editing, Cinematography, Makeup & Hairstyling and Live Action Short. While four is fewer than the “6-9” rumors that were floating around since the initial announcement was made last August, it’s …

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