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Opening: Corpses, Con Artists, and the New Cronenberg

This week, see Will Smith co-star with The Wolf of Wall Street's Margot Robbie in a romantic comedy/caper film, check out Canadian auteur David Cronenberg's latest, or watch Christopher Walken do a song and dance in a musical shot by the … more »

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The Oscars vs. The Guilds: How Their Awards Compare

It's no secret that the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, as a whole, is a very different beast from its component parts. Oscar nominees are generally chosen only by members of the corresponding branch of the academy, so … more »

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What to See This Weekend: 2/20/15

This week's offerings include a sequel nobody really expected, an inspirational true story from Kevin Costner and Walt Disney Pictures, a Best Foreign Film Oscar nominee, and a little-seen alternate version of a 1980s classic. Hot Tub Time Machine 2 … more »

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Casting Your Low-Budget Movie

There are several parts to the casting process. Putting out a cattle call is probably not for you on your first film. You don't really know what you'll get. You're better off identifying your principal actors in a more focused way. … more »

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What to See This Weekend: 2/13/15

Fifty Shades of Grey What's it about? A literature student (Dakota Johnson) and a wealthy businessman (Jamie Dornan) have an unusual sexual relationship. Who the devil made it? Director Sam Taylor-Johnson (right) was an accomplished visual artist before she became a … more »

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Sundance 2015 Film Review: Cronies

I don't want to talk about race. Doing so would limit the discussion around Cronies, the Spike Lee-produced entry at Sundance 2015, to a debate about stereotypes, racism and culture. To be fair, all these elements are baked into the … more »

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So You Want to Make a Movie

This is the first in a series of blog entries on cleverly creating cinema—starting with the screenplay. Is This Script Worth Filming? Yeah yeah, your script is brilliant. But is it? If you wrote it, it could be pure grade-A … more »

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10 Ways to Look at the Oscar Nominations

I say there are two kinds of people in this world — people who believe that the Oscars are a reliable indicator of quality filmmaking, and people who regard them as a congratulatory and vaguely embarrassing act of naked self-promotion … more »

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For the First Time, All of the Oscar Nominees Will Be Announced Live on TV, Webcast

Good news for cinematographers, film editors, VFX artists and other behind-the-scenes, below-the-line creative talent — for the first time ever, the traditional early-morning announcement of Oscar nominees will include all categories. That's right. When the program begins at 5:30 a.m. … more »

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CES 2015: Top 10 Tech Takeaways

CES may be a consumer technology show, but there's a lot going on this year that's helping put consumer gear on the cutting edge of the market. In case you didn't make it out to Vegas for the annual confab, here's … more »