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    Oscar Predictions 2015

    Here are the Oscar Predictions for 2015 in all 24 categories.

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    When Mike Nichols Fired Robert De Niro: Excerpt from 'De Niro: A Life'

    Robert De Niro was initially cast in Mike Nichols' "Bogart Slept Here," but the film never got off the ground and the material was later reworked to become Neil Simon's "The Goodbye Girl" starring Richard Dreyfuss. Read the full story below in this excerpt from Shawn Levy's new book, "De Niro: A Lif...

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    Arthouse Audit: Eclectic Limited Holiday Films Led By 'The Interview,' 'American Sniper,' and 'Selma'

    Christmas was also a good season for the theaters with new openers in limited release.

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    Top Ten Takeaways: 'Hobbit' Finale Surges, Why Jolie's 'Unbroken' Beat the Odds

    Going in, the Christmas release schedule looked uncertain. The holiday openers were headlined by adult-oriented wide releases; there was no "Frozen" still riding high , like last year, and at the last-minute a promising comedy ("The Interview") was removed from nearly all prime theaters. So what hap...

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    Finn Wittrock On Going To Extremes For 'American Horror Story' and 'Unbroken'

    One of this year's biggest breakouts spoke with Indiewire about working with Angelina Jolie on her newest film, and with Ryan Murphy on the new season of "American Horror Story."

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    Watch: What Happens When a Film Shoots in Your Home

    The latest Academy Originals video shows how production designers transform spaces.

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    Daily Reads: The Subtle Cinematic Style of 'The Wire,' 'The Interview' as a Landmark of Digital Distribution and More

    Plus: This year in sex on TV, the year's best scenes, and more.

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    Watch: Neil Patrick Harris Promos Oscars and 'American Horror Story' Stints

    From 'Gone Girl' to his first Oscars hosting gig, Neil Patrick Harris is having a great year.

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    Stream These: Five Great New Year's Eve Movies (CLIPS)

    Stream these five great movies set on or around New Year's as the bell tolls for 2014 and a terrific movie year comes to an end.

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    Watch: What Is It, Kevin B. Lee Asks, That Makes a Video Essay Great?

    This excellent video piece by Kevin B. Lee for Fandor should be of interest to anyone who reads this blog regularly. If you go to the home page for Press Play, you'll see a quote by Roger Ebert at the (more or less) upper left corner: "The best video essay source on the Web."

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    Trailers From Hell on Elaine May's 'The Heartbreak Kid'

    The 1972 original stars Charles Grodin and Cybill Shepherd.

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    Watch: 'Last Week Tonight with John Oliver' Lays Out How to Do New Year's Eve Right

    Let's face it. We all hate New Year's Eve, and we all love John Oliver. So let the man tell you how to spend your December 31.

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    Ava DuVernay Rides the 'Selma' Surge

    The big question on "Selma," which opened well on Christmas Day, is what took so long?

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    'The Interview': A Puerile Movie That Started a Culture War

    "The Interview" might not be great, but it does get at how the U.S. media manipulates people.

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    Specialty Box Office: 'American Sniper' and 'Selma' Help Give Limited Releases a Major Christmas Jolt

    "The Imitation Game," "Wild" and "Inherent Vice" certainly did their part as well.

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