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    10 Things Patton Oswalt Wants You To Know About Hosting the 2014 Spirit Awards (and Birds)

    Patton Oswalt is one of the top comedians working today, but he's also a major film buff, and for his gig hosting this year's Spirit Awards on March 1st, he has a new plan to pay tribute to the year's best in independent film.

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    Anatomy of a Scene: Dissecting the Bravura 'Gravity' Opening

    The extraordinary 13-minute opening of Alfonso Cuaron's "Gravity" is like a mini-movie, setting up the zero-gravity world in space, the two astronauts played by Sandra Bullock and George Clooney, the mood, the tension, the crisis, and the metaphor. I break it down with Oscar-nominated cinematographe...

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    Leonardo DiCaprio Defends 'Wolf' and Sings Praises of Martin Scorsese at New York Event

    Leonardo DiCaprio was on hand last night in New York to help launch a two-day film retrospective celebrating his collaborations with Martin Scorsese at the legendary Ziegfeld Theater. After a short clip reel spotlighting pinnacle moments in the five films they've made together (to the tune of "I Got...

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    Talking Cinematography with Oscar Nominees Lubezki, Deakins, Delbonnel, Le Sourd and Papamichael

    The Oscar nominees for best cinematography are not only filled with indelible images but they're all constructed around the common theme of survival, disconnect, and rebirth. I discuss the works with all five Oscar nominees: Philippe Le Sourd ("The Grandmaster"), Emmanuel (Chivo) Lubezki ("Gravity")...

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    Stream Them Now: Here are 33 Films That Won the "Best Director" Oscar

    In advance of the upcoming Academy Awards, Indiewire has compiled a list of films streaming online that boast a director who has won a Best Director Oscar. Here's the list of the 33 films streaming online at Netflix, Hulu, Amazon Prime and HitBliss.

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    BAFTA to Honor Filmmaker Peter Greenaway with Outstanding Brit Contribution to Cinema Award

    BAFTA has revealed that award-winning writer-director Peter Greenaway will receive the Outstanding British Contribution to Cinema Award at the upcoming British Academy Film Awards on February 16.

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    Ellen DeGeneres to Air Her Talk Show Live the Monday Morning After She Hosts the Oscars

    Ellen DeGeneres is signing up for a long couple of days. The Oscar host announced that, following the Sunday, March 2 Academy Awards ceremony, she will air "The Ellen DeGeneres" show live the very next Monday morning. Airing her show live is something she's done, in her words, "maybe twice in 11 yea...

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    Karen O, U2, Idina Menzel and Pharrell to Sing Oscar Nominated Songs at the Oscars (UPDATED)

    No big surprise here: All four Oscar-nominated songs will be performed live at the upcoming Academy Awards on March 2.

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    'Gravity,' 'Frozen' Big VES Awards Winners

    As expected, Alfonso Cuaron's "Gravity" dominated the 12th annual VES Awards, grabbing six trophies at the Beverly Hilton Wednesday night, including outstanding visual effects-driven feature, while Disney's "Frozen" went four for four, including outstanding animated feature (a first for the studio).

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    David O. Russell and Oscar-Nominated Crew Talk the Craft of 'American Hustle'

    David O. Russell's on a roll with his Oscar-contending "American Hustle," his most personal and popular movie yet. It's smart and funny, and has obviously touched a nerve with its story of survival and reinvention during the cultural and political upheaval of the late '70s. "I don't care about pure ...

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