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    Why This Might Be the Most Important Cannes Film Festival In Years

    Each year, the Cannes Film Festival reaffirms its stature as the most prominent film festival in the world -- whether or not the movies are better or worse than countless other film programs found at other festivals. Cannes attracts a hectic international crowd and stirs up a fervor for the art and ...

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    WATCH White House Correspondent Dinner Parodies from Steven Spielberg, Daniel Day Lewis, and Kevin Spacey (VIDEO)

    This year's annual D.C. schmooze-fest, the White House Correspondents Dinner, featured some mischievous film and television parodies. There's nothing subversive or particularly astute here, but watching big muckety-mucks make fun of themselves is always a pleasure.

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    Cannes Announces Director-Dominated Jury, Unveils Producers on the Move Lineup

    The Cannes Film Festival has revealed the members of Steven Spielberg's 2013 jury: this year, directors dominate. Lynne Ramsay ("We Need to Talk About Kevin"), Cristian Mungiu (whose "Beyond the Hills" racked up prizes in last year's main competition), Ang Lee ("Life of Pi") and Japanese director Na...

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    Spielberg Developing Kubrick's Abandoned 'Napoleon' as Miniseries

    This year's Cannes jury president Steven Spielberg has begun developing Stanley Kubrick's "Napoleon" screenplay as a miniseries. Spielberg, who collaborated with Kubrick on 2001's "A.I.," is working with Kubrick's family to bring the abandoned 1970s project to TV.

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    Your Burning Oscar-Show Questions Answered, MacFarlane to Best Dead People

    The Oscar show was bloated with movie music that had no reason being there. (A tribute to Chicago? Other than the fact that the Oscar show producers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron also produced that movie .. oh yeah, that’s why). It had Seth MacFarlane, whose jokes might have been offensive i...

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    Predicting the Oscars: Don't Trust Me, Trust Nate Silver

    I was thinking this might be the first year in recent memory when the Oscars actually held some suspense about the winners. Is anything really a lock for Best Picture? What about that wacky Best Directors race, already full of also-rans? Then I read Nate Silver’s thoroughly lucid and comp...

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    Nate Silver Predicts the Oscars -- Statistical Frontrunners and Nominees with "more noise than signal"

    "Political calculus" election guru Nate Silver is taking his third stab at Oscar predictions in the six major categories -- he previously predicted in 2009 and 2011 -- and using a no-nonsense approach. While Silver doesn't boast a perfect Oscar track record, he claims that his method of basing the w...

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    Mississippi Ratifies 13th Amendment 147 Years Late; University Professor Who Saw 'Lincoln' Discovered Clerical Error

    While the United States' 16th president Abraham Lincoln was key in pushing through the 13th Amendment that abolished slavery, it seems that the film "Lincoln" has called attention to an error in Mississippi law: the state never actually ratified the slavery-outlawing amendment.

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    Oscar Talk: Shorts and Documentary, BAFTAs and Scripters, Spielberg vs. Lee, Lawrence vs. Riva and More

    On this week's Oscar Talk Podcast, Kris Tapley and I discuss live-action and documentary shorts as well as the documentary feature race. We look at the influence of last weekend's BAFTAs and USC Scripters Awards, and talk a few too-close-to-call categories: Steven Spielberg or Ang Lee for Be...

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