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Meet the new Oscar producers…Same as the old Oscar producers

Following the success of this year’s Oscar telecast (which saw host Ellen DeGeneres and winners such as Matthew McConaughey and ’12 Years a Slave’ drawing the best rating of any entertainment telecast in the last 10 years), the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced on April 21 (and outlets like Entertainment Weekly are more »

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Kim Novak has responded to those who bashed her on Oscar night

Kim Novak has responded to the world’s nasty response to her appearance on the Oscars with an open letter on Facebook . Novak didn’t ask for your bad attitude, or your opinion on how her face looks. The actor walked away from Hollywood years ago, in part she says because she didn’t feel able to more »

Ice Cube mocks MTV Movie Awards vote

It seems that the MTV Movie Awards are not going without any sore feelings; at least without any faux-sore feelings. Ice Cube decided to voice his opinion about Vin Diesel and Paul walker winning the “Best Chemistry Award” for their performance in “Fast 6″ over Cube and Kevin Hart. He sounded a little jaded when more »

Hilary Swank’s next indie film gets distribution

With a two-time Academy Award winner in the lead role, a Golden Globe nominee assisting her and a gut-wrenching, heartwarming premise, independent drama “You’re Not You” always looked like a shoo-in for some festival gold and subsequent theatrical distribution. Only instead of waiting for big-time studios to enter bidding wars following a premiere at, say, more »

Lake Bell headlines Tribeca narrative jury, Whoopi Goldberg to judge shorts

Founded a mere 12 years ago by Robert De Niro, the Tribeca Film Festival took off almost instantaneously, generating estimated annual revenues of $600 million nowadays and helping indies like “Let the Right One In” or “War Witch” build a reputation. As the fest’s notoriety flourishes, so do the resumes of its jurors, with a more »

Toni Braxton will play Darlene Love in OWN’s first original movie

Darlene Love’s colorful life has already been the subject of an Academy Award-winning documentary “.” Now OWN will tackle it in My Name is Love: The Darlene Love Story. Songtress Toni Braxton will portray Love, whose voice was instrumental in building Phil Spector’s signature Wall of Sound. Though Love sang lead vocals on hits including more »

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‘The Drop’ trailer: Gandolfini’s swan song, Hardy’s Oscar breakthrough?

Pretty much everything author Dennis Lehane touches tends to turn into Hollywood box-office and/or critical gold, but this year’s “The Drop” could really go either way, since it’s the first adaptation of a Lehane-written short story, not novel, and also the first time the scribe is in charge of the screenplay himself. One can’t help more »

Back in contention: ‘Foxcatcher’ headed to Cannes, en route to Oscars?

It’s now or never for “Foxcatcher”, the latest real life-inspired drama from “” director Bennett Miller, predicted to be among last year’s Oscar race frontrunners, but ultimately pushed back to 2014 for reasons unknown. Well, between you and me, distributor Sony Classics probably feared the intense competition and/or reckoned it had a winner already in more »

True Detective going to the Emmys as a drama?

True Detective is going to the Emmys but not in the miniseries category where it would probably be a slam-dunk winner. Instead, they’re taking on  and company as a drama headliner. Yes, you’re good. You have the star power to be one hell of a drama, but you are a miniseries! HBO! This is not more »

Nick Offerman will keynote the Congressional Correspondents Dinner

While booking bristly Ron Swanson as host of the Congressional Correspondents Dinner (thrown each year by the Radio and Television Correspondents Association) would be a risk, booking Nick Offerman is a risk-free nugget of gold that comes with a special guest: the fantastically talented Megan Mullally, Offerman’s wife. Double bonus: the hit show Offerman stars more »

Norm Lewis will be Broadway’s first black ‘Phantom of the Opera’

Norm Lewis, a Broadway veteran who has appeared in “Porgy and Bess” and played a senator on ABC drama Scandal, is making history. He’ll don the mask in the blockbuster “Phantom of the Opera.” Lewis will be the first black actor to play the role on Broadway. Robert Guillaume played the Phantom in a 1990 more »

Lupita Nyong’o under consideration for new Star Wars

Fresh off an Oscar win for Best Supporting Actress for “,”  Lupita Nyong’o has reportedly met with director J. J. Abrams to discuss that galaxy far, far away. The Hollywood Reporter said according to its sources, Nyong’o and Abrams met just before her Oscar win. The plot of Episode VII and the characters it will more »