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OCT
24
6 HRS

Savannah Film Fest Rebrands Itself as a Must-Stop Destination for Doc Contenders

Savannah Film Fest Rebrands Itself as a Must-Stop Destination for Doc Contenders

The 17th annual Savannah Film Festival kicks off on Saturday and runs through Nov. 1 — and, starting this year, its organizers want you to think of it as a major player in the awards season, generally, and specifically the fest for best documentary feature Oscar contenders, much like people associate the Palm Springs International Film Festival with best foreign language film Oscar contenders.

To that end, the fest is introducing a "Docs to Watch" sidebar, as part of which it will screen eight top docs: Pulitzer Prize winner Jose Antonio Vargas' Documented (CNN Films), John Maloof and Charlie Siskel's Finding Vivian Mayer (Sundance Selects), Alan Hicks' Keep on Keepin' On (RADiUS-TWC), Oscar nominee Steve James' Life Itself (Magnolia), Oscar nominee Robert Kenner's Merchants of Doubt (Sony Classics), Gabe Polsky's Red Army (Sony Classics), Juliano Ribeiro Salgado and two-time Oscar nominee Wim Wenders' The Salt of the Earth (Sony Classics) and Mike Myers' Supermensch: The Legend of Shep Gordon (RADiUS-TWC).

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OCT
23
1 day

AFI Fest: 8 Oscar Hopefuls Will Appear on THR Indie Contenders Roundtable (Exclusive)

AFI Fest: 8 Oscar Hopefuls Will Appear on THR Indie Contenders Roundtable (Exclusive)

An eclectic group of eight distinguished filmmakers who did celebrated work on independent films in 2014 will appear on the AFI Fest's inaugural Indie Contenders Roundtable, presented by The Hollywood Reporter and moderated by yours truly, on Nov. 9 in Hollywood.

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OCT
23
1 day

Gotham Awards: What to Make of the Nominations

Gotham Awards: What to Make of the Nominations

This morning brought the first high-profile nominations of the season: those for prizes at the 24th annual Gotham Independent Film Awards, which celebrates American indies, and which will take place at Cipriani Wall Street on Dec. 1. And while the announcement has been covered breathlessly by many outlets and studied closely by many industry insiders, I must caution, as I do each year at this time, that they should not be over-analyzed.

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OCT
23
1 day

Are Pundits Underestimating the Awards Potential for 'Boyhood' Star Ellar Coltrane?

Are Pundits Underestimating the Awards Potential for 'Boyhood' Star Ellar Coltrane?

If the 87th Oscars were held tomorrow, as opposed to Feb. 22 of 2015, my strong suspicion — which is shared by others who watch this stuff closely — is that Richard Linklater's Boyhood would win the best picture Oscar.

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OCT
21
4 DAYS

Santa Barbara Film Fest: 'Birdman' Star Michael Keaton Tapped as Modern Master

Santa Barbara Film Fest: 'Birdman' Star Michael Keaton Tapped as Modern Master

Michael Keaton, the star of last weekend's art house hit Birdman, will receive the Modern Master Award at the Santa Barbara International Film Festival, the fest announced on Tuesday. The 63-year-old, who in Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu's film plays a character who was once a movie star but now hopes to be seen as a serious actor, will be honored Jan. 31 at Santa Barbara's historic Arlington Theatre as part of the festival's 30th edition, which runs Jan. 27 through Feb. 7.

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OCT
19
5 DAYS

FEINBERG FORECAST: The Oscar Landscape Post-Hamptons, Pre-AFI

FEINBERG FORECAST: The Oscar Landscape Post-Hamptons, Pre-AFI

Every week through the 87th Oscars on Feb. 22, 2015, The Hollywood Reporter's awards analyst Scott Feinberg will post an updated "Feinberg Forecast," wherein he presents a summary of major developments since the last update that helped to shape his current opinions and then lists his revised projections. For more about Feinberg and how he arrives at his projections, scroll to the bottom of this post.

Factoring into this week's Feinberg Forecast …

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OCT
17
1 week

Watch the Trailer for Mauritania's First-Ever Oscar Submission, 'Timbuktu' (Exclusive)

Watch the Trailer for Mauritania's First-Ever Oscar Submission, 'Timbuktu' (Exclusive)

The Hollywood Reporter is pleased to exclusively premiere the first trailer for this year's best foreign-language film Oscar submission from Mauritania, Abderrahmane Sissako's Timbuktu.

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OCT
17
1 week

'Birdman' Swoops Into Theaters, Will Attempt to Fly All the Way to Oscars With Clipped Wings

'Birdman' Swoops Into Theaters, Will Attempt to Fly All the Way to Oscars With Clipped Wings

Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu's Birdman, an inventive Gotham-set dramedy about the mid-life crisis of a former movie star desperately trying to revive his career by going to Broadway — played, in an Oscar-caliber performance, by Michael Keaton, with support from Edward Norton, Naomi Watts and Emma Stone — is being released by Fox Searchlight in select theaters Friday.

Over the past week, the aforementioned individuals made a barrage of appearances in New York (Keaton hit Los Angeles last month), some aimed at driving moviegoers to the box-office to see the $18 million film — which is not the easiest sell — but much of it geared toward courting Oscar voters during the small window in which these folks were available to do so.

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OCT
16
1 week

Misty Upham Confirmed Dead: Family Identifies Body, Meryl Streep and Melissa Leo Express Grief

Misty Upham Confirmed Dead: Family Identifies Body, Meryl Streep and Melissa Leo Express Grief

A spokeswoman for the family of Misty Upham has confirmed to The Hollywood Reporter that a body found in a Seattle, Wash. ravine on Thursday afternoon is, as was widely suspected, that of the 32-year-old Native-American actress and activist — best known for her roles in the films Frozen River and August: Osage County — who was first reported missing on Oct. 6. The King County Coroner's Office will address the media about the case on Friday.

According to Seattle-based filmmaker Tracy Rector, a longtime friend of Upham's, it was Robert Upham, the missing woman's uncle and the organizer of a search party that went out looking for her three days ago, who, along with two other searchers, found her body. And it was Charles Upham, her father, who confirmed her identity to the authorities.

"We waited at the site where the team found the body," said Rector, who was also part of the search party, late Thursday evening. "It took about five-and-a-half hours to confirm. Then we gathered around her body to say prayers and now we're all gathered at the church."

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OCT
16
1 week

Academy President Cheryl Boone Isaacs to Be Honored for Service to Greater LA (Exclusive)

Academy President Cheryl Boone Isaacs to Be Honored for Service to Greater LA (Exclusive)

Cheryl Boone Isaacs, the recently re-elected president of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, will be honored at the YWCA Greater Los Angeles' 13th annual Rhapsody Ball, The Hollywood Reporter has learned.

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OCT
16
1 week

Laura Poitras on Snowden Doc 'Citizenfour,' Possibility the Fugitive Will Return to U.S.

Laura Poitras on Snowden Doc 'Citizenfour,' Possibility the Fugitive Will Return to U.S.

Laura Poitras doesn't like being the center of attention. But even though the inconspicuous, soft-spoken, camera-shy 52-year-old journalist and filmmaker does her work from behind a computer and a camera, she has become just that.

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OCT
15
1 week

Feinberg: Neil Patrick Harris Is the Right Choice for Oscars Host

Feinberg: Neil Patrick Harris Is the Right Choice for Oscars Host

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced today that Neil Patrick Harris will be the host of the 87th Oscars ceremony on Feb. 22 — and I couldn't be happier.

Some have criticized the Academy's choice as a little safe and unoriginal in light of the fact that Harris has previously hosted the Tonys four times (2009, 2011 through 2013) and the Emmys twice (2009 and 2013). I get what they're saying, but I still think that it was the smartest move that the Academy could have made — even if they approached Ellen DeGeneres (2007 and last year's Oscars host) and Julia Louis-Dreyfus first.

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OCT
14
1 week

Found Star: New Radicals' Gregg Alexander Grants First Interview in 15 Years (Exclusive)

Found Star: New Radicals' Gregg Alexander Grants First Interview in 15 Years (Exclusive)

It couldn't have been scripted more poignantly. Last week, as I waited in the lobby of a New York hotel to meet Gregg Alexander — the frontman of the 1990s band The New Radicals who, shortly after releasing their smash-hit "You Get What You Give" ("You've Got the Music in You"), disbanded the group and turned his back on fame and fortune — for his first interview in 15 years, Aerosmith's Joe Perry bounded past me, out the doors and into a throng of fans who mobbed him, clamoring for autographs, selfies and a chance to touch greatness, or at least celebrity. Past this scene strolled Alexander, a rail-thin 6'4" bald man whom none of those fans noticed, despite the fact that his own music was side-by-side with Aerosmith's on the Billboard charts in the late '90s. "Did you see that?" he asked me with childlike wonder — and not a hint of envy.

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OCT
12
2 WKS

FEINBERG FORECAST: As New York Film Fest Wraps, Only a Few Question Marks Remain

FEINBERG FORECAST: As New York Film Fest Wraps, Only a Few Question Marks Remain

Every week through the 87th Oscars on Feb. 22, 2015, The Hollywood Reporter's lead awards analyst Scott Feinberg will post an updated "Feinberg Forecast," wherein he presents a summary of major developments since the last update that helped to shape his current opinions and then lists his revised projections. For more about Feinberg and how he arrives at his projections, scroll to the bottom of this post.

Factoring into this week's Feinberg Forecast …

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