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OCT
21
2 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
3 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
5 DAYS

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
5 DAYS

'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
6 DAYS

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
6 DAYS

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
6 DAYS

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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OCT
10
2 WKS

New York Film Fest: 'Citizenfour' Hacks Way to Top of Uber-Competitive Doc Oscar Race

New York Film Fest: 'Citizenfour' Hacks Way to Top of Uber-Competitive Doc Oscar Race

Steve James' Life Itself, Alan Hicks' Keep on Keepin' On, Gabe Polsky's Red Army and several other films look like formidable contenders for the best documentary feature Oscar.

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OCT
10
2 WKS

Father of Missing 'Frozen River' Actress Fears She Is "Suicidal"

Father of Missing 'Frozen River' Actress Fears She Is "Suicidal"

The father of missing actress Misty Upham fears his daughter "wasn't in her right mind" when she was last seen leaving her sister's subuarban Seattle apartment on Oct. 5. She told her family she was going to visit friends, and hasn't been seen since.

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OCT
10
2 WKS

'Frozen River' Actress Reported Missing by Family

'Frozen River' Actress Reported Missing by Family

Misty Upham, a 32-year-old Native-American actress and activist who is best known for her roles in the films Frozen River and August: Osage County, has been reported missing by her family.

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OCT
9
2 WKS

Chicago Film Fest: Liv Ullmann on an Iconic Half-Century Career, Fest Opener 'Miss Julie'

Chicago Film Fest: Liv Ullmann on an Iconic Half-Century Career, Fest Opener 'Miss Julie'

On Thursday evening, the 50th annual Chicago International Film Festival will kick off with the U.S. premiere of Miss Julie, the latest film from the legendary Liv Ullmann, who made her name as an actress in the great films of Ingmar Bergman and Jan Troell, and who has since become a first-rate filmmaker in her own right.

At the recent Toronto International Film Festival, where Miss Julie — the latest adaptation of August Strindberg's 1888 upstairs-downstairs dramatic play — had its world premiere, I had the rare opportunity to sit down with the 75-year-old for an hour-long interview about her remarkable life, career and latest project. It did not disappoint.

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