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OCT
29
24 HRS

IDA Nominations: Doc Community Gets Behind 'Citizenfour,' 'Finding Vivian Maier' (Analysis)

IDA Nominations: Doc Community Gets Behind 'Citizenfour,' 'Finding Vivian Maier' (Analysis)

As you may have read, the International Documentary Association, or IDA — a group comprising about 2,000 members of the worldwide documentary community — announced its nominations for the 30th IDA Awards, the awards ceremony that it hosts each year in celebration of docs. (This year's gathering will take place at the Paramount Theatre on the Paramount lot on Dec. 5.)

While only a sampling of IDA members weigh in on IDA Award nominations, all IDA members are invited to vote to determine the winners, and many of the roughly 200 members of the Academy's documentary branch are also IDA members, so pundits tend to regard the IDA's choice of nominees and winners as indicators — as strong as any, really, with the possible exception of the Cinema Eye Honors — of how the Oscars will turn out, as well.

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OCT
29
1 day

Oscar Contender and New Marvel Superhero Chadwick Boseman on His Journey to Stardom

Oscar Contender and New Marvel Superhero Chadwick Boseman on His Journey to Stardom

I don't think I've seen a better performance in 2014 than the one that Chadwick Boseman gives as James Brown in Tate Taylor's Get On Up. It is straight-up transformative stuff — Boseman sings, dances and starts to even look just like Brown, "The Godfather of Soul," who died in 2006 — and if anyone is worthy of a best actor Oscar nomination in this remarkably crowded year for the category, he is. Consequently, I was delighted to have the chance to sit down with the 37-year-old in New York earlier this month for an extensive conversation about his rise to stardom.

Boseman hasn't been in the public eye for very long, so he looks, to you and me, like an overnight sensation: He hit most people's radar in the spring of 2013, thanks to his quiet but stirring portrayal of Jackie Robinson in Brian Helgeland's 42; then, in August 2014, he brought Brown back to life in Get On Up with a performance that seemed to quiet any doubters about his talents; and, on Tuesday, his fame and fortune were secured with Marvel's big announcement that he has signed to star as the superhero Black Panther in five films, beginning with Captain America: Civil War.

However, as he emphasized to me, his story is a little more complicated than that.

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OCT
27
3 DAYS

Christopher Nolan's 'Interstellar' May Not Be the Awards Juggernaut Everyone Expected

Christopher Nolan's 'Interstellar' May Not Be the Awards Juggernaut Everyone Expected

Few filmmakers working today are as revered by critics and audiences as Christopher Nolan, who makes visually extraordinary films built around sophisticated plots. If there has been a knock on them, it is that they sometimes seem more interested in technology than humans, resulting in awe-inspiring but emotionally cold moviegoing experiences. This, some have reasoned, is why the Academy famously withheld a best picture nom from Nolan's 2008 masterpiece The Dark Knight — a decision so widely criticized that it directly led to the Academy's expansion of the best picture category. And it is why the Academy has barely acknowledged his other films with the exception of Inception (and even then his peers in the directors branch still neglected to nominate him).

Nolan's latest and most ambitious film yet, Interstellar, appears to be his attempt to redress this. It is a drama set in the future and largely in outer space, but it aims to be a story about love and family. And yet, in doing so, my sense — and that of most others with whom I've discussed the film — is that it loses the narrative coherence that defined even his most complex earlier efforts. Consequently, I no longer believe that it is going to be the film to beat at the Oscars, but rather that it is much more of a question mark.

Read more 'Interstellar' Film Review

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OCT
26
4 DAYS

FEINBERG FORECAST: 'Interstellar' Launches, Gotham Nominates and PGA Conferences

FEINBERG FORECAST: 'Interstellar' Launches, Gotham Nominates and PGA Conferences

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
25
5 DAYS

Produced By: Harvey Weinstein Calls for New Producing Credits, Defends 'Crouching Tiger's' Day-and-Date Release

Produced By: Harvey Weinstein Calls for New Producing Credits, Defends 'Crouching Tiger's' Day-and-Date Release

Harvey Weinstein called on the Producers Guild of America to create new producing credits that would delineate between creative and financial producers in an appearance Saturday at the PGA's first Produced By conference held in New York. During the course of a 45-minute conversation that I conducted with the Oscar-winning producer and co-chief of The Weinstein Co., who was also co-chief of Miramax from 1979 until 2005, he argued that more specific producing credits would help avoid situations like "that five-people-on-stage car crash" that he was a part of when Shakespeare in Love won the best picture Oscar in 1999. He also defended Netflix's decision to release Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon: The Green Legend day-and-date in Imax Theaters and on Netflix, calling the company's execs "visionaries," even though that move led to an outcry from theater owners. And he explained why he feels that the nickname "Harvey Scissorhands," which he got for allegedly meddling with directors' visions in the editing room, is undeserved. 

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OCT
24
6 DAYS

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 nine 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), James Keach's Glen Campbell: I'll Be Me (Area 23a), 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).

Read more Feinberg Forecast: The Oscar Landscape Post-Hamptons, Pre-AFI

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OCT
23
7 DAYS

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
7 DAYS

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 week

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
1 week

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
2 WKS

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
2 WKS

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
2 WKS

'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
2 WKS

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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