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OCT
16
2 WKS

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
2 WKS

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
2 WKS

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
2 WKS

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
3 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
3 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
3 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
3 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
3 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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OCT
9
3 WKS

Can Costume Designer Colleen Atwood Pull Off an Extremely Rare Oscar Feat?

Can Costume Designer Colleen Atwood Pull Off an Extremely Rare Oscar Feat?

An actor cannot be nominated for an Oscar for more than one project in the same category in the same year — but can a costume designer?

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OCT
8
3 WKS

New York Film Fest: 'Time Out of Mind' Star Richard Gere Receives Career Tribute

New York Film Fest: 'Time Out of Mind' Star Richard Gere Receives Career Tribute

"This is one of the great moments of my life, being here with you tonight," actor Richard Gere told a room filled with friends and fans on Wednesday night as the Film Society of Lincoln Center celebrated his career with a tribute dinner and conversation at Lincoln Center's Stanley H. Kaplan Penthouse. (Last week, FSLC feted actor-writer-director Ethan Hawke similarly.)

Much of the hour-long conversation, which was moderated by Kent Jones, director of the FSLC-sponsored New York Film Festival, focused on Oren Moverman's Time Out of Mind, a dramatic feature in which Gere plays a homeless man living on the streets of New York that is currently screening at the NYFF (and still seeking a U.S. distributor).

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OCT
8
3 WKS

Patti Smith on Her Musical Roots and First Shot at an Oscar With 'Noah' Song

Patti Smith on Her Musical Roots and First Shot at an Oscar With 'Noah' Song

On Tuesday, I met up in New York with Patti Smith, the iconic singer-songwriter-activist, for a long conversation about her life, career and latest work. Smith, who is 67 and a year away from the 40th anniversary of her debut album Horses, is still going strong — writing, performing and speaking out about social issues that are important to her. She is also, for the first time in her career, in contention for a best original song Oscar nomination.

Many of the songs for which Smith has been known and loved for generations — including "Because the Night," "The People Have the Power" and "Gloria" — have been sampled in movies over the years. But those songs were already in circulation when they showed up on film soundtracks. This year, for the first time, Smith wrote a song specifically for a movie: "Mercy Is," a haunting lullaby that pops up throughout and at the end of her friend Darren Aronofsky's biblical epic Noah. And people are loving it.

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OCT
7
3 WKS

Could an Undocumented American Land an Oscar Nom This Season?

Could an Undocumented American Land an Oscar Nom This Season?

Last week, I had lunch in New York with Jose Antonio Vargas, the undocumented immigrant who is a leader in the fight for immigration reform in America and whose recent documentary feature, Documented, which debuted on iTunes and other digital platforms Tuesday, could factor into this year's Oscar race. Even if you haven't yet seen the film, which received a brief Oscar-qualifying theatrical run and aired several times over the summer on CNN, you've probably heard of Vargas, a prominent journalist who was awarded a Pulitzer Prize in 2008, outed himself as an undocumented immigrant in The New York Times Magazine in 2011 and appeared on the cover of TIME magazine in June 2012. Documented, Vargas' debut as a film director, shows what led him to make that decision and how it has impacted his life ever since. He and I spoke about the film and his ongoing efforts.

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OCT
5
4 WKS

FEINBERG FORECAST: Updated Projections as the New York Film Fest Crosses Halftime

FEINBERG FORECAST: Updated Projections as the New York Film Fest Crosses Halftime

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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