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Oscars Shake-up: Weinstein Co. Splits With Longtime Awards Campaign Guru (Exclusive)

Oscars Shake-up: Weinstein Co. Splits With Longtime Awards Campaign Guru (Exclusive)

This story first appeared in the July 4 issue of The Hollywood Reporter magazine.

In a major shake-up that could impact the Oscar race, The Weinstein Co. and its longtime awards consultant, Lisa Taback, have called it quits, bringing an end to one of the most successful alliances in recent film history.

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JUN
12
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BAFTA-New York Announces New Board of Directors

NEW YORK -- BAFTA-New York, the British Academy of Film and Television Arts, has announced the results of its recent board of directors vote.

Luke Parker Bowles, executive vice president of production for Open Road Integrated Media, was voted Vice Chairman by the Board of Directors, Dee Poku, co-founder and CEO of WIE Network, was elected to serve a three-year stint on the Board, and four incumbent board members, Vernon Chu, Patrick Connolly, Matthew Kearney and Susan Margolin, were re-elected to office.

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JUN
10
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In a Year of Strong Documentaries, 'The Fix' Deserves to Be Remembered

In a Year of Strong Documentaries, 'The Fix' Deserves to Be Remembered

At a time when the Hollywood studios seem to have run out of ideas — one recently released a sequel to a reboot of a comic-book-inspired franchise that itself was less than a decade old, and that was one of the better films of the year — the single source of consistent, high-quality sustenance for movie lovers is the documentary genre.

This year's standout docs, as we approach the mid-year point, include Elaine Stritch: Shoot Me (IFC Films), Anita (Samuel Goldwyn Films), Jodorowsky's Dune (Sony Pictures Classics), Finding Vivian Mayer (IFC Films), The Galapagos Affair: Satan Came to Eden (Zeitgeist Films), Dancing in Jaffa (Sundance Selects) and Supermensch: The Legend of Shep Gordon (RADiUS-TWC).

Another that hasn't received as much attention as those because it is still seeking a domestic distributor, but which impressed many at the recent SOHO International Film Festival (winnning the best documentary prize) and will next be screened at AFI Docs on June 19, is Laura Naylor's The Fix.

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JUN
9
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Tonys: Feinberg's 10 Takeaways from the 2013-2014 Broadway Season

Tonys: Feinberg's 10 Takeaways from the 2013-2014 Broadway Season

NEW YORK – In my final post about the 2013-2014 Broadway season, I want to share the 10 things that I will remember most fondly about the 23 shows that I saw. Many have asked me to identify my favorites and provide recommendations for them. This should serve both of those purposes.

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JUN
8
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Tonys Analysis: Why Did the Awards Break the Way They Did?

Tonys Analysis: Why Did the Awards Break the Way They Did?

NEW YORK – At the 68th Tony Awards on Sunday night, some shows won more and bigger prizes than others -- most notably, A Gentleman's Guide to Love and Murder, All the Way, Hedwig and the Angry Inch and A Raisin in the Sun -- but just about every major contender took home something, which, along with Hugh Jackman's strong hosting and a ton of great scenes from the nominated shows, made for a very fun evening … at least for this first-timer.

Here's why I think we ended up with the winners that we did.

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JUN
8
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Tonys: Awards Campaigns Get Creative, Aggressive This Season

Tonys: Awards Campaigns Get Creative, Aggressive This Season

For decades, campaigns for Oscars -- and, more recently, Emmys -- have been waged with ever-increasing creativity and aggressiveness. On Broadway, the quest for Tonys have traditionally been conducted more quietly and politely. After all, it's a smaller community with a smaller pool of awards voters. In recent years, however, the top theater publicists -- who number only a few themselves -- have picked up their game.

Gone are the days when it was enough to simply run ads in newspapers; corral talent for the nominations morning press gaggle and nominees luncheon a few weeks later; attend and/or present at and/or perform at events like the Manhattan Theater Club's annual gala, the Obies, the Outer Critics Circle Awards, the Drama League Awards and the Drama Desk Awards; and grant interviews to New York-based newspapers, daytime talk shows and local news programs.

Now, you have to be craftier -- and this year, many publicists were.

TONYS: Who Should Win, Who Will Win 

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JUN
8
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Tony Awards Live Blog 2014

Tony Awards Live Blog 2014

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JUN
8
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Tonys: 'After Midnight' Producer's Journey Leads Back to Radio City Music Hall

Tonys: 'After Midnight' Producer's Journey Leads Back to Radio City Music Hall

NEW YORK -- On Sunday night Scott Sanders will be at Radio City Music Hall attending the Tony Awards as the lead producer of the best musical nominee After Midnight. It would be a special night for Sanders if that was all there was to his story, but there's more: 35 years ago, in another lifetime, before he became one of the more respected figures on the Great White Way, he helped to save the venue in which his show -- an $8 million jazz revue -- will now open "the Super Bowl of Broadway," as he calls it, and possibly even take home its most coveted prize. Life can be funny like that.

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JUN
6
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Tonys: Hitting Times Square With 'Hedwig' Star Lena Hall to Talk Broadway (Video)

Tonys: Hitting Times Square With 'Hedwig' Star Lena Hall to Talk Broadway (Video)

NEW YORK -- Last Sunday afternoon, before the first of her two performances that day, Lena Hall, the fast-rising Broadway star who is a best featured actress in a musical Tony nominee this year for her performance opposite Neil Patrick Harris in the hit musical revival Hedwig and the Angry Inch, joined me for a walk around Times Square.

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JUN
6
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Tonys: 5 Things to Expect From the Show

Tonys: 5 Things to Expect From the Show

NEW YORK -- The 68th Tony Awards will take place at Radio City Music Hall on Sunday evening, and The Hollywood Reporter is hearing interesting bits and pieces about the opening number, musical acts, special performances and presenters. If you want to be completely surprised by everything to do with the show, stop reading now... but if you want to whet your appetite, read on!

PHOTOS: Tony Awards 2014: The Nominees 

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JUN
6
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At Home With Jerry Lewis as He Opens Up About Son's Death, Skirmishes With Fans

At Home With Jerry Lewis as He Opens Up About Son's Death, Skirmishes With Fans

"Here's what happens when you're 88," says Jerry Lewis, jabbing at a giant black-and-blue mark on his arm. "You bump your arm and get these 'tattoos.' It's annoying. I look like a f--ing bike rider!"

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JUN
5
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Tonys: Will Broadway's Golden Girl Kelli O'Hara Finally Take Home the Gold This Year? (Video)

Tonys: Will Broadway's Golden Girl Kelli O'Hara Finally Take Home the Gold This Year? (Video)

NEW YORK – Few performers have won an acting Tony for work in a show that closed after Tony nominations were announced due to poor ticket sales, as opposed to the expiration of a preordained limited engagement. The most recent exceptions to this rule were Julie White, who won best actress in a play for The Little Dog Laughed (2006), and John Lithgow, who won best actor in a musical for Sweet Smell of Success (2002), the latter of which featured an up-and-coming young actress by the name of Kelli O'Hara.

VIDEO: Tonys Actress Roundtable Presents 6 of Broadway's Leading Ladies on Their Noms, Pet Peeves and Pee Breaks

Over the years since Sweet Smell of Success, O'Hara has become one of the biggest names on Broadway, scoring five Tony nominations along the way -- for The Light in the Piazza (2005), The Pajama Game (2006), South Pacific (2008), Nice Work If You Can Get It (2012) and, this year, for The Bridges of Madison County. To her great disappointment, the one in which she invested the most time, heart and soul, Bridges, closed just days after she received her nom. It failed to receive one in the category of best musical, which represented its last best hope of generating some sustainable interest at the box office.

Consequently, the 38-year-old now finds herself in the same aforementioned situation as White and Lithgow, as well as Angela Lansbury, the last person to win the best actress in a musical Tony under these circumstances, for the revival of Gypsy, way back in 1975. The only others who have won in that category for closed shows: Mary Martin for Peter Pan (1955); Dolores Gray for Carnival in Flanders (1954), which closed after just six performances, the shortest run ever recognized with an acting Tony; plus Patricia Routledge for Darling of the Day and Leslie Uggam for Hallelujah, Baby, who tied in 1968.

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JUN
3
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Former First Daughter Jenna Bush Hager on Joining Greenwich Film Fest Board (Exclusive)

Former First Daughter Jenna Bush Hager on Joining Greenwich Film Fest Board (Exclusive)

NEW YORK -- On Monday morning, Jenna Bush Hager, the daughter of former president George W. Bush and granddaughter of former president George H.W. Bush, spoke with The Hollywood Reporter's Scott Feinberg about the recent announcement that Greenwich, Connecticut, will play host to an international film festival starting in June 2015 -- and that she is a member of the board that is making it possible.

THR decided to ask the 32-year-old, who works as a special correspondent for NBC's Today and as a contributor to NBC Nightly News, about her connection to the affluent town located about 45 minutes outside of New York City, where she lives; why she wants to be associated with a film festival in the first place; and the name of the last great movie that she saw.

Here are some snippets of our exclusive conversation.

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JUN
3
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Tonys: Actress Nominees Share Their Intros to New York, Broadway Debuts (Video)

Tonys: Actress Nominees Share Their Intros to New York, Broadway Debuts (Video)

NEW YORK -- Just over a week ago, The Hollywood Reporter conducted our first Tonys Actress Roundtable with six 2014 Tony nominees -- Tyne Daly (Mothers and Sons), Sutton Foster (Violet), LaTanya Richardson Jackson (A Raisin in the Sun), Idina Menzel (If/Then), Jessie Mueller (Beautiful: The Carole King Musical) and Kelli O'Hara (The Bridges of Madison County) -- and the conversation produced so much interesting material that it couldn't all fit into the main video. Therefore, THR is now releasing an 11-minute bonus feature: the actresses' discussion about what first brought them to New York and what they regard as their "big break" on Broadway.

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