Keira Knightley makes it clear 'The Imitation Game' is not a documentary

Keira Knightley makes it clear 'The Imitation Game' is not a documentary

The movie is about 'celebrating people's differences'

TORONTO — Let's hope Keira Knightley never changes. Having interviewed the "Pride & Prejudice" star at least five times over the past decade I can attest that she's as blunt, energetic and smart as ever. This is one actress who no doubt rolls her eyes at studio talking points. Take for instance our interview last month about her role in the beloved new Best Picture contender "The Imitation Game" where she was at the top of her, um, game.

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'Book of Life' director talks about the 'heart' of his Best Animated Feature Film contender

'Book of Life' director talks about the 'heart' of his Best Animated Feature Film contender

Will you see him checking out audience reaction this weekend?

One of the unique fixtures of an opening weekend in Los Angeles, whether it's an art house release or a studio blockbuster, are filmmakers and sometimes stars popping their heads into a theater to see how their baby plays. Well, if you're going to a screening of the new animated feature "The Book of Life" in the Southland this weekend, there's a good chance you might see Jorge R. Gutierrez dropping by your theater.  

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Top five things you need to know after seeing Chris Rock's 'Top Five' trailer

Top five things you need to know after seeing Chris Rock's 'Top Five' trailer

Believe the hype

A month after attending the world premiere of Chris Rock's "Top Five" at the 2014 Toronto Film Festival, I still can't get it out of my head. I have not laughed louder or more often in a theater this year. "Top Five" is also the one movie from Toronto I cannot wait to see again. It's simply the truth.

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Contender Countdown: With Oscar host locked now we wait for 'Interstellar'

Contender Countdown: With Oscar host locked now we wait for 'Interstellar'

At least we have McConaughey's Lincoln commercials to tide us over

Oscar finally has a host, Neil Patrick Harris, but does she have a frontrunner yet? Not really.

This has been a curious awards season so far in terms of the Best Picture race. There are a number of potential contenders that could win it all, but even the films that have already screened such as "The Imitation Game," "The Theory of Everything," "Birdman" and "Boyhood" haven't really separated themselves from the pack (not yet, anyway). That will all change when Christopher Nolan's "Interstellar" begins to screen for critics, pundits and the industry soon.

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Best and Worst of 'Dracula Untold': So bad it's good?

Best and Worst of 'Dracula Untold': So bad it's good?

At least Charles Dance got a paycheck, right?

Maybe the critics were wrong.

Maybe "Dracula Untold" is the entertaining fantasy action-adventure moviegoers have been waiting for since, um, "Guardians of the Galaxy" opened at the beginning of August. Maybe Luke Evans has a huge following know one really knew about.  Maybe America has just been waiting for Dracula to be a hero like those Vamps in "Twilight" and "True Blood."  Whatever it was, "Dracula Untold" almost won the weekend at the box office and somewhat over performed with $23 million at the box office.

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Exclusive: The 'Gone Girl' Amazing Amy cover you won't believe actually exists

Exclusive: The 'Gone Girl' Amazing Amy cover you won't believe actually exists

Major spoilers ahead: You've been warned

In the eight days since "Gone Girl" debuted it has gone from a critical success to a box office wonder to something of a pop culture phenomenon. People can't stop talking about it. The New Yorker, er, online outlets can't stop writing essays about it. And moviegoers are going back for a second viewing. Chances are you've already seen David Fincher's adaptation of Gillian Flynn's best-selling novel. We hope you have because we have something very special to share with you…

…but you really need to have seen the movie.

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Jennifer Garner on that other movie she's also in: 'Men, Women & Children'

Jennifer Garner on that other movie she's also in: 'Men, Women & Children'

One flight from LA to Cleveland sealed the deal

Chances are Jennifer Garner realized early on that the two films she was starring in this fall would appeal to two very different audiences. What she probably didn't expect was that the Disney family film "Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day" would be the one that would have the bigger impact on her career, especially considering her other movie, "Men, Women & Children," features an ensemble cast with talent such as Adam Sandler, Rosemarie DeWitt, Judy Greer and up-and-comer Ansel Elgort. Oh, and did we mention that movie is directed by four-time Oscar nominee Jason Reitman, who she previously collaborated with on Best Picture nominee "Juno?" Yes, sometimes life has a way of throwing expectations completely out the window.

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 Ben Affleck vs. Jennifer Garner for no. 1 and 7 surprises about Friday's new movies

Ben Affleck vs. Jennifer Garner for no. 1 and 7 surprises about Friday's new movies

A lot to chose from this weekend

We're not sure we can remember the last time a husband and wife battled each other for no. 1 at the box office, but it looks like that's whats in store for Ben Affleck and Jennifer Garner this weekend.  

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Contender Countdown: Should the Best Picture frontrunners fear 'American Sniper?'

Contender Countdown: Should the Best Picture frontrunners fear 'American Sniper?'

Don't discount 'Gone Girl' yet

If it's mid October that means a number of expected Best Picture contenders are increasingly becoming questionable players. Guess things are getting serious, huh?

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Jeremy Renner doesn't need to justify being in 'The Avengers' franchise or 'M:I-5'

Jeremy Renner doesn't need to justify being in 'The Avengers' franchise or 'M:I-5'

Whether its a superhero or 'Kill The Messenger' he chooses what he's passionate about

The film has gone a bit under the radar, but Michael Cuesta's "Kill the Messenger" deserves your attention this weekend. Based on the true story of journalist Gary Webb (Jeremy Renner), the film chronicles how the San Jose Mercury News beat writer discovered that the CIA was knowingly funding drug smuggling into the United States during the 1980s. It's not an exaggeration to say breaking the story destroyed his life.

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