Contender Countdown: The tough Best Picture call between 'Boyhood' and 'Birdman'

Contender Countdown: The tough Best Picture call between 'Boyhood' and 'Birdman'

Can 'American Sniper' surprise?

Well, we've got another barn burner on our hands people. Final voting for the 87th Academy Awards is well underway and this year's Best Picture race is far from settled. Or is it? Excuse me, feeling deja vu. I believe we went through something similar to this last year.

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Dear Neil Patrick Harris: Listen to these Oscar Show suggestions before its too late

Dear Neil Patrick Harris: Listen to these Oscar Show suggestions before its too late

How about fewer musical numbers...oh, wait...crap

Dear Neil,

It's a little over a week away from your debut as the host of Hollywood's biggest night so chances are this correspondence will simply arrive a little too late. 

The Academy Awards telecast is a monstrosity to put on and takes months to plan. In fact, the show's overall creative direction has usually been decided long before the Oscar nominations are even announced. And frankly, we're worried. The announcements from the Academy so far have made us wonder if your producers are intent on turning this into the biggest song and dance Academy Awards ever. So, better late than never to pass along some unsolicited advice, right?

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First Look: Daniel Craig returns as James Bond in 'SPECTRE'

First Look: Daniel Craig returns as James Bond in 'SPECTRE'

Plus: A look behind-the-scenes at filming in Austria

If the sun is rising in London and most of America is asleep that means Sony Pictures and MGM must be debuting something special from another highly anticipated 007 adventure.  Following the blockbuster and critical success of "Skyfall," Sam Mendes has returned to direct the follow-up, "SPECTRE."

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Does Hugh Jackman believe Wolverine can join the Marvel Cinematic Universe?

Does Hugh Jackman believe Wolverine can join the Marvel Cinematic Universe?

Dare to dream

NEW YORK - Monday night's announcement that Sony Pictures and Marvel Studios had come to an agreement to bring Spider-Man into the Marvel Cinematic Universe (aka the "Avengers" Universe) set Hollywood and movie fans into a tizzy over the possibilities.  Spider-Man had been, effectively, on his own island since Sony controlled the big screen rights to the Web Slinger.  Now, he can join his fellow "Avengers" in whatever cinematic adventures that might bring.

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Dr. Dre and Ice Cube introduce strikingly relevant new 'Straight Outta Compton' trailer

Dr. Dre and Ice Cube introduce strikingly relevant new 'Straight Outta Compton' trailer

NWA's story is coming to the big screen

When talent appears in introductions for movie trailers it should always give you pause. If you've got the goods you don't really need to try and make a movie preview more "special" than it already is. That being said, the inclusion of Dr. Dre and Ice Cube driving through the streets of Compton discussing "where it all started" before the new trailer for "Straight Outta Compton" works.

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2015 BAFTA Awards winners as they are announced

2015 BAFTA Awards winners as they are announced

Redmayne, Arquette, Moore and Simmons all win again

The 2015 EE BAFTA Awards were handed out in London Sunday night and while the broadcast aired hours later in the United States, it didn't stop us from chronicling the twists and turns of a show often seen as a bellwether for the Academy Awards.

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Best and Worst of 'Jupiter Ascending': Mila Kunis, Eddie Redmayne and more

Best and Worst of 'Jupiter Ascending': Mila Kunis, Eddie Redmayne and more

When it's pretty it's pretty

Creating something original isn't easy. The Wachowskis have spent time adapting "Speed Racer" and the novel "Cloud Atlas" into movies, but they are still defined by an original creation, "The Matrix" trilogy.  Their latest endeavor, "Jupiter Ascending," is an attempt to fashion another new cinematic world.  So far, the critics have not been kind.

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Redemption is coming for the Ryan Phillippe and Mike Myers drama '54'

Redemption is coming for the Ryan Phillippe and Mike Myers drama '54'

Take out 30 minutes of reshoots and you've got a very different movie

Let's jump back in time to a little over 16 years ago. It's the summer of 1998 and if you hit a gay bar or club in the continental United States, you could not miss Stars on 54's dance remake of Gordon Lightfoot's "If You Could Read My Mind." It was simply everywhere. The track was the promotional single for "54," a movie that promised a sexy look at the infamous New York City nightclub Studio 54 but couldn't ultimately live up to the marketing hype surrounding its release.

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Amy Pascal's departure makes Hollywood almost a boy's club again

Amy Pascal's departure makes Hollywood almost a boy's club again

All anyone really cares about is getting Spidey, right?

The news that Amy Pascal will step down as chairwoman of Sony Pictures is not shocking. In fact, it was expected.* This is how Hollywood works. You spend years running a studio or acting as president of production and then something goes wrong and you segue to a “producing” deal. That’s the way it’s been for almost 30 years and that’s the way it will be for the foreseeable future. Surviving any controversy, even one outside of your own control, is simply impossible.

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First Look: Ian McKellen is Sherlock in new clip of 'Mr. Holmes'

First Look: Ian McKellen is Sherlock in new clip of 'Mr. Holmes'

Can you say awards season 2016?

Surprisingly or not so surprisingly, there are a number of intriguing films screening at the Berlin Film Festival this year. Terrence Malick's "Knight of Cups" with Christian Bale, Natalie Portman and Cate Blanchett will drop there along with Wim Wenders' "Everything Will Be Fine" (James Franco), Werner Herzog's "Queen of the Desert" (Nicole Kidman and James Franco again), Anton Corbijn's "Life" (Dane DeHaan, Robert Pattinson), Simon Curtis' "Woman in Gold" (Ryan Reynolds, Helen Mirren), Andrew Haigh's "45 Years," Isabel Coixet's "Nobody Wants The Night" and even, yes, Kenneth Branagh's "Cinderella" are on most cinephiles' radars.

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