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Coen Brothers' music drama 'Inside Llewyn Davis' picked up by CBS

Oscar Isaac, Carey Mulligan and Justin Timberlake star

<p>'Inside Llewyn Davis'</p>

'Inside Llewyn Davis'

Credit: CBS Films

The Coen brothers' upcoming music drama "Inside Llewyn Davis," starring Oscar Isaac, Carey Mulligan and Justin Timberlake, will be hitting screens later this year, as CBS Films has close a deal to acquire the North American rights distribution rights.

Contender Countdown: Best Supporting Actor brings the surprises

Is 'Argo' a done deal for best picture?

<p>Assuming best supporting actor is one of the first few awards handed out, will there be any surprises left afterward?</p>

Assuming best supporting actor is one of the first few awards handed out, will there be any surprises left afterward?

Has it come to this? Has the race for best picture become - gasp - anticlimactic? Will "Argo" really defy history and become on the fourth film ever to win best picture without a director nomination?  According to all my peers and, um, myself that appears to be the case.

David France says Oscar nominee 'How to Survive a Plague' is already a 'winner'

And how about that Ed Koch?

<p>One of many powerful protests depicted in David France's &quot;How to Survive a Plague.&quot;</p>

One of many powerful protests depicted in David France's "How to Survive a Plague."

Every year Oscar's documentary category seems to provide historical lessons for generations to learn from now and in the future.  This year, "5 Broken Cameras" helps shine the light on non-violent resistance in the West Bank; "The Gatekeepers" reveals that many of Israel's greatest hawks are now doves; "The Invisible War" pulls the curtain on clandestine operations funded by the American government; and one of rock n'roll's forgotten heroes is rediscovered in "Searching for Sugar Man." One of the most important nominees, however, tells the tale of an incredible grassroots movement that began in New York City to fight the battle against AIDS when it appeared no one else was, "How to Survive a Plague."  Noted author and journalist David France used amazing and rate video of this organization -- better known as ACT UP -- the centerpiece of his debut documentary.  France took some time last week to chat about his cinematic journey, the reaction to the death of Ed Koch and why "Plague" is already a winner before he hits the Academy Awards red carpet.

Christoph Waltz is Jesus H. Christ in 'SNL' spoof 'Djesus Uncrossed'

A.O. scott says 'It's a less violent version of 'Passion of the Christ''

Christoph Waltz is Jesus H. Christ in 'SNL' spoof 'Djesus Uncrossed'

The race for best supporting actor is still up in the air, but one nominee was doing his best Saturday night to demonstrate his versatility to moviegoers and any academy members up past their bed timees watching "SNL." "Django Unchained's" Christoph Waltz was pretty fantastic in his inaugural hosting gig and one of the show's most memorable bits found Waltz spoofing his two most memorable movies to date, "Django" and his Oscar-winning "Inglourious Basterds."  The skit, which was shot in pseduo Tarantino style, has Waltz playing none other than Jesus H. Christ (the H is silent) in - you guessed it - "Jesus Uncrossed." For more on Waltz's "SNL" hosting performance check out Ryan McGee's blow by blow recap.

And if you haven't seen Taran Killam's Brad Pitt impression, well, enjoy the embedded video below...


Ang Lee's remarkable journey with 'Life of Pi' is coming ashore Oscar Sunday

Still the most underreported success story of the season

<p>Ang Lee accepting a BAFTA honor for one of his colleagues at the 2013 BAFTA&nbsp;Awards.</p>

Ang Lee accepting a BAFTA honor for one of his colleagues at the 2013 BAFTA Awards.

Credit: AP Photo

When Ang Lee first read Yann Martel' "Life of Pi" he didn't think it was a movie let alone a global blockbuster.  Speaking to the Oscar-winning director of such classics as "The Ice Storm," "Brokeback Mountain" and "Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon" back in November 2012 before "Pi" hit theaters Lee was, as always, incredibly honest about his creative process.

Ben Affleck, Jessica Chastain and Jennifer Lawrence join Oscars telecast

Academy Award nominees will present trophies

<p>Jennifer Lawrence</p>

Jennifer Lawrence

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Ben Affleck, Jessica Chastain and Jennifer Lawrence are the latest Academy Award nominees to be added to the star-studded of presenters for the upcoming Oscars telecast.

Show producers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron announced the news today.
 

Ezra Miller on his disinterest in Twitter and the long road of 'Perks of Being a Wallflower'

It's nice to play a role where people don't think you're crazy

<p>Ezra Miller</p>

Ezra Miller

Credit: AP Photo/Chris PIzzello

In a perfect world Ezra Miller would be getting ready to attend the Academy Awards later this month.  The 20-year-old actor would be celebrating his first best supporting actor nomination for his role in Stephen Chbosky's "The Perks of Being A Wallflower."  Unfortunately, awards season is a far from perfect animal and Miller joins co-star Logan Lerman, Michael Pena ("End of Watch") and Bruce Willis ("Moonrise Kingdom") as actors who should have received more attention (thank god for the Independent Spirit Awards).  That fact will be increasingly apparent to moviegoers who catch up with "Perks" after its release on DVD, Blu-ray and digital download this week. 

Oscars add Halle Berry, Nicole Kidman and other winners as presenters

Sandra Bullock and Reese Witherspoon will also hand out trophies

<p>Halle Berry</p>

Halle Berry

Credit: AP Photo

Hollywood's biggest night has gotten yet another injection of star power, as a bevy of Oscar-winning actresses have been announced as presenters at the upcoming 2013 Academy Awards ceremony.

Halle Berry ("Monster's Ball"), Nicole Kidman ("The Hours"), Sandra Bullock ("Blind Side"), Reese Witherspoon ("Walk the Line") will all grace the stage at the Dolby Theater in Los Angeles.

The Oscar winners join an eye-popping list of previously announced stars who will appear on the show as presenters.

Steven Spielberg's 25 greatest movies to date - 1974 to 2012

With 'Lincoln' hitting Oscar highs HitFix's editorial team ranks the director's best

Steven Spielberg's 25 greatest movies to date - 1974 to 2012

Steven Spielberg may have lost the DGA Award honor to Ben Affleck a few weeks ago, but the legendary filmmaker is still tops in the mind of the HitFix editorial team.  Spielberg's critically acclaimed drama "Lincoln" landed 12 Academy Awards nominations last month and director added two more for an astounding tally of 15 lifetime nods and three wins (not counting the Irving G. Thalberg honor). And at a spry 66-years-old, Spielberg shows no signs of slowing down.

Contender Countdown: 'Argo' vs. 'Lincoln' to the bitter end?

Pundits are heading Ben Affleck's way, but are Academy voters?

<p>Ben Affleck as Tony Mendez in &quot;Argo.&quot;</p>

Ben Affleck as Tony Mendez in "Argo."

Credit: Warner Bros.

Well the Oscar pundits have spoken again and - surprise - it appears a number of our peers are jumping on the "Argo" bandwagon.  

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