Oscar-winning 'Lord of the Rings' cinematographer Andrew Lesnie has died

Oscar-winning 'Lord of the Rings' cinematographer Andrew Lesnie has died

A considerable loss...

Andrew Lesnie, the Oscar-winning cinematographer of the "Lord of the Rings" and "Hobbit" franchises, has reportedly died of a heart attack. He was 59.

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Viola Davis will play Harriet Tubman in HBO movie from 'Entourage' producer

Viola Davis will play Harriet Tubman in HBO movie from 'Entourage' producer

A choice role for the Oscar-nominated actress

The life of Harriet Tubman has been screaming for the feature film treatment for ages. Outside of — what, "Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter?" — there's never really been a movie depiction of the famed abolitionist. Well, thanks to HBO and Amblin, that's all about to change. And Viola Davis is going to knock this out of the park.

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So some astronauts watched 'Gravity' on the International Space Station

So some astronauts watched 'Gravity' on the International Space Station

And now I want to program a film festival for them

It's kinda freaky if I'm flying at 30,000 feet and something like "Air Force One" or "Flight" comes on as the in-flight movie. (Particularly in the case of the latter, as talking to screenwriter John Gatins about his research on that one has forever unhinged something in me.) I guess if movies were shown on buses, "Speed" would make a dicey proposition, too. So hats off to the astronauts who took in "Gravity" for movie night aboard the International Space Station recently.

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John Cameron Mitchell will receive a special Tony Award this year

John Cameron Mitchell will receive a special Tony Award this year

'Hedwig' originator returned to the iconic role this year

The Tony Awards Administration Committee announced Monday that write/director/actor/GENIUS John Cameron Mitchell will receive a special Tony Award at the upcoming 69th annual presentation of stage honors.

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Meryl Streep, Seth Rogen's 'XMas,' 'SPECTRE' top Sony Pictures CinemaCon sneak

Meryl Streep, Seth Rogen's 'XMas,' 'SPECTRE' top Sony Pictures CinemaCon sneak

Robert Zemeckis' 'The Walk' looks pretty, but...

LAS VEGAS - It's not an understatement to suggest that since they last presented their wares to the world's theater owners Sony Pictures has had a pretty dramatic 12 months .  

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Amy Schumer asks Hollywood 'don't show any more Kevin Hart movies'

Amy Schumer asks Hollywood 'don't show any more Kevin Hart movies'

Paul Rudd explains why the big screen is so important for porn

LAS VEGAS - CinemaCon wrapped up its fifth year with their version of the Hollywood Film Awards, a fake awards show where the winners were predetermined and picked by studio lobbying and, um, who was available.  This year's winners included Best Actress Oscar champ Julianne Moore, Francis Lawrence, Elizabeth Banks, the cast of the "Fantastic Four," Rose Byrne and Paul Feig (who had his "Spy" actor Bobby Cannavale walk on stage and throw a pie in his face).  The, cough, winners who really stole the show, however, were Amy Schumer, Kevin Hart and Paul Rudd.

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Chris Pratt, 'Crimson Peak' and 8 other takeaways from Universal's CinemaCon sneaks

Chris Pratt, 'Crimson Peak' and 8 other takeaways from Universal's CinemaCon sneaks

We're worried about Tina Fey and Amy Poehler's 'Sisters'

LAS VEGAS - It's been a fantastic 2015 so far for Universal Pictures.  "Fifty Shades of Grey" has earned $568 million worldwide and "Furious 7" has taken in $300 million domestic and $1.15 billion globally.  Universal was the last studio to present their slate to the world's theater owners and, as you can guess, they were pretty bullish on what's to come.

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Could this be Leonardo DiCaprio's Year?

Could this be Leonardo DiCaprio's Year?

Could 'Peanuts' be the Best Animated Feature biggest challenge to 'Inside Out'?

LAS VEGAS - 20th Century Fox found themselves mostly on the Oscar sidelines last year thanks to "Gone Girl" director David Fincher's unwillingness to partake in such matters, but 2015 looks like it's going to be a completely different story.  On Thursday the studio highlighted much of its upcoming slate including footage from expected hits such as "Spy," "The Maze Runner: Scorch Trials" and "Victor Frankenstein."  What really popped, however, are four titles that could make big waves during the upcoming awards season.

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This 'Black Mass' trailer sets the stage for Johnny Depp's return to form

This 'Black Mass' trailer sets the stage for Johnny Depp's return to form

We should probably go ahead and keep an eye on this one for awards season

So far actor-turned-filmmaker Scott Cooper has directed Jeff Bridges to his first Oscar (2009's "Crazy Heart") and arguably shepherded Christian Bale to his finest performance to date (2013's "Out of the Furnace"). With the upcoming "Black Mass," depicting the life and times of Boston crime boss Whitey Bulger, it looks like he's dragged Johnny Depp from the funk of franchise dreck to what could be one of the most towering performances of the actor's career.

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Clint Eastwood says he didn't threaten to kill Michael Moore

Clint Eastwood says he didn't threaten to kill Michael Moore

Plus: Looks like that Richard Jewell movie isn't happening

LAS VEGAS - Clint Eastwood took center stage at CinemaCon on Wednesday during a lunch and Q&A reflecting on his career.  The 84-year-old legend was on hand to receive an award from Fandango for "American Sniper," his biggest hit to date.

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