Do the Right Thing
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Jordan, Turturro join Blackout For Human Rights' 'Do the Right Thing' reading

Ryan Coogler and Shaka King orchestrated the event in the wake of recent events in Ferguson, MO.

Turn on the news this past week and you’ll see people from around the country amassing in protest of the recent decision that police officer Darren Wilson would not be indicted for the murder of Michael Brown in Ferguson, MO. The inaction provoked conversation of race and authority in present day America, with politicians, human rights groups, and driven individuals rallying for reconsideration on the case and justice for all who’ve suffered in similar situations. This includes many in the entertainment industry, who will join forces with the Blackout for Human Rights network this Friday, Nov. 28, to keep the conversation going.

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Analyzing this year's sobering assortment of documentary short subject Oscar players

Analyzing this year's sobering assortment of documentary short subject Oscar players

From terminal illness to post-traumatic stress, this is a heavy lot

This year's line-up of documentary short Oscar finalists is a heavy bunch. Three deal with terminal diseases, one touches on post-traumatic stress, another focuses on the heart-wrenching fallout of natural disaster and social policy and still another observes the psychological rigors of a particularly gruesome occupation. Only one of the films fully eschews troubling stories of struggle. Perhaps that's less a commentary on the films themselves than the world they're documenting.

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Let's not forget about Tilda Swinton in 'Snowpiercer' for Best Supporting Actress

Let's not forget about Tilda Swinton in 'Snowpiercer' for Best Supporting Actress

An exclusive gif of Mason for your Thanksgiving enjoyment

It's turning out to be another great year for Tilda Swinton. In February, "The Grand Budapest Hotel" premiered to raves at the Berlin Film Festival and made a ton of money in the months following. Cannes 2013 player "Only Lovers Left Alive" gained more critical traction as it continued to play around the world, eventually earning Swinton a surprise Best Female Lead Independent Spirit Award nomination. She filmed a key role in Judd Apatow's new Amy Schumer comedy "Trainwrecked," set for theaters in 2015, and re-teamed with old buddy George Clooney and the Coen brothers for the comedy "Hail Caesar!," which is currently filming and scheduled to debut in 2016. Perhaps most importantly, her performance in Bong Joon-ho's "Snowpiercer" finally saw the light of day stateside.

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Al Pacino remembers Mike Nichols: 'Hard to find anyone like that again.'
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Al Pacino remembers Mike Nichols: 'Hard to find anyone like that again.'

The legendary actor on, in his words, the greatest director he's ever worked with

LOS ANGELES — A week ago the film world lost one of the masters, legendary director Mike Nichols. Naturally the news sent a shockwave through the tight-knit community as Nichols' reach was pretty deep, the lives he had touched, and certainly, the careers he had affected. One of them was Al Pacino.

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Richard Linklater
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'Boyhood' director Richard Linklater gains steam with PSIFF's Visionary Award

The festival was only 14 years old when the director began his unique film.

Richard Linklater’s direction on "Boyhood" has won Berlin’s Silver Bear, and honors from the San Sebastián, Seattle, and SXSW film festivals, Gotham and Indie Spirits Awards nominations, and special honors from the Casting Society of America. And yet, this is just the beginning. With Oscars on the horizon, Palm Springs International Film Festival has announced that Linklater will receive another year-end prize: Sonny Bono Visionary Award.

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Chris Rock explains the inspiration for 'Hammy the Bear' in 'Top Five'

Chris Rock explains the inspiration for 'Hammy the Bear' in 'Top Five'

On his latest success: 'I just did things I normally hadn't done before'

Sometimes if the parts aren't coming to you, you simply need to create them. It's an old story in the entertainment business and the genesis of Chris Rock's fantastic new flick "Top Five."

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'Cake' Trailer: Jennifer Aniston Goes Anti-Glam Just in Time for Oscar Season

'Cake' Trailer: Jennifer Aniston Goes Anti-Glam Just in Time for Oscar Season

Felicity Huffman, William H. Macy, and Anna Kendrick help her out

Jennifer Aniston famously de-glammed herself for the role of a disheveled pill-popper suffering from post-traumatic stress in the darkly comic "Cake," and now viewers can get a look at the final result in the film's first trailer.

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<p>David Oyelowo in &quot;Selma&quot;</p>

David Oyelowo in "Selma"

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David Oyelowo says a higher power told him he would play Martin Luther King Jr.

'I never relented,' the actor says of the project's long journey to the screen

BEVERLY HILLS — Get ready to hear a lot more about actor David Oyelowo. As Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. in Ava DuVernay's "Selma," which sounded a thunder clap upon arrival at this year's AFI Fest, he exhibits a presence and a commitment that is sure to keep him in the thick of the Best Actor Oscar discussion. And according to him, it was sort of pre-ordained.

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2015 Spirit Awards Nominees: Winners and Losers

2015 Spirit Awards Nominees: Winners and Losers

Just another day for 'Boyhood' and 'Birdman'

No joke, there were a ton of surprises from today's announcement of the 2015 Independent Spirit Awards nominees. That sounds like something someone would write every year after Film Independent reveals the honorees for its awards shrine of American independent cinema, but that's actually not the case.  

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'Imitation Game' hits a snag as 'Selma' and 'Birdman' get the Spirits boost

'Imitation Game' hits a snag as 'Selma' and 'Birdman' get the Spirits boost

After success with recent contenders, Harvey finally hit an indie roadblock

We laid out a few of the films that weren't eligible for today's Independent Spirit Awards announcement yesterday. Movies like "The Grand Budapest Hotel" and "Foxcatcher," etc., as well as a number of foreign players, were not going to be in the mix. But of those that were, the real shocker today is that "The Imitation Game" turned up a goose egg. According to The Weinstein Company, it was eligible. That's not getting off to a great start for Harvey Weinstein's thoroughbred this season.

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