Ang Lee

Ang Lee boards war dramedy 'Billy Lynn's' as longtime collaborator James Schamus lambasts Hollywood screenwriting

Simon Beaufoy adapted the novel by Ben Fountain.

Director Ang Lee and writer-producer James Schamus are one of industry's inspiring pairs. Over 22 years, they've worked on nine out of Lee's 12 feature films together, everything from the director's 1992 debut "Pushing Hands" to "Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon" to "Hulk" to the little seen "Taking Woodstock." But the relationship doesn't define them — they're two distinct voices approaching the film business from their personal experiences. Case in point: This week, Ang Lee signed on to helm a biting war drama for Sony while Schamus cut the artistic ambition of screenwriters off at the knees.

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Amy Adams fights for artistic integrity in the trailer for Tim Burton's 'Big Eyes'

Amy Adams fights for artistic integrity in the trailer for Tim Burton's 'Big Eyes'

Could this be a return to form for the quirky filmmaker?

I've been diving back into Tim Burton's filmography as of late in preparation for this winter's "Big Eyes." The film will tell the story of artist Margaret Keane (Amy Adams), who build an empire with her husband Walter (Christoph Waltz) on the little white lie that he was the one responsible for her popular images of children with, well, big eyes. They would simply sell better if considered a dude's work, you see.

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Contender Countdown: So long, farewell...already?

Contender Countdown: So long, farewell...already?

Plus: Questions for all the major Best Picture contenders

The Oscar race has barely started, but there is already a laundry list of once-expected contenders that will not get released in 2014 and will try to be in the game next year.

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Well blow me down, Sony Animation has some 'Popeye' test footage for you

Well blow me down, Sony Animation has some 'Popeye' test footage for you

The film is set for release in 2016

We still need to tell you what's up with this year's Best Animated Feature Film Oscar race, which we'll get to in due time. But for now, here's a sneak peek at a probable contender for 2016's race: Sony Pictures Animation's "Popeye."

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12 Years a Slave
Credit: Fox Searchlight

Despite MPAA's 'R' rating, '12 Years a Slave' to become a high school learning tool

A new initiative will send the Best Picture winner to the educational realm

If the National School Boards Association is to be believed, we're in a golden age of education Oscar movies.

Fox Searchlight announced today that a partnership with the NSBA, New Regency and Penguin Books will make copies of the 2014 Best Picture winner "12 Years a Slave" and Solomon Northup's autobiographical source material available to America’s public high schools. This follows Participant Media's own educational campaign for "Lincoln," which put DVD copies of Steven Spielberg's historical film and the necessary projection technology in a number of underserved communities.

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Oscar Isaac and Jessica Chastain will weather 'A Most Violent Year' on New Year's Eve
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Oscar Isaac and Jessica Chastain will weather 'A Most Violent Year' on New Year's Eve

J.C. Chandor's 'All is Lost' follow-up is primed to crash the party this season

Lots of questions have been surrounding J.C. Chandor's "All is Lost" follow-up "A Most Violent Year" this season, but we've been telling you to chill out, it's coming, etc. The sound mix has been moving along this month and it's being primed for a big winter bow. Now it has a date: Dec. 31. A platform release in January is expected to follow.

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Mark Ruffalo and Robert Downey Jr
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Robert Downey Jr., Mark Ruffalo, and Emma Watson Among 2014 Britannia Awards Recipients

Mike Leigh and Dame Judi Dench join 'The Avengers' winners.

The British Academy of Film and Television Arts Los Angeles (BAFTA Los Angeles) has announced that Robert Downey Jr., Mark Ruffalo, Emma Watson, Mike Leigh and Dame Judi Dench are among the first honorees of this year’s Jaguar Britannia Awards ceremony. Each year, BAFTA Los Angeles honors "individuals who have dedicated their careers to advancing the art forms of the moving image in the U.S., U.K. and beyond."

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Men Women and Children - Ansel Elgrot
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Ansel Elgort is the glue holding new 'Men, Women & Children' trailer together

New spot digs deeper into Jason Reitman's tech-driven ensemble drama.

Similar to the first wave of Telluride reviews for "Labor Day," just a year ago, reactions sprouting out of the Toronto Film Festival for Jason Reitman's "Men, Women & Children" encompassed a full spectrum. Critical opinion from voices on the ground ranged from impressed praise to cries that the film was DOA. A new trailer for "Men ,Women & Children" cuts through the schizophrenic chatter.

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Force Majeure
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Trailer for Sweden's Oscar submission, 'Force Majeure,' touts caustic comedy

The Cannes and TIFF favorite arrives Oct. 24

You won't find many comedies in the Academy Awards' Best Foreign Language Film category (2003's "The Barbarian Invasions" and last year's "The Great Beauty" stand out as recent, funny-ish winners). But that's not stopping Sweden from backing Ruben Östlund's incisive, family dramedy, "Force Majeure," as its 2015 contender. The film's first trailer should help skeptics understand the decision.

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'The Judge'

Robert Downey Jr. lays down some big city justice in newest 'Judge' trailer

Will Robert Duvall pull off a supporting actor nomination?

"The Judge" is back in court for another trailer.

Oscar vets Robert Downey Jr. and Robert Duvall star in this family drama about a slick, big city lawyer returning to his hometown to defend his father -- a renowned local judge -- in a murder case.

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