'SNL' documentary 'Live from New York!' to open 2015 Tribeca Film Festival

'SNL' documentary 'Live from New York!' to open 2015 Tribeca Film Festival

World premiere set for April 15

The world premiere of "Live From New York!," Bao Nguyen's documentary exploring 40 years of American politics, tragedy and popular culture through the comedic lens of the television institution, will open the 2015 Tribeca Film Festival on Wednesday, April 15.

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Throwback Thursday: Before they were Oscar nominees

Throwback Thursday: Before they were Oscar nominees

Looking at the early work of this year's acting class

We're just 10 days away from the 87th annual Academy Awards, where this year's 20 nominated actors will dress to the nines, head to the Dolby Theater and cross their fingers that the outcome of their categories aren't as inevitable as they seem (well…16 of them will be doing that, anyway). But before they found themselves on the roller coaster that is a film awards season, how did they cut their teeth? What foundations did they lay to get here? Who were they before they were nominees?

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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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LAIKA to auction 'Coraline,' 'ParaNorman' and 'Boxtrolls' puppets and more

LAIKA to auction 'Coraline,' 'ParaNorman' and 'Boxtrolls' puppets and more

A portion of proceeds to go to charity

LAIKA, the Portland-based animation studio behind Oscar-nominated films like "Coraline," "ParaNorman" and "The Boxtrolls," has opened its archives for the first time ever for a limited auction of over 250 puppets, models, props and art. "The Art of LAIKA" will be held by Heritage Auctions on Thursday, Feb. 12, 2015 in Beverly Hills.

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'Winter Soldier' vfx artist Dan DeLeeuw: On Helicarriers and his 'game changer' Hayley Atwell effect
Credit: Marvel Studios

'Winter Soldier' vfx artist Dan DeLeeuw: On Helicarriers and his 'game changer' Hayley Atwell effect

'It was a great marriage of stunts and visual effects'

Call "Captain America: The Winter Soldier" Marvel's attempt at a "grounded" political thriller. With, you know, tons and tons of special effects.

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Kathy Bates in Misery

10 Best Actress winners you don't want to meet in a dark alley

The Best Actress category is NOT all about glamor and regality.

As the Oscars approach and I check over the stats in the category that matters most* (Best Actress), I can't help but marvel again at Rosamund Pike's performance and long for more female roles that destroy us with sheer nerve and a dollop of evil. Bring me the diabolical ladies. The unscrupulous doyennes. The terrors who bewitch us with insane smarts and dubious intentions. Give that to me always.

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'Imitation Game' producers on the rigors of the Oscar circuit and 'Harvey Scissorhands'

'Imitation Game' producers on the rigors of the Oscar circuit and 'Harvey Scissorhands'

'We're happy that we're here, but also sleep-deprived.'

With films like "Birdman" and "Boyhood" dominating the conversation, Harvey Weinstein's prediction that "The Imitation Game" will win the Best Picture Oscar might be looking a little shaky as the awards season heads into its final lap. But in the final analysis, the mission was accomplished as he dropped a considerable amount of money ($7 million) to acquire the picture out of the European Film Market and has already ushered it to over $100 million in box office receipts and counting. That's largely because the independent film has maintained a significant presence throughout the season, ultimately racking up eight Academy Award nominations.

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Jennifer Hudson and Anna Kendrick to perform at (apparently) musical-stuffed Oscars
Credit: AP Photo

Jennifer Hudson and Anna Kendrick to perform at (apparently) musical-stuffed Oscars

Hey guys, Broadway is that way...

Sigh. Oscarcast producers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron are apparently threatening to drown this year's show in musical numbers. No, really, according to the most recent press release, the pair are "creating several musical sequences," and they keep lining up talent to participate.

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'Imitation Game' production design nominees on 'historical' vs. 'cinematic' reality

'Imitation Game' production design nominees on 'historical' vs. 'cinematic' reality

Best Production Design contenders Maria Djurkovic and Tatiana Macdonald discuss Turing's world

The meticulously detailed sets of "The Imitation Game" have earned production designer Maria Djurkovic and set decorator Tatiana Macdonald their first Oscar nominations, a journey that began with delving into well-worn period tropes to present a unique slice of British history that had not been seen on the big screen before.

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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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