<p>J.K. Simmons in &quot;Whiplash&quot;</p>

J.K. Simmons in "Whiplash"

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'Whiplash's' J.K. Simmons agrees: There are no two words more harmful than 'good job'

The newly minted NYFCC award winner reflects on the pressure-cooked 19-day shoot

Actor J.K. Simmons just won the New York Film Critics Circle's award for Best Supporting Actor, and it's not likely to be his last this season. The veteran character actor has made a real splash with his work in Damien Chazelle's "Whiplash" as a sort of drill sergeant jazz conductor who torments a student with vicious methods, but naturally, there's a complexity to the character that makes him more than just an antagonist. The entire film's subtextual philosophy is rooted in his very being, and that wasn't lost on Simmons as he set out to portray him.

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New York Film Critics Circle votes 'Boyhood' best film of the year

New York Film Critics Circle votes 'Boyhood' best film of the year

Timothy Spall, Marion Cotillard, J.K. Simmons and Patricia Arquette win acting honors

The New York Film Critics Circle held its annual vote today, "first!" among the critics groups to announce and firing the latest in a series of "starting guns" for the season. (Truly, where does it all really "begin" anymore?) And the big, hardly surprising winner? Richard Linklater's "Boyhood."

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PGA Awards
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'Game of Thrones,' 'Breaking Bad,' 'True Detective' bulk up PGA Awards TV nods

And what's funnier: 'Louie' or 'Big Bang Theory?'

Paired with its documentary feature nominations, the PGA announced this Monday morning which television shows, specials, and digital series that will compete in the 26th Annual Producers Guild Awards. The PGA Awards nominations honor a little bit of everything, including "Breaking Bad," "Cosmos," "Last Week with John Oliver," "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles," and the third season of YouTube’s "Video Game High School." Can’t blame the guild for shallow picks.

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Virunga
Credit: Netflix

'Virunga,' 'Life Itself' among 2015 PGA Awards documentary nominees

The PGA nominations shake up the race by leaving out notable contenders

Monday morning, the Producers Guild of America (PGA) announced its Documentary Motion Pictures nominees that will advance in the voting process for the 26th Annual Producers Guild Awards. The feature nominations are a change of pace from previous announcements, including the IDA Awards and Cinema Eye’s Nonfiction awards. You won’t find heavy-hitters like "CITIZENFOUR," "20,000 Days on Earth," or "The Overnighters" on this list. Instead, a few overlooked docs get the PGA bump

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The Boxtrolls
Credit: Focus Features

'Boxtrolls,' 'How to Train Your Dragon 2' lead Annie Awards Nominations

'Book of Life,' 'Song of the Sea' Disney’s 'Big Hero 6' all major contenders

Monday morning, the International Animated Film Society, ASIFA-Hollywood, announced nominations today for its 42nd Annual Annie Awards, recognizing the year’s best in the field of animation. Leading the pack with 13 nominations, including a nod for Best Animated Feature, is Laika Animation's "The Boxtrolls." Dreamworks Animation's "How to Train Your Dragon 2" followed with 10 nominations, joining "Boxtrolls" in the Character Animation, Animation Effects, and Best Feature categories. 

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Chris Rock - Take Five
Credit: Paramount Pictures

Chris Rock on the 'greedy' 'Top Five' strategy, Marvel movies and... Fincher's 'Anchorman?'

The comedian-director has serious thoughts on… everything.

A Chris Rock interview is a lot like a Chris Rock stand-up special, bouncing from topic to topic, hitting hard truths laced with humor. What may be a nightmare scenario for publicists makes for great reading. In a new and lengthy interview with New York Magazine, writer-at-large and "Veep" producer Frank Rich inputs topics into conversation like the comedian-turned-director is a search engine. Enter "Obama," "Bill Cosby," or "censorship" into Chris Rock Google and out pops every thought on his mind.

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Angelina Jolie: Brad Pitt and I shot a movie about a 'bad marriage' on our honeymoon

Angelina Jolie: Brad Pitt and I shot a movie about a 'bad marriage' on our honeymoon

'Unbroken' director on the challenges of telling Louis Zamperini's life on screen

BEVERLY HILLS — Angelina Jolie is making movies. A lot of movies. On Sunday afternoon the Oscar winner sat down for a Q&A to discuss the first of three films she's had in the works, "Unbroken," the long-awaited biopic of Louis Zamperini.

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<p>Jack O&#39;Connell in &quot;Unbroken&quot;</p>

Jack O'Connell in "Unbroken"

Credit: Universal Pictures

'Unbroken': Can Louis Zamperini's grueling story overcome stronger Oscar competition?

The film is an arduous experience, but will it matter?

BEVERLY HILLS — Even though there are films like Ridley Scott's "Exodus: Gods and Kings" and Sony's remake of the musical "Annie" still to be screened widely this season, most industry eyes have been on "Unbroken" as the last potential Oscar player to unveil. But the roll-out has left a few anxious sorts, well, anxious.

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<p>&quot;The Imitation Game&quot;</p>

"The Imitation Game"

Credit: The Weinstein Company

'The Imitation Game': Another Thanksgiving hit for Harvey

Will it continue to play like gangbusters all the way to a Best Picture win?

Harvey Weinstein has seen great awards success in recent years by utilizing the Thanksgiving corridor to launch or go wide on his Oscar hopefuls. Films like "The King's Speech," "The Artist" and "Silver Linings Playbook" have gotten off to the right foot in that stretch ("Philomena," too), and now, "The Imitation Game."

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<p>&quot;Fury&quot;</p>

"Fury"

Credit: Sony Pictures

'Fury,' 'Annie' among Sony screeners leaked online following targeted hack

'Still Alice' and 'Mr. Turner' also popped up on torrent sites

If you haven't heard, there's a major hack that has cripple the Sony corporation over the past week. A group calling itself "Guardians of Peace" (GOP) took down the company's computers, specifically in the film division. They're reportedly writing on chalkboards to keep business moving along over there, and there's even speculation that the studio is concerned that North Koreans, embittered over the Seth Rogen/James Franco film "The Interview," are to blame. Whatever the case, and whether it's connected to the hack or not, the studio's woes continued over the holiday when a number of watermarked Sony screeners leaked online.

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