Robert Yeoman on 'Grand Budapest' and being the only film nominee for cinematography

Robert Yeoman on 'Grand Budapest' and being the only film nominee for cinematography

Also: Why he's pleased it's not a production-heavy line-up in the category

Something happened with this year's Oscar nominations that marked another milestone on the ongoing sage of film and digital photography. For the first time ever, four of the Best Cinematography nominees were digital productions. The lone celluloid holdout? Robert D. Yeoman's work on Wes Anderson's "Grand Budapest Hotel."

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'Grand Budapest,' 'Wolf of Wall Street' win awards from Casting Society of America

'Grand Budapest,' 'Wolf of Wall Street' win awards from Casting Society of America

More throwbacks with 'Dallas Buyers Club' and '12 Years a Slave' in the mix

Winners were revealed Thursday night for the Casting Society of America's 30th annual Artios Awards. Winners in the film categories included "The Wolf of Wall Street," "The Grand Budapest Hotel" and "Dear White People."

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Review: 'Summer of Sangaile' is a gorgeous but oh-so-familiar tale of young love

Review: 'Summer of Sangaile' is a gorgeous but oh-so-familiar tale of young love

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Lesbians in Lithuania tale not as compelling as you'd hope

PARK CITY — It's probably somewhat remarkable that in 2015 a tale of summer romance between two teenage girls feels awfully familiar. Since gay-themed indies began to increase in notoriety in the '90s, there have been many of these dramas set both stateside and overseas. Director Alanté Kavaïté has a unique and talented eye, but she can only do so much to make this compelling material beyond its aesthetic charms.

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Robert Redford kicks off Sundance as 'change' and television are hot topics

Robert Redford kicks off Sundance as 'change' and television are hot topics

'Freedom of expression seems to be in danger in a lot of areas.'

PARK CITY — Robert Redford and the Sundance Film Festival brain trust reconvened once again for the festival's annual press conference kick-off Thursday afternoon. While this year's edition features documentaries on controversial topics such as Scientology ("Going Clear: Scientology and the Prison of Belief") and the ex-gay movement ("I Am Michael"), the panel  instead bounced around the subject of "change," diversity and the impact of modern day television.

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'Inherent Vice' costume designer Mark Bridges finally got an Oscar nod for a PTA film

'Inherent Vice' costume designer Mark Bridges finally got an Oscar nod for a PTA film

What was his favorite costume to design on the film?

One of my favorite Oscar nominations this year was Mark Bridges getting the call for his work on Paul Thomas Anderson's "Inherent Vice." I only wish David Crank and Amy Wells could have joined him because the design of this film was out of sight (to say nothing of Robert Elswit's lush lensing). Still, it's sort of serendipitous that it's Bridges and Anderson (in the adapted screenplay category) representing the film, as like Elswit, their collaboration goes all the way back to the beginning, but unlike Elswit (who won the Oscar for "There Will Be Blood"), Bridges had yet to be recognized for a PTA movie.

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Contender Countdown: Will 'Boyhood's' Oscar destiny be cemented this weekend?

Contender Countdown: Will 'Boyhood's' Oscar destiny be cemented this weekend?

PGA and SAG honors may tell the tale

It's been a week since the nominations for the 87th Academy Awards were announced and, well, there certainly isn't euphoria in the air for those residing in the 323 or 310 area codes. The controversy over the lack of nominations for "Selma" still stings (as it should) and following the embarrassing hacked Sony E-mails, it's just another round of considerably negative press for Hollywood. There is almost a sense that another shoe is going to drop and somehow things will get even uglier.  Of course, there was a lot of celebrating over the massive box office success for "American Sniper" this past weekend, but it's going to take a lot more blockbusters (they are coming) for Hollywood to feel the weight of all this drama lift off its shoulders. And the Oscars, meant as a time of celebration, may not bring much relief.

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Sam Rockwell's 'Don Verdean' already has a home before its Sundance premiere

Sam Rockwell's 'Don Verdean' already has a home before its Sundance premiere

Comeback for the 'Napoleon Dynamite' director?

There has been a lot of heat going into Sundance that this year's festival could be another buyer's market for mini-majors and indie distributors looking to fill out their 2015 slates. Fox Searchlight already picked up Noah Baumbach and Greta Gerwig's "Mistress America" and now Lionsgate has surprised by acquiring another premiere title, Jared Hess' "Don Verdean."

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GLAAD Media Awards nominations include 'Imitation Game,' 'Pride,' 'Transparent'

GLAAD Media Awards nominations include 'Imitation Game,' 'Pride,' 'Transparent'

Winners will be announced March 21

GLAAD has announced nominees for the 26th annual GLAAD Media Awards in categories covering film, television, comic books, music and journalism. And in the film arena, Oscar season staple "The Imitation Game" was joined by films like "Love is Strange," "Pride," "Dear White People" and "Lilting" in the list of nominations.

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Handicapping the 2015 short film Oscar races

Handicapping the 2015 short film Oscar races

Need a little help with your office pool? We're here for you...

If you've been reading us this season then you know we've already given you pretty thorough analyses of this year's short film categories. I watched all the films that made it to the final consideration stage and offered up thoughts on each and some somewhat informed predictions. In the end, though, it was still tricky to guess, but I did get four of the five animated players right. Now, with nominees announced, it seems worth it to review. So let's…

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Ava DuVernay on screening 'Selma' at the White House 100 years after 'Birth of a Nation'

Ava DuVernay on screening 'Selma' at the White House 100 years after 'Birth of a Nation'

'A moment heavy with history and light with pure, pure joy all at once.'

Last week, Ava DuVernay took "Selma" to screen at the White House 100 years after "Birth of a Nation" became the first film to do so. To say the least, the occasion meant a great deal to the filmmaker.

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