The Raid 2
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Florida critics' award nominations find room for 'The Raid 2'

'Birdman' tops awards with eight nominations

The Florida Film Critics Circle announced its 2014 film nominations Tursday, which align with the populist opinion that "Birdman" and "Boyhood" are pretty darn good movies. The real surprise: Who knew the Florida critical contingent was so geeky? "Jodorowsky’s Dune" up for Best Documentary and "The Raid 2" in the Best Foreign Film category. Genre enthusiasts appreciate the love, Florida.

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David Oyelowo
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David Oyelowo joins Lupita Nyong’o in Brad Pitt-produced 'Americanah'

The Golden Globe nominee adds even more award cred to the indie project

Last year, Lupita Nyong’o stepped out from obscurity to wow crowds in "12 Years a Slave" and earn her first Oscar. 12 months later, supporting actor workhorse David Oyelowo is taking a similar jump, earning rave reviews for his role as Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. in "Selma." The unexpected common link between the two performances? Brad Pitt and his production banner Plan B. Now, according to Variety, Pitt will play matchmaker for this critically acclaimed pair: They’ll star together in Plan B’s new indie film "Americanah."

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'Mr. Turner' leads London Film Critics Circle nominations

'Mr. Turner' leads London Film Critics Circle nominations

Julianne Moore gets a pair of lead actress citations

Chiming in from across the pond, the London Film Critics Circle has added its collective voice to the 2014 circuit with a list of nominations. It was "Mr. Turner" that led the way with seven total nominations, though "Birdman" wasn't far behind with six. Julianne Moore picked up a pair of nominations in the lead actress category for her work in "Maps to the Stars" and Oscar play "Still Alice," while Benedict Cumberbatch ("The Imitation Game"), Eddie Redmayne ("The Theory of Everything") and Timothy Spall ("Mr. Turner") each saw nominations in the lead actor and British actor of the year categories.

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No Angelina, no problem as Brad Pitt and kids attend 'Unbroken' premiere

No Angelina, no problem as Brad Pitt and kids attend 'Unbroken' premiere

A long-awaited moment for Louis Zamperini's family

HOLLYWOOD — Friday's announcement that Angelina Jolie would not appear at the Los Angeles premiere of "Unbroken" because she's currently suffering from a rare bout of chicken pox was met with skepticism by some, but after attending the event Monday night, we believe it. No matter what happened last week after Jolie found herself unwittingly in the crosshairs of the Sony hacking scandal, she would have wanted to be at the Dolby Theater for this.

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Evangeline Lilly was surprised Tauriel didn't see more action in final 'Hobbit'

Evangeline Lilly was surprised Tauriel didn't see more action in final 'Hobbit'

Sometimes its a relief to find out you've been cosplayed

LONDON — Can you believe "The Hobbit" is coming to an end? Sure, there's a very valid argument the big screen adaptation of J.R.R. Tolkien's first Middle Earth novel didn't need to be three movies, but still. This is a project that has been on movie fans' radars for over seven years and it's finally (we think), finally coming to an end.

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Chicago critics board the 'Boyhood' bandwagon

Chicago critics board the 'Boyhood' bandwagon

Frontrunners across the board starting to firm up here...

The Chicago Film Critics Association announced 2014 superlatives Monday night and it was "Boyhood" -- big shock -- coming out on top. Also, in what must have been a heartwarming moment during the announcement dinner, "Life Itself" won Best Documentary.

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'Into the Woods' misses the cut as Academy narrows makeup and hairstyling race to 7

'Into the Woods' misses the cut as Academy narrows makeup and hairstyling race to 7

Could 'The Theory of Everything' grab that last spot?

The Academy has announced the seven bake-off finalists for this year's makeup and hairstyling Oscar race, and the only real surprising omission is Disney's "Into the Woods." I personally thought it looked a bit, eh, theatrical and not quite camera ready, if you will. But I figured it would skate on in here.

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'Boyhood' wins big with Detroit critics

'Boyhood' wins big with Detroit critics

More Rosamund Pike love and... a three-way tie for ensemble?

Another hour, another announcement that "Boyhood" won a critics award. This time, it's the Detroit Film Critics Society, which also jumped on the recent Rosamund Pike bandwagon. One of the few categories "Boyhood" lost in was the ensemble field, which apparently yielded a three-way tie. Guys…

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Holy crap was the trailer for Terrence Malick's 'Knight of Cups' worth the wait

Holy crap was the trailer for Terrence Malick's 'Knight of Cups' worth the wait

Yes, please

Um, did Terrence Malick go off and channel David Cronenberg or Gaspar Noé or is the "Knight of Cups" trailer just an amazing bit of marking? We've been waiting a while for this one and, well, it sure as hell looks like it was worth the wait.

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St. Louis critics award 'Boyhood,' Jake Gyllenhaal, Rosamund Pike

St. Louis critics award 'Boyhood,' Jake Gyllenhaal, Rosamund Pike

'Birdman' leads overall with four wins

Moving right along, the St. Louis Gateway Film Critics Association more or less fell in line with top honors going to "Boyhood." Alejandro González Iñárritu won Best Director for "Boyhood" and supporting kudos went to frontrunners J.K. Simmons and Patricia Arquette, but the lead fields were a bit more adventurous with Jake Gyllenhaal ("Nightcrawler," his second prize on the day) and Rosamund Pike ("Gone Girl") going the distance.

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