Josh Brolin reveals how his 'Inherent Vice' character came to him at the last second

Josh Brolin reveals how his 'Inherent Vice' character came to him at the last second

He could be in the mix for a Best Supporting Actor nomination

Critics' year-end lists are beginning to trickle out and that's a good thing for a number of movies vying for your attention. One benefactor may just be Paul Thomas Anderson's "Inherent Vice." The critically acclaimed film (which is almost un-categorizable) also hits Los Angeles and New York on Dec. 12. That might be just enough time to pump up the film's deserved awards season prospects.*

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Adele

James Bond at the Oscars

Where will 'Spectre' figure into this legacy?

Earlier today Sony streamed a special announcement about the forthcoming James Bond film, revealing not just the new title ("Spectre"), but a list of new cast members, including Dave Bautista, Monica Bellucci, Lea Seydoux and Christoph Waltz. And of course, we broke the news a few weeks ago that "Interstellar" cinematographer Hoyte van Hoytema would be stepping into Roger Deakins' shoes behind the camera. Exciting stuff, and a good enough reason, I suppose, to look back through the history of Bond at the Oscars.

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Tech Support: Can Alexandre Desplat land three Oscar nominations for original score?

Tech Support: Can Alexandre Desplat land three Oscar nominations for original score?

And might the branch take to a western like 'The Homesman?'

The Academy Award for Best Original Score is one of the categories I find most interesting and most frustrating. First, the good: I love the awarding of film music, which can immeasurably improve the experience of a film and can become iconic in its own right. There is also much about the music branch that I love, particularly its international flavor, both in terms of the composers cited and the types of music rewarded. Moreover, while the category tends to favor Best Picture nominees and epic movies, it is not excessively exclusionary in this respect.

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Reese Witherspoon
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'Wild' star Reese Witherspoon is Palm Springs Film Festival’s latest honoree

The actress will receive the Chairman’s Award

"Wild," which Reese Witherspoon shepherded from bestselling memoir to 2015 Oscars contender as both producer and actress, arrived in theaters this week. Witherspoon’s chances at a Best Actress nomination are strong. A win is a different story — if "Wild" performs like gangbusters over the next month, anything could happen. Helping the process are awards-friendly bumps like the Palm Springs Film Festival. PSIFF announced today that Witherspoon would receive its Chairman’s Award at the annual gala. 

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<p>Al Pacino at the 2014 Venice Film Festival</p>

Al Pacino at the 2014 Venice Film Festival

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Al Pacino says studios used to take risks on films like 'The Humbling'

'It's very much about marketing now. How do you survive?'

LOS ANGELES — Al Pacino is wiped out. He's tirelessly promoting an independent film after hitting the red carpet circuit (or "syndrome," as he puts it) in the fall and he is, as ever, balancing a number of on-going projects, the most recent one being a David Mamet play written for him specifically. On top of it all, old rotator cuff injuries from his sporting days are acting up. But Pacino is a warrior. "No problem," he says after wincing from the pain. "I'll be fine."

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Mad Men Season 7
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'Mad Men,' 'Transparent,' among 2015 WGA Awards TV nominations

'True Detective,' 'The Knick,' and ’Silicon Valley' highlighted in New Series category

It’s a good day to be a television fan. No matter what you’re watching, the WGA has you covered, honoring an eclectic round-up of small-screen entertainment for its annual awards ceremony.

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While We're Young
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Ben Stiller and Naomi Watts adopt the hipster lifestyle in 'While We’re Young' trailer

Adam Driver and Amanda Seyfried lure the couple to the flannel side.

Noah Baumbach movies are prickly. Characters in films like "The Squid and the Whale," "Margot at the Wedding," "Greenberg" get under the each other’s skins, even with the best intentions. "Frances Ha" offered the writer-director a more "likable" lead, but even Greta Gerwig’s wayward millenial whittled her friends and family down to their most caustic cores. This is not a grievance — the world is prickly. Baumbach picks up on it. In the trailer for is new film, "While We’re Young," the filmmaker again dredges up a grey-shaded ensemble and weaponizes for uncomfortable laughs.

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Christopher Nolan
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Christopher Nolan to Receive Art Directors Guild Award

Because look at those sets! And those spaceships!

If Christopher Nolan’s emotional plots don’t strike you, his elaborate design choices will on some level. He’s a guy who decided he needed to build all of Gotham City’s "The Narrows" on a stage, thought to put a ornate hotel hallway on a gimbal, and built a full-scale spaceship with windows displaying actual scenic black hole shots. He’s a crazyman when it comes to realizing his vision, and for that, the Art Directors Guild is praising him this awards season.

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<p>Bradford Young and Ava DuVernay on the set of &quot;Selma&quot;</p>

Bradford Young and Ava DuVernay on the set of "Selma"

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Bradford Young on the responsibility of 'Selma' and growing up on 'A Most Violent Year'

'I just want to keep growing,' the on-the-rise cinematographer says

Bradford Young is easily one of the most exciting cinematographers working today. Since igniting on the indie scene with films like "Pariah," "Middle of Nowhere," "Mother of George" and "Ain't Them Bodies Saints," his stock has continued to rise. This holiday season he'll have two very distinct, rich and exquisite films on display in theaters nationwide: Ava DuVernay's Martin Luther King biopic "Selma" and J.C. Chandor's NYC crime drama "A Most Violent Year."

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10 major takeaways from Sundance 2015's competition slate

10 major takeaways from Sundance 2015's competition slate

Is there a new Queen of Sundance waiting in the wings?

The Sundance Film Festival has announced its competition slate for 2015 and color us…satisfied? So far, so good?

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