Robert De Niro
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Robert De Niro says he’ll appear in David O. Russell’s 'Joy'

The prestige project arrives Christmas 2015

Does Robert De Niro feel indebted to David O. Russell? His Best Supporting Actor nomination for 2012’s "Silver Linings Playbook" came 20 years after his last flirtation with the Academy, a Best Actor nod for 1991’s "Cape Fear." Many suspected that De Niro was done giving the all that earned him statues for "Raging Bull" and "The Godfather: Part II." Movies like "Little Fockers," "New Year's Eve" and "Righteous Kill" paid the bills — why chase awards fodder? And then "Silver Linings Playbook" came along, throwing the pessimistic theory out the window. De Niro kept a good thing going, reuniting with Russell for a bit part in "American Hustle," making him part of the director’s regular roster. From the sound of it, the working relationship isn’t slowing down: From De Niro’s mouth, he will costar in the director’s next project.

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Billy Boyd
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Hear Billy Boyd perform 'The Hobbit: Battle of the Five Armies' credits song

'The Last Goodbye' will duke it out for a Best Original Song nomination

Teased in Warner Bros. Pictures’ "For Your Consideration" and later confirmed by all involved, Watertower Muisc has released actor-musician Billy Boyd’s "The Last Goodbye" in full. Running behind "The Hobbit: Battle of the Five Armies’" credits, the track is one of the few components of Peter Jackson’s trilogy-capper that could take Oscar gold. 

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<p>Ava DuVernay at the AFI Fest world premiere of &quot;Selma&quot;</p>

Ava DuVernay at the AFI Fest world premiere of "Selma"

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Ava DuVernay talks 'Selma' and the last-minute mad dash to an AFI Fest premiere

Plus: Her personal connection to the story's mid-Alabama setting

BEVERLY HILLS — Last week saw the world premiere of Ava DuVernay's "Selma" at AFI Fest after it had been advertised as a 30-minute footage presentation. But there was a lot more to the story behind the scenes. The plan had long been for Paramount to drop the full film as a surprise to the crowd that turned out for the presentation, assuming DuVernay could get the edit where she wanted it to be in the days leading up. Then, the festival dropped a shocker on both festival attendees and those involved with the "Selma" event: Clint Eastwood would take advantage of the Veteran's Day holiday to premiere his "American Sniper" as a secret screening right after Team "Selma" cleared the Egyptian Theatre. The pressure was on.

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<p>Oscar Isaac and Jessica Chastain at the AFI Fest world premiere of &quot;A Most Violent Year&quot;</p>

Oscar Isaac and Jessica Chastain at the AFI Fest world premiere of "A Most Violent Year"

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Off the Carpet: Where we stand after AFI Fest and self-proclaimed 'official' launches

Five contenders have come out to play with a couple more around the corner

A lot has happened to further set the stage for this year's Oscar race in the last week and a half. AFI Fest ultimately landed four major world premieres — "A Most Violent Year," "The Gambler," "Selma" and "American Sniper." Film Independent at LACMA added "Big Eyes" to the equation. "Unbroken" premiered in Sydney just hours ago as a show of appreciation (the film was largely shot in Australia) while screening to some press stateside (the big coming out will be Thanksgiving weekend). And the awards shows themselves have already started, namely the Governors Awards and the summarily dismissed Hollywood Film Awards. I suppose it's time to see where we stand…

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'Foxcatcher's' Steve Carell named Santa Barbara fest's Outstanding Performer of the Year
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'Foxcatcher's' Steve Carell named Santa Barbara fest's Outstanding Performer of the Year

Recent recipients include Cate Blanchett, Viola Davis and James Franco

The Santa Barbara International Film Festival announced today that Steve Carell is the recipient of this year's Outstanding Performer of the Year Award for his work in Bennett Miller's "Foxcatcher." The news comes right on the heels of the film's Thursday night AFI Fest premiere and theatrical release this weekend.

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Chadwick Boseman is keeping how they kept 'Black Panther' news quiet a secret

Chadwick Boseman is keeping how they kept 'Black Panther' news quiet a secret

'Get on Up' star might be looking at his first Golden Globe nod

Chadwick Boseman is looking at me with a huge grin on his face.

On the one hand, the "Get on Up" star is no doubt in a great mood after being celebrated by well-wishers for his performance as the legendary James Brown in last summer's well-received biopic. The late love is thanks to Universal Pictures, who has organized a Sunday brunch at SoHo House West Hollywood to help remind voters about Boseman's critically acclaimed portrayal. Director Tate Taylor ("The Help"), producer Brian Grazer and co-star Craig Robinson are all on hand, but Boseman is the center of the attention.  

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11 reasons why the 2014 Hollywood Film Awards weren't god-awful

11 reasons why the 2014 Hollywood Film Awards weren't god-awful

Did the winners somehow save it?

It should have been bad. It should have been terrible. A live broadcast of the Hollywood Film Awards with Queen "People's Choice" Latifah as host? A network spotlight on the most fake awards show of them all? Even with low expectations, how could talent go on stage and pick up these, cough, "awards" in front of a national audience? An award given to them because they were available to show up and their studios lobbied for it? (At least fans vote for some of the Teen Choice Awards!) Well, watch out Critics Choice Awards because CBS and Dick Clark Productions figured out a way to fashion a much more entertaining two hours than you've delivered the past few years.

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Kristen Stewart, Benedict Cumberbatch and more contenders hit Hollywood Film Awards

Kristen Stewart, Benedict Cumberbatch and more contenders hit Hollywood Film Awards

Which Best Actor contender wasn't on the red carpet?

It's the awards show that isn't really an awards show, but that didn't stop almost every major contender in town for stopping by to pick up their awards or present one to someone else. Yes, the 2014 Hollywood Film Awards brought out some big names, even if we'll all forget this event happened tomorrow.

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Bennett Miller's long road with 'Foxcatcher' appears to have been worth the wait

Bennett Miller's long road with 'Foxcatcher' appears to have been worth the wait

Steve Carell's 'mushy center' has a dark side

Director Bennett Miller has waited for "Foxcatcher" to hit theaters longer than you might have thought. He was actually hoping to shoot the film before 2011's  "Moneyball," but got sidetracked stepping in for Steven Soderbergh on what eventually became a Best Picture-nominated smash. In fact, "Foxcatcher" has been in the works for so long that it was actually the first project Annapurna Pictures was prepared to fund before they found success with such films as "The Master" and "Zero Dark Thirty." After earning critical acclaim at the 2014 Cannes Film Festival, Miller has had to wait another six months for his passion project to finally hit theaters. Which brings us to today.

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Eddie Redmayne in The Theory of Everything
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Stephen Hawking weighs in on Eddie Redmayne’s 'Theory of Everything' performance

Plus, a look at the trials of recreating physical impairments

Have to hand it to Eddie Redmayne: The man gave himself over to the role of Stephen Hawking in "Theory of Everything." Watching a new behind-the-scenes video, this is something of an objective fact. From choreographing Hawking’s degrading motor skills to the delicate makeup that would stunt his facial expressions ever so slightly to the demands of a non-linear shooting schedule, jumping from able to disabled in under an hour — well, it sounds like a workout. And we thought pilates were tough.

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