Learn how production design made 'The Grand Budapest Hotel' a lead 'character'

Learn how production design made 'The Grand Budapest Hotel' a lead 'character'

Adam Stockhausen explains the Wes Anderson experience

Among all working directors, few can rival Wes Anderson's reputation for set design. From the eccentric home of "The Royal Tenenbaums" to the maritime world of "The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou" to the subtle 1960s environment of "Moonrise Kingdom," he works with his production designers to create memorable color palettes and designs that are of the utmost importance in telling the story.

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The Flash
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Oscar producers hire 'The Flash' producer, 'Dark Shadows' writer for telecast

The Neil Patrick Harris-hosted show announces its production staff

In 2009, the Internet went crazy over a rumor that Neil Patrick Harris would play The Flash in a big screen "Justice League" movie. That didn’t happen — Ezra Miller got the job and Harris settled with voicing the character in a direct-to-dvd animated film. But now it’s looking like "Gone Girl" costar could finally get a superheroic boost from the team behind CW’s "The Flash." They’ll be feeding Harris his lines when he takes on hosting duties for the 87th Academy Awards.

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The Tribe
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'Self Made,' 'The Tribe' lead the pack of AFI Fest Award Winners

Oscar hopeful 'Red Army' picks up an audience award

With major studio premieres scattered throughout its programming, AFI Fest has become more of an Oscar-campaign launching pad than a sprawling movie smorgasbord. Luckily, that’s where the festival’s own awards come in handy, rewarding narrative and documentary films without the built-in anticipation factor that keeps eyes glued to the screening schedule. With a bump from AFI, this year’s winners are already among 2015’s most prestigious offerings.

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'Big Eyes' paints itself as Burton's most un-Burton film to date at LACMA premiere

'Big Eyes' paints itself as Burton's most un-Burton film to date at LACMA premiere

From the writers of 'Ed Wood' comes only his second biographical film study

LOS ANGELES — It's been 20 years since Tim Burton committed "Ed Wood" to film, from a script by writers Scott Alexander Larry Karaszewski. A romantic portrait of a man and his art, it's probably the best work of the singular filmmaker's career. So the promise of "Big Eyes," a story dabbling in similar thematic ideas from the same writing team, was significant.

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Gugu Mbatha-Raw keeps the 'Belle' breakout going with 'Beyond the Lights'

Gugu Mbatha-Raw keeps the 'Belle' breakout going with 'Beyond the Lights'

Plus: What was her favorite song to sing in the movie?

Gugu Mbatha-Raw is on the move. After eight years of climbing the industry ladder, first with British TV guest spots and then roles in American series "Undercovers" and "Touch," the 31-year-old actress is breaking out in 2014.  

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Tech Support: 'Budapest,' 'Into the Woods,' 'Exodus' highlight Best Production Design

Tech Support: 'Budapest,' 'Into the Woods,' 'Exodus' highlight Best Production Design

Also: Note an interesting new rule change for the Art Directors Guild Awards

Grandeur often rules the day in Best Production Design, which awards the men and women responsible for a movie's set design and construction. The category typically favors period pieces, though at least one fantasy title tends to find a home every year. It is rare for truly contemporary films to be nominated.

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'CITIZENFOUR' leads Cinema Eye Honors' nonfiction film awards nominees

'Life Itself' and '20,000 Days on Earth' each earned five mentions

Following the IDA Awards nominations last month, the year’s top documentary contenders come into crisper focus with Thursday’s announcement of Cinema Eye’s 8th Annual Nonfiction Film Awards nominations. Laura Poitras’ "CITIZENFOUR" leads the pack with six nominations, including Outstanding Nonfiction Feature. The inside look at Edward Snowden’s NSA leak also earned praise in Directing, Editing, Production, Cinematography, and the Audience Choice category. Poitras is no stranger to Cinema Eye’s awards — she won the 2011 Directing Award for "The Oath."

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Still Alice - Julianne Moore
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Julianne Moore earns Palm Springs Film Festival’s Best Actress award

The 'Still Alice' lead’s Oscar potential continues to grow

If you’re still questioning whether Julianne Moore will be among the top contenders for this year’s Best Actress prize, allow the Palm Springs International Film Festival to bolster the argument. Announced in a press release, the fest will honor the "Still Alice" actress with its Desert Palm Achievement Award, an annual litmus test for the year’s Oscary-worthy performances.

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Julianne Moore, Kristen Stewart and Maria Shriver bring 'Still Alice' home to LA

Julianne Moore, Kristen Stewart and Maria Shriver bring 'Still Alice' home to LA

Plus: Moore talks about how 'grateful' they are for the Oscar attention

HOLLYWOOD — It was an emotional evening at the Egyptian Theatre Wednesday night as "Still Alice" finally came "home."

Co-directors and husbands Richard Glatzer and Wash Westmoreland are longtime Los Angelinos and the latter remarked how both men had spent many nights watching films in this same venue, which is the Hollywood home of the American Cinematheque. More importantly, this AFI Fest screening afforded Glatzer, who is in advance stages of ALS, to finally see the movie on the big screen with an audience. He missed the amazing reception at the Toronto Film Festival. He missed the Rome Film Festival. He missed the Hamptons Film Festival. He was not going to miss seeing "Still Alice" in his hometown.

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Hilary Swank says recruiting Tommy Lee Jones to direct 'The Homesman' was easy

Hilary Swank says recruiting Tommy Lee Jones to direct 'The Homesman' was easy

Plus: The benefits of having your co-star direct

Like a number of actors still in the awards season mix, Hilary Swank has been talking about her contender along with films from Sundance or Cannes for a long time. In fact, she's been promoting Tommy Lee Jones' "The Homesman" from one film festival to another across the country for the past six months. Sitting in a Beverly Hills Hotel room the morning before its last stop, AFI Fest, the two-time Oscar winner admits she's happy to have something so good to talk about.

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