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The singer-actress and her entourage cut through the crowd at the Chateau Marmont with help from a security team shining flashlights in partygoers’ faces. W magazine’s pre-Golden Globes party Jan. 4 at the Chateau Marmont penthouse was, as always, packed. But singer-actress Mary J. Blige, 46, and her entourage didn’t have trouble cutting through the
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The revered cinematographer Roger Deakins has been nominated 13 times for the best cinematography Oscar, but his name has never appeared on an Academy Awards ballot. And that, in turn, partially explains why he has never won an Oscar. Why has Deakins’ name never been on the ballot? How can that be? It all comes
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Editors performed their best juggling acts on Oscar-contending films that featured high-stakes storylines unraveling at the same time. When done well, editing can play a big part in upping the tension and suspense in a film. This theme is perhaps nowhere more evident than in Christopher Nolan’s Dunkirk, which allows moviegoers to experience the critical
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Whether they’re exploring Taliban rule (‘The Breadwinner’) or the connections between the living and the dead (‘Coco’), animated movies can be ambitious — and surprising. Six filmmakers discuss what happens when a years-in-the-making film suddenly becomes timely: “Everyone in Russia thought ‘The Boss Baby’ was a movie about Putin.” Animated movies take years to make,
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Six top filmmakers — also including Patty Jenkins, Denis Villeneuve, Angelina Jolie and Joe Wright — open up about choosing the right projects (“You don’t want to end up in a bad marriage”), firing staff and what it feels like to direct a movie that bombs: “People think you move on, but you don’t.” What
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“Our show has an interesting quirk to it in that it’s about fun comedy in the ’70s, but it’s also about the underbelly of this world,” says star Melissa Leo. “So sometimes it’s this uproarious, crazy set, and then there’s other times when it’s intensely serious, quiet filmmaking — we’ve had it all.” Entering the
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Courtesy of Disney/Pixar (Coco), Illumination/Universal (Despicable), Sony Pictures Animation (Smurfs), Warner Bros. (Batman), 20th Century Fox (Ferdinand), GKIDS (Breadwinner), Siggraph (Toad), Walt Disney Studios (Lou), Ikki Films & Manuel Cam Studio (Negative); Photofest (Baby) When the Oscar nominations are unveiled Jan. 23, animation fans could be in for a surprise. Traditionally, the nominees have included
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On a tight $11 million budget, director Dee Rees battled heat, humidity and even a tornado warning to mount a period picture with deep modern-day resonance. There was the ever-present oppressive Louisiana heat. And humidity. And pesky mosquitos. And always the mud. Sometimes, it was caused by the thunderstorms that would sweep through, without warning,
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Getty Images When Charles Burnett, 73, began making films at UCLA in the early 1970s, there was little to no infrastructure for independent feature filmmaking in America. When his final theatrical feature was released, in 1994, the burgeoning indie ecosystem no longer had room for the director’s culturally expressive, deeply humanistic brand of cinema. Over
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Heidi Ewing and Rachel Grady filmed the doc, which explores the Hasidic faith and lifestyle through the eyes of three who are leaving its ranks, for three years in secret. Heidi Ewing and Rachel Grady, who earned an Oscar nomination for their examination of an evangelical Christian community in 2006’s Jesus Camp, have trained their
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