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Academy Awards 2014 - '12 Years A Slave' Wins Best Picture

March 2nd, 2014 7:03pm EST
Academy Awards 2014 - '12 Years A Slave' Wins Best Picture
The 86th annual Academy Awards are set to get underway soon, and we'll have full coverage of the winners right here on Starpulse.

Check this page throughtout the course of the night as we'll be posting the winners as they happen.

You can also join the #StarpulseOscars Twitter Party here!

86th Academy Awards Winners List

Best motion picture of the year
"American Hustle" Charles Roven, Richard Suckle, Megan Ellison and Jonathan Gordon, Producers
"Captain Phillips" Scott Rudin, Dana Brunetti and Michael De Luca, Producers
"Dallas Buyers Club" Robbie Brenner and Rachel Winter, Producers
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'Gravity', 'American Hustle' & '12 Years A Slave' Among Oscar Front-Runners

March 1st, 2014 4:05pm EST
'Gravity', 'American Hustle' & '12 Years A Slave' Among Oscar Fr
This year's Best Picture Oscar winner may well have to defy "Gravity" to take home the coveted trophy. Alfonso Cuaron's groundbreaking interstellar thriller leads a pack of nine movies vying for the top prize on Sunday in Los Angeles.

The film was one of 2013's biggest blockbusters, earning over $700 million dollars at the box office. The movie centers on a routine spacewalk that goes wrong. After their shuttle is destroyed, a brilliant engineer (Sandra Bullock) and veteran astronaut (George Clooney) are abandoned in space, tethered to nothing but each other as they try to get back home a...
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Oscar Predictions: Does 'Gravity' Carry Enough Weight?

February 28th, 2014 8:01pm EST
Oscar Predictions: Does 'Gravity' Carry Enough Weight?
For the most part, the major categories at the Oscars are fairly easy to predict. But some years there are upset winners (‘Shakespeare in Love,’ Marcia Gay Harden, Juliette Binoche, Adrien Brody, to name a few) that remind us that anything can happen.

This year is a little different. Who remembers a year where the race for Best Picture is down to three films, two of which are so close that they tied at the Producers’ Guild? It seems like there are some definite locks this year (Hello, Cate Blanchett) but you read it here: Nothing is guaranteed. Nothing.

That said, here are the most likely...
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Oscar Voter Calls Sandra Bullock 'Weak Link' In Revealed Ballot

February 27th, 2014 10:03pm EST
Sandra Bullock
An anonymous Oscar voter has had his or her ballot revealed, and they had some unflattering things to say about several nominees.

The ballot is one of a handful The Hollywood Reporter will be revealing leading up to the Oscars on Sunday night. This particular ballot is from "a longtime member of the Academy's 377-member directors branch."

The director picks American Hustle as Best Picture and says making 12 Years a Slave would require courage, "if you made it in Mississippi in 1930." The director then snubs Gravity's Alfonso Cuaron for Best Director, writing, "I have seen things at the pl...
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2014 Oscars Favorites: A Year Of Adversity, Heroes, And Con Men

February 22nd, 2014 4:01pm EST
2014 Oscars Favorites: A Year Of Adversity, Heroes, And Con Men
2013 was one of the best years in a long time for great films and great performances - they were so great in fact, it was hard to come up with our favorites.

But we did! Now these aren't John's picks, but another 'Jew' (Marilyn) has opinions that are as strong as my wonderful husband's.

Two Jews on Film Oscars 2014 Favorites: This is the year that reminded us of how cruel and ignorant we humans can be...

'12 Years a Slave,' 'Mandela,' '42' and 'Philomena,' all these films demonstrated the power of the human spirit to overcome adversity and in the end, to more than prevail.

2013 was al...
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Jennifer Lawrence Nearly Stained 'American Hustle' Dress With Doritos

January 30th, 2014 8:34am EST
Jennifer Lawrence Nearly Stained 'American Hustle' Dress With Do
Eating junk food on set nearly ruined a dress that Jennifer Lawrence wore for "American Hustle." The actress, 23, was eating Doritos during a break from filming when some of the chips' dust got on her gown.

Costume designer Michael Wilkinson told Vanity Fair they have back-up dresses for incidents such as that.

He explained: "I'm kind of glad we did because Jennifer Lawrence is a very...let's say...raw and intuitive young lady and she's not against eating Doritos and snack food in her costume. So we were glad that we had a couple."

Lawrence previously admitted that she's not that interes...
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Amy Adams To Receive 2014 Costume Designers Guild Award

January 23rd, 2014 11:37am EST
Amy Adams
Amy Adams is set to add another prize to her trophy case after landing a top honor at the 2014 Costume Designers Guild Awards (CDGAs).

The Oscar nominee will be presented with the Lacoste Spotlight Award, which is handed to an actor whose "talent and career personifies an enduring commitment to excellence, including a special awareness of the role and importance of costume design."

Fittingly, Adams' onset designers for both American Hustle (Michael Wilkinson) and Her (Casey Storm) have also scored CDGA nominations for their work.

The 16th annual Costume Designers Guild Awards will take...
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20th Screen Actors Guild Awards -- Who Will Win?

January 18th, 2014 4:01pm EST
SAG Awards
The 20th Screen Actors Guild Awards is set to get underway at 8pm tonight from the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles.

The award ceremony, which honors movie and television actors for the roles they played in 2013's biggest films and TV series, is a precursor for the Oscars, which almost always sees the winners culled from those of the SAG awards.

Awards are handed out in 13 categories, five for motion pictures and eight for television.

In addition to the stars, the SAG Awards also honors the stuntmen and women who make the films possible, with those awards revealed as the stars hit the re...
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Watch The SAG Awards With Red Carpet Host Stuart Brazell Live

January 18th, 2014 1:20pm EST
SAG
Are you ready to see all your favorite celebs from both Television and Film at the SAG Awards!

Get ready because this promises to be an absolutely star studded event! And no matter where you are in the world, you can watch AP's Live Red Carpet Show and see all your favorite celebs strut their stuff.

Are you an 'American Hustle' or '12 Years a Slave' fan? Are you dying for 'Breaking Bad' to sweep!? It is all going down at the Shrine Auditorium in just hours!

Be sure to watch the live red carpet show right here on Saturday, January 18th from 3 - 5pm PT 

See you on the red carpet!

I'll ...
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Oscar Nominations 2014: No Sure Thing – Looking At The Snubs And Surprises

January 17th, 2014 12:00pm EST
2014 Oscar Nominations
The 2014 Oscar nominations have arrived in a busy week filled with Golden Globes, Critics' Choice Awards and SAG Awards. The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences filled this competitive film year with quite a few snubs. Left off the Oscar list are big names like Tom Hanks, Emma Thompson, Oprah Winfrey and Robert Redford. Movies that seemed to be sure-things in September are nothing but a distant memory to Oscar voters like Saving Mr. Banks and Lee Daniels' The Butler. Who will come out on top? Well, it no longer seems to be handed to 12 Years a Slave because Gravity and American Hust...
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'Gravity,' 'American Hustle' & '12 Years A Slave' Dominate 2014 Oscar Nominations (See Full List Of Nominees)

January 16th, 2014 9:38am EST
Gravity
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - Actor Chris Hemsworth and Academy President Cheryl Boone Isaacs announced the nominations for the 86th Academy Awards® today (January 16).

Hemsworth and Boone Isaacs announced the nominees at a 5:38 a.m. PT live news conference attended by more than 400 international media representatives. For a complete list of nominees, visit the official Academy Awards website, www.oscar.com.

Academy members from each of the branches vote to determine the nominees in their respective categories - actors nominate actors, film editors nominate film editors, etc. In the Animated Featur...
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Predictions: 2014 Oscar Nominations Could Be A 'Hustle'

January 15th, 2014 8:50pm EST
American Hustle
The Oscar nominations are relatively easy to predict most years, but there are always a couple of nominees that seem to sneak in out of nowhere. Remember Maggie Gyllenhaal in ‘Crazy Heart’ a couple of years ago? Or Jacki Weaver for ‘Silver Linings Playbook’ last year?

That being said, there are a few question marks this year. Let’s take a look at who has the best shot at being nominated tomorrow morning.

Best Picture

Most likely:

’12 Years a Slave’

‘Gravity’

‘American Hustle’

‘Dallas Buyers Club’

‘Her’

‘Captain Phillips’

‘Nebraska’

‘The Wolf of Wall Street’

There could be anywhe...
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'Inside Llewyn Davis' Wins Big At Film Critics Awards

January 6th, 2014 12:41pm EST
Inside Llewyn Davis
Joel and Ethan Coen's latest film, Inside Llewyn Davis, was the big winner at this year's National Society of Film Critics on Saturday.

The film, about a struggling New York City folk singer out to audition for a music mogul during the 1960s, landed four awards, including Best Film, Best Director, Best Actor (Oscar Isaac) and Best Cinematography.

Coming in second and third in the voting were American Hustle and 12 Years a Slave, the latter of which saw star Chiwetel Ejiofor place second in the Best Actor voting.

The Best Actress prize was given to Cate Blanchett for her role in Woody All...
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'Paranormal Activity' Spinoff No Match For 'Frozen' At The Weekend Box Office

January 5th, 2014 10:56pm EST
Frozen
Disney's latest animated feature Frozen has held off competition from the latest entry in the "Paranormal Activity" franchies, The Marked Ones at the weekend box office, moving from second place last week back to first in its seventh week of release and adding another $20.7 million in ticket sales for a total gross of $297.8 million.

"Frozen" is just $3 million away from becoming the fourth film released in 2013 to gross over $300 million in North America behind "Iron Man 3," "The Hunger Games: Catching Fire" and "Despicable Me 2."

"The Marked Ones" debuted just shy of the well-reviewed a...
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Best Of 2013 - Top Five Male & Female Performances

January 3rd, 2014 12:15pm EST
Top Five Performances
Jason Coleman's Top Five Male & Female Performances

I am very happy for this particular acting "best of" list this year, mostly because notable films that didn’t make it to my Top Ten still had some memorable performances.  So even though movies like "American Hustle," "12 Years A Slave" and "Frances Ha" didn’t make the final film cut, the acting work within is lovingly highlighted here.  From oddballs to slaves, sassy ice cream truck workers to sexy hustlers here are my..."Best of 2013 - Top Five Male & Female Performances."

Ladies first this year!  

 

1. Jess Weixler - "Free Samples...
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'American Hustle,' 'Her' And '12 Years A Slave' Top Producers Guild Nominees

January 2nd, 2014 11:38pm EST
American Hustle
American Hustle, Her and 12 Years a Slave are among the top films of 2013, according to the Producers Guild of America, which announced its list of nominees for the 25th annual Producers Guild Awards on Thursday.

The three films, along with Gravity, The Wolf of Wall Street, Blue Jasmine, Captain Phillips, Saving Mr. Banks, Dallas Buyers Club and Nebraska were all given a strong Oscar boost as they were announced as the nominees for the 2014 Darryl F. Zanuck Producer of the Year Award.

The films that make the short list of nominees each year usually go on to land several Golden Globe and O...
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'The Hobbit' Holds Off Competition From 'Anchorman 2' To Top Weekend Box Office, 'Frozen' Holds Strong In Fifth Week

December 23rd, 2013 11:03am EST
The Hobbit: The Desolation Of Smaug
Peter Jackson's second film in his "Hobbit" trilogy, The Hobbit: The Desolation Of Smaug, held off competition from Will Ferrell's Anchorman sequel, Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues, to top the weekend box office.

"Smaug" broke the $100 million mark in its second week of release, adding another $31.4 million to its gross, for a total of $127.5 million.

"Anchorman 2" upped its five-day total to $40 million, coming in second with $26 million in weekend receipts.

Disney's Frozen held strong in its fifth week of release, adding $19 million to its gross and closing in on the $200 million mar...
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Bradley Cooper Says 'American Hustle' Perm Was His Idea

December 22nd, 2013 8:09am EST
American Hustle
Bradley Cooper has proclaimed it was his idea to perm his character's hair in American Hustle.

The 38-year-old hunk looks unrecognizable in his role as Richard DiMaso in the '70s crime caper, but the former Sexiest Man Alive admits it was his idea to sport the unappealing look to add another dimension to his character.

Quizzed if the perm was his idea or director David O. Russell's, Cooper said: "My idea. And then he sort of took it, as he does, and made it an amazing aspect of the character.

"We were talking about making Richard DiMaso look different than I do, so I thought, why don't w...
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Box Office Predictions: 'Hobbit' Vs. 'Anchorman' Vs. 'American Hustle'

December 20th, 2013 10:11am EST
Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues
1) The Hobbit: The Desolation Of Smaug- 35M Weekend, 126M Total

Even with an impending 50% drop, it looks as if The Hobbit is going to win the weekend, but Will Ferrell and company are putting up a big fight. Had Anchorman opened on Friday, the demand might have put it higher, but with a spread out 5 day weekend.

2) Anchorman 2- 30M Weekend, 45M Total

The hit comedy managed 8M on Wednesday, putting it on a fast track for a huge weekend, heading into an even bigger Christmas. The counter programming here is perfect, as it is really unlike everything else in the top 10. An Anchorman 3 seem...
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'American Hustle' Is The Best Film Of 2013

December 19th, 2013 8:27am EST
American Hustle
From the first second of the first scene, this film had me hooked.  I knew I was in for an incredible ride, and that’s exactly what ‘American Hustle’, directed by David O. Russell (‘Silver Linings Playbook’) is… one fantastic cinematic ride.

Related articles: David O. Russell still can't believe he landed lost ELO tracks for movie, Amy Adams Enjoyed Her On-Screen Kiss With Jennifer Lawrence, 'American Hustle' & '12 Years A Slave' Lead 2014 Golden Globes Nominations

The film, which opens with the disclaimer, ‘Some of this actually happened, takes place in the late 70’s and 80’s and is loos...
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'The Hobbit: The Desolation Of Smaug' Tops Weekend Box Office

December 16th, 2013 6:49am EST
The Hobbit: The Desolation Of Smaug
The Hobbit: The Desolation Of Smaug has knocked Disney's Frozen from the top of the box office, pulling in a whopping $73.7 million on its opening weekend.

Peter Jackson's epic fantasy sequel becomes the fourth biggest December debut behind part one of the trilogy, The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, Will Smith's "I Am Legend", and "Avatar."

"Frozen," Disney's animated take on Hans Christian Andersen's "The Snow Queen," fell to second, pulling in an impressive $22.2 million in its fourth week of release.

Tyler Perry's A Madea Christmas debuted third with a meager $16 million take.

The Hu...
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Amy Adams Enjoyed Her On-Screen Kiss With Jennifer Lawrence

December 15th, 2013 5:03pm EST
Amy Adams
Amy Adams says acting with women helps create "intimacy".

The 39-year-old actress plays Sydney Prosser in the forthcoming film 'American Hustle' and is forced to share an on-screen kiss with Jennifer Lawrence, but she admits she doesn't mind because working with females creates a different vibe to working with men.

She told Britain's Vanity Fair magazine: "I rarely get to work with other women. I got to act with Jennifer [Lawrence], and I thought, this is the most fun I have had in so long. Not because I don't like acting with men, but because there's an energy created when two young wome...
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Box Office Predictions: 'The Hobbit' Headed For #1

December 13th, 2013 1:30pm EST
The Hobbit: The Desolation Of Smaug
1) The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug- 78M Weekend, 78M Total

The general consensus was that the last Hobbit was not on par with the quality of the first Lord of the Rings trilogy. The first Hobbit opened to 86M, breaking a December record. The second should see a small-ish dip, due in part to the people who didn’t like the first enough to rush out and see the second. Plus, there’s a ton of competition.

2) A Madea Christmas- 24M Weekend, 24M Total

Good God. Tyler Perry and Madea are back for what some critics have called “the worst Tyler Perry movie ever.” (Roger Moore). However, that k...
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Golden Globe 2014 Nomination Predictions

December 11th, 2013 8:30pm EST
Dallas Buyers Club
The Golden Globe nominations are tomorrow morning. The Globes tend to nominate big films and big actors. Case in point, the Globes nominated The Tourist. So, smaller actors in smaller films are likely to get lost. This is not the awards show for Fruitvale Station. That being said, there are always a few performances from new actors that can’t be ignored. Even though no one knows who she is, Lupita Nyong’o is still going to get a globe nomination. Here’s a brief overview of what I think will land where:

BEST DRAMA:
12 Years A Slave
Gravity
Captain Phillips
Saving Mr. Banks
Dallas Buyers Clu...
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SAG Award Nominees Named: '12 Years A Slave' Tops Nods (Full List)

December 11th, 2013 11:14am EST
12 Years a Slave
Some people were surprised by The Butler’s presence here, but I don’t see any surprises from them. Movies like Gravity and Her (which are frontrunners for a Best Picture nomination) aren’t large cast films, and wouldn’t get the Ensemble nomination over The Butler. The big surprise is Dallas Buyers Club, which is a relatively small cast, and did manage an Ensemble nomination. That could go a long way in getting DBC to a Best Picture nomination. Also, Daniel Bruhl is back in the race with a Supporting Actor nomination for Rush.

Kudos to the SAG members for nominating James Gandolfini for E...
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Amy Adams Says It Was 'Really Fun' To Wear Her 'American Hustle' Clothes

December 10th, 2013 12:28pm EST
Amy Adams
Amy Adams is a fan of the outfits her character donned in American Hustle, however she wouldn't wear them in real life.

The 39-year-old actress used double-sided tape to help maintain her modesty in a number of revealing outfits for her role as a former stripper in the 70s crime drama, and claims the sexy ensembles wouldn't be practical to wear in real life.

Amy, who has three-year-old daughter Aviana with husband Darren Le Gallo, told E News: "I would not wear most of those clothes in real life.

"There's just not enough double-sided tape to take me through my life as a mom with those V-...
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Christian Bale Still Trying To Shed His 'American Hustle' Weight

December 9th, 2013 1:32pm EST
Christian Bale
Christian Bale is still trying to lose the remainder of the 43 pounds he gained to play a con artist in American Hustle, after eating tons of greasy and fatty foods.

The 39 year-old actor ploughed his way through junk food to expand his waistline, however he's finding it a little harder to drop the excess weight, months after completing filming.

He tells People.com, "I ate lots of doughnuts, a whole lot of cheeseburgers and whatever I could get my hands on. I literally ate anything that came my way. I was about 185 and went up to 228. I'm still working it off."

The British star, who a...
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Va Va Voom! Amy Adams Dazzles In A Black Lace Gown At 'American Hustle' Premiere

December 9th, 2013 10:37am EST
Amy Adams
All eyes were on Amy Adams at the New York City premiere of "American Hustle" on Sunday. She wowed in a sheer, black lace Elie Saab dress.

Adams recently told Vanity Fair magazine that her role in the film called for a "sort of a laissez-faire attitude about what your breasts are doing."

She's featured on the film's poster with a very low neckline, causing her three-year-old daughter to ask, "'Why do you show your boobs?'"

"American Hustle" centers on con man Irving Rosenfeld (Christian Bale) and his British partner Sydney Prosser (Adams), who are forced to work for the FBI. It opens in ...
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Amy Adams Shows Tons Of Cleavage In 'American Hustle,' Vanity Fair

December 5th, 2013 7:00am EST
Amy Adams Vanity Fair
Celebrity sweetheart Amy Adams is looking quite sexy these days. The girl next door lets it hang out in the new poster for her upcoming film, "American Hustle," and even her 3-year-old noticed.

Speaking at a Q&A following a screening of the film last month, the 39-year-old star admitted her character's plunging necklines didn't sit well with daughter Aviana, whom she had with fiance Darren Le Gallo.

"My daughter is three and a half. She looked at the poster and said, 'Why do you show your boobs?'" the actress laughed.

The film landed the Best Picture trophy along with Best Screenplay at ...
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Big Win At New York Film Critics Circle Awards Ups The Oscar Buzz For 'American Hustle'

December 3rd, 2013 11:18pm EST
American Hustle
American Hustle received a strong Oscar push Tuesday night at the New York Film Critics Circle Awards.

Director David O. Russell's follow up to last year's eight-time Oscar nominee Silver Linings Playbook, landed the Best Picture trophy along with Best Screenplay. Jennifer Lawrence, who took home the Best Actress Oscar last year for her performance in "Silver Linings Playbook," won the Best Supporting Actress award for the film. Her reteaming with Russell puts her in good position for an Oscar nomination for the third year in a row (she was nominated in 2011 for "Winter's Bone."

Russell w...
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