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Patton Oswalt to host 2014 Independent Spirit Awards

Actor/comedian/Twitter enthusiast Patton Oswalt will host the 2014 Independent Spirit Awards. According to a press release from Film Independent, the 29th annual awards ceremony will take place on the Santa Monica beach Saturday, March 1, to air later that night on IFC. The Spirit Awards honor the best in the year’s American independent cinema, bestowing traditional awards such as Best Feature Film and Best Screenplay, as well as special awards like the John Cassevetes Award for the best feature film made under $500,000.

Ever the consummate self-deprecating comedian, Oswalt confirmed his hosting duties, tweeting:
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Oscars announce Best Animated Short Film shortlist -- VIDEOS

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced Thursday the 10 animated short films that will continue in the voting process for this year’s Oscars. The 10 films were picked from 56 qualified shorts. Here they are in alphabetical order:
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'Enough Said': Julia Louis-Dreyfus Q&A turns into adorable mini-'Seinfeld' reunion -- VIDEO

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If anyone can make you seek out the bittersweet romantic comedy Enough Said maybe George Costanza’s mother can pressure you into it.

Enough Said, which is in theaters now, stars Julia Louis-Dreyfus as a massage therapist who discovers that one of her clients (Catherine Keener) is the ex-wife of her new boyfriend (a lovable, lunkish James Gandolfini) and decides to use the relationship to secretly gather intel on her new man.

At a recent Q&A for the Nicole Holofcener film, Louis-Dreyfus talked a lot about her late co-star Gandolfini, whose final lead performance is also one of his most sweet and tender, and making the leap from cringe-comedy like her Emmy-winning role on Veep to a film with a more dramatic and romantic edge.

But then, at the very end, the entire show was stolen by one 85-year-old woman …

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George Clooney pushes 'The Monuments Men' to 2014

Another 2013 movie is on hold.

George Clooney told the Los Angeles Times Tuesday that his World War II drama The Monuments Men would not meet its scheduled Dec. 18 opening and will instead hit theaters in early 2014.  A representative from Sony Pictures, who is distributing the film, confirmed the news to EW and stated that the film would be released sometime in the first quarter of 2014, but no release date has been set.

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Steve Carell drama 'Foxcatcher' postpones opening date to 2014

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We’re going to gave to wait a little longer to see Steve Carell’s eerie turn as a millionaire chemical heir who turns homicidal in the drama Foxcatcher.

The movie, directed by Moneyball and Capote filmmaker Bennett Miller, was originally set to open Dec. 20, but tonight distributor Sony Pictures Classics announced it would be pushed back to an unspecified date in 2014.

The studio said it supported “the decision of the filmmakers to allow for more time to finish the film,” but there can’t be much enthusiasm for the movie over at the America Film Institute, which had announced plans to feature Foxcatcher as the opening weekend gala at its November film festival. READ FULL STORY

Golden Globes to honor Woody Allen's career

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The organizers of the Golden Globe Awards say they will honor Woody Allen for his contributions to filmmaking.

The Hollywood Foreign Press Association said Friday that Allen will receive the 2014 Cecil B. DeMille Award.

A tribute to the 77-year-old actor, writer, and director will be included in the 71st annual Golden Globe ceremony set for Jan. 12. Morgan Freeman and Martin Scorsese are among the previous recipients.

Allen’s much-honored films include Annie Hall, Hannah and Her Sisters, and Midnight in Paris, which won a Golden Globe and an Academy Award for its screenplay last year.

Oscars 2013: EW's no-nonsense Prize Fighter analysis of early contenders '12 Years a Slave,' 'Gravity,' more ...

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The conversation begins …

The Toronto International Film Festival unofficially kicks off the Oscar race each year as the best-of-the-best line up for their shot at awards glory – and the movie-fan attention (and ticket sales) that inevitably accompanies it.

Right now, we’re six months away from the March 2 Academy Awards, any film can still pull ahead or fall back. But as the Toronto festival draws to a close this weekend, it’s clear which films will rank among the fiercest competitors. READ FULL STORY

Benedict Cumberbatch faces a disturbing secret about own safety in 'The Fifth Estate' clip -- EXCLUSIVE VIDEO

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If there’s one thing Julian Assange does not lack, it’s confidence. But his epic self-assurance crumbles spectacularly in this clip from the Wikileaks thriller The Fifth Estate, starring Benedict Cumberbatch as the eccentric hacker-journalist.

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Toronto: '12 Years a Slave' makes a devastating impression, with Oscar nominations a certainty

12 Years a Slave is the movie that left a whole theater speechless. And that’s saying something.

Festival-goers tend to gab easily about their likes or dislikes as they walk out of a film, but the crowd exiting Friday night’s emotionally crushing 12 Years a Slave showing struggled to express their overwhelming admiration. They communicated at first mostly in deep exhales and short exclamations like “Wow,” “Amazing,” and “Oh My God …”

Based on a true-life story that starts in 1841, Chiwetel Ejiofor stars as a musician — a free, educated, and rather well-to-do Northern black man — who is kidnapped during a trip to Washington D.C. and transported to the deep South, where he is sold into slavery with no recourse for contacting his family or restoring his legal liberty. It opens to the public on Oct. 18.

Director Steve McQueen (Hunger, Shame) and his impressive cast — which includes Michael Fassbender, Alfre Woodard, Brad Pitt and Kenyan actress Lupita Nyong’o – took the stage after the credits rolled, and the audience managed to shake off its collective shellshock for a standing ovation.

Consider this the first film to qualify as a sure-thing Best Picture nominee, and a formidable contender to win. McQueen, Ejiofor and Nyong’o, who displays immense strength in the face of unconscionable suffering as Patsey, a fellow plantation slave, should also prepare for a long season of red carpets.

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Toronto: 'The Fifth Estate' stars Benedict Cumberbatch and Daniel Brühl are vulnerable to the wrath of Assange

Benedict Cumberbatch and Daniel Brühl probably shouldn’t store any compromising materials on their phones or computers.

The stars of the WikiLeaks cyber-drama The Fifth Estate admit they would be easy targets for vengeful hackers.

Or even friendly ones.

Brühl, who plays conscience-stricken WikiLeaks activist Daniel Domscheit-Berg, met the real-life man during filming and said this computer savvy underwhelmed the tech mastermind.

“When I first met Daniel, he told me it would take him probably five minutes to get into my computer and get all the information. So I changed my passwords — and now I don’t remember them,” Brühl said at the movie’s Toronto International Film Festival press conference.

Cumberbatch, who stars as divisive WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, also admitted to being “computer illiterate.” READ FULL STORY

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