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MERYL STREEP GIVING BACK – TO BOLSTER WOMEN WRITERS

One of Hollywood’s biggest stars is helping to bankroll a screenwriting program – for women over 40. Meryl Streep is giving a boost to the project – which begins accepting submissions on May 1st – from U.S. female writers – … read more

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INFAMOUS ACADEMY “GIFT BAGS” SET RECORD COST

With the Academy Award on Sunday, individual nominees will have a chance to carry off a gold coloured statuette. But even if they don’t win, they’ll walk away with an estimated $165,000 (US) in goodies. The contents of the infamous … read more

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ACADEMY AWARD NOMINEES TO BE ANNOUNCED NEXT THURSDAY

The Oscar nominees in all 24 categories are going to hear their names announced next week – in a live news conference. The Academy Awards producers are launching a new tradition – of revealing all the Oscar contenders in a media news conference. … read more

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“BIRDMAN” CONTINUES TO SOAR

“Birdman” continues to climb. The film has 13 Critics’ Choice Awards nominations – including best picture, director and actor – for star Michael Keaton. The Broadcast Film Critics Association has just announced its selections for the annual Critics’ Choice Movie Awards. Wes Anderson’s … read more

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AMERICAN FILM INSTITUTE MAKES ITS TOP 2014 PICKS

High praise for more movies – as we approach awards season – and the far-off Oscars. The American Film Institute has named the coming-of-age tale “Boyhood,” the sci-fi epic “Interstellar” and the civil rights drama “Selma” among its top 10 … read more

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FIRST OSCARS HANDED OUT ON THE WEEKEND

Hollywood handed out some Oscars Saturday night. Not the big ones we’re all familiar with, but still important.  The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences presented the Governors Awards to actor and activist Harry Belafonte, actress Maureen O’Hara, film … read more

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POLLEY’S PROJECT: ADAPTING “LOOKING FOR ALASKA”

Oscar nominee Sarah Polley has a new project in the works. The Canadian actor and director is adapting John Green’s novel “Looking For Alaska” for the big screen. Green is currently enjoying success at the box ofice with the adaptation … read more

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IDINA MENZEL WOWS OSCAR AUDIENCE, OPENS ON BROADWAY

It has been an eventful week for Broadway star Idina Menzel. The Tony award-winning original star of Wicked became a media sensation after singing Let it Go — the hit song from the animated feature Frozen – on the Academy Awards Sunday night, … read more

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“12 YEARS A SLAVE” WINS BEST PICTURE OSCAR

Gravity won the most statuettes at the Academy Awards last night. But 12 Years a Slave took the big prize. Steve McQueen’s highly-acclaimed slave drama became the first movie directed by a black filmmaker to win Best Picture. Lupita Nyong’o also won … read more

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ROB FORD HITS TINSELTOWN

Rob Ford has gone Hollywood. Ford, his brother Randy, and brother,  Councillor Doug Ford, and a couple of assistants are in Los Angeles to attend the Academy Awards Sunday. Ford will also be apperaing on Jimmy Kimmel’s show Monday night. … read more

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