Robert Abele

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Michelle Yeoh

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For an actress used to exhaustive martial-arts action -- the genre in which she first came to global prominence through such films as "Supercop" and "Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon" -- succumbing to…

Ziyi Zhang

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When Ziyi Zhang saw "Memoirs of a Geisha" for the first time recently, she says she unexpectedly became geisha Sayuri again, watching her life story unfold -- from servant waif to a kimono-sporting…

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Walk the Line

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Last year's "Ray" established a new barometer for music-themed biopics, bringing Jamie Foxx near-unanimous praise and an Oscar for his lead perf. This year the likely beneficiary of the newfound…

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Proof

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Two Pulitzer Prize winners for drama will have 2005 releases in the Oscar race: the musical "Rent" and David Auburn's play "Proof." The latter comes to the screen with an Oscar pedigree, however, in…

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The Producers

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Musicals have a long and glorious Oscar history through all the genre's ups and downs, going all the way back to picture winner "Broadway Melody of 1929" and continuing through top prize winners "An…

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Capote

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The popularity of biopics with the Academy is unceasing -- from "Disraeli" to "Cleopatra" to "The Pride of the Yankees" and up to "A Beautiful Mind," "Ray" and "The Aviator." Literary portraits alone…

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Brokeback Mountain

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Riding a wave of awards buzz that began at Toronto, Venice and Telluride -- and stoked by its winning the Golden Lion at Venice -- Western love story "Brokeback Mountain" is one of the leading Oscar…

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Bring the family

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Hollywood's infatuation with the moviegoing tastes of teens is no secret, but at film festivals -- where the selections might include (gasp) subtitles -- attracting youths requires thoughtful…

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Red-carpet welcome

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When AFI Fest director Christian Gaines looks at the annual event he's nurtured over six years, he thinks of "stronger rather than bigger." He points to this year's 21 world preems, 20 North American…

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