Tim Gray

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Cates promises Oscar surprises

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Oscarcast producer Gil Cates said Friday that some of Sunday's awards will presented in a "very new and unconventional way," but the changes were not done to grab ratings: "They were made to make a…

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Screener disconnect

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The awards-season fight against piracy is making progress, but at what price? Awards voters are complaining of an inordinate number of faulty discs this year, attributed by many to the fact that many…

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Oscar is a frequent flier

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Oscar voters proved they are just plane folks, as "The Aviator" flew off with 11 nominations in balloting for the 77th annual Academy Awards. The Howard Hughes biopic was followed by "Finding…

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Kudos' critical mass

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In the weeks leading up to the Oscars, everybody's a critic -- but can crix pick pics? Critics groups have saluted "Sideways" (L.A., Gotham, S.F., Boston, Chi, Toronto and IFP New York); "Eternal…

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The Phantom of the Opera

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One Academy member, talking about "Andrew Lloyd Webber's The Phantom of the Opera," enthuses, "I can't wait to see it. I hear it is sumptuous, sumptuous, sumptuous." He could add a fourth sumptuous…

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In Good Company

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Most comedies are so formulaic that it's a good sign when, 20 minutes into a film, the audience has no idea what's going to happen. Writer-director Paul Weitz has added so many curves, twists and…

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