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Crowds cheer on stars

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FROM THE 71ST ACADEMY AWARDSTom Hanks oughta run for president. If the reception he received upon arrival Sunday at the Oscars is any measure, the guy's a shoo-in. To drive the point home, some of…

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Review: ‘Schpaaa’

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A story of loyalty and friendship among young street kids caught in a spiral of crime, "Schpaaa" (Norwegian street slang for "cool") is a gritty and realistic depiction of an Oslo never before seen…

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Review: ‘Efx’

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When you drop well over $ 45 million on a production budget, it takes a long time to recoup the investment. And so while the MGM Grand in Las Vegas has to keep changing the star of its "EFX," the…

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Review: ‘The Personals’

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Anchored by an outstanding performance from Taiwanese actress Rene Liu, "The Personals" is a funny, sad, beautifully observed study of modern-day sexual relationships centering on a young woman who…

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Review: ‘1997’

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This extremely modest film, devised by students attending director Ardak Armikulov's workshop at the city's Film Institute, attempts to examine the everyday life of a youth living in the Kazakh…

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Send in the clowns

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It's official: The Oscars are a laughing matter. Hollywood's biggest night of the year may be serious business, but it's such a jittery affair -- there's so much at stake, after all -- that it needs…

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Spotlight on Cates

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When Daily Variety first asked me to write a piece on the Academy Awards, I was hesitant. So much is written about the show that by the time it is over I feel most people are tired of it. But, upon…

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Cashing in

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Pssst... Want to turn an asset of several hundred dollars into instant millions? Then win the best picture Oscar and go back into theatrical release, go international or go homevideo. Whatever you…

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