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KCRW’s Oscar interviews

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The Academy Awards are Sunday, and the 2014 season has been a landmark year for film. Many of the potential award winners have come through the KCRW studios. We’ve compiled the full list of nominated filmmakers who have appeared on The Business with Kim Masters and Elvis Mitchell’s The Treatment.
More Oscar coverage here
 Here are some highlights:
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Steve McQueen told The Business contributor John …

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5 things we learned from Oscar expert Dave Karger and Elvis Mitchell on The Treatment

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Self-professed ‘Oscar nerd’ Dave Karger hosts Fandango FrontRunners, and serves as the official ‘Oscar expert’ for shows like Access Hollywood, E! and TODAY. This week on KCRW’s The Treatment, he and host Elvis Mitchell dish on the most interesting stories coming out of this year’s Academy Awards:

1. “Oscar-nominated” is not always synonymous with “good,” and vice versa.

Inside Llewyn Davis was a favorite among cinephiles …

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Oh, the horror: ‘Trophy Heads’ may not yield a statuette, but fans devour

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This week, while everyone else has been pontificating and speculating about the Academy Awards, I went to a loft building between Little Tokyo and Skid Row and got an inside glimpse at the other side of Hollywood: the film empire of Charles Band and his Full Moon Features.
In his 30 year career, Band has produced and directed hundreds of films, mostly of the horror …

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Inside the $80,000 ‘Everyone Wins’ Oscar gift bag

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The day after the Academy Awards ceremony, 21 lucky losers will receive gift bags made by Distinctive Assets, a company founded by the enthusiastic Lash Fary– a man sometimes referred to as “The Gift Fairy.”  They call them the “Everyone Wins” gift bags, though in truth, only the host– who this year is Ellen Degeneres– and the 20 Oscar-nominated directors, actors and actresses who …

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‘Gravity’ and ‘American Hustle’ lead Oscar hopefuls

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“American Hustle” and “Gravity” cemented their Oscar frontrunner status with 10 Academy Award nominations apiece, including nods for best picture and best director. “12 Years a Slave” was also nominated in those categories, and received a total of nine nominations. There were nine films nominated for best picture this year, one short of the maximum. In addition the aforementioned trio, the nominees are “Philomena,” …

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Oscars draws protests from visual effects industry

The folks who put a tiger on a boat for “Life of Pi” won the Oscar for Best Visual Effects last night – but it was a bittersweet triumph.
Rhythm & Hues, the Marina del Rey studio that led the effects team, has filed for bankruptcy.
Some of the artists who lost their jobs were among about 400 people protesting at Hollywood and Vine last night …

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Today’s News: ‘Argo,’ Affleck come up gold; Special effects protest; Sequester cuts

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Hollywood’s night. The Iranian hostage drama “Argo” was the big winner at the 85th Academy Awards at the Dolby Theatre, but no single film dominated the Oscars ceremony. Daniel Day Lewis won his third Best Actor award and Jennifer Lawrence her first. Ang Li was top director for “Life of Pi.” There were a few surprises, a few eyebrows raised by host Seth MacFarlane …

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Life After Oscar: Children’s book author and animator William Joyce

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Children’s book author and animator William Joyce talks to KCRW’s Saul Gonzalez about his life after winning the Academy Award for Best Animated Short Film. “Making movies is the hardest thing in the world, making animated movies is twice as hard,” Joyce says. He says that taking home Oscar has opened many doors for him, and made him happy. “I’ll be smiling until the …

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The sound designers behind ‘Django Unchained’

The Academy Awards are coming up on Sunday. Before the stars walk the red carpet, reporter Ari Karpel has one final look at some of the less heralded artists who worked below the line on one of the Oscar-nominated features, Quentin Tarantino’s “Django Unchained.”
Karpel recently sat down with Mike Minkler, sound re-recording mixer, and Wylie Stateman, supervising sound editor for the film.
Minkler is a …

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Life After Oscar: Documentary filmmaker Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy

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Last year Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy won a Best Documentary Short Film Oscar for her film “Saving Face,” which focused on the plight of two Pakistani women attacked with acid and their subsequent quest for justice. It was the first Academy Award in Pakistan’s history. “I’ve locked it in my house and we’re looking for a secure place to store it,” says Obaid-Chinoy.  She says that taking home …

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Ever wanted to hold an Oscar? Now’s your chance

Ever wondered what it would be like to hold an Oscar?
Starting Monday, movie fans in a handful of cities across the country will get a chance to hold the prestigious film award statuette as part of a national tour that’ll culminate with the Academy Awards next month.
The tour will begin Monday in New York, and then move to cities including Philadelphia, Baltimore, Chicago, Houston, …

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This week’s entertainment buzz

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Last night NBC aired The Golden Globes and for those who stuck around instead of switching over to watch “Downton Abbey” or the series premiere of “Girls” you may have actually enjoyed yourselves. Tina Fey and Amy Poehler hosted the show and by all accounts they didn’t disappoint. The irreverence and wit was in full force not just from the hosts but from presenters like Will …

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Surprises in today’s Oscar nominations

Oscar nominations are out. There were some surprises, and some not-so-surprising developments from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences as they released their list of those up for awards this year. That ceremony coming up on Sunday, February 24th.
Stephen Galloway from The Hollywood Reporter spoke to Steve Chiotakis with his thoughts on the nominees. The two discussed that, among several surprises this …

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This week’s entertainment buzz

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Is Zero Dark Thirty Fact or Propaganda?
The movie “Zero Dark Thirty“, directed by Kathryn Bigelow and written and produced by Mark Boal tells the story— or a version of the story— of the CIA’s hunt for Osama bin Laden. Many consider it among the best films of 2012. And the filmmakers come to the material off of tremendous critical success– if not box-office boffo– …

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Today’s News: Church abuse files; LA crime rates; Clippers roll

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Naming names. The fight over secret church files dealing with sexual abuse cases isn’t over yet. The L.A. Roman Catholic Archdiocese’s $660 million settlement with abuse victims included an order that the files be made public. Previously, a judge ruled that the names of officials – including Cardinal Roger Mahony – should be redacted to avoid further embarrassment for the church. But an L.A. …

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This week’s entertainment buzz

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For meteorologists this is Winter; for people in the entertainment business it’s Awards Season.
This morning via twitter, the New York Film Critics Circle announced the winners for their awards. “Zero Dark Thirty” got some top honors: it was named Best Film, Kathryn Bigelow won Best Director and Greig Fraser was named Best Cinematographer. Spielberg’s “Lincoln” got some love from the critics: Daniel Day Lewis …

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Seth MacFarlane to host next year’s Oscars

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The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced today that Seth MacFarlane will host the 85th Academy Awards. He’s the creator of the Fox animated hit “Family Guy” and director of the big-screen comedy “Ted.”
MacFarlane also hosted the season premiere of “Saturday Night Live” last month and also created the animated series “American Dad!” and “The Cleveland Show.”
Hawk Koch, president of the Academy, …

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‘A Separation’ Unites Iranian-Americans in Los Angeles

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A French director produced The Artist with French actors, but the movie that won for Best Picture was shot entirely here in Los Angeles. How did Harvey Weinstein come up with yet another winner? The Best Foreign Language Film, A Separation (Jodaeiye Nader az Simin), was shot by Iranians in Iran, but the biggest celebrations might have been among expats here. We hear about …

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