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New York Film Festival Adds Edward Snowden Doc

It’s never happened before. But to understand why the New York Film Festival has for the first time in its 52-year history added a movie to its main slate after that main slate was officially announced, one need turn only to the reaction of the event’s chief executive.

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From Scott Feinberg‘s Hollywood Reporter item:

New York Film Festival director Kent Jones said in a statement, “Seeing CITIZENFOUR for the first time is an experience I’ll never forget. The film operates on multiple levels at the same time: a character study (of Edward Snowden)… A real-life suspense story… And a chilling exposé. When the lights came up, everyone in the room was alternately stunned, excited and deeply troubled. A brave documentary, but also a powerful work from a master storyteller.”

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THR’s Scott Feinberg Joins the EGOT Ranks

ScottFeinbergTwitterProfilePicWhen it comes to the Emmys, Golden Globes Grammys, Oscars and Tonys, the rarest feat of all is what’s known as an EGOT, e.g. winning all four prizes. Earlier this year, 39-year-old songwriter Robert Lopez became the youngest member of this club with a Best Original Song Oscar win for “Let It Go” together with his wife Kristina Anderson-Lopez. Other EGOT champs include Rita Moreno, Marvin Hamlisch and Mel Brooks.

Joining them in spirit this week is Hollywood Reporter awards analyst Scott Feinberg. Ahead of this morning’s Tony awards nominations announcement, Feinberg tweeted that he is relocating to New York through early June to chronicle the theater kudos. From Feinberg’s inaugural 2014 Tonys beat column:

I recognize that the Tonys are a very different beast than the Oscars and the Emmys. Few people ever see all – or even most – of the contenders due to geography, cost and timing. The ceremony is not preceded by months of festivals and award shows that offer hints about how things will pan out. And the nominees and winners are not determined by thousands of voters, but rather very few.

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Benedict Cumberbatch Guarantees the BAFTA New York ‘Fun’

[Editor's note - 02/16/14: Full video of the conversation has now been posted. It's available here.]

STAR TREK INTO DARKNESSBenedict Cumberbatch earned his first BAFTA nomination in 2005 for portraying Stephen Hawking in the BBC drama Hawking. He’s added three more since then and on Thursday, at The Standard High Line, he will be in a sense returning the favor(s).

Cumberbatch is the first participant in the newly launched New York leg of BAFTA’s “In Conversation” series. The event is also being married into The Standard chain’s “Standard Talks” initiative and will be moderated by The Hollywood Reporter‘s Scott Feinberg:

“I am thrilled to be kick-starting this series of informal conversations with British talent for BAFTA New York and The Standard team,” said Cumberbatch. “The association with BAFTA is a great honor.”

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Paramount Offers LA Commuters a Wall Street Wink

DiCaprioInstagramSuperBowlIt’s one of Sunset Blvd.’s most well-positioned billboard locations. Sitting at the northeast corner of the La Cienega Blvd. intersection, this canvas greets the flow of eastbound commuters as they wait, often in slow-crawl traffic, to cross over towards The Mondrian, the House of Blues and The Standard.

Per Scott Feinberg of The Hollywood Reporter, this strategic spot is now home to the funniest of four new billboards promoting The Wolf of Wall Street during the penultimate stage of 2013 film awards season. The billboard references a line in the movie uttered by DiCaprio’s character Jordan Belfort about morphine. Click over to the THR item to see a pic; the awards blogger also got this comment from the studio:

A Paramount spokesperson told The Hollywood Reporter, “It’s one of the great lines from the film. And in this season when we’re working hard and being smart and strategic, it’s also nice to have a little bit of fun. People who have seen the movie (hopefully) will have a little chuckle.”

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James Lipton Puts a Bow on Boxing Day

Shutterstock_BruceLauraDernCannesThis is pretty cool. On December 26, fans of Bravo’s Inside the Actors Studio will get to enjoy a very special holiday treat – the first-ever episode featuring a father and daughter.

Bruce Dern, gathering momentum each day for a second Oscar nomination for his role in Nebraska, was joined on stage by his Oscar nominated daughter Laura. Set your DVR for 7 p.m. From today’s announcement, which followed the exclusive tip to THR‘s Scott Feinberg:

Viewers will learn what it was like for Laura to grow up with both her father and mother, Diane Ladd, in the industry, and to be the first and only family to each have a star side by side on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

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At This Awards Show, Presenters Routinely Tell the Audience to ‘Shut the F— Up’

Here are a couple of early 2013 film awards season ways to highlight the differences between the two coasts.

The first is Nellie Andreeva‘s recent report that Woody Allen will not make the trek to the Beverly Hilton on January 12, 2014 to accept a Cecil B. DeMille Lifetime Achievement Award. As previous Oscar shows have demonstrated, the Woodman is never ready for a facile, self-congratulatory close-up. Be it AMPAS or HFPA.

Shutterstock_JaredLetoThen there’s last night’s Gotham Awards, held at Cipriani Wall Street. Hollywood Reporter awards columnist Scott Feinberg reminds that the group of voters who picked the major category winners is minuscule. He also touches on a room vibe that is more raucous than the TV-film-booze mix of the Golden Globes:

The thankless job of hosting the festivities was carried out with good cheer by The League‘s Nick Kroll, who, like many hosts before him, struggled to retain the attention of much of the audience in the huge room with the high ceilings, even though he was pretty funny.

While Kroll never chided the loud talkers, actor Jared Leto, while accepting on behalf of his Dallas Buyers Club co-star Matthew McConaughey (who was on a movie set but listening in via Leto’s cell phone), and director Lee Daniels, while presenting to his The Butler lead actor Forest Whitaker, both told them directly to “Shut the f–k up.”

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THR Features Editor Highlights ‘Dirty Games’ of Awards Season

Right after introductions were made for a weekend panel discussion at the Savannah Film Festival featuring The Hollywood Reporter trio of Stephen Galloway, Scott Feinberg and Tim Appelo, Galloway offered some intriguing observations about the first phase of this year’s film awards season.

Picking up on Feinberg’s analogy that the process resembles a Presidential election campaign, with the “primaries” of film awards season (festivals, critics awards, Golden Globes) leading up to the big night of the Oscars, the THR executive editor of features noted what is now business-as-usual:

“The [favored films] lists start to come into play; people start to jostle; potential winners begin to emerge. And then, like politics, the dirty games start.”

“I was fascinated, a couple of weeks ago, when the New York Times wrote a piece questioning the authenticity of the book behind 12 Years a Slave. It’s based on a memoir by a black man who was captured and enslaved for 12 years, Solomon Northup.”

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For Your Consideration: A Curiously Timed Pete Hammond-Deadline Item*

It’s been a while since there has been any real public skirmishing between The Hollywood Reporter and Nikki Finke‘s Deadline. But lo and behold, in this quietest of holiday weeks, another small chapter in the PMC-Prometheus rivalry is being written.

At issue is whether a 9:55 p.m. PST December 27 story by Deadline’s Pete Hammond about troubles with Academy member online voting had more than a little to do with a longer, more exhaustive 2:58 p.m. PST December 27 story about the same topic by THR‘s Scott Feinberg (headline displayed above). From our vantage point, it would certainly seem so.*

It looks as if, after the THR item hit, Hammond’s marching orders were to produce a version of his own, pronto. The shame of it is that an acknowledgment of the Feinberg piece in his post would have in no way denigrated the overall impact. In fact, it would have made for a more interesting Deadline item if Hammond had specifically bounced off the Hollywood Reporter article, challenging and contrasting what he has been hearing with what Feinberg reported.

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The Year in Review: Ten LA Journo Feel-Good Stories

In the space of a few days this time last year, film critic Alonso Duralde went from tweeting about the vile acts of an LA arsonist, to revealing he had become a victim of carport incineration, to thanking the public at large for donations to cover the purchase of a new vehicle. As such, his experiences stand as one of the more unconventionally heartwarming news stories of 2012 involving an LA journalist.

But there were others. Here are nine more such items from this reporter’s FishbowlLA docket:

Josh Groban Serenades KCRW DJ Anne Litt
The ditty sounds as good today as it did when we first heard it.

Beverly Hills High Student Cracks Obama Press Corps
Look for this guy in the White House press conference room circa Hillary Clinton‘s second term.

KTLA Reporter Uses Old iPad to Report About New iPad
A wonderful example of field reporting iNGENUITY.

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Scott Feinberg Discusses Jack Klugman’s Final Interview

A week after Jack Klugman‘s 90th birthday this spring, Hollywood Reporter awards analyst Scott Feinberg conducted a 45-minute video interview with the beloved Quincy M.E. and Odd Couple star at the actor’s San Fernando Valley home. The May 2012 session was, by all the indications, Klugman’s final such conversation.

It was Feinberg’s turn on Christmas Eve to discuss this interview as part of the BBC News’ coverage of Klugman’s passing. He pointed out that Klugman, one of “the last of the live TV generation,” tied Burgess Meredith for the most appearances on Rod Serling‘s Twilight Zone series.

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