Jared Leto to media press room: Viva la revolution, baby

HOLLYWOOD, CALIFORNIA. One of the best reporting gigs of the Academy Awards is the backstage Interview Room, where the Oscar winner goes after receiving their award.

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SXSW Music/Film/Interactive festival 2014: More than music

Veronica Mars. Photo Ccourtesy Warner Brothers.

AUSTIN, TEXAS—Being in Austin, Tex. the days leading up to the 2014 South By Southwest (SXSW) Music/Film/Interactive festival (Friday, March 7 –Sunday, March 16) has been an eye-opening experience. The downtown Austin district is overflowing with people putting together stages for outdoor venues, hanging corporate banners flagging inside the Austin Convention Center, and placing parking barriers on nearly every street. Driving or walking down Congress and 6th Street is  confusing and exhilarating as you question your own sanity and the insanity of traffic in downtown when you realize you have only driven a block, or you have not moved at all, in 10 minutes. Yes, the hoopla of attending my first SXSW has been enjoyable thus far without even walking into a movie theater, nightclub, or a conference room yet. There are even more unannounced surprise events in the hopper that the general public is not even privy to at the moment. I will be reporting on all the festivities that I can handle.

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Singing in the Rain at the Oscars — At least it isn't snow

Photos by Kelley Teed

HOLLYWOOD, CALIFORNIA---Legend has it that it has never rained on Oscar Sunday.

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Oscar nominees receive Minnesota products

Lash Fary. Photos by Kelley Teed

VENICE, CALIFORNIA---Bette Midler’s Emmy loss to Kirstie Alley (1994) inspired Lash Fary to create a company to help ease the sting of not winning an entertainment award.

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"Treasure of the Scopitones" film screening at the Walker Art Center: A hurried history of the scopitones

Michèle Collery and Anaïs Prosaïc, Treasures of the Scopitones, 1999. Photo: courtesy the artists.

I wish I could say it was a dark and stormy night when a mysterious package containing unknown DVDs was sent to me from the Walker Arts Center. Because, let's be honest, it sounds more romantic. In truth, it was a cold and snowy Tuesday afternoon and I asked for those DVDs to be sent to me (even though I didn't remember that until I received them). The two DVDs in the package were titled Toukki Boukki and Treasure of the Scopitones; I watched them both, but Treasure of the Scopitones seemed more esoteric and gleeful to me so that's the one I'm gonna talk about.

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86th Academy Awards: Tweet yourself to the Red Carpet

Photos By: 
Jeff Rutherford

You have to give the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences credit for keeping up with the latest social media.

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Hany Abu-Assad's "Omar" premieres in the Twin Cities before the Academy Awards

Photo courtesy Adopt Films.

Less than three weeks away is the 86th Academy Awards. Most of the Oscar-nominated films are now playing in local Twin Cities theaters or are available on DVD, Blu-Ray, Redbox, or cable download, but there are a few that have not opened locally yet. This was an issue for many who want to see the entire pool of Oscar nominated films before the awards. Now that the Oscars are pushed back to Sunday, March 2, it gives studios another four weeks to promote and market their potential derby winners and audiences the opportunity to fill out their ballots in confidence, or at least tell their family and friends who they would vote for.

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Exploring African American History Month – the government docs approach

Maya Angelou tells us that “history, despite its wrenching pain, cannot be unlived, but if faced with courage, need not be lived again.” And so, whether or not we slow down to think, we as a people set aside occasions – a day, a week, a month – to commemorate a the stories of the people, events, eras or movements that shape our nation’s history.

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'These Birds Walk' highlights boys' search for home in Pakistan

(Photo courtesy of Oscilloscope)

For a lot of kids, there comes a time in childhood when they just want to run away from home, over something as trivial as sibling rivalry or as serious as domestic violence. Whatever the reason, sometimes the house someone is raised in doesn’t really feel like home.

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"Kumiko, the Treasure Hunter" and "The Overnighters": Cream of the crop at Sundance Film Festival 2014

The Overnighters. Photo courtesy Jesse Moss.

PARK CITY, UTAH – The first few days of the Sundance Film Festival had the makings of one the better years I have attended and with only a few days left, right when I was hitting my stride, I got hit with a really nasty combination of altitude sickness, dehydration, exhaustion and hunger pains which derailed me for close to 24 hours. Cancelling plans and screenings are often difficult, especially when you only see some of the other festival programmers, journalists and distributors once a year at Sundance. But when your health is in question, taking some time off from screenings can do the mind and body some good. Surprisingly, the 2014 Sundance experience was, in fact, one of the best years I attended, even with being out sick for a day; there was always something that presented itself as either completely daring, original, mind-numbing or just plain entertaining.

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