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Oscar Watch: 'Silence' broken on Scorsese's latest movie

When the pope shakes your hand and tells you he hopes that your film “bears much fruit,” everything else — critics groups, career callbacks, splashy openings — kind of falls by the wayside.

Filmmaker Martin Scorsese met Pope Francis on Wednesday shortly before a Vatican screening of his latest movie, “Silence.”  The encounter, Scorsese told me over a lengthy interview Saturday, made him “very nervous.”

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From 'tragic character' to 'bad guy,' Hugh Grant takes his time picking roles

Hugh Grant is driving through London traffic for an 8:30 a.m. production call time. He’s headed to set for his role in the sequel to 2014’s critical and family hit “Paddington,” which is currently shooting.

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In composing for 'Jackie,' Mica Levi delivers sass, trauma and heartbreak

When Mica Levi composed her debut film score at 26 for the movie “Under the Skin” starring Scarlett Johansson as an alien, people took note. Among the many who detected an important new discovery was Chilean director Pablo Larraín, who was on the jury when the film screened at the Venice Film Festival in 2013.

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'Moonlight,' 'Manchester' and 'La La Land' break fast out of the gate

A trio of acclaimed movies get off to a great start with the early critics groups. A look at which awards shows you should watch and which to ignore. And why we might be seeing lots of new faces among the Oscar nominees for direction and cinematography this year, including “Moonlight’s” Barry Jenkins.

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Film scores range from experimental sounds ('Arrival') to simple, hushed restraint ('A Monster Calls')

Many of this year’s notable film scores are the work of relative newcomers to Hollywood, with a few established veterans (as ever) in the mix. The scores range from experimental sound worlds for alien visitors to more traditional, symphonic approaches for more familiar galactic friends.

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'Kubo' tackles deep issues — death, loss, healing — within its dream-like tale

“Kubo and the Two Strings,” from upstart American animation studio Laika, confounds expectations on its way to Oscar contention. The gorgeously handcrafted stop-motion film seems to embark on that familiar hero’s journey, only to find its own way home.

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