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Daniel Radcliffe, Elizabeth Banks, Justin Lin among academy invitees

A veteran "Fast & Furious" filmmaker, the actor who played Harry Potter and one of the anchors of the "Pitch Perfect" franchise were among the 322 people invited to join the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences on Friday.

Justin Lin, Daniel Radcliffe and Elizabeth Banks' fellow invitees include comic actor Kevin Hart, "Gone Girl" star Rosamund Pike, South Korean auteur Bong Joon-ho, "Selma"...

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Oscars 2016: Academy adjusts rules on producing credits, VFX, short films

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences will follow the Producers Guild of America's lead in determining who is eligible for a best picture Oscar, the academy announced Wednesday.

Members of the academy board of governors voted on the rule change, which accompanies tweaks to the visual effects and various short film categories, at their meeting Tuesday night.

The issue of which producers on...

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Kiefer Sutherland on his '24' hours of fame and its future

For eight seasons, millions of viewers were captivated by the Fox drama "24," which tracked the exploits of super-counterterrorism agent Jack Bauer, a man who not only wouldn't take no for an answer but who also found creative (yet brutal) ways to get the answers he needed to protect the country. When the show ended in 2010, the appetite for "24" didn't dissipate. Last year, fans were delighted with...

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Bill Paxton talks about 'Texas Rising' and his Sam Houston ties

Bill Paxton has been many things to many people. He's explored the reaches of space ("Aliens," "Apollo 13"), the briny depths ("Titanic"), the intricacies of polygamy ("Big Love") and the stubborn tragedy of a famous feud ("Hatfields & McCoys").

Most recently, he helped create the great state of Texas in History's limited series "Texas Rising." As Sam Houston, leader of the Texas revolution (and a...

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David Oyelowo looks for 'brave, meaningful work'

Six months before he floored audiences with his thrilling portrait of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. in "Selma," David Oyelowo had another movie, "Nightingale," premiere at the Los Angeles Film Festival. It's all Oyelowo, a one-man show about an Army veteran fighting a losing battle with the voices in his head.

HBO picked up the film after Plan B, the production company run by Brad Pitt, Dede Gardner...

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James Corden, Conan O'Brien do what they do best: talk

In a lushly appointed suite at West Hollywood's London Hotel, James Corden and Conan O'Brien have finished a photo shoot, both clad in blue suits, as the lanky O'Brien towers over everyone in the room and Corden wonders why there are so many coffee-table books strewn about. O'Brien, currently hosting "Conan" on TBS, began his career as a talk show host on NBC in 1993. Corden, the new host of CBS'...

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