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  • Oscar race up in air as 'Gravity,' 'Hustle,' '12 Years' log wins

     Oscar race up in air as 'Gravity,' 'Hustle,' '12 Years' log wins
    When Oscar nominations were announced last week, "Gravity" and "American Hustle" led the field, each winning 10. "12 Years a Slave" was right behind them with nine nominations. Then "Hustle" won the Screen Actors Guild Award for ensemble last Saturday, making it the favorite to win best picture — a distinction that lasted all of 24 hours until the Producers Guild of America gave "Gravity" and "12 Years a Slave" top honors in an unprecedented tie Sunday night. (We're still trying to fathom the odds on the exact same number of voters — in a group numbering nearly 6,000 — placing "12 Years" above "Gravity" and "Gravity" above "12 Years." Let's just say it's about as likely as the 49ers' Michael Crabtree hosting a celebratory dinner for the Seahawks' Richard Sherman.)
  • Screenwriting guru Robert McKee on this year's Oscar contenders

    Screenwriting guru Robert McKee on this year's Oscar contenders
    Moviegoers who saw the twisty, Charlie Kaufman-penned meta-film "Adaptation" will recall that a hammy, tough-talking screenwriting guru named Robert McKee guided one of the characters to writing a cliche-ridden script that sold for an exorbitant amount of...

    He sees flashes of his 'Boyhood' screen at Sundance to rave reviews

    He sees flashes of his 'Boyhood' screen at Sundance to rave reviews
    PARK CITY, Utah — When Ellar Coltrane was growing up in Texas, his friends would razz him about a movie he claimed to be shooting with the director Richard Linklater. Over the years, they would ask Coltrane if it was ever coming out, and why he...

    TV This Week Feb. 2 - 8: 'New Girl' on Fox

    TV This Week Feb. 2 - 8: 'New Girl' on Fox
    Customized TV Listings are available here: www.latimes.com/tvtimes Click here to download TV listings for the week of Feb. 2 - 8, 2014 in PDF format This week's TV Movies     --------------------   SUNDAY They'll be fighting like cats and dogs...

    'Her,' 'Captain Phillips' win top Writers Guild film awards

    'Her,' 'Captain Phillips' win top Writers Guild film awards
    The Writers Guild of America honored Spike Jonze for his future-set love story "Her" with its award for original screenplay and Billy Ray for "Captain Phillips," the true story of a hijacking at sea, for adapted screenplay on Saturday night. The awards...