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BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. – If Woody Allen attends the Golden Globe Awards, he’d rival Bill Clinton as its biggest surprise guest.Allen will receive the Cecil B. DeMille Award at Sunday’s ceremony. The writer-director famously avoids awards shows, though, and skipped those for his previous 12 Golden Globe nominations.“We’ve read that Woody&…

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LOS ANGELES – How do you give a lifetime achievement award to a director still very much in motion, to an artist who refuses to settle down, to someone who actively does not want one?Woody Allen is in the midst of a run of box-office successes and critical acclaim. His current film, “Blue Jasmine,” has firmly implanted itself into this year’s awards-season conversation. Ha…

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“My wife takes pills and I drink,” says Daddy to the new housekeeper. Which is one reason in “August: Osage County,” opening Friday, why he may not be around long.His family will be the focus of the whole film though, which is why we’re watching TV auteur John Wells’ (“ER”) shortened film version of Tracy Lett’s marathon Pulitzer Prize-winning play.Our word now for such fa…

“The life story that inspired the Coen Brothers movie ‘Inside Llewyn Davis’,” blares the corner of the newest edition of Dave Van Ronk’s memoir “The Mayor of McDougal Street” (Da Capo Press, 246 pages, $15.95).That’s only partially accurate. In the notes to the film’s soundtrack, John Jeremiah Sullivan identifies Van Ronk as “the merchant marine turned jazzman turned count…

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The most moving chapter of director Peter Berg’s based-on-a-true-story Afghanistan war drama “Lone Survivor,” opening Friday, does not include stars Mark Wahlberg, Taylor Kitsch, Emile Hirsch or Ben Foster.It is instead a five-minute-or-so collection of real video and images of Navy SEAL(s) in training that is kinetic, compelling and moving. We watch as they are plunged in…

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“My wife takes pills and I drink,” says Daddy to the new housekeeper. Which is one reason in “August: Osage County,” opening Friday, why he may not be around long.His family will be the focus of the whole film though, which is why we’re watching TV auteur John Wells’ (“ER”) shortened film version of Tracy Lett’s marathon Pulitzer Prize-winning play.Our word now for such fa…

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The most moving chapter of director Peter Berg’s based-on-a-true-story Afghanistan war drama “Lone Survivor,” opening Friday, does not include stars Mark Wahlberg, Taylor Kitsch, Emile Hirsch or Ben Foster.It is instead a five-minute-or-so collection of real video and images of Navy SEAL(s) in training that is kinetic, compelling and moving. We watch as they are plunged in…

“The life story that inspired the Coen Brothers movie ‘Inside Llewyn Davis’,” blares the corner of the newest edition of Dave Van Ronk’s memoir “The Mayor of McDougal Street” (Da Capo Press, 246 pages, $15.95).That’s only partially accurate. In the notes to the film’s soundtrack, John Jeremiah Sullivan identifies Van Ronk as “the merchant marine turned jazzman turned count…

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The key scene in the Coen brothers’ “Inside Llewyn Davis” – one of the best films, by far, released in 2013 – is ever-so-quiet and understated. It comes toward the end.It’s 1961. Struggling Greenwich Village folksinger Llewyn Davis has traveled to Chicago in the hope of landing a long-term booking in one of the country’s biggest and most influential folk clubs. Davis is go…

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The key scene in the Coen brothers’ “Inside Llewyn Davis” – one of the best films, by far, released in 2013 – is ever-so-quiet and understated. It comes toward the end.It’s 1961. Struggling Greenwich Village folksinger Llewyn Davis has traveled to Chicago in the hope of landing a long-term booking in one of the country’s biggest and most influential folk clubs. Davis is go…

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ORLANDO, Fla. – Margo Martindale comes off as this bluff Earth Mother, sassy and droll, a woman who’s heard it all. Cast her as an aged barmaid, a cynical aunt, a grumpy mother or grandmother and let her drop a few bon mots in her dry, Texas drawl.“People think I’m this no-nonsense, blunt sort of woman,” she said. “Maybe it’s some way I’m coming off. Something will happen …

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ORLANDO, Fla. – Margo Martindale comes off as this bluff Earth Mother, sassy and droll, a woman who’s heard it all. Cast her as an aged barmaid, a cynical aunt, a grumpy mother or grandmother and let her drop a few bon mots in her dry, Texas drawl.“People think I’m this no-nonsense, blunt sort of woman,” she said. “Maybe it’s some way I’m coming off. Something will happen …

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Martin Scorsese’s “The Wolf of Wall Street” hit at the end of 2013 like a contraption that is part stun gun and part paintball, jolting audiences and critics with its brash splatter of sex, drugs, greed and the amorality of wanton excess.Just under three hours, the film is based on the book of the same title by Jordan Belfort, detailing how he used brazen stock manipulatio…

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Martin Scorsese’s “The Wolf of Wall Street” hit at the end of 2013 like a contraption that is part stun gun and part paintball, jolting audiences and critics with its brash splatter of sex, drugs, greed and the amorality of wanton excess.Just under three hours, the film is based on the book of the same title by Jordan Belfort, detailing how he used brazen stock manipulatio…