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For someone who says he never chose to be an actor — and still hasn’t decided officially — Chiwetel Ejiofor is bluffing his way through a remarkable career. Then again, he once said he has been acting as long as he has been sentient, so…

 

Everyone knows that the things we need most in life are love, happiness…and, well, more awards, of course! So to be included among the 500-plus presentations (fact) that are being given out for the entertainment industry annually, and in keeping with the seemingly never-ending parade of year-end hosannas, we’d now like to weigh in with …

The psychological Atlas of America that has been charted by director Alexander Payne is so movingly enlarged in Nebraska that its Oscar nominations in six categories come as no surprise, nor do the awards it has already garnered from critics groups, especially for its star, Bruce Dern. Each of Payne’s five previous features —

 
In his molten depths, time and again, Philip Seymour Hoffman lit otherwise nondescript characters from the inside like a series of semi-divine Jack O’lanterns. During his brief, incomparable trajectory as an artist, he was so at home inside the skin of so many men that he seemed positively invincible.

Although he was no hermit — friendly …

From The Archives

Top 100 People in Hollywood
(You Need to Know)

Amell’s chiseled looks and knack for playing multiple characters have made The CW series Arrow a hit and resurrected a DC superhero once hopelessly buried in the archives behind Batman and Green Lantern. He not only makes this feat look easy, but inevitable. Filmmakers have taken notice: there was a close call with the Die …

Hide ‘N Seek
The Best Blink and You'll Miss It Moments in Film

Every film is an illusion, a brilliant phantasmagoria of sights flickering across a screen at twenty-four frames a second (forty-eight, if you’re Peter Jackson and want to annoy us). Most directors are content to dazzle us with visuals, but on occasion, some of their most interesting imagery is buried deep within the frame. Like, way …

Operation Tentpole
Rethinking the Blockbuster

In June, speaking before students at the University of Southern California’s new media center, producer-director-moguls George Lucas and Steven Spielberg predicted a game-changing “Hollywood implosion” if four or more “blockbuster” films were to bomb during a single summer. The two men — whose respective bodies of work give them a unique perspective on the blockbuster …