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‘Native Son’ Star Ashton Sanders Was the Most Unpredictable Actor of Matthew Libatique’s Career

Matthew Libatique’s camera has captured kinetic performances ranging from Natalie Portman in “Black Swan” to Lady Gaga in “A Star Is Born.” He’s even followed the unpredictable movements of Kobe Bryant and Mike Tyson. However, he said he’s never encountered a performer quite as unique and raw as Ashton Sanders, the star of HBO’s “Native […]

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‘True Detective’: Creating the Three Faces of Mahershala Ali’s Troubled Wayne Hays

It’s about time that two-time supporting actor Oscar winner Mahershala Ali (“Green Book” and “Moonlight”) got a lead role, and his troubled Arkansas cop, Wayne Hays, was a game-changer for Season 3’s “True Detective” on HBO.The fact that Ali got to play Hays at three different stages of his life: his thirties, forties, and seventies, […]

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Mahershala Ali Wins Oscar for Best Supporting Actor for ‘Green Book’

Mahershala Ali has won the 2019 Academy Award for his supporting performance in Best Picture contender “Green Book.” Ali beat a competitive field of contenders that included Adam Driver (“BlacKkKlansman”), Sam Elliott (“A Star Is Born”), Richard E. Grant (“Can You Ever Forgive Me?”), and Sam Rockwell (“Vice”).Read More: 2019 Oscar Predictions: 91st Academy AwardsThis […]

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BAFTA Backs ‘Roma’ as Oscar Race Enters the Final Stretch

The winner of the British Academy of Film and Television Arts’ best film prize has gone on to lose the best picture Oscar each of the last four years: “Boyhood” was felled by “Birdman,” “The Revenant” was routed by “Spotlight,” “La La Land” (infamously) lost to “Moonlight,” and last year, “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri” […]

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‘High Flying Bird’: Andre Holland Explains How He Pitched a Movie to Steven Soderbergh

For André Holland, there is much riding on the success of the Netflix sports drama “High Flying Bird,” which made its world premiere at the 2019 Slamdance Film Festival and lands on Netflix today. The movie features an intriguing pairing behind the camera, with a script by “Moonlight” Oscar winner Tarell Alvin McCraney directed by […]

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‘True Detective’: Mahershala Ali and Stephen Dorff Were Mistaken for Camera Guys

Mahershala Ali and Stephen Dorff met at the airport. The “Moonlight” and “Somewhere” stars were on their way to Arkansas to start production on the much-anticipated, long-awaited third season of “True Detective.” Buzz was already strong; a daunting 120-day shoot was looming, cloaked in secrecy and filmed in remote Arkansas locations far removed from their […]

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