T Bone Burnett Talks About “Inside Llewyn Davis” 

T Bone Burnett helped shape the narrative of “Inside Llewyn Davis” by collaborating with the Coen Brothers on the film’s soundtrack. The music acts as another character in this folk music film dedicated to struggling musicians all over the world! Burnett already won an Oscar for his song “The Weary Kind” for “Crazy Heart” and it’s shaping up that his new song for “Inside Llewyn Davis” called “Please Mr. Kennedy” will be nominated for an Oscar and maybe win!

In this interview, we talked about:

*** How he worked with the Coen Brothers to shape the narrative
*** How did he pick Oscar Isaac to play the lead role?
*** The character of Llewyn Davis
*** The village scene of the 50s
*** Music as a revolution

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Stark Sands Talks About “Inside Llewyn Davis” 

Stark Sands (“Day of the Dead,” “Chasing Liberty”) stars as Troy Nelson, a folk singer who gets drafted, in the Coen Brothers’ “Inside Llewyn Davis.” I sat down with the actor to talk about the movie and here’s what we discussed:

*** What attracted him to the character Troy Nelson?
*** His reaction when he first heard from the Coen Brothers that he got the part
*** Working with the Coen Brothers
*** How he prepared for the role
*** Singing live for the movie
*** My biggest takeaway from the movie is that life is cyclical

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"12 Years a Slave" Tops Dallas-Fort Worth Film Critics Awards 

Steve McQueen's "12 Years a Slave" is having a great day! The film won the top prize at every film critics groups today, including the nominations for the Critics' Choice Movie Awards. It's also the victor at the annual year-ender Best of 2013 picks from the Dallas-Fort Worth Film Critics Association. Here's the complete list of winners:

Best Picture: 12 Years a Slave

Best Actor: Matthew McConaughey, Dallas Buyers Club

Best Actress: Cate Blanchett, Blue Jasmine

Supporting Actor: Jared Leto, Dallas Buyers Club

Supporting Actress: Lupita Nyong’o, 12 Years a Slave

Director: Alfonso Cuaron, Gravity

Cinematography: Gravity

Animated: Frozen

Foreign Language: Blue is the Warmest Color

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Houston Film Critics Love "12 Years a Slave" 

Houston Film Critics Society hailed "12 Years a Slave" as the Best Picture of the year while "Gravity's" Alfonso Cuaron took home the Best Director award. Here's the complete list of winners of the 2013 Houston Film Critics Society:

Houston Film Critics Society:

Best Picture: "12 Years a Slave"

Best Director: Alfonso Cuaròn, "Gravity"

Best Actor: Chiwetel Ejiofor, "12 Years a Slave"

Best Actress: Sandra Bullock, "Gravity"

Best Supporting Actor: Jared Leto, "Dallas Buyers Club"

Best Supporting Actress: Lupita Nyong'o, "12 Years a Slave"

Best Screenplay: "12 Years a Slave"

Best Animated Film: "Frozen"

Best Cinematography: "Gravity"

Best Documentary: "20 Feet from Stardom"

Best Foreign Language Film: "The Hunt"

Best Original Score: "Gravity"

Best Original Song: "Please Mr. Kennedy" from "Inside Llewyn Davis"

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"12 Years a Slave" Wins Big with Kansas City Film Critics! 

The Kansas City Film Critics Circle has announced their winners of its annual awards and once again, Steve McQueen's "12 Years a Slave" took home the top prize! But McQueen must share his Best Director award with "Gravity" helmer, Alfonso Cuaron. Oh, and speaking of "Gravity," the Kansas City Film Critics chose Sandra Bullock as Best Actress of the year.

Kansas City Film Critics Circle:

Best Picture: "12 Years a Slave"

Best Director: (tie) Alfonso Cuarón, "Gravity" and Steve McQueen, "12 Years a Slave"

Best Actor: Chiwetel Ejiofor, "12 Years a Slave"

Best Actress: Sandra Bullock, "Gravity"

Best Supporting Actor: Michael Fassbender, "12 Years a Slave"

Best Supporting Actor: Lupita Nyong'o, "12 Years a Slave"

Best Adapted Screenplay: "12 Years a Slave"

Best Original Screenplay: "Her"

Best Animated Film: (tie) "Despicable Me 2" and "Frozen"

Best Documentary: "The Act of Killing"

Best Foreign Film: "Blue is the Warmest Color"

Vince Koehler Award for Best Sci-Fi/Horror Film: "Her"

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