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Fall movie preview: Hollywood confronts the Donald Trump era

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FBI battles with the White House. Revelatory government leaks on the front page. Soldiers haunted by unwinnable wars. Courtroom clashes over civil rights.

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Oscar nominees: FSU film school is nation’s ‘hidden secret’

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Oscar nominees and Florida State University graduates Joi McMillon and Nat Sanders find themselves in unfamiliar territory lately, launched there by the exhilarating ride of their Oscar-nominated film “Moonlight.” For years, McMillon and Sanders — nominated for an Academy Award in film editing — have comfortably worked behind the scenes often in tight editing rooms, where their faces are illuminated by the flickering light of video passing back and forth on computer screens. Now, they are smack dab in the…

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“Revenant” leads Oscar noms with 12, only white actors again

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The brutal 1820s frontier revenge thriller “The Revenant” landed a leading 12 nominations for the 88th annual Academy Awards, while the acting categories were again filled entirely by white performers a year after the Oscars came under withering criticism over its lack of diversity. The strong showing Thursday for “The Revenant,” including a best actor nod for Leonardo DiCaprio and best supporting actor for Tom Hardy, follows its win at the Golden Globes. It sets up director Alejandro Inarritu for…

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Universal Orlando looks back 25 years, more innovation ahead

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When the Universal Orlando theme park opened in 1990, it was a way for visitors to have fun inspired by the movies they loved – without traveling to California. Director Steven Spielberg held the scissors at the ribbon-cutting. One of the first rides was themed on his movie “E.T.” Even ads for the park had the tone of a movie-quality teaser, promising the “greatest Hollywood production ever.” Jason Surrell, creative director at Universal Creative, saw that ad while still in…

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Superheroes, for once, don’t rule Hollywood’s summer

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After a lackluster 2014 summer, Hollywood has bounced back with one of its best seasons ever. But the most surprising part of the turnaround is that superheroes aren’t the ones who saved the day. Instead, Hollywood’s summer was led by a banner season from Universal Pictures, the lone major studio with nary a cape in its cupboard. With a record-setting $5.3 billion-plus in revenue so far this year, Universal has powered Hollywood to a near record summer with a diverse…

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35 years ago today, ‘Jaws’ was unleashed on the world

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Steven Spielberg’s Jaws is one of my all time favorite films. I wasn’t even born yet when it came out, but it is a piece of cinematic history. This is an incredible film that still continues to blow me away every time I watch it. Jaws was released on June 20, 1975, and it gave birth to the modern day blockbuster film. It was the first film to open in hundreds of theaters across the country at the same time, and…

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35 years ago today, ‘Jaws’ was unleashed on the world

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Steven Spielberg’s Jaws is one of my all time favorite films. I wasn’t even born yet when it came out, but it is a piece of cinematic history. This is an incredible film that still continues to blow me away every time I watch it. Jaws was released on June 20th 1975 and it gave birth to the modern day blockbuster film. It was the first film to open in hundreds of theaters across the country at the same time, and…

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