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JACQUELINE DURRAN TALKS OSCAR BACKSTAGE

After winning the Oscar for Best Costume Design for her work in ANNA KARENINA, Jacqueline Durran goes back stage to express how "delighted" and "overwhelmed" she is. 

ABC'S GMA LOOKS AT ANNA KARENINA'S COSTUMES

On ABC's Good Morning America, Elle Magazine's Joe Zee highlights what makes Jacqueline Durran's gorgeous Oscar-nominated costumes from ANNA KARENINA so special.

OSCAR NOMS FOR ANNA KARENINA, MOONRISE KINGDOM & PARANORMAN
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Nominations for the 85th Academy Awards were announced this morning and we are thrilled that the following Focus films have been recognized. PARANORMAN was nominated for Animated Feature Film for Sam Fell and Chris Butler. MOONRISEKINGDOM for Writing, Original Screenplay (Wes Anderson & Roman Coppola). And ANNA KARENINA goes home with four nominations: Cinematography (Seamus McCarvey); Costume Design (Jacqueline Durran); Production Design (Sarah Greenwood/ production design, Katie Spencer/set decoration); and Original Score (Dario Marianelli). Congratulations to all. The winners will be announced during the Oscar ceremony on February 24, 2013, at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood, CA.  Click "READ MORE" below to read what the honorees had to say about being nominated.

 

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The British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) has come out with their nominations for 2013, and we're thrilled to see their recognition of three Focus films. Joe Wright's ANNA KARENINA had six nominations: Outstanding British Film (Joe Wright, Tim Bevan, Eric Fellner, Paul Webster, Tom Stoppard); Original Music (Dario Marianelli); Cinematography (Seamus McGarvey); Production Design (Sarah Greenwood, Katie Spencer); Costume Design (Jacqueline Durran); Make Up & Hair (Ivana Primorac). MOONRISE KINGDOM was nominated for Original Screenplay for Wes Anderson and Roman Coppola. And PARANORMAN's directors Sam Fell and Chris Butler were nominated for Best Animated Film. Finally ANNA KARENINA's Alicia Vikander's was nominated for The EE Rising Star Award, a honor that is voted for by the public.  Congratulations to all for their much deserved honors. The winners will be announced at the  EE British Academy Film Awards on Sunday 10 February at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, London. 

KEIRA KNIGHTLEY'S FANDANGO FRONTRUNNERS VIDEO INTERVIEW

As part of the Frontrunners series, Dave Karger, Fandango's Chief Correspondent, spoke with Keira Knightley about the complexity of the her character in ANNA KARENINA. There's a great section where  Karger and Knightley watch a scene where Karenin (Jude Law) confronts Anna (Knightley), then discuss it.

PHOENIX FILM CRITICS SOCIETY AND CRITICS CHOICE NOMINATIONS
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Nominations are rolling in. Most recently Critics Choice and the Phoenix Film Critics Society came out with their 2012 nominations, with Focus Features being robustly represented.  For the Critics Choice Awards (bestowed annually by the Broadcast Film Critics Association), MOONRISE KINDGDOM was nominated for Best Picture, Best Young Actor/Actress (Kara Hayward), Best Ensemble Acting, Best Original Screenplay (Wes Anderson & Roman Coppola), and Best Score (Alexandre Desplat). ANNA KARENINA was nominated for Best Costume Design (Jacqueline Durran) and Best Art Direction (Sarah Greenwood, Katie Spencer). And PARANORMAN was nominated for Best Animated Film. 

For the Phoenix Film Critics Society, MOONRISE KINGDOM was nominated for Best Film, Best Screenplay - Original (Wes Anderson & Roman Coppola), Best Ensemble Acting, Best Production Design (Adam Stockhausen), Best Performance by a Youth in a Lead or Supporting Role - Female (Kara Hayward), and Best Performance by a Youth in a Lead or Supporting Role - Male (Jared Gilman). ANNA KARENINA was nominated for Best Costume Design (Jacqueline Durran) and Best Art Direction (Sarah Greenwood, Katie Spencer). And PARANORMAN was nominated for Best Animated Film. 

KEIRA KNIGHTLEY IS NY TIMES MAG'S DREAM ACTRESS

In New York Times Magazine special online video gallery "Wide-Awake" there are 13 short films featuring 13 of this year's most celebrated actresses enacting particular dreams. All the videos are directed by Tierney Gearon. Above is ANNA KARENINA's Keira Knightley in yet another mesmerizing role. Ms. Knightley was also on the cover of the New York Times Magazine special "The Hollywood Issue."

JIMMY FALLON SINGS KEIRA KNIGHTLEY'S PRAISES

Keira Knightley joined Jimmy Fallon on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon to talk about her new film ANNA KARENINA. Turns out Mr. Fallon loved the film, and her performance. Here are the two chatting about the film above, but you can also hear all about their Christmas plans in Part 1 video here.

ANNA KARENINA ON SALE AT ONE KINGS LANE
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Did the luxurious world of ANNA KARENINA make you wish you lived in that sumptuous world? Now you can - sort of. One Kings Lane is selling off objects and artifacts from the set of ANNA KARENINA. The sale started this Friday and already so many items are already sold out. Butcheck out the sale, before it's all gone. 

BRANAGH PRAISES KNIGHTLEY IN SPECIAL VARIETY COVERAGE
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In the "SAG Preview: Actors on Actors," Variety invites top thespians to comment on their colleagues' works. Actor/director Kenneth Branagh's piece on Keira Knightley is nothing short of breathtaking in its enthusiasm, praise and beauty. He writes, "Her effervescence of spirit is tangible and irresistible. Her whole being seems to blaze with a ferocity that is mesmerizing. This is Knightley as we have never seen her before so completely: a mature woman who is also impulsive, troubled, deceitful, sexual, passionate, heartbroken." Then he ends his piece with this lovely conclusion: "Like the novel itself, her work in the role is at once elegant and wild and compelling at every moment. A classic."  

Several other Focus Features performers have been included in this very entertaining series. Read what praise Alan Alda gives up to the talented Laura Linney in HYDE PARK ON HUDSON. Or how Ben Stiller praises the kids in MOONRISE KINGDOM.

NEW YORK TIMES ON DANCE IN ANNA KARENINA
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At the New York Times, Gia Kourlas looks at how dance came to ANNA KARENINA and the role that choreographer Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui played in bringing Joe Wright's vision to the screen. It's a fascinating piece about how dance and cinema work together from perspectives of the director, choreographer and the actors who had to perform the choreography. For Wright, "there's something magical or poetic about physical performance that I'm drawn to -- it's almost mystical. But I also think movement in relation to words is really interesting. So it's how the two operate together."

ANNA KARENINA FASHION AT FLARE MAGAZINE
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In a fun slide show article at the site for the Canadian fashion magazine Flare, "Wear Now: The Anna Karenina Look," Ryan Michael Cheung uses the illustrations by Jacqueline Durran for Banana Republic & Focus Features to showcase a range of other items one might get to spruce up their ANNA KARENINA look. Indeed one doesn't have to be Keira Knigtley to try out some of the fun fashions offerered here, whether it be the reasonably price Pink Martini dress (above) for $168 at Modcloth.com or, if you ready for a serious splurge, the Valentino embroidered purse for $4,280. 

LA TIMES VIDEO OF JOE WRIGHT AND KEIRA KNIGHTLEY
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Los Angeles Times blog "Movies Now" hosts a smart video as part of their "The Envelope Screening Series" in which ANNA KARENINA's director Joe Wright tallks to Rebecca Keegan about how he conceived of setting much of the story in a dilapidated theater. Wright explains, "I just felt like I was kind of treading paths that a lot of other people had trod before me. And for a long time I'd wanted to kind of experiment with stylization and the idea that to stylize is about subtraction rather than decoration." Go here to see video.

JUDE LAW MIXES IT UP AT CINEMABLEND.COM

Cinema Blend's Sean O'Connell sat down with ANNA KARENINA's Jude Law to talk about Joe Wright's ingenious concept for staging the famous story, as well as the role of Karenin.

ANNA KARENINA'S INTERIORS IN ELLE DéCOR
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In a special piece in Elle Décor, Ingrid Abramovitch speaks with Sarah Greenwood, the talented production designer of ANNA KARENINA about creating the film's unique and sumptuous look. To show it, the online edition has a slide show of rooms. For Anna Karenina's bedroom  (done up in blue), Greenwood comments, "It really frames the angst in those scenes, where Anna is in turmoil, waiting for her divorce. But it was a repressive color. At the end of the film, when we had a sale of furniture left over from the film, nobody wanted it."

EW'S Q&A WITH ANNA KARENINA'S ALICIA VIKANDER
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Since seeing Alecia Vikander in ANNA KARENINA, everyone seems to want to know more about the Sweedish beauty who plays Kitty. Entertainment Weekly's Solvej Schou got a chance to ask the young actress a few question, proving she really is as intelligent as she is beautiful. At one point she explains quite poingnantly her connection to her character:

I love that line I say, "I was so silly back then." And it's only been a couple of months. The rejection, but also the humiliation of that time, the social rules. To get that rejection in front of everyone's eyes. She was so young. Through that rejection, she became more humble and able to mature through that. As a young girl, she still matured. I remember from the age of 17 -- and I'm 24 now -- that your experiences color you. You grow up in just a few years. She's just an 18-year-old girl.

ANNA KARENINA'S TOM STOPPARD PROFILED IN USA TODAY
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In USA TODAY, Elysa Gardner spoke to Tom Stoppard, the acclaimed playwright and screenwriter, who penned the screenplay for Joe Wright's adaptation of Leo Tolstoy's great novel ANNA KARENINA. It's a fascinating piece that explores the dynamic interactions between two really creative minds. While Stoppard wrote his screenplay before Wright decided to stage much of his film inside a theater, the script stayed the same. For both artists, ANNA KARENINA explores the universal theme of love. As Stoppard notes, "in all its forms -- between brothers, lovers, mother and child, husband and wife."

KEIRA KNIGHTLEY TALKS WITH VANITY FAIR
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Vanity Fair Senior West Coast editor Krista Smith sits down with Keira Knightley to talk ANNA KARENINA -- what makes Joe Wright's adaptation so special, and what might surprise viewers. Watch the video here.

KEIRA KNIGHTLEY DONS GORGEOUS COSTUMES FOR PEOPLE ONLINE
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Click through People Magazine's gorgeous slideshow of Keira Knightley in costume. The gallery collects some great shots of the star in Joe Wright's epic romance ANNA KARENINA and on set with costume designer Jacqueline Durran. In addition, it looks back on the Durran/Knightley collaboration in previous Joe Wright films ATONEMENT and PRIDE & PREJUDICE.

BANANA REPUBLIC'S ANNA KARENINA COLLECTION
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It's here. Banana Republic was so inspired by the costumes from Joe Wright's ANNA KARENINA, that they teamed up with the costume designer Jacqueline Durran to create a special fall/winter fashion line inspired by the film and its story.