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    Oscar Round-Up: The Social Network Leads Buzz, Bullock vs. Lane, Renner's a Star

    As awards season heats up and the growing surge of Oscar pundits weigh in more frequently, every Thursday the Daily Read will round up their worthiest efforts. And every Friday, as usual, we post the Oscar Talk podcast: this week we welcome London Fest attendees Guy Lodge (In Contention) and Peter K...

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    Weekly Prediction Update: Oscars 13/10/10

    To supplement each Wednesday's Oscar column (which today offers 10 "underdog actors" worthy of consideration), I'm offering a weekly update of Oscar predictions with 9 of the major categories ranked in order of personal preference of probability (foreign film - which just announced its final list - was this week's new addition, wiith more categories will be added through the weeks). This'll go on between now and nomination morning. Obviously, some weeks will have very little to offer in terms of how much really changes, particularly between now and December. But for what it's worth, here's what I think is gonna go down, with the predicted no...

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    Vintage Bitchy Madonna

    If you have not spent hours roaming through the website Letters of Note, do so now. It offers an endless collection of letters, postcards, telegrams, faxes, and memos from pretty much every historical context imaginable, including this doozy that Madonna wrote to photographer Steven Meisel (the man ...

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    Mr. Kim Goes to Festivals

    Pusan International Film Festival's outgoing director has written a travelogue on festivals. You can read about it here on Film Business Asia, or scroll down for the full text. Mr. Kim is an extraordinary man who has rebuilt the South Korean film industry and relocated it to its origninal home, Pu...

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    Weinstein to Counter MPAA "Valentine" Ruling

    Hoping to reverse a potentially damaging ruling by the MPAA last week, The Weinstein Company said today that it would appeal last week's NC-17 rating for its Sundance 2010 pick up, "Blue Valentine" by Derek Cianfrance.

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    Oscar Watch: 2012 Show Will Not Move Up, Bruce Davis Retires

    Much has been made lately about how the Academy was trying to figure out a way to move up the Oscars in 2012--under ratings pressure from ABC--to get ahead of the pack of awards shows in January and February. I thought it was ludicrous as well as impossible --I detailed the reasons here--so I am not...

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    REVIEW | Colombian Squalor: "The Two Escobars"

    The history of Colombia's tattered international reputation is not an unexplored field, but Jeff and Michael Zimbalist's Tribeca Film Festival world premiere documentary "The Two Escobars," provides an original strategy for framing it. A study in contrasts, the movie oscillates between two men with ...

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    Luke Evans And Alice Eve Join John Cusack In James McTiegue's 'The Raven'

    Quoth the raven, "Nevermore." For an author that most contemporary readers don't rush out to read, one look at IMDB will tell you that adaptations of Edgar Allan Poe's work haven't stopped; though high-profile films do seem to be in shorter supply. The most notable was probably the Josh Lucas thrill...

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