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    Gerard Butler & Antoine Fuqua Teaming For Sci-Fi Actioner 'Afterburn'

    Project Sounds Suspiciously Like Film-Within-A-Film From 'Tropic Thunder' Gerard Butler and Antoine Fuqua may not have much in common on the surface, but there's one thing that links them inextricably right now: they're both former flavors-of-the-months who've had a series of recent disappointments...

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    Final Thoughts on the Amazonas Film Festival.

    In case you missed my somewhat lengthy dispatch for indieWIRE on Friday, I spent the past week in Brazil, attending a film festival in the middle of the Amazon rainforest. Of course, the Amazonas Film Festival loves to play up the exoticism of its locale, which isn't actually engulfed by trees and wild animals. The city of Manaus, two million strong, has been a pretty civilized place for decades. But the logline and the truth were always pitted against each other at this impressive gathering, which I attended thanks to a generous invitation from the state of Amazonas. Some people think that letting a festival cover your expenses immediately c...

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    'The Muppets' Add Alan Arkin, Billy Crystal, JCVD To Loaded Cast

    Hollywood casting can be like musical chairs. So when people bemoan how certain actors don't take quality projects, or how others don't work that often, it's usually just a case that they haven't managed to stay in the public eye. Which probably benefits Disney's "The Muppets" since a cavalcade of s...

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    OWN Picks Up Three Docs for Spring Debut

    Making headway on recent statements that Oprah Winfrey's new OWN network will be a player in the documentary scene, the fledgling channel announced three pick ups Monday. OWN has acquired rights to Lisa Leeman's "One Lucky Elephant," Nimisha Mukerji and Philip Lyall's "65_Redroses," and Matthew D. K...

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    Criterion February 2011 Slate Includes 'Sweet Smell Of Success,' 'Fish Tank,' 'Senso'

    It looks like Criterion's February 2011 slate is primed to bankrupt us so we'll definitely be socking away the money Grandma sent with her Christmas card this year so we can snag some of these. Split between two classics and two celebrated contemporary films, the February slate is a strong one.

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    15 Films Qualify For Oscar's Animated Feature Category

    Fifteen features have been accepted for consideration in the Animated Feature Film category for the 83rd Academy Awards. That's one short of the 16 necessary for 5 films to be nominated, meaning this year's Oscars will feature only 3 nominees in the category.

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    Academy Accepts 15 Submissions for Animation Race: Only Three Nomination Slots

    Bad news for contenders in the Oscar animation race--unless you happen to be Toy Story 3 or How to Train Your Dragon--now all the 15 submissions accepted by the Academy will be vying for three slots. If there had been 16, there would have been five slots. That did not happen, so the likes of Tangled...

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    Graeme Taylor For President 2028

    This 14 year old boy makes it clear that age ain't nothing but a number when it comes to understanding humanity and compassion. At a recent school board meeting in Michigan, openly gay student Graeme Taylor came to the defence of a teacher who had been suspended from work for disciplining an anti-ga...

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    Jean-Luc Godard Says His Next Film Will Have A Talking Dog & That Oscar Meant Nothing To Him

    Also Has Some Stuff To Say About Blacks & Jews TooNow that the honorary Oscars have been given out and Jean-Luc Godard doesn't have to be Mister Public Relations nice guy about the whole thing (not that ever was or needed to be) the director has revealed what his next project might be, what he reall...

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    The 'Cowboys & Aliens' Teaser Poster Looks Like The 'Jonah Hex' One Sheet

    Someone over at Universal's marketing department needs to be fired, or at least given a stern talking to. With the studio taking "The Thing" off its calendar for next year and experiencing trouble with their Hasbro-related franchises, they could definitely use a hit. So too bad then their highly ant...

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