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    Austin Film Festival Names Award Winners

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    MoMA Screens "Best Films Not Screening"

    MoMA Screens "Best Films Not Screening"

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    For Your Consideration: Assessing The Major Oscar Categories

    What's been a slow awards season build since Toronto and Venice kicked things off two months ago is about to become an accelerated horserace. With Fox Searchlight's announcement yesterday that they were bumping up awards bait "Crazy Heart" for 2009 Oscar consideration, it's reasonable to believe tha...

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    Studios vs. Theaters: Clash Over FCC Waiver

    National Association of Theater Owners (NATO) president John Fithian is at war. He is in Washington right now fighting a pitched battle for exhibitors at the FCC. The LAT reported Wednesday:In regulatory filing today, the Motion Picture Assn. of America, the chief lobbying group for the major studios, restated its support for a waiver of current Federal Communications Commission rules that would clear the way for a technology that would allow consumers to watch movies at home close to or during their theatrical release. The so-called selectable output control technology would prevent the illegal copying of movies, which has been a maj...

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    99 Classics Mash-Up Video

    This Phish concert mash-up of their top 99 classic albums (they performed the entire Rolling Stones Exile on Main Street at one concert) is deliriously fun.

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    "A Single Man"'s Poster Has Arrived

    And it looks like The Weinstein Company is totally playing up the gay factor:

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    Entertainment Weekly Slashes Staff

    Entertainment Weekly lost eleven staffers Wednesday, including four editorial. My old Premiere colleague Christine Spines is out at the West Coast office. What's telling is that she specialized in writing features, something the magazine isn't interested in running anymore, as their stories get shor...

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    Herzog Times Two: My Son, My Son Opens December 11

    David Lynch and Industrial Entertainment will release writer-director Werner Herzog's My Son, My Son, What Have Ye Done, which played Venice, Telluride and Toronto, on December 11 at the IFC Center in New York. Other cities will follow.

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    Oscar Watch: Crazy Heart's Bridges Joins Actors Fray

    Back in July, Fox Searchlight paid low seven figures for worldwide rights to Crazy Heart, a movie the distrib felt needed a little work in the editing room. (Here's my announcement story.) It was one of the first buys by new co-presidents Nancy Utley and Steve Gilula after Peter Rice left to run Fox...

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    AFI Fest | Tapping in the Power of Free

    The 2009 edition of AFI Fest, which opened last Friday in Hollywood with the North American premiere of Wes Anderson's "Fantastic Mr. Fox," reflects radical changes made in the past year to the basic DNA of the American Film Institute's annual fall event. The festival's central venue has shifted fro...

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