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    Oscar Talk Episode 23: Last Phase Tricky Campaign and Voting Issues

    On Oscar Talk 23, Kris Tapley and I chew over the last phase of this year's Oscar campaigns and issues surrounding the email misstep by rookie The Hurt Locker producer Nicholas Chartier and any impact it could have on the race. We both have problems with the preferential ballot process, as Academy ...

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    Good Movies—Resurrected

    Ellen Burstyn in Resurrection (1980)

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    "Practice" Director Alvarez: "Everyone who worked on the film should feel like they own it"

    Kyle Patrick Alvarez's "Easier with Practice," about a man drawn into a long-term phone sex relationship, is up for the Best First Feature prize at this year's Independent Spirit Awards. Alvarez discusses his career and the importance of collaboration in making the film a reality.

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    For Your Consideration: Predicting The Animated, Foreign & Doc Feature Winners

    Before next week's final pre-Oscar column that intends to run down each and every category for your prognosticatory pleasure, this very last category-by-category batch edition of "For Your Consideration" takes on the three non-Best Picture best pictures, where the alleged best in animation, document...

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    The Yin of Yang: "A Brighter Summer Day"

    Those of us who get easily swept up in the tender, boundless empathy of Yi Yi may find it difficult to remember (or, due to the general lack of availability of Edward Yang’s other films, may not even realize) that much of this great Taiwanese director’s career sprang from his bitter sense of irony. While Yang’s final masterpiece suggested an artist beginning to make peace with an unjust world, his other major works were made in a spirit of indignant protest against a culture he felt was actively suppressing its own history and cheating its youth. Now that the World Cinema Foundation’s newly restored print of the 1991 epic A Brighter Summer D...

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    Movie Research Guru Goetz Goes Indie

    In a bid to run his own show, 23-year market research veteran Kevin Goetz is launching his own full service research and marketing firm, Screen Engine. He has moved into new offices in Beverly Hills and is looking for clients. They won't be hard to find. Goetz, a member of the Academy's PR branch, has been advising the studios on their marketing campaigns for many years, at NRG and then OTX. (Here's Variety.) "I wanted to have a company I could drive in my own direction," he says, "using what my clients have come to expect from me. It's gotten complicated. The numbers are not enough. They want interpretation and strategic understanding of the...

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    cinemadaily | Burton's "Wonderland" Premieres

    The first reviews for Tim Burton's hyper-hyped "Alice in Wonderland" are trickling in following its premiere in London last night. What to anticipate when the film opens in the US next week:

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    Oscar Update: Gurus 'O Gold Final Vote, Last-Ditch Campaign Craziness

    As the final phase of Oscar campaigning winds down--many of the Academy's 5700 voters have already mailed in their ballots, which are due on March 2--it's striking that while most categories have settled into clear-cut front-runners (except for foreign and some tech categories like editing) the best...

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