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    Oscars 2012: Tony Bennett Will Perform at The Governors Ball

    After the Oscar show, while the 1,500 guests of the Governors Ball will not be sitting down to dinner--the Academy is feting them buffet style this year--they will be treated to a performance by music legend Tony Bennett. Academy president Tom Sherak calls the 85-year-old crooner "that rare art...

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    And the 2012 Oscar Presenters Are...Funny (UPDATED)

    Take a look at the stars lined up to present at the 84th Academy Awards on February 26. Clearly, the latest additions are taking this year's show in a comedy direction...

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    Isaach De Bankolé & Anthony Mackie Join Casts of 2 Dark Comedies

    Some quickie casting news...

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    Oscar/Spirits Poll 2012: Nigel M. Smith

    Nigel M. Smith, Indiewire

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    Oscar/Spirits Ballot 2012: Michał Oleszczyk

    Michał Oleszczyk, Slant Magazine

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    Oscar/Spirits Ballot 2012: Ed Gonzalez

    Ed Gonzalez, Slant Magazine

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    'Safe House' Director Daniel Espinosa's Drug World Thriller 'Snabba Cash' Finally Hits U.S. Theaters On July 27th

    Topping the North American box office for two weeks in a row with his Denzel Washington and Ryan Reynolds-starring actioner “Safe House” is providing the film’s Swedish helmer Daniel Espinosa with more clout than ever before, and making the director’s past work of interest al...

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    Discuss: With A New Trailer Arriving, Does 'Brave' Mark The Start Of A New Act For Pixar?

    For a company unaccustomed to anything but bountiful praise and spectacular box office, 2011 must have been a little tough for Pixar. This is a relative term: while "Cars 2" might have had the company's lowest ever admissions domestically (and second lowest gross), it performed well ov...

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    The 2011 Best Picture Oscar Lineup in Terms of Race, Class, Gender and (Subjectively Speaking) Quality

    Yesterday I took on this year's best picture Oscar race, concluding the obvious in its pathetic representation of race, class, gender and (from my own perspective, at least) quality filmmaking. To follow up -- and show in retrospect just how shitty this year's lineup is -- I've done the ...

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    How 'Wanderlust' Illustrates the Problem With Every David Wain Movie

    Like every David Wain movie, "Wanderlust" contains the grain of a good idea that never reaches fruition. A kind of spiritual sequel to "Wet Hot American Summer," the most widely revered entry in the Wain oeuvre, "Wanderlust" follows an unemployed New York couple wh...

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