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    Academy Sets Animated Short Shortlist

    The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences today announced that 10 animated short films will advance in the voting process for the 82nd Academy Awards. Thirty-seven pictures had originally qualified in the category.

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    Oscar Talk Episode Eleven: Governors Awards, Tarantino, Holbrook, Docs

    In the eleventh installment of Oscar Talk, In Contention's Kris Tapley and I have a go at last weekend's Governors Awards, Quentin Tarantino's Inglourious Basterds, the documentary short list and Hal Holbrook's performance in That Evening Sun. Over at Awards Daily, Sasha Stone assembles a bigger gro...

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    50th TIFF- Fashionable film folk

    The university city of Thessaloniki is full of students in casual garb, but at the film festival, actors and filmmakers wear a range of looks.

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    Dear Canadians With Televisions,

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    Twilight Saga: New Moon Breaks Harry Potter Midnight Ticket Sales Record

    Based on the torrid rate of Fandango and MovieTickets.com advance online ticket sales, it's not a huge surprise that The Twilight Saga: New Moon broke the midnight ticket sales record set last summer by Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince , reports the LAT:

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    IDFA: Emotional Start to World's Most Important Doc Fest

    Veteran directors Frederic Wiseman, D.A. Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus are among the documentary mavericks attending the 22nds International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam (IDFA), which opened last night in the Netherlands' largest city. The festival is considered the most important in the world...

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    Bendinger Launches Screenwriting Contest

    Screenwriter Jessica Bendinger (Bring it On) is going interactive to promote the November 24 release of her Simon & Schuster novel The Seven Rays. She's inviting aspiring screenwriters to adapt any portion of the book into a 2-5 page screenplay in order to win an in-depth consultation with her.

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    Not-So-Magnificent Obsession: Almodóvar's "Broken Embraces"

    If he weren’t so damn likable and talented, it would be tempting to begrudge Pedro Almodóvar his success. Almodóvar—always a gifted visual stylist—turned an artistic corner a decade ago with All About My Mother and its follow-up, Talk to Her. To the eye-popping color, self-conscious deconstruction of genre, and playful performativity that had characterized his earlier work, those films added an emotional maturity and clarity that his previous movies only hinted at. They were serious, and they were seriously fun to watch. Since then, Almodóvar has honed a brand of cinema that weds respectability and commercial viability so seamlessly that Cann...

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    cinemadaily | "Mammoth" Letdown

    In his review for indieWIRE, Eric Hynes calls Lukas Moodysson's latest, "Mammoth," a "career killer" and, while his may be among the most damning reviews of the film, which opens in the US today, it's getting very little love from critics on the whole.

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    Way Gone: "The Missing Person"

    Updating the private investigator film with September 11 shadings is not a terribly novel idea, but writer/director Noah Buschel isn't an idea man. He likes feelings, atmosphere, actors, and emotion, and he originally said he was inspired to make The Missing Person because he was reading Raymond Chandler around the time of the attacks—but then he told indieWIRE that he was being slightly disingenuous when he originally said this, as his motivations were more vague. Buschel's deprioritzing of tagline-ready storytelling mechanics is evident as his movie gawkily transitions between various plots. Surprisingly, it's two elements that might seem l...

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