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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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    Producers Guild To Honor Scott Rudin with David O. Selznick Achievement Award

    Love him or hate him, but producer Scott Rudin is fighting the good fight for good movies--at a time when very few have the will or power to win that battle--and thus the 2011 Producers Guild of America's David O. Selznick achievement award for motion pictures is well-deserved.

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    LAST CRITICS STANDING

    A wave of memories and mixed emotions came over me as I read the news of Gene Shalit’s retirement from NBC’s Today Show this week. Shalit’s once robust presence had diminished in recent times, but he was still part of the team after 40 years, and his departure marks yet another loss in the world of movie reviews. Although he had a background in journalism, some people never took him seriously, in part because of his flamboyant appearance, but make no mistake: he’s a smart guy who reached an enormous audience. (He also inspired an imitation by SCTV’s Eugene Levy that was sidesplittingly funny.) On a personal level, he has special meaning for m...

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    Berlin, Cannes Winners Round Out Film Forum's Winter and Spring Schedule

    Film Forum is welcoming the winter and spring months with a diverse slate of films from Britain, Scandinavia, Chad, Romania, Thailand, and Italy. Romania's official entry to the Academy Awards, Florin Serban's "If I Want to Whistle, I Whistle" will kick off their 2011 slate in January. The film took...

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