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    Academy Foundation Grants $45,000 for 2011 Film Festivals

    The Academy Foundation of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences is awarding $450,000 to thirty 2011 film festivals including a three-year grant totaling $150,000 for the Chicago International Film Festival's World Cinema Spotlight section. Both the Nashville and New Orleans Film Festivals ...

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    Aaron Eckhart Will Play An Ex-CIA Agent In 'The Expatriate'

    AFM week means tons and tons of news. Let's get to it. Aaron Eckhart, who's proved his chops in big mainstream tentpoles like "The Dark Knight," plus his true thespian powers in the upcoming "Rabbit Hole," is set to star in the drama, "The Expatriate."

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    Watch: LCD Soundsystem Supervideo For 'Pow Pow' With Anna Kendrick, Directed By David Ayer

    The cult of celebrity gets tackled in the latest visually arresting video supervideo for "Pow Pow" by LCD Soundsystem.

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    Tony Gilroy Went To See '127 Hours,' Doesn't Mean He Wants James Franco As Next Bourne

    So with the Internet now spinning a really tenuous story about Tony Gilroy supposedly eyeing James Franco for the lead role in "The Bourne Legacy," we just want to temper things a moment and point out the one line in the NY Post report that everyone seems to be ignoring: "But a source close to Gilro...

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    Natalie Portman Gets Some Carrots From Ashton Kutcher In First Image From 'No Strings Attached'

    The first image has arrived for the upcoming comedy "No Strings Attached," and how weird it is that the most visually arresting thing in it is a bunch of carrots?

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    Stephen Dorff, Christian Slater, Wes Bentley Join Indie Drug Thriller 'Rites Of Passage'

    English Actress Kate Maberly Also In CastStephen Dorff, who might be experiencing a career renaissance after his turn in Sofia Coppola’s “Somewhere,” is joining Christian Slater in the indie thriller “Rites of Passage.” Dorff and Slater, as well as another comeback kid Wes Bentley (who kicked a hero...

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    MGM Aims To Have 'Bond 23' In Theaters In November 2012

    New Bond Film To Arrive Every Two Years After ThatWe'll try and keep the boring economics of this to minimum because it makes us fall asleep too, but MGM recently officially filed for bankruptcy and began restructuring proceedings that will put the legendary studio back into the business of making m...

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    Godard Anti-Semitism Issue Clouds Honorary Oscar

    The Academy of Motion Pictures Arts & Sciences may be regretting its decision to award Jean-Luc Godard, 79, an honorary Oscar on November 13. First, it seemed that the French-Swiss filmmaker indicated might not show up. Then he allowed that he might. Then he admitted that he couldn't.

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    The Hollywood Reporter's Actress Roundtable Video Destroyed My Attempt At Being Productive Tonight

    Hilary Swank, Nicole Kidman, Amy Adams, Natalie Portman, Annette Bening, and Helena Bonham Carter walk into a swanky hotel conference room. For an hour and one minute, they just gab... about their careers and their families and the roles all of them are in serious Oscar contention for this year (except Swank, sorry... were Lesley Manville, Jennifer Lawrence or Diane Lane not available?). And for an hour and one minute, instead of doing the night's work I had adamantly planned on doing, I just sort of watch in awe. Because The Hollywood Reporter has pulled of a classy, intimate video with these women that is sure to make anyone who can apprec...

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