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    James Earl Jones & Oprah Winfrey Will Receive Honorary Oscars

    James Earl Jones and Oprah Winfrey have been named 2011 honorary Oscar recipients. They will receive their awards at the third annual Governors Awards dinner and ceremony in Hollywood on Saturday, November 12.

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  • The Playlist
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    Forest Whitaker & Anthony Mackie Starring In Voodoo Horror Flick 'Vipaka'

    Sanaa Lathan & Mike Epps Also On BoardIn theory, winning an Oscar is meant to provide a boost to your career. In theory. But somehow, the four and a half years since Forest Whitaker took home a golden man for his portrayal of Idi Amin in "The Last King of Scotland" have provided a series of diminishing returns. Aside from a handful of exceptions, both his Oscar-bait films like "Hurricane Season" and "The Great Debaters" and would-be commercial properties like "Street Kings" and "Repo Men" tanked, while an alarming number of his pictures seem to be skipping theatrical release entirely, and he spent last year leading the swiftly-cancelled CBS procedural "Criminal Minds: Suspect Behavior."

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    Miami International Film Festival Call for Entries

    Poster by Javier Mariscal, BarcelonaMiami is at the geographical and cultural crossroads of all these worlds – the natural place where South & Central America, Europe and the United States can centrally intersect. Miami International Film Festival has provided the venue and vehicle for these encuentros as part of the annual Festival since the creation of the Encuentros program in 2003. Though this event is by invitation only, finished Ibero American films are invited to send in their entries now. This premier showcase for Ibero-American cinema in the U.S. awards more than $55,000 USD in cash and symbolic prizes in major categories. Says Jaie Laplante, the festival’s executive director, We have increased our prizes to USD$45,000 in our Iberoamerican competition. Another new initiative for 2012 is that $15,000 of our Grand Prize money in this category will go to the film’s U.S. distributor – and if the film doesn’t have one when it wins, it will have up to 30 days to finalize any pending deal.Organizers of the Miami International Film Festival (March 2-11, 2012), produced and presented by Miami Dade College, are now accepting official entries for the 29th edition of the beloved event.

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  • Caryn James
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    Can Rachel Weisz Save "The Whistleblower"?

    As we know from her role as the anti-big-pharma activist in The Constant Gardener, Rachel Weisz can perform a rare feat: playing socially-conscious heroines who are fierce and passionate without being self-righteous. In The Whistleblower she is so perfectly cast as a woman who stumbles across high-level sex-trafficking that she almost single-handedly carries this disjointed movie and its weighty theme.

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  • Women and Hollywood
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    Oprah to Receive the Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award

    Next February at the Academy Awards, Oprah will be awarded the Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award. It's not an award they give every year, just when the Academy feels they have a worthy recipient.

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  • Shadow and Act
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    Laurence Fishburne Joins "Man Of Steel" Cast To Play Perry White

    Laurence Fishburne, who'll next be seen on the big screen in Steven Soderbergh's Contagion, has signed on to play Perry White, the Daily Planet editor-in-chief in the next Superman movie, Man of Steel.

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    Bill Duke's "Dark Girls" Documentary Will World Premiere At TIFF 2011

    Posted to Tweeter a few minutes ago by Cameron Bailey, co-director of the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF), which bows next month:

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  • Women and Hollywood
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    Chicken and Egg Pictures Announces 2011 Grants

    Chicken and Egg Pictures supports women filmmakers who are telling the tough stories. They just gave out their latest round of grants. One of the the organization's co-founders filmmaker Judith Helfand spoke about this latest round of grants.

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  • The Playlist
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    30 Minutes Of Lost Alfred Hitchcock-Penned Film 'The White Shadow' Unearthed In New Zealand

    Any kind of discovery of a lost film is something of a victory for movie lovers, but particularly so when one of the 17 or so silent-era films that the master Alfred Hitchcock was involved in -- something of a Holy Grail for film restorers -- are dug up, and good news has arrived today courtesy of the LA Times. The paper reports that The National Film Preservation Foundation has announced that three reels, totaling about 30 minutes, of "The White Shadow," a 1923 film on which Hitchcock was the writer, assistant director, editor and production designer, have been discovered, and will be premiered at the Academy on September 22nd.

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