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    Billy Joel Doc Last Play at Shea to Play 120 Exclusive One-Night Only Shows October 21

    Wrekin Hill will open Tribeca Film Fest doc The Last Play at Shea in 120 markets for exclusive one-night stand engagements on October 21. Initial cities include New York, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Miami, Chicago, Boston, Las Vegas, Philadelphia, Dallas, and Washington, D.C.. Several theaters will hold the film for an extended theatrical run.

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    Film Still: "Poison"

    Todd Haynes' essential "Poison" is coming back to the big screen for a week-long run at the IFC Center next month. Can you think of a better moment to revive this classic of American independent cinema?

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  • Thompson on Hollywood
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    Oscar Round-Up: The Social Network Leads Buzz, Bullock vs. Lane, Renner's a Star

    Oscar Round-Up: The Social Network Leads Buzz, Bullock vs. Lane, Renner's a Star

    As awards season heats up and the growing surge of Oscar pundits weigh in more frequently, every Thursday the Daily Read will round up their worthiest efforts. And every Friday, as usual, we post the Oscar Talk podcast: this week we welcome London Fest attendees Guy Lodge (In Contention) and Peter Knegt (indieWIRE).

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  • Thompson on Hollywood
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    Oscar Watch: Foreign Language Race Frontrunners

    Oscar Watch: Foreign Language Race Frontrunners

    The final list of 65 submissions for the foreign language Oscar is posted below. One of the reasons that the Academy will not be moving up the Oscar date for 2012 is this category, which requires that the members of the foreign language branch see 80% of the films on the big screen in their selection (among four groups: red, white, blue, green) to qualify to vote. The members sign in to each screening. If they don't see enough of the films, their vote doesn't count. Once they meet their quota, they can weigh in on films in the other groups as well. No screeners--they have to read subtitles. Which is why the notion of having this group look at streaming movies was absurd. (One critics' fave that did not qualify for submission for the Oscars was the five-hour Olivier Assayas film Carlos, which was made for television. IFC is seeking critics' groups and Golden Globes (TV or mini-series) consideration. Multi-lingual Venezuelan actor Edgar Ramirez deserves some year-end kudos for his sexy, dangerous, layered performance as Carlos the Jackal.) UPDATE: This week's Oscar Talk gang of four discuss the foreign race in depth, posted Friday at 9 AM PST.

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  • The Lost Boys
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    Weekly Prediction Update: Oscars 13/10/10

    To supplement each Wednesday's Oscar column (which today offers 10 "underdog actors" worthy of consideration), I'm offering a weekly update of Oscar predictions with 9 of the major categories ranked in order of personal preference of probability (foreign film - which just announced its final list - was this week's new addition, wiith more categories will be added through the weeks). This'll go on between now and nomination morning. Obviously, some weeks will have very little to offer in terms of how much really changes, particularly between now and December. But for what it's worth, here's what I think is gonna go down, with the predicted nominees in bold.. and note that #1 is not necessarily the predicted winner, just the most likely to get a nomination. The previous week's ranking is in brackets beside it.

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  • Matt Dentler's Blog
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    UK Playstations to Get Subscription Streaming

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  • The Lost Boys
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    Vintage Bitchy Madonna

    If you have not spent hours roaming through the website Letters of Note, do so now. It offers an endless collection of letters, postcards, telegrams, faxes, and memos from pretty much every historical context imaginable, including this doozy that Madonna wrote to photographer Steven Meisel (the man who later help her make "Sex") from the set of "A League of Their Own" back in 1991. She complains about the lack of "beautiful men" in the city of Chicago, and makes known her apparent hatred of all actresses, calling Geena Davis a "Barbie Doll". Check it out:

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    Mr. Kim Goes to Festivals

    Pusan International Film Festival's outgoing director has written a travelogue on festivals. You can read about it here on Film Business Asia, or scroll down for the full text. Mr. Kim is an extraordinary man who has rebuilt the South Korean film industry and relocated it to its origninal home, Pusan, after the allies made Seoul its center during what we in America call "The Korean War".

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  • Thompson on Hollywood
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    Oscar Watch: 2012 Show Will Not Move Up, Bruce Davis Retires

    Oscar Watch: 2012 Show Will Not Move Up, Bruce Davis Retires

    Much has been made lately about how the Academy was trying to figure out a way to move up the Oscars in 2012--under ratings pressure from ABC--to get ahead of the pack of awards shows in January and February. I thought it was ludicrous as well as impossible --I detailed the reasons here--so I am not the slightest bit surprised that the Board of Governors in their wisdom has figured out that streaming movies for voters in order to get them to see the films in time was not a solution. Here's a statement from AMPAS regarding the date of the Oscar show in 2012: The Academy’s Board of Governors has determined that the date of the 84th Academy Awards in 2012 will not be significantly earlier than the now-traditional last Sunday in February. A different date still remains a possibility in subsequent years, and the Academy’s staff and Board will continue to evaluate the advantages and challenges associated with such a change.

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