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  • Thompson on Hollywood
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    Academy Names Beauchamp and Keating Academy Film Scholars; Accepting Nicholl Fellowship Screenplays

    One of the reasons the Academy is so eager to get good ratings at the Oscars is that the ad revenue that they raise that night funds all their ongoing activity, from exhibitions and programming to the Academy Library. They also back film scholarship and the high-profile Nicholl Screenwriting Fellowship competition, which is now accepting entries for 2011. The Academy will award up to five $30,000 fellowships in November. Last year's competition drew 6,304 entries; since 1985, the Academy has awarded 118 fellowships, which function as a gateway to the industry.

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  • Thompson on Hollywood
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    Michael Moore Declares War on America's Uber-Class: "America is Not Broke"

    Filmmaker/activist Michael Moore (Fahrenheit 9/11, Capitalism: A Love Story) is on the war path against America's greed-is-good uber-rich. On Sunday he impulsively flew to join protesters in Madison, Wisconsin--and he is as angry as Inside Job Oscar-winner Charles Ferguson, who declared at the Academy Awards: "I must start by pointing out that three years after our horrific financial crisis caused by financial fraud, not a single financial executive has gone to jail. And that's wrong."

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  • The Playlist
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    'G.I. Joe 2' Release Date Set For August 10, 2012

    So with the cast presumably coming together for "G.I. Joe 2," Paramount has gone ahead and set a late summer release date for the film with August 10, 2012 penciled in.

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  • The Playlist
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    Alex Pettyfer In The Running For Peeta Mellark In 'Hunger Games'; Wants To See A Script

    The hottest project around town for young actresses appears to be "The Hunger Games." The franchise ready film has already seen a number of names circling the lead role of Katniss Everdeen including Hailee Steinfeld, Abigail Breslin, Jennifer Lawrence, Chloe Moretz, Lyndsy Fonseca, Emma Roberts, Saoirse Ronan, Kaya Scodelario, Emily Browning and Shailene Woodley; and that's just the ones we know of as thirty actresses have met or read for the part. However, there is also a male lead part, Peeta Mellark, the love interest of sorts for Katniss and fellow District 12 resident. And naturally, a rising young name has been linked.

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  • Leonard Maltin
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    A Chaplin Milestone

    This home-made cake pays tribute to the 75th anniversary—to the day—of “the end of the silent film era,” February 5, 1936, the date of Modern Times’ premiere in New York City. It also gives you some idea of the spirit behind Chaplinfest.

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  • The Playlist
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    Watch: Michel Gondry's Multi-Screen Vid For Living Sisters' & R.E.M's "Uberlin" With Aaron Johnson

    James Franco, Albert Maysles, Lance Bangs & More Tapped To Direct Videos For R.E.M.While "The Green Hornet" was a forgettable comic book movie marred by more than a few problems, director Michel Gondry did get to sneak in some of his distinctive style from time-to-time including an ambitious split screen sequence, one of the few highlights of the film. But overall, it was a Gondry film in name only. Well, for those seeking the wickedly lo-fi creativity of the director that put him on the map, look no further than the latest video for The Living Sisters (via Wired). Helmed by Gondry, the triple split screen video is a charming tale about the birth of a baby that features earthquakes, fires, bikers and enough no-budget effects for ten videos. It's winning, warming and a reminder of how good Gondry can be.

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  • Spout
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    Short Starts: "Jane Eyre" Director Cary Fukunaga's "Victoria Para Chino"

    When I heard that Cary Fukunaga was attached as director to Focus Feature’s “Jane Eyre” (which opens in limited release this Friday), I have to admit that I was a little surprised. It’s not that I don’t think he’s up to the job; he’s an incredibly talented director, whose 2009 debut feature, “Sin Nombre,” was one of my favorites of that year. Rather, I was struck because an adaptation of a 19th century English literary classic is a distant jump from his prior work. Both “Sin Nombre” and his award-winning student film “Victoria Para Chino” are gritty and honest explorations of illegal immigration into the US via the Mexican border, powerful stories of humanity on the move. This short film is available on iTunes.

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  • The Playlist
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    Soundtrack Details Of 'Red Riding Hood' Composed By Sofia Coppola Collaborator Brian Reitzell

    Tracklistings For 'Source Code' & 'Your Highness' Also RevealedA round up of soundtrack news this morning via the good folks at Film Music Reporter who have been on the ball as of late.

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  • The Playlist
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    Arnold Schwarzenegger Says He's Been Offered 'Terminator,' 'Predator' & 'Running Man' Remakes

    Governator Also Packaging A Comic Book Movie That Will Be Announced Very SoonThe Governator's reign in office is over, and the last action hero is gearing up to return to the big screen. Earlier this year, the actor revealed that he was beginning to look over scripts including one that many speculated was the long brewing WWII pic "With Wings As Eagles" but it turns out the offers have been flooding.

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  • Matt Dentler's Blog
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