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  • Shadow and Act
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    Kenyan Director Wanuri Kahiu (Focus Features Africa First Sci-Fi Short "Pumzi") Discusses Afrofuturism

    Right in my backyard... I might be able to make this actually, if time is on my side that evening; maybe you will too.

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  • Thompson on Hollywood
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    Rachel Weisz on Working with Malick

    Rachel Weisz on Working with Malick

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  • Spout
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    Which Animated Short Could Possibly Beat Pixar's "La Luna" for the Oscar?

    Yesterday the Academy announced the 10 animated shorts that have made it onto the shortlist for the Oscar, to be given out in February. Only three to five of these films will be nominated, but even getting this far is an incredibly exciting accomplishment. Therefore, instead of just copying out the list and moving on, let’s talk about them a bit.

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  • Thompson on Hollywood
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    Weekend Preview: Sex & Power Dominate The Box Office: Shame, Sleeping Beauty, Coriolanus, Outrage, The Lady

    Forget feel-good holiday movies: themes of sex and power dominate this weekend's newcomers. Feast on the dark side before more heartwarming Christmas fare hits multiplexes--"War Horse" will loosen your tear ducts and we can assume 9/11 drama "Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close" will do the same. (Then there's that "feel bad movie" of Christmas, "The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo.")

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  • The Playlist
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    Oh Good, Allan Loeb Wrote 'San Andreas: 3D' An Earthquake Disaster Movie

    "...veteran Hollywood screenwriter"? Whoa, whoa there 24 Frames, let's not lose our minds when talking about Allan Loeb. This "veteran" only had his first screenplay produced four years ago ("Things We Lost In The Fire") and since than has become the highest paid hack in Hollywood, getting paid millions to deliver dreck like "Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps," "The Dilemma," "The Switch" and "Just Go With It." Next year, the mediocrity continues as he's penned the '80s musical "Rock Of Ages" and the Kevin James MMA comedy (we're not fucking kidding) "Here Comes The Boom." The guy also has a number of projects in development, including one bonafide disaster.

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  • Thompson on Hollywood
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    Watch: Three Clips with Charlize Theron from Reitman and Cody's Young Adult

    Jason Reitman's new movie "Young Adult," written by his "Juno" collaborator Diablo Cody, opens in limited release December 9. Charlize Theron goes wicked as a teen lit writer who returns to her home town to reclaim her high school boyfriend (Patrick Wilson). The catch? He's happily married, so her scheme doesn't go according to plan. Check out a sneak peek below of three clips from the film, which Reitman describes as a love story between Theron and Patton Oswalt--both are building Oscar buzz. (Our Reitman Q & A will go up shortly.)

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  • Shadow and Act
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    Watch: Actors Roundtable On The Work That Is Acting, Choosing Roles, What Makes A Great Actor, Awards, More...

    Watch the full hour-long Award Season roundtable series courtesy of The Hollywood Reporter, embedded below.

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  • The Playlist
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    Hailee Steinfeld Will Play 'Ender's Game'

    It's kind of shocking that we haven't heard more from Hailee Steinfeld, who swept us off our feet last year in The Coen Brothers' "True Grit" remake, going from virtual unknown to critical darling. But maybe she was just biding her time, as Variety is reporting she's about to land a plum role - that of Petra Arkanian, the female lead in OddLot Entertainment's big budget adaptation of Orson Scott Card's sci-fi epic "Ender's Game." According to Variety, she'll be playing "a gifted young gamer skilled in strategy and logistics who's recruited by the government to help battle an insect-like alien race." So, are we sure this isn't just a fancy remake of "WarGames"?

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  • Women and Hollywood
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    The Lady

    The Lady is opening today for one week in LA for an Oscar qualifying run. It will open early next year here in the US. The review below was written based on the version that was at the Toronto Film Festival. I have been told that they film is about 30 minutes shorter. I haven't seen the new version yet.

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  • Thompson on Hollywood
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    Academy Begins Accepting Entries for 39th Student Academy Awards

    Academy Mails 5777 Oscar Ballots, Due January 23

    The Academy is accepting entries for the 39th annual Student Academy Awards, which will be held in the Samuel Goldwyn Theater in Beverly Hills on June 9, 2012. The U.S. competition is open to all full-time college students at an accredited school whose films are made within the context of a program or class. Entries are due on April 2, 2012. International students must also be full-time and attending a school that is a member of the international film school organization CILECT. The deadline for foreign student films is March 23, 2012. The Academy began the Student Academy Awards competition in 1972 to reward excellent filmmaking at the college level. The awards' past winners have received a cumulative 43 Oscar nominations and eight wins and include some impressive alumni, such as John Lasseter, a 1979 and 1980 winner and the director of "Toy Story" and "Cars."

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