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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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  • Thompson on Hollywood
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    Producers Guild Announces Documentary Nominations

    Sundance Video: James Marsh Talks HBO's Project Nim, Roadside Lands U.S. Theatrical Rights

    The Producers Guild of America (PGA) has chosen its five documentary features to be voted on for best documentary. Last year, "The Kings Speech" won the PGA's Darryl F. Zanuck Producer of the Year Award in Theatrical Motion Pictures--the fourth year running that the Producers Guild presaged the best picture Oscar winner. Of the list below,  the films that are also on the Oscar shortlist of 15 are "Project Nim" and "Bill Cunningham New York." The International Documentary Association awards will be announced Friday night. Stay tuned.

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  • The Playlist
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    First Look: Jeremy Renner and Gemma Arterton In 'Hansel & Gretel Witch Hunters'

    They're dressed in black, they look tough and they have weapons: here's your first look at Jeremy Renner and Gemma Arterton ("Clash Of The Titans") in the upcoming "Hansel & Gretel Witch Hunters," yet another addition to the becoming-overpopulated modern fairy tale redo; this one based on a Brothers Grimm tale.

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  • Thompson on Hollywood
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    Oscar Talk: Impact of New York Critics, National Board of Review, Indie Spirits, We Bought a Zoo Review

    Oscar Talk: Impact of New York Critics, National Board of Review, Indie Spirits, We Bought a Zoo Review

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  • Press Play
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    Joe Swanberg's CAITLIN PLAYS HERSELF defies expectations and categorization

    There’s not much nuance to the discussion around Joe Swanberg’s films. You either think the amazingly prolific director’s the second coming of Ingmar Bergman and the French New Wave or a sexist softcore sleazebag. No other member of the mumblecorps generates so much heat, even if Andrew Bujalski or Aaron Katz’s films aren’t universally liked. At a Q&A in Brooklyn two months ago, I asked Swanberg why he thinks his work is so divisive. He pointed out several possible reasons – shooting entirely on video (although he’s far from alone there), acting in his own films – before settling on the fact that he puts his libido explicitly into his work. That sex drive is usually but not always directed towards beautiful young women. However, Swanberg has also filmed himself masturbating for real, and his forthcoming film, The Zone, an update of Pier Paolo Pasolini’s Teorema, depicts a mysterious bisexual stranger.

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  • Shadow and Act
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    Watch Episode 11 Of "The Mis-adventures Of Awkward Black Girl" (Web Series)

    Debuting last night, here's episode 11 (The Exes) of Issa Rae's popular Awkward Black Girl web series.

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  • The Playlist
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    'Cabin In The Woods' Gets A Puzzling Poster

    If feels like just yesterday “Cloverfield” was a big hit and the film’s writer, Drew Goddard, got together with Joss Whedon (“The Avengers”) to announce that his next project would be the horror flick “The Cabin in the Woods.” Everybody said, “That sounds cool,” and waited for Obama to become president.

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  • The Playlist
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    Exclusive: U.S. Poster For Tran Anh Hung's 'Norwegian Wood'

    It seems we've talking about Tran Anh Hung's "Norwegian Wood" for a while now, and with good reason. The film comes the Oscar nominated director of "The Scent Of Green Papaya" and is an adaptation of celebrated writer Haruki Murikami's novel of the same name. Well, after spending some time on the festival circuit, "Norwegian Wood" will head to theaters in 2012 and we've got the exclusive U.S. poster to share.

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  • Shadow and Act
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    African Diaspora International Film Festival Friday 12/2 Highlights From Algeria, Haiti, UK... What To See Today

    Continuing on with the day-to-day happenings at the ongoing African Diaspora International Film Festival here in NYC...

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