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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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  • SydneysBuzz
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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

    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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    More: Awards, Oscars
  • The Playlist
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    Luke Evans And Alice Eve Join John Cusack In James McTiegue's 'The Raven'

    Quoth the raven, "Nevermore." For an author that most contemporary readers don't rush out to read, one look at IMDB will tell you that adaptations of Edgar Allan Poe's work haven't stopped; though high-profile films do seem to be in shorter supply. The most notable was probably the Josh Lucas thriller "Tell-Tale," but even that essentially disappeared without a trace. Quoth the raven: "So my pal Ed ain't been that active in the movies since Vince Price died. But hey, at least Sylvester Stallone never did that biopic. Am I right, or am I right?"

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  • THE BACK ROW MANIFESTO by Tom Hall
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    My Homework Assignment

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    More: Personal
  • Thompson on Hollywood
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    Oscar Watch: Reeves Talks Let Me In--Not an Oscar Contender

    Oscar Watch: Reeves Talks Let Me In--Not an Oscar Contender

    Let Me In is one of those strange tweener movies that is neither fish nor fowl. It was a fall festival hit, but movie audiences like their movies to fit into neat and tidy categories, and this one defiantly refuses to do that. Here's why.

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  • Thompson on Hollywood
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    Casting Watch: Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Adds Lee Pace, Joe Anderson, Noel Fisher

    Stop the presses! Director Bill Condon has cast the covens and nomads in Summit's next iteration of Twilight, Breaking Dawn. Ordinarily this sort of casting minutiae would not warrant a full-scale press release, but Twilight fans can't get enough info about the vampire world first imagined by novelist Stephenie Meyer. So for those of you who care, the actors cast in the Amazon, Egyptian, Irish and Romanian Covens as well as the American and European Nomads are listed below. They join returning leads Kristen Stewart, Rob Pattinson and Taylor Lautner.

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  • Thompson on Hollywood
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    Casting Watch: Portman vs. Rapace for Scott's Alien Prequel, The Raven Replaces Renner with Evans

    Twentieth Century Fox is happy with Damon Lindelof's (Lost co-creator) screenplay for Ridley Scott's Alien prequel, and Vulture has a few tidbits to share.

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