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    Immersed in Movies: Will Animated Black-and-White 3-D 'Frankenweenie' Win Burton His First Oscar?

    "Frankenweenie" is not only Tim Burton's best film since "Big Fish" (another rite of passage story), but also a lock for a best animated feature nomination. In fact, the Oscar arguably appears to be Burton's to lose, though it's shaping up to be quite a race with two other tantalizing retro movies y...

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    Oscar Watch: Spielberg's 'Lincoln' Faces Marketing Challenges; Fiery New Trailer Targets Political Wonks During Presidential Debate

    An intense and patriotic new trailer for Steven Spielberg's "Lincoln" (November 9) premiered during the presidential debate. Political news wonks may seem an odd target audience for a Hollywood movie, but it makes sense for a period drama that is essentially about governing. "Lincoln" spends most of...

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    Three Indie Summer Hits Vie for Oscars: 'Best Exotic Marigold Hotel,' 'Beasts of the Southern Wild' and 'Moonrise Kingdom'

    Several indie movies are looking to make a late-year comeback on the road to the Oscars, most notably three summer hits. Fox Searchlight is pushing Brit import "Best Exotic Marigold Hotel" ($46 million domestic) as well as Sundance sweetheart "Beasts of the Southern Wild" ($...

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    Sony Pictures Classics Picks Up Another Middle Eastern Film and Foreign Oscar Submission

    In advance of its New York Film Festival screening next week, Israel's Oscar entry "Fill the Void," has been acquired by Sony Pictures Classics. Israel sends its Ophir Best Picture winner to the Oscars.

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    Oscars: Could Ang Lee's 'Life Of Pi' Go All The Way?

    There's been some significantly sesmic shifts in the Oscar field in the last few days, and not just the surprise announcement that "Family Guy" creator Seth MacFarlane will be hosting the ceremony itself (for the record, this writer dislikes pretty much everything he's ever done, but based on his 'S...

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    The Academy Picks Family Guy Creator Seth MacFarlane to Host Oscars

    I don't get it. Yes, the Academy wants to make people think that it is hip and young and I understand that, but Seth MacFarlane? The guy who directed Ted (which was a huge hit) and the creative genius behind Family Guy to host the Oscars? I read yesterday that he is only the second host after El...

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    Werner Herzog Challenges Young Cinematographers at ICG Event: 'Be Bold, Develop Your Vision, and Stick to It'

    Werner Herzog dispensed sage advice Sunday during the International Cinematographers Guild's 16th annual Emerging Cinematographer Awards at the Directors Guild of America Theater in Los Angeles. Among his recommendations to the next generation of cinematographers were to seek out knowledge of ce...

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    For Your Consideration: The Case For And Against The Front-runner Status of 'Life of Pi'

    Ang Lee's 3D epic opened the New York Film Festival Friday night and quickly sparked a storm of raving tweets heralding it as the one to beat come Oscar-time. Going into the premiere, buzz may have been mixed on the risky project but now it seems like it could pay off in a big way. Will it?

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    Review Roundup: 3-D 'Life of Pi' Dazzles Critics, NYFF Rothman Panel [VIDEO]

    Critics are eating up Ang Lee's "Life of Pi" following its NYFF debut on Friday. Raves praising the film's immersive, spectacular use of 3-D, its inspirational pantheistic message and strong performances from the three actors playing Pi are in the majority, with a few outliers wishing for heftier su...

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    Academy Chases Young Male Demo with Oscar Host Seth MacFarlane [VIDEO]

    At the HBO Emmy party last weekend, Seth MacFarlane was in good spirits as the question of his hosting the 85th Oscarcast made the rounds. He's a hit on TV ("Family Guy") and as host of several awards shows around town, including the WGA Awards.

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