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    Spain Selects Silent, Black-and-White 'Blancanieves' as Official Oscar Entry

    In a year of American Snow White reinventions, Spain has followed suit and picked "Blancanieves" as its official entry for the 2013 Best Foreign-Language Oscar race. While the 1920s-set matador tale looks to be more imaginative than "Mirror Mirror" or "Snow White and the Huntsman" (and received rave...

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    Italy Selects Taviani Brothers' Prison Docudrama 'Caesar Must Die' for 2013 Oscar Race

    Paolo and Vittorio Taviani's "Caesar Must Die," winner of the Berlin Golden Bear and screening at the upcoming New York Film Festival, is Italy's official submission to the Best Foreign-Language Oscar race. The hard-hitting docudrama was shot in Rome's maximum-security Rebibbia prison, where the inm...

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    Iran Boycotts 2013 Oscar Race Over Anti-Islam 'Innocence of Muslims'

    After winning the Best Foreign-Language Oscar in 2012 for "A Separation," Iran will not be participating in the 2013 Oscar race. The country has decided to boycott the Oscars in protest of the incendiary "Innocence of Muslims" film that has been linked to violent and deadly protests in the Muslim wo...

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    For Your Consideration: The Foreign Language Race Arrives

    It's generally an assured equation: Oscars + Foreign Language Film Category = Outrage. Sometimes, the fault lies with Academy voters (as it did when "Departures" won the Oscar in 2008 over what most viewed as two greatly superior nominees - "Waltz With Bashir" and "The C...

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    European Achievement in World Cinema Award Goes to Helen Mirren

    On December 1st in Malta, the European Film Academy will honor Dame Helen Mirren with the "European Achievement in World Cinema 2012" Award for her skillful four-decade long career as an actress. Mirren's first breakout role was in 1980 in John Mackenzie's "The Long Good Friday." During the 80s...

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    2012 Award for European Achievement in World Cinema Goes to Helen Mirren

    Dame Helen Mirren added today to her already considerable collection of trophies in accepting the 2012 award for European Achievement in World Cinema from the European Film Academy.

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    'I Declare War,' 'Vanishing Waves,' and 'Here Comes the Devil' Win at 2012 Fantastic Fest

    Kristina Bouzyte's "Vanishing Waves" cleaned up at Fantastic Fest, winning Best Picture, Best Director, Best Screenplay, while Jurga Jutaite won the Best Actress award for her performance in the Lithuanian director's film. Robert Wilson and Jason Lapeyre's "I Declare War" won the Audience Award at ...

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    Confessions of an Emmy Virgin

    Sunday marked my first night at the Emmys. The theme of the night, for me as an awards telecast virgin, was a lifting of the veil. I saw things no man should see—unless that man wants his illusions shattered.

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    'Don Jon's Addiction' Opens October 18; No Awards Push Planned

    Just because Relativity is opening Joseph Gordon-Levitt's anti-porn romantic comedy "Don Jon's Addiction" on October 18 doesn't mean that they're going for an awards push. It's always foolish, in my view, to wear your hopes on your sleeve.

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    Weinsteins Take Daniels' 'The Butler' for 2013; Ziskin Pursued Project

    The Weinsteins have taken US rights to Lee Daniels' indie project "The Butler," which is currently in production in New Orleans. The film stars Forest Whitaker in the title role with Oprah Winfrey as his wife and David Oyelowo as their son. Icon International and IM Global handled fore...

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