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    Morning Pour: Discussing the Best Documentary Oscar Shortlist

    Morning Pour is your daily stop for quick links, news commentary and trend-spotting. Here are your five discussion topics involving the Best Documentary Feature Oscar Shortlist for Monday, November 21, 2011:   

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    Soderbergh Hits Promo Circuit for Contagion, Talks Man From U.N.C.L.E. and New Film

    Steven Soderbergh has been around the industry long enough to know the signs of a project that isn't firing on all cylinders. And he knows that once you go down the road of making too many compromises, the chances of turning out a movie you can be proud of are pretty slim. Better, he told me Fri...

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    Clooney, Payne and Cast Talk The Descendants: Real is Funny, Stealing Clooney's Wife

    Last week Film Independent screened "The Descendants" at LACMA with George Clooney, director Alexander Payne, Shailene Woodley, Judy Greer, Matthew Lillard, Robert Forster, Beau Bridges and Nick Krause on hand for a Q & A afterward. Highlights from the conversation with Elvis MItchell ...

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    Talking the Silence of The Artist: Hazanavicius, Dujardin, Bejo

    "The Artist" gang is in high spirits--their $14 million silent movie has steadily built awards buzz since Harvey Weinstein liked what he saw pre-Cannes and nabbed it before anyone else could. He knew that older Academy voters would eat up this nostalgic movie. Best picture, director, write...

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    The Documentary Short List: The Women

    The Academy released it's list of 15 films (out of 124) that made the short list for the best documentary feature.  The list is sent out with production companies not the directors, so it's hard at first look to see how many are directed by women.  It turns out that 5 of the 15 hav...

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    Fifteen Docs Vie for Oscar Top Five; Wenders is In, Herzog is Out

    The Documentary Branch Screening Committee looked at the one hundred twenty-four pictures that qualified for the Oscar documentary short list, but only fifteen were chosen. Left out again is Werner Herzog, whose "Into the Abyss" seemed straightforward enough for the Academy, while his Germ...

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    The Best Documentary Oscar Race Narrows to 15

    The Academy has made its first cut in the race for best documentary, narrowing the field from 124 to 15.

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    iPOP | Penelope Ann Miller Talks 'The Artist,' Tilda Swinton at 'Kevin' Premiere and Much More

    With awards season heating up, this week was a busy one. Hopeful contenders made their New York bows at glam events to drum up hype.

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    The Amazing Race: Which Editors & Cinematographers Stand A Chance At Oscar This Year

    So far in this column, we've focused principally on the acting and writing categories, in part because they're the bigger tickets; when the mainstream press cover the Academy Awards, it's the actors, directors and (to a lesser extent), the writers who get the real coverage. However, what...

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    Immersed in Movies: George Miller Talks Penguins and Krill from Happy Feet Two

    Just think of "Happy Feet Two" as George Miller's "Babe: Pig in the City." That's the best way to describe the sequel to his Oscar-winner, "Happy Feet," in which the dancing and singing penguins combat catastrophic climate change in Antarctica, and toe-tapping M...

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