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    LAT: Weinstein On Producers

    In an LA Times editorial this weekend, Harvey Weinstein weighs in on the role of the producer today, in particular with respect to the Academy Awards and a recent rule that only honors up to three producers per film with a Best Picture Oscar and amidst concern that a "Little Miss Sunshine" best picture win would leave out two producers): What really bothers me is that in trying to fix a problem that needs fixing, we haven't paid enough attention to how much the role of producer has changed over the years. In the independent film world, making movies has become so complicated that it sometimes takes a village to get it done. Oscar show produce...

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    Errol Morris Talks To Oscar Nominees

    In The Hollywood Reporter Anne Thompson chats with Errol Morris about his short film that will screen during this year's Oscar TV telecast. In under 5 minutes, Morris will feature interviews with some 130 Academy Award nominees.

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    A (Final) Look at the Red Carpet

    In The New York Times today, reporter & blogger David Carr looks back at his past few months covering awards season from alongside the red carpet:The carpet is as much a conceptual as a physical space, a thin ribbon separating those who have fame and the masses who bestow it. The "reporters" on the margins of this zone are not really reporting in any conventional sense of the word. They don't investigate, explain or even filter very much, which is part of why the movie stars are willing to play ball. Instead they inspect frocks, repeat sound bites and shout into the cameras about what the stars are "really like." In truth carpet reporters lik...

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    "Sunshine" Wins Four, "Half Nelson" Gets Two at Independent Spirit Awards; "Quinceanera" and "Sweet

    "Little Miss Sunshine" and "Half Nelson," two films that emerged from the 2006 Sundance Film Festival, were the biggest winners at Film Independent's Spirit Awards today. "Sunshine," nominated for four Oscars this year including best picture, won four awards at the Santa Monica beachside ceremony, i...

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    Film Independent Criticized for Non-Profit Spirit Awards Status

    In a highly critical article questioning the categorization of the Spirit Awards as a charitable event, published on the front page of the Los Angeles Times on the morning of Film Independent's annual awards show, the paper reports that a nonprofit watchdog group gave FIND its lowest rating (a zero) because only slightly more than half of its budget goes to events benefitting members. After being contacted by The LA Times, the paper's Paul Pringle reports that FIND re-classified its $1.3 million Spirit Awards and $2 million Los Angeles Film Festival (according to 2005 numbers) as charitable services to boost the program-spending ratio to abou...

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    Spirits and Oscars on Tap This Weekend

    Its awards weekend in Los Angeles, with the Independent Spirit Awards on Saturday afternoon and the Academy Awards on Sunday.

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    NY Times: Let Them Eat Foie Gras (Gift Bags Are So Last Year)

    By the glow of candlelight, the Oscar nominee Mark Wahlberg and 10 friends dined on foie gras and New York strip steak this week as they looked out over the lights of Los Angeles. The meal was gratis, and so was the Champagne, elegantly poured by silent, liveried servers at Soho House, a British-style private club practically created overnight in an empty mansion for the week leading up to Sunday's Academy Awards ceremony. It caters to the whims of Hollywood celebrities while marketing an upscale lifestyle to discerning consumers on its guest list. This is the new swag, a twist on the widespread practice of giving to the already rich and famo...

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    SHORTS | Everyone's a Winner at the Academy's Pre-Oscars Shorts Screening

    Five nights before the February 25th award ceremony, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences kicked off Oscar Week by screening this year's nominated live action and animated short films in front of a sold-out crowd at the Samuel Goldwyn Theater in Beverly Hills. All but two of the directors...

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    AFP: Oscars go global as Hollywood red carpet welcomes the world

    The 79th Academy Awards take place here Sunday with an array of international movie talent descending on the glitziest red carpet of all for what are poised to be the globalization Oscars. An unusually diverse field are jostling for honors, with no fewer than nine countries--Australia, Benin, Britain, Canada, Ireland, Japan, Mexico, Spain and the United States--represented in the acting categories alone. The cosmopolitan theme also extends to the subject matter of films competing at the industry's most prestigious annual awards, whether it is the Japanese-language "Letters from Iwo Jima" or the multilingual drama "Babel." Rob Woollard reports...

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    AP: Spike Lee wins Polk Award

    Director Spike Lee was named Tuesday as a winner of the annual George Polk Awards for his documentary on life in New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina. Lee, the director of "Malcolm X" and "Do the Right Thing," was honored for "When the Levees Broke: A Requiem in Four Acts," along with its producer, S...

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