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    "Battle" To Kick Off Stranger Than Fiction's Winter Season

    Stranger Than Fiction, the weekly documentary film series programmed by Thom Powers and presented by IFC Center, will launch its ninth season on January 13, 2009 with a sneak preview of Ben Kempas' "Upstream Battle." Other films scheduled for the season include Rose Rosenblatt and Marion Lipschutz's "Education of Shelby Knox," Nina Davenport's "Parallel Lines," Morgan Dews' "Must Read After My Death," Lucia Small and Ed Pincus's "Axe in the Attic," Alan Berlinher's "Intimate Stranger," Jane C. Wagner and Tina DiFeliciantonio's "Girls Like Us," Joseph Dorman's "Arguing The World," Jon Hart and Mathew Kaufman's "American Swing," and a tribute t...

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    "Slumdog" Leads New York Film Critics Online

    Danny Boyle's "Slumdog Millionaire" won both picture and best director (an award Boyle shared with the film's mysterious "co-director," Loveleen Tandan) from the New York Film Critics' Online's annual awards. The film also took awards for best score, best cinematography and best screenplay. The acting awards looked familiar, with Sally Hawkins, Sean Penn, Penelope Cruz and Heath Ledger once again winning in their respective categories, a repeat of nearly every critics' announcement thus far. Other awards included "4 Months, 3 Weeks, and 2 Days for best foreign language film, "Man on Wire" for best documentary, "WALL-E" for best animated featu...

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    AFI Announces Top Ten of 2008

    The American Film Institute (AFI) has announced the official selections of AFI AWARDS 2008, including their annual top ten list. Selections are made through AFI's 13-person jury process in which "scholars, film artists, critics and AFI trustees discuss, debate and determine the most outstanding achievements of the year, as well as provide a detailed rationale for each selection." The top ten are, in alphabetical order: "The Curious Case of Benjamin Button," "The Dark Knight," "Frost/Nixon," "Frozen River," "Gran Torino," "Iron Man," "Milk," "WALL-E," "Wendy and Lucy" and "The Wrestler." AFI will honor the creative ensembles for each of the se...

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    Fifteen Make Academy's Visual Effects Shortlist

    The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences today announced that 15 films were selected as semifinalists for Achievement in Visual Effects for the 81st Academy Awards: "Australia," "The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian," "Cloverfield," "The Curious Case of Benjamin Button," "The Dark Knight," "The Day the Earth Stood Still," "Hancock," "Hellboy II: The Golden Army," "The Incredible Hulk," "Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull," "Iron Man," "Journey to the Center of the Earth," "The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor," "Quantum of Solace," and "The Spiderwick Chronicles." In early January, the members of the Academy's Visu...

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    Jackman to Host Oscars

    Actor Hugh Jackman has been tapped to host the 81st Academy Awards on on Sunday, February 22, 2009. Currently starring in Baz Luhrmann's "Australia," Jackman's credits include films in the X-Men series and work on stage in "Carousel" and "Oklahoma," among others.

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    AWARDS WATCH | "Button," "Nixon," "Doubt" Atop Golden Globe Nominations

    "The Curious Case of Benjamin Button," "Frost/Nixon" and "Doubt" led the rather surprising 66th Annual Golden Globe Award nominations, grabbing five nominations a piece. "Button" and "Nixon" were among the best motion picture drama nominees, a category that also included "The Reader," "Revolutionary...

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    Cast of "Road" To Be Honored At Palm Springs

    The 20th Annual Palm Springs International Film Festival (PSIFF) will honor the cast of "Sam Mendes' "Revolutionary Road" with the Ensemble Performance Award at the Festival's annual Awards Gala. Cast members Leonardo DiCaprio, Kate Winslet, Kathy Bates, Michael Shannon, Kathryn Hahn, David Harbour ...

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    AWARDS WATCH '08 | "Milk," "Lucky" Big Winners With New York Critics

    Gus Van Sant's Harvey Milk biopic, "Milk," led the 2008 New York Film Critics' Circle awards, taking awards for best picture, best actor Sean Penn and best supporting actor Josh Brolin. "Happy-Go-Lucky" was also a major winner, with awards for best director Mike Leigh and best actress Sally Hawkins....

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    AWARDS WATCH '08 | "Milk," "Benjamin Button" Leads Critics' Choice

    Gus Van Sant's "Milk" and David Fincher's "The Curious Case of Benjamin Button" led the 14th Annual Broadcast Film Critics' Association's Critics Choice Awards, with eight nominations apiece. Both were nominated for best picture, alongside "Changeling," "The Dark Knight," "Doubt," "Frost/Nixon," "Th...

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    AWARDS WATCH '08 | "Wall-E" Woos LA Critics

    For the first time in their 33 year history, the Los Angeles Film Critics Association has awarded its highest honor to an animated film. Andrew Stanton's "Wall-E" has been named the LAFCA's best picture of the the year. "The Dark Knight" was named runner-up, while other major winners included "Slumdog Millionaire"'s Danny Boyle for best director, "Milk"'s Sean Penn for best actor, "Happy-Go-Lucky"'s Sally Hawkins for best actress, and James Marsh's "Man on Wire" for best documentary. Since 1990, only two LAFCA winners have not gone on to a best picture Oscar nomination: 2002's About Schmit" and 2003's "American Splendor." Last year, Paul Thom...

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