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    LA Times: Celebrity Wrangling

    Experts give a how-to for snagging a star for your event. Wrangling celebrities during award season is much like herding skittish, overly pampered cats. Veteran event organizers must coax stars early and often with the soft purr of endearments, and the scent of a gravy train worth of media coverage. One of the most fraught, yet undocumented rituals of the award season is the sport of celebrity hunting. In-town press agents such as Ronni Chasen, Carol Marshall, Lisa Taback, Michele Robertson and Lea Yardum, among others, can help open the lines of communication between studios, event organizers, celebrity publicists and the media. Sheigh Crabt...

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    AMPAS Mails Final Oscar Ballots Wednesday

    Final ballots for the 79th Academy Awards were mailed today to the 5,830 voting members of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, the organization announced Wednesday. Completed ballots must be returned to Pricewaterhouse-Coopers by 5 p.m. Tuesday, February 20. Ballots received after the d...

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    First Asian Film Awards Looks to March Launch at Hong Kong Fest

    The first Asian Film Awards will launch March 20 on the opening night of the 31st Hong Kong International Film Festival, Wilfred Wong, chairman of the Hong Kong International Film Festival Society has announced. Organized by the HKIFF and held in conjunction with Entertainment Expo, the awards will honor Asian work from the past year. Awards will recognize films and filmmakers from all over Asia--from Iran to China to India--in ten categories including Best Film, Best Director, Best Actor, Best Actress, Best Screenwriter, Best Cinematographer, Best Production Designer, Best Composer, Best Editor and Best Visual Effects decided by a panel of 1...

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    The Guardian Interview: Leonardo DiCaprio

    A child-star first Oscar-nominated at 19, Leonardo DiCaprio has"'come of age'" with every movie since then. On eco-ethics, Martin Scorsese and even growing up, he's every inch the leading man these days--and far too charming to brag about his new nomination, for "Blood Diamond." "I aggressively went after 'Gangs of New York' to try to work with the guy, because I remember seeing 'Taxi Driver' at a very young age when I was about to work with De Niro, and I remember saying to myself, 'wow, I've never forgotten that I was an audience member when watching a movie before.' I've never felt that suspension of disbelief dissolve. I felt like I was i...

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    Reuters: Oscar race watchers put spotlight on "Sunshine"

    Hollywood's Oscar race for best film appears to be wide open heading into its final month with several award watchers on Tuesday giving comedy "Little Miss Sunshine" a slight edge over "The Departed" and "Babel." ob Tourtellotte reports.

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    AP: Who's won what leading up to the Oscars

    The Oscars are almost as much about momentum as the films themselves. Here's a list of what honors the top movies are winning this awards season... The Associated Press lists the awards film by film in case you've had some difficulty keeping up.

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    The SAG Award Winners

    In Los Angeles tonight, the Screen Actors Guild presented its annual SAG Awards. The film winners include:Lead actor: Forest Whitaker, "The Last King of Scotland"

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    A.M.P.A.S. Reveals Nominations for 79th Academy Awards; "Dreamgirls" Leads With 8

    Bill Condon's "Dreamgirls" led the nominations for the 79h Academy Awards with eight, but the film was not nominated for best picture by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. In Los Angeles early Tuesday, the AMPAS president Sid Ganis and actress Salma Hayek announced the nominees, singli...

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    Nine Films Vying Foreign Language Oscar

    Nine films have been named to a "short list" of titles vying for an Oscar nomination in the race for a best foreign language Academy Award, according to an announcement today from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. Selected from the roster of 61 films submitted for consideration, the list includes: Rachid Bouchareb's "Days of Glory," (Algeria), Deepa Mehta's "Water" (Canada), Susanne Bier's "After the Wedding" (Denmark), Daniele Thompson's "Avenue Montaigne" (France), Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck's "The Lives of Others" (Germany), Guillermo del Toro's "Pan's Labyrinth" (Mexico), Paul Verhoeven's "Black Book" (The Netherland...

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    DISPATCH FROM AWARDS SEASON: "Babel" and "Dreamgirls" Win Best Picture Prizes at Golden Globes

    In Los Angeles tonight, the Hollywood Foreign Press Association awarded its 64th Golden Globes honoring the best of 2006. Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu's "Babel" (from Paramount Vantage) won the best picture prize for the best drama of the year, while Bill Condon's "Dreamgirls" (from Paramount/Dreamwo...

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