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    AWARDS WATCH | AMPAS Streamlines Oscar Doc Rules

    The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has changed the rules for qualification in the feature and short documentary categories at the 81st Academy Awards, eliminating the multi-city theatrical rollout requirement. "By eliminating the multi-city rollout requirements we have significantly simplified the Academy rules while still retaining the core intent to ensure that we honor nonfiction work created for theatrical distribution," said doc branch chair Michael Apted, in a statement. "We believe the new rules will successfully eliminate from consideration documentaries made principally for television, the Internet or anywhere else." The...

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    iW NEWS | Blanchett to be Honored in Santa Barbara

    Cate Blanchett will be honored with the Modern Master Award early next year at the Santa Barbara International Film Festival. The presentation will be a signature event during the 23rd Annual Santa Barbara fest, set for January 24 - February 3 in California. Blanchett is at the center of two upcoming releases, Todd Haynes' "I'm Not There" and Shekhar Kapur's "Elizabeth: The Golden Age." "Cate Blanchett is the most consummate actor," commented festival head Roger Durling, in a statement, "and portraying Queen Elizabeth and Bob Dylan in the same year - and so indelibly - is pure alchemy. We're so eager to honor her in the upcoming festival." ...

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    iW NEWS | Four Debuts Up for European Discovery Award

    A committee comprsed of several FIPRESCI (International Federation of Film Critics) members have selected four nominees (out of a total of 63 submitted films) for the 2007 European Discovery Award: Israel's "The Band's Visit," directed by Eran Kolirin; Anton Corbijn's Ian Curtis docudrama "Control," from the UK; Jan Bonny's "Counterparts," from Germany; Ozer Kiziltan's "A Man's Fear of God," a Turkey/Germany co-production. As part of the European Film Awards, the European Discovery award is presented to a young and upcoming director for a first full-length feature film. The nominated films will now be made available to all 1,800 members of th...

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    Reuters: India nominates flop period film to Oscars

    India's official entry for the Oscars in the best foreign film category is a flop period film featuring grand palaces, camels and Bollywood superstar Amitabh Bachchan. "Eklavya: The Royal Guard," which was selected from among five films, is about palace intrigue and the loyalty of an old guard who c...

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    AWARDS WATCH | Israel Picks "Band's Visit"; Estonia Selects "The Class"

    Eran Kolirin's "The Band's Visit," winner of seven Israeli Film Academy Awards yesterday (including best picture, director, script, actor and actress), has been selected as Israel's official entry for the Academy Awards' Best Foreign Language Film category. The film, which screened recently at Tellu...

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    AP: Jon Stewart to return as Oscar host

    Jon Stewart will return as host of the Oscars in 2008. The Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences announced Wednesday that Stewart will host the 80th awards show Feb. 24 at the Kodak Theatre in Hollywood. AP reports.

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    iW NEWS | "Counterfeiters" Is Austria's Oscar Pick

    Stefan Ruzowitzky's "The Counterfeiters" has been chosen as Austria's official entry for the 2008 Best Foreign Language Film Academy Award. The film, which debuted earlier this year at the Berlin International Film Festival, will be released next year by Sony Pictures Classics and is set to screen n...

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    iW NEWS | FIND Looking for Spirit Submissions

    Film Independent announced the call for entries for the 2008 Spirit Awards, set for Saturday, February 23, 2008 in Santa Monica, CA (with a live TV broadcast on IFC). In the words of an announcement, "The Spirit Awards is a celebration of independent filmmakers who bring a unique vision and a spirit of independence to filmmaking." Budgets for nominees are capped at $20 million, according to FIND, with other criteria including: "1. Uniqueness of vision; 2. Original, provocative subject matter; 3. Economy of means (with particular attention paid to total production cost and individual compensation); 4. Percentage of financing from independent s...

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    iW NEWS | LA Film Critics Announce Date for 33rd Achievement Awards

    The Los Angeles Film Critics Association (LAFCA) will hold its 33rd annual film achievement awards ceremony on Saturday, January 12, 2008, Lael Loewenstein, the organization's president announced Wednesday. The event will take place at the InterContinental Los Angeles in Century City. The date of th...

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    iW NEWS | Javier Bardem, Mira Nair and IFC's Sehring to be Honored at '07 Gotham Awards

    Actor Javier Bardem, star of the upcoming Coen Brothers film "No Country For Old Men," will be honored with the international tribute at the 2007 Gotham Awards on November 27, 2007. The IFP event will also honor director Mira Nair ("The Namesake," "Monsoon Wedding," "Salaam Bombay!") with the filmmaker tribute while IFC Entertainment president Jonathan Sehring will receive the industry tribute. Competitive nominees willl be announced on October 22nd for the ceremony, which this year will be held at the Steiner Studios in Brooklyn. The IFP indicated in an announcement that they intend to proactively "re-think how the public engages in awards s...

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