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    Watts Joins Spirit Awards Roster

    Naomi Watts has been added to the list of celebs who will attend the Independent Spirit Awards; the actress will serve as honorary chair of this year's awards ceremony on March 4th in Santa Monica. She will also host the annual nominees reception two days earlier. Other celeb presenters on tap for the event include: Thomas Haden Church; Zooey Deschanel; Michael Ealy; Aaron Eckhart; Peter Gallagher; Macy Gray; Maggie Gyllenhaal, Terrence Howard; Ashley Judd; Lisa Kudrow; Jennifer Jason Leigh; Laura Linney; Josh Lucas, Virginia Madsen; Thandie Newton; Sandra Oh; Rosie Perez; Jeremy Piven; Dennis Quaid, Henry Rollins; Peter Sarsgaard, Kevin Smit...

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    "Brokeback Mountain" Wins 4 BAFTA Awards, Including Best Picture

    Tonight in London, "Brokeback Mountain" won four top British Academy Film Awards from BAFTA (the British Academy of Film and Television Arts), nabbing prizes for best picture (Diana Ossana & James Schamus, producers), best director (Ang Lee), adapted screenplay (Larry McMurtry & Diana Ossana), and b...

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    Three 6 Mafia At The Oscars

    From a press release just issued by AMPAS: Jordon "Juicy J" Houston, Paul "DJ Paul" Beauregard and Darnell "Crunchy Black" Carlton of the Memphis rap group Three 6 Mafia will perform at the 78th Academy Awards...Beauregard and Houston, who are nominated for writing the music and lyrics for "It's Ha...

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    Magnolia and Shorts International Bringing Oscar-Nominated Shorts to Theaters

    Magnolia Pictures and Shorts International have announced a partnership to bring this year's 10 Oscar-nominated shorts (live-action and animated) to theaters before the Academy Award ceremony on March 5. The series will kick off Friday, February 24, in New York and Los Angeles. The series will also ...

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    DISPATCH FROM AWARDS SEASON: The Oscar Nominations: Serious Films Stand to Make Some Serious Money

    Somehow it seems particularly fitting that the announcement of this year's Oscar nominations came on a day filled with numerous breaking news stories: the appointment of a new U.S. Supreme Court Justice; the same day a network television anchor was transported home in serious condition following a bomb attack in Iraq; on the day Coretta Scott King died; and hours before President Bush would seek to "strike an optimistic tone" in a nationally televised State of the Union address. It's not a stretch to try to connect the nominations to current events, given that so many of the movies strike such a serious tone, and with these accolades come the...

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    The Oscar Nominees: Reacting To The Big News

    Films from Indiewood, the specialty divisions of the Hollywood studios, dominated the nominations for the 78th Academy Awards Tuesday, giving many film festival favorites exciting moments in their career. Many of the Oscar nominees themselves heard the news the same way that most people did Tuesday ...

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    78th Academy Award Nominations Unveiled; "Brokeback" Leads With 8

    In Los Angeles early this morning, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences president Sid Ganis and Oscar-winning actress and Academy member Mira Sorvino announced the nominations for the 78th Academy Awards. The nominees are listed below.

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    A Chat With James Schamus

    The blog with the most comprehensive coverage of "Brokeback Mountain" has been Towleroad, which now includes a lengthy, candid interview with Focus Features' James Schamus: [There were] a few paragraphs of post-Globes coverage in the New York Times. [The writer] Sharon Waxman created this impression...

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    Meet The Directors

    In its annual "Oscar Roundtable", Newsweek hosts a discussion between George Clooney, Paul Haggis, Ang Lee, Bennett MIller, Steven Spielberg. CLOONEY: ... Bennett, how much did your film cost to make? BENNETT MILLER: $7 million. CLOONEY: And it probably cost $20 million to distribute. MILLER: No way...

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    "Brokeback" Wins Producer's Guild Prize

    On the weekend that the film expanded to nearly 1,200 screens, Brokeback Mountain won the Darryl F. Zanuck Producer of the Year Award from the Producers Guild of America, for producers James Schamus and Diana Ossana. The film earned an estimated $7.8 million this weekend, according to Focus Features...

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