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    Reuters: Oscars nominees have lunch together

    The Oscar nominees gathered for their annual lunch in Beverly Hills on Monday--with Leonardo DiCaprio trading high fives with 10-year-old Abigail Breslin and Steven Spielberg huddled in deep discussion with Peter O'Toole. It was a high-powered group that included a who's who of Hollywood and the glo...

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    Scorsese Wins DGA Prize

    Scorsese Wins DGA Prize At the annual DGA Awards in Los Angeles on Saturday night, Martin Scorsese was awarded the best director of the year prize from the Directors Guild of America, for his latest feature "The Departed" (according to Reuters). Scorsese bested Bill Condon ("Dreamgirls"), Jonathan Dayton & Valerie Faris ("Little Miss Sunshine"), Stephen Frears ("The Queen"), and Alejandro Gonzalez-Inarritu ("Babel"), making him a front-runner for the Academy Award for best director. In the Oscar race, he is facing Frears, Innarritu, Clint Eastwood ("Letters from Iwo Jima"), and Paul Greengrass ("United 93"). Already this season, Scorsese has ...

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    Gyllenhaal and Howard Named Honorary Co-Chairs of 2007 Film Independent Spirit Awards

    Maggie Gyllenhaal and Terrence Howard will serve as Honorary Co-Chairs for the 2007 Film Independent's Spirit Awards, Dawn Hudson, executive director of Film Independent, announced As Honorary Co-Chairs, Gyllenhaal and Howard will host the nominee reception on Thursday, February 22, as well as present at the Spirit Awards ceremony. The 2007 Film Independent's Spirit Awards will take place in a tent on the beach in Santa Monica on Saturday, February 24, 2007. As previously announced, Sarah Silverman will serve as Master of Ceremonies for the second year in a row. The show airs live beginning at 2:00 pm PST on IFC (Independent Film Channel). ...

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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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