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    "Dark Knight" For Austin Film Critics

    The Austin Film Critics' Association's annual awards saw Christopher Nolan's "The Dark Knight" sweep the honors, taking best picture, best director, best supporting actor for Heath Ledger, best adapted screenplay for Christopher and Jonathan Nolan, and best original score for James Newton Howard and Hans Zimmer. Other winners included Sean Penn and Anne Hathaway for best actor and actress, "The Curious Case of Benjamin "'s Taraji P. Henson for best supporting actress, "Synecdoche, New York"'s Charlie Kaufman for best original screenplay, and "Let The Right One In" for best foreign language film. "Wall-E" added another best animated film honor...

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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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    Lewis To Get Jean Hersholt Award

    Actor, director, writer and producer Jerry Lewis has been voted the Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award by the Board of Governors of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, Academy President Sid Ganis announced yesterday. The award, an Oscar statuette, will be presented to Lewis during the 81s...

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    Berlin's "Culinary" Program To Open With "Food"

    Robert Kenner's documentary film "Food, Inc." will open the 59th Berlin International Film Festival's Culinary Cinema programme as a Berlinale Special. The screening will take place February 8th at Friedrichstadtpalast and conclude with a discussion and a "true culinary treat." "Food" finds Kenner and the investigative protagonists Eric Schlosser and Michael Pollan exploring the depths of the food industry hidden from the consumer with the consent of governmental authorities. Following the presentation of "Food, Inc.," a panel discussion with director Kenner, Schlosser, Pollan, and German food experts will take place. To conclude the event, B...

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    SXSW Named Academy Award Shorts Qualifier

    The South by Southwest Film Conference and Festival has announce that the winning short films at SXSW will now qualify for consideration in the Short Films category of the Academy Awards without the standard theatrical run, provided the film otherwise complies with the Academy Rules. Friday, Decembe...

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    Cinema Guild Acquires "Agnes"

    Agnes Varda's doc "The Beaches of Agnes" has been acquired by The Cinema Guild.

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    "WALL-E" Leads Chicago Critics' Winners

    The Chicago Film Critics' Association has announced the winners of their nominations, with Andrew Stanton's "WALL-E" leading, taking awards for best picture, best original screenplay, best animated feature, and best original score.

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    here! Takes "Eleven Minutes"

    Michael Selditch and Rob Tate's doc "Eleven Minutes" has been acquired by here! Films for worldwide rights the company announced Thursday. The film chronicles fashion designer and "Project Runway" winner Jay McCarroll's year-long journey while preparing his first independent runway show for New York...

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    First Run Announces New Acquisitions

    In 2009, First Run Features will celebrate its 30th Anniversary with the release of a number of new acquisitions, including Chiara Clemente's "Our City Dreams," Linda Atkinson and Nick Doob's "Carmen & Geoffrey," Allan Miller and Mark Podwal's "House of Life," Leslie Carde's "America Betrayed," Kate...

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    IFC Extends "Che" Roadshow Into January

    Touting the continued success of the week-long "roadshow" screenings of Steven Soderbergh's "Che" in New York and Los Angeles, IFC Films has announced return engagements of the two-part roadshow at theaters in both cities, re-opening it next week and continuing the event through early January. The film, which earned more than $100,000 on two screens this week, selling out all of its Los Angeles screenings. It will re-open on December 24th at the IFC Center in New York and on December 26th at the Nuart in Los Angeles, with Soderbergh planning to do Q & A's in conjunction with the roadshow showings. "Che" will then debut theatrically as two sep...

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