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    Who are the 134 New Members of The Academy?

    134 people have been invited to join the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, the organization announced today. The voting membership is just under 6,000, as has been the case since 2003, AMPAS said.

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    Box Office: "Hurt Locker" Huge; "Cheri" Disappoints (UPDATED)

    Kathryn Bigelow's "The Hurt Locker" bowed in four theaters this weekend and according to estimates, it took in a huge $144,000 gross. That makes for a $36,000 average for the Summit Entertainment release, topping the opening of recent films like "Whatever Works" and "Away We Go" to become the second biggest limited debut of 2009, behind only "Sunshine Cleaning." This is particularly impressive considering that, unlike those three examples, "Locker" is not a comedy and does not feature any well-known stars. It's also set amidst the Iraq war, which has spelt box office death for essentially any other film. But it seems fantastic reviews and a ...

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    "Dinner" Served Best of the Festival at PS ShortFest

    Hungarian film "The Dinner" (Vacsora) by Karchi Perlmann won the "Best of the Festival Award" at the 2009 Palm Springs International ShortFest. The film, which tells the wry tale of a hapless pig farmer whose minor domestic accident turns into a wholly unexpected catastrophe for all involved, took a...

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    Academy Makes More Changes

    In addition to last week's monumental change to allow ten picture nominees instead of five, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has made two additional changes to their rules. Though certainly minor in comparison to the aforementioned decision, both may have significant implications.

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    "Mother," "Elly," "Flute" Land with Rebranded Here Films

    Xavier Dolan's "I Killed My Mother" (J'ai tue ma mere), which swept three of the four prizes in the Cannes Directors' Fortnight this year, is coming to the United States. The film is among the newly announed titles that have been acquired by the re-branded Here Films (formerly known as Regent Releas...

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    American Icon: Remembering Farrah Fawcett

    Forever known as the feather-haired ass-kicking Jill Munroe of "Charlie's Angels," Farrah Fawcett has lost her battle with cancer today at the age of 62. How the Internet remembers her:

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    Magnet Moves "The House of the Devil" to U.S.

    Magnet Releasing, the genre arm of Magnolia Pictures, has acquired U.S. rights to Ti West's "The House of the Devil," which had its world premiere this April at the Tribeca Film Festival. Magnet plans to release the film one month before the theatrical release via their Magnolia/Magnet Ultra VOD pr...

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    10 Best Picture Noms? Sid Ganis on The Academy's Big Decision

    About to end his tenure as president of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences this summer, Sid Ganis made quite the mark on his legacy this afternoon. In a move he considers among the greatest accomplishments of his four year run, Ganis presided over the Academy's decision to expand the be...

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    Meet the Makers Thursday: “Humpday”’s Lynn Shelton, Mark Duplass & Josh Leonard

    Filmmaker Lynn Shelton and actors Mark Duplass ("The Puffy Chair") and Joshua Leonard ("The Blair Witch Project") will discuss their new film, "Humpday." Tomorrow at the Apple Store, Soho (103 Prince Street at Greene). The conversation with be moderated by indieWIRE's Eugene Hernandez.

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    AMPAS to Nominate 10 for Best Picture

    In a major pre-Awards season twist, the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences (AMPAS) announced today that there will be 10 feature films competing in the Best Picture category at the 82nd Academy Awards, taking place March 7, 2010.

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