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    Emmy Watch: Last Chance To Board Friday Night Lights Fifth Final Season

    As Friday Night Lights enters its final season, Amy Dawes gives the show that launched a spate of movie careers strong odds to nab some more Emmy nominations:TV viewers, pop culture-watchers, and Emmy voters, your last chance to get in on the low-key phenomenon that is Friday Night Lights is happeni...

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    Oscar Watch: Rowling and Kloves' 12-Year Harry Potter Collaboration; Deathly Hallows Photo Gallery

    In the April/May issue of the Writers Guild's Written By Magazine, J.K. Rowling and screenwriter Steve Kloves talk about their 12-year email collaboration as he adapted six of the seven Harry Potter books that yielded Hollywood's biggest blockbuster literary franchise. Rowling fell for Kloves during their first meeting on the Warners lot (even if she figured out that the studio executive dominating the conversation had never read the book), when the writer told her that Hermione was his favorite character. He had fallen for the first book before it became a global phenomenon. Now there's a Wizarding World in Orlando, Florida--for which Kloves...

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    Student Academy Awards 2011 Add Foreign Student Category; 575 Films Compete

    Five hundred and seventy-five films will compete for the 2011 Student Academy Awards, in its 38th year. The winning films, selected from the pool of films from 136 US colleges and universities as well as 32 countries, will be presented and screened on June 11 at the Samuel Goldwyn Theater in Beverly...

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    Pulitzer Prizes Go To Jennifer Egan, Bruce Norris, Eric Foner, Ron Chernow, Kay Ryan

    The Pulitzer Prizes for 2011 were announced today (below). They will be awarded at a luncheon on May 23 at Columbia’s Low Library. More than 2,500 entries are submitted each year to the Pulitzer Prize competition for prizes in 21 categories, awarded by 102 jurors who make three recommendations in ea...

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    Indian Film Festival of Los Angeles Announces Winners, Lead By Udaan

    The Indian Film Festival of Los Angeles announces its 2011 winners, who were announced at the April 17 gala closing of the fest. Disney's Zokkomon (opens stateside April 22) also had its world premiere at the gala. The festival screened 32 features, docs and shorts at Hollywood's ArcLight.

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    Emmy Watch: HBO Dominates TV Movie Race with Cinema Verite, Mildred Pierce

    The Emmy race is under way. And Amy Dawes will be covering it in her new weekly Emmy Watch column.

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    Sidney Poitier to Be Honored by Film Society of Lincoln Center, Star Presenters

    The Film Society of Lincoln Center will present Sidney Poitier with the 38th Annual Chaplin Award on May 2. The list of presenters set to honor Poitier includes Ben Kingsley, Bill Cosby, Chris Tucker, Dan Aykroyd, Danny Glover, Harry Belafonte, James Earl Jones, Lulu, Mary Louise Parker, Morgan Free...

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    Headline In Search of a Story: Franco's Oscar Night Did Not Hurt Your Highness Box Office

    Some online headline-mongering makes me crazy. Basically, the idea is to take a celebrity name and fashion a question around it. In this case, did James Franco's lousy Oscar hosting lead to last weekend's weak opening of Your Highness?

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    The Academy: Who's the Boss? President Tom Sherak Explains Changes

    As president of the Motion Picture Academy, Tom Sherak was very much the guiding force behind presenting Dawn Hudson to the board of governors before their ratifying vote Thursday night. The meeting lasted more than five hours before they brought new CEO Dawn Hudson and her COO partner Ric Robertson...

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    Dawn Hudson Takes Over Motion Picture Academy as CEO; Ric Robertson Reports to Her as COO

    With executive director Bruce Davis on his way out, the Academy Board of Governors met on Thursday to vote on who should succeed him. The heir apparent inside the Academy was 30-year veteran exec Ric Robertson, who had been lobbying for the job. The Academy had been interviewing prospective candidat...

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