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    Academy Backs Off Ten Best Picture Nominations

    Departing Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences executive director Bruce Davis has said that it would take three years to test the Academy experiment to give voters --and more important--Oscar show viewers--a choice of ten best picture nominees. The idea was to broaden the choices, bring in T...

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    Neil Patrick Harris Wraps Tony Awards with a Rap

    Neil Patrick Harris did another yeoman job hosting the Tony Awards Sunday night, which sent Trey Parker and Matt Stone's best musical The Book of Mormon home with nine wins (I interviewed them here; the complete list of winners is here). One highlight was a host face-off with Hugh Jackman. (Yes, we want the Aussie song-and-dance man back as Oscar host--but if he can't do it, Harris would do!) Another was Harris's opener, during which Brooke Shields muffed her lines. In case you missed the show, Harris raps the Tony Awards to a close in the video, below, along with the lyrics, written during the show by In the Heights' Lin-Manuel Miranda and T...

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    Morgan Freeman Is Bromanced by Eastwood, Poitier, McConaughey at 39th AFI Life Achievement Awards

    The really good AFI tributes are the ones where there's warmth in the room for the tributee. Morgan Freeman, winner of the 39th AFI Life Achievement Award, is in that category.

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    Emmy Watch: Shameless Cast Talks Candid Approach to Drunkenness and Sex

    Executive producer John Wells and cast members of Showtime’s Shameless convened recently for an Emmy season event in which the show’s frankness with regard to nudity and alcoholism were much-discussed. But there’s more than that to this adventurous new series, as Amy Dawes has discovered.“These are people who would be easy to look down on, except that they don’t look down on themselves,” said Wells at a panel following an L.A. Times-sponsored screening of Shameless last week. “They go out into the world and are shameless about who they are. In a similar way, we know no bounds about what we’ll do to get you to laugh or cry when you watch this...

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    Sundance, Redford and Fukunaga Tribute Satter on the 30th Anniversary of Institute Labs

    The Sundance Institute mounted an A-list fundraiser in the dark woods at Franklin Canyon last week, complete with music by Fitz and the Tantrums. Sundance founder Robert Redford gave his trademark speech--which he delivers charmingly--about how he saw the need to counteract the prevailing studio tre...

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    MTV Movie Awards Show Pushes Raunch with Pattinson/Lautner Kiss, F-Bombs, Sex Tape Advice

    Amidst all the shameless self-promotion and PR-mongering that is the MTV Movie Awards, inappropriate behavior raged on at the Sunday night event. There was Jason Sudeikis's "I might be a dad soon," Justin Timberlake and Mila Kunis's groping, alluding to what "may or may not be" Blake Lively, Rob Pat...

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    Trailer Watch: The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn- Part 1; Bella and Edward Get Married UPDATED

    The MTV Movie Awards Sunday night glorified golden couple Rob Pattinson and Kristen Stewart--with not just an award for "Best Kiss," but many more, for their last Twilight installment, Eclipse. Twilight scored five out of twelve awards, with Rob Pattinson beating The Social Network's Jesse Eisenberg...

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    Emmy Watch: Greed Gets the Blame in HBO's Too Big To Fail, Bill Pullman Talks

    HBO Films put another big dog into Emmy Awards contention this week with the premiere of Too Big To Fail, based on the book by Andrew Ross Sorkin, about the very recent banking crisis and its ongoing implications. Amy Dawes reacts to the movie and talks to actor Bill Pullman, who portrays banker Ja...

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    Academy's Move Toward Electronic Balloting: Target for Hackers?

    The Academy's note to some 5800 members warning them that electronic balloting could be coming by the next awards season is surprising news. The letter from the Academy's director of membership Kimberly Roush asked members for a direct email that did not go through an assistant or intermediary. The ...

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    Cannes Update: Oscilloscope Buys We Need to Talk About Kevin, Swinton Gets Oscar Push

    One of my favorite Cannes' competition films, Lynne Ramsay's We Need to Talk About Kevin, was deemed too tricky to handle by the bigger specialty distributors, who worried about the cost of an Oscar campaign for Tilda Swinton--a prerequisite for Luc Roeg's Independent Film Company.

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