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    Academy To Award Thalberg to Coppola, Honorary Oscars to Brownlow, Godard, Wallach

    The Motion Picture Academy's board of governors took a vote Tuesday night on this year's honorary Oscar winners, and came up with a remarkable list.

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    A Social Network Starts Too-Early Oscar Buzz

    David Fincher, Scott Rudin and the Sony marketing team are all smiles over a very early rave review from Film Comment of The Social Network, followed by a tweet from Rolling Stone critic Peter Travers (proffering an ad quote after A Social Network lost its Hot Issue cover to Barack Obama): "David F...

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    Academy Selects Scientific Achievement Short List

    The Motion Picture Academy's scientific and technical awards committee has selected 15 achievements for further awards consideration. Now anyone else with similar devices or prior claims can offer their achievements to the committee, by August 31.

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    Waiting for Malick: The Tree of Life Should Open by Year's End

    A new favorite sport among movie lovers is forecasting exactly when Terrence Malick's The Tree of Life will come out.

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    No Oscar Future for Dragon Tattoo or Rapace

    It's all very well for folks to love the books and/or movies of The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo and its sequels, but the notion that these films will somehow have an Oscar future is silly. Throwing Rapace into the Oscar race while she's in town for meetings reeks of media manipulation. UTA is fannin...

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    HBO's Overlooked Treme: Are Emmy Voters Racist?

    I finally finished watching David Simon and Eric Overmyer's brilliantly executed Treme, and reread the terrific NYT Magazine feature on how they put the series together, and why HBO was willing to indulge them. Overmyer looks back at season one and ahead at season two.

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    Superheros Send Wrong Image to Boys, Kristen Bell's Indie Role, Edie Falco on Sopranos Movie

    -The identity of the American male is in flux and current superhero movies are sending the wrong image to boys, say researchers at the 118th Annual Convention of the American Psychological Association. There's a difference between today's movie superheros and the past's comic book heros, says Sharon...

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    David Michod Talks Aussie Gangster Flick Animal Kingdom: Sprawl vs. Menace

    Australian hit Animal Kingdom, which just opened in limited stateside release to stellar reviews, is that rare movie that surprises you with the discovery of an exciting new writer-director. David Michod's crime drama won the Grand Jury Prize for dramatic world cinema at Sundance last January, where...

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    Trailer and Awards Watch: Love and Other Drugs

    Twentieth Century Fox is planning an awards-campaign for its R-rated sexy romance Love and Other Drugs, from writer-director-producer Edward Zwick (Glory, The Last Samurai, Blood Diamond). He is that rare studio director who is conversant in both the language of mainstream big-budget moviemaking and...

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    Lionsgate, Roadside Pursue Dual Awards Track on Buried, Next Three Days, Biutiful

    Lionsgate is an indie with a taste for mainstream genre fare, but when a Crash or Precious comes along, the distrib knows what to do. This year, though, Lionsgate is adopting a different model that more resembles the studio approach: chase consumers first with such movies as Buried and The Next Three Days, Oscar voters later. And let your specialty subsidiary do the heavy-lifting in the art-film arena: Roadside Attractions is closing in on a deal to release Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu's Biutiful starring the incandescent Javier Bardem. Ironically, ex-Lionsgate exec Tom Ortenberg is in talks to steer the campaign (he's also masterminding the A...

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