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    Oscar Talk Mid-Summer Outlook: New Rules, Midnight in Paris, Streep vs. Close

    Kris Tapley and I reconvened over Skype for a mid-summer Oscar Talk (below). We covered quite a bit of ground. New Academy rules affect the top ten best picture ballot, VFX, documentaries and animation, but not foreign eligibility. New members may tip the scale as well on a more mainstream selection...

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    Will Transformers 3-D Make Room for Crass Horrible Bosses, Dopey Zookeeper or Quality Indie Fare?

    Don't go looking at your local multiplex for class this weekend. Raunch and dopiness and Transformers in 3-D still reign. We round up Horrible Bosses reviews here, best summarized by Rex Reed of the New York Observer: "It's one of those revolting, raunch-fueled movies churned out in their sleep by t...

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    Malcolm McDowell Talks Lindsay Anderson, A Clockwork Orange, Gets Maine Fest Career Award

    Malcolm McDowell, 67, has been on the PA circuit of late, scooping up award tributes and riding the PR swell for the 40th anniversary Blu-ray release of my favorite Stanley Kubrick film, 1971's A Clockwork Orange and Antoine de Gaudemar and Michel Ciment's doc Once Upon a Timeā€¦ Clockwork Orange. The...

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    Oscar Watch: Horse Whisperer Brannaman Talks Crying at Buck, Reuniting with Redford

    I ran into Buck Brannaman on the main drag at Sundance this January, decked out in his cowboy boots and hat, spreading warmth and cheer as he moved down the street. The guy's a star: the magic charisma that works on horses, no matter how disturbed, shines out of him in person, too. He's the guy who inspired Robert Redford's 1998 The Horse Whisperer; he hit it off with the filmmaker/star on that film during "one of the finest summers I can remember," and was delighted to hang with him opening night in Park City. For the past decade Brannaman and Redford have been busy "doing our own thing," Brannaman says. "We have not been able to spend time....

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    HBO Doc Shows Why DA Needed Exiting Sex Crimes Unit Chief Friel's Division in Strauss-Kahn Case

    There's no question that my reaction to the Dominique Strauss-Kahn case was influenced by having seen Lisa Jackson's Sex Crimes Unit, which played at the Los Angeles Film Festival before beginning its run on HBO June 20. Jackson got unprecedented access to the respected Unit of the New York District...

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    Transformers 3 Set to Slaughter 2-D Field; Plus Terri, Aurora, Perfect Host, Uninspired Larry Crowne

    Michael Bay's Transformers: Dark of the Moon, in all its 3-D glory, is going to score huge and remind us that good acting doesn't always accompany box office success. The visual payoff, especially in IMAX 3-D, is worth the ticket price, and reinstates 3-D as a positive cinematic achievement after mo...

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    Telluride Film Festival: Last Call for Submissions this July; Fest Runs September 2-5

    The Telluride Film Festival issues its last call for 2011 submissions. The deadlines to submit to this class-act four-day festival over Labor Day weekend (September 2-5) are:SHORTS AND STUDENT FILMS DEADLINE: FRIDAY, JULY 1, 2011 FEATURES DEADLINE: FRIDAY, JULY 15, 2011

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    LAFF Highlights: From Bernie to Don't Be Afraid of the Dark, Winners

    The Los Angeles Film Festival was hopping for ten days, downtown at LA Live, a straight shot down Olympic Boulevard to an $8 parking lot. The Regal screens are new with a good rake, but the glossy presentation didn't help Richard Linklater's opening nighter Bernie, yet another based-on-a-true-story (much like Andrew Jarecki's All Good Things) that fascinated the filmmaker and his star, Jack Black, without proving to be compelling for the rest of us. The good news is that Black gives the strongest performance he has in some time as a genial good-old-boy who turns to the dark side when he winds up rich older woman Shirley MacLaine's dependent ...

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    Palm Springs International ShortFest: The Road to Hollywood, Oscar

    After taking part in an engaging trade media panel for some of the 400 or so shorts filmmakers who flocked to the 2011 Palm Springs International ShortFest, I not only walked away with a stack of screeners, but when I returned to the Ace Hotel in the baking heat for a cool dip, realized with horror ...

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    AFI-Discovery Channel's Silverdocs Fest Announces Audience Award Winners: Donor Unknown, Mr. Happy

    AFI-Discovery Channel Silverdocs Fest's Audience Award winners for 2011 are Jerry Rothwell's Donor Unknown, which won the Feature Audience Award, and Matt Morris's Mr. Happy Man, which won in the Shorts category. Award-winning and Festival favorites will play at the AFI Silver Theater and Cultural C...

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