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    How Did Moneyball Director Bennett Miller Make a Smart Studio Movie? Brad Pitt.

    Bennett Miller is not the first name that would come to mind as the director of Moneyball, which two years ago was a problem-plagued project stalled at Sony with $10 million in costs stacked against it from past writers Stan Chervin, Steve Zaillian and Aaron Sorkin and departed directors David Frank...

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    First Poster Art for Zhang Yimou's Oscar Hopeful Flowers of War with Christian Bale Not Inspired

    Picking the right poster art is an art in itself, and China's treatment for its official Oscar submission, Zhang Yimou's $90 million The Flowers Of War, leaves much to be desired.

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    China Selects Zhang Yimou's Flowers of War, Starring Christian Bale, as Oscar Entry

    The backers of Zhang Yimou's The Flowers of War, a tough period drama set during the horrific 1937 Nanking Massacre, are heaving sighs of relief. China has chosen the film as its official Oscar entry. It is due for December 16 release in Asia and was for sale at the recent Toronto Film Festival, whe...

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    Oscar Talk: Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy, Melancholia, Moneyball, Ides of March, New Oscar Rules

    In this week's Oscar Talk podcast, Kris Tapley and I engage on several pressing Oscar fronts. We debate the impact of the Academy's new constraints on parties and Q & As and whether or not the Oscars should move up their date. We dig into several new films, Brad Pitt-starrer Moneyball and Cameron Cr...

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    Gordon-Levitt and Rogen Talk 50/50: "It's Honest, That's Why It's Funny"

    Screenwriter Will Reiser labored for six years at the behest of producer Seth Rogen to turn the fictional story based on Reiser's own cancer experience at age 24 into the funny coming-of-age film 50/50. Rogen and partner Evan Goldberg held onto control (and final cut) of the $8-million movie, which ...

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    Footnote is Israel's Official Oscar Entry, Wins Ophir

    Israel has a sensible approach to picking its official Oscar submission every year. The film that wins the best picture Ophir, their own Academy Award, is submitted. That means that it's not some group representing the country that decides what is appropriate. Government cultural bodies often make the wrong choice, for political, economic or even personal reasons. Why would Belgium, for example, not submit the popular, well-received, Cannes award-winning film from the Dardenne brothers, The Kid with a Bike (IFC)? Well, they submitted Bullhead, a crime thriller about cattle farmers, instead. The Film Experience keeps a running chart of the for...

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    Academy Clamps Down on Campaign Violations, Social Media

    Now behave! That's what the Motion Picture Academy is basically saying to the cadres of Oscar campaigners and studio marketing departments with Oscar statues in their sights. 'Tis the season when filmmakers and talent are trotted around to panels, receptions, and multiple guild Q and As. Academy members often belong to various guilds. Thus writers will be invited to WGA panels as WGA, not Academy members, producers and editors and costume designers, the same. And many distributors throw DVD release events with Academy members conveniently invited. Will Academy party organizers such as Colleen Camp and Peggy Siegal (pictured) be put out of bu...

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    Toronto Wrap: Best of Fest, Oscar Boosts, Winners and Losers

    The trick with the fall film festivals is to gauge expectations going in vs. what was actually achieved. Various distributors launched their fall slates, and watched with pleasure or horror at how their movies were received by audiences and critics. Oscar contenders either moved forward in the award...

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    Steve Martin's Letter to Eddie; Paramount's $700 Million Revamp; Dragon Tattoo Preview Reaction

    Paramount Picture's planned $700-million upgrade to its Hollywood lot will add new sound stages as well as offices and create an estimated 7,300 jobs during the construction period, reports the LA Times. The project will develop the Melrose Avenue headquarters and potentially some nearby properties ...

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