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    Oscar Watch: Critics, Academy, Men, Women: The Help vs. Rise of the Planet of the Apes

    It's not surprising where @spikelee falls on The Help. He's retweeting the articles that support his views, from indieWIRE's Eric Kohn to Michael Phillips in The Chicago Tribune. UPDATE: And The Association of Black Women Historians also disapproves.

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    Oscar Watch: We Need to Talk About Kevin Boasts New Trailer, Poster, Swinton and Oscar Indie Swartz

    Lynne Ramsay's tough adaptation of Brit bestseller We Need to Talk About Kevin (December 2), one of my favorite Cannes competition films, has a new poster and two new trailers, one domestic, one foreign (below). Oscilloscope is releasing, and PR ace Cynthia Swartz, who is currently negotiating her s...

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    Mid-Year Oscar Watch: Top Five Visual Effects Contenders

    It's a good thing that the Academy is guaranteeing five VFX slots this year, as there's a plethora of candidates vying for them, reports Bill Desowitz in his weekly TOH column covering Hollywood below-the-line crafts, animation, and VFX . In fact, he's already got five frontrunners. After last week'...

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    Oscar Watch on Coriolanus: Fiennes and Redgrave Stand Out, New Trailer, Early Reviews

    Rookie feature director Ralph Fiennes and veteran screenwriter John Logan (The Aviator) have crafted a strong modern adaptation of Shakespeare's bloody war tragedy Coriolanus (trailer below). Fiennes shines in the central role, which he played on the London stage in 2000 to raves. It plays to...

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    Oscar Watch: Hanks and Horn in Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close

    Hitfix posts the first image from Oscar perennial Stephen Daldry’s film adaptation of Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close, showing a sweet moment between Manhattan father and son Tom Hanks and Thomas Horn, who later searches for messages from his father following the September 11th disaster. Recent Os...

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    The Help: Mainstream Crowd-Pleaser, Not Oscar Contender

    At the Academy premiere of The Help Tuesday night, DreamWorks' Stacey Snider, Participant's Jeff Skoll and Ricky Strauss, and Disney's Rich Ross presided over an industry unveiling that yielded plenty of tears and applause. The crowd was packed with Colleen Camp's Academy list, from producers Norman...

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    Oscar Watch: How Weta Gives Rise to the Planet of the Apes; Andy Serkis as Lon Chaney

    One of the debates on Twitter Friday morning was which movie will be the one to the beat for this year's VFX Oscar? Michael Bay's 3-D Transformers: Dark of the Moon, which set out to challenge James Cameron's 3-D Avatar, or Terrence Malick's spacey The Tree of Life? Now a new summer movie has entere...

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    Oscar Watch: Response to Ratner, Who Wants More Laughs in Kudocast

    Thursday we brought you the surprising news that Brett Ratner, of Rush Hour fame, would be producing the 84th Academy Awards alongside veteran Don Mischer. Ratner swiftly got on the phone with various outlets to spin the news. But first, the award for best Twitter reaction to Ratner's new gig (and ...

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    Academy Hires Brett Ratner to Produce Oscars with Don Mischer: Threatens to Go Cheesy

    The Academy is walking a thin line between wanting an Oscar Show that draws millions of viewers around the world--which will please ABC-- and a kudocast that advertises Hollywood in a classy and appealing way --which will please the grown-ups in the room at the Kodak Theatre on Sunday, February 26, 2012. It's a slippery slope, and I argue that the likes of Bill Condon & Larry Mark (2009) and the late great Laura Ziskin (2002, 2007) provide the model of a show that worked. In the end, it matters less what the producers do with the show than what movies are nominated. If The Lord of the Rings and Avatar are up, there are more viewers. It's that...

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    My Week with Marilyn, Starring Williams, Goes to New York Fest; Weinsteins Face Packed Oscar Slate

    One more piece in the fall film festival puzzle has dropped into place: The Weinstein Co's My Week with Marilyn, starring Michelle Williams as Marilyn Monroe on the 1956 set of The Prince and the Showgirl, will be the New York Film Festival's centerpiece world premiere gala on October 9. Closing nig...

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