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    Oscar Watch: Weinstein Co. Adds Director Madonna's Sophomore Film W.E. to Holiday Line-Up

    The Weinstein Co. has added Madonna's latest, W.E. (as in Wallis and Edward), an examination of their romance starring Abbie Cornish (Bright Star, Sucker Punch), Andrea Riseborough (Never Let Me Go), James D’Arcy (Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World) and Oscar Isaac (Drive), to its holiday line-up with a December 9 release date. That's prime Oscar real estate, and it costs money to support a movie in platform release in New York and L.A. during that crowded time frame. So the company believes in this one; we'll see it on the fall fest circuit, probably starting with Venice in August. Obviously Wallis Simpson and King Edward VIII ...

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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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    Oscar Watch: Skin I Live In Gets October Date; Carnage Goes to November, Holiday Sked Shapes Up

    The earlier a high-prestige art house movie opens in the fall, the less likely that its distributor harbors serious Oscar hopes for it. In other words, if Sony Pictures Classics moves Pedro Almodovar's retitled Skin I Live In from November to October, and slates Roman Polanski's Carnage on November ...

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    Academy Moves Around Governors List, Adds Hurd, Bening, Mazursky

    The board of governors are the real bosses at the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences. They call the shots. They elect the president, who is now Tom Sherak, who oversees the actual Oscar show by hiring the producers and approving the hosts. They approved Sherak's choice of AMPAS's new co-ch...

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    Oscar Watch: New Voting Method Hurts Marginal Academy Ballots

    Steve Pond's mathematical appraisal of the change in Academy voting compares last year's method of voting for top ten best pictures and the new approach that forces each movie to meet a standard of popularity. (He's using a sample of critic votes to make his case.) Thus, if certain films don't grab a percentage of top-place votes, they won't make it into contention during one single elimination round. Pond is suggesting that with the new voting rules, Academy votes for movies such as Biutiful and even Oscar-contenders True Grit and The Kids Are All Right might not have even been considered last year. Departing Academy executive director Bruce...

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    Academy Governor Phil Alden Robinson to Produce 2011 Governors Awards

    Repeating his decision last year to get started early on the Governors Awards and Oscarcast, Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences president Tom Sherak has turned to Academy Governor and writer-director Phil Robinson (Field of Dreams, The Sum of All Fears) to produce the 3rd Annual Governors Awards this November 12. The producer team Charlie Haykel and Juliane Hare of Don Mischer Productions will back up Robinson. The Academy now gives out its coveted Irving G. Thalberg Memorial Award and Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award among other honorary awards that night at the Kodak Theatre on Hollywood and Highland. This year the honorees will be...

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    Super 8 ILM VFX Master Dennis Muren Talks Spielberg, Going Back to 70s

    Dennis Muren is the godfather of visual effects artists. Hired by George Lucas in 1976 to work on Star Wars and help launch Industrial Light & Magic (ILM), he went on to make the key breakthroughs that led to where VFX are today. Muren has won nine Oscars, including Visual Effects awards for Jurassi...

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    Annual Academy Invite List Revealed: Lawrence, Cooper, Knowles, Kunis, Mara, Brand, Moonves, Langley

    The annual Academy invite ritual hits Hollywood hard. Friday the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences announced 178 artists and executives "who have distinguished themselves by their contributions to theatrical motion pictures" to join its voting members.

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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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    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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