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    Amelia: When Biopics Go Bad

    What went wrong with Amelia?

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    Oscar Watch: Academy Hires Producers, NYT Recasts Carpetbagger

    Now that the Academy has announced a team of Oscarcast producers, director Adam Shankman and ex-Fox studio chief-turned-producer Bill Mechanic, the business of choosing a host can begin.

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    Industry Gives Hollywood Film Festival Free Pass

    I am surprised by the film industry and the media's continued willingness to give a free pass to entrepreneur Carlos de Abreu's Hollywood Film Festival, a cannily constructed facade which honors stars, filmmakers and craftspeople and lines the pockets of de Abreu.

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    Indie Spirits Move Their Awards Show

    The biggest story out of the recent New York Film Festival had nothing to do with the movies shown at that 17-day fest. No, the subject of heated discussion wasn't the opening night selection Wild Grass or Lars von Trier's Antichrist: it was the change of venue of the opening night party. The indie...

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    Awards Season Kicks Off with Gotham Noms: Hurt Locker Gets Boost

    Each successive round of awards announcements is about whether a movie gets a boost or not. It's not terrible to be left out of the Gotham Independent Film Award nominations. It's more about getting a slight boost as you build toward the inevitable momentum that accrues to the eventual real contende...

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    Oscar Watch: Academy's Davis Talks Producers and Hosts

    Picking a producer for the Oscar telecast is the first big project facing any incoming Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences president like Tom Sherak. But the process can't start before he's elected. And the new president is still learning the ropes.

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    The Messenger: Oscar Contender?

    Rookie director Oren Moverman's The Messenger faces the same obstacle in the fall awards season as the Michelle Monaghan star vehicle Trucker. It's one of many marginal outsider films that has to get seen before it has a chance. The movie is a stark portrait of two soldiers (Woody Harrelson and Ben ...

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    Trailer Watch: Will Amelia Biopic Play?

    I'll be showing Mira Nair's Amelia at Sneak Previews this week. I've seen the biopic of the vanished aviatrix Amelia Earhart, which stars Oscar magnet Hilary Swank and Richard Gere, and look forward to grilling the screenwriters, Ron Bass (Rain Man) and Anna Hamilton Phelan (Gorillas in the Mist). T...

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    Oscar Talk Episode 6

    In our sixth Oscar Talk podcast, In Contention's Kris Tapley and I debate the foreign and animation races, The Fantastic Mr. Fox, The Messenger, Where the Wild Things Are and The Last Station.

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    Oscar Picks of 65 Films Submitted for Foreign Film Contention

    65 countries are competing for the 2009 foreign language film Oscar. The Academy has released the official list, which is on the jump.

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