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    HBO Docs President Sheila Nevins Talks West Memphis Three, New Oscar Rules, Sundance, Abramovic

    HBO Documentary Films czar Sheila Nevins is a force to be reckoned with. After 30 years in the entertainment industry, she knows how to adapt. I sat down with her at the Sundance Film Festival to talk about HBO's Sundance docs as well as ongoing changes in Oscar doc rules.

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    Immersed in Movies: Ren Klyce Talks Sound and Subways for Fincher's 'The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo'

    For David Fincher, the sounds of silence are equally as disturbing as loud noises. This is clearly evident in sound designer Ren Klyce's Oscar-nominated work for "The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo." Indeed, the underlying soundscape is a freezing, unsettling horror that perfectly complements the distu...

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    Oscar Video: Oprah Winfrey Interviews Viola Davis on Success, Isolation, and Acting

    During Oprah's Oscar Special on Wednesday, Winfrey at her best evoked heartfelt emotion from "The Help" Best Actress nominee Viola Davis. The Tony-winning theater and film actress was previously nominated for Best Supporting Actress for "Doubt" in 2008, opposite her 2012 Oscar rival Meryl Streep.

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    Weekly Wrap: Weekend Preview, Interviews, Festival Updates, Post-BAFTA Oscar Analysis, In the Works and More

    Weekly Wrap: Weekend Preview, Interviews, Festival Updates, Post-BAFTA Oscar Analysis, In the Works and More

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    Terry George Talks Oscar-Winning Short 'The Shore,' Michael Mann's 'Luck'

    Last week in New York, Irish writer-director Terry George and I met at the fabled Monkey Bar off Fifth Avenue to talk about his Oscar-nominated short, "The Shore." The Irish filmmaker was nominated for writing "In the Name of the Father" and "Hotel Rwanda" and directed Don Cheadle to an acting nomin...

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    Santa Barbara Film Fest Screenwriters Panel: Personal Experience Informs Both Adaptations and Originals, from 'The Help' to 'Margin Call'

    Per usual, this year's screenwriters delivered at my "It Starts with the Script" panel at the Santa Barbara International Film Festival. Both Writers Guild nominee Will Reiser ("50/50") and Indie Spirit nominee Mike Mills ("Beginners") were digging into their own lives for their often painful and se...

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    Oscar Watch: Indie King Woody Allen PBS Doc Streams Online; Sister-Producer Letty Aronson Talks Overseas Shoots

    Sony Pictures Classics has kept Woody Allen's "Midnight in Paris," not only his highest-grossing film ever, but also the year's most successful indie release, in theaters for almost nine months. And SPC is still campaigning to win a few Oscars (the likeliest is Best Original Screenplay) to add to Al...

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    Oscar Watch: 'Bullhead' Director Roskam & Star Schoenaerts Talk the Edgiest of Foreign-Language Contenders

    "Bullhead," hailing from Belgium, is by far the edgiest of this year's Best Foreign Language Oscar nominees. The film, a tragic allegory set in the world of Belgium's bovine hormone-mafia, has won numerous awards at film festivals since its debut at Fantastic Fest 2011, where it won Best Picture in ...

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    Denzel Washington a 'Smooth Operator,' Talks Plight of Women in Hollywood, Needing to Stay Busy

    The Guardian's interview with director/star Denzel Washington, whose movie "Safe House" shows his marquee value, reaffirms the man as one smooth operator. He shares details of his personal routine -- he boxes five mornings a week: "It's therapeutic for me. It's tricky, especially in LA, for an actor...

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    Oscar Watch: Casarosa Talks 'La Luna,' Pixar's Longest Short

    Pixar, of course, cut its teeth on shorts, winning its first Oscar for "Tin Toy" (1989), which paved the way for "Toy Story." Since then, Pixar has continued to regularly leverage its shorts program as a training ground for directors and incubator for technology.

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