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The Amazing Race: AMPAS Shake Up Oscar Race; Between 5 And 10 Films Will Get Best Pic Noms

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • June 15, 2011 1:03 AM
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Movies Must Get More Than 5% Of Vote To QualifyThe decision, starting with the 2010 ceremony, to nominate ten films for Best Picture at the Academy Awards was, while not unprecedented, one of the biggest shake-ups in the 80+ years of the Oscars. Widely believed to be driven by plummeting ratings, and the failure of Christopher Nolan's critically praised superhero megahit "The Dark Knight" to pick up a nomination in 2009, the move widened the field, seeing both blockbusters and small indie films sneak in to the final selection. While ratings have picked up, particularly thanks to one of the biggest-grossing awards fields in recent memory this year, the Academy isn't quite done tinkering, with a surprise move being announced this morning that looks to turn the awards race upside down once again.

David O. Russell Working On Action-Drama With Producer Lorenzo di Bonaventura Called 'The Mission'

  • By Edward Davis
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  • June 14, 2011 12:16 PM
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Also Circling Disney's 'Maleficient'; Director Confirms He's Been Talking To Angelina Jolie, Plus Robert De Niro For 'The Silver Linings Playbook'Update: Ahh, so this is the one of the "several projects" that David O. Russell was talking to Angelina Jolie about. According to THR, now that Tim Burton has dropped the project, "The Fighter" filmmaker is one of the director's "circling" the Sleeping Beauty project "Maleficient." Russell never met a meeting he didn't like, so we're sure he's interested, but knowing his creative differences with studios, we would bet this one is not going to stick.

John Hurt, Kevin Bacon, Robert Patrick & Ray Stevenson Round Out Cast For 'Jayne Mansfield's Car'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • June 14, 2011 10:43 AM
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Geez, with all the testosterone flying around this film, you might get pregnant just from reading the cast list of Billy Bob Thornton's next effort behind the camera, "Jayne Mansfield's Car."

Anna Kendrick To Go On Duty With Cop Drama 'End Of Watch'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • June 14, 2011 10:05 AM
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Natalie Martinez Also Joins The CastDavid Ayer has found a very comfortable and kind of boring niche: cop dramas. Having penned "Training Day," "Dark Blue" and "S.W.A.T." as well as directed "Harsh Times" and "Street Kings" his oeuvre is somewhat...predictable. So while we're kind of excited his next boys in blue movie "End Of Watch" stars solid dudes like Jake Gyllenhaal and Michael Pena, we're also wary. But it's continuing to attract strong talent.

Watch: Full Length Trailer For 'Our Idiot Brother' Promises Dumb Funny Laughs

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • June 14, 2011 9:40 AM
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On paper, there is no reason us not to like "Our Idiot Brother." The cast is stacked with actors we really like -- Paul Rudd, Elizabeth Banks, Zooey Deschanel, Rashida Jones, Emily Mortimer, Adam Scott, Steve Coogan, T.J. Miller, Kathryn Hahn, Hugh Dancy and Janet Montgomery -- and seems tailor made to win us over, and while we didn't love this new trailer wholeheartedly, we think there is more than meets the eye.

Watch: Halle Berry Made A Shark Attack Movie Called 'Dark Tide,' Here Is The Awful Trailer

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • June 14, 2011 9:20 AM
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Remember way, way back in 2009 when Halle Berry signed on to make a shark attack movie called "Dark Tide"? No? Well, we didn't remember either but not only is it in the can, there is now a trailer (two years later which always spells the mark of a hit film, right?)

Ben Affleck To Pull A 'Blue Valentine,' Will Make Cast Of 'Argo' Live Like Hostages For Two Weeks

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • June 14, 2011 8:59 AM
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The story goes something like this: Derek Cianfrance had Ryan Gosling and Michelle Williams live together -- buy groceries, pay bills etc -- during the shoot of "Blue Valentine," filming all the "in love" stuff first before taking a quick break, and then lensing all the heartbreak after. The results speak for themselves. Whether or not Ben Affleck saw the film we don't know, but he's taking the same sort of approach for his upcoming hostage thriller "Argo."
More: Films, Actors, Argo

Fox Wants To Reteam James Cameron & Sam Worthington For Sci-Fi Action Film 'Myth'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • June 14, 2011 8:18 AM
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"Avatar" made lots of money. The "Avatar" sequels will make lots and lots of money. Fox likes money, so no surprise they want to keep the James Cameron gravy train rolling.

Mike Nichols Says The Moviegoing Experience Is Dying In 'Carnal Knowledge' Chat With Jason Reitman

  • By Cory Everett
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  • June 14, 2011 7:17 AM
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Plus 7 More Things Learned From The FilmLinc Conversation Sunday NightAs you may already be aware, this past weekend the Film Society of Lincoln Center celebrated the opening of their new film center with a marathon of events that included a conversation between the Coen Brothers and Noah Baumbach and a screening of the '80s cult film “Valley Girl” with its director Martha Coolidge being interviewed by Kevin Smith. But for their final night of the celebration they left a real treat: a screening of the 1971 classic “Carnal Knowledge” with director Mike Nichols there in person for a Q&A moderated by filmmaker Jason Reitman. The film stars a young Jack Nicholson and Art Garfunkel as two friends beginning to explore the opposite sex, with Candice Bergen and Ann Margret playing the women they become entangled with.

Matthew Fox & Ed Harris Gear Up For 'World War Z'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • June 14, 2011 6:30 AM
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With filming set to begin very soon in London and Scotland (where Glasgow will double as Philadelphia for some reason), "World War Z" is beginning to get the final pieces of casting into place, once again mixing up television stars with movie actors.

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