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The Prime Minister's Speech: Why The British Government's Plan To Shake Up Film Financing Is Wrong-Headed & Doomed To Failure

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • January 11, 2012 1:58 PM
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Eighteen months or so ago, the British film industry, which relies heavily on states subsidy through money from the National Lottery, was thrown into turmoil when the new coalition government, led by Prime Minister David Cameron, announced that they were shutting down the UK Film Council, the organization that, among other things, was responsible for the allocation of funding for development and production. Those responsibilites were shifted to the British Film Institute, but many in the industry were fearful what changes were still to come.

The Year In Review, Part One -- The Notable Highlights & Lowlights Of January-June 2011

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  • December 29, 2011 3:47 PM
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Well, with twelve months basically in the can, it’s time to put the year to bed, and hopefully, into a little perspective. 2011 was, well, just another year in movies, and that's not to say it was an uninteresting year, it's just that while things are evolving, and not always for the better, Hollywood, indies and the general state of filmmaking kept on trucking like they had to.

'Melancholia' Wins Best Film At European Film Awards; Ties 'The King's Speech' For Most Awards

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • December 3, 2011 8:03 PM
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While it has pretty much zero influence on the awards season stateside, the European Film Awards, which are essentially the Euro version of the Oscars, presented their winners tonight and it looks like Lars Von Trier's brief moment as a pariah is over.

Daft Punk, Zooey Deschanel, Justin Bieber & More Nominated For Film Soundtrack & Score Related Grammys

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • December 1, 2011 1:41 PM
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Hey, the Oscars aren't the only awards show in town for movie lovers. Granted, it's the biggest and glitziest, but if you're a movie fan looking to keep track of which films are winning what, the Grammys are on the way, and they've announced their nominations for the 54th awards ceremony. Soundtrack/score hounds will be pleased.

Time To Put Away Childish Things: Is 2011 The Year Grown-Ups Started Buying Movie Tickets Again?

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • April 5, 2011 3:47 AM
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For some time now, the received wisdom has been that the kind of mid-budget, star-driven serious films that once dominated Hollywood were on their way out. Dan Jinks, the producer of "Milk," told Mark Harris at GQ a couple of months back that, "Everyone has cut back on not just 'Oscar-worthy' movies, but on dramas, period. Caution has made them pull away. It's infected the entire business." Indeed, the new regime at Disney announced their intention back in 2010 to focus entirely on tentpoles, even canceling a proposed sequel to the $200 million-grossing hit "The Proposal," a film that cost a relatively meager $40 million, because it didn't fit with the company's new remit.

Posterpalooza: New One-Sheets For 'Harry Potter 7.5,' 'Pirates 4,' 'Hesher' & More

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • March 31, 2011 1:40 AM
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Almost alone among the marketing materials for a film, the poster is sometimes able to rise above its role as, well, advertising, and become an art form in and of itself. Let's face it, if you're reading this, you've probably got some kind of movie poster decorating your bedroom or apartment. Indeed, without naming any names, some movie websites now seem to dedicate three-quarters of their postings to whatever minimalist re-envisioning of "Return of the Jedi" some graphic design major has cooked up that day.

PG-13 Cut Of 'The King's Speech' Arrives On April Fools Day

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • March 24, 2011 4:04 AM
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Fresh off taking home Best Picture, Best Actor and Best Director at the Oscars, The Weinstein Company is ready to take "The King's Speech" for another round in theaters but this time, you'll be able to bring your kids.

Oscar Winner Tom Hooper To See PG-13 Cut Of 'The King's Speech' Today

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • February 28, 2011 5:23 AM
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Harvey Weinstein Noticeably Goes Unmentioned In Acceptance SpeechWalking away from last night's Oscars with three big awards -- including Best Actor, Best Director and Best Picture -- the buzz around "The King's Speech" won't stop anytime soon, but some of that hype may be for an issue that continues to pit producer Harvey Weinstein against the film's director and the cast.

Snubs & Surprises Of The 2011 Academy Awards

  • By Edward Davis
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  • February 28, 2011 3:30 AM
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'King's Speech' & 'Inception' Win 4 Awards, 'True Grit' Is The Night's Biggest Loser With 10 Nominations & Zero WinsFirst off, you might want to check out our 10 pleasant surprises of the 2011 Oscar nominees. They were pleasant surprises for a reason and none of those people won any awards except for one musical duo (more on that later). You probably checked out our liveblog and our winners recap last night, but yes, we have more.

'The King's Speech' Wins The 2011 Best Picture Award; Film Takes 4 Oscars Including Best Director

  • By The Playlist
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  • February 28, 2011 1:08 AM
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'Inception' Ties For 4 Awards, 'The Social Network' Wins 3 Prizes In TotalEARLIER: OK, we've got all of our quips, zingers and up-to-the-moment thoughts on the Oscars happening on our liveblog right here. But if you just want to take a quick glance at the latest winners, this is your place to be. We'll update it as it happens and you can check in later for further analysis and context on those who won, who surprised and who were overlooked. Alright, after a very MTV Movie Awards-inspired opening the 83rd Annual Academy Awards are on. Maybe not the most original opening, but hell, it worked.

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