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USC Scripter Nominations Lift Winter's Bone, Ghost Writer

The USC Scripter Award nominations are in. This award, which is voted on by a jury of industry critics, filmmakers, academics and screenwriters (including me), is given to films that are based on a literary source (anything original is not eligible, nor was Toy Story 3). It is a window into the adapted screenplay Oscar category, in other words.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • January 6, 2011 2:27 AM
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Digital Viewing Transition: The Rise of Netflix

Digital Viewing Transition: The Rise of Netflix
In their excellent year-ahead discussion on KCRW's The Business, host Kim Masters and guests John Horn (the LAT) and Michael Schneider (Variety) agreed that 2011 marks a watershed year in the transition from traditional to digital viewing choices. They think the shift will come faster for movies than television. "The studios are burning along with huge overhead and a lot of movies that aren't working," says Masters, a confessed Luddite who defends theater-going.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • January 6, 2011 2:03 AM
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Cinema Audio Society film Nominees Include Shutter Island

The Cinema Audio Society nominees for sound in motion pictures in 2010 are Black Swan, Inception, Shutter Island, The Social Network and True Grit. These are the bigger-scale movies of the year, the ones most likely to factor in the technical categories. I'm surprised not to see Alice in Wonderland and Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part I in this list. Shutter Island has been left out of many critics and guild votes.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • January 6, 2011 1:30 AM
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Duvall, Turning 80, Puts His Hands in Cement at Grauman's Chinese

The Hollywood press corps, friends and supporters sang "Happy Birthday" to 80-year-old Robert Duvall at Grauman's Chinese Theater Wednesday as he placed his hands and feet in cement. "It's long overdue," said crony James Caan, who had co-starred with Duvall in The Godfather and wished he had made 25 more films with him.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • January 6, 2011 12:24 AM
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Variety Loses TV Editor Schneider, Adds Film Editor Dickey

While Variety TV editor MIchael Schneider was able to resist the approaches of The Hollywood Reporter, he could not say no to TV Guide, which he collected in his room when he was a kid. He's going there as their new LA Bureau Chief.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • January 5, 2011 11:46 AM
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More: Media

The Social Network Aims For $200 Million Worldwide; DVD Hits January 11

Five-hundred million friends? They're getting closer. With The Social Network edging toward the $200 million mark worldwide (so far its cume is $93 million domestic and $104 million overseas), Sony's putting it back in 600 theaters on January 7. And with Oscars in its sights, Thursday night, the film gets a PR boost from a DVD/Blu-Ray Oscar party promoing its January 11 homevideo release, with eight hours of DVD bonus features.
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • January 5, 2011 8:35 AM
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Modern Family's Gay Dads Ferguson and Stonestreet To Host WGA Awards

The West Coast Writers Guild Awards ceremony will be hosted by Modern Family's Jesse Tyler Ferguson and Eric Stonestreet at the Renaissance Hollywood Hotel February 5. Here are the nominees. The pair star as Modern Family's gay adoptive parents. WGA Awards show exec producer Spike Jones, Jr. says "audiences don’t know these guys can sing, dance, juggle, clown, and have done everything from motion pictures to Broadway. They’re a pair of old-fashioned entertainers, and I’m looking forward to cutting them loose.”
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • January 5, 2011 8:20 AM
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More: Awards, TV

Autism Society Partners with Wurzburg's Wretches & Jabberers for National Autism Awareness Month

On Wretches & Jabberers, Oscar-winning documentary director Gerardine Wurzburg (short Educating Peter, 1993) is partnering with the Autism Society for its theatrical release in April, which is National Autism Awareness month.
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • January 5, 2011 7:25 AM
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The Coen Brothers Talk True Grit

The Coen Brothers Talk True Grit
As western True Grit has taken off as the surprise hit of the Christmas season (topping a field of weak contenders), and has emerged a strong awards contender (with recent PGA and WGA nods), the usually taciturn Joel and Ethan Coen are on the promo trail. Here's a taste of their sound bites from various interviews.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • January 5, 2011 6:56 AM
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Development Watch: Arterton for Gretel, Jolie's Cleopatra Director, Clooney's Monster of Florence

- Jeremy Renner's Hansel has found his Gretel. Gemma Arterton will star alongside the rising Hurt Locker and Mission: Impossible: Ghost Protocol star in Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters, which sets the fairy tale duo fifteen years later, chasing witches. Despite having suffered three less-than-stellar films in 2010 (Tamara Drewe, Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time, Clash of the Titans), Brit Gemma Arterton beat out Diane Kruger, Eva Green and Noomi Rapace to fill these fairy tale shoes. Director Tommy Wirkola wants to shoot in Berlin starting March 7. Let's hope this fairy tale update rises above the pack.
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • January 5, 2011 6:29 AM
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