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Academy Foundation Grants $45,000 for 2011 Film Festivals

Academy Foundation Grants $45,000 for 2011 Film Festivals
The Academy Foundation of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences is awarding $450,000 to thirty 2011 film festivals including a three-year grant totaling $150,000 for the Chicago International Film Festival's World Cinema Spotlight section. Both the Nashville and New Orleans Film Festivals are in their third year of similar grants, totaling $75,000 each. The grants go toward an array of festivals but recognize and encourage festivals which improve public accessibility and highlight emerging and less known filmmakers to submit proposals. The complete list of grantees is below:
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • November 4, 2010 8:37 AM
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AFM News: Rabbit Hole's Aaron Eckhart Goes Mainstream with Actioner The Expatriate

Aaron Eckhart, who's getting Oscar buzz for the upcoming John Cameron Mitchell drama Rabbit Hole opposite Nicole Kidman (December 17) and played Harvey Dent/Two Face in The Dark Knight, is finalizing negotiations to star as an ex-CIA agent in The Expatriate, an action-thriller and father-daughter drama from A.E. Amel's original screenplay. Philipp Stölzl (North Face, Goethe!) will direct what Essential Entertainment executive producer John Fremes calls "a kinetic commercial thriller" with worldwide appeal. Essential is producing along with Informant Media and Smash Media. Shooting is intended for early 2011 in Belgium and Montreal.
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • November 4, 2010 7:22 AM
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French Film Festival, Online

To spotlight France's young filmmakers, the first ever online French film festival will run January 14 to 29, 2011, thanks to Unifrance and Allociné, France's Centre National de la Cinématographie and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Ten features (either from first or second time directors, with recent French releases), ten shorts and select classic films will be available via Video On Demand with several language subtitle options. They will award three prizes: one voted by online public viewers, another by foreign bloggers and another by the international press.
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • November 4, 2010 6:14 AM
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Boardwalk Empire's Episode Five, Only for Nights in Ballygran

I'm continuing to enjoy the many pleasures of Boardwalk Empire, especially Steve Buscemi, Michael Pitt and Kelly Macdonald, wily performers all. During one of the best episodes so far, Episode Five, "Only for Nights in Ballygran," set on Atlantic City on the eve of St. Patrick's Day 1920, Nucky Thompson (Buscemi) throws his annual Order of Celts party.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • November 4, 2010 5:29 AM
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Godard Anti-Semitism Issue Clouds Honorary Oscar

Godard Anti-Semitism Issue Clouds Honorary Oscar
The Academy of Motion Pictures Arts & Sciences may be regretting its decision to award Jean-Luc Godard, 79, an honorary Oscar on November 13. First, it seemed that the French-Swiss filmmaker indicated might not show up. Then he allowed that he might. Then he admitted that he couldn't.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • November 4, 2010 5:00 AM
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In Production: Sci-Fi Shakespeare, Pitt's Jesse James Reunion, Wong Kar Wai's Grandmasters

- Genre-mixing on well-known tales is the new thing: take the upcoming Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter (in which Tom Hardy may play the vampire lead), Pride and Prejudice and Zombies, The Tempest, Snow White and the Huntsman, Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters, Joe Wright's The Little Mermaid, and so on. Thus it comes as no surprise that Production Weekly (and ThePlaylist) are announcing Henry5, a sci-fi thriller version of Shakespeare's Henry IV and Henry V. Among the actors attached are Michael Caine, Ray Winstone, Gerard Depardieu, Derek Jacobi and Vinnie Jones. The project comes from Arclight's production division Darclight Films and will be directed by Michael Anderson, who also co-wrote the script adaptation with Andrew Hislop and Steve Wilkinson (who is producing alongside Nigel Wooll). ThePlayist has more.
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • November 4, 2010 3:27 AM
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The Stars Who Want to Legalize Marijuana?

Which stars favor the legalization of marijuana? Here's a look, courtesy of The Daily Beast, at celebs who either vocally or inadvertently have been associated with (thanks, paparazzi) the mary jane. They range from venerable Morgan Freeman (who called it "God's own weed") and Prince Harry to Justin Timberlake and Zach Galifianakis, who pointedly smoked a joint on Bill Maher's talk show (see below).
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • November 4, 2010 1:39 AM
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AFM News: FilmDistrict Acquires Drive, Starring Gosling and Mulligan

FilmDistrict has picked up Drive, the Ryan Gosling/Carey Mulligan action film currently shooting in Los Angeles with director Nicolas Winding Refn (Valhalla Rising, Bronson), which is selling at the American Film Market.
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • November 3, 2010 7:52 AM
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AFI Fest 2010 Special Presentations

AFI Fest 2010 announces their Special Presentations, including the LAT's Young Hollywood Roundtable with Carey Mulligan, Jesse Eisenberg and Andrew Garfield (7pm, Nov. 5 at The Egyptian), Cinema's Legacy with Screenwriter Aaron Sorkin (2pm, Nov. 7 at The Egyptian), On Acting: A Conversations with Halle Berry (Nov. 9, 7pm, Grauman's Chinese), a 3-D Bootcamp with a preview of select TRON: Legacy footage (10am, Nov. 10 at Mann's Chinese), and a "Secret Screening" of a soon-to-be-released film which will be announced the day of (9:30pm, Nov. 9, 9:30 at Grauman's Chinese). Additional free tickets are released today for these events, go to AFI Fest for more.
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • November 3, 2010 7:24 AM
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Variety Shuffles Editorial Deck, Hollywood Reporter Launches Glossy Weekly

As newly flush The Hollywood Reporter poses a more robust threat than it ever has to Variety's one-time dominance of the trade space (its first glossy weekly, a fat 156 pages, hits stands Wednesday), Variety is moving its editorial deck chairs. Variety editor Tim Gray has turned to the solid news muscle in the daily bullpen, appointing ex-Hollywood Reporter editor Cynthia Littleton (who returned to Variety three years ago) and Brian Cochrane as deputy editors in charge of news. Thus Variety is not hiring a new editor to replace exiting daily editor Leo Wolinsky, who was let go Monday.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • November 3, 2010 5:29 AM
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