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Oscar Watch: 2012 Show Will Not Move Up, Bruce Davis Retires

Much has been made lately about how the Academy was trying to figure out a way to move up the Oscars in 2012--under ratings pressure from ABC--to get ahead of the pack of awards shows in January and February. I thought it was ludicrous as well as impossible --I detailed the reasons here--so I am not the slightest bit surprised that the Board of Governors in their wisdom has figured out that streaming movies for voters in order to get them to see the films in time was not a solution. Here's a statement from AMPAS regarding the date of the Oscar show in 2012: The Academy’s Board of Governors has determined that the date of the 84th Academy Awards in 2012 will not be significantly earlier than the now-traditional last Sunday in February. A different date still remains a possibility in subsequent years, and the Academy’s staff and Board will continue to evaluate the advantages and challenges associated with such a change.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • October 14, 2010 1:01 AM
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More: Awards, Oscars

Oscar Watch: Reeves Talks Let Me In--Not an Oscar Contender

Oscar Watch: Reeves Talks Let Me In--Not an Oscar Contender
Let Me In is one of those strange tweener movies that is neither fish nor fowl. It was a fall festival hit, but movie audiences like their movies to fit into neat and tidy categories, and this one defiantly refuses to do that. Here's why.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • October 13, 2010 10:32 AM
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Casting Watch: Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Adds Lee Pace, Joe Anderson, Noel Fisher

Stop the presses! Director Bill Condon has cast the covens and nomads in Summit's next iteration of Twilight, Breaking Dawn. Ordinarily this sort of casting minutiae would not warrant a full-scale press release, but Twilight fans can't get enough info about the vampire world first imagined by novelist Stephenie Meyer. So for those of you who care, the actors cast in the Amazon, Egyptian, Irish and Romanian Covens as well as the American and European Nomads are listed below. They join returning leads Kristen Stewart, Rob Pattinson and Taylor Lautner.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • October 13, 2010 9:39 AM
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Casting Watch: Portman vs. Rapace for Scott's Alien Prequel, The Raven Replaces Renner with Evans

Twentieth Century Fox is happy with Damon Lindelof's (Lost co-creator) screenplay for Ridley Scott's Alien prequel, and Vulture has a few tidbits to share.
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • October 13, 2010 8:02 AM
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DreamWorks and Disney Update Release Schedule: Spielberg's War Horse Joins Tintin for Holiday 2011

DreamWorks and Disney have finalized release dates for five films on their slate. After a confab in London last week with Disney's international and domestic marketing managers and DreamWorks brass--who showed footage from five films including Steven Spielberg's World War I epic War Horse, which is currently filming in England--Disney moved the DreamWorks slate onto new dates. (DreamWorks' films go out through Disney's Touchstone label.)
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • October 13, 2010 5:51 AM
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Movies in Limbo During Distribution Fall-Out: The Debt, Don't Be Afraid of the Dark, Haywire

Movies in Limbo During Distribution Fall-Out: The Debt, Don't Be Afraid of the Dark, Haywire
Miramax is no more. And I challenge you to name the specialty division's new owner. For $660 million, Disney sold the Tiffany label built and abandoned by the Weinsteins--that once represented class, style and Oscar contenders--to Filmyard Holdings, a consortium led by financeer Ron Tutor and partners including Colony Capitol and the beleaguered David Bergstein. And Disney decided finally not to release two Miramax films still on its schedule, John Madden's The Debt, a Mossad thriller starring Helen Mirren, and Guillermo del Toro's production of rookie Troy Nixey's R-rated scare-fest Don't Be Afraid of the Dark, starring Katie Holmes and Guy Pearce, which was well-reviewed by the LAT.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • October 13, 2010 4:59 AM
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Academy Names Eight to Shortlist for Best Documentary Short

Academy Names Eight to Shortlist for Best Documentary Short
The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announces eight titles on the shortlist for the Best Documentary Short Oscar. They were chosen from 30 eligible submissions. Five of the films will earn official nominations on January 25, 2011, and one will win a golden statue at the Academy Awards at the Kodak Theater on February 27.
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • October 13, 2010 4:54 AM
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Video Watch: Anderson and Coppola Go 60s for Stella Artois

In case you missed the Wes Anderson/Roman Coppola Stella Artois 60-second TV spot, check it out below, it's fun. Very Boys Night Out (a must-see from the 60s starring James Garner when he was hot), Parisian-style. You may recall that Anderson directed those expensive American Express ads; he and Coppola collaborated on Darjeeling Limited. Coppola, who did a terrific job on the very mod CQ, also helps out his sister Sophia on her movies, and is a gadget fanatic, according to AdAge.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • October 13, 2010 2:50 AM
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More: Video, TV, Marketing

AFI Fest Centerpieces: Company Men, Blue Valentine, Barney's Version, Tribute: King's Speech

The American Film Institute's AFI Fest 2010, which runs in Hollywood from November 4-11, has announced its Centerpiece Galas to accompany the previously announced opening and closing night selections (the world premiere of Edward Zwick's Love and Other Drugs and Darren Aronofsky's Venice stunner Black Swan). The Centerpiece Galas are Sundance holdovers The Company Men (John Wells), Abel (Diego Luna) and Blue Valentine (Derek Cianfrance) and Toronto entries Barney's Version (Richard J. Lewis) and Casino Jack (George Hickenlooper). AFI Fest will also mount a special tribute to fest circuit hit and Oscar front-runner The King's Speech with director Tom Hooper and stars Colin Firth and Geoffrey Rush.
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • October 13, 2010 2:39 AM
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Director Watch: Eastwood's Hoover without Phoenix, Julianne Moore Likes Her Helmers Silent

Hoover producer Rob Lorenz has already denied that Joaquin Phoenix would co-star with Leonardo DiCaprio in the biopic; now Clint Eastwood says it too. In fact, Eastwood didn't even realize he was an option. "Didn't he become a rapper?" was his response when addressing the rumor. (Not a good sign as WME's Patrick Whitesell tries to rehabilitate Phoenix's career.)
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • October 13, 2010 2:05 AM
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