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Things I Heard on the Oscar Party Circuit

'Tis the season for Oscar parties. They come in different shapes and sizes.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • December 4, 2009 11:31 AM
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Must -Sees: The Last Station, Up in the Air, Bright Star

Must -Sees: The Last Station, Up in the Air, Bright Star
Must-Sees:Jason Reitman's Up in the Air has been deemed a too-dark marketing challenge. But the movie's strength is the way it skips past conventional genre cliches while deftly taking its characters through romantic escape and isolation--and the tough economy. Paramount Pictures is one of the few studios that can market both big and little movies. Up in the Air may be on its way to some Oscar nominations: it won four awards from the National Board of Review, including best picture of the year. It's tied with Precious for number one on the Gurus 'O Gold. Reviews are stellar: Tomatometer: 84%. Metascore: 81.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • December 4, 2009 1:00 AM
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Sundance: 18 Titles to Watch

Sundance: 18 Titles to Watch
Now that all the 2010 Sundance films have been announced (all are listed on IndieWIRE) which films are the ones to see this January? Most of the films in the lineup are unknown quantities that will need to be checked out first-hand. Some of the new films below (I am not including films from other fests) will be hot acquisition titles, and some may actually make it into theaters.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • December 3, 2009 9:18 AM
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National Board of Review Picks Up in the Air as Best Film of 2009

National Board of Review Picks Up in the Air as Best Film of 2009
Again, the National Board of Review is not always a forecaster of things to come, but rather a bellwether of where the momentum is at this moment in time. (It tends to be a bit New York-centric.) Thursday, the NBR (made up of East Coast educators, mostly) named Jason Reitman's third film, the uncategorizable Up in the Air the best film of the year. The movie which is both funny and serious starts a limited run on Friday and has scored 86% on the Tomatometer so far.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • December 3, 2009 7:25 AM
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Comcast Makes NBC Universal Deal

As predicted, now that Vivendi has agreed to sell its 20% stake in NBC Universal for $5.8 billion, the deal for cable corp. Comcast to acquire NBC Universal from GE has gone through. Comcast would be the sixth owner of Universal over the past two decades. (The Obama administration could take a year to review the deal before the two companies can merge.) Comcast will pay $13.75 billion for a majority stake in a combined entertainment entity to be run by NBCU chief Jeff Zucker.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • December 3, 2009 4:45 AM
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Golden Globe Nominations To Be Announced December 15

Golden Globe Nominations To Be Announced December 15
The first folks to see Avatar will be, naturally, the Hollywood Foreign Press. They see the much-anticipated James Cameron 3-D epic on December 8th. (I see it on the 10th.) The HFPA are also ubiquitous on the Oscar party circuit. To say they are being wined and dined is an understatement.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • December 3, 2009 4:19 AM
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LAT Gives Claudia Eller Player-Coach Status

What's a player-coach? Well, veteran LAT entertainment business writer Claudia Eller is adding that role to her many duties at the LAT, as described below in a memo from entertainment/business AME Sallie Hofmeister.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • December 3, 2009 1:45 AM
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More: Media

Sundance Changes with the Times

Sundance Changes with the Times
There's a new Sundance sheriff in town.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • December 2, 2009 7:58 AM
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Polanski Gets Out of Jail Friday on $4.5 Million Bail

As expected, filmmaker Roman Polanski will get out of jail on $4.5 million bail. Swiss justice officials announced Wednesday that the director can move to his Gstaad chalet at 1 PM on Friday. Here's the LAT:
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • December 2, 2009 4:35 AM
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More: News, Directors

Indie Spirit Nominee Krieger Talks The Vicious Kind

Lee Toland Krieger woke up to a big surprise Indie Spirits morning: not only was he nominated for best screenplay for his sophomore feature The Vicious Kind, but his leading man, Adam Scott, grabbed a nomination for best male lead. "It could not have been more unexpected," he said as he fielded calls while trying to meet a script deadline. "The film was off the radar, even on an indie level. It's not like Precious, which was picked up by Lionsgate and is sweeping big fest awards. We're unfortunately out of the loop."
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • December 1, 2009 11:00 AM
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