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District 9: Oscar Contender?

District 9: Oscar Contender?
District 9 is a great movie that deserves every kudo and by all accounts played great for the Academy the other night.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • August 20, 2009 3:45 AM
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Avatar Week: Photo Gallery

I'm obsessed with Avatar. (The movies of James Cameron are moving inexorably up my flickchart.) The question for me is whether Cameron's ambitious mix of 3-D live-action and performance capture --which cost Fox way more than $200 million-- breaks out beyond the Comic-Con faithful. It feels very sci-fi thriller, which is fine for District 9. But Cameron knows how to reach a wide audience. Avatar is also a romance set on the exotic planet Pandora.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • August 20, 2009 2:12 AM
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Hollywood Goes Yellow

Hollywood is in a mellow yellow mood.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • August 20, 2009 1:00 AM
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Sherak Elected Academy President

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences has a new public face: the Board of Governors elected six-year board and executive branch member Tom Sherak president on Tuesday night. He takes over for genial Sid Ganis, a victim of term limits: he served the maximum four consecutive one-year terms. Ganis remains on executive committee as immediate past president. Sherak was treasurer; producer Howard Koch will take on that role. The president is closely involved with all Academy functions, from various rule changes to prepping the annual Oscarcast and helping to select its producer and host.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • August 19, 2009 12:53 PM
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Up in the Air Heads to Toronto

Up in the Air Heads to Toronto
Jason Reitman's Up in the Air, starring George Clooney, will launch at the Toronto Film Fest (where loyal Canadian Reitman debuted Thank You for Smoking and Juno). This is classic pre-Oscar positioning.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • August 19, 2009 5:40 AM
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Redbox Wars, Stone Rewrites History, Happy Feet 2, The Week Scores

The Redbox Wars are fascinating, as Patrick Goldstein reveals in the LAT. He calls the studios fighting Redbox the "Napster Nightmare for the movie business." A U.S. district judge ruled against Redbox Monday,reports Paid Content:
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • August 19, 2009 3:07 AM
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Mad Men's Hamm Goes to the Movies

As Mad Men Season 3 gets under way to huge numbers (yes!), Jon Hamm is wasting no time chasing a movie career--which was stymied by last year's labor unrest. I have high hopes for the first film, The Town, director Ben Affleck's romantic thriller set in Boston, which starts shooting in September. I'm less confident in Zack Snyder's Sucker Punch, a 50s action fantasy for Warners. Hamm has enormous potential--he could be the next George Clooney-- but has to pick right while he has the chance.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • August 19, 2009 2:27 AM
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Leibovitz's Money Meltdown, HuffPo and Facebook Go Social, Media Hotspots

Annie Leibovitz is astonishingly successful for a journalist. Or an artist. I'd be happy scoring $2 million plus a year.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • August 18, 2009 8:49 AM
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Movie Biz Blows Hot, Cold for Weinsteins, Universal, DreamWorks, Disney, Miramax

Movie Biz Blows Hot, Cold for Weinsteins, Universal, DreamWorks, Disney, Miramax
Hollywood is like one big science experiment, with constantly shifting transfers of heat and power and pockets of freezing cold.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • August 18, 2009 8:12 AM
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Hollywood Health Report

Hollywood Health Report
Each day brings more news of a troubled company needing debt restructuring or a management overhaul. The Weinstein Co. and MGM are just the latest examples. All the studios face pressure from their corporate parents in a grim recession amid declining ad and DVD revenues. Sales are down across the board, including classic rereleases, and less precipitously, specialty titles.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • August 18, 2009 7:43 AM
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