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Soderbergh's Liberace Goes to HBO with Douglas and Damon

Milk's Sean Penn and James Franco, J. Edgar's Leonardo DiCaprio and Armie Hammer, now add Michael Douglas and Matt Damon to the list of Hollywood actors playing romantic leads. And yes, yet another high-profile filmmaker and project are finding a safe harbor at HBO Films. Steven Soderbergh will direct Douglas as the flamboyant lounge pianist Liberace and Damon as his lover Scott Thorson in a movie adapted by Richard LaGravanese from Thorson's memoir Behind the Candelabra in this long-in-development biopic. HBO plans to sell the movie to theatrical distributors overseas via film festivals, but it will air on HBO in North America.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • October 11, 2011 6:17 AM
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BAFTA Renames Britannia Award for James Bond Producer Cubby Broccoli; John Lasseter First Recipient

BAFTA Renames Britannia Award for James Bond Producer Cubby Broccoli; John Lasseter First Recipient
BAFTA Los Angeles is changing the name of its Britannia Award for Worldwide Contribution to Filmed Entertainment in honor of Albert R. “Cubby” Broccoli (new name: Cubby Broccoli Britannia Award), the producer of the James Bond franchise. The first award to hold his name will be presented to Pixar's John Lasseter at the 2011 BAFTA Awards on November 30 at the Beverly Hilton Hotel, to be hosted by Alan Cumming (they will air on TV Guide Network December 4).
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • October 11, 2011 6:00 AM
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NYFF Early Reviews for 3-D Hugo: Cinephiles Are Delighted by Scorsese's Love Letter to Film

NYFF Early Reviews for 3-D Hugo: Cinephiles Are Delighted by Scorsese's Love Letter to Film
The reason that Paramount screened Martin Scorsese’s work-in-progress 3-D Hugo as the New York Film Festival's Monday night’s mystery screening, without completed effects or a final score (by Howard Shore) is that it’s a cinephile’s dream. The NYFF audience couldn’t have been a more receptive crowd.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • October 11, 2011 4:36 AM
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Clips from Steven Spielberg's Adventures of Tintin, Plus Making Of Videos with Jamie Bell

The Adventures of Tintin: The Secret of the Uniforn hits US theaters December 21. Check out some clips below, and the trailer here.
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • October 11, 2011 4:35 AM
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My Week in New York: Hugo, War Horse, Turin Horse, Parties, Marilyn, Book of Mormon

My Week in New York: Hugo, War Horse, Turin Horse, Parties, Marilyn, Book of Mormon
Monday night's mystery screening of Martin Scorsese's work-in-progress 3-D Hugo (featurette below) marks my last screening at this year's New York Film Festival. The reason that the movie was shown without completed effects or a final score (by Howard Shore) is that it's a cinephile's dream, and the NYFF audience couldn't have been a more receptive crowd. While the movie should work with families over the Thanksgiving holiday, and producer Graham King (nervously pacing in the rear of the theater as ushers passed out 3-D glasses) assured me that they wouldn't have shown the film if the movie wasn't going to finish on time, Paramount wanted to build buzz for the film via the festival and this was the only way to do it.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • October 11, 2011 4:22 AM
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EFA Nominate Five for European Discovery Award: Directors of Breathing, Nothing's All Bad, Tilva Ros

EFA Nominate Five for European Discovery Award: Directors of Breathing, Nothing's All Bad, Tilva Ros
The European Film Academy announces five films nominated for their European Discovery 2011 - Prix FIPRESCI Award. The award goes to a young director with a first-time feature. The nominees are listed below. The 2,500 members of the EFA will vote for the winner, which will be announced at the 24th annual awards show in Berlin on December 3. Here's more.
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • October 11, 2011 3:52 AM
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Academy Celebrates Rise of Nonfiction: Doc Panelists Bar-Lev, Guggenheim, Stern

"The Rise of Nonfiction Movies," the latest in the Academy's John Huston Lecture series, will take place on October 26 at the Samuel Goldwyn Theater. Panelists will discuss how feature documentaries have discovered a newfound popularity and cutting edge ways to brings stories to life, amid rapidly evolving modes of media consumption and distribution.
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • October 11, 2011 3:23 AM
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Netflix, Under Fire, Ditches Plans to Split Company, Kills Qwikster

"Consumers value the simplicity Netflix has always offered and we respect that," said Netflix CEO Reed Hastings as he backed off plans to split the company in two. “There is a difference between moving quickly — which Netflix has done very well for years — and moving too fast, which is what we did in this case.”
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • October 10, 2011 12:52 PM
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Alamo Drafthouse's Mondo Mystery Movies: Los Angeles Screening Posters, Next Stop Austin

Alamo Drafthouse presented 6 Mondo Mystery Movies to Los Angeles audiences this past weekend. For these popular series, which regularly sell out, audiences buy tickets and a poster to screenings of films that remain a mystery until the actual event. If you plan to be in Austin, TX, on October 29 you can get tickets to the next Mystery Movie series here starting today. Posters from this past weekend's screenings are below. Screenings included 28 Days Later (poster by Charlie Adlard of The Walking Dead fame with title treatment by Jon Smith), Hellraiser (poster by Florian Bertmer), The Iron Giant (poster by Kevin Tong), Assault on Precinct 13 (poster by Tyler Stout), City of Lost Children (poster by Ken Taylor) and The Mist (poster by Daniel Danger).
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • October 10, 2011 6:40 AM
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And the Nobel Prize for Film Goes To...

And the Nobel Prize for Film Goes To...
Seeing that the Nobel Prize for Literature was awarded last week, to Swedish poet Tomas Tranströmer, Matt Brennan got to thinking: What if there were a Nobel Prize for Film? This week’s “Now and Then” column revels in some of the possibilities. Check out the trailers and post your own picks in the comments section below:
  • By Matt Brennan
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  • October 10, 2011 5:07 AM
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