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SAG Awards Set Date for 2013

Next year's 19th Annual SAG Awards will take place on January 27, 2013, at Los Angeles' Shrine Exposition Center. For the eighth year running, the show will be simulcast on TNT and TBS. Here's a recap of the 2012 show and winners, which boasted 5.2 million viewers.
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • February 16, 2012 1:57 PM
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Oscar Nominees Talk Favorite Movie Moments: 'Network,' 'Sound of Music,' 'Wizard of Oz,' Brando

Check out Oscar's acting nominees talking about their favorite movie moments here, and in the mashup below. So what movies do the stars love?
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • February 16, 2012 1:41 PM
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Weekend Preview: Brutal & Heartbreaking Oscar Nominee 'Bullhead' Is Must-See

If you live in New York, Los Angeles or Austin, get yourself to a theater for "Bullhead" (it expands February 24). The Belgian film, nominated for a Best Foreign Language film Oscar, may not take home the big prize on February 26 ("A Separation" and "Monsieur Lazhar" are custom-made to the academy's taste), but the brutal, heartbreaking parable and gangster-neo-noir can count two wins already: rookie director Michael R. Roskam and star Matthias Schoenaerts.
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • February 16, 2012 1:09 PM
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Brit Comedy 'Reuniting The Rubins' Debuts March 23

Timothy Spall (“The King's Speech”) stars in “Reuniting The Rubins,” a British family comedy debuting from Monterey Media March 23 in Los Angeles.
  • By Justin Lowe
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  • February 16, 2012 11:00 AM
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PGA Sets 2013 Awards Date

The Producers Guild of America has landed on January 19 2013 for the 24th Annual PGA Awards, which honor excellence in motion picture and television production.
  • By Justin Lowe
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  • February 16, 2012 8:00 AM
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Santa Barbara Film Fest Screenwriters Panel: Personal Experience Informs Both Adaptations and Originals, from 'The Help' to 'Margin Call'

Per usual, this year's screenwriters delivered at my "It Starts with the Script" panel at the Santa Barbara International Film Festival. Both Writers Guild nominee Will Reiser ("50/50") and Indie Spirit nominee Mike Mills ("Beginners") were digging into their own lives for their often painful and self-revelatory fictionalized stories.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • February 16, 2012 7:08 AM
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IN THE WORKS: TWC Casts Streep, Roberts To Lead Adaptation of 'August: Osage County'

Coming off a strong year and an even hotter awards season, with “The Artist,” “My Week With Marilyn” and “The Iron Lady” already awarded and still in contention for Oscars, The Weinstein Company (TWC) today confirmed casting for the film adaptation of Tracy Letts’ Pulitzer Prize-winning novel and Tony-awarded play, "August: Osage County."
  • By Justin Lowe
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  • February 16, 2012 12:52 AM
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Watch Two New Clips from Disney's Mis-Marketed 'John Carter' -- 'Avatar' or 'Stardust'?

Disney is battling a tsunami of bad buzz -- or worse, disinterest, due to ineffective marketing and a lousy Super Bowl spot -- in Andrew Stanton's $250 million sci-fi epic "John Carter." The Mars adventure crammed with performance capture aliens doesn't hit the ground until March 9.
  • By Anne Thompson and Jacob Combs
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  • February 15, 2012 6:44 PM
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'La Ronde' Inspires Two 2012 Releases, Roadside Attractions' '30 Beats' and Magnolia's '360'

Roadside Attractions has acquired all U.S. and Latin American rights to "30 Beats," yet another 2012 movie based on Arthur Schnitzler's "La Ronde. "
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • February 15, 2012 5:33 PM
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What If You Could Tip a Filmmaker?

Over at the Tribeca Film Festival's excellent "Future of Film" blog, its editor, internet expert Chris Dorr, asks: "What If You Could Tip a Filmmaker?" Here's the piece, in full:
  • By Chris Dorr
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  • February 15, 2012 3:54 PM
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