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Clooney and Payne Talk at Oscar Nominee Lunch, Measuring Applause

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences is an institution, like many others, trying to stay true to its mission while it transitions for the future. At one table at Monday's Oscar Nominees Luncheon sat Bill Lee, president of ABC, which is demanding high ratings from the Award Show of Shows on February 26, to be hosted by Billy Crystal.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • February 7, 2012 4:37 AM
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Oscar Nominees Luncheon - Best Lead & Supporting Actor Contenders Meet the Press: Clooney, Pitt, Oldman, Bichir, Dujardin & More

Each of the Lead and Supporting Best Actor nominees, save Christopher Plummer, met the press during the annual Oscar Nominees Luncheon at Los Angeles' Beverly Hilton on February 6. Double nominee George Clooney (Best Actor for "The Descendants," Best Adapted Screenplay for "Ides of March") was first up and had the room full of journalists in giggles within seconds. The man knows how to work it. Check out what the nominees had to say:
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • February 6, 2012 6:08 PM
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Oscar Nominees Luncheon - Best Lead & Supporting Actress Contenders Meet the Press: Davis, Williams, Close, Mara & More

Each of the 2012 Oscar-nominated actresses -- save Meryl Streep and Jessica Chastain -- showed up to meet the press at the annual Oscar Nominees Luncheon at the Beverly Hilton on February 6. (Streep did attend the lunch and posed for the group picture.) Questions ranged from Oscar dresses and nipple piercings to Marilyn Monroe and honeymooning at George Clooney's Italian villa. Below, what each had to say:
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • February 6, 2012 5:21 PM
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Who Sold You at Super Bowl XLVI 2012? Vote for Best TV Spot

Like many folks on my movie-oriented Twitterfeed, I watched and tweeted the entertainment side of the Super Social Bowl and tuned out the game. And I was disappointed as hell by the super-expensive ($3.5 million per 30 seconds) TV spots created by the Hollywood studios' best and brightest.
  • By Anne Thompson and Sophia Savage
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  • February 6, 2012 2:44 PM
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Tribeca Film Institute Expands Digital Storytelling Program to Los Angeles; Youth Screening Series Partners with Women and Girls Lead Campaign

The Tribeca Film Institute is expanding its Tribeca Teaches program to Los Angeles. The after school digital-storytelling program is going to Lennox Middle School (in a neighborhood with a 93% low-income Latino population), marking its first location outside of New York...
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • February 6, 2012 2:27 PM
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Magnolia Will Release Kevin Macdonald's Bob Marley Doc Via Theaters and VOD April 20

Before its premiere at Berlin and North American debut at SXSW, Kevin Macdonald's documentary "Marley" has gone to Magnolia Pictures for U.S. distribution in theaters and VOD starting April 20...
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • February 6, 2012 2:24 PM
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Watch: Michelle Williams Navigates Life and Longing in Trailer for Polley's 'Take This Waltz'

Michelle Williams considers the fact of being alive (and a kind of idiotic, marvelous, ridiculous longing) in the new trailer for "Take this Waltz" (Magnolia, June 29), Canadian actress-writer-director Sarah Polley's follow-up to 2006's "Away from Her," which earned two Oscar nominations, for her screenplay and star Julie Christie.
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • February 6, 2012 2:17 PM
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Now and Then: 'The Getaway' and 'Drive' — Heist Films with Arthouse Roots

To call "The Getaway" (1972) a heist flick is like calling "Jaws" a film about fish: technically speaking you'd be right, but you'd also be missing the point entirely. Sam Peckinpah's Steve McQueen/Ali MacGraw vehicle is a tough, mean, innovative picture in which "getting away" has to do with a lot more than not getting arrested.
  • By Matt Brennan
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  • February 6, 2012 1:40 PM
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Ponsoldt's Sundance Hit 'Smashed' Heads to SPC, Stars Mary Elizabeth Winstead and Aaron Paul

Sony Pictures Classics has grabbed James Ponsoldt's "Smashed," which had its premiere at Sundance. The film stars Mary Elizabeth Winstead ("The Thing," "Scott Pilgrim") and Aaron Paul ("Break Bad") as an alcoholic married couple, Kate and Charlie...
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • February 6, 2012 1:20 PM
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Teaser Watch: Phil Kaufman's 'Hemingway & Gellhorn'

Check out this HBO Films teaser promo reel for biopic "Hemingway & Gellhorn" (May 2012) about the tempestuous romance between war journalists Martha Gellhorn and Ernest Hemingway, directed by Phil Kaufman, yet another disenfranchised Hollywood filmmaker turning to HBO.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • February 6, 2012 1:11 PM
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