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Academy Accepts Entries for 2012 Nicholl Fellowships in Screenwriting

The Academy is now accepting entries for its 2012 Don and Gee Nicholl Fellowships in Screenwriting competition. Up to five $35,000 fellowships will be awarded in November, and participants will each complete a feature-length script during their fellowship year. In 2011, a record 6,730 entries were submitted.
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • February 14, 2012 4:22 PM
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Sundance Institute's FILM FORWARD Lands in Arizona, February 27-March 1: 'Beginners,' 'On the Ice' & More

The Sundance Institute's FILM FORWARD: Advancing Cultural Dialogue initiative kicks off February 27 in Tucson and Sells, Arizona. Six films will screen: Ali Samadi Ahadi's "The Green Wave," Andrew Okpeaha MacLean's "On the Ice," Mike Mills' "Beginners," Jasmila Zbanic's "Grbavica," Linda Goldstein Knowlton's "Somewhere Between" and Benjamin Murray & Alysa Nahmias' "Unfinished Spaces." Three of the films' directors (Ahadi, Maclean, Mills) will attend and participate in Q & A's, workshops, discussions and meet-and-greets. Sundance's Keri Putnam hopes that "this collection of films and events sparks imaginations, inspires cross-cultural dialogue and opens up a real exchange of ideas and issues."
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • February 14, 2012 2:49 PM
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Trailer Watch: Whit Stillman's 'Damsels in Distress' Stars Indie Fave Gerwig

Check out the new trailer for Whit Stillman's long anticipated college comedy "Damsels in Distress" (Sony Pictures Classics, April 6). The movie, which has been on the fest circuit since September, where it played Toronto (reviews here), is just what you'd expect from Stillman ("Metropolitan," "Last Days of Disco"). Fitfully charming and disarmingly punchy, it's Stillman's first movie in fourteen years. "Damsels in Distress" features a pack of co-eds aiming to revive the standard of life at an East Coast University. 
  • By Anne Thompson and Maggie Lange
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  • February 14, 2012 12:54 PM
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Review and Recap -- 'Luck' Episode Three: Back to the Races

Few people have written as well about the track as Bill Barich, whose first book, "Laughing in the Hills," became an instant classic, mainly because it was about the people of the track rather than the horses.
  • By Terry Curtis Fox
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  • February 14, 2012 10:22 AM
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The Movies Say "I Love You": A Romantic Mash-Up

In a romance, the "I Love You" speech is the main event -- the reason the movie exists. To understand the anatomy of the declaration of love, Overthinking It compiled the climatic moments from iconic films.
  • By Maggie Lange
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  • February 14, 2012 7:14 AM
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IN THE WORKS: Studios Raid Hitchcock Files, First 'Rebecca,' Now 'Suspicion'

Joan Fontaine was nominated for the Oscar for two back-to-back Hitchcock masterpieces, 1940's "Rebecca" and 1941's "Suspicion," and won for the latter. In the space of a week it looks like two studios are prepping remakes of those films. Of course, Working Title/DreamWorks and Montecito/Paramount insist that they are returning to the source, Daphne Du Maurier and Francis Iles ("Before the Fact"), respectively. (UPDATE: For more on these Hitchcock films, read Dave Kehr's latest NYT DVD column.)
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • February 13, 2012 9:41 PM
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IN THE WORKS: Guillermo Del Toro To Direct Another 'Beauty and the Beast,' with Emma Watson

Just as one "Beauty and the Beast," with French stars Lea Seydoux and Vincent Cassel, gets underway, Warner Bros. is pushing Guillermo del Toro to direct his planned production of "Beauty and the Beast," with Brit TV scribe Andrew Davies ("The Three Musketeers") working from his treatment, reports Variety. Del Toro would produce with Denise Di Novi and Alison Greenspan.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • February 13, 2012 7:37 PM
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Berlin Fest Reviews: From Period Opener 'Farewell My Queen' to Demented Nazis on the Moon

The Berlin Film Festival got off to a more than respectable start with “Farewell My Queen,” Benoit Jacquot’s smart, elegantly mounted costume drama about the court of Versailles as it’s about to be swept away by the French revolution.
  • By Matt Mueller
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  • February 13, 2012 4:14 PM
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Denzel Washington a 'Smooth Operator,' Talks Plight of Women in Hollywood, Needing to Stay Busy

The Guardian's interview with director/star Denzel Washington, whose movie "Safe House" shows his marquee value, reaffirms the man as one smooth operator. He shares details of his personal routine -- he boxes five mornings a week: "It's therapeutic for me. It's tricky, especially in LA, for an actor, and for a successful actor. Everybody else gets up and goes to work in the morning. So you need to make work."
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • February 13, 2012 4:05 PM
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In The Works: More Fairy Tales -- From Seydoux's Beauty & Cassel's Beast to Disney's 'Seven'

Hollywood can't get enough of fairly tales and mythic heroes. They're branded, for one thing. News of a few noteworthy projects dropped over a crowded awards weekend.
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • February 13, 2012 3:50 PM
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