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NYC Retrospective for Oscar Nominee Gary Oldman: 'Tinker Tailor,' 'Sid and Nancy,' 'Dracula' and More

Oscar and BAFTA award nominee Gary Oldman ("Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy") is getting a six-film retrospective in New York City, to include free screenings of "The Contender," "Bram Stoker's Dracula," "JFK," "Prick Up Your Ears," "Sid and Nancy" and "Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy." WNYC Radio is hosting the retrospective at Landmark Theatres' Sunshine Cinema; Oldman will attend a Q & A following the "Tinker" screening on February 8. Tickets are available here. More on the screenings below:
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • February 1, 2012 1:45 PM
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Immersed in Movies: 'The Artist' Cinematographer Talks in Retro Code

Take a step back for a moment to consider the bizarre irony of "The Artist" being on the verge of winning the Best Picture Oscar. What an underdog story: a black-and-white silent ode to Hollywood made by a French director with two French stars up against the best that our current film industry has to offer.
  • By Bill Desowitz
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  • February 1, 2012 1:40 PM
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Oscar-Nominated Films Come Home Via Movies On Demand

During Oscar season studios capitalize on nominations at the box office--and reach more Academy voters in LA and NY--with limited runs such as the one week re-release of "Rango" in Hollywood. But now they are grabbing eyeballs in another way: Movies on Demand.
  • By Jacob Combs
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  • February 1, 2012 1:33 PM
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Minnelli, Grey, Reynolds to Attend 2012 TCM Classic Movie Festival

Liza Minnelli, Joel Grey, Debbie Reynolds and "Baby Peggy" Diana Serra Cary will be attending the 2012 TCM Classic Film Festival, scheduled to take place in Hollywood from April 12-15. Film noir actresses Peggy Cummins, Rhonda Fleming and Marsha Hunt will also be on hand.
  • By Jacob Combs
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  • February 1, 2012 11:07 AM
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How Alfred Hitchcock's 'Vertigo' Was Almost Named 'Without a Trace'

When Alfred Hitchcock began work on a film adaptation of the French novel, "D'entre les Morts" in the late 1950s, Paramount did not like his selected title: "Vertigo." Studio executives sent the director a list of strongly suggested alternatives that includes a bevy of melodramatic choices:
  • By Maggie Lange
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  • February 1, 2012 10:39 AM
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Academy Launches Pre-Oscar Week Screenings Hosted by Bird, Moore, Oswalt

If you're champing at the bit for Oscar night to arrive, the Academy has plans to tide you over during the last week of waiting. If you can get to Beverly Hills, the Samuel Goldwyn Theater's screenings and discussions from February 21-25 feature director Brad Bird, Michael Moore and producer Mark Johnson, among others.
  • By Jacob Combs
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  • February 1, 2012 10:13 AM
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SnagFilms News Update: Semel Joins Board, New Financing Round Closed, 'Kinyarwanda' Acquired

Burgeoning digital distributor SnagFilms has been making changes of late. Most recent news is that the digital indie distributor has closed a new, seven-figure financing round, has added ex-Yahoo and Warner Bros. chief Terry Semel to its board and is plunging full steam ahead into distribution of narrative as well as documentary features.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • January 31, 2012 4:58 PM
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Endgame Steps in to Finance Soderbergh's 'Bitter Pill,' Starring Rooney Mara

Rooney Mara to the rescue! Steven Soderbergh now has the girl formerly known as "The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo" (formerly known as the girl from "The Social Network") set to star in "Side Effects."
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • January 31, 2012 4:32 PM
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Martin Scorsese Accepts Santa Barbara's American Riviera Award, Grilled by Maltin

The Santa Barbara International Film Festival bestowed its American Riviera Award on Martin Scorsese on Monday at the end of a marathon evening.
  • By Myron North
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  • January 31, 2012 4:25 PM
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Kickstart and Titmouse Announce Production Partnership for Animated TV & Film

Live action and animation production company Kickstart and animation studio Titmouse are pooling their resources in order to expand their artist talent pools and production capabilities as they produce animated TV and film fare.
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • January 31, 2012 2:59 PM
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