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Jennifer Lawrence Joining Academy President Tom Sherak to Announce Oscar Nominees on January 24

Bright and early on January 24, Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences president Tom Sherak will announce the Oscar nominees with Jennifer Lawrence (nominated last year for Best Actress for "Winter's Bone"). The duo will reveal contenders in ten of twenty-four categories from the Academy's Samuel Goldwyn Theater.
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • January 9, 2012 2:47 PM
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NAB Show Focuses on 'The Great Content Shift: Defining Your Evolution' with Marina Gorbis

The theme of the 2012 NAB Show, running April 14-19, is "The Great Content Shift: Defining Your Evolution." It will look at how "new paradigms in consumption are forever changing the way we create, manage, deliver and monetize content," and consequentially causing shifts in industries' expectations and strategies for the future...
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • January 9, 2012 2:41 PM
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IN THE WORKS: Clooney's First Priority is Hitler-Art-Love-Story 'The Monuments Men'

“The Monuments Men” will be George Clooney's next project. The film will be based on Robert Edsel's 2009 book about the art historians who came to Normandy to rescue art stolen by Adolf Hitler. A group of 11 art experts faced live fire to rescue the art, and not all of them survived...
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • January 9, 2012 2:40 PM
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Oscar Watch: Supporting Actor Race; 'The Descendants' Robert Forster Talks Film Acting, Career Slumps, Academy Membership

Anything can happen in the supporting actor race. Every year some surprise nominee turns up who has not been mentioned in leadup critics and guild awards. Often it's someone attached to a popular movie like Alexander Payne's "The Descendants," which could have coattails as other contenders lose momentum. (Notably, "The Descendants" is the only film with perfect guild showings to date, nommed by SAG, PGA, DGA, WGA and ADG.) That could help veteran Robert Forster, for example, who returned to working actor status with Quentin Tarantino's "Jackie Brown" and has been busy ever since.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • January 9, 2012 2:38 PM
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HollyShorts 2012 Now Accepting Submissions for August Fest

The HollyShorts Film Festival is now accepting submissions. The fest, in its 8th year, runs August 9-16. Last year's fest featured work from the likes of Jennifer Aniston, Neil Labute and Kate Hudson. Cash prizes are given for Best Short, Director, Music Video and Commercial, and $30,000 in post production serves are given by Company 3.
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • January 9, 2012 1:58 PM
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Next Up for 'The Artist' Director Michel Hazanavicious: 'The Search'-Inspired Chechnyan Drama with Bejo

Director Michel Hazanavicius has already followed up "The Artist" by directing a short film for "The Players," a French short film omnibus, due to be released next month, and now announces his next major project: A contemporary drama set in war-torn Chechnya, inspired by Fred Zinnemann's 1948 film "The Search"...
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • January 9, 2012 1:57 PM
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DGA Nominees Include Surprise Fincher Nomination

The Directors Guild has announced the nominees for its 64th Annual DGA Awards, to be held on January 28. The DGA is a much larger and more populist voting group --14,000 strong--than the elite Oscar directors branch, which numbers around 400.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • January 9, 2012 1:08 PM
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Kim Novak Protests Use of 'Vertigo' Score in 'The Artist'--Hazanavicius Explains Why He Used Herrmann Score

I have spoken to a number of people who are not thrilled with the way that Michel Hazanavicius and composer Ludovic Bource used Bernard Herrmann's signature "Vertigo" score at the climax of "The Artist." I had wondered if this reaction could lead to Bource not landing an Oscar nomination from the Academy music branch.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • January 9, 2012 12:49 PM
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Berlinale Adds Ten Titles to Competition Lineup; Jolie's 'Blood & Honey,' Thornton's 'Jayne Mansfield's Car'

The Berlinale announces the second set of ten films competing at the 62nd annual festival. Among the new titles are Billy Bob Thornton's "Jayne Mansfield's Car, "Angelina Jolie's "In the Land of Blood and Honey"...
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • January 9, 2012 12:13 PM
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George Clooney to Present Sean Penn with Critics' Choice Joel Siegel Humanitarian Award

The 17th annual Critics Choice Movie Awards on January 12 will honor Sean Penn with their Joel Siegel Award, to recognize his humanitarian efforts. Penn founded the J/P Haitian Relief Organization following the 7.0 magnitude earthquake that hit Haiti exactly two years ago. George Clooney will present the award.
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • January 9, 2012 11:39 AM
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