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Michelle Williams Lands Best Actress Honor at Sham Hollywood Film Awards

Michelle Williams Lands Best Actress Honor at Sham Hollywood Film Awards
Remember, The Hollywood Film Festival is not a respectable fall fest. It's a well-timed award season facade which honors stars, filmmakers and craftspeople and lines the pockets of founder and internet magnate Carlos de Abreu. (Read all about it here.) But Hollywood players participate because the fest supports the award cause and provides vying Oscar contenders with yet another attention-grabbing red carpet showcase.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • September 28, 2011 4:54 AM
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Box Office: What Went Wrong with Critic Faves Drive and Warrior

Box Office: What Went Wrong with Critic Faves Drive and Warrior
Aren't rave reviews supposed to push indie films into crossover success? Anthony D'Alessandro investigates what went wrong with Drive and Warrior at the fall box office.While critics did boost ticket sales for such wide appeal films as The Help (74% fresh Tomatometer and $155 million domestic B.O.) and Contagion (84% fresh, $56 million), they weren't able to turn things around for Lionsgate’s Warrior ($12.3 million, 84% fresh) or FilmDistrict’s Drive ($21.9 million, 93%). Why? It's complicated, but one thing's for sure: the films fell short because both distribs took their films out too fast to fine-tune their roll-out for their real audience. And while both films played well for women once they saw them, neither distrib was able to lure them in significant numbers.
  • By Anthony D'Alessandro
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  • September 28, 2011 4:22 AM
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Thirty Faces of Comedy

And they're all Amy Poehler! New York Magazine posts a slide-show of Polaroid tests for thirty of Parks and Recreation comedienne Amy Poehler's characters. She performed them for the comedy-troupe Upright Citizen's Brigade, profiled by the magazine this week.
  • By Maggie Lange
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  • September 28, 2011 4:20 AM
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Box Office Scandal: Circuit Dealing Pervades Small Towns, Flagship vs. Century Theatres

Box Office Scandal: Circuit Dealing Pervades Small Towns, Flagship vs. Century Theatres
In a David vs. Goliath face-off, indie-owned Flagship Theaters recently won an appeal in its crusade against Cinemark’s Century Theatres. Does the age-old practice of circuit dealing — an unethical way for chain exhibitors to muscle studios — still persist? Anthony D’Alessandro digs further into this taboo topic: What is circuit dealing, exactly? It’s a predatory film booking practice whereby multiplex chains strong-arm studios for product in a specific market. If a studio decides to book with the competition in a given community, usually a Mom-and-Pop venue, then the exhibitor will threaten to bar that film (or future films) from playing the entire chain.
  • By Anthony D'Alessandro
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  • September 27, 2011 11:38 AM
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The Rum Diary Hits a Film Festival: The Hamptons

The Rum Diary Hits a Film Festival: The Hamptons
Things are looking up for the long-delayed literary adaptation The Rum Diary, Johnny Depp's second run at writer Hunter M. Thompson. Whenever a movie sits on the shelf for long, it starts to small a little. But while FilmDistrict did not take the film to early fall film fests, they have booked it as the opening of Elvis Mitchell's Film Independent series at LACMA and will play the upcoming Hamptons Film Festival.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • September 27, 2011 10:24 AM
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Poster Watch: Spielberg's War Horse is Everything You'd Expect

Sight unseen, Steven Spielberg's War Horse, based only on the trailer, is clearly Oscar bait. The new poster (below) offers exactly what you'd expect for the PG-13 film based on Michael Morpurgo's novel about a boy, his horse and WWI. It has Spielberg and Christmastime-heart-tugging written all over it. "Separated by War. Tested by Battle. Bound by Friendship." Awww. And what a lovely sunset, too.
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • September 27, 2011 9:07 AM
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Academy Shorts and Foreign Submissions Due October 3, Leading Foreign Contenders

Academy Shorts and Foreign Submissions Due October 3, Leading Foreign Contenders
The Motion Picture Academy has set 5 pm Monday, October 3 as the deadline to submit complete entries in the Live Action Short Film, Animated Short Film and Foreign Language Film categories. Last year 65 films qualified for the foreign language Oscar race. Only five will be selected by the foreign language committee, headed by producer Mark Johnson.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • September 27, 2011 7:58 AM
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Trey Parker and Matt Stone Talk Book of Mormon, South Park, Scientology on 60 Minutes

Matt Stone and Trey Parker talk to 60 Minutes about the success of their Tony-winning Broadway musical, The Book of Mormon, as well as their starving artist days and the rise of South Park. You can watch the episode below; more web extras are here.
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • September 27, 2011 7:41 AM
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IMDb Launches Free Trivia iPhone and iPod Touch App

If you are the largest movie website in the world, what do you do when you want to broaden your already huge readership? If you're the mighty Internet Movie Database (110 million unique visitors per month, 2 million video views a day), you take your popular mobile apps one step farther and devise a free entertainment trivia game for the iPhone and iPod Touch. (It's playable on an iPad, but in a small window.) So IMDb chief Col Needham has given movie geeks everywhere (remember Trivial Pursuits Silver Screen Edition?) something to play with while they're waiting in line. (No wonder he was advising me to switch from my BlackBerry to an iPhone at Cannes.)
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • September 27, 2011 6:59 AM
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You're Next Reviews: Adam Wingard's Horror Wins Big at Fantastic Fest, A Treat for Genre Fans

You're Next Reviews: Adam Wingard's Horror Wins Big at Fantastic Fest, A Treat for Genre Fans
Adam Wingard's horror confection You're Next just ate up the competition at Fantastic Fest after premiering in Toronto's Midnight Madness. Lionsgate scooped it up, because both audiences and critics are hot and bothered by what could be that rare horror film breakout in an often disappointing genre.
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • September 27, 2011 6:44 AM
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