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USC Scripter Award Nominations For Adapted Screenplays Include 'A Dangerous Method,' 'Jane Eyre'

One of the awards I vote for is the University of Southern California's Scripter Awards. Like the AFI Awards, the Scripters are voted on by a mix of industry insiders (many of them screenwriters), academics and critics. The idea is to award the adaptation of a previous work, so these awards have some influence on the adapted screenplay Oscars. Happily, the first three nominees are on my ten best list; all five are in my top twenty.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • January 12, 2012 10:41 AM
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Golden Globes Weekend Preview: Critics Choice, AFI, BAFTA Rising Stars, Parties

It's a busy awards weekend in Hollywood. It all starts off with Thursday night's Critics Choice Movie Awards, which happens to air live on VH1 the night before Oscar ballots are due--at 5 PM Friday. Last year the CCMA chose 18 Oscar winners out of its 20 awards. (My winners' predictions here do not reflect my actual votes.)
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • January 12, 2012 9:53 AM
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The Dark Knight Rises: Bale Covers EW, Felt 'Immense Pressure' But Owes it to The Films

The year is crowded with hotly anticipated films, says EW, and none more so than "The Dark Knight Rises." Naturally, Christian Bale as Batman graces EW's Forecast issue, out January 13. All that anticipation means batcages full of pressure. Bale says; “I can tell you the truth because I’m done with it...
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • January 11, 2012 10:57 PM
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Indie Distributors Target Foreign Oscar Entries for Specialized Gold

Distributors are changing their usual release patterns for this year's batch of foreign film Oscar contenders. They often wait until after the nominations to release the films. But this year more are going out early, ahead of the noms January 24.
  • By Tom Brueggemann
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  • January 11, 2012 6:29 PM
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IN THE WORKS: Disney Rewards 'Pirates' Helmer Rob Marshall with Sondheim's 'Into the Woods'

For once a studio is matching director Rob Marshall with an assignment for which is he is well-suited. Marshall moved from Broadway choreographer/director (Tony-winning "Cabaret") and television musical director (Emmy-winning "Annie") to inconsistent Hollywood filmmaker--from Oscar-winning "Chicago" to over-budget flops "Memoirs of a Geisha" and "Nine."
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • January 11, 2012 5:44 PM
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Live Chat with Angelina Jolie; Discuss 'In the Land of Blood and Honey' January 12

Here's your chance to chat with Angelina Jolie. She will host a 45-minute live online chat through a partnership with Hearst Magazines, focusing on her writing and her directorial debut, "In The Land of Blood and Honey." On January 12, at 5pm PST, you can chat with Jolie via Cosmopolitan, Elle, Esquire, Good Housekeeping, Harper’s Bazaar, Marie Claire, O, The Oprah Magazine, Redbook and Woman’s Day. UPDATE: Or you can do it right here: see the widget below.
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • January 11, 2012 4:50 PM
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Visual Effects Designer Douglas Trumbull to Receive Academy's Gordon E. Sawyer Award

The Academy will award Douglas Trumbull, the visionary behind some of the most significant visual effects innovations in recent film history, its Gorden E. Sawyer Award.
  • By Jacob Combs
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  • January 11, 2012 4:26 PM
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Catherine Deneuve to Receive the Film Society of Lincoln Center Chaplin Award

The Film Society of Lincoln Center will present French star Catherine Deneuve with the Society's Chaplin Award at a gala event to be held in New York City on April 2.
  • By Jacob Combs
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  • January 11, 2012 4:04 PM
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SAG and Critics' Choice Movie Awards Name Presenters and Performers

Wednesday, both the Screen Actors Guild and the Critics' Choice Movie Awards announced their lineups of presenters. First up is the Critics' Choice Movie Awards, to be broadcast live by VH1 from the Hollywood Palladium at 8:00 p.m. on January 12.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • January 11, 2012 3:39 PM
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Golden Globe Nominee Abel Korzeniowski Talks Madonna, 'W.E.,' Score

One of my favorite movie scores of the season is Abel Korzeniowski's haunting work for Madonna's "W.E."
  • By Bill Desowitz
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  • January 11, 2012 3:08 PM
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