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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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Kalliope's Van Gogh Biopic Seeks Director

The rich, dramatic story of Dutch painter Vincent Van Gogh--who has his own museum in Amsterdam-- hasn't been brought to life (in English, anyway) in a feature film since Robert Altman's underappreciated Vincent and Theo (1990), starring Tim Roth. Vincente Minnelli's 1956 Lust for Life memorably starred Kirk Douglas as Van Gogh; Anthony Quinn won the supporting actor Oscar as Paul Gauguin. Australian Paul Cox also directed a 1987 documentary on the painter, featuring John Hurt reading his letters (clip below).
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • September 27, 2011 6:34 AM
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Wickedly Talented Jeff Nichols' MUD: Witherspoon, McConaughey, Shannon, Shepard, Sheridan & More

In our interview with Michael Shannon he mentioned a possible cameo in Jeff Nichols' MUD, the third feature from the writer-director, whose first two films, Shotgun Stories and Take Shelter, star Shannon. "Wickedly talented," is how Shannon describes Nichols; "A throwback to the seventies [directors]…one of those guys who just kicks ass."
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • September 27, 2011 6:00 AM
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Descendants, Clooney, Streep Top Gurus 'O Gold Oscar Rankings

Descendants, Clooney, Streep Top Gurus 'O Gold Oscar Rankings
The Gurus have spoken. Post-festivals, Alexander Payne's The Descendants (1) has taken over the frontrunner spot from Steven Spielberg's unscreened period war adventure War Horse (2). Interestingly, Spielberg was considering submitting the film to Venice but decided not to do so. He usually likes to wait until the last possible minute to show his films. It's better NOT to be at the head of the pack, anyway. The Descendants' George Clooney (1) is also at the front of the Best Actor race.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • September 27, 2011 5:10 AM
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Brad Pitt's Movie Eating: Moneyball the Latest Evidence in Vulture's Theory

Vulture put together a list of food that Brad Pitt has eaten in movies to prove their "Brad Pitt Eating in Movies Theory." Yes, really. Moneyball is the latest piece of evidence, and if you've seen the film you know that in between throwing inanimate objects, the man does like to eat. He sucks blood in Interview with a Vampire, devours peanut butter in Meet Joe Black, and in Moneyball savors a Twinkie. Oh, and here's the "Brad Pitt eating in every scene of all his movies" Facebook page.
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • September 27, 2011 3:59 AM
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Boardwalk Empire Season 2 Review - Nucky Nosferatu

Boardwalk Empire Season 2 Review - Nucky Nosferatu
As its second season begins, David Chute finds that he admires Boardwalk Empire but does not love it.We took it as a sign during Boardwalk Empire’s first season that the show’s fabulously expensive exterior and interior sets never felt lived in. Compare Boardwalk’s boardwalk, a beautiful sweep of CG-enhanced Hollywood carpentry, with Deadwood’s Deadwood, an assortment of tents and swaybacked outhouses, awash in mud and dust and struggling humanity. Even the Harlan County, Kentucky, of Justified, cobbled together from various locations in Southern California, conveys a more organic sense of place. The characters are convinced that they were born and raised and rooted there, and so do we.
  • By David Chute
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  • September 27, 2011 3:50 AM
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More Than Just Funny: How Women Took Comedy by the Balls

More Than Just Funny: How Women Took Comedy by the Balls
On a weekend in which the multiplex was mainly a man’s world, Matt Brennan's "Now and Then" column this week focuses on news from the small screen. With Bridesmaids now available on DVD and a flurry of funny women hitting network TV, he got to wondering: are we in a golden age of women in comedy? Trailers below:I know. You already have seven problems with this column and all you’ve read is the teaser. So let’s slow down and lay out some of the assumptions I’m working with here: first, that women are funny, and not only to other women, despite what Christopher Hitchens might have to say on the subject; and second, that I recognize there are problems with using the term “golden age,” and will get to these near the end.
  • By Matt Brennan
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  • September 26, 2011 12:31 PM
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