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Oscar Watch: Ireland Submits As If I Am Not There

The Irish Film & Television Academy (IFTA) announced that Juanita Wilson's As If I Am Not There is Ireland’s submission for the Foreign Language category for the 2012 Academy Awards.
  • By Maggie Lange
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  • September 21, 2011 2:49 AM
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Tokyo International Film Festival 24 Line-Up

Japanese film luminaries announced the 24th edition of the Tokyo International Film Festival earlier today. The president of UNIJAPAN, Hideyuki Takai, opened the event with Tom Yoda, the Chairman of the 24th TIFF.
  • By Maggie Lange
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  • September 21, 2011 2:29 AM
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Kehr Talks When Movies Mattered

Kehr Talks When Movies Mattered
The last time I saw Dave Kehr in New York, he seemed happier than he has in years. I have long admired him, not only as one of the most erudite and charming film critics around--my idea of heaven is dinner with Kehr and Richard and Mary Corliss--but for not subscribing to cable.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • September 20, 2011 10:31 AM
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Trailer Watch: The Awakening Chills and Thrills with Rebecca Hall and The Wire's Dominic West

Nick Murphy's The Awakening, which just sold at TIFF to Cohen Media Group, stars Rebecca Hall (The Town) and Dominic West (The Wire). We'd watch these two in anything, but it helps that the trailer suggests a thoroughly creepy and well-executed thriller. Here are more details and THR's upbeat review, which calls the film "twisty and atmospheric."
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • September 20, 2011 7:42 AM
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Avatar Gets Prime Disney Parks Real Estate; Pandora Lands in Harmony with Nature

Avatar is getting some prime real estate at Disney theme parks thanks to a long-term agreement between Fox, filmmaker/environmentalist James Cameron and studio that will surely result in prime paychecks for all.
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • September 20, 2011 7:08 AM
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Exec Watch: Jashni Legendary President, Stratton MGM Financial Officer, Universal's Fogelson Renews

Six-year Legendary Entertainment veteran production exec Jon Jashni is moving up: he's now the company's new president. He will continue as Legendary’s chief creative officer, reporting to Legendary Chairman and CEO Thomas Tull. Jashni has long had a creative role in Legendary Pictures film development and production, including The Hangover series, Ben Affleck's The Town, Zack Snyder's 300, The Watchmen and Sucker Punch, 3-D Clash of the Titans and the upcoming Pacific Rim (Guillermo del Toro), Paradise Lost (Alex Proyas) and Seventh Son (Sergei Bodrov).
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • September 20, 2011 6:21 AM
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Trailer Watch: J. Edgar Trailer Lands, "When Morals Decline and Good Men Do Nothing Evil Flourishes"

Clint Eastwood's J. Edgar will open the AFI Fest on November 3 followed by a limited release November 9. Here are more details on the star cast. Leonardo DiCaprio plays J. Edgar Hoover, ages considerably (he spent hours in makeup) over the course of the trailer and alludes to man-love with co-star Armie Hammer (Clyde Tolson). The trailer begins with a warning; "When morals decline and good men do nothing evil flourishes."
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • September 20, 2011 5:45 AM
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That's a Wrap! Lee Daniels' The Paperboy with McConaughey, Efron, Kidman, Cusack

That's a Wrap! Lee Daniels' The Paperboy with McConaughey, Efron, Kidman, Cusack
Director Lee Daniels has wrapped his follow-up to Precious, 60s erotic thriller The Paperboy. Shot around New Orleans, Lousiana, with Matthew McConaughey, Zac Efron, Nicole Kidman, John Cusack, David Oyelowo, Macy Gray and Scott Glenn, the film is based on Pete Dexter's novel and subsequent screen adaptation. Set in Florida, the synopsis is below. Release dates are pending as Toronto-generated pre-sales continue. As Daniels heads into post-production, he praises his cast for bringing "these offbeat characters to life. Everyone has knocked it out of the ballpark with their performances."
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • September 20, 2011 5:40 AM
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Emmerich's Happy Birthday, Mr. President; Spielberg's Lincoln Not "Political Fodder"

Roland Emmerich, whose Shakespeare-subverting drama Anonymous will hit theaters October 28, is planning another trip down history lane, but this time not as far back and not any time soon. The director is planning to make Happy Birthday Mr. President - "The title will tell you everything" - but says digital technology is not yet where it needs to be for him to make it the way he wants, i.e. with digitally manipulated and aged actors. Does this mean Marilyn Monroe will actually be the one singing the famous song to John F. Kennedy on his birthday? We'll have to wait and see; "I think we have to wait another five years," says Emmerich. For now, we can watch the real deal (1962 video) below, or enjoy Michelle Williams channeling Monroe. The Anonymous trailer is below. [MTV]
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • September 20, 2011 5:15 AM
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Video: Congratulations, George Clooney, You Married a Norwegian

Sorry, everyone; it's only an ad for a Norwegian bank.
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • September 20, 2011 5:13 AM
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