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Academy Clamps Down on Campaign Violations, Social Media

Academy Clamps Down on Campaign Violations, Social Media
Now behave! That's what the Motion Picture Academy is basically saying to the cadres of Oscar campaigners and studio marketing departments with Oscar statues in their sights. 'Tis the season when filmmakers and talent are trotted around to panels, receptions, and multiple guild Q and As. Academy members often belong to various guilds. Thus writers will be invited to WGA panels as WGA, not Academy members, producers and editors and costume designers, the same. And many distributors throw DVD release events with Academy members conveniently invited. Will Academy party organizers such as Colleen Camp and Peggy Siegal (pictured) be put out of business?
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • September 21, 2011 9:50 AM
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Late Night Watch: Gosling Gives Conan His Satin Scorpion Drive Jacket

On his appearance on Conan last night, Ryan Gosling gave Conan O'Brien a black version of the white satin scorpion jacket he wore in Drive, to the surprised delight of the late night host. The whole clip (posted below) is fantastically freewheeling, but some highlights include:- Conan confronting Gosling about his seemingly ubiquitous presence at Disneyland- Gosling's creative 'cat and mouse' conspiracy theory about Disneyland- Gosling's hope that people dress as his Drive character for Halloween- Gosling on the beginning of his relationship with Nicolas Winding Refn: "How are you going to make a movie called Drive if you can't even drive?"
  • By Maggie Lange
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  • September 21, 2011 7:57 AM
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Short Film Uses Beautiful Cinematography to Capture... Office Procrastination

Johan Rijpma, a Dutch artist, spent half a year making the two-minute live-action short Tape Generations. The visuals show an almost Rube Goldberg-like obsession that controls movement and lets things fall into place, but with a Pixar-like animation of the inanimate. Also, the soundtrack is quietly-buzzing perfection. More of Rijpma's creations here.
  • By Maggie Lange
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  • September 21, 2011 7:54 AM
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Media Watch: Dish Network May Launch Blockbuster Streaming Site, Facebook Real-Time News Ticker

On Friday, the Dish Network is expected to announce a Blockbuster-branded streaming service. Their program will be a direct competitor to the recently criticized and faltering Netflix.
  • By Maggie Lange
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  • September 21, 2011 7:51 AM
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Toronto Wrap: Best of Fest, Oscar Boosts, Winners and Losers

Toronto Wrap: Best of Fest, Oscar Boosts, Winners and Losers
The trick with the fall film festivals is to gauge expectations going in vs. what was actually achieved. Various distributors launched their fall slates, and watched with pleasure or horror at how their movies were received by audiences and critics. Oscar contenders either moved forward in the awards race, or were pushed back. Other indies hoped their films would be picked up by the right distributor in time for this year's Oscar race. Some were, some weren't. It's tough for films that have already debuted at other festivals to pick up new momentum, although the press will bank features for release. The biggest noise goes to the new players, always.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • September 21, 2011 7:04 AM
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Honor Roll: Producers Guild Recognizes Steven Spielberg

The Producers Guild of America will honor Steven Spielberg with the 2012 David O. Selznick Achievement Award in Motion Pictures. The guild will bestow the producer, director, writer and Principal Partner of DreamWorks Studios with the award at the 23rd Annual Producers Guild ceremony on January 21st at the Beverly Hilton Hotel.
  • By Anne Thompson and Maggie Lange
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  • September 21, 2011 5:36 AM
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Steve Martin's Letter to Eddie; Paramount's $700 Million Revamp; Dragon Tattoo Preview Reaction

Steve Martin's Letter to Eddie; Paramount's $700 Million Revamp; Dragon Tattoo Preview Reaction
Paramount Picture's planned $700-million upgrade to its Hollywood lot will add new sound stages as well as offices and create an estimated 7,300 jobs during the construction period, reports the LA Times. The project will develop the Melrose Avenue headquarters and potentially some nearby properties as well, over the next twenty years. An expanded studio will allow Paramount to accommodate 500 more employees, up to 5,500 people on the lot.
  • By Maggie Lange
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  • September 21, 2011 5:28 AM
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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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