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Producers Guild Announces Documentary Nominations

Sundance Video: James Marsh Talks HBO's Project Nim, Roadside Lands U.S. Theatrical Rights
The Producers Guild of America (PGA) has chosen its five documentary features to be voted on for best documentary. Last year, "The Kings Speech" won the PGA's Darryl F. Zanuck Producer of the Year Award in Theatrical Motion Pictures--the fourth year running that the Producers Guild presaged the best picture Oscar winner. Of the list below,  the films that are also on the Oscar shortlist of 15 are "Project Nim" and "Bill Cunningham New York." The International Documentary Association awards will be announced Friday night. Stay tuned.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • December 2, 2011 12:06 PM
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Oscar Talk: Impact of New York Critics, National Board of Review, Indie Spirits, We Bought a Zoo Review

  • By Anne Thompson
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  • December 2, 2011 11:53 AM
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Roman Polanski Interview by Le Figaro: Misses Hollywood and Nicholson, Wants to Do Film About Aging

The French newspaper "Le Figaro" sat down for an interview with director Roman Polanski, whose new film, "Carnage," based on Yasmina Reza's French play "God of Carnage," was released in France yesterday.
  • By Jacob Combs
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  • December 1, 2011 5:42 PM
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Ten Animated Short Films Advance Toward Oscar Nominations

  • By Anne Thompson
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  • December 1, 2011 4:29 PM
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Sundance Film Festival: Spotlight, Park City at Midnight, NEXT and New Frontier Slates

Thursday the Sundance Film Festival announced the out-of-competition line-up for 2012, in the Spotlight, Park City at Midnight, NEXT <=> and New Frontier sections. The Fest runs from January 19 through 29 in Park City, Salt Lake City, Ogden and Sundance, Utah. See the complete line-up so far here. Much of these more innovative selections reflect the taste of director of programming Trevor Groth: “In many ways, the extremes of the Festival’s program are most readily apparent in our out-of-competition sections, which showcase the wildest comedies, the most terrifying horror films and uncompromised visions from singular voices springing up from around the country and the world. We hope audiences experiment with their film selections to an equal degree as these filmmakers have experimented with their storytelling.”
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • December 1, 2011 4:03 PM
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Martin Scorsese's Hugo Wins Best Film of 2011 from National Board of Review

The National Board of Review winners are led by Martin Scorsese's 3-D homage to silent cinema, "Hugo," which won best film and director. While George Clooney was left out of the New York Film Critics awards and Indie Spirit nominations, he won best actor from NBR, which is a group of film enthusiasts, academics, young filmmakers and students. He had a good day, as "The Ides of March," which he wrote and directed, also earned a spot on the top ten list. Tilda Swinton was named best actress for "We Need to Talk About Kevin," which helps to elevate the British actress in the awards race. With his NBR win, "Beginners" star Christopher Plummer continues his march to a best supporting actor Oscar nomination, as does "The Descendants" Shailene Woodley. "The Desendants," one of the top ten films (below), earned three additional awards, for actor, supporting actress and adapted screenplay for Alexander Payne and Nat Faxon & Jim Rash.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • December 1, 2011 3:28 PM
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EW's Secrets of Spielberg: War Horse, Tin Tin, Color Purple, Harrison Ford, Gwyneth Paltrow

Steven Spielberg talks at length about his extremely long and incredibly successful career in Friday's Entertainment Weekly cover story.  This holiday season is a busy one for Spielberg: his performance-capture film "The Adventures of Tintin" opens December 21--it has already grossed $207 million mark overseas--and World War I epic "War Horse" premieres on Christmas Day. The filmmaker is already shooting in Virginia on his next project, "Lincoln," starring shaggy-bearded Daniel Day-Lewis as the eponymous president.  Here are highlights from EW's interview:
  • By Jacob Combs
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  • December 1, 2011 2:31 PM
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Night at the Britannias: Harry Potter Gets a Push, Stiller Finally Gets His Chappy

  • By Beth Hanna
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  • December 1, 2011 1:44 PM
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Ebert Calls Hiatus on Movie Review Show: Let It Go, Roger

Roger Ebert is a superman. I am currently buried in his must-read memoir, "Life Itself," which is a pleasure to go back to every night. The man can write. And he is trying to hang on, bless him, to his new TV review show, "Ebert Presents At The Movies." He and wife/producer Chaz Ebert have been financing their show themselves, with help from the Kanbar Charitable Trust. In his most recent blog post on the subject, Ebert is checking out a Kickstarter campaign as he takes the show on hiatus.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • December 1, 2011 1:25 PM
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Trailer Watch: First Look at Andrew Stanton's John Carter

Check out the new poster--better than the last one--and first trailer from "John Carter," Pixar writer-director Andrew Stanton's over-budget live-action/performance capture epic based on the Edgar Rice Burroughs novel about a Civil War vet who winds up on Mars and discovers the planet is inhabited by giant green barbarians. It opens March 12. (See full-sized poster here.)
  • By Jacob Combs
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  • December 1, 2011 12:42 PM
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