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Short Subject Documentary Film Entries Due September 1 for 2011 Oscars

Short Subject Documentary Film Entries Due September 1 for 2011 Oscars
Documentary filmmakers must submit their short subjects to the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences by the deadline of Thursday, September 1 for consideration for the 84th Academy Awards.To be eligible, the documentaries must complete a seven-day commercial run in a theater in either Los Angeles County or in the Borough of Manhattan in New York, between January 1, 2011, and December 31, 2011. All paperwork must be completed and received by the Academy no later than 30 days after the end of the qualifying run. For films completing their qualifying run after August 1, all paperwork, including legal contracts, must be completed and received by the Academy by 5 p.m. PT on Thursday, September 1.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • August 25, 2011 5:35 AM
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Human Quotient of New Doc Semper Fi: Always Faithful Overcomes Flaws

Human Quotient of New Doc Semper Fi: Always Faithful Overcomes Flaws
Semper Fi: Always Faithful , Rachel Liebert and Tony Hardmon’s affecting if imperfect exposé of water contamination at U.S. Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune, takes its title from what the Corps website calls “more than a motto — a way of life.” Some life. From 1957 to 1987, the USMC exposed nearly one million people to toxic cleaning agents in Camp Lejeune’s drinking water. Then the Corps tried to cover it up. (Watch the trailer below.)
  • By Matt Brennan
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  • August 25, 2011 4:53 AM
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More Sneak Peaks: Dragon Tattoo's Elevator Scene Probably Not as Cool as Drive's

We know Rooney Mara (Lisbeth Salander) is meant to look intimidating in this picture, but it will be tough for even David Fincher to top the romantic and horrific elevator scene in Nicolas Winding Refn's yet-to-be released Drive. With four months to go until the December 21 release of The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, we're hoping Sony saves a few of the best images for the big screen.
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • August 25, 2011 4:46 AM
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Working Women: Keaton & HBO Try Again, New Development Deal; Rhimes Sells Period Drama Gilded Lillys

While Tilda met an unfortunate fate at HBO, the cable channel just signed another development deal with Tilda's would-be star, Diane Keaton. (Here's why the Nikki Finke-inspired series got the axe.)
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • August 25, 2011 4:45 AM
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Coppola's Horrific TWIXT Screens for Distribs: It's About Loss

Coppola's Horrific TWIXT Screens for Distribs: It's About Loss
As promised at Comic-Con, Francis Ford Coppola screened his latest, the deeply personal, humorous black-and-white ghost noir TWIXT, starring Val Kilmer as a hack writer, Ben Chaplin as Edgar Allen Poe (who appears to the writer in dreams), and Elle Fanning (star of Sofia Coppola’s Somewhere) as a winsome vampire with braces. Bruce Dern (Touch of Evil) and Alden Ehrenreich (Tetro) co-star. (Trailer is below.)
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • August 25, 2011 4:02 AM
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Trailer Watch: Martial Arts Epic True Legend Hits DVD/Blu-Ray in September

True Legend, the latest martial arts epic from famed Hong Kong director and choreographer Yuen Woo Ping, who has worked a lot with Jackie Chan and Michelle Yeoh, will be released on DVD and Blu-ray on Tuesday September 13. The movie starring Vincent Zhao and Jay Chou looks at a retired Qing dynasty general who wants to create a family and open his own martial arts school. See the trailer below.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • August 25, 2011 2:28 AM
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Oscar Watch: Best-Reviewed Movie Charts

Oscar Watch: Best-Reviewed Movie Charts
Every year, UK statistician Andrew Sidhom keeps running charts of the best-reviewed movies of the year (one for US/UK productions and one for foreign productions), using Rotten Tomatoes' average rating. He also tracks current box office totals and theater counts. Over the past few years, the results closely matched the films that ended up being nominated for end-of-year awards and Oscars in the best picture category, provided that they were box office winners that were not in such Academy-unfriendly genres as sci fi, animation, horror, or sequels. The 2010 chart is pretty impressive: it's led by The Social Network, Toy Story 3, The King's Speech, True Grit and Black Swan.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • August 24, 2011 12:42 PM
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AFI Announces Awards Dates

AFI Announces Awards Dates
For the twelfth time, the AFI Awards 2011 will honor the teams that created the 10 most outstanding films and 10 most outstanding television programs of the year. The winners voted on by two juries comprised of scholars, critics, film and television artists and AFI Trustees will be invited to an intimate Beverly Hills lunch on on January 13, 2012, usually held at the Four Seasons.Television Submission Deadline October 28, 2011Film Submission Deadline November 4, 2011Honorees Announced December 11, 2011AFI AWARDS 2011 January 13, 2012
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • August 24, 2011 8:26 AM
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Festival Updates: Latest NYFF, Toronto, London and Venice Adds

Festival Updates: Latest NYFF, Toronto, London and Venice Adds
The 49th New York Film Festival keeps adding to its line-up--with more venues, more is possible---from documentaries to special anniversary screenings. The 2011 NYFF will premiere the new ending to Joe Berlinger’s and Bruce Sinofsky’s Paradise Lost 3: Purgatory, which will premiere on HBO in 2012 (Parts 1 and 2 will be rebroadcast and available for streaming in the wake of the release from prison of the West Memphis Three). Oliver Stone will host a sneak preview of the first three installments of his ten-part documentary project for Showtime, The Untold History of the United States, which focus on the events leading up to World War II. Special anniversary screenings include the 20th anniversary of James Ivory's Howard’s End, the 10th anniversary of Wes Anderson's The Royal Tenenbaums, and the 10th anniversary of Japanese animator Miyazaki’s Oscar-winning Spirited Away.
  • By Maggie Lange
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  • August 24, 2011 8:22 AM
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Pixar Geek Out: New Films, Up House Built in Utah, Alternate Titles for Toy Story

After announcing two upcoming original projects—one envisioning a world with dinosaurs and one occurring entirely inside the human mind—Pixar’s creativity appears to be back on track, after sequels Toy Story 3, Cars 2 and the upcoming Planes and Monsters University.
  • By Maggie Lange
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  • August 24, 2011 8:20 AM
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