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Oscar Talk: Out with the Old, in with the New: Grazer and Crystal Take Over

In this week's Oscar Talk, Kris Tapley and I chew over many things, from the AFI FEST debut of Martin Scorsese's "Hugo" to German Oscar entry "Pina"'s chances in the doc race and China's submission Zhang Yimou's "Flowers of War" landing a year-end release, but mainly we hash out the dramatic changes at the Academy Awards show this week. Gone are Brett Ratner and Eddie Murphy, while AMPAS president Tom Sherak wasted no time accepting "Tower Heist" producer Brian Grazer's offer to produce. Soon after Billy Crystal tweeted that he was hosting, the Academy confirmed the news--and put the tweet into its official announcement. Onward.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • November 11, 2011 12:17 PM
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Spielberg, Tintin, and the Race for Oscar

If the animated Oscar competition comes down to originality and boldness, then you can't rule out a potential horse race between "Rango" and "The Adventures of Tintin." Make no mistake: despite the outcry from traditionalists, "Tintin" is nothing if not animated, and definitely a performance capture game-changer: a unique hybrid of the caricature and photoreal, thanks to the wizards of Weta, who've struck again after their "Rise of the Planet of the Apes" coup. The rendering of skin, eyes, mouth, and hair is so tactile, and there's a more believable sense of weight and movement.
  • By Bill Desowitz
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  • November 11, 2011 11:41 AM
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EW Holiday Preview: Why Dragon Tattoo Won't Get Oscar Love, Williams on the Soul of Monroe, Renner's Career Lesson

  • By Sophia Savage
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  • November 11, 2011 11:36 AM
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Kevin Spacey's American Airlines Ad: Not Great Start for Margin Call Oscar Push

Kevin Spacey may be a contender for his supporting role in Wall Street drama "Margin Call," but we're not sure promoting preferential airline treatment for celebrities--and others who can afford to rule the air travel class system--is the way to kick off his Oscar campaign.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • November 11, 2011 11:33 AM
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Trailer Watch: Fassbender Gets His Ass Kicked

Carano vs. Fassbender: EW has posted a Haywire trailer showing Gina Carano whupping Michael Fassbender, who is no slouch physically, as well as an interview with him on his fights with the MMA star. I'll be talking to Fassbender on the flip cam Friday. Stay tuned.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • November 10, 2011 7:46 PM
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CASTING WATCH: More Psychopaths for McDonagh's Sophomore Film: Harrelson, Waits, Kurylenko Join Farrell, Walken & Rockwell

  • By Sophia Savage
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  • November 10, 2011 4:53 PM
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Grazer Picks Crystal To Host the 84th Oscarcast

Brian Grazer has always been in love with the Oscars. It made sense for AMPAS president Tom Sherak to turn to the producer of "Tower Heist" to replace outgoing producer Brett Ratner--who resigned under fire for making a round of well-publicized off-color comments that did not represent the always prestige-conscious Academy--as producer of the 84th Academy Awards with Don Mischer.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • November 10, 2011 1:44 PM
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Aronofsky's Anti-Meth PSAs Are Intense

Darren Aronofsky has proven his chops as an intense filmmaker with "Black Swan," "The Wrestler" and particularly in relation to his new series of anti-meth PSAs, "Requiem for a Dream." Check out one of the PSAs below and more here.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • November 10, 2011 1:36 PM
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WEEKEND PREVIEW: Unmissable Apocalyptic Melancholia, Herzogian Into the Abyss, J Edgar & More

  • By Sophia Savage
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  • November 10, 2011 1:29 PM
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Screen Gems To Remake Actioner The Raid

Screen Gems is planning an English-language remake of Gareth Evans' incredibly violent unrated Indonesian actioner "The Raid," for which Sony Pictures Worldwide Acquisitions acquired U.S. distribution rights at the Cannes Film Festival. The intense martial arts flick about an elite SWAT team trapped under siege in a drug lord's tenement won the Midnight Movie audience award at Toronto.Producer is XYZ Films, which produced the original film. Evans will executive produce. Good news: the fight choreographers are returning to the project. Screen Gems president Clint Culpepper will oversee the remake. Reviews praised the action sequences. Here are Variety and THR.  
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • November 10, 2011 1:00 PM
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