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Del Toro Exec Producing DreamWorks Feature Adaptation of Creepy Short Film: Alma

Guillermo del Toro, who executive produced Puss in Boots, will work again with DreamWorks Animation on Alma, another animated film based on a the popular short film (below) by Rodrigo Blaas. The former Pixar animator will also helm the feature, which is being written by Megan Holley (Sunshine Cleaning). Alma is adorable, but the vibe is wonderfully creepy--we hope (perhaps futilely) that DreamWorks keeps it that way--not to mention the gap in her teeth. A potential animated franchise with a female lead who isn't a princess? Yes, please, we need more of those!
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • October 31, 2011 6:35 AM
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PGA To Honor Don Mischer with 2012 Norman Lear Achievement Award in Television

The Producers Guild of America will honor Don Mischer with their 2012 Norman Lear Achievement Award in Television, marking the first time the award has been given to a live-event producer. Mischer will accept the award at the annual Producers Guild Awards on January 21 at the Beverly Hilton Hotel. Mischer is directing and producing the Oscar telecast again this year, this time with producing partner Brett Ratner.
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • October 31, 2011 6:29 AM
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How Brit Awards Impact Oscars

The British contingent of Academy voters is sizable, stateside and abroad, and can have an impact on the Academy Awards. But so can British critics and voters for the British Academy Awards, or BAFTAs. Check out the list of nominees (here and below) for the 14th British Independent Film Awards, a small group that has a large impact. Why?
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • October 31, 2011 5:18 AM
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CASTING WATCH: Wilde, Buscemi & Gandolfini Join Carell & Carrey; Goodman Joins Coen's Inside Llewyn

- James Gandolfini is in talks to join Steve Carell and Jim Carrey in Burt Wonderstone. Carell plays a burned out magician, Carrey plays his flashier rival, and Gandofini will play the owner of the Las Vegas casino where Carell works. 30 Rock's Don Scardino is directing from a script rewritten by Jason Reitman. UPDATE: Olivia Wilde has won the female lead (Carell's love interest), and Steve Buscemi (Wonderstone's friend and partner) is on board as well.
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • October 31, 2011 5:11 AM
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Tokyo International Film Festival Honors Glenn Close with Best Actress for Albert Nobbs

Adding another nod in the direction of a best actress Oscar nomination, Glenn Close won best actress at the recently wrapped Tokyo International Film Festival for her gender-bending role in Rodrigo Garcia's period drama Albert Nobbs.
  • By Anne Thompson and Maggie Lange
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  • October 31, 2011 4:42 AM
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Media Watch: Amazon Prime Instant vs. Netflix, Selling YouTube at Denny's, Zuckerberg's Regrets

Able to report some much-needed good news, Netflix renewed its contract with ABC, adding more shows including Desperate Housewives and Grey’s Anatomy. After losing 800,000 domestic subscribers after its recent price increase and the controversial fissure between streaming and sending DVDs, the company is doing its best to please their remaining consumers. However, Netflix's primary rival Amazon is making its own moves as Netflix’s primary competition with Prime Instant, a video library that will include over 800 titles from Disney-ABC including Lost, Grey’s Anatomy, and Felicity. Prime has also secured licensing deals with CBS, Fox, NBCUniversal, PBS, Sony and Warner Brothers.
  • By Maggie Lange
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  • October 31, 2011 4:28 AM
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Talk of The Town: DVD Collector's Edition Features Affleck's Alternative Ending

On February 7, Warner Bros. will release an ultimate collector’s edition of Ben Affleck's gritty 2010 Boston heist drama The Town, starring Affleck, supporting actor Oscar nominee Jeremy Renner, Rebecca Hall, Blake Lively and Jon Hamm. To promo the special DVD, Warners will screen the film's never-before-seen alternative ending in Boston's Fenway Park.
  • By Maggie Lange
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  • October 31, 2011 4:13 AM
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Happy Halloween! Phantom of the Opera Trailer from 1925

Happy Halloween! Joe Dante's Trailers from Hell is going to town this Halloween. Check out the spooky trailer for Rupert Julian's 1925's The Phantom of the Opera, with commentary from filmmaker Bernard Rose.
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • October 31, 2011 4:06 AM
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Brand New Spy and Cult Classic Alias Play Spy Game--by Different Rules

In this week’s “Now and Then” column, Matt Brennan takes a look at two players in the small-screen spy game, the new Sky 1/Hulu comedy Spy and J.J. Abrams breakout cult hit, Alias.
  • By Matt Brennan
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  • October 31, 2011 3:45 AM
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Clip Watch: Classic Tintin Stop-Motion Animation from 1947, En Francais

As a frame of reference for those of you eagerly awaiting the Jackson/Spielberg The Adventures of Tintin, which opened well in Europe this week, here's the first black-and-white stop-motion part of what some folks grew up on in Europe: Tintin and Snowy (or Milou) in Claude Missone's Le crab aux pinces d'or (The Crab with the Golden Claws, 1947). It's frame for frame the same as Herge's comic book of the same name.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • October 30, 2011 8:39 AM
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