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Producers Guild Sticks with Ten Picture Nominees

Producers Guild Sticks with Ten Picture Nominees
Marking a break with the Motion Picture Academy, the Producers Guild of America is sticking with ten nominees for its 2012 Darryl F. Zanuck award for outstanding feature film producer of the year. The 23rd PGA nominations will be announced on January 3 and the Awards show will take place on Saturday, January 21, 2012 at the Beverly Hilton, and will be chaired by Paula Wagner and produced by Michael Manheim. The PGA also added some TV categories covering reality television, sports, news, children’s programming and web series.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • July 19, 2011 11:40 AM
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Deadline Hollywood Game Launches on Facebook

In Nikki Finke's intro to her own press release (below), she declares that she dreamed up Paramount Digital/Liquid Entertainment's Deadline Hollywood Game, which purports to reflect the real, nasty Hollywood, while reminding that she doesn't cover video games. LA Observed tracks responses to this breaking Deadline news. And here's @johnaugust: "Such a great day to announce Nikki Finke's new Facebook game, since everyone's already talking about journalistic integrity."
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • July 19, 2011 9:21 AM
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Errol Morris Talks Mysteries of Tabloid's Joyce McKinney: Victim or Dominatrix, Virgin or Whore?

Errol Morris Talks Mysteries of Tabloid's Joyce McKinney: Victim or Dominatrix, Virgin or Whore?
Errol Morris knows that the luck of the Gods is with him. Suddenly, Brit tabloids are all over the media, and his new doc Tabloid is far more au courant than it might otherwise have been. Tabloid is a rare delight that does not have all the answers. Morris keeps us guessing.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • July 19, 2011 7:54 AM
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Decode the Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy Poster

Appropriately enough for a spy thriller about deciphering codes, this Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy poster asks you to find clues embedded in its design. That's The Dark Knight's Gary Oldman playing MI6 agent George Smiley, a role made famous by Alec Guinness in John Irvin's 1979 mini-series based on John le Carre's Cold War thriller. (It's a great read.)
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • July 19, 2011 4:35 AM
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Vote in Austin Film Festival's Where I'm From Short Film Contest

Vote in Austin Film Festival's Where I'm From Short Film Contest
It's no secret that Many American states, especially the largest ones, exhibit a certain schizophrenia when it comes to the diverse millions that live within their borders. Take Texas, at once a bastion of renegade conservatism and home to liberal, artsy college town Austin.
  • By Jacob Combs
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  • July 19, 2011 2:30 AM
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Midnight in Paris Is Woody Allen's Biggest Hit, Passes 1986's Hannah and Her Sisters $40 Million

Midnight in Paris Is Woody Allen's Biggest Hit, Passes 1986's Hannah and Her Sisters $40 Million
Woody Allen's Midnight in Paris continues its torrid box office pace. When I talked to Allen right before he opened this year's Cannes Film Festival, he knew that he had a hit ("it's a hit, a big-titted hit!" as Robert Duvall says in Network). Sure enough, the movie has broken weekly house records all over the country and passed Match Point and Vicky Christina Barcelona's benchmark of $23 million after the 4th of July weekend. And now it has even exceeded vintage Oscar-contender mainstream breakouts Annie Hall (1977, $38 million), Manhattan (1979, $39 million) and his top-grosser, Hannah and her Sisters (1986, $40 million). This past weekend Midnight in Paris wound up a few digits shy of $42 million.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • July 19, 2011 1:11 AM
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Trailer Watch: The Dark Knight Rises Teaser Goes HD

The teaser trailer for The Dark Knight Rises is taking the last word of its title literally. The only scene that stands above the rest in the teaser (posted below) rises up into a blindingly white sky, as stalks of skyscrapers crumble to the street below leaving an outline (can you imagine) of the shape of a menacing bat. It's the same image as the recent teaser poster.
  • By Maggie Lange
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  • July 18, 2011 12:02 PM
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Destroying Los Angeles: From Blade Runner to Battle: Los Angeles and the Carmageddon that Wasn't

Destroying Los Angeles: From Blade Runner to Battle: Los Angeles and the Carmageddon that Wasn't
In the annals of film, no place has endured as many disasters as the City of Angels. It’s been the site of 10.5 magnitude quakes, lava spewing from the La Brea tar pits, and the incineration of the Earth’s crust. So, in honor of the Carmageddon that wasn’t, this week’s edition of “Now and Then” attempts to quench your unsatisfied thirst for the destruction of Los Angeles. Nothing quite says “sunny Southern California” like the alien invasion of Battle: Los Angeles or the gutterpunk paralysis of Blade Runner — two films in which the city fares distinctly worse than it did with the closing of the 405.
  • By Matt Brennan
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  • July 18, 2011 8:24 AM
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Ten Things You Should Know About Miranda July: She's Totally Not Kidding

Ten Things You Should Know About Miranda July, courtesy of The NYT Mag's Katrina Onstad. (If you missed it, here's our Sundance interview with the writer/director/star of The Future.) The film opens in limited release July 29 through Roadside Attractions.
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • July 18, 2011 8:15 AM
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Dragon Tattoo: Craig Defends Poster Nudity; Selling Film with Brutality, Sweden Learns from Fincher

News bites on David Fincher's The Girl with The Dragon Tattoo will keep on coming until the December 21 release. Now, it's Daniel Craig defending the controversial poster with a topless Rooney Mara. Why shouldn't we be offended? "People have opinions about it, but I think it sort of works as a poster because [Rooney] looks great."
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • July 18, 2011 5:44 AM
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