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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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J. Edgar DiCaprio Parody Kicks Off Oscar Campaign

On the bright side of Clint Eastwood's "J. Edgar" receiving mixed reviews (it has its supporters, including ThePlaylist), FunnyOrDie has created this hilarious video for its star, L. DiCaprio. The actor is better than the movie, so he'll forgive us for laughing at this kick-off to his Oscar campaign.
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • November 10, 2011 11:49 AM
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Media Watch: Yahoo, AOL and Microsoft Team Up for Ads, Google+ Welcomes News, NY Times Sues HuffPo

  • By Maggie Lange
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  • November 9, 2011 4:48 PM
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IN THE WORKS: Miles Davis Biopic Based on His Son's Book, Dark Magus; George Tillman Jr. at the Helm

  • By Sophia Savage
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  • November 9, 2011 4:38 PM
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Film Independent Names 30 Filmmakers for 2012 Project Involve; Speakers Include Pariah's Rees & Cooper

Film Independent has selected 30 filmmakers for Project Involve, their program designed to foster the careers of emerging filmmakers from communities underrepresented within the film industry. The program's guest speakers include producer director Dee Rees and producer Nekisa Cooper (Pariah), Stephanie Allain (Hurricane Season, Hustle & Flow), and others yet to be announced. Cooper is an alumni of Project Involve, as is Circumstance producer Melissa Lee. LA Film Fest's artistic director David Ansenand Zhiv Productions' Joyce San Pedro will serve as mentors. New this year is Sony Pictures' Diversity Fellowship, which is granted to one participating filmmaker and offers year-round support (complete with a cash production grant and professional development). Film Independent's Josh Welsh says the filmmakers coming out of Project Involve "continue to inspire us, and we remain committed to giving them the opportunity to further their careers." More on the program and this year's participants below:
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • November 9, 2011 2:42 PM
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Eddie Murphy No Longer Host of Oscars

With Brett Ratner gone as Oscar producer, his pick as host, his Tower Heist star Eddie Murphy, is also exiting the scene. "I appreciate how Eddie feels about losing his creative partner and we all wish them well," said AMPAS president Tom Sherak as he made the announcement. Actually, losing Murphy makes it easier for a new Oscar producer--say, Brian Grazer-- to take over and start creatively from scratch without suffering the taint of Ratner's comedic direction. A new producer can also choose their own writing team. Murphy said: "First and foremost I want to say that I completely understand and support each party's decision with regard to a change of producers for this year's Academy Awards ceremony. I was truly looking forward to being a part of the show that our production team and writers were just starting to develop, but I'm sure that the new production team and host will do an equally great job."
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • November 9, 2011 2:17 PM
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Morgan Freeman to Receive Golden Globes' Cecile B. DeMille Award

Morgan Freeman is to be honored at the 69th Golden Globe Awards with the Cecile B. DeMille award, for his outstanding contribution to entertainment. The Hollywood Foreign Press Association's president, Dr. Aida Takla-O'Reilly, made the announcement with Amy Adams and Pedro Almodóvar. The Golden Globes will take place on January 15. As recipient of this award, Freeman joins the likes of Robert De Niro (2011), Martin Scorsese (2010), Steven Spielberg (2009), Warren Beatty (2007), Anthony Hopkins (2006), Robin Williams (2005), Michael Douglas (2004), Gene Hackman (2003), Harrison Ford (2002), Al Pacino (2001), and Barbra Streisand (2000).
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • November 9, 2011 1:54 PM
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