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Before Moneyball Opens, Alec Baldwin, John Krasinski New Era Spots

My idea of a good time is watching a Boston Red Sox/New York Yankee game, especially as the Yanks keep winning (they cinched the Eastern playoff spot) and the Sox keep losing. Lo and behold if John Krasinski and Alec Baldwin don't pop up during a recent game with the hilarious spot below. Adweek has more details and more spots in the series here.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • September 22, 2011 7:21 AM
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Visual Effects Society Issues Bill of Rights to Combat Downward Spiral

Despite the fact that VFX and animated films rule the box office every year, the Visual Effects Society, representing 2,400 members in 23 countries, wants to foster change related to deteriorating quality of life issues for individuals, while leveling the playing field for facilities.
  • By Bill Desowitz
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  • September 22, 2011 5:11 AM
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Yes, Really: Universal Remaking a Non-remake of Scarface; Vulture on Unoriginality in Hollywood

Say it ain't so, but Universal is gearing up for a new version of Scarface. Writers are at work trying to find a way to make this story relevant again. Back in 1983, Brian De Palma and Oliver Stone's version starring Al Pacino was initially met with skepticism, as it was a remake of the 1932 film produced by Howard Hughes and directed by Howard Hawks and Richard Rosson. But the remake became a classic in its own right.
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • September 22, 2011 4:28 AM
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Trailer Watch: Long-form Girl with the Dragon Tattoo: Looks Good, Lacks Edge

David Fincher's long form trailer for December 21's The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo is here, and it's a testament to just how good the teaser trailer is (also below). In this case, less is more, with emphasis on how instead of what. The new trailer reveals practically the entire plot (which many of us know well by now, anyway), as well as Rooney Mara's Swedish accent and her lack of Noomi Rapace intensity. Sure, she looks the part, but we're still on the fence. We aren't as impressed as ThePlaylist, but it does look significantly more polished than the Swedish version of the novel. We can't wait to experience this feel bad movie of Christmas 2011.
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • September 22, 2011 4:19 AM
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Academy Clamps Down on Campaign Violations, Social Media

Now behave! That's what the Motion Picture Academy is basically saying to the cadres of Oscar campaigners and studio marketing departments with Oscar statues in their sights. 'Tis the season when filmmakers and talent are trotted around to panels, receptions, and multiple guild Q and As. Academy members often belong to various guilds. Thus writers will be invited to WGA panels as WGA, not Academy members, producers and editors and costume designers, the same. And many distributors throw DVD release events with Academy members conveniently invited. Will Academy party organizers such as Colleen Camp and Peggy Siegal (pictured) be put out of business?
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • September 21, 2011 9:50 AM
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More: Awards, Oscars

Late Night Watch: Gosling Gives Conan His Satin Scorpion Drive Jacket

On his appearance on Conan last night, Ryan Gosling gave Conan O'Brien a black version of the white satin scorpion jacket he wore in Drive, to the surprised delight of the late night host. The whole clip (posted below) is fantastically freewheeling, but some highlights include:- Conan confronting Gosling about his seemingly ubiquitous presence at Disneyland- Gosling's creative 'cat and mouse' conspiracy theory about Disneyland- Gosling's hope that people dress as his Drive character for Halloween- Gosling on the beginning of his relationship with Nicolas Winding Refn: "How are you going to make a movie called Drive if you can't even drive?"
  • By Maggie Lange
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  • September 21, 2011 7:57 AM
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Short Film Uses Beautiful Cinematography to Capture... Office Procrastination

Johan Rijpma, a Dutch artist, spent half a year making the two-minute live-action short Tape Generations. The visuals show an almost Rube Goldberg-like obsession that controls movement and lets things fall into place, but with a Pixar-like animation of the inanimate. Also, the soundtrack is quietly-buzzing perfection. More of Rijpma's creations here.
  • By Maggie Lange
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  • September 21, 2011 7:54 AM
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Media Watch: Dish Network May Launch Blockbuster Streaming Site, Facebook Real-Time News Ticker

On Friday, the Dish Network is expected to announce a Blockbuster-branded streaming service. Their program will be a direct competitor to the recently criticized and faltering Netflix.
  • By Maggie Lange
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  • September 21, 2011 7:51 AM
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Toronto Wrap: Best of Fest, Oscar Boosts, Winners and Losers

Toronto Wrap: Best of Fest, Oscar Boosts, Winners and Losers
The trick with the fall film festivals is to gauge expectations going in vs. what was actually achieved. Various distributors launched their fall slates, and watched with pleasure or horror at how their movies were received by audiences and critics. Oscar contenders either moved forward in the awards race, or were pushed back. Other indies hoped their films would be picked up by the right distributor in time for this year's Oscar race. Some were, some weren't. It's tough for films that have already debuted at other festivals to pick up new momentum, although the press will bank features for release. The biggest noise goes to the new players, always.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • September 21, 2011 7:04 AM
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Honor Roll: Producers Guild Recognizes Steven Spielberg

The Producers Guild of America will honor Steven Spielberg with the 2012 David O. Selznick Achievement Award in Motion Pictures. The guild will bestow the producer, director, writer and Principal Partner of DreamWorks Studios with the award at the 23rd Annual Producers Guild ceremony on January 21st at the Beverly Hilton Hotel.
  • By Anne Thompson and Maggie Lange
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  • September 21, 2011 5:36 AM
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