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Oscar Talk: From The Help, Rise of the Apes and Woody to the Fall Fest Circuit and Beyond

Oscar Talk: From The Help, Rise of the Apes and Woody to the Fall Fest Circuit and Beyond
Oscar Talk is back. The first podcast of the fall season with In Contention's Kris Tapley runs for a good hour, so gird your loins, Oscar mavens, listen and weep. We cover the Cannes films, the summer releases, the Fall Festival entries and the end-of-year possibilities. We talk Meryl and Glenn and Malick and Chastain, debate the merits of sleeper Warrior and admit that we both cried over cancer patient Joseph Gordon-Levitt in 50/50. Next week we'll post from Telluride. The award season begins.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • August 26, 2011 4:00 AM
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Zachary Quinto's BTD Producing Horror The Banshee Chapter, A Blend of Fact and Fiction

Actor Zachary Quinto (best known as Star Trek's Spock) has a career in producing, too. His production house, Before The Door Pictures (their first film was J.C. Chandor's Margin Call, which premiered at Sundance), is kicking off production on horror film The Banshee Chapter this week in New Mexico. BTD is partnering with Sunchaser Entertainment and German producer Christian Arnold-Beutel. Ted Levine, Katia Winter and Michael McMillian will star, and director Blair Erickson is making his feature debut. Here's the synopsis:
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • August 25, 2011 9:00 AM
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Anne Hathaway's Three Awkward Confessions to Chelsea Handler, Needs Catwoman, New PR Strategy

No such thing as bad press? Anne Hathaway needs her Selina Kyle character in The Dark Knight Rises to rescue her after the triple-fail of Love and Other Drugs, hosting the Oscars with James I'd-Rather-Be-In-Class Franco and One Day, which is currently struggling to make back half its budget. She takes some pretty pictures, but might want to meditate on the mantra "less in more." She's better than her recent exposure suggests. It's doubtful that her recent rap on Conan (below) did her much good, either. Chelsea Handler interviews her for Interview Magazine:
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • August 25, 2011 8:27 AM
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Luc Besson's Toronto Bound The Lady: Teaser Trailer and Shepard Fairey Design Poster

EuropaCorp mogul/filmmaker Luc Besson takes a turn away from action with his indie labor of love The Lady. The true romance starring global action star Michelle Yeoh and Brit thespian David Thewlis will premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival. The film is the true love story of Burmese pro-democracy activist Aung San Suu Kyi and writer Michael Aris.
  • By Anne Thompson and Sophia Savage
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  • August 25, 2011 8:26 AM
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Hello, Gorgeous: Michelle Williams & Eddie Redmayne Grace My Week with Marilyn Poster

Simon Curtis' My Week with Marilyn will have a limited release through the Weinsteins November 4 after its premiere at the New York Film Festival October 9. The film stars a delicious cast including Michelle Williams, Eddie Redmayne, Kenneth Branagh, Judi Dench, Julia Ormond, Dougray Scott, Emma Watson, Toby Jones and Dominic Cooper. Here are more details. Full poster after the jump:
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • August 25, 2011 8:14 AM
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Weekend Preview: Directorial Debuts Transition B.O. from Summer to Fall; Higher Ground, Circumstance

Weekend Preview: Directorial Debuts Transition B.O. from Summer to Fall; Higher Ground, Circumstance
During this transitional August week, blockbusters make room for smaller films and usher in the September start of the fall awards season. There's not a single sequel hitting theaters this weekend, although Guillermo del Toro and Troy Nixey's horrific Don't Be Afraid of the Dark, which Roger Ebert writes "milks our frustration deliciously," is a remake of a TV movie. Nixey's is one of four films from first-time feature directors, including Vera Farmiga's impressive Higher Ground, which Variety calls "satirical yet sensitive"; Maryam Keshavarz's surprising underground portrait of Iran, Circumstance, which is "stirringly sensual". AP calls Rowan Joffe's Brighton Rock, based on Grahame Greene's 1939 novel, "an exercise in style over substance."
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • August 25, 2011 8:07 AM
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Long-Delayed Fireflies in the Garden, Starring Julia Roberts, Finally Gets October Release

Back in 2007 when Julia Roberts was tributed by the American Cinematheque, they screened a clip from her upcoming midwest family drama Fireflies in the Garden. The film debuted in 2008 at the Berlin Film Festival and was released around the world (Tomatometer: 28%). Four years later, finally, after the film was extricated from the financial quagmire of Senator Entertainment, a never-before-seen director's cut of Fireflies will be self-distributed to stateside theaters in four major cities on October 14, with Roberts looking fresher than she has in years and Ryan Reynolds a much bigger star. “I am so pleased our film will finally get a theatrical release in the U.S.,” said rookie writer-director Dennis Lee. “Anyone familiar with our story knows the road to this moment has been paved with challenges. It’s not lost on me how much care and determination it took to bring Fireflies to light. I am so grateful for all the support I’ve received.”
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • August 25, 2011 5:40 AM
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Short Subject Documentary Film Entries Due September 1 for 2011 Oscars

Documentary filmmakers must submit their short subjects to the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences by the deadline of Thursday, September 1 for consideration for the 84th Academy Awards.To be eligible, the documentaries must complete a seven-day commercial run in a theater in either Los Angeles County or in the Borough of Manhattan in New York, between January 1, 2011, and December 31, 2011. All paperwork must be completed and received by the Academy no later than 30 days after the end of the qualifying run. For films completing their qualifying run after August 1, all paperwork, including legal contracts, must be completed and received by the Academy by 5 p.m. PT on Thursday, September 1.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • August 25, 2011 5:35 AM
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Human Quotient of New Doc Semper Fi: Always Faithful Overcomes Flaws

Human Quotient of New Doc Semper Fi: Always Faithful Overcomes Flaws
Semper Fi: Always Faithful , Rachel Liebert and Tony Hardmon’s affecting if imperfect exposé of water contamination at U.S. Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune, takes its title from what the Corps website calls “more than a motto — a way of life.” Some life. From 1957 to 1987, the USMC exposed nearly one million people to toxic cleaning agents in Camp Lejeune’s drinking water. Then the Corps tried to cover it up. (Watch the trailer below.)
  • By Matt Brennan
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  • August 25, 2011 4:53 AM
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More Sneak Peaks: Dragon Tattoo's Elevator Scene Probably Not as Cool as Drive's

We know Rooney Mara (Lisbeth Salander) is meant to look intimidating in this picture, but it will be tough for even David Fincher to top the romantic and horrific elevator scene in Nicolas Winding Refn's yet-to-be released Drive. With four months to go until the December 21 release of The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, we're hoping Sony saves a few of the best images for the big screen.
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • August 25, 2011 4:46 AM
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