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Gregory Peck Gets a Stamp

Gregory Peck Gets a Stamp
It was hard to believe it was 11 am on a Thursday morning – there was Sidney Poitier, James Darrin, Nancy Olson Livingston, Felicia Farr Lemon, Sally Kellerman, Jimmy Smitts, Marsha Hunt, Tony Danza and that was just the audience. They and 1,200 others packed the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences theater on Wilshire in Beverly Hills to honor former Academy President and Oscar-winning actor Gregory Peck as his Hollywood Legends Forever Stamp was unveiled.
  • By Cari Beauchamp
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  • April 29, 2011 5:23 AM
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Royal Wedding Video & Pictures

Stop the presses! Prince William and Kate Middleton are married. In case you aren't already maxed out, a sampling of video and pictures is below. HuffPo reports that the media was wall-to-wall. The rest of the world may now return to 2011.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • April 29, 2011 3:18 AM
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Summer Preview: Must-Sees on Big Screen, Skippable, Must-to-Avoid

Summer Preview: Must-Sees on Big Screen, Skippable, Must-to-Avoid
The summer is upon us, with a plethora of viewing choices, many of them utterly avoidable. I lay out the summer movie landscape.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • April 28, 2011 9:46 AM
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Emmy Watch: Which New Scripted Series Will Make It to Emmy Contention? A Rough Ranking

Emmy Watch: Which New Scripted Series Will Make It to Emmy Contention? A Rough Ranking
Emmy Watch columnist Amy Dawes takes a hard look at the new shows that debuted this year, and ranks their chances of landing Emmy Nominations right off the bat.Nothing is more exciting – at least to an Emmy watcher - than when a brand new series not only entertains our socks off and reinvigorates the medium, but sweeps the awards its first time out.  And despite a perception that members of the TV Academy are lazy and vote for the same ol’ same ol’, this has happened a fair amount in recent years. 
  • By Amy Dawes
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  • April 28, 2011 8:28 AM
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Amazon Studios Offers Free and Licensed Library of 2,000 Songs

Amazon Studios -- which invites filmmakers and screenwriters to submit their works for discovery -- announces the release of 2000 free and licensed movie-production music tracks for any registered and signed-in member on their site. Amazon Studios says they added the feature: "in order to enhance the overall viewing experience of the movies they upload to the site. Amazon Studios also recognizes that it’s hard for filmmakers to get valid licenses to soundtrack music for their test movies. Sound and music are important parts of how test movies garner more engaged feedback from movie fans than just scripts alone. Every month, Amazon Studios offers a $100,000 award to the best test movie."
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • April 28, 2011 7:54 AM
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Hollywood Foreign Press Association Picks Date for Golden Globes 69: January 15, 2012

Hollywood Foreign Press Association Picks Date for Golden Globes 69: January 15, 2012
The Hollywood Foreign Press Association has chosen the date for the 69th Annual Golden Globe Awards, to be held Sunday, January 15, 2012. Full schedule and timetable are below:
  • By Sophia Savage and Anne Thompson
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  • April 28, 2011 7:49 AM
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Seattle International Film Festival 37: Galas, Tributes and Presentations

Seattle International Film Festival 37: Galas, Tributes and Presentations
The 37th Seattle International Film Festival has finalized its galas, tributes and special presentations for its 25-day festival, running May 19 - June 12, among the lengthiest fest programme in the world. SIFF will screen films hailing from 74 countries; 257 features and 184 shorts, 96 of which are premieres.
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • April 28, 2011 7:42 AM
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The Lone Ranger: Who Should Ride with Johnny Depp? Armie Hammer or Timothy Olyphant? (UPDATED)

Gore Verbinski's 2014 Disney reboot of The Lone Ranger may put Johnny Depp in the saddle with the Winklevi, a.k.a Armie Hammer.
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • April 28, 2011 7:34 AM
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SFIFF 54 Day Six: The Mill on the Cross, Hot Coffee, Hahaha, The Sleeping Beauty, Leonard Cohen

SFIFF 54 Day Six: The Mill on the Cross, Hot Coffee, Hahaha, The Sleeping Beauty, Leonard Cohen
Meredith Brody reports on the latest festival screenings from San Francisco:
  • By Meredith Brody
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  • April 28, 2011 5:35 AM
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Cannes 2011: Les Bien-aimés To Close Festival May 22; Tesson to Head Critics Week; Egypt Tribute

Cannes 2011: Les Bien-aimés To Close Festival May 22; Tesson to Head Critics Week; Egypt Tribute
Cannes 2011's closing night film will be Les Bien-aimés (The Beloved), from director Christophe Honoré. The film will screen out of competition on May 22, following the awards ceremony. Les Bien-aimés stars Catherine Deneuve, Ludivine Sagnier, Chiara Mastroiani, Milos Forman, Louis Garrel, Michel Delpech and Paul Schneider as characters guiding us throughout decades in Prague, London, the "world of Sept. 11," and modern day Paris. Honoré's film Les chansons d’amour premiered at Cannes 2007 (Honoré pictured on set with his actors).
  • By Anne Thompson and Sophia Savage
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  • April 28, 2011 4:30 AM
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