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Media Watch: Stock Market Hits Hollywood Hard

U.S. stocks rose Friday after some optimistic news from Europe following this week's steep stock market slide. Not surprisingly, this week's dizziness-inducing economic slingshot has been felt in cities all around the world, not least of which is Hollywood.
  • By Jacob Combs
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  • August 5, 2011 7:01 AM
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Academy Announces Technology Interns

The Academy announced today that its Science and Technology Council had selected as its 2011 interns five students who will have the opportunity to participate in 10-12 week internships providing the opportunity to experience advanced movie-making technology.
  • By Jacob Combs
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  • August 5, 2011 6:36 AM
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Review: Rookie Neal Dhand's Hardboiled Crime Drama Second-Story Man

At least as filmmakers have imagined it, this country’s northernmost climes lay somewhere in the hinterlands between city and farmland, an exurban wilderness of barred windows and black snow. These are towns you pass through on a road trip without slowing down, because you wouldn’t want to stay the night. In fact, these are towns where you’re apt to be robbed at gunpoint by a girl hidden in heavy coats, sidling up to empty your wallet and then running back to the car —a salt-flecked Impala the same gray as the surrounds, as though it were trying to disappear. This is land pioneered by Sam Raimi in A Simple Plan and the Coen brothers in Fargo, an icy frontier so devoid of activity it drives otherwise reasonable people to commit unthinkable crimes.
  • By Matthew Brennan
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  • August 5, 2011 6:12 AM
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Oscar Watch: How Weta Gives Rise to the Planet of the Apes; Andy Serkis as Lon Chaney

One of the debates on Twitter Friday morning was which movie will be the one to the beat for this year's VFX Oscar? Michael Bay's 3-D Transformers: Dark of the Moon, which set out to challenge James Cameron's 3-D Avatar, or Terrence Malick's spacey The Tree of Life? Now a new summer movie has entered the Oscar fray: Rise of the Planet of the Apes. Bill Desowitz reports:Hail Caesar!
  • By Bill Desowitz
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  • August 5, 2011 5:43 AM
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Oscar Watch: Response to Ratner, Who Wants More Laughs in Kudocast

Oscar Watch: Response to Ratner, Who Wants More Laughs in Kudocast
Thursday we brought you the surprising news that Brett Ratner, of Rush Hour fame, would be producing the 84th Academy Awards alongside veteran Don Mischer. Ratner swiftly got on the phone with various outlets to spin the news. But first, the award for best Twitter reaction to Ratner's new gig (and there were plenty to choose from) goes to MadisonMathews: "Sponsors include Axe, Ed Hardy and Four Loko."
  • By Anne Thompson and Jacob Combs
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  • August 5, 2011 4:29 AM
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More: Awards, Oscars

Why Golden Globes--and DiCaprio, Wahlberg, Butler--Give Away $1.5 Million to Charities, Film Schools

Why Golden Globes--and DiCaprio, Wahlberg, Butler--Give Away $1.5 Million to Charities, Film Schools
The purpose of the annual Golden Globes lunch at the Beverly Hills Hotel is for the Hollywood Foreign Press Association to use their clout with would-be Globes nominees to mount a starry red carpet event, and invite press and other friends of the organization, so that they will broadcast the HFPA's generosity and charity.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • August 5, 2011 1:32 AM
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Academy Hires Brett Ratner to Produce Oscars with Don Mischer: Threatens to Go Cheesy

The Academy is walking a thin line between wanting an Oscar Show that draws millions of viewers around the world--which will please ABC-- and a kudocast that advertises Hollywood in a classy and appealing way --which will please the grown-ups in the room at the Kodak Theatre on Sunday, February 26, 2012. It's a slippery slope, and I argue that the likes of Bill Condon & Larry Mark (2009) and the late great Laura Ziskin (2002, 2007) provide the model of a show that worked. In the end, it matters less what the producers do with the show than what movies are nominated. If The Lord of the Rings and Avatar are up, there are more viewers. It's that simple.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • August 5, 2011 1:14 AM
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More: Awards, Oscars

Two Clips from One Day, Starring Anne Hathaway and Jim Sturgess: Destined To Be Hit or Miss?

Check out a clip from Lone Scherfig's One Day below and another one at IMDb. Here's a look at the poster, more details. Official trailer is also below. One Day opens August 19. This clip is better than the teaser trailer, which had a woeful voiceover, but we're not feeling it yet, especially not with the fake British accent--need to see this one.
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • August 4, 2011 7:49 AM
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See Jane Age: Fonda Talks Body Love, Aging, Men & More in Harper's Bazaar

September's issue of Harpar's Bazaar features Jane Fonda, who at 73 continues to figure herself out and reflect on her life. On her struggles with body image, she recalls being brought up in the 1950s:“I was taught by my father that how I looked was all that mattered, frankly. He was a good man, and I was mad for him, but he sent messages to me that fathers should not send: Unless you look perfect, you’re not going to be loved.”
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • August 4, 2011 7:38 AM
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More: Celebs, Media

Movies Get Close to NY Times Best Sellers List, from The Help to The Hunger Games

While it will be a long long time before any book series rivals the enduring global popularity of Harry Potter, which jumped from books into films, it took a little less than one month for Kathryn Stockett's novel The Help, about the lives of African American maids working for white employers in 1960s Mississippi, to make it onto the New York Times Best Sellers List. Granted, it was in the 'Also Selling' section, at number 29, but the book had only been out for three weeks.
  • By Jacob Combs
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  • August 4, 2011 6:45 AM
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More: Books

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