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Oscar Video Exclusive: How Pixar Made Day & Night Short

The frontrunner in the Oscars' animated shorts category is a popular one from Pixar, Day & Night which played in theaters in front of Toy Story 3 last year.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • February 17, 2011 10:35 AM
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Relativity Hires Noyce to Direct Hunter Killer

While Relativity may not be the answer to all of Hollywood's prayers, the upstart distrib is putting some movies into production. CEO Ryan Kavanaugh has hired respected veteran A-list director Philip Noyce (Salt, Clear and Present Danger) to direct Hunter Killer, set to start shooting late this year.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • February 17, 2011 9:51 AM
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Is Banksy Campaigning For (Or Against) The Oscars? UPDATED

Is Banksy Campaigning For (Or Against) The Oscars? UPDATED
Wily Brit street artist and documentary filmmaker Banksy is in Los Angeles, grabbing attention for himself as only Banksy can. That doesn't mean that he does public appearances, or in-person interviews (here's a good email exchange), or shows up at the Academy luncheon. No, he's putting up art, all over the city. And that is getting media attention that mentions his Oscar-nominated doc Exit Through the Gift Shop, which some Oscar pundits think could beat Inside Job for the win. When he was nominated, Bansky put out a statement: "This is a big surprise. I don't agree with the concept of award ceremonies, but I'm prepared to make an exception for the ones I'm nominated for. The last time there was a naked man covered in gold paint in my house, it was me."
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • February 17, 2011 9:15 AM
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New School of Superheroes: Bale, Cavill, Evans, Garfield, Hemsworth, Reynolds & Palicki in Tights

New School of Superheroes: Bale, Cavill, Evans, Garfield, Hemsworth, Reynolds & Palicki in Tights
Entertainment Weekly's latest issue profiles the new generation of superheroes, represented on the cover by new Superman Henry Cavill. As his director Zack Snyder puts it: “Other actors put that suit on and it’s a joke, even if they’re great actors. Henry put it on, and he exuded this kind of crazy-calm confidence that just made me go, ‘Wow. Okay, this is Superman.’ If you can put on that suit and pull it off, that’s an awesome achievement.” An even better achievement? Still having a career after the spandex has lost its stretch.  Ryan Reynolds says of his Green Lantern character: “He’s not in the mainstream the way Superman or Spider-Man is.” And he once considered himself a purely comedic actor: “I looked like Dick Van Dyke, so I thought I was going that route.”
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • February 17, 2011 8:56 AM
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Behind the Mel Gibson Extortion Case: Will Gibson Follow The Beaver to SXSW?

In the breathless viral tabloid culture we live in, there is much to be said for the not-yet-lost art of the carefully reported story-of-record. Mel Gibson's lawyers cooperated with the LATimes on this exhaustively researched front-page story about how his lengthy negotiations with model Oksana Grigorieva, his ex-girlfriend and mother of his youngest child, broke down and led to the release of the rant tapes that dealt further setbacks to Gibson's standing in Hollywood.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • February 17, 2011 8:51 AM
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Berlin Dealbook: EFM's Satisfied Buyers, Headshot, Blind Bastard Club, Stake Land, Happy (UPDATE)

Berlin Dealbook: EFM's Satisfied Buyers, Headshot, Blind Bastard Club, Stake Land, Happy (UPDATE)
Berlin market dealmaking continues, while reaction to the quality of the fest pics is mixed.
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • February 17, 2011 6:29 AM
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Video: Hulu Pacts with Criterion--And Netflix Couldn't Care Less

Reaction is mixed to news that Hulu and Criterion Collection have announced an exclusive new content partnership that will bring more than 800 titles to the Hulu Plus subscription service, including works from such auteurs as Ingmar Bergman, Charlie Chaplin, Federico Fellini, Jean-Luc Godard, Akira Kurosawa, François Truffaut and Orson Welles.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • February 17, 2011 6:19 AM
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Poster Exclusive: Ozon 70s Comedy Potiche Stars Deneuve, Depardieu

One of my favorite films at the Venice Film Festival was writer-director Francois Ozon's feminist 70s comedy Potiche, starring Catherine Deneuve and Gérard Depardieu. Here's an exclusive first look at Music Box Films' new poster for the American release on March 25.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • February 17, 2011 12:50 AM
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Casting Coup: Maria Bello Lands Helen Mirren Role in NBC's Prime Suspect Remake

After a rigorous search for the right actress to play the lead detective originated by Helen Mirren in NBC's remake of the hit Brit series, Prime Suspect, Universal Media Studios and the team behind Friday Night Lights has hired veteran dramatic actress Maria Bello (The Cooler, A History of Violence, The Company Men), reports Variety. Bello is great casting: a smart, versatile, athletic actress, she has the authority to pull this off. This is a juicy sought-after role.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • February 17, 2011 12:22 AM
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Oscar Watch: The King's Speech's Helena Bonham Carter Could Win Best Supporting Actress

Oscar Watch: The King's Speech's Helena Bonham Carter Could Win Best Supporting Actress
The King's Speech is an Oscar favorite, and depending on how strong it is, the Brit drama could carry some awards on its coattails. While Inception, The Social Network, True Grit and Alice in Wonderland could steal some wins from The King's Speech in the technical categories, recent BAFTA winner Helena Bonham Carter could score a supporting actress nod--in a wide open field including The Fighter's dueling Melissa Leo and Amy Adams, True Grit's young newcomer Hailee Steinfeld, and Animal Kingdom's 48-year Australian veteran Jacki Weaver--for her high-brow yet low-key performance as the future Queen Mum in The King's Speech.
  • By Anne Thompson and Sophia Savage
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  • February 16, 2011 7:22 AM
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