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Academy's Move Toward Electronic Balloting: Target for Hackers?

Academy's Move Toward Electronic Balloting: Target for Hackers?
The Academy's note to some 5800 members warning them that electronic balloting could be coming by the next awards season is surprising news. The letter from the Academy's director of membership Kimberly Roush asked members for a direct email that did not go through an assistant or intermediary. The Academy is chasing an earlier date for the show.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • May 25, 2011 4:48 AM
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SIFF Weekend One, Day Three: A Quiet Life, Another Earth, Love, Pipe & Beautiful Seattle Weather

Meredith Brody reports on the weather, LOVE, A Quiet Life, The Pipe and Another Earth at the Seattle International Film Festival:Nobody could stop talking about the beautiful spring weather Seattle was enjoying for the first two days of the festival (“after five months of rain,” Director of Programming Beth Barrett sighed at dinner last night). But this morning as I start to exit the hotel to trek to the Egyptian Theatre on Capitol Hill, I turn right around to go back upstairs and fetch one of the two umbrellas I packed – the heavy-duty one. There’s evidence of recent rainfall, and the day is gloomy and overcast.
  • By Meredith Brody
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  • May 25, 2011 1:00 AM
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The Academy Grants to Film Orgs and Schools Throughout the US

The Academy is giving over $500,000 to film organizations and schools throughout the country as part of its annual Institutional and Internship Grants programs. Funds will go to film internships, job training, workshops, seminars, visiting artists programs and screenings. The money, says Grants Committee Chair Andrew Marlowe, provides students with "a key stepping-stone that might be otherwise unavailable.” The list of recipients and more info are below:
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • May 24, 2011 10:53 AM
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Todd Phillips Trash Talking David Poland Is More Entertaining Than The Hangover Part II

There's also more plot and character development in this interview...
  • By Sophia Savage and Anne Thompson
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  • May 24, 2011 10:00 AM
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Relativity Moves Up Untitled Snow White Ahead of Universal's Snow White and the Huntsman

In a dangerous game of chicken between dueling Snow White projects, Relativity Media is moving up Tarsem Singh's untitled Snow White film to March 16 from June 29, 2012, jumping ahead of Universal, which had pushed forward its $160 million Snow White and the Huntsman, directed by Rupert Sanders and starring Charlize Theron, Kristen Stewart and Chris Hemsworth, to June 1 from December 2012. Neither film is even under way as yet.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • May 24, 2011 8:19 AM
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Ex-Universal Co-Chief David Linde Closes Deal for Reliance-Backed Company with Global Output Pacts

David Linde has finally closed his long-in-the-works film production and finance company backed by India's Reliance Entertainment, which also backs DreamWorks. Linde has lined up an all-important first-look distribution deal with his former studio, Universal, plus key foreign output deals. The new company has not yet cleared a name-- Linde has been calling it Lava Bear Films. Ex-CAA agent and MRC Film Group president Tory Metzger will be his production head, with ex-Universal digital strategist Adam Rymer as chief operating officer, overseeing financial operations and day-to-day business affairs. Linde plans to both produce and finance projects with a recognizable brand identity for the worldwide marketplace.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • May 24, 2011 4:43 AM
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Trailer Watch: Torchwood Fans Rejoice! Starz Debuts Spin-Off Series Miracle Day July 8

Starz has a new ten-episode spin-off series premiering July 8: Torchwood: Miracle Day, produced by BBC Worldwide. The BBC launched Torchwood back in 2006. Its stars John Barrowman, Eve Myles, and Kai Owen now join new headliners Mekhi Phifer, Bill Pullman and Alexa Havins. Check it out:
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • May 24, 2011 4:20 AM
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Trailer Watch: Salvation Boulevard Stars Kinnear, Brosnan, Connelly, Tomei, Harris, Gaffigan

Salvation Boulevard premiered at Sundance--one of the funnier pictures on display there-- and was picked up by IFC. Check out the new trailer below. George Ratliff directs and co-wrote the adaptation based on Larry Beinhart's 2009 book (Beinhart also wrote American Hero, upon which 1997's Wag the Dog is based). Here is IFC's trailer for the religious comedy, starring Greg Kinnear, Pierce Brosnan, Jennifer Connelly, Marisa Tomei, Ed Harris, Isabelle Fuhrman and Jim Gaffigan.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • May 24, 2011 4:03 AM
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Cannes Update: Euro-American Mash-Up This Must Be the Place Stars Sean Penn, Misfires

Cannes Update: Euro-American Mash-Up This Must Be the Place Stars Sean Penn, Misfires
One of the trends on display at Cannes was more European and American movie culture mergers with felicitous results. Most movies at Cannes were preceded by a series of logos from multiple global sales, production and distribution companies that backed the films. That's how they get made these days. (A sampling of reviews and a trailer are below.)
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • May 24, 2011 3:44 AM
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Banderas Talks The Skin I Live In, Haywire, Career: "I Probably Made Some Mistakes," Reviews

Banderas Talks The Skin I Live In, Haywire, Career: "I Probably Made Some Mistakes," Reviews
Hollywood is not always kind to actors with foreign accents. It's tough to cross cultures if you're not an action star like Schwarzenegger or Van Damme. Spanish star Antonio Banderas made the move across the pond after a series of movies with Pedro Almodovar, who he thanks for turning him into an international star. Walking up the red steps of the Palais with wife Melanie Griffith for the gala debut of The Skin I Live In, Banderas still looks the part, but truth is he's been making Hollywood movies like Shrek spin-off Puss in Boots, which he promoted here (arriving by water with Salma Hayek at a photocall in a huge pair of floating black boots) and could use a good shot in the arm.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • May 23, 2011 10:47 AM
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