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Academy Changes Rules for 85th Oscars on Foreign-Language Film, Makeup, Music & VFX Categories

The Academy's Board of Governors has approved the rules for the 85th Academy Awards. The most changes are in the Music, Foreign Language, Makeup and Visual Effects categories...
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • June 28, 2012 6:11 PM
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Weekend Preview: 'Beasts of the Southern Wild' is Essential Viewing; Don't Judge 'Magic Mike' by its Package

If you only see one movie this weekend, make sure it's Benh Zeitlin's "Beasts of the Southern Wild," which we'll all be talking about until Oscar night 2013 and beyond. This is the kind of film that makes you believe in magic; heartbreaking, one-of-a-kind and debuting force-of-nature Quvenzhané Wallis, it's a jolt to heart of independent cinema...
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • June 28, 2012 4:26 PM
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Trailer Watch: Bradley Cooper and Jennifer Lawrence Run, Dance and Bicker in Russell's 'Silver Linings Playbook'

The first trailer for David O. Russell's "Silver Linings Playbook" has arrived, with Bradley Cooper starring as a former teacher fresh off a four-year stint in a mental institution, who moves back in with his parents (Jackie Weaver and Robert De Niro). He starts up a "friend with a capital F" relationship with equally unstable neighbor...
  • By Sophia Savage and Beth Hanna
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  • June 28, 2012 3:23 PM
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Immersed in Movies: Sneaking Sony's 'Hotel Transylvania'

It turns out that "Brave" isn't the only animated feature this year devoted to a parent-child relationship. Beneath the monster mash antics of "Hotel Transylvania," lies a father-daughter dynamic about letting go between control freak Dracula (Adam Sandler) and free-spirited teenager Mavis (Selena Gomez)...
  • By Bill Desowitz
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  • June 28, 2012 2:54 PM
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Rotten Tomatoes' Matt Atchity Takes on Critics and Movie Tastemaking

In MediaBistro's recent "So What Do You Do?" interview with Rotten Tomatoes' editor-in-chief Matt Atchity, he weighs in on the state of film criticism, the discrepancy between critics and the public, and the "pitfall" of journalists being too "indie-focused." Come again?
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • June 28, 2012 1:08 PM
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EW Lists '50 Greatest Movies You've Never Seen'... Made After 1991

Entertainment Weekly has compiled a list of the "50 Greatest Movies You've Never Seen." The list only spans the past two decades, which is unfortunate because, chances are, many of the 50 greatest films you haven't seen were made before 1992...
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • June 28, 2012 12:58 PM
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Austin Film Festival Announces Conference and Panelist Lineup, Includes Damon Lindelof, Paul Feig, Terry Rossio

The Austin Film Festival, running October 18-25, announces their first round of conference panels and panelists. An interview with screenwriter Damon Lindelof ("Prometheus"), an incendiary "DC vs. Marvel" panel and a presentation on scene transitions by screenwriter Terry Rossio of the "Pirates of the Caribbean" franchise...
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • June 28, 2012 12:11 PM
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Il Cinema Ritrovato, Bologna, XXVI Edizione - Day Four: Walsh, Pyr’ev, Warhol, Ghatak & 'The Grand Illusion'

Paradise for cinephiles: Max Ophul’s “Komedie on Geld” (1936), followed by Raoul Walsh's “Kindred of the Dust,” Ritwik Ghatak’s “The Cloud-Capped Star,” a to-die-for meal and an impeccably restored "Grand Illusion"...
  • By Meredith Brody
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  • June 28, 2012 11:48 AM
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Sumner Redstone Gives $650K to Global Poverty Project

The Global Poverty Project announced today that Viacom and CBS Corporation executive chairman Sumner Redstone's Charitable Foundation has donated $650K to aid its $100 million Global Action campaign.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • June 27, 2012 4:58 PM
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Trailer Watch: Joseph Gordon-Levitt Nails Young Bruce Willis in Rian Johnson's Kinetic 'Looper'

Joseph Gordon-Levitt isn't the most obvious candidate to play a young Bruce Willis -- opposite Bruce Willis, no less -- but after seeing this pulse-quickening, excitingly stylish new UK trailer for Rian Johnson's "Looper," we're buying into the unlikely faceoff hook, line and sinker...
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • June 27, 2012 4:20 PM
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