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Will BAFTA's Trim to Two Voting Rounds Oscarize Awards?

BAFTA announced today a major reworking of its 2013 British Academy Awards votings system. The most radical difference is that there will now be two rounds of polling, as opposed to three.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • June 26, 2012 3:16 PM
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Casting Watch: Mortensen Offered Dracula; Cast Joins Kutcher for Steve Jobs Biopic; Casting Johanna in 'Catching Fire'

Viggo Mortensen has been offered the role of Dracula in Neil Marshall's ("The Descent") "The Last Voyage of the Demeter," which follows the vampire's famous plague-carrying seabound voyage from Transylvania to England...
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • June 26, 2012 3:02 PM
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Il Cinema Ritrovato, Bologna, XXVII Edizione - Day 2: Gary Cooper's 'Distant Drums,' 'Kalpana,' 'Point Blank,' Ruspoli & More

Meredith Brody follows a sleepless night in Bologna with a series of unplanned screenings, delicious sounding food and an accidental nap during a breezy outdoor screening of "Point Blank" at the Piazza Maggiore...
  • By Meredith Brody
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  • June 26, 2012 1:17 PM
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FilmDistrict Brings On Elissa Greer as Senior Vice President of Publicity

FilmDistrict announces that Elissa Greer has joined the distribution company as senior vice president of publicity; she will oversee the studio's domestic theatrical publicity and promotional campaigns.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • June 26, 2012 12:25 PM
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Trailer Watch: Frank Langella Stars in Robo-Buddy Comedy 'Robot & Frank'

Jake Schreier's Sundance hit "Robot & Frank" stars Frank Langella as a retired cat burglar lured back to the profession when he gains an unlikely new partner in crime: A robot named, well, Robot...
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  • June 26, 2012 12:11 PM
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Now and Then: Hitchcock's First Classic, and an Underrated Modern Descendant

Alfred Hitchcock had been working as a director for more than a decade when he made "The 39 Steps" (1935), a film that's half trench coats, street lamps, and foreign agents. The other half is English wit, a marriage plot, and a MacGuffin: the first proof, long before his later masterworks, that he was a maestro of the unbalancing act.
  • By Matt Brennan
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  • June 26, 2012 2:53 AM
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HBO's 'Newsroom' Opens Strong, Pilot Available to Non-Subscribers on Multiple Platforms

Aaron Sorkin's "The Newsroom" debuted to a solid 2.1 million viewers Sunday night, HBO's third best drama premiere in the past four years...
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • June 25, 2012 8:20 PM
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Career Watch: Keira Knightley Skids Without Joe Wright, Luckily "Anna Karenina" Is Next

With a face like hers, stardom was probably inevitable for Keira Knightley. At 27 and with over a decade on the A-list, she's already had hits and misses, a handful of Oscar and Golden Globes nominations and a beauty endorsement with Chanel. She is adored by many of both sexes, but has suffered a string of disappointments since 2007's "Atonement."
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • June 25, 2012 8:08 PM
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Elisabeth Moss Chats 'Mad Men' Season 6 with GQ: Peggy Stays in the Picture

"Mad Men" fans worried that Peggy Olson's exit from Sterling Cooper Draper Pryce signaled her bow from the show can now rest relatively easy. (Though really, would "Mad Men" let go of its MVP? Probably not.)
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • June 25, 2012 2:59 PM
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Warner Home Video Releases 'Kirk Douglas Drama Collection,' Pays Douglas a House Call

Nonagenarian Kirk Douglas received a house visit today from Warner Home Video's Jeff Baker, who gave the actor copies of the "Kirk Douglas Drama Collection" DVD box set, which includes Vincente Minelli's "Lust for Life" and "The Bad and the Beautiful," and Michael Curtiz' "Young Man with a Horn"...
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • June 25, 2012 2:46 PM
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