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Academy Invites 176 New Members, including Malick, Chastain, McConaughey, Rockwell, Serkis, Dardennes & Hazanavicious

The Academy invites 176 artists and executives to join its illustrious ranks. Academy president Tom Sherak says the group "represent some of the most passionate contributors to our industry." The list expresses their interest in getting some younger members...
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • July 2, 2012 12:24 PM
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47th Karlovy Vary International Film Festival - Day One

The taxi comes at 4:15 a.m. and I leave Bologna with many backward glances, having fallen madly in love with both the town and Il Cinema Ritrovato. The nicest man working on the lobby desk is also the only native Bolognese employed there, and he’s been delighted by my obvious happiness here...
  • By Meredith Brody
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  • July 2, 2012 12:02 PM
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Now and Then: '360,' Another of Fernando Meirelles' Beautiful Disappointments

Of all the sloppy descriptions in film criticism, "visceral" may be the most misleading. It's a frequent synonym for "loud," not to mention "flashy," "punishing," or "gory." What it almost never means is instinctive, earthy, and intestinal, so forthright it grabs you. Except, that is, when we're talking about Fernando Meirelles.
  • By Matt Brennan
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  • July 2, 2012 11:38 AM
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'The Newsroom' Episode 2 Review and Recap: 'News Night 2.0,' One Strange Step for Womankind

Best laid plans go awry as the newsroom staffers attempt an upgraded show, and as "The Newsroom" writer Aaron Sorkin gives us female characters with some serious mood swings.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • July 1, 2012 11:00 PM
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Il Cinema Ritrovato, Bologna, XXVI Edizione - Day Five: Passionate Cinephilia with Pasta on the Side, Forever

Walking back from “La Grande Illusion” last night, I run into Haden Guest (of the Harvard Film Archive) and Rani Singh of the Getty Institute, on the way back to their hotel...
  • By Meredith Brody
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  • July 1, 2012 1:55 PM
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Weekend Box Office: Grown-ups Return as R-rated 'Ted' and 'Magic Mike' Exceed Expectations

Last weekend pulled kids to two animated PG features, which took the top two spots with close to $90 million between them. This weekend belonged to the grownups as two R-rated pictures, Universal’s “Ted” and Warner Bros. “Magic Mike,” both topped industry expectations with another $90 million top two take. In a big surprise, “Ted” took in a warm and fuzzy estimate of $54.1 million while Steven Soderbergh's sexy “Magic Mike” picked up a slick $39.2 million.
  • By Brian Fuson
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  • July 1, 2012 12:28 PM
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