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Hollywood Reporter Leads Press Club's Entertainment Awards with 28 Nominations; Indiewire's Jay Fernandez Nominated Writer

The Hollywood Reporter leads the L.A. Press Club's 2012 National Entertainment Journalism Awards with 28 nominations. One of the features nominated was co-authored by Indiewire's own senior writer and news editor, Jay A. Fernandez.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • October 30, 2012 2:15 PM
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Roundup: Hurricane Sandy Takes NY, NJ and Social Media By Storm

Hurricane Sandy is ravaging the Northeast, with New York and New Jersey being declared disaster areas amidst casualties, a massive power outage, six-alarm fires and flooded public transportation. Meanwhile, as lives, homes and daily routines are severely affected, the social media landscape has also been taken by storm. Below, a web roundup of all things Sandy.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • October 30, 2012 1:33 PM
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Ex-Disney Studio Chief Rich Ross Joins Elisabeth Murdoch's Shine America

Having moved up through the Disney ranks to head of Disney Channels Worldwide and then a short tenure running the Disney Studio, Rich Ross is now taking over chairman Elisabeth Murdoch's TV and production company Shine America as CEO, reports Variety.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • October 30, 2012 1:29 PM
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President Obama's Favorite TV Shows, And The Movie We Know He Loves: 'Beasts of the Southern Wild'

Ever wonder which TV shows the Obamas have on their DVR? Well, President Obama tells TV Guide that his favorite shows are "Homeland," "Boardwalk Empire," "The Wire" ("one of the greatest shows of all time") and "SportsCenter"...
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • October 30, 2012 12:53 PM
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The David Letterman Show Must Go On, with Denzel Washington and No Audience (VIDEO)

There's something to be said for making a silk purse out of a sow's ear. David Letterman, Paul Schaffer and a "skeleton crew" put on a low-tech show with hand-held cards but no teleprompter and no studio audience the afternoon Hurricane Sandy hit Manhattan, and it was terrific. Denzel Washington blew onto the stage in a wet yellow slicker, seemingly out of breath, and gamely went through his "Flight" promo paces.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • October 30, 2012 12:44 PM
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Park Chan-wook's 'Stoker': Things Get Twisted with Kidman & Wasikowska in New Poster and Gorgeous Promo Video

Check out this new poster for Park Chan-wook's "Stoker," which twists storybook-like drawings, skulls, owls and other unsettling ephemera into a thicket surrounding the faces of Mia Wasikowska and Nicole Kidman. A beautiful promo video accompanies the poster's release...
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • October 30, 2012 12:39 PM
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'Silver Linings Playbook' Wins Again at Austin Film Festival; 'Junk,' 'Spinning Plates' & 'Rising from Ashes' Also Recognized

One more feather in the awards cap for David O. Russell's "Silver Linings Playbook": The Austin Film Festival, which ran October 18-25, announces the film as winner of its Marquee Feature Audience Award.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • October 30, 2012 12:05 PM
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Now and Then: After the Storm, Portraits of Tenacity in Recovery

As a resident of a city whose history of storms — and their concomitant unnatural disasters — is troubled at best, I watched Sandy warily but distantly. Thing always look different outside the "cone of uncertainty." The images coming in from the Northeast this morning put me in a more solemn frame of mind.
  • By Matt Brennan
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  • October 30, 2012 12:02 PM
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EXCLUSIVE: Hope Talks San Francisco Film Society Grants, Thirteen Finalists Vie for $300,000 Win

Indie producer Ted Hope is settling into his new home at the San Francisco Film Society. And he's excited about being able to give grants to filmmakers. "One of the reasons I came to the Film Society was that we've given away close to $2 million in the last few years in artist grants," he says, delighted to be announcing the next round of 13 finalists (listed below) vying for $300,000. Three winners will be announced in December. "It's so rare to give artists grants. I never knew about these grants as a producer. I want filmmakers to know about them."
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • October 30, 2012 6:27 AM
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Critics Groups Will See 'Django Unchained' Well Before Mid-December Press Junket

Now that three trailers and a slew of character posters have accumulated, anticipation for Quentin Tarantino's "Django Unchained" is at a high. The press is chomping at the bit for the film's official junket days, announced by the Weinstein Company as December 15 and 16. Weinstein reps assure us that despite the mid-month junket dates for "Django," the NYFCC, LAFCA, HPFA, National Board of Review et al will see the film in time for their voting deadlines.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • October 30, 2012 6:09 AM
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