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Academy Extends Voting Period Amid Balloting Snafus

Even while it was officially closed for the holiday until January 2, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, recognizing the continuing problems many of its members have been having with the new online voting procedures, has extended the deadline for members to vote for Oscar nominations by one day to Friday, January 4, 2013, 5.p.m. PT. (The original date was Thursday, January 3, 5 p.m. PT).
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • December 31, 2012 5:36 PM
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The Best Movie Soundtracks and Cuts of 2012

With the power to bolster a flailing scene, add emotional complexity, and round out a film, the soundtracks and scores of 2012 were often as good (or better) than the films that contained them. Below is a sampling of the best soundtracks of 2012, scores and compilations -- with a highlighted track embedded at the end of the post.
  • By Maggie Lange
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  • December 31, 2012 5:17 PM
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The Best Supercuts of 2012: Heist Films, PT Anderson's SteadiCam, and the Manic Pixie Dream Girl [Videos]

Much of the time, supercuts – videos that mash together various clips around a certain theme – don’t gain any lift-off beyond fan obsession. However, when movie supercuts do transcend this compulsion, they can achieve something incisive, critical, hilarious, or glorious. In the best of supercuts, the rhythm is phenomenal and the catalogue is inspirational. These test your movie mettle or challenge you to round out your roster.
  • By Maggie Lange
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  • December 31, 2012 5:05 PM
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Best 2012 Films For...A Good Cry, To Watch Without Your Parents and To Indulge Your Aching Heart

As the year comes to a close, you may be in search of some guidance to top off your viewing hours of 2012 films. May we suggest the following films, dependent on your needs and/or emotional state:
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • December 31, 2012 5:03 PM
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Movies to Look Forward to in 2013

Anne Thompson and TOH! writers Matt Brennan, Bill Desowitz, Beth Hanna, Maggie Lange, Matt Mueller and Sophia Savage share the movies they are most looking forward to in 2013.
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  • December 31, 2012 4:27 PM
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Soderbergh Talks Non-Actors, Actors and Accuracy -- 'It's Dangerous To Get Them Thinking Too Much"

As we eagerly await Steven Soderbergh's "Side Effects" (February 8) and his HBO Liberace movie "Behind the Candelabra," check out his interview with Indiewire from early 2012. In it, Soderbergh discusses his two 2012 releases, "Haywire" and "Magic Mike," and reveals why he likes non-actors and has a problem with accuracy...
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • December 31, 2012 2:04 PM
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Book Review: David Thomson's 'The Big Screen'

In the epilogue to “The Big Screen,” his one-volume history of the movies, David Thomson warns the reader: “You should be ready for the loss of theaters and video stores….Be prepared for the word ‘movie’ being replaced by ‘bits’ or ‘bites’ or ‘viddies’ (a term Anthony Burgess used in 'A Clockwork Orange' in 1962).”
  • By Aljean Harmetz
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  • December 31, 2012 1:55 PM
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Immersed in Movies: Cinematographer Robert Richardson Unchains 'Django'

Nearly lost in all the controversy surrounding the pop cultural deconstruction of slavery in Quentin Tarantino's "Django Unchained," is what a liberating experience it was for the director and his fellow filmmakers. For Tarantino, it was a chance to improvise more than usual, but for cinematographer Robert Richardson...
  • By Bill Desowitz
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  • December 31, 2012 1:54 PM
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Apatow Hawks 'This is 40' on '60 Minutes,' Pals Sandler, Ferrell & Rogen Add Support

In case you missed it, check out "This is 40" creator Judd Apatow on "60 Minutes" as well as the NYT's live-streamed December 17 round-table interview with Apatow, Paul Rudd, and Leslie Mann.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • December 31, 2012 1:29 PM
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David O. Russell To Accept Indie Impact Award at Upcoming Palm Springs International Film Festival

Variety will present director David O. Russell with the Indie Impact Award at the upcoming Palm Springs International Film Festival (January 3-14), celebrating the "Silver Linings Playbook" filmmaker for his contributions to the art and business of cinema.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • December 31, 2012 1:19 PM
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