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Clooney, Payne and Cast Talk The Descendants: Real is Funny, Stealing Clooney's Wife

Last week Film Independent screened "The Descendants" at LACMA with George Clooney, director Alexander Payne, Shailene Woodley, Judy Greer, Matthew Lillard, Robert Forster, Beau Bridges and Nick Krause on hand for a Q & A afterward. Highlights from the conversation with Elvis MItchell are below.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • November 19, 2011 4:26 PM
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Talking the Silence of The Artist: Hazanavicius, Dujardin, Bejo

Cannes The Artist Reviews: "A Triumph of Artistic Teleportation, A Big Blast of Pure Delight"
"The Artist" gang is in high spirits--their $14 million silent movie has steadily built awards buzz since Harvey Weinstein liked what he saw pre-Cannes and nabbed it before anyone else could. He knew that older Academy voters would eat up this nostalgic movie. Best picture, director, writer, actor, cinematography and possibly supporting actress nominations are in the cards. (A best picture nomination would mark the first silent film since 1928's "The Patriot.") And the dog Uggy almost steals the picture.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • November 19, 2011 1:06 PM
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Fifteen Docs Vie for Oscar Top Five; Wenders is In, Herzog is Out

The Documentary Branch Screening Committee looked at the one hundred twenty-four pictures that qualified for the Oscar documentary short list, but only fifteen were chosen. Left out again is Werner Herzog, whose "Into the Abyss" seemed straightforward enough for the Academy, while his German colleague Wim Wenders "Pina," which is also the official German Oscar submission, made the cut even though it was shot--but not screened for the branch-- in 3-D, just like Herzog's "Cave of Forgotten Dreams" last year, which did not get nominated. The doc branch looks at submissions on screeners because they do not want to force low-budget filmmakers to have to screen their films in 35 mm. Sundance hits "Project Nim" (interview here) and "Buck" (interview here) made the cut.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • November 18, 2011 5:01 PM
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Immersed in Movies: George Miller Talks Penguins and Krill from Happy Feet Two

Just think of "Happy Feet Two" as George Miller's "Babe: Pig in the City." That's the best way to describe the sequel to his Oscar-winner, "Happy Feet," in which the dancing and singing penguins combat catastrophic climate change in Antarctica, and toe-tapping Mumble has to cope with fatherhood and a son that can't dance.
  • By Bill Desowitz
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  • November 18, 2011 2:53 PM
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Oscar Talk: Streep vs. Davis, Prosthetic vs. Digital Makeup, Performance Capture vs. Animation, Close vs. McTeer

In this week's Oscar Talk podcast, In Contention's Kris Tapley and I debate Steven Spielberg's "The Adventures of Tintin," performance capture vs. animation. Will animators support it? We think visual effects is a stronger, well-deserved shot.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • November 18, 2011 1:31 PM
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Video Watch: Planet Tilda

Oscar Watch: Considering Tilda Swinton for I Am Love
Statuesque Tilda Swinton poses for photographer/filmmaker Tim Walker in this moody short inspired by a W photo shoot.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • November 18, 2011 12:31 PM
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GENDER WATCH: The Telling Ignorance of THR's Directors Roundtable

We don't blame Women and Hollywood for being outraged at THR's careless and condescending approach to their 2011 Directors Roundtable. While we agree that Michel Hazanavicius ("The Artist"), Steve McQueen ("Shame"), Bennett Miller ("Moneyball"), Mike Mills ("Beginners"), Alexander Payne ("The Descendants") and Jason Reitman ("Young Adult") are well worth interviewing, there are plenty more who could easily be sitting there with THR's Matthew Belloni and Stephen Galloway -- including several women. At the same time as THR's Directors Roundtable should be thoughtfully curated, it should be representative of the year in film--whether it's an Awards publicity tool or not. Consider this specific portion of the roundtable:
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • November 17, 2011 4:29 PM
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Cocktails for the Academy: Eddie Murphy, Brett Ratner, and Billy Crystal Honored with Libations

In their "Buy You a Drink" column, GOOD magazine's mixologists create beverages for newsmakers. This week, the bartenders fashioned twisted cocktails in honor of the mishaps casting 2012's Oscar award ceremony. It's not only the drinks that make digs at the celebrities; the instructions are where the real insults come in. For the "Brett Ratner," one is asked to "pour out a little for our departed friend," while the drinker is asked to serve Schlitz "lukewarm" to make the "Eddie Murphy." A plain old 5 oz of white wine to "sip judiciously" and "fall asleep before you finish" will give you the "Billy Crystal." Only the Academy is given a proper cocktail, asking for no less than 9 ingredients--each fruity, sweet, and semi-exotic. As you can imagine, there is a bitter rant about the Oscars interspersed among the cocktail recipes.
  • By Maggie Lange
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  • November 17, 2011 3:51 PM
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Cannes Actress Winner Dunst Forgives "Melancholia" Director Von Trier, Heads for Red Light Winter with Ruffalo

This year at Cannes, the person who squirmed sitting next to Lars von Trier at his notorious "Melancholia" Cannes press conference, during which the Danish writer-director offended just about everybody by calling himself a Nazi, was his star, Kirsten Dunst.  In the days to follow he apologized repeatedly for the "stupid, idiotic" comments that led to his banishment from the festival.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • November 16, 2011 9:23 PM
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Golden Globes Want Gervais To Return as Host

Gluttons for punishment are the Hollywood Foreign Press Association, who don't seem to mind the heaps of scathing contempt lathered on them by Brit comedian Ricky Gervais at last year's Golden Globe telecast. He acted like someone who was hoping to get out of having to host again. While there's no official announcement yet, Variety reports that the HFPA voted for him to come back for a third go-round. If he makes the deal, they deserve whatever vitriol he shoots at them this January.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • November 16, 2011 4:39 PM
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