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Academy Goes Digital with New Rules

The Board of Governors of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has approved rules for the 87th Academy Awards. The full list of changes is below.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • June 27, 2014 4:52 PM
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Digging Into New Academy Member Invites

The 271 new Academy member invites are revealing. For the second year in a row there are more of them. Twenty-two leaders of the field are now members of the new Casting Directors branch, long overdue.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • June 26, 2014 5:29 PM
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Academy Invites 271 New Members (FULL LIST)

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has extended invitations to 271 artists and executives to join the organization. Those who accept will be the only additions to the Academy in 2014.
  • By Ryan Lattanzio
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  • June 26, 2014 2:49 PM
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Why Academy Governors Changed Music Campaign Rules

At Tuesday's meeting of the Motion Picture Academy board of governors, they changed campaign rules for the music branch. They are reacting to this year's revocation of music branch member Bruce Broughton's original song Oscar nomination. He had e-mailed some 70 music branch members calling their attention to his song, entry #57, which he wanted them to check out.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • June 26, 2014 1:40 PM
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Adopt Films Grabs U.S. Rights to Palme d'Or Winner 'Winter Sleep'

Adopt Films has secured the U.S. distribution rights to Nuri Bilge Ceylan's "Winter Sleep," which won the Palme d'Or at this year's Cannes Film Festival.
  • By Jacob Combs
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  • June 23, 2014 11:59 AM
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Alexandre Desplat to Preside Over International Jury at Venice Film Festival

Is there any Hollywood composer busier than Alexandre Desplat? The six-time Oscar nominee has scored four of the year's films so far (with another in post), but apparently he needed something more on his plate: he's been tapped to be the president of the International Jury Competition at this year's 71st Venice International Film Festival.
  • By Jacob Combs
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  • June 23, 2014 11:57 AM
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Palm Springs International Shortfest Winners and Panel Takeaways

A record 500 filmmakers from 37 countries attended the 20th annual Palm Springs International Shortfest (June 17-23). The largest short film festival and only short film market in North America screened 330 short films out of 3000 submissions. The Fest awarded more than $115,000 in prizes, including $21,000 in cash awards, in 21 categories.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • June 23, 2014 12:28 AM
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Best of the Week: Top 10 Films of 2014 So Far, LA Film Festival, This Year's Movie Musicals & More

The top stories of the week from TOH!
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  • June 21, 2014 1:30 PM
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SCREEN TALK EPISODE 2: 'Boyhood,' 'Jersey Boys,' Telluride vs. Toronto Clash & More

New York's Indiewire critic Eric Kohn and I hit Skype again to debate movies seen and still to come. We both adore Richard Linklater's "Boyhood," which didn't make Indiewire's mid-year critics' poll (TOH's picks are here) because it hasn't been released yet. Is it a Best Picture Oscar contender? I think so, but Eric isn't sure.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • June 20, 2014 6:33 PM
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Los Angeles Film Festival Award Winners Led by 'Man from Reno,' 'Stray Dog'; FULL LIST

Dave Boyle’s "Man From Reno," and Debra Granik’s "Stray Dog" lead the list of jury award-winners at the Los Angeles Film festival, which closes Thursday night with Clint Eastwood's "Jersey Boys." Full list of audience and jury prize-winners below.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • June 19, 2014 9:43 PM
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