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Focus World Takes US Rights to Kormákur's 'The Deep,' Iceland's Foreign Language Oscar Submission

Focus World has taken US rights to "The Deep," Iceland's submission to the Foreign Oscar race, and plans a release within the first half of 2013.
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • November 13, 2012 3:43 PM
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Santa Barbara Int'l Film Festival To Honor Ben Affleck with Modern Master Award on January 26

The Santa Barbara International Film Festival (January 24 - February 3) will honor Ben Affleck with the Modern Master Award on January 26 in the historic Arlington Theatre. The award, which in the past has gone to the likes of Christopher Plummer, James Cameron, Cate Blanchett, Clint Eastwood and George Clooney...
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • November 13, 2012 12:27 PM
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IT'S OFFICIAL: Disney/Lucasfilm Hire 'Toy Story 3' Scribe Arndt to Write 'Star Wars: Episode VII' UPDATE (VIDEO)

Kathleen Kennedy confirms that Michael Arndt is the new writer for "Star Wars: Episode VII." She was celebrating the AFI FEST closing night world premiere of Steven Spielberg's "Lincoln" Thursday, along with Disney chairman Robert Iger, who when pressed, admitted that he wouldn't have paid $4.05 billion for Lucasfilm if he didn't think Disney, Lucasfilm and Kennedy couldn't turn out the best "Star Wars" film ever made.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • November 9, 2012 9:36 PM
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Oscar Talk: 'Lincoln' Premiere, Dissecting Gurus 'O Gold, Cinematography

Oscar Talk happened in Los Angeles this week, as Kris Tapley and I dissected the latest predictions from EW and The Gurus 'O Gold. Will "Argo" be able to keep its front-runner status as "Lincoln" and "Life of Pi" come on strong? Is "Silver Linings Playbook" all that it's cracked up to be? Or will it follow "The Master" as an actors' favorite? Can a scruffy indie like "Beasts of the Southern Wild" challenge heavyweight contenders like "Pi" and "Skyfall"?
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • November 9, 2012 5:51 PM
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Academy Releases Shortlist of Ten Animated Shorts

The Academy has accepted ten animated short films to advance in the voting process for the 85th Academy Awards out of fifty-six that qualified in the category.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • November 9, 2012 3:44 PM
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Best Actress Race Is Wide Open: Oscar Perennials vs. Newbies

As soon as an actor wins an Oscar, they enter the Academy fluke zone. It means that going forward, they have earned an advantage: they will be taken seriously as a possible nominee.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • November 9, 2012 1:09 PM
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AFI FEST Audience & Jury Awards Announced; 'A Royal Affair,' 'Nairobi Half Life,' 'A Hijacking' & More

AFI FEST 2012, which concluded yesterday, has unveiled the recipients of this year's Audience and Jury Awards. Winners include Nicolaj Arcel's Danish Oscar entry "A Royal Affair," starring Mads Mikkelsen, and David Tosh Gitonga's Kenyan Oscar entry "Nairobi Half Life." Full list below.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • November 9, 2012 11:55 AM
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Damon, Foxx, Washington, Gere, Arkin & Hawkes Talk Hollywood, Fame & Craft in THR's Actors Roundtable

It's that time of year again for The Hollywood Reporter's roundtable discussions, with the actors installment debuting November 8. The six leading and supporting men featured are Matt Damon (who stars in the upcoming "Promised Land"), Jamie Foxx ("Django Unchained"), Denzel Washington ("Flight"), Richard Gere ("Arbitrage"), Alan Arkin ("Argo") and John Hawkes ("The Sessions"). Full video roundtable plus quote highlights below.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • November 9, 2012 11:53 AM
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Britannias 2012: Oscar Pushes for 'Skyfall,' 'Lincoln' & 'Django Unchained'; Day-Lewis Accepts Award Next to Empty Chair

BAFTA-LA Britannia Awards celebrated its 20th anniversary at the Beverly Hilton Wednesday evening, where pre-selected achievement awards were handed out to Daniel Craig, Quentin Tarrantino, Daniel Day-Lewis, Matt Stone and Trey Parker, and Will Wright. The Britannias serve as a good platform for BAFTA to make an Oscar push for its Brits in Hollywood, and this year the most recent and much-acclaimed 007 installment “Skyfall,” and Day-Lewis’ uncanny performance as the 16th president in “Lincoln,” were at the forefront.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • November 8, 2012 1:44 PM
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Oscar Producers Add Rob Ashford to Choreograph Academy Award Show

Many questions remain about the 2013 Oscar show, which producers Neil Meron and Craig Zadan are in the process of putting together. New host Seth Macfarlane, who is a writer and comedian who can sing, is presumably changing things up a bit. Will there be an opening montage? Who knows?
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • November 8, 2012 1:07 PM
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