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Cohen Media Group Acquires U.S. Rights for Spanish Oscar Entry 'Blancanieves'

Cohen Media Group has picked up Pablo Berger's Snow White-turned-1920s matador tale "Blancanieves" for distribution. The film is Spain's official entry for the 2013 Oscars.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • October 12, 2012 1:13 PM
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Oscar Talk: Supporting Actor, 'Not Fade Away,' Biopics and Small Contenders

This week on Oscar Talk, In Contention's Kris Tapley and I dig into the supporting actor category and the list of small films vying for some awards attention.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • October 12, 2012 12:00 PM
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Alan Arkin Takes Affleck's 'Argo' Seriously: "It's not a spoof, satire, or parody" (EXCLUSIVE VIDEO)

As revealed in our conversation below, Alan Arkin takes serious comedy seriously, and that's the secret at the heart of Ben Affleck's "Argo." Arkin doesn't buy the idea that he and Goodman are participating in a Hollywood parody or spoof or satire. Or even comic relief for that matter.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • October 12, 2012 7:42 AM
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WATCH: New Trailer on Bigelow's 'Zero Dark Thirty'; Gandolfini Plays Panetta Against Chastain, Edgerton

Most of the films coming up in this crammed awards season have people working overtime to make sure we know about them. One film from a major studio is conspicuously silent. Those of us who cover Hollywood know very little about "Zero Dark Thirty," because Oscar-winner Kathryn Bigelow has kept mum, with only a few leaks to EW from her and screenwriter Mark Boal. UPDATE: Check out the new trailer below.
  • By Anne Thompson and Sophia Savage
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  • October 11, 2012 9:46 PM
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Eight Short Docs Selected for Oscar Shortlist; Many Previous Nominees

Eight documentary short films have been selected for the 2013 Oscars shortlist, of which three to five will earn nominations. Full list below.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • October 11, 2012 1:26 PM
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How David Chase Got All That Music For 'Not Fade Away'

Thanks to his ex-manager Brad Grey, who runs Paramount now, Chase got to make this delicious and personal slice of authentic 60s life with one recognizable star, Tony Soprano himself, James Gandolfini. He's excellent and moving as the hard-nosed old-school Italian father of a counter-cultural high school/college kid (John Magaro, pictured) who starts a band, first as drummer and then as lead singer/songwriter.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • October 10, 2012 4:28 PM
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Bertolucci is Busting Out All Over; AFI Guest Artistic Director, European Film Academy Lifetime Achievement Award

The European Film Academy will honor Italian director Bernardo Bertolucci with the Lifetime Achievement Award at its annual awards show on December 1, held in Malta. Beginning his illustrious, controversial film career in 1961 as assistant director on Pasolini's "Accatone," and going on to helm erotic- and political-provocateur works...
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • October 9, 2012 1:43 PM
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Front Runners of 71 Vying for Foreign Oscar, Arcane Rules

Many of the films listed below have played film festivals and gained stateside distribution, but the voting rules for the Academy's foreign films require that Academy members, who come from all branches of the Academy, see a certain number of films--only in theaters. No screeners allowed.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • October 8, 2012 3:55 PM
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Oscar Talk: The Best Actress Race, Chances for 'Beasts of the Southern Wild,' 'Marigold Hotel,' 'Sessions' & 'Hitchcock'

On this week's Oscar Talk, Kris Tapley and I discuss the best actress race, among others, and the chances for Fox Searchlight's "Beasts of the Southern Wild," "Best Exotic Marigold Hotel," "The Sessions" and "Hitchcock."
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • October 5, 2012 1:30 PM
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Mel Brooks, 'Long-Reigning King of Comedy,' To Receive AFI Life Achievement Award

AFI will honor Mel Brooks with the 41st Life Achivement Award, their highest honor. On June 6, 2013, Brooks will be presented with the award at a gala tribute in Los Angeles, which will later be aired on TNT. AFI's Sir Howard Stringer says, "Mel Brooks is America’s long-reigning king of comedy...
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • October 5, 2012 12:24 PM
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