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Producers Promise Changes for 2013 Oscar Show, as Host Seth Macfarlane Announces 'Oscar Experience College Search' at mtvU 'Stand In' Series

The producers of this year's Oscar show, Neil Meron and Craig Zadan, actively pursued TV writer/producer/comedian Seth Macfarlane as the host, they told me. "Of course we wanted Tina Fey," they said, but they knew she was already committed to doing the far less stressful Golden Globes. And they are changing up the Oscarcast considerably. They've been studying shows of Oscar past to see what worked--and didn't.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • November 30, 2012 4:21 PM
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Producers Guild Doc Nominees Include Oscar Frontrunners 'Gatekeepers' & 'Searching for Sugar Man'

The Producers Guild of America has nominated five documentaries in their Documentary Motion Picture category. The documentary field is large and competitive this year, so any spotlight will help Oscar voters make tough choices. Never have so many worthy docs been produced and released into the indie marketplace. The Academy doc branch has already submitted their Oscar short list of 15 which should be announced shortly. The IDA awards will be announced on December 7 (stay tuned for our report).
  • By Anne Thompson and Sophia Savage
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  • November 30, 2012 3:54 PM
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Immersed in Movies: Composer Patrick Doyle Talks Pixar's 'Brave'

Patrick Doyle isn't new to animation but his first taste of working with Pixar on "Brave" brought him even closer to his Scottish roots. Doyle, in fact, was in Scotland when he was first approached to compose the quintessentially ethnic score accentuated by the Highland bagpipes.
  • By Bill Desowitz
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  • November 30, 2012 2:25 PM
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Oscar Talk: 'Les Mis' and 'Zero Dark Thirty' Are Powerful Contenders, Whither 'Django Unchained'?

On this week's Oscar Talk podcast, Kris Tapley and I review the Oscar impact of post-9/11 CIA thriller "Zero Dark Thirty," Kathryn Bigelow's follow-up to Oscar-winner "The Hurt Locker," and soaring musical "Les Miserables," Tom Hooper's follow-up to his Oscar-Winning "The King's Speech."
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • November 30, 2012 12:38 PM
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Eleven Live-Action Short Films Advance in Oscar Race

The Academy announced today that 11 live-action shorts will advance in the voting process for the 85th Oscars. A tie in nominations balloting resulted in 11 films, as opposed to 10, being shortlisted. Full list below.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • November 29, 2012 8:36 PM
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Academy Reveals Visual Effects Shortlist of Ten, Including 'John Carter,' 'Life of Pi' and 'The Hobbit'

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has revealed the Visual Effects Branch's shortlist of ten films vying for the final five Oscar nominations in the Visual Effects category. Members of the branch are invited to view ten-minute excerpts from each of the ten films at the annual VFX bakeoff on Thursday, January 3. Following the bakeoff members will make their choices on the final five to be announced in January 10.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • November 29, 2012 3:10 PM
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PGA Honors Music Producer Russell Simmons with 2013 Visionary Award

The Producers Guild of America announces they will honor producer Russell Simmons with the guild's 2013 Visionary Award at the PGA awards ceremony on January 26.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • November 29, 2012 2:41 PM
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Ben Affleck is EW's Entertainer of the Year; Plus Lawrence, Hathaway, Gordon-Levitt & 'Homeland' Stars

EW's top Entertainer of the Year is "Argo" director Ben Affleck. He is joined by the likes of "Girls"'s Lena Dunham, "Silver Linings Playbook" and "Hunger Games" star Jennifer Lawrence, "The Dark Knight Rises" and "Les Miserables"'s Anne Hathaway, "TDR" and "Looper" star Joseph Gordon-Levitt...
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • November 29, 2012 12:35 PM
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Watch: Tarantino, Russell, Van Sant, Lee, Affleck & Hooper Talk Directing at THR Roundtable

Check out the new Hollywood Reporter roundtable interview with Quentin Tarantino, David O. Russell, Gus Van Sant, Ang Lee, Ben Affleck and Tom Hooper, in which the directors discuss tough onset moments, "difficult" brothers, navigating temper tantrums, early retirement plans and more. Full video and highlights below.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • November 29, 2012 12:30 PM
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Review: Don't Mess with Granny in Finnish Oscar Entry 'Purge'

Antti J. Jokinen’s  “Purge,” Finland’s official Oscar entry, is based on the widely translated novel and play of the same title by Estonian-Finnish author Sofi Oksanen. The film alternates between two different yet interconnected stories set in rural Estonia: a young prostitute on the run from the Russian mafia in the early 1990s, and a village woman battling personal and socio-political demons during the mid-century Soviet occupation.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • November 29, 2012 7:30 AM
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