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Immersed in Movies: Previewing 'Rise of the Guardians'

DreamWorks' "Rise of the Guardians" (November 21) is an exquisite and enchanting adaptation of William Joyce's magnificent and epic "Guardian" book series, which reinvents some of our favorite fairy tale icons. First-time director Peter Ramsey, who cut his teeth doing storyboards for David Fincher and Spike Jonze before moving into animation at DreamWorks, has wisely upped the superhero quotient in "Avengers"-like fashion, which makes for a more spectacular movie.
  • By Bill Desowitz
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  • November 1, 2012 9:00 PM
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Ben Stiller American Cinematheque Tribute Presenters: Aniston, Black, Dern, Ferrell, Oswalt & More

When the American Cinematheque honors Ben Stiller with their 26th Award at a gala tribute, many stars will be present to toast him. Among them are Jennifer Aniston, Jack Black, Laura Dern, Will Ferrell, Jeffrey Katzenberg, Patton Oswalt, Bob Odenkirk, Jay Roach & Christine Taylor.
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • November 1, 2012 4:00 PM
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The Hollywood Foreign Press Loves Women, Including Jodie Foster

The Hollywood Foreign Press has not only chosen two funny women to host the Golden Globes (Tina Fey and Amy Poehler) but are honoring Jodie Foster with the HFPA board of directors' Cecil B. DeMille Award honoring Foster's impact on the world of entertainment as both actress and director.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • November 1, 2012 12:57 PM
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Critics Groups Will See 'Django Unchained' Well Before Mid-December Press Junket

Now that three trailers and a slew of character posters have accumulated, anticipation for Quentin Tarantino's "Django Unchained" is at a high. The press is chomping at the bit for the film's official junket days, announced by the Weinstein Company as December 15 and 16. Weinstein reps assure us that despite the mid-month junket dates for "Django," the NYFCC, LAFCA, HPFA, National Board of Review et al will see the film in time for their voting deadlines.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • October 30, 2012 6:09 AM
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Oscar Talk: 'Cloud Atlas,' "Argo,' 'The Master,' 'Lincoln' Momentum, Screenwriting: 'Looper' vs. 'Avengers,' Doc Race Changes

On this week's Oscar Talk, Kris Tapley and I dig into the screenwriting race. As usual, adapted is super-competitive. Does "Looper" have a chance in the always weak original category?
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • October 26, 2012 12:19 PM
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Alan Cumming Returns to Host BAFTA's 2012 Britannia Awards

BAFTA Los Angeles announces Alan Cumming will return for the fourth time to host the 2012 Britannia Awards on November 7 at the Beverly Hilton Hotel. Among the gala event's presenters are Steven Spielberg, Harrison Ford and Josh Gad...
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • October 25, 2012 2:58 PM
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'Stand Up Guys' with Pacino, Walken, Arkin: Review, Trailer, Awards Run (VIDEO)

Grabbing the boomer audience is like shooting fish in a barrel. They're starved for movies about them. So actor-director Fisher Stevens assembled three veterans at the top of their game--Al Pacino, Christopher Walken and Alan Arkin--and let them run with the ball.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • October 24, 2012 4:14 PM
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Cinema Eye Honors Nominees Announced November 2 at AFI Fest

Nominations for the 6th annual Cinema Eye Honors will be announced November 2 at an AFI Fest reception at the Roosevelt Hotel. Honoring nonfiction filmmaking, the Cinema Eye Honors will announce ten feature film nominees as well as Outstanding Short Film.
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • October 23, 2012 3:30 PM
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Temple's 'London - The Modern Babylon' Among Documentary Nominees for European Film Awards

The European Film Academy announced nominations in the documentary category for the 25th European Film Awards. The nominations come from a committee that includes Brit producer Nik Powell, deputy chairman of the EFA board, EFA Members Francine BrĂ¼cher (Switzerland) and Despina Mouzaki (Greece), and the documentary experts Claas Danielsen (Germany), Ally Derks (the Netherlands), and Jacques Laurent (Belgium).
  • By Maggie Lange
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  • October 23, 2012 12:53 PM
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Academy Sets November 1 Deadline for Animated Feature Entries

The deadline is looming for animated feature entries for the Academy Awards. For an animated feature to qualify for the 85th Academy Awards, filmmakers must submit their entries with supporting materials by 5 p.m. PT on Thursday, November 1.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • October 22, 2012 7:18 PM
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