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Iran Boycotts 2013 Oscar Race Over Anti-Islam 'Innocence of Muslims'

After winning the Best Foreign-Language Oscar in 2012 for "A Separation," Iran will not be participating in the 2013 Oscar race. The country has decided to boycott the Oscars in protest of the incendiary "Innocence of Muslims" film that has been linked to violent and deadly protests in the Muslim world from Egypt to Pakistan, including the murder of the well-respected U.S. Ambassador in Libya.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • September 25, 2012 2:19 PM
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European Achievement in World Cinema Award Goes to Helen Mirren

On December 1st in Malta, the European Film Academy will honor Dame Helen Mirren with the "European Achievement in World Cinema 2012" Award for her skillful four-decade long career as an actress. Mirren's first breakout role was in 1980 in John Mackenzie's "The Long Good Friday." During the 80s, she starred in Neil Jordan's Irish thriller "Cal," for which she won the Best Actress Award at the Cannes Film Festival. It was her portrayal of Queen Charlotte in Nicholas Hytner's "The Madness of King George" for which she received Best Actress honors at the 1994 Cannes Film Festival and her first Oscar nomination.
  • By Maggie Lange
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  • September 25, 2012 12:29 PM
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'I Declare War,' 'Vanishing Waves,' and 'Here Comes the Devil' Win at 2012 Fantastic Fest

Kristina Bouzyte's "Vanishing Waves" cleaned up at Fantastic Fest, winning Best Picture, Best Director, Best Screenplay, while Jurga Jutaite won the Best Actress award for her performance in the Lithuanian director's film. Robert Wilson and Jason Lapeyre's "I Declare War" won the Audience Award at the Fest and "Here Comes the Devil" was awarded Best Picture in the Horror Feature Category.
  • By Maggie Lange
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  • September 25, 2012 8:40 AM
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Confessions of an Emmy Virgin

Sunday marked my first night at the Emmys. The theme of the night, for me as an awards telecast virgin, was a lifting of the veil. I saw things no man should see—unless that man wants his illusions shattered.
  • By Ryan Lattanzio
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  • September 24, 2012 4:29 PM
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'Don Jon's Addiction' Opens October 18; No Awards Push Planned

Just because Relativity is opening Joseph Gordon-Levitt's anti-porn romantic comedy "Don Jon's Addiction" on October 18 doesn't mean that they're going for an awards push. It's always foolish, in my view, to wear your hopes on your sleeve.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • September 24, 2012 3:19 PM
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Weinsteins Take Daniels' 'The Butler' for 2013; Ziskin Pursued Project

The Weinsteins have taken US rights to Lee Daniels' indie project "The Butler," which is currently in production in New Orleans. The film stars Forest Whitaker in the title role with Oprah Winfrey as his wife and David Oyelowo as their son. Icon International and IM Global handled foreign sales at Cannes, where the response was upbeat around the world' Weinstein Co. landed the film after first-look player Sony passed.
  • By Anne Thompson and Sophia Savage
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  • September 24, 2012 3:02 PM
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Young Cosette in New One-Sheet for Hooper's 'Les Miserables'

Check out this new official one-sheet for Tom Hooper's Oscar contender "Les Miserables," featuring a young Cosette (Isabelle Allen) looking remarkably like the famous branded illustration for the play, and no doubt dreaming melodiously of castles on clouds.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • September 24, 2012 2:11 PM
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TV's 'Revolution' Reminds Why Networks Aren't Earning Emmy Drama Love

When the lights – and all computers, telephones, car engines, and batteries – go off permanently and seemingly forever during the pilot of “Revolution,” the audience is left in the dark for only one or two minutes. Then, 15 years later, sunlight shines on a rural village, its good guy leader is killed by one of the militias that roam a dystopian America, and a fascinating idea becomes trapped in a mixture of stereotyped characters and stereotyped plot.
  • By Aljean Harmetz
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  • September 23, 2012 12:26 PM
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Denmark Makes Foreign-Language Oscar Submission 'A Royal Affair'

Denmark has selected the Mads Mikkelsen-starring fest favorite "A Royal Affair" as its entry for the 2013 Best Foreign-Language Oscar race. The film premiered in Berlin in February, with recent screenings at Telluride and Toronto. Magnolia releases the film stateside on November 9.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • September 21, 2012 1:35 PM
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Oscar Talk: Considering New Entry 'Hitchcock,' Moving Oscar Dates, the Zeitgeist, and Foreign Language

Back in the groove, the new bi-coastal Oscar Talk continues with Kris Tapley and I debating the new Oscar dates and electronic ballots, Fox Searchlight's entry of "Hitchcock" in the Oscar derby, and likely foreign film nominees. We also answer the question: what impact does the Zeitgeist have on Oscars?
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • September 21, 2012 1:33 PM
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