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WEEKEND PREVIEW Weekend Preview: Spectacular 'Prometheus' Arrives, 'Safety Not Guaranteed' Best of the Indies BOX OFFICE Marvel's 'Avengers' Threatens Cameron at Top of Blockbuster Charts, 'Iron Man 3' Starts Production Weekend Box Office: 'Snow White and the Huntsman' Surpasses Universal's Lowball Projections
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  • June 9, 2012 4:00 PM
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Shirley MacLaine AFI Tribute, from Raucous Rickles, Black and Nicholson to Roberts and Streep: 'She's Got Balls'

The annual American Film Institute Life Achievement Awards give folks in Hollywood a way to remember why they got into the business. And Shirley MacLaine was overdue for the award that had already gone to younger brother Warren Beatty, whom she said she has known and loved the longest.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • June 8, 2012 4:00 PM
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MTV Movie Awards: Russell Brand Monologue and Writing Mark New Low, 'Dark Knight Rises' Footage Impresses

Watch Russell Brand's MTV Awards opening monologue in which he slags corporate America, Kanye, Michael Fassbender's penis, Charlie Sheen, himself and his celebrity marriage (etc) below. Not his finest moment, as he kept shouting "TWILIGHT! HUNGER GAMES!" in a desperate attempt to keep the audience happy.
  • By Anne Thompson & Sophia Savage
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  • June 4, 2012 12:32 PM
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Actors' Emmy Race Competition Stiffen: Lead & Supporting Categories Combined

The primetime Emmy Awards have amended their longform acting category to combine both lead and supporting performances into one category. Instead of five nominations each for both lead and supporting roles in the actors' and actress' competitions, a total of six men and six women will be singled out for their work in a TV miniseries. This change will not effect this year's contenders, but will go into effect in 2013.
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • May 31, 2012 1:46 PM
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Academy Picks Uber-Architects Renzo Piano and Zoltan Pali to Design Museum of Motion Pictures

Clearly, one way that new Academy CEO Dawn Hudson and departing AMPAS president Tom Sherak are establishing their legacy is by pushing forward with their Academy Museum of Motion Pictures initiative at LACMA.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • May 30, 2012 12:32 PM
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Sony Pictures Classics Sets December 19 Date for Cannes Winner "Amour," Signals Oscar Chase

The big question coming out of Cannes is whether Sony Pictures Classics can push Michael's Haneke's somber end-of-life Palme d'Or winner "Amour" all the way to major category Oscar nominations beyond best foreign film.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • May 29, 2012 5:40 PM
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Cannes 2012: Best Actor Winner Mads Mikkelsen Talks Vinterberg's "The Hunt," T-Mobile Film "Move On," Playing a Psycho Husband

Mads Mikkelsen was in Cannes to promote two projects. The first, Competition entry, "The Hunt," marks a strong return to form for Thomas Vinterberg and features a potent performance from the Danish actor as a mild-mannered kindergarten teacher whose life is turned upside down by an arbitrary accusation that he’s sexually abusing children.
  • By Matt Mueller
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  • May 27, 2012 4:29 PM
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Cannes Film Festival Closes with Winners --and Losers

The Cannes Film Festival came to a close with an idiosyncratic set of award winners --which as usual had more to do with the composition of the jury than what critics and media had to say during the rainy ten-day festival on the Cote d'Azur. Several of these winners will be released stateside and are likely submissions for foreign Oscar contention.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • May 27, 2012 3:25 PM
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Oscar Talk Is Back! Special Cannes Edition

My computer was running out of juice after hours in the Cannes Palais press room, and my headset was broken. But somehow, Kris Tapley, Guy Lodge and I reconvened for our first Oscar Talk podcast since Oscar season.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • May 25, 2012 9:59 PM
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Meryl Streep Will Present Shirley MacLaine with AFI Life Achievement Award

AFI Life Achievement Award honoree Meryl Streep will present Shirley MacLaine with the American Film Institute’s Life Achievement Award in a black tie gala held at Sony Pictures Studios in Culver City on June 7. Shirley MacLaine's career has encompassed over fifty feature films, including one Academy Award, six nominations for Oscars and six for Emmys, and seven Golden Globe Awards.
  • By Maggie Lange
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  • May 23, 2012 2:23 PM
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