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Palm Springs Int'l Shortfest: Winners, Favorites & Trailers for Doc 'Battle of the Jazz Guitarist' and Oscar-Eligible 'Behind the Mirrors'

The 2012 Palm Springs International ShortFest received 3,000 submissions this year, and 324 lucky shorts were chosen to screen at the Camelot Theaters, a welcome respite from the oppressive heat where Palm Springs locals and out-of-towners delight in the films featured by the festival...
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • June 26, 2012 6:08 PM
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Will BAFTA's Trim to Two Voting Rounds Oscarize Awards?

BAFTA announced today a major reworking of its 2013 British Academy Awards votings system. The most radical difference is that there will now be two rounds of polling, as opposed to three.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • June 26, 2012 3:16 PM
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Academy Hires Jasmine Madatian To Supervise Publicity

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences is bringing in publicity veteran Jasmine Madatian to replace Leslie Unger, who oversaw the massive media coverage of the Oscars until her resignation last November. What you need in that job is a powerfully organized and experienced traffic cop. Madatian is just that--during her stints in publicity and promotion at Disney, Paramount and Fox she was always a fiercely controlling, detail-oriented publicist, the kind of person who inspires both fear and respect.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • June 19, 2012 4:56 PM
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The Tonys Go to the Movies (VIDEOS)

Movies were all over the Tony Awards this year. "Once," based on the Fox Searchlight Sundance sleeper, took home eight Tonys including Best Musical and Best Actor, and Disney film-flop-turned-Broadway-musical "Newsies" won best score.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • June 11, 2012 5:05 AM
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Weekly Wrap: Best of TOH! Interviews, In the Works, Festivals, Columns, Trailers and Awards

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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