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Immersed in Movies: DreamWorks Teases 'Rise of the Guardians,' 'Madagascar 3'

Well, if the surprising box office success of "The Lorax" ($132.1 million in two weeks) signaled the beginning of the Oscar race for animated feature, then DreamWorks struck back with a sneak peek on Wednesday of its likely contender, "Rise of the Guardians."
  • By Bill Desowitz
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  • March 17, 2012 8:30 AM
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2012 Student Academy Awards Entry Deadline Approaches

The deadlines to submit entries for the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences’ 2012 Student Academy Awards competition are approaching. For the Foreign Student Film category, the deadline is Friday, March 23, 2012, and the deadline for all other categories follows on Monday, April 2, 2012.
  • By Maggie Lange
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  • March 16, 2012 5:21 PM
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Deadlines Approach for Academy's 2012 Nicholl Screenwriting Competition

Proof-reading your screenplay? The deadline for the Academy's 2012 Nicholl Screenwriting Competition is approaching.
  • By Maggie Lange
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  • March 15, 2012 12:51 PM
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Director Joseph Cedar Talks Oscar-Nominated Talmudic Tale 'Footnote'; In Theaters March 16

The universe of Joseph Cedar's "Footnote," Oscar nominee for Best Foreign Language film, couldn't be more specific. It's a father-son comedy/morality tale set in the world of Israel's Talmudic academia. It doesn't sound hilarious, but it is...
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • March 15, 2012 11:30 AM
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Academy Sets Dates and Locales for 2013 Oscar Nominations and Awards

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences will announce the nominations for the 85th Academy Awards on Tuesday, January 15, 2013, about a week earlier than usual, and the Oscar telecast on ABC will take place on Sunday, February 24th.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • March 14, 2012 1:32 PM
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Video: Actress-Turned-Nun Dolores Hart Attends the Oscars with HBO Short 'God is the Bigger Elvis'

Academy member Dolores Hart, 73, the Hollywood ingenue who kissed Elvis Presley in "Loving You" and Jim Hutton (Tim's Dad) in "Where the Boys Are," made her first appearance at the Oscars Sunday, accompanying HBO's documentary short nominee "God is the Bigger Elvis."
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • March 1, 2012 2:40 PM
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Weekend Oscar Party Trawl UPDATED SPIRITS PICS

Sunday night after the Oscars I went to the Governor's Ball, where Tony Bennett sang four songs, raw seafood was piled high on ice, and towers of chocolate flowed along with the champagne. Academy execs Dawn Hudson and Ric Robertson were relieved to have endured a long and turbulent Oscar reason...
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • February 28, 2012 7:15 PM
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Video: Things I Learned on the Oscar Red Carpet

Check out these videos shot on the Oscar red carpet with the stars and filmmakers of the nominated movies.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • February 28, 2012 4:20 PM
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Now Playing: Oscar Season Films on Movies On Demand; From 'The Help' to 'Tree of Life'

Playing on cable near you: in cased you missed a few, Movies On Demand has plenty of Awards Season films available now. Martin Scorsese's "Hugo" premieres on MOD February 28 (as well as DVD), while "The Descendants" (on DVD March 13), "The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo" (March 20), "Tinker Tailer Soldier Spy" (March 20) and more are set for March. They'll join the list of films already playing, which include "Drive," "The Tree of Life," "Bridesmaids," "Hell and Back Again" and "Rise of the Planet of the Apes." The complete list is below: Winners available on cable’s Movies on Demand:
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • February 28, 2012 12:12 PM
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Ultimate Oscar Talk: Why 'The Artist' and Streep Beat 'Hugo' and Davis

Well, it's over. Kris Tapley, Guy Lodge and I work over the results of the 84th Academy Awards. On Sunday, I was on the red carpet, backstage, at the Governor's Ball and the Weinsteins; Kris and I were both at the Spirit Awards lunch in Santa Monica on Saturday. We discuss the good ("The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo" upset), the bad (Viola Davis was robbed!) and the ugly ("Rise of the Planet of the Apes" lost to "Hugo").
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • February 27, 2012 9:31 PM
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