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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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Fox Searchlight Opens 'Hitchcock' In Time for Awards Consideration, After 'The Girl' Debuts on HBO

Fox Searchlight has been trying to make up its mind about whether or not to open documentarian Sacha Gervasi's first narrative feature, "Hitchcock," for awards consideration by year's end. The film will be a limited platform release on November 23. Searchlight is also pushing "The Sessions" and "Best Exotic Marigold Hotel" in this year's Oscar race.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • September 20, 2012 1:53 PM
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Finland Picks 'Purge' as Best Foreign-Language Oscar Submission

Entering the Best Foreign-Language submission fray is "Purge," Finland's official entry for the 2013 Oscars. The film beat out 35 other local entries, and is currently topping Finland's box office charts with a $923K haul.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • September 19, 2012 2:37 PM
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BAFTA LA Honors Tarantino, Craig, Parker and Stone

One vital component of the award season is the British contingent, repped in large part by the BAFTA Awards. And BAFTA LA also mounts an annual award ceremony. This November 7 BAFTA LA returns to the Beverly Hilton to present awards to the current James Bond, Brit Daniel Craig, American auteur Quentin Tarantino, who is finishing up "Django Unchained" for December 25 release, American "South Park" and "Book of Mormon" creators Trey Parker and Matt Stone...
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • September 19, 2012 12:50 PM
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Oscars Fulfill Electronic Ballot Promise, Lengthen Voting Window

There are many ways that the Academy is still in the dark ages as far as the reality of modern filmmaking is concerned. Movies have to open in theaters to be eligible for the Oscar, at a time when online viewing is commonplace. Thus, in order to give voting members and audiences more time to see the nominated films, the Academy will announce the 85th Academy Awards nominations on January 10, five days earlier than it had planned, and three days ahead of the Golden Globes.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • September 18, 2012 7:08 PM
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