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Why Jimmy Fallon Won't Host Oscars: 'It's Not My Year'

ABC is the reason Jimmy Fallon won't be hosting the Oscars this year. After all, his late night talk show is on rival network NBC, duking it out with ABC's Jimmy Kimmel. And Disney chairman Robert Iger is leading the fundraising camapign for the Academy's new Motion Picture Museum.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • August 9, 2012 2:23 PM
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Why Warners Pushed Luhrmann's 'The Great Gatsby' from Christmas Oscar Bait to 2013 Summer Tentpole UPDATED

Call it the "John Carter Effect." Yet another studio has moved a major title out of the line of fire. Universal pushed back "47 Ronin" and Paramount delayed the summer opening for the latest "G.I. Joe" installment, "Retaliation," because both big-budget tentpoles needed reshoots and more time in the editing room. And Warners has already moved to 2013 super-violent "Gangster Squad," because of an unfortunate scene of a shooting in a movie theater, as well as Alfonso Cuaron's sci-fi extravaganza "Gravity," starring Sandra Bullock. Both were originally set for the awards-friendly fall season.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • August 6, 2012 2:07 PM
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Will Roadside's Wall Street Drama 'Arbitrage,' Starring Richard Gere, Repeat 'Margin Call' Magic?

When Lionsgate/Roadside scooped up U.S. distribution rights for some $2 million for Nicholas Jarecki's Wall Street drama "Arbitrage" at Sundance last January, they were banking on the film being as much a crowd-pleaser as their last Sundance acquisition, sleeper indie "Margin Call," which scored more than $13 million worldwide.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • August 3, 2012 2:58 PM
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Oscar Watch: Magnolia Juggles Mads Mikkelsen's 'Royal Affair,' 'The Hunt'

It's a Mads Mads Mads world. In May at Cannes, Mads Mikkelsen won Best Actor for his stunning performance as an ostracized, falsely accused pederast in Thomas Vinterberg's "The Hunt," which was swiftly acquired by Magnolia Pictures. That distributor has been specializing in Scandinavian fare of late, turning "Headhunters" into a smarthouse hit.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • August 2, 2012 1:42 PM
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Academy Governors Elect Hawk Koch as New AMPAS President

Good-bye to Tom Sherak, who leaves behind his unpaid job as president of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, as he has served his full nine years as a Governor. And hello to a new AMPAS president as Tuesday night the Board of Governors elected veteran producer Hawk Koch ("Gorky Park," "Source Code") for his first term.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • July 31, 2012 11:44 PM
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The Weinstein Co. Moves 'The Master' Up and 'Killing Them Softly' Back

As the Weinsteins send mixed messages about where Paul Thomas Anderson's "The Master" will wind up on the festival circuit, we can now rule out New York. The new September release (9/14 limited and 9/25 wide) could still mean a Venice or Telluride bow or a screening at Fantastic Fest (9/20-27). The Weinsteins are notorious for shuffling their release plans as it suits them, often infuriating exhibitors. But this fall they have plenty of high-profile projects to juggle, from David O. Russell's "The Silver Linings Playbook" to December 25 opener "Django Unchained," written and directd by Quentin Tarantino.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • July 27, 2012 4:01 PM
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Notes on 'The Dark Knight Rises,' from Sequels to Oscar Steakeaters

One thing we know about "The Dark Knight Rises." That it is the last film of its kind makes it all the more imperative that people see it. And I predict the numbers will be very strong this coming weekend, as there was a predictable damper on last week's attendance, due to the Colorado tragedy.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • July 26, 2012 4:29 PM
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Directors Guild of America Goes All-Digital for 2013 Voting, Sets Awards Schedule

The Directors Guild of America has set its schedule for the 65th Annual DGA Awards and dinner, which will be held on Saturday, February 2, 2013 in the Ray Dolby Ballroom at Hollywood & Highland. For the first time, DGA members will vote online only--no paper ballots (for the last few years they had a choice).
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • July 25, 2012 3:14 PM
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Academy Tightens Some Oscar Campaign Rules, Allows More Direct Marketing to Members

The Board of Governors of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences constantly updates the regulations for how distributors, talent and campaigners market movies to Academy voters. According to outgoing Academy President Tom Sherak, “these rules help us maintain a level playing field for all of the nominees and protect the integrity of the Awards process.”
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • July 25, 2012 1:34 PM
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Trailer Watch: Ang Lee's 3-D Epic 'Life of Pi' Heads for Oscar

Listening to masters Ang Lee and Martin Scorsese talk about the process of learning how to direct in 3-D was one of the highlights of CinemaCon. They embrace the technology while taking advantage of how it enhances their storytelling; they intellectually gauge how the placement of the camera will impact the audience.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • July 25, 2012 12:55 PM
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