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Immersed in Movies Previews 'Brave': Pixar Could Have a Contender

What's my reaction to seeing the first half-hour of "Brave" (June 22)? Pixar is back at the top of its game. If the rest of the movie is as strong as what I saw at a Pixar press event in Emeryville last week, the film could be the leading Oscar contender for best animated feature.
  • By Bill Desowitz
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  • April 6, 2012 3:57 PM
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Watch Charlize Theron's Sex Tape & Practice Oscar Acceptance Speech (Video)

You gotta love Charlize Theron. Not many A-list actresses have a sense of humor to match hers, let alone a sense of how ridiculous fame can be. Check out Theron practicing her Oscar acceptance speech (#2) and her kinky sex tape (which was of course not meant to be seen by anyone!) below (she also addresses the release of these videos and raps on a toilet at FunnyorDie).
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • April 2, 2012 4:59 PM
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Cannes 2012 Festival's Cinefondation Short Films Competition Jury Led by Jean-Pierre Dardenne

Jean-Pierre Dardenne, the Belgian director-writer and Cannes Fest fave (along with brother Luc), who is enjoying the success of arthouse hit "The Kid with a Bike," will preside over this year's Cinéfondation jury, which will select short films from film students.
  • By Maggie Lange
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  • March 28, 2012 1:58 PM
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Casting Watch: Stanley Tucci to Join Emma Watson in David Yates' 'Your Voice in My Head'

Stanley Tucci is currently in talks to star alongside "Harry Potter" star Emma Watson in the psychological drama, "Your Voice in My Head." At the moment, an almost unrecognizable Tucci can be seen in "The Hunger Games" as the flamboyant master of ceremonies.
  • By Maggie Lange
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  • March 28, 2012 12:27 PM
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Directors Guild Returns Awards Show to Hollywood & Highland, Moves Up Date

The 65th Directors Guild of America Awards return to the Grand Ballroom at Hollywood & Highland in Los Angeles on Saturday, February 2, 2013. That's near the once-named Kodak Theatre where the Academy Awards will continue to be held.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • March 19, 2012 2:24 PM
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Kenneth Branagh to Receive San Francisco Fest's Founder's Directing Award

Kenneth Branagh, who was recently nominated for a Best Supporting Actor Oscar for his portrayal of Sir Laurence Olivier in "My Week with Marilyn" and directed Marvel's "Thor," will be honored with the San Francisco International Film Festival's Founder's Directing Award...
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • March 19, 2012 1:20 PM
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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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