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'The Adventures of Tintin' Dominates Visual Effects Society Nominations

Yet again this weekend I had a conversation with an animator who adores Steven Spielberg's "The Adventures of Tintin," but doesn't consider the film to be animation, but performance capture, which is a visual effect. Thus the film from Peter Jackson's Weta Digital did dominate the Visual Effects Society (VES) film categories with six nominations.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • January 9, 2012 10:39 AM
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Palm Springs Festival Offers Pre-Globes and Oscar Glitz

The Academy Awards ballots are due a week from now, but campaigning went into high gear on Saturday night at the Palm Springs International Film Festival Awards Gala. George Clooney, Brad Pitt, Angelina Jolie, Jessica Chastain, Octavia Spencer, Gary Oldman and Glenn Close all came calling to accept awards in a genial and celebratory setting.
  • By Cari Beauchamp
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  • January 8, 2012 11:24 PM
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National Society of Film Critics Picks 'Melancholia,' Dunst; 'Tree of Life,' 'A Separation' Win Multiple Awards

One of my ongoing fantasies has the new preferential Oscar ballot leading to a huge surprise: Lars von Trier's "Melancholia" makes it onto the best picture list, and Cannes-winner Kirsten Dunst knocks out one of the best actress contenders.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • January 7, 2012 4:51 PM
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Oscar Trailer "Off the Grid" Is Better than Poster: Williams, Fox, Duhamel Track The Host

Thankfully, the Academy Awards trailer is much better than the poster. Robin Williams, Josh Duhamel, Megan Fox and William Fitchner seek elusive quarry known as The Host. "He's off the grid."
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • January 6, 2012 4:04 PM
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Immersed in Movies: Editor Christopher Tellefsen Pitches Moneyball

Editing is all about internal rhythms for Christopher Tellefsen, and "Moneyball" fit like a glove. On the surface, it's a David & Goliath sports movie. But it's really about the struggle against conventional wisdom for the fast talking and even quicker thinking Oakland A's general manager Billy Beane.
  • By Bill Desowitz
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  • January 6, 2012 1:44 PM
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Oscar Talk: What Do Recent Guild Nominees Tell Us About Oscar Race?

In this week's Oscar Talk, Kris Tapley and I pore over the latest Guild nominations from the producers, writers and art directors. What do we decide? Maybe Steven Spielberg's "War Horse" is weaker than we once thought, and David Fincher's "The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo" is stronger.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • January 6, 2012 12:36 PM
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What Impact Will BAFTA Nominations Have on the Oscars? Williams, Streep and Swinton Are Steady As They Go

The race for Oscar nominations is well on its way. Thus the long list of Orange British Academy Film Awards selections--from which 6000 BAFTA members will choose their five nominations per category and finally, the winners--won't have much impact.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • January 6, 2012 12:20 PM
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WGA Nominee John Logan Talks 'Hugo,' 'Rango,' 'Coriolanus,' 'Skyfall' and Patti Smith's 'Just Kids'

John Logan is smiling today, as he just earned a Writer's Guild Nomination for adapting the novel "Hugo Cabret" for Martin Scorsese. If his other scripts had been eligible, he could just as well have sewn up three spots this year.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • January 5, 2012 6:11 PM
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Kevin Spacey Talks 'Margin Call,' 'Richard III' and Fincher's 'House of Cards'; Silent Boardroom Clip

So where is "Margin Call" in the awards derby? Roadside Attraction's surprise hit of the fall season (86 % on Rotten Tomatoes) offers a new indie distribution paradigm as it reached consumers simultaneously via both VOD and theaters ($5 million gross).
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • January 5, 2012 1:57 PM
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Writers Guild Nominations Leave Out 'War Horse,' 'Tree of Life," Plus Many Ineligible Oscar Contenders

On the Writers Guild ballot, voters could choose from 33 adapted screenplays and 55 originals. Getting a boost in the Oscar race from Writers Guild nominations in the adapted category are: "The Descendants," "The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo," "The Help," "Hugo," and "Moneyball."
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • January 5, 2012 1:17 PM
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