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Note to Studios: Stop Trying to Get the Boys Back and Chase the Women

Telling stories from the female perspective is good box office. However, only 16 percent of movies are made specifically with women in mind, even though half of the ticket buying public is female, which means Hollywood is missing the bet financially—with a few notable exceptions that prove my point.
  • By Susan Cartsonis
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  • March 1, 2012 4:20 PM
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Oscar-Winner Bret McKenzie Talks Songwriting for 'The Muppets,' Red Carpet Video

Bret McKenzie might be best known for being one half of the Flight of the Conchords, a musical comedy group that became the subject of an eponymous HBO show, or perhaps for his turn as the elf Figwit in "Lord of the Rings." Now, though, he's the Oscar-winner for this year's Best Original Song.
  • By Jacob Combs
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  • February 28, 2012 3:38 PM
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More: Oscars, Musical

Immersed in Movies: Oscar-Winner Dante Ferretti Talks Retro 'Hugo'

As we come down to the wire, it appears to be a foregone conclusion that Oscar belongs to "The Artist" and "Hugo" in a strange alignment of early moviemaking nostalgia. But while "The Artist" will likely score the top three prizes for picture, director, and actor, "Hugo" seems destined to take most of the technical awards.
  • By Bill Desowitz
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  • February 28, 2012 1:49 PM
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New Zealand Director Takia Waititi Talks Delightful Sophomore Film 'Boy'

New Zealand-born director Taika Waititi's second film, "Boy," isn't exactly new: It came out in his home country in 2010 and shattered box office records there, making $900,000 in its first week and going on to become the highest-grossing New Zealand film of all time, but it took "Boy" almost two years to make it to the U.S.
  • By Jacob Combs
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  • February 27, 2012 8:30 AM
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Weekly Wrap: Box Office, Interviews, Final Pre-Oscar Round-Up, Festivals, In the Works and More

  • By TOH!
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  • February 25, 2012 12:11 PM
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Immersed in Movies: Oscar's Retro Vibe, from 'The Artist,' 'Hugo' and 'Midnight in Paris' to Animated Shorts

I've been having a continuing conversation with William Joyce about this year's retro vibe among the Oscar contenders. How else do you explain the similarities between his animated short, "The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore," and "Hugo" and "The Artist"?
  • By Bill Desowitz
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  • February 24, 2012 1:13 PM
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EXCLUSIVE Video: Focus Features Celebrates Ten Years of Great Performances

Focus Features is celebrating its tenth anniversary. This Universal specialty subsidiary, under the proud leadership of James Schamus, has a library of fab titles to flaunt.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • February 23, 2012 9:11 PM
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HBO Docs President Sheila Nevins Talks West Memphis Three, New Oscar Rules, Sundance, Abramovic

HBO Documentary Films czar Sheila Nevins is a force to be reckoned with. After 30 years in the entertainment industry, she knows how to adapt. I sat down with her at the Sundance Film Festival to talk about HBO's Sundance docs as well as ongoing changes in Oscar doc rules.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • February 22, 2012 3:47 PM
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Immersed in Movies: Ren Klyce Talks Sound and Subways for Fincher's 'The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo'

For David Fincher, the sounds of silence are equally as disturbing as loud noises. This is clearly evident in sound designer Ren Klyce's Oscar-nominated work for "The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo." Indeed, the underlying soundscape is a freezing, unsettling horror that perfectly complements the disturbing, graphic imagery.
  • By Bill Desowitz
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  • February 22, 2012 1:29 PM
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'The Island President' Profiles Maldives' Ex-President Nasheed's Fight to Save Drowning Country

"The Island President," director Jon Shenk's political documentary about one politician's crusade to raise awareness about the effects of climate change on his country, might need a new title before it opens in theaters on March 28. The fate of Mohamed Nasheed, who until Feb. 7 was indeed an island president but is now an island ex-president, demonstrates just how quickly political fortunes can change.
  • By Anne Thompson and Jacob Combs
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  • February 22, 2012 1:43 AM
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