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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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Keeping Hope -- and Magic -- Alive as the Curtain Falls on Awards Season

The magic of movies hasn't gone anywhere, but disillusionment comes with that dream. We all have to grow up, and for some of us that means having to learn that movie magic -- like all magic -- looks different from behind the curtain.
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • February 21, 2012 10:00 AM
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Weekly Wrap: Weekend Preview, Interviews, Festival Updates, Post-BAFTA Oscar Analysis, In the Works and More

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  • February 18, 2012 12:44 PM
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David Bowie vs. Hollywood: A Marvelous Poster Mash-Up

Have you ever been casually watching a movie and thought: This film could use a little more David Bowie? This collection of mock-up movie posters is for you!
  • By Maggie Lange
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  • February 17, 2012 4:28 PM
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Titles in Search of a Script: from the Stanley Kubrick Archives

During their 34-year relationship, Stanley Kubrick and his personal assistant Tony Frewin developed a collection of potential movie titles under the headline: "Titles in search of a script." Lists of Note selected several of their wittiest ideas, with commentary from Frewin following each idea. Some of their most droll titles include:
  • By Maggie Lange
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  • February 17, 2012 1:53 PM
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