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The Academy Names 2012 Nicholl Fellowship in Screenwriting Winners

The Academy announces the winners of its 2012 Nicholl Fellowship in Screenwriting. Each of the winners, listed below, will be given $35,000...
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • October 24, 2012 5:05 PM
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In the Works: Theron's Viking Drama at ABC, Fogelman's Directorial Debut with Pacino, Renner & Moore

Screenwriter Dan Fogelman ("Crazy, Stupid, Love," "Tangled") is set to make his directorial debut with his script "Imagine." Al Pacino, Jeremy Renner and Julianne Moore are talks to star. The familliar plot follows a rocker who finds a letter written to him by John Lennon that inspires him to change his life and find his unknown biological son. I
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • October 24, 2012 4:22 PM
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'Stand Up Guys' with Pacino, Walken, Arkin: Review, Trailer, Awards Run (VIDEO)

Grabbing the boomer audience is like shooting fish in a barrel. They're starved for movies about them. So actor-director Fisher Stevens assembled three veterans at the top of their game--Al Pacino, Christopher Walken and Alan Arkin--and let them run with the ball.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • October 24, 2012 4:14 PM
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Alamo Drafthouse Wants You To Fight a Cinematic Disease: Make a 'No Talking, No Texting' PSA & Win Prizes (VIDEO)

Alamo Drafthouse's latest Filmmaking Frenzy: "Don't Talk or Text During Movies." In line with their "No Talking, No Texting" policy in theaters, Alamo is waging war against this "cinematic disease" by giving filmmakers and fans the chance to make their own "Don't Talk" PSA. Watch the promo video, with the likes of Nicolas Winding Refn and Jason Reitman, below.
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • October 24, 2012 2:57 PM
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Garland & Astaire Classic Musical 'Easter Parade' Coming to Warner Bros. Blu-ray in 2013

The Fred Astaire-Judy Garland classic "Easter Parade" will be coming to Blu-ray for the first time on February 19, 2013. Featuring a wonderful collection of songs from Irving Berlin, the film follows an againg dancer (Astaire) whose relationship has gone sour with his current dance and romance partner. Enter up-and-comer...
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • October 24, 2012 2:06 PM
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Vintage 'Bond' Posters, Most Comprehensive Collection to Be Auctioned Off in Los Angeles

Joe Maddalena's Profiles in History will be auctioning the most comprehensive collection of vintage James Bond movie posters ever to reach the market at L.A.'s Hollywood Auction on December 15 and 16. Included in the mouth-watering collection are...
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • October 24, 2012 1:16 PM
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Jackson Reveals 'Hobbit''s Running Time -- 'Our Shortest Middle-Earth Yet' (But Still Epic)

Empire magazine's "The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey" edition (on newstands October 25, with five collectors' covers) arrives with some juicy new details for fans of Peter Jackson's ongoing Tolkien franchise, including the film's running time.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • October 24, 2012 12:59 PM
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Johnny Depp Signs on for Nolan Cinematographer Wally Pfister's Directorial Debut, 'Transcendence'

Johnny Depp is set to star in cinematographer Wally Pfister's directorial debut, "Transcendence." Written by Jack Paglen, and developed at Straight Up Films, the story is currently being kept a secret. Pfister did, however, drop these details...
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • October 24, 2012 12:40 PM
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Radiant Films Handling Foreign Rights to 'As Cool As I Am,' with Danes, Marsden, Bolger & Mann

Radiant Films International will handle foreign rights to "As Cool As I Am," starring Claire Danes, James Marsden, Sarah Bolger, Thomas Mann, Jeremy Sisto, Peter Fonda and TV chef Mario Batali. Currently in post, the film is directed by Max Mayer and adapted by Virginia Korus Spragg from Pete Fromm's novel.
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • October 23, 2012 4:33 PM
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James Cameron Lines Up Potential Post-'Avatar' Directing Vehicle 'The Informationist' Centering on Strong Female Protagonist

James Cameron and his Lightstorm Entertainment producing partner Jon Landau have nabbed rights to Taylor Stevens' 2011 novel "The Informationist." Cameron is considering directing the film for 20th Century Fox, but not until after his two "Avatar" sequels which will be shot concurrently.
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • October 23, 2012 3:32 PM
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