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Lionsgate, Roadside Pursue Dual Awards Track on Buried, Next Three Days, Biutiful

Lionsgate is an indie with a taste for mainstream genre fare, but when a Crash or Precious comes along, the distrib knows what to do. This year, though, Lionsgate is adopting a different model that more resembles the studio approach: chase consumers first with such movies as Buried and The Next Three Days, Oscar voters later. And let your specialty subsidiary do the heavy-lifting in the art-film arena: Roadside Attractions is closing in on a deal to release Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu's Biutiful starring the incandescent Javier Bardem. Ironically, ex-Lionsgate exec Tom Ortenberg is in talks to steer the campaign (he's also masterminding the Apparition release of Terrence Malick's The Tree of Life).
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • August 13, 2010 6:30 AM
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The Illusionist: Trailer and Early Reviews

The Illusionist: Trailer and Early Reviews
2-D lives! The Illusionist, the latest animated feature from the French animator behind The Triplets of Belleville, Sylvain Chomet, didn't make it to Cannes after it scored big in Berlin in February. Sony Pictures Classics scooped up the film, which is based on an unproduced screenplay by the late great writer-director-star Jacques Tati about a "dying breed of entertainer." Chomet drew a tall, gangly, elegant character much like Tati's 50s persona in such films as Les Vacances de Mr. Hulot.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • August 13, 2010 4:36 AM
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Robert Duvall, Due for Another Oscar, Talks Get Low

Robert Duvall, Due for Another Oscar, Talks Get Low
Get Low opens Friday, almost a year after its debut at the Toronto International Film Festival, where it was one of the few movies to pop out as a winner. Sure enough, Sony Pictures Classics scooped up the unpretentious rural drama, which showcases veteran actor's actor Robert Duvall in a finely-tuned performance as a taciturn bearded recluse who has been punishing himself for decades for what happened one mysterious night long ago.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • July 30, 2010 4:17 AM
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Get Low Scores High Reviews

Get Low Scores High Reviews
Psst! Don't tell any contrarian film critics. But Get Low so far is scoring 100% on Rotten Tomatoes. (UPDATE: IndieWIRE's CriticWIRE is tougher: B-.)
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • July 28, 2010 1:55 AM
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Writers Guild Awards in LA and NY Set for February 5

The Writers Guild of America has set two simultaneous 2011 awards shows on the same night, February 5, to be held in L.A. and N.Y., per usual. The Guild will honor writing in film, television, news, radio, promotional, and graphic animation awards categories. The timeline is on the jump. The 2011 Academy Awards will take place Sunday, February 27. 
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • July 26, 2010 7:21 AM
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Oscar Talk: Inception, Comic-Con, Summer Contenders

In another summer Oscar Talk, Kris Tapley and I discuss lingering questions on Inception and first-wave internet criticism. Spoilers beware!
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • July 16, 2010 8:00 AM
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Weekend Must-Sees: Despicable Me, The Kids Are All Right, Plus B-Remake Predators

Weekend Must-Sees: Despicable Me, The Kids Are All Right, Plus B-Remake Predators
It's pretty slim pickings this summer. Assuming you've seen Toy Story 3, what else is there?
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • July 9, 2010 11:41 AM
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Emmy Noms Winners: The Pacific, Glee, Mad Men; Snubs for Treme and Leno

The highlights of Thursday morning's nominations for the 62nd annual primetime Emmy Awards are:
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • July 8, 2010 4:04 AM
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Bigelow, Moore Join Academy Board of Governors

Bigelow, Moore Join Academy Board of Governors
Let's face it. Most of the Hollywood veterans who serve on the Motion Picture Academy board of governors, while august and admirable, are older males. While documentarian/provocateur Michael Moore (Bowling for Columbine) is no spring chicken, in the world of the Academy, being in your 50s counts as young. And fellow Oscar-winners Kathryn Bigelow (The Hurt Locker) and editor Anne Coates (Lawrence of Arabia) are women to boot. The Academy recently elected the three first-time Academy governors, along with nine incumbents and three filmmakers returning after a hiatus.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • July 7, 2010 5:40 AM
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SPC Nabs Cannes Pic Life, Above All

Sony Pictures Classics has picked up Oliver Schmitz's Life, Above All, winner of the Cannes Fest Francois Chalais Prize. The South African director is known for Mapantsula and his recent contribution to Paris, je t'aime. Life, Above All is based on Allon Stratton's young adult novel, Chanda's Secrets.
  • By Cameron Carlson
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  • June 28, 2010 6:28 AM
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