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Batman's Nolan Talks Dark Knight and Ledger

Summer 2008 is jam-packed with movies vying for screens every weekend from the start of May through Labor Day. Pamela McClintock lays out the stakes.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • March 9, 2008 6:51 AM
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Oscar Watch 2008: Kate and Leo, Not Boleyn Girls

I'm so glad the Oscar season is over that the idea of professional Oscar watchers already predicting next year's awards makes me feel, well, tired. But this is their life, 24/7, while I move on to such mundane annual rituals as the ShoWest exhibitor convention in Las Vegas.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • February 27, 2008 8:09 AM
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Post-Oscar Wraps: Cody, Madonna, Show Review

There's a bunch of post-Oscar stuff on the web today, including this classic shot of Diablo Cody on the morning after. (Other folks are dredging up dated old Cody photos she'd probably rather forget.) I too was moved by her honest emotion on Oscar night. There's also a video spoof of Cody which I decided not to post because I didn't think it was funny. UPDATE: The A.P. details the Cody backlash. I'm glad to hear she's lying low for the foreseeable future.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • February 26, 2008 8:12 AM
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Oscar Party Circuit

After filing my various stories, I repaired to the Governor's Ball, where Pink Martini brought a welcome zest to the black-tie affair. At the tables decorated with cut-glass lamps and red roses, the winners and losers were chowing down on Wolfgang Puck's lobster, macaroni and cheese, and baked potatoes and caviar.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • February 25, 2008 8:20 AM
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Oscar Watch: The Night Before; Final Predicts

Basically everyone is running around partying this weekend. Of course I'm missing the non-press-invited ones, like Bryan Lourd's confab at his home, and an Endeavor party, and the Night Before the Night Before party, and the Night Before party itself, which was tonight. Very confusing.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • February 24, 2008 7:09 AM
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Oscar Watch: Reviews of Nominated Shorts

[Posted by Peter Debruge]2008 Oscar Animated ShortsThe trouble with watching the Academy's animated short nominees (which you can do in theaters or online now, thanks to the efforts of Magnolia Pictures, Shorts International and iTunes) is that it practically forces you to think about these five exquisite entries in competitive terms-- which is best? which will win? -- when in fact, this is the strongest and most diverse crop I've ever seen in the category. From stop motion to CG to paint on glass, the techniques reflect the full range of possibility open to animators today, and I strongly encourage anyone to seize the opportunity to see them not as Oscar-season rivals but as a diverse medium's collective best efforts.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • February 24, 2008 7:07 AM
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Oscar Watch: Red Carpet and Backstage

Imagine a room full of people not watching the Oscars. They're listening to them on headsets. They're laughing when Jon Stewart cracks wise. They're also watching and listening to the people coming through, depending on who it is. Some they ignore.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • February 24, 2008 7:05 AM
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Oscar Winners Analysis

Well, you win some, you lose some. I did pretty well on my various Oscar pools, but I missed a lot. I failed to change to the Marion Cotillard horse when it was seemingly catching up to Julie Christie. Tilda Swinton put it very well backstage when the news broke. "Why are you glad she won?" one reporter asked. Swinton replied, "She's great, she's new, she's new blood in the gene pool." Here are the winners. And Variety's story. And my Coens sidebar.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • February 24, 2008 7:02 AM
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Oscar Weekend

It started on Thursday night, with the first round of parties. Due to the driving rain, New York-based IHOP PR chief Jeff Hill hosted his annual indie-confab inside the Avalon Hotel bar, rather than poolside. Sony Pictures Classics co-prexies Tom Bernard and Michael Barker, SKE marketing guru Bingham Ray, MPRM's Mark Pogachefsky, Michael Clayton Oscar-campaigner Michele Robertson and a good crowd relaxed in advance of their Oscar weekend labors.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • February 23, 2008 7:14 AM
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Oscar Watch: Predicts

At long last, the Oscar ballots are in and it is the week before the Oscar kudocast! It's time to make your fearless forecasts and plunk your money down in your office pool. (I can tell you one thing--it's not easy to come out on top here at Variety, where everyone is an Oscar expert.)
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • February 19, 2008 7:20 AM
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