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Academy Releases Official Submission Dates for Oscars

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences today revealed its category submission deadlines for the 87th Academy Awards®, which will be held on February 22, 2015.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • July 1, 2014 4:20 PM
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New Oscar Blogger Cara Buckley Joins the Red Carpet Ranks

Following David Carr and Melena Ryzik, the new New York Times Carpetbagger is now metro desk veteran-turned-culture reporter Cara Buckley.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • June 30, 2014 4:36 PM
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Academy Goes Digital with New Rules

The Board of Governors of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has approved rules for the 87th Academy Awards. The full list of changes is below.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • June 27, 2014 4:52 PM
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Digging Into New Academy Member Invites

The 271 new Academy member invites are revealing. For the second year in a row there are more of them. Twenty-two leaders of the field are now members of the new Casting Directors branch, long overdue.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • June 26, 2014 5:29 PM
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Why Academy Governors Changed Music Campaign Rules

At Tuesday's meeting of the Motion Picture Academy board of governors, they changed campaign rules for the music branch. They are reacting to this year's revocation of music branch member Bruce Broughton's original song Oscar nomination. He had e-mailed some 70 music branch members calling their attention to his song, entry #57, which he wanted them to check out.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • June 26, 2014 1:40 PM
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DGA Releases Key Dates for 2015 Awards Season

The Directors Guild of America has released the schedule of important dates for next year's 67th Annual DGA Awards, set to be handed out in Los Angeles on February 7, 2015.
  • By Jacob Combs
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  • June 26, 2014 10:04 AM
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Mel Gibson Comeback? Gary Oldman Defends Him, Karlovy Vary Fest Awards Crystal Globe

Mel Gibson hasn't been too much in the news lately--he's a bit of a tarnished commodity--which makes it all the more interesting that the Karlovy Vary International Film Festival has decided to to award him the Crystal Globe this year, and Gary Oldman has stuck up for him in Playboy.
  • By Anne Thompson and Jacob Combs
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  • June 24, 2014 1:43 PM
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Adopt Films Grabs U.S. Rights to Palme d'Or Winner 'Winter Sleep'

Adopt Films has secured the U.S. distribution rights to Nuri Bilge Ceylan's "Winter Sleep," which won the Palme d'Or at this year's Cannes Film Festival.
  • By Jacob Combs
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  • June 23, 2014 11:59 AM
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Alexandre Desplat to Preside Over International Jury at Venice Film Festival

Is there any Hollywood composer busier than Alexandre Desplat? The six-time Oscar nominee has scored four of the year's films so far (with another in post), but apparently he needed something more on his plate: he's been tapped to be the president of the International Jury Competition at this year's 71st Venice International Film Festival.
  • By Jacob Combs
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  • June 23, 2014 11:57 AM
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Palm Springs International Shortfest Winners and Panel Takeaways

A record 500 filmmakers from 37 countries attended the 20th annual Palm Springs International Shortfest (June 17-23). The largest short film festival and only short film market in North America screened 330 short films out of 3000 submissions. The Fest awarded more than $115,000 in prizes, including $21,000 in cash awards, in 21 categories.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • June 23, 2014 12:28 AM
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