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Academy's Outdoor Summer Screenings to Include 'Casablanca,' 'Princess Bride,' 'Goonies' and 'Raising Arizona'

The Academy's summer screening series, "Oscars Outdoors," at the open-air theater of the Academy Hollywood campus, will kick off Friday, June 15, and run through August 18. These Friday night screenings will focus on classic and contemporary adult favorites (including "Casablanca," "North by Northwest" and "Raising Arizona"), while Saturday's will be family-friendly selections (including "Ferris Bueller's Day Off," "The Princess Bride" and "The Karate Kid"). On August 17, the screening will be "audience choice," as determined by online voting. Most screenings will also include surprise screenings of animated and live-action short films. The schedule is listed below, along with ticket and venue details.
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • May 7, 2012 3:42 PM
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'It's Still About Nudity': VF's Marilyn Monroe Nude Outtakes, GQ's Interview with 'The Man Who Hacked Hollywood'

Marilyn Monroe is the gift that keeps on giving. Vanity Fair's June issue features outtakes from her last photo-shoot. Photographer Lawrence Schiller (aka Larry Wolf) was to take nude photos of the star (in the pool with a suit, out of it naked) and guarantee that they would appear on magazine covers that made no mention of Elizabeth Taylor...
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • May 1, 2012 3:14 PM
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Brit Week Takes Over Los Angeles, Because Somehow They Need More Attention

The British Are Coming! Brit Week takes over Los Angeles April 24 - May 7 to promo everything Brit, from films, fashion and stars from across the pond to the sovereign state's top innovators and artists. This celebration of greatness and prosperity reads like a marketing grab for attention and respect for still being one of the great world powers.
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • April 9, 2012 5:43 PM
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Eli Roth Will Deliver IFTA Production Conference Keynote on April 20

On April 30, the Independent Film & Television Alliance will present its 13th annual IFTA Production Conference, titled “Cost Isn’t An Obstacle Anymore! New Avenues to Finance, Produce & Distribute Films at Any Budget," with a keynote address by indie filmmaker Eli Roth ("Hostel," "Cabin Fever," "The Last Exorcism.")
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • March 21, 2012 6:10 PM
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TCM Classic Film Fest & D23 Team for Screenings of 'Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs,' '20,000 Leagues Under the Sea'

Two Disney classics, "Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs" and "20,000 Leagues Under the Sea," will be presented at the TCM Classic Film Festival in collaboration with D23: The Official Disney Fan Club...
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • March 20, 2012 3:56 PM
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TCM Classic Film Festival to Honor Kim Novak

The TCM Classic Film Festival, which runs in Hollywood from April 12 to15, will honor Kim Novak with a celebration of her work, including a screening of "Vertigo" which the actress will introduce.
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • March 6, 2012 3:45 PM
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Universal Digs Into Archives to Celebrate 100 Years of Movie History Throughout 2012

Universal Pictures is planning a yearlong centennial celebration to celebrate 100 years of the studio's history and legacy. The celebration aims to engage with a wide range of audiences, and it will include the restoration of thirteen titles, including "To Kill a Mockingbird," "All Quiet on the Western Front," "Jaws"...
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • January 10, 2012 12:28 PM
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HollyShorts 2012 Now Accepting Submissions for August Fest

The HollyShorts Film Festival is now accepting submissions. The fest, in its 8th year, runs August 9-16. Last year's fest featured work from the likes of Jennifer Aniston, Neil Labute and Kate Hudson. Cash prizes are given for Best Short, Director, Music Video and Commercial, and $30,000 in post production serves are given by Company 3.
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • January 9, 2012 1:58 PM
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Oscar Watch: Weinsteins Boast One Great Pick-Up, Two Great Performances in Weak Movies

It's Oscar season, and Harvey Weinstein is back. He's blogging at HuffPo about how his daughters consider him to be cool, and crowing about "The Artist" in the NYT. Lo and behold, Weinstein's canny pre-Cannes acquisition "The Artist" came out ahead at the New York Film Critics Circle with best picture and director and lead the Indie Spirit field with five nominations, while Meryl Streep won best actress for "The Iron Lady" from the NYFCC and Michelle Williams earned an Indie Spirit actress nod for "My Week with Marilyn."
  • By Anne Thompson and Sophia Savage
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  • November 29, 2011 3:53 PM
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Immersed in Movies: Revisiting Hollywood's Silent Golden Age with The Artist

Jean Dujardin in "The Artist"
  • By Bill Desowitz
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  • November 23, 2011 4:22 PM
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