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McQueen on Fassbender's 'Shame' Snub: Americans Are 'Too Scared of Sex'

If you wondered why Michael Fassbender was passed over for an Oscar nod this year, his "Shame" director has the answer. "In America they're too scared of sex, that's why he wasn't nominated," he told The Press Association. (Fassbender was also snubbed for well-reviewed performances in "A Dangerous Method" and "Jane Eyre.")
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • February 21, 2012 2:45 PM
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Netflix and Weinsteins Strike First Streaming Deal, Including Likely Oscar-Winner 'The Artist'

It won’t be long before likely Oscar-winner “The Artist” will silently grace your instant queue. Yes, Netflix and The Weinstein Company have established a streaming deal.
  • By Maggie Lange
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  • February 21, 2012 1:52 PM
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China's New Hollywood Deal; Christian Bale Rebuked by Chinese Authorities for Attempted Visit to Human Rights Activist

China and the United States have a thorny relationship, the natural byproduct of two countries reluctantly dependent on each other economically, but diametrically opposed in political philosophy. Despite their differences, the two nations are intricately connected, and sometimes, to keep the waters smooth, something has to give.
  • By Jacob Combs
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  • February 18, 2012 12:51 PM
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Sundance Selects Acquires Romanian Director Cristian Mungiu's 'Beyond the Hills'

  • By Jacob Combs
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  • February 18, 2012 12:36 PM
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Brit Comedy 'Reuniting The Rubins' Debuts March 23

Timothy Spall (“The King's Speech”) stars in “Reuniting The Rubins,” a British family comedy debuting from Monterey Media March 23 in Los Angeles.
  • By Justin Lowe
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  • February 16, 2012 11:00 AM
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Women In Film Adds 11 New Members to Board of Directors

Women In Film, Los Angeles, adds 11 new members to its Board of Directors. Orly Adelson, Adriana Alberghetti, Stephanie Allain, Darla K. Anderson, Holly Bario, Janet Daily, Sue Naegle, Keri Putnam, Michelle Raimo Kouyate, Nell Scovell and Winnie Wong join the non-profit, led by returning second term president, producer Cathy Schulman ("Crash").
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • February 14, 2012 5:48 PM
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Academy Accepts Entries for 2012 Nicholl Fellowships in Screenwriting

The Academy is now accepting entries for its 2012 Don and Gee Nicholl Fellowships in Screenwriting competition. Up to five $35,000 fellowships will be awarded in November, and participants will each complete a feature-length script during their fellowship year. In 2011, a record 6,730 entries were submitted.
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • February 14, 2012 4:22 PM
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Sundance Institute's FILM FORWARD Lands in Arizona, February 27-March 1: 'Beginners,' 'On the Ice' & More

The Sundance Institute's FILM FORWARD: Advancing Cultural Dialogue initiative kicks off February 27 in Tucson and Sells, Arizona. Six films will screen: Ali Samadi Ahadi's "The Green Wave," Andrew Okpeaha MacLean's "On the Ice," Mike Mills' "Beginners," Jasmila Zbanic's "Grbavica," Linda Goldstein Knowlton's "Somewhere Between" and Benjamin Murray & Alysa Nahmias' "Unfinished Spaces." Three of the films' directors (Ahadi, Maclean, Mills) will attend and participate in Q & A's, workshops, discussions and meet-and-greets. Sundance's Keri Putnam hopes that "this collection of films and events sparks imaginations, inspires cross-cultural dialogue and opens up a real exchange of ideas and issues."
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • February 14, 2012 2:49 PM
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In The Works: More Fairy Tales -- From Seydoux's Beauty & Cassel's Beast to Disney's 'Seven'

Hollywood can't get enough of fairly tales and mythic heroes. They're branded, for one thing. News of a few noteworthy projects dropped over a crowded awards weekend.
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • February 13, 2012 3:50 PM
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Lionsgate Puts Summit's Feig in Charge of Production

As expected, the new Lionsgate Motion Picture Group, which since the merger with Summit Entertainment is now run by co-chairmen Patrick Wachsberger and Rob Friedman, has appointed their Summit production chief Erik Feig as president of production.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • February 9, 2012 7:11 PM
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