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How Did 'Birdman,' 'Gone Girl,' 'Inherent Vice' and 'Imitation Game' Land Key Fall Festival Slots?

Everyone in Hollywood reads the industry tea leaves, the probable truth behind every announcement and its attendant spin. As the awards season takes shape, three major releases are jockeying for position: "Gone Girl," "Inherent Vice" and "Birdman." The Hollywood studios, indie distributors, Oscar campaigners and strategists were pushing the New York Film Festival (September 26 - October 12) for their awards hopefuls, wanting to land a coveted gala slot.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • July 21, 2014 3:33 PM
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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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John Williams, Gustavo Santaolalla and Gustavo Dudamel Take The Academy Behind the Score

If you're a music buff, especially one in Los Angeles, the names John Williams, Gustavo Santaolalla and Gustavo Dudamel are practically sacred.
  • By Jacob Combs
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  • June 30, 2014 10:49 AM
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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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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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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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The World Cup Is a Bigger Deal on Facebook than the Oscars, Super Bowl and Winter Olympics Put Together

The international community (that's everything outside of these 50 states) loves soccer. As in, loves it. And yes, we know that in the U.S., but sometimes it's worth reminding ourselves that our ever-beloved sporting events pale in comparison to the global phenomenon of soccer...uh, football.
  • By Jacob Combs
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  • June 20, 2014 12:39 PM
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Oscar Watch: DreamWorks' 'How to Train Your Dragon 2' Leads Animation Race

Looking for a summer Oscar contender? 'How to Train Your Dragon 2' is the frontrunner for animated feature. DreamWorks Animation's Jeffrey Katzenberg and producer Bonnie Arnold take us behind the making of the movie.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • June 13, 2014 1:44 PM
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Welcome to Screen Talk, Indiewire's New Weekly Podcast, with New Co-Host

Some of you may remember Oscar Talk, an awards-focused podcast I did for some years with In Contention's Kris Tapley. We said goodbye to that after the last Oscars, and now I'm starting up again with a new podcast, Screen Talk, and new producer and sparring partner, Indiewire's New York-based critic Eric Kohn.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • June 13, 2014 1:32 PM
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More than 300 Films Vie for Four Oscar-Qualifying Spots at 20th Palm Springs Shortfest

The Palm Springs International Shortfest is a big deal: one of only 70 or so Oscar-qualifying festivals for shorts, it qualifies the first-place winners of its four competitions to compete for the Academy Award; only the sprawling Los Angeles Film Festival qualifies more for Oscar contention.
  • By Jacob Combs
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  • June 5, 2014 1:25 PM
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