Can Dragon Best Toy Story 3?

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It’s become kind of the usual story now to see the expected get upended during the Oscar race. Much of it is that we set up our own expectations based on several factors, like box office, reviews, buzz. But we also know that voters vote entirely on their own, anonymously, with no real consequences either way for those votes. Over at the Hollywood Reporter, Carolyn Giardina is about to get…


Can the Oscars Save the UK Film Council?

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One of our readers, Pierre, brought this to my attention a while back. Last summer it was announced that the UK Film Council was being abolished due to budget cuts, “Funded by the National Lottery, it chanelled about ¬£160m into more than 900 films over the last 10 years.” This has become a cause supported by many in Hollywood as the petition circulates: The closure sparked fierce opposition from the…


And They're Off – Ballots Sent to 5,755 Oscar Members and They're All Voting for the King's Speech

And They're Off – Ballots Sent to 5,755 Oscar Members and They're All Voting for the King's Speech

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As usual, around this time of year we’re going to open up our comments section to our little FYC, just for fun. Please let those Academy members know what you think you should win. Of course, it will have no impact on a group that simply votes for what they like best but you never know. Since my site is basically one annual FYC campaign, I shall abstain from this…


Canada's Genie Nominees

Canada's Genie Nominees

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(thanks to Alan of Montreal) BEST MOTION PICTURE / MEILLEUR FILM 10 1/2 ‚Äì Pierre Gendron LES AMOURS IMAGINAIRES / HEARTBEATS ‚Äì Xavier Dolan, Carole Mondello, Daniel Morin BARNEY‚ÄôS VERSION ‚Äì Robert Lantos INCENDIES ‚Äì Luc D√©ry, Kim McCraw SPLICE ‚Äì Steven Hoban ACHIEVEMENT IN DIRECTION / MEILLEURE R√âALISATION XAVIER DOLAN ‚Äì Les amours imaginaires / Heartbeats RICHARD J. LEWIS ‚Äì Barney‚Äôs Version VINCENZO NATALI ‚Äì Splice PODZ ‚Äì 10…


Woody Allen’s “Paris” to Open Cannes Film Fest

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Big thanks to Cedric! What do you get when you mix Carla Bruni, Woody Allen and the Cannes Film Fest? ¬†Complete and utter madness. ¬†The news has just broken that Woody Allen will indeed open the Cannes Film Fest with Midnight in Paris, starring Rachel McAdams, Marion Cotillard, Michael Sheen, Owen Wilson and Kathy Bates. ¬†This will be the Woodman’s 10th film at the fest. I have to say that…


Woody Allen's "Paris" to Open Cannes Film Fest

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Big thanks to Cedric! What do you get when you mix Carla Bruni, Woody Allen and the Cannes Film Fest? ¬†Complete and utter madness. ¬†The news has just broken that Woody Allen will indeed open the Cannes Film Fest with Midnight in Paris, starring Rachel McAdams, Marion Cotillard, Michael Sheen, Owen Wilson and Kathy Bates. ¬†This will be the Woodman’s 10th film at the fest. I have to say that…


Inception, How to Train Your Dragon lead VES Awards

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Inception tops the Visual Effects Society Awards with 4 wins. How to Train Your Dragon wins 3.¬† (Thanks to The Wrap for the list) MOTION PICTURES Outstanding Visual Effects in a Visual-Effects Driven Feature Motion Picture: “Inception” Paul Franklin, Chris Corbould, Mike Chambers and Matthew Plummer Outstanding Supporting Visual Effects in a Feature Motion Picture: “Hereafter” Michael Owens, Joel Mendias, Bryan Grill and Danielle Plantec Outstanding Animation in an Animated…


Oil and Gas Industry Tries to Block Gasland from Oscar

Oil and Gas Industry Tries to Block Gasland from Oscar

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The New York Times is reporting that the big and powerful oil and gas companies have contacted Academy members urging them not to vote for the film: “The filmmaker alternates between misstating and outright ignoring basic and verifiable facts related to the impact of these activities on the health and welfare of humans, wildlife and the environment,” said Lee Fuller, executive director of Energy in Depth (EID), in a¬†letter (pdf)…


Santa Barbara Film Festival Blogger Panel

Santa Barbara Film Festival Blogger Panel

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All our favorite top-dog movie bloggers met Sunday, January 30, at the Santa Barbara International Film Festival to discuss the future of entertainment journalism at the Santa Barbara Museum of Art. Scott Feinberg scottfeinberg.com Jeff Wells hollywood-elsewhere.com Pete Hammond deadline.com Steve Pond thewrap.com Sasha Stone awardsdaily.com Anne Thompson thompsononhollywood at indiewire moderator, Peter Rainer christiansciencemonitor.com 5 more 15-minute parts after the cut.


SAG, DGA Contest Winners

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First, huzzahs to the winners. I think for the first time ever I myself got a perfect score of the SAG, DGA and tie-breakers, that would be a score of 8 out of 8. Here are the winners of our contest who correctly predicted all 8 as well: Rogelio Tec, USA G (gg_galaxy2002), USA Max (maxwyeth), USA Tom M (tomm1126), USA Mauricio Aikawa, Brazil Please send an email to awardsdaily@gmail.com…

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Here’s a vintage 1980s thriller nobody remembers because it won’t open till next month. Based on an ’80s espionage novel. Directed by Roger Donaldson...