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Thanks to a tip from a reader, The Changeling has changed its name to “The Exchange,” according to Screen Daily. Variety’s Todd McCarthy gives it high praise, “emotionally powerful and stylistically sure-handed”: A dozen filmmakers could have taken a dozen different approaches to the same material — sensationalistic, melodramatic, expose-minded, a kid’s or killer’s p.o.v., […]

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Arnold Schwarzenegger, whose name is mud with we Californians at the moment for, among other things, his decision to cut the budget for education by a shocking amount. Why would you cut education when the state is falling behind as it is? Why? I guess if you’re someone like Arnold ...

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[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ioKyxGkBRro[/youtube] Got this via Kottke and I really have no idea what it is, why it was made or where it came from but it sure is funny in that way only David Lynch can be funny. No one else could really get away with this, could they? Not Woody ...

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Thanks to Cliff for pointing out the Australia trailer . It’s looking very epic, very plump, very camp. Who can resist that? Certainly not we here at Awards Daily. Here are some screen grabs.

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Charlie Kaufman gets to chatter away in this Q&A about his new movie Synecdoche, which will screen for all at Cannes later in the week. So what’s it about? Well, you know, it’s a simple story really: THE HOLLYWOOD REPORTER: I HEARD THE SCRIPT STARTED OUT AS YOU WANTING TO ...

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Todd McCarthy writing a quick blurb in Variety (full review posted shortly – hey, it’s the age of instant news!): One of the most eagerly and long-awaited series follow-ups in screen history delivers the goods — not those of the still first-rate original, 1981’s “Raiders of the Lost Ark,” but ...

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Amid bizarre internet happenings, stories about so-called bad buzz, stories about it being imaginary, or the movie being the next Da Vinci Code – on thing’s for certain: folks are jumpy. And that is all. The movie is still going to break the bank, no doubt, as all bases appear ...

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My mother tells me I’m a pessimist and it’s true; if there was a religion for it, you know, always looking on the dark side of life, I’d probably belong to it. Apparently the dollar has sunk so low it is preventing Americans from spending their dough at Cannes, where ...

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BoingBoing, a directory of wonderful things, has unearthed this fantastic vid of none other than Woody Allen talking to none other than Billy Graham. BB posted it a few days ago, actually, but I’m only now just getting to it. [youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a6iAaxOAHCM[/youtube] Part two: [youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r1qQPPg0b2w[/youtube]

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As the commenters are pointing out, Vicky Cristina Barcelona isn’t getting so many bad reviews as it getting good ones and Penelope Cruz, in particular, is looking like a standout. Woody’s films have always had a knack for winning Oscars for supporting roles for women, so don’t be surprised if ...

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Two different opinions of Woody Allen’s Vicky Christina Barcelona have come down the pike – both from bloggers, not actual critics, but maybe it is all one greasy soup now and only opinions matter. Here’s my thinking on that – a blog develops a trusted readership, much the way critics ...

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Now that we live in an age where we can see one paparazzi photo after the next, a flood of images of stars and others famous people. I am always amazed at what seeing a celebrity does to people. The looks on the faces of those who have a star ...

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Media outlets have only been reporting that, so far, Daniel Day Lewis is in talks to play Guido Contini in 9 after Javier Bardem decided to back out. Daniel Day Lewis can do just about anything – but I don’t know about this one. Sort of a Brando in Guys ...

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Cinematical’s Kim Voynar believes that Waltz wth Bashir could be looking at an animated Oscar nod next year. It has some tough competition, though. Sorry, looks like they removed the trailer. And Kim Voynar’s money shot: I’m going to go out on a limb here and say that I wouldn’t ...

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Looking over the news of the day there doesn’t seem to be that much going on. The Cannes Film Fest is rolling along – so far, Blindness seems to be a disappointment, Angelina has confirmed she’s having twins, they did some blogger news panel that had a lot of talking ...

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Juanita sent us over this first look at Michelle Pfeiffer in Cheri. Pfeiffer, long overdue for an Oscar win (she came close with The Fabulous Baker Boys), may have another shot at it at long last. Pfeiffer reteams with the Dangerous Liaisons crew, director Stephen Frears and writer Christopher Hampton. ...

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Like it or not, Jeff Wells does do some of the best reporting from the Cannes film fest – that is, if you can get past his strange personal details (actually, those are maybe the best things about his site in the first place?), like how he lost his camera ...

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Just nabbed these off Oh No They Didn’t. I haven’t been following the Broadway scene this year and thus, don’t know if it’s a good list or a bad list: Best Musical Cry-Baby Producer: Adam Epstein, Allan S. Gordon, √âlan V. McAllister, Brian Grazer, James P. MacGilvray, Universal Pictures Stage ...

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Woody Allen’s latest movie is a soft core porn you’d see on Showtime? Slashfilm has a first look at Vicki Christina Barcelona with the following synopsis: And the last photo we bring you from Festival De Cannes, is our first official look at Woody Allen‚Äôs next film Vicky Cristina Barcelona ...

The State of the Race

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During out latest podcastof Oscar Poker, Jeff Wells and I contemplated the idea that this could be a year where the Best Picture race might depart from last year’s lineup ...
In this photo provided by the Producers Guild of America, Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu accepts the Darryl F. Zanuck Award for outstanding producer of theatrical motion pictures for “Birdman” on stage at the 26th Annual Producers Guild Awards at the Hyatt Regency Century Plaza on Saturday, Jan. 24, 2015, in Los Angeles. (Photo by John Shearer/Invision for Producers Guild of America/AP Images)

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In a year where the outlook appeared to be barren without Breaking Bad and True Detective in contention, House of Cards began as the default Emmy consensus front-runner earlier this ...
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ADTV continues its Making the Case series with today’s entry for HBO’s Silicon Valley to win Outstanding Comedy Series. Clarence praises the shaggy-dog nature of the workplace sitcom and engaging ...
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Netflix has released the trailer for Beasts Of No Nation, and so their Oscar campaign begins. Directed by Cary Fukunaga, Beasts of No Nation is based on the book by ...
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This looks pretty great all the way around, I have to admit. Someone seems to have finally put Matt Damon’s sense of humor to good use. Can it possibly be ...
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