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Disney withdraws from the Annie Awards

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Citing concerns over the voting process, Disney/Pixar is removing itself from official participation at the Annie Awards. “After more than a year of discussions with the ASIFA board, we have regretfully decided to withdraw from the organization and no longer participate in the annual Annie Awards,” said Disney-Pixar prexy Ed Catmull. “We believe there is an issue with the way the Annies are judged, and have been seeking a mutually…


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Character Posters for Never Let Me Go

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Thanks to Chong Weikk for these three posters from Mark Romanek’s Never Let Me Go starring Keira Knightley, Andrew Garfield, and Carey Mulligan. Click for larger view.


Oscarwatch: Ryan Gosling, Frank Langella in All Good Things

Oscarwatch: Ryan Gosling, Frank Langella in All Good Things

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Magnolia Films will release All Good Things some time this December, putting it right in the thick of things for Oscar season. ¬†The film is directed by Andrew Jarecki (Capturing the Friedmans) and also stars Kirsten Dunst. ¬†It’s quite fun going down this particular rabbit hole, due to the mysterious nature of Robert Durst (Gosling, presumably). ¬†While he was never convicted of any murder, he certainly seems to have committed…


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Spitballing Best Actor

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Cinematical’s Erik Childress has done another early Oscar article focusing on who’s here, who’s coming and what the Best Actor race might shape up to look like eventually, you know, if all goes well. As bloggers and critics sharpen their knives and their crystal balls for the upcoming Toronto, Telluride and Venice film fests, we’ll hear a word here or two about this or that performance. At some point, though,…


127 Hours, teaser

127 Hours, teaser

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First Look – Sean Penn as Cheyenne

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Freshly posted at Oh No They Didn’t. ¬†They also provide an IMDb summary:


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David Lynch – First Ever Guest Artistic Director for AFI Fest

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The wonderful and wacky David Lynch will serve as the AFI’s first-ever guest artistic director it was just announced. Lynch has also created artwork that will serve as the official image of the 24th annual festival. In addition, as Guest Artistic Director, Lynch will program a special sidebar of films that influence and inspire him and present these films at the festival in November. His film selections will be announced…


Woody Allen can’t afford New York, but why bash those who can?

Woody Allen can’t afford New York, but why bash those who can?

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“Allen says New York too expensive to shoot” is the headline of this morning’s Associated Press piece about Woody’s recent renaissance in Europe. Right off the top that rings false, because we know many filmmakers do find a way to make movies in Manhattan and all over the five boroughs. Allen could’ve meant, “movies that gross less than $20 million, like most of mine have been doing for nearly 30…


Inside Job, trailer

Inside Job, trailer

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Sasha’s impressions of Inside Job on May 17, from Cannes.


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Tickling the Poll of Movie Anticipation

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We’ve received an astonishing rate of response to the “Most Anticipated Film” poll, in spite of the fact that it appeared over the weekend. For anyone who missed it and hasn’t scrolled down to notice, here’s a bump with a handy direct link to give the poll another stroke. [UPDATE: AD reader Ivan asks if we have the results of similar polls from previous years. In fact, we ran poll…

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The Toronto Film Fest unfurls September 4th through the 14th. New York kind of pulled an announcement coup, being the first major North American...

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This looks like it could do some serious damage in the Oscar race, non? Via The Film Stage: