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Mira Sorvino cast as Abigail Breslin's alcoholic mother in 'The Class Project'

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Mira Sorvino cast as Abigail Breslin's alcoholic mother in 'The Class Project'
Everything looked spectacular for Mira Sorvino in 1996. She'd just won the Best Supporting Actress Oscar for her role in Woody Allen's "Mighty Aphrodite", she was beautiful, and a slew of high-profile offers soon followed. Unfortunately, the majority of those projects were considered commercial flops on release, and her star quickly faded from view. Nevertheless, while her time as an A-lister proved woefully brief, Sorvino has continued working steadily in independent projects, despite the fact that you've probably never heard of most of them. ("Attack on Leningrad", anyone? "Like Dandelion Dust"?) Her next film, entitled "The Class Project", will see the actress...
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Like Dandelion Dust arrives on DVD and M&C's giving away three

Based on the novel by New York Times Bestselling author Karen Kingsbury, Like Dandelion Dust has arrived on DVD from Fox Searchlight Pictures and Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment and M&C.s giving away three copies. Winner of the Heartland Truly Moving Picture Award, Like Dandelion Dust features a strong ensemble cast including Academy Award winner Mira Sorvino (Mighty Aphrodite), Barry Pepper (Saving Private Ryan, *61) and Cole Hauser (2 Fast 2 Furious). The film is a compelling drama about the intertwined lives of two families and the struggles of parenthood. Joey has had a picture-perfect life with the privileged Campbell family until the day they receive a startling phone call telling them that Joey.s birth parents want him back.
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New this Week: ‘The Mechanic,’ ‘The Rite’ and ‘Secretariat (DVD)’

Hitting movie theaters this weekend:

From Prada to NadaCamilla Belle, Alexa Vega, Kuno Becker (limited)

The MechanicJason Statham, Ben Foster, Donald Sutherland

The Rite – Colin O’Donoghue, Anthony Hopkins, Ciarán Hinds

Movie of the Week

The Mechanic

The Stars: Jason Statham, Ben Foster, Donald Sutherland

The Plot: An elite hit man teaches his trade to an apprentice who has a connection to one of his previous victims.

The Buzz: Jason Statham is kind of cookie cutter, and this looks to be just another of his many action extravaganzas, but he does turn in some good work from time to time. Death Race, for instance, was good, and I enjoyed the first Transporter too. Ben Foster has been on the rise now for quite some time — I imagine a few years from now he’ll be knocking on the door of the household name. I enjoyed him a lot in Pandorum,
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Exclusive: Like Dandelion Dust DVD Special Feature Clip

Exclusive: Like Dandelion Dust DVD Special Feature Clip
We have an exclusive DVD clip from the new release Like Dandelion Dust, which just hit the shelves on DVD today, January 25. Click on the video player below to watch our exclusive clip, which features author Karen Kingsbury discussing the process of bringing her book to life on the big screen:

Click to watch Exclusive: Coming to Life!

Like Dandelion Dust is a compelling drama about the intertwined lives of two families and the struggles of parenthood. Joey has had a picture-perfect life with the privileged Campbell family until the day they receive a startling phone call telling them that Joey's birth parents want him back. Now a judge's decision could tear him away from the only home he has ever known. Each character will be tested as one family fights to keep the son they love and the other to begin a new life.

Exploring the different meanings of
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"Dogtooth," "Enter the Void" and a Week of DVDs on the Edge

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"Dogtooth" (2009)

Directed by Giorgos Lanthimos

Released by Kino

"Enter the Void" (2010)

Directed by Gaspar Noé

Released by Mpi Home Video

Somehow it's fitting that two of last year's most dangerous films will be hitting DVD shelves the same week, both being favorites of the IFC.com staff. "Dogtooth," Lanthimos' much-debated Un Certain Regard winner from Cannes, concerns the lives of three culturally isolated children -- two daughters and a son, who range from mid-teens to early 20s -- fenced in by their parents' country home, who receive a reeducation when their lone connection to the outside world, a female security guard for their parents' business, introduces them to the joys of sex and Sylvester Stallone films. Meanwhile, "Irreversible" provocateur Noé's latest is a wildly ambitious 155-minute extravaganza set inside the mind of a drug dealer told from the first-person perspective. Nathaniel Brown and "Boardwalk Empire" star Paz de la Huerta
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Oscar Race: 241 Screenplays & 77 Scores Eligible For Oscars

Today the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced that 241 screenplays (134 original and 107 adapted) are eligible for Best Screenplay nominations and 77 films are eligible for Best Original Score (not including Black Swan, The Fighter or The Kids Are All Right).

Earlier we shared the 248 films eligible for Best Picture. Even though there are great deal of films that were amazing movie going experiences, Academy voters are likely only to concentrate on the films that have garnered awards from other organizations.

Below are the front runners for each of the categories thanks to Awards Daily:

Best Original Screenplay

Lisa Cholodenko, Stuart Blumberg -The Kids Are All Right David Seidler – The King’s Speech Christopher NolanInception Mark Heyman, Andres Heinz, John J. McLaughlinBlack Swan Mike Leigh – Another Year Scott Silver, Paul Tamasy, Eric JohnsonThe Fighter Derek CianfranceBlue Valentine

Best Adapted Screenplay

Aaron SorkinThe Social Network
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Academy Names 241 Screenplays and 77 Scores Eligible for the Oscar

Academy Names 241 Screenplays and 77 Scores Eligible for the Oscar
We know you were losing sleep over it, so we're happy to be the first to tell you that Furry Vengeance and Yogi Bear are both eligible to be nominated for Best Screenplay Oscars on January 25. Also that Marmaduke score that has been wearing out your iPod? It's eligible too. However, the inclusion of these 2010 masterpieces really isn't that big a surprise. With final nominations just over a month away the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced that 241 screenplays - 134 original and 107 adapted - are eligible for a Best Screenplay nomination and that music from 77 films is eligible for Best Original Score (not including Black Swan, The Fighter or The Kids Are All Right [1]). Add those to the 248 films eligible [2] for Best Picture and Oscar voters have a lot of work to do in the coming weeks. Kind of. See the full lists, the favorites and read the rules after the jump.
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The Academy Lists 241 Screenplays and 77 Scores Eligible for the Oscar

The AMPAS have named 241 scripts eligible for the Academy Awards — 134 original, 107 adapted. Unlike the WGA, Winter’s Bone, King’s Speech, Toy Story 3, Never Let Me Go, and How to Train Your Dragon will be considered.

The AMPAS have also released the list of nominees for best score. The list was narrowed down to 77 scores, which makes Best Original Score the 2011 Oscar the category with the least number of films under consideration. The scores for Black Swan, True Grit, The Kids Are Alright and The Fighter will not be eligible to compete this year. Clint Mansell‘s Black Swan score and Carter Burwell‘s True Grit score were disqualified attributed to a designation within Rule 16 of the Academy’s Special Rules for Music Awards (5d under “Eligibility”), which excludes “scores diluted by the use of tracked themes or other pre-existing music.” Meanwhile, the scores for The Kids Are All Right,
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Highly Acclaimed Films Not Eligible for the Writers Guild Awards

According to /film, Winter’s Bone, King’s Speech, Toy Story 3, Never Let Me Go, and How to Train Your Dragon are ineligible for nominations for the WGA Awards. The Writers Guild of America have just released the list of eligible films, and none of these highly acclaimed films are on the ballot. The guild’s rules restrict nominations to productions that aren’t produced by WGA members or under WGA guidelines. Also not appearing on the ballot is Biutiful, The Ghost Writer, Nowhere Boy, Scott Pilgrim Vs. the World and The Way Back. Here is a full list of films that are eligible.

Original screenplays:

All Good Things

Black Swan

Brooklyn’S Finest

Burlesque

Casino Jack

City Island

Company Men

Conviction

Country Strong

Cyrus

Due Date

Easy A

The Fighter

Frankie & Alice

Frozen

Furry Vengeance

Get Low

Greenberg

Grown Ups

Hereafter

Holy Rollers

How Do You Know?

Inception
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“King’s Speech,” “Toy Story 3″ ruled ineligible for Writers Guild awards

By Sean O’Connell

Hollywoodnews.com: The Writers Guild of America revealed the films that will be eligible for this year’s Writers Guild Awards, and the lists – both Original and Adapted – are noteworthy for the titles that are not in the running.

Toy Story 3” and “How to Train Your Dragon,” for instance, were declared ineligible. So was “Winter’s Bone” and “The King’s Speech,” believed by many Oscar pundits to be a frontrunner in several categories. They’re not alone. Other titles left out of the running include “Blue Valentine,” “Biutiful,” “Another Year,” “Scott Pilgrim vs. The World,” “Never Let Me Go” and “The Ghost Writer.”

But the screenplay for “The Twilight Saga: Eclipse” made the cut. Thank God.

Why are these film scripts ineligible? Steve Pond over at The Wrap explains that they’ve been ostracized “because of guild rules that restrict nominations to films that
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‘Winter’s Bone,’ ‘King’s Speech’, ‘Toy Story 3?, and ‘Never Let Me Go’ Ineligible for WGA Awards

‘Winter’s Bone,’ ‘King’s Speech’, ‘Toy Story 3?, and ‘Never Let Me Go’ Ineligible for WGA Awards
Don't expect to see Winter's Bone, King's Speech, Toy Story 3, Never Let Me Go, and How to Train Your Dragon nominated for the WGA Awards. The Writers Guild of America have revealed the list of eligible films, and none of the previously mentioned highly acclaimed movies/screenplays are on the ballot. Before you get up in arms, you must realize that the guild's rules restrict nominations to productions aren't produced by WGA members or under WGA guidelines. Other films missing from the WGA ballot include Biutiful, The Ghost Writer, Nowhere Boy, Scott Pilgrim Vs. the World and The Way Back. Of the animated feature films, Zack Snyder's Legends of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga'Hoole passed, while more highly acclaimed movies like Pixar's Toy Story 3 and DreamWorks Animation's How to Train Your Dragon were deemed ineligible. Last year, several of the high-profile award contenders weren't eligible for WGA Awards,
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The WGA Deems 76 Screenplays Eligible for Awards; Rules Out Toy Story 3 and The King’S Speech

The WGA Deems 76 Screenplays Eligible for Awards; Rules Out Toy Story 3 and The King’S Speech
To be eligible for the group's annual awards, the Writers Guild of America requires that screenplays be produced under WGA jurisdiction and formally submitted for consideration.  This year, 76 films qualified -- 43 original screenplays and 33 adapted.  A few of the quality scripts that didn't meet the qualifications: Another Year, Biutiful, Blue Valentine, The Ghost Writer, The King's Speech, Scott Pilgrim vs. the World, Toy Story 3Winter's Bone. The WGA winners have been a reliable predictor of the Oscars: the winners have matched up 11 of the last 16 years in both the original and adapted categories.  To my eyes, The King's Speech is a lock for a Best Original Screenplay Oscar nomination and the favorite to win.  So we'll see how that relationship holds this year.  Hit the jump for the full list of eligible screenplays. Via Variety: Original Screenplay All Good Things Black Swan Brooklyn's Finest Burlesque Casino Jack City Island
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The Complete Collection of 2010 Movie Montage Compilations

So far I've collected six separate 2010 compilation videos looking back at the this year's collection of films. To the best of my knowledge, these six videos include clips from 303 films and together they total 34:34. I have included the complete list of films on the second page if you are interested. Let me know if I'm missing any, but I think it's pretty safe to say if you liked a film in 2010 one of these following videos will feature it.

So, have a watch and leave your thoughts on which one is your favorite in the comments below and if you find another one online that I should add to the collection shoot me an email.

By: Zack Young

By: The Sleepy Skunk

By: Matthew Shapiro

By: Gen I

By: Kees van Dijkhuizen

On the next page is one final compilation piece, but it plays automatically once the page is
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248 Films Eligible for 2010 Best Picture and maybe 10 Deserve It

The Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences have announced that 248 feature films are eligible for best picture at the 2010 Academy Awards. According to THR, 274 films were eligible in 2009, and 281 in 2008. If I had to guess which films will be selected I would have to say Inception, Black Swan, Social Network, King’s Speech, Winter’s Bone, The Fighter, True Grit, 127 Hours, Toy Story 3 and Rabbit Hole.

To make the cut, feature films must open in a commercial motion picture theater in Los Angeles County by midnight, December 31, and begin a minimum run of seven consecutive days.

Under Academy rules, a feature-length motion picture must have a running time of more than 40 minutes and must have been exhibited theatrically on 35mm or 70mm film, or in a qualifying digital format.

Feature films that receive their first public exhibition or distribution in any manner other than as a theatrical motion
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248 Films are Eligible for the Best Picture Oscar This Year. “Yogi Bear” is One of Them!

In 2009, THR reports, 274 films were considered eligible for the Best Picture Oscar, but this year that number has dropped just a small amount it seems. Rules state that to make the cut, for the movie award that every film maker dreams of winning, an eligible feature must a) have a running time of over 40 minutes, b) must open in a commercial picture in L.A. County by the stroke of 12am on the 31st of December and run for seven days, and c) must have been shown in theatres on 35mm or 70mm, or in a qualifying digital format. Tough, eh?

With that in mind, the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Science announced on Monday the 248 films that are eligible to win.

Prepare for the long list…

The A-team

Agora

Alice In Wonderland

All Good Things

Alpha And Omega

The American

Animal Kingdom

Another Year

Anton Chekov’S The
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1 of These 248 Films Will Take Home Best Picture

tEver look at the Oscar nominations and think, “Seriously how did that get nominated?” Well, a little peak behind the curtains reveals how your Best Picture sausage is made.

The Academy looks over all the feature films released in the present year and then breaks them down for eligibility under the following:

Films must be at least forty minutes long, which is the designation for “feature length.”Films must have their first public exhibition/distribution as a theatrical motion picture; no more than 10 minutes or 10% (whichever comes first) can be displayed in a “nontheatrical medium” prior to the film’s theatrical release.The publicly exhibited film must be within the following specs: 35mm or 70mm film, or in a 24- or 48-frame progressive scan Digital Cinema format with a minimum projector resolution of 2048 by 1080 pixelsAnd finally, the film must be available for paid admission in a commercial theater in L.
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248 Films Eligible for 2010 Best Picture

248 Films Eligible for 2010 Best Picture
The Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences have announced that 248 feature films are eligible for best picture at the 2010 Academy Awards. The number is down from previous years -- According to THR [1], 274 films were eligible in 2009, and 281 in 2008. The list of 248 eligible films have been sent with a nominations ballot to all active and life members of the Academy "who shall vote in the order of their preference for not more than ten pictures." The ten films receiving the highest number of votes shall become the nominations for final voting for the Best Picture award. The nominations will be announced live on January 25th 2011 at 5:30am psd. The rules for eligibility is as follows: Films must be feature length (defined as over 40 minutes) Publicly exhibited by means of 35mm or 70mm film, or in a 24- or 48-frame progressive scan Digital Cinema format with a minimum projector resolution
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Upcoming DVD and Blu-ray Releases

Every Tuesday a new slew of titles on DVD and Blu-ray hit your local retailer's shelves, and while many of us will still be starry-eyed enjoying the things we received this holiday season, that doesn't mean we can't still look forward to what's next. It's by no means a complete list, and will see additions as more releases are announced, so for now take it as an incomplete guide for your next few months of potential entertainment. So without further ado, here's a rundown of titles arriving on DVD and Blu-ray in the near future.

Arriving December 21st

The A-Team on DVD and Blu-ray (Fox) Angel (IFC) Futurama: Volume 5 on DVD and Blu-ray (Fox) The Horde on DVD (IFC) Let it Rain on DVD (IFC) Map of the Sounds of Tokyo on DVD (IFC) Soul Kitchen on DVD (IFC) Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps on DVD and Blu-ray (Fox)

Arriving
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‘Filmography 2010′: A Tribute To Our Cinematic Year

Each year around this time we get a mash-up of the best (and worst) cinematic offerings of the past 12 months. First out of the gate is YouTube’s Genrocks, with a great video mix. See it below and then check out the long list of films it uses, in order from Iron Man 2 to Hubble 3D, as well as the musical choices.

Music:

1. Ratatat – Nostrand

2. Kanye West – Power

3. Rooney – Not In My House

4. Apartment – Fall Into Place

5. Civil Twilight – Letters from the Sky

6. Sunbears! – Little Baby Pines

Films in Order of Appearance:

01. Iron Man 2

02. The Social Network

03. Saw 3D

04. Tron: Legacy

05. Never Let Me Go

06. Legion

07. The Book of Eli

08. Easy A

09. The Runaways

10. Farewell

11. Kick-Ass

12. Jonah Hex

13. Harry Brown

14. The Sorcerer’s Apprentice

15. Percy Jackson & The Olympics: The Lightning Thief

16. Despicable Me

17. Stone

18. Dinner For Schmucks

19. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1

20. Hereafter

21. Scott Pilgrim vs. the World
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The Year in Film in 6 Minutes

If you were trapped under a rock this year (it happens) take six minutes to watch this YouTube short. Half music video, half trailer remix, “Filmography 2010″ cuts together the year’s hits, flops and everything in between to catchy music.

Even if you’re a jaded movie buff who hates year end schmaltz, the recap should pluck your heartstrings. So many great and touching moments this year, it’s enough to make you wonder how the Golden Globes managed to totally blow their nominations.

But we digress. Check out the video after the jump.

How many films do you recognize? Below is full list of the films in the order that they appear. Enjoy!

Music:

1. Ratatat – Nostrand

2. Kanye West – Power

3. Rooney – Not In My House

4. Apartment – Fall Into Place

5. Civil Twilight – Letters from the Sky

6. Sunbears! – Little Baby Pines

Filmography 2010

Films in Order of Appearance:

01. Iron Man 2

02. The Social Network
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