The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has whittled down qualified films for the Best Documentary Feature category. Originally, 101 films qualified in the category, and now, there are only 15 movies left standing. These films will advance in the voting process for the 83rd Academy Awards.
The 15 films are (alphabetically):
* “Client 9: The Rise and Fall of Eliot Spitzer” Alex Gibney, director (ES Productions LLC)
* “Enemies of the People” Rob Lemkin and Thet Sambath, directors (Old Street Films)
* “Exit through the Gift Shop” Banksy, director (Paranoid Pictures)
* “Gasland” Josh Fox, director (Gasland Productions, LLC)
* “Genius Within: The Inner Life of Glenn Gould” Michele Hozer and Peter Raymont, directors
(White Pine Pictures)
* “Inside Job” Charles Ferguson, director (Representational Pictures)
* “The Lottery” Madeleine Sackler, director (Great Curve Films)
* “Precious Life” Shlomi Eldar, director (Origami Productions) “Megamind”
* “Quest for Honor” Mary Ann Smothers Bruni, director (Smothers Bruni Productions)
* “Restrepo” Tim Hetherington and Sebastian Junger, directors (Outpost Films)
* “This Way of Life” Thomas Burstyn, director (Cloud South Films)
* “The Tillman Story” Amir Bar-Lev, director (Passion Pictures/Axis Films)
* “Waiting for ‘Superman” Davis Guggenheim, director (Electric Kinney Films)
* “Waste Land” Lucy Walker, director (Almega Projects)
* “William Kunstler: Disturbing the Universe” Emily Kunstler and Sarah Kunstler, directors (Disturbing the Universe LLC)
Oscar nominations will be announced on Tuesday, January 25, 2011 at 5:30 a.m. and the Academy Awards will be presented on Sunday, February 27, 2011.
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Here's more info on "Cowboys & Aliens" from Yahoo:
1873. Arizona Territory. A stranger with no memory of his past stumbles into the hard desert town of Absolution. The only hint to his history is a mysterious shackle that encircles one wrist. What he discovers is that the people of Absolution don't welcome strangers, and nobody makes a move on its streets unless ordered to do so by the iron-fisted Colonel Dolarhyde. It's a town that lives in fear.
But Absolution is about to experience fear it can scarcely comprehend as the desolate city is attacked by marauders from the sky. Screaming down with breathtaking velocity and blinding lights to abduct the helpless one by one, these monsters challenge everything the residents have ever known.
Now, the stranger they rejected is their only hope for salvation. As this gunslinger slowly starts to remember who he is and where heÂ¿s been, he realizes he holds a secret that could give the town a fighting chance against the alien force. With the help of the elusive traveler Ella, he pulls together a posse comprised of former opponents - townsfolk, Dolarhyde and his boys, outlaws and Apache warriors - all in danger of annihilation. United against a common enemy, they will prepare for an epic showdown for survival.
Also Known As: Cowboys and Aliens
Production Status: In Production/Awaiting Release
Logline: Cowboys and Indians team up to fight off a group of invading aliens set out to destroy Earth.
Genres: Action/Adventure, Science Fiction/Fantasy, Western and Adaptation
Release Date: July 29th, 2011 (wide)
Distributors: Universal Pictures
Production Co.: Platinum Studios, Imagine Entertainment, Kurtzman/Orci
Studios: DreamWorks Studios, Universal Pictures
Filming Locations: Santa Fe, New Mexico, USA
Los Angeles, California, USA
Produced in: United States
Cast and Credits
Starring: Daniel Craig, Harrison Ford, Olivia Wilde, Sam Rockwell, Adam Beach
Directed by: Jon Favreau
Produced by: Brian Grazer, Ron Howard, Alex Kurtzman
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Imagine you are trapped underneath a boulder with your right arm wedged between a rock and a canyon wall. Food and water supply is dwindling fast, and the only ones to keep you company are memories of days gone by, and a bird of prey flying overhead.
(Check out my interviews with James Franco and Danny Boyle right here, and scriptwriter Simon Beaufoy right here) Read More...
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Throughout history, tales of chivalry have burnished the legends of brave, handsome knights who rescue fair damsels, slay dragons and conquer evil. But behind many a hero is a good-for-nothing younger brother trying just to stay out of the way of those dragons, evil and trouble in general. Thadeous has spent his life watching his perfect older brother Fabious embark upon valiant journeys and win the hearts of his people. Tired of being passed over for adventure, adoration and the throne, he's settled for a life of wizard's weed, hard booze and easy maidens. But when Fabious' bride-to-be, Belladonna, gets kidnapped by the evil wizard Leezar, the king gives his deadbeat son an ultimatum: Man up and help rescue her or get cut off. Half-assedly embarking upon his first quest, Thadeous joins Fabious to trek across the perilous outlands and free the princess. Joined by Isabel--an elusive warrior with a dangerous agenda of her own--the brothers must vanquish horrific creatures and traitorous knights before they can reach Belladonna. If Thadeous can find his inner hero, he can help his brother prevent the destruction of his land. Stay a slacker, and not only does he die a coward, he gets front row seats to the dawn of an all-new Dark Ages.
Cast and Credits
Starring: Danny McBride, James Franco, Natalie Portman, Zooey Deschanel, Justin Theroux
Directed by: David Gordon Green
Produced by: Jon Mone, Mark Huffam, Andy Davis
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It's been a long and winding road for sci-fi comedy "Used Guys." First, in 2006, Jim Carrey and Ben Stiller were attached to star for "Meet the Parents" director Jay Roach. Then Carrey and Roach left production. Why? Because of the project's rising cost of over $100 million.
The logline is kind of interesting though -- a future run by women and the men? They're all male slaves traded like cars!
Then last year, the project was given new life with the involvement of "Little Miss Sunshine" directors Valerie Faris and Jonathan Dayton. The duo replaced Roach to helm the project, and Reese Witherspoon was attached to play the female lead.
Now, the Playlist is reporting that Faris and Dayton are still attached to direct but the big news? Danny McBride (“Eastbound and Down,” "Pineapple Express," "Tropic Thunder") is stepping into the role that once belonged to Carrey.
It's not certain whether Stiller and Witherspoon are still parts of the project's current incarnation.
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