<p>Doris Day in 1955's &quot;Love Me or Leave Me&quot;</p>

Doris Day in 1955's "Love Me or Leave Me"

LAFCA doesn't take NYFCC bait and will honor Doris Day with lifetime achievement

LAFCA will announce year end awards on Dec. 11

The decision by the New York Film Critics' Circle to announce their year end honorees at the end of November has left a bad taste in the mouths of many in the industry, but their early move didn't have any repercussions with their West Coast brethren.  The Los Angeles Film Critics Association met today and, as expected, decided to keep their own year end awards announcement on the second weekend of December.  That means LAFCA will chime in on awards season on Sunday, Dec. 11.  Currently, the awards dinner is set for Sat. January 14, 2012 at a location to be determined.

Most importantly, LAFCA also announced that this year's lifetime achievement award will go to iconic screen legend Doris Day

The 87-year-old icon was a box office star of the '50s and '60s appearing in such films as "Pillow Talk," "Calamity Jane," "The Pajama Game" and Alfred Hitchcock's "The Man Who Knew Too Much."  She received an Academy Award nomination for best actress for "Pillow Talk" in 1960 and was nominated for 11 Golden Globes, winning three as well as the Cecil B. DeMille Award in 1989.  Day ended her film career in 1968 with "With Six You Get Eggroll" and transitioned to television where she starred in "The Doris Day Show" on CBS from 1968 to 1973. Day also has a very successful singing career and is most famous for "Whatever Will Be, Will Be (Que Sera, Sera)" which was first introduced in "The Man Who Knew Too Much" and also became the theme for her TV show.  More recently, Day became a champion for animal rights causes and those charitable efforts was a key reason she was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2004.

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<p>An iconic moment from James Cameron's Oscar-winning epic &quot;Titanic.&quot;</p>

An iconic moment from James Cameron's Oscar-winning epic "Titanic."

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James Cameron hopes a new generation will discover an almost 3D or 2.99-D 'Titanic' on the big screen

Kate Winslet is back in the fold, but will Leonardo DiCaprio join her?

It's hard to believe, but almost 15 years ago to the day (O.K., maybe month), I sat in the Paramount Theater on the Paramount Pictures lot in Hollywood and was one of the first 100 or so people to watch James Cameron's epic "Titanic."  At the time, I was a very young assistant at 20th Century Fox International (I would actually work for Paramount later), fresh out of grad school and trying to work my way into the business (note to readers: marketing is not the way to go, trust me).  My boss invited me to join him and watch what had become one of the most buzzed about films of the past few years.  Pop into the next century and I'm now far removed from the studio side (or the dark side as I like to call it) and am watching 18 minutes of Cameron's "Titanic," now in 3D, back in the same Paramount Theater.  The more things change, the more things stay the same.  Of course, a lot has changed since then. 

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<p>Bill Condon discusses a scene from &quot;The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn, Pt. 1&quot;&nbsp;with Kristen Stewart and Robert Pattinson.</p>

Bill Condon discusses a scene from "The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn, Pt. 1" with Kristen Stewart and Robert Pattinson.

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Bill Condon reflects on how Robert Pattinson and Kristen Stewart surprised him in 'Breaking Dawn'

The Oscar winner on the massive special effects, reuniting with Carter Burwell and more

Few directors can say they've made films back to back for a beloved franchise.  It may be cost effective for most Hollywood studios, but it's a rarity.  This century we've had Peter Jackson's three "Lord of the Rings" films, the Wachowskis' "Matrix Reloaded" and "Matrix Revolutions" and, most recently, Gore Verbinski's second and third "Pirates of the Caribbean" blockbusters.  Jackson is currently at it again with two "Hobbit" features, but the latest filmmaker to join that exclusive club is none other than Academy Award winner Bill Condon.  The man behind acclaimed films such as "Kinsey," "Dreamgirls" and "Gods and Monsters" has jumped into the world of Stephenie Meyer's "Twilight" with "The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn, Pt. 1" and "The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn, Pt. 2."  The first of the films hits theaters next month and, not surprisingly, pre-release polling shows the interest in the lives of Bella and Edward Cullen hasn't waned since "Eclipse" was released 16 months ago. 

I first met Bill just a few weeks after he returned from Sundance and the premiere of "Gods and Monsters" (that was way back in 1998 for those of you playing at home).  A lot has happened since then, but through a ton of success on the big screen and co-producing the best Oscar telecast over the last decade (no bias, it's the truth), nothing may have prepared him for jumping on the "Twilight" train.  With "Breaking Dawn, Pt. 1" completed and only a few weeks away from opening, Bill was kind enough to jump on the phone this morning and chat about the ride so far.

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<p>Anton Yelchin and Felicity Jones in &quot;Like Crazy&quot;</p>

Anton Yelchin and Felicity Jones in "Like Crazy"

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Oscar Watch: 'Like Crazy' and 'Puss in Boots' weekend picks

What's worth seeing on the big screen?

With awards season kicking into really high gear next month, awards campaign will do its best to give you a rundown every Thursday of the contending movies opening over the weekend so you can make sure to keep up with the conversation.  This pundit will have seen almost every film hitting theaters (with a few rare exceptions, but you can guarantee if I haven't that someone at HitFix or our colleagues at In Contention will have (well, maybe).

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<p>The official U.S. poster for &quot;We Have To Talk About Kevin&quot; starring Tilda Swinton.</p>

The official U.S. poster for "We Have To Talk About Kevin" starring Tilda Swinton.

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Exclusive: Tilda Swinton watches over her son in 'We Need To Talk About Kevin' poster

Thriller aims to put former Oscar winner in the best actress race

One of this pundit's biggest disappointments last awards season was how little traction Tilda Swinton received for her stunning turn in "I Am Love."  That was partially due to the film's release date, the former Academy Award winner's unavailability to campaign for the picture in Nov. or Dec. and a limited push by U.S. distributor Magnolia Pictures.  A year later, Swinton has another acclaimed performance ready for Oscar consideration in Lynne Ramsay's "We Need To Talk About Kevin." 

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<p>Puss (Antonio Banderas) and Kitty Softpaws (Selma Hayek)&nbsp;in Chris Miller's &quot;Puss in Boots.&quot;</p>

Puss (Antonio Banderas) and Kitty Softpaws (Selma Hayek) in Chris Miller's "Puss in Boots."

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Chris Miller directs a cat lover's dream in 'Puss in Boots'

Secrets behind DreamWorks Animation's latest tentpole

I have a confession to make.  I genuinely think "Puss in Boots" is entertaining, funny and a significantly more original movie (even surreal) than what you'd expect for a "Shrek" spin-off.  However, my judgement may be a tad clouded.  As my friends have consistently remarked, I'm a male 'cat lady' in the making with two kittens under my wing (Phoenix and Sookie).  Granted, you can only blame my parents for raising me amongst them.  In fact, there is photographic evidence of our two cats (Charkey and Nutmeg) literally sleeping my crib when I was a newborn "protecting me" and no doubt cementing this lifelong feline bond (note to young parents: this is a big no, no).  But, I digress…

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<p>Angelina Jolie directs a scene of &quot;In the Land of Blood and Honey.&quot;</p>

Angelina Jolie directs a scene of "In the Land of Blood and Honey."

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Watch: Angelina Jolie tackles the Bosnian War in her directorial debut 'In The Land of Blood and Honey'

This is serious stuff

No one should be surprised that when Angelina Jolie took the time out of her busy schedule to direct her first feature it wasn't going to be something frivolous. The film would have to speak to her passions and her world view.  Enter "In The Land of Honey," an original drama set during the height of the Bosnian War in the 1990's where a Serb (Goran Kostic) and a Bosnian (Zara Marjanovic) try to co-exist in a detainment camp after having a previous romantic relationship before the conflict.  In a new trailer released today, it appears the trust between the couple begins to waver as the war goes on.

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<p>Matt Damon and Ben Affleck together in 2008.</p>

Matt Damon and Ben Affleck together in 2008.

Credit: AP Photo/Isaac Brekken

Ben Affleck and Matt Damon reuniting on Whitey Bulger Mobster flick

Terrence Winter will write the screenplay

They have been producing and screenwriting partners, but it's been quite awhile since Ben Affleck and Matt Damon appeared on screen together.  The two buddies first set the industry on fire when "Good Will Hunting" debuted in 1997 and ended up with an original screenplay Academy Award in the process (of course, their lack of writing in the years since has only fueled rumors they had a lot of help on the script, but that's another story).  While the media often had the two Boston natives joined at the hip, the only other films they have starred in together in is Kevin Smith's "Dogma" and "Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back."  Meanwhile, Damon has had a very steady and successful career thanks to the "Ocean Eleven" and "Bourne" films, but Affleck suffered through a good decade of up and downs.  Now that Affleck has made a name for himself as a successful director with "Gone Baby Gone" and "The Town," both gents have publicly stated they expect to work together again soon.  That time appears to be now.

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<p>Eddie Murphy</p>

Eddie Murphy

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Eddie Murphy jokes he won't leave the Oscars early this time

'Tower Heist' talks publicly about Academy Awards hosting gig for the first time

NEW YORK - Brett Ratner has seemingly done the impossible this awards season. With one move, convincing his "Tower Heist" star Eddie Murphy to host the Oscars, he's made the industry and public generally intrigued about watching this year's Academy Awards. And after last year's disastrous production that's no easy feat.  The news also excited many old school Murphy fans waiting for yet another comeback from the iconic comedian.  Whether that occurs with "Tower Heist" remains to be seen, but during a press conference for the comedy thriller in New York today, Murphy's hosting duties became an obvious subject for discussion.

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<p>&quot;The Descendants&quot;&nbsp;landed key Gotham Awards nominations including nods for Best Feature, Best Ensemble and Breakthrough Actor (Shailene Woodley).</p>

"The Descendants" landed key Gotham Awards nominations including nods for Best Feature, Best Ensemble and Breakthrough Actor (Shailene Woodley).

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2011 Gotham Awards nominations give 'The Descendants' a strong award season kickoff

Who are the frontrunners to take home the season's first kudos?

The 21st Annual Gotham Independent Film Awards were announced this morning and the results must have made the folks at Fox Searchlight very, very happy.  The mini-major landed eight nominations including key best feature nominations for "The Descendants" and "The Tree of Life."  Focus also has to be thrilled with "Beginners" strong showing in the feature and ensemble categories.  "Take Shelter" shows some life by also landing feature and ensemble kudos.  

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