<p>Carrie MacLemore, Megalyn Echikunwoke, Greta Gerwig, Analiegh Tipton and Adam Brody in Whit Stillman's &quot;Damsels in Distress.&quot;</p>

Carrie MacLemore, Megalyn Echikunwoke, Greta Gerwig, Analiegh Tipton and Adam Brody in Whit Stillman's "Damsels in Distress."

Credit: Sony Classics

Whit Stillman returns with 'Damsels in Distress' to close the 2011 Venice Film Festival

Not many surprises in official Biennale di Venezia lineup

La Biennale di Venezia 2011 (aka the 2011 Venice Film Festival) announced its 68th round of selections today and a long absent American filmmaker is making his long awaited return.

Whit Stillman, who is known for the indie classic "Metropolitan," "Barcelona" and "the Last Days of Disco," will debut his first film in 13 years, "Damsels in Distress." The comedy stars Gerta Gerwig and Adam Brody and will play out of competition as the festival's closing night film on Sept. 10.

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<p>Ryan Gosling and buddy Steve Carell at the world premiere of &quot;Stupid, Crazy, Love&quot; in New York last week.</p>

Ryan Gosling and buddy Steve Carell at the world premiere of "Stupid, Crazy, Love" in New York last week.

Credit: AP Photo/Charles Sykes

Is 2011 the year of Ryan Gosling?

A fun conversation with the 'Crazy, Stupid, Love' and 'Drive' star

2011 may just be the year of Ryan Gosling.  Sure, the Oscar nominee has had his share of the spotlight before with acclaimed roles in "Half Nelson," "Lars and the Real Girl," "The Notebook," "Stay" and last year's moving turn in "Blue Valentine," but its his three films arriving over the next four months which may solidify his fame.  Of course, Gosling has hardly been setting himself up for a career as Hollywood's next leading man.

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<p>For the first time in his career, Jason Reitman will not screen his latest project at the Toronto Film Festival.</p>

For the first time in his career, Jason Reitman will not screen his latest project at the Toronto Film Festival.

Credit: AP Photo/Pete Kramer

What films are surprisingly not at the Toronto Film Festival this year?

'Young Adult,' 'Tinker, Tailor' and 'Iron Lady' won't cross the border

The announcement of this year's Toronto Film Festival line up included a number of pictures expected to premiere or screen north of the border. Award season contenders such as Alexander Payne's "The Descendants," Bennett Miller's "Moneyball," Sarah Polley's "Take this Waltz" and Jonathan Levine's "50/50" seemed destined for Toronto months ago.  There were three films, however, that didn't make the initial cut which raised some eyebrows.

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<p>Kristen Wiig and Jon Hamm in &quot;Friends with Kids&quot;&nbsp;which is debuting at Toronto this year.</p>

Kristen Wiig and Jon Hamm in "Friends with Kids" which is debuting at Toronto this year.

'Moneyball,' 'Albert Nobbs,' 'The Descendants' among Toronto Film Festival 2011 debuts

Films featuring Channing Tatum, Megan Fox and U2 also make the cut

The Toronto Film Festival announced its initial program for its 2011 edition and the annual awards season staple again features some intriguing debuts. 

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<p>Jodie Foster, John C. Reilly, Kate Winslet and Christoph Waltz in Roman Polanski's cinematic adaptation of &quot;Carnage.&quot;</p>

Jodie Foster, John C. Reilly, Kate Winslet and Christoph Waltz in Roman Polanski's cinematic adaptation of "Carnage."

Credit: Sony Classics

Are 'Contagion,' 'Carnage,' 'Tinker, Tailor' and Madonna's 'W.E' debuting in Venice?

Italian fest may steal some of Toronto and Telluride's thunder

Of all the major film festivals, the Venice Film Festival has been the most inconsistent in the quality of the films that make its program.  Last year, for instance, was considered a very weak year with Sofia Coppola's "Somewhere" surprisingly surpassing Darren Aronofsky's "Black Swan" for the festival's top prize, the Golden Lion.  The official selections for 2011 won't be announced until Thursday, but according to a report in Variety, this year will be a marked improvement.

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<p>Taylor Lautner talks about his upcoming role in &quot;Abduction&quot; in San Diego.</p>

Taylor Lautner talks about his upcoming role in "Abduction" in San Diego.

Exclusive: Taylor Lautner ready to break free with 'Abduction'

Could comedy be in the former 'SNL' host's future?

SAN DIEGO - Taylor Lautner is in a giddy mood and you can't blame him.  The  19-year-old teen heartthrob has finished yet another packed panel in Comic-Con's Hall H for the "Twilight" franchise.  This time, he was promoting the second to last installment in the series, "The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn, Pt. 1."  Having to be "on" in front of 6,000 fans - not to mention the hundreds of thousands following the event on twitter, facebook or live blogs - wouldn't be easy for anyone.  Especially when your every comment will be dissected by fans and non-fans alike for weeks.  So, when I met Lautner at nearby PetCo Park to discuss his other movie this year, "Abduction," he was almost bouncing out of the stadium with relief that it had all gone so well.

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<p>Brit Marling talks about her debut in Fox Searchlight's &quot;Another Earth.&quot;</p>

Brit Marling talks about her debut in Fox Searchlight's "Another Earth."

Brit Marling talks about pulling off the microbudget 'Another Earth'

Sundance favorite debuts on Friday

Sometimes the Sundance Film Festival plucks an actor or filmmaker from obscurity and completely changes their life. For the 2011 edition of the festival, there was no talent more lauded out of nowhere than Brit Marling.

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<p>Alan Rickman brings Prof. Serverus Snape's story to an emotional end in &quot;Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Pt. 2.&quot;</p>

Alan Rickman brings Prof. Serverus Snape's story to an emotional end in "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Pt. 2."

Credit: Warner Bros.

Alan Rickman may be 'Harry Potter's' best shot at Oscar

Best Picture nod will be tougher

With "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Pt. 2" landing impressive reviews and making a killing at the box office, Hollywood is quickly moving on to discussing the film's Oscar prospects.  Yes, it's never too soon.

Critically, "Deathly Hallows, Pt. 2" earned almost universally positive (some might use the term "rave") reviews with an 87 grade on Metacritic  and a 97% approval on Rotten Tomatoes (the highest scores among wide releases this year).  The only "Harry Potter" film to come anywhere near that level of acclaim was Alfonso Cuaron's "Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban" in 2004.  Taking into account the film's consistently laudy box office grosses across eight films, many would suggest that "Deathly Hallows, Pt. 2" could find itself the recipient of a best picture nomination as recognition for the entire series.  Of course that was before the Academy decided to implement the 5% rule this spring.

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<p>Anne Hathaway and James Franco in a bit that bombed from the 83rd Academy Awards.</p>

Anne Hathaway and James Franco in a bit that bombed from the 83rd Academy Awards.

Credit: AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill

Critically lambasted 83rd Annual Academy Awards lands 10 Emmy nominations

James Franco and Anne Hathaway are not recognized

Ah, aren't friends grand?  After receiving some of the most critical and harsh reviews for an Oscar telecast since the infamous 1989 "Rob Lowe and Snow White" Academy Awards (61st for those playing at home), it's now time to see how the big show fared in Emmy nominations.  As the grand daddy of awards shows, the Oscars usually always finds itself with a slew of nods - some deserved, some not.

Outstanding Special Class Programs (best award show basically)

Outstanding Art Direction For A Miniseries Or Movie

Outstanding Directing For A Variety, Music Or Comedy Special (Don Mischer)

Outstanding Lighting Design/Lighting Direction For A Variety, Music, Or Comedy Special

Outstanding Music Direction

Outstanding Art Direction for Variety, Music or Nonfiction Programming

Outstanding Short-Form Picture Editing

Outstanding Creative Achievement In Interactive Media (Oscar Digital Experience on ABC.com)

Now, to be frank, 10 nods sort of an outrageous number for this telecast.  There were 12 nominations for the 2010 show, 10 for the critically acclaimed 2009 show, nine nods for the 2008 edition and nine nods in 2007.  No one would argue the 2007, 2008 and 2009 shows weren't better, but somehow last year's misfire equaled or surpassed them.

While it's somewhat shocking it landed a special class nod considering the only other nominees were the Tonys, Grammys and Golden Globes (um, really?) it appears that category is now a given.  The diss for Oscar from its TV counterpart is a lack of writing and hosting nominations.  Even when people don't think the show is that funny (such as the year before with Alec Baldwin and Steve Martin), the show is usually assured at least a writing nod.  Not this year.  And while it's not a given, many hosts have found themselves getting Emmy recognition including Steve Martin (2001), Jon Stewart, Ellen DeGeneres and of course, Billy Crystal.  Anne Hathaway and James Franco join fine company, however, as Hugh Jackman, Chris Rock, Alec Baldwin and David Letterman didn't land nods either.

The directing nod for Don Mischer isn't a shock either, even if the show seemed messy at times. Highly respected among his peers, Mischer has won 13 Emmy Awards and produced the 2009 and 2010 Emmy telecasts.  Of course, he also co-produced the 83rd Academy Awards, but it appears reputation won out over the results this time around.  Personally, we're rooting for the Grammy Awards to take home this year's major trophies.  How about you?

The 63rd Emmy Awards will be handed out on Sept. 18.

<p>Andreas Dejas talks about drawing &quot;Tigger&quot;&nbsp;in Walt Disney's latest reincarnation of &quot;Winnie the Pooh.&quot;</p>

Andreas Dejas talks about drawing "Tigger" in Walt Disney's latest reincarnation of "Winnie the Pooh."

Disney's legendary hand-drawn animators bring 'Winnie the Pooh' back to life

Interviews from a visit at the 100 Acre Woods

HUNDRED ACRE WOOD, ASHDOWN FOREST, SUSSEX, ENGLAND - When A.A. Milne first conceived of "Winnie the Pooh" as a story for his young son Christopher Robin, he couldn't have foreseen that the honey loving bear would be delighting children almost a century later? Happily for Disney and Milne's estate, not only are kids still interested in Pooh and his friends Tigger, Piglet, Owl, Eeyore and Kanga, among others. And while toys and books featuring Winnie can still be found in kids rooms across the world, it's been quite awhile since Milne's creations got the respect they deserve on the big screen.

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