<p>George Clooney at the BAFTA Awards earlier this year.</p>

George Clooney at the BAFTA Awards earlier this year.

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George Clooney to receive BAFTA LA's Stanley Kubrick Award

The honor will be presented at the Britannia Awards ceremony on November 9

Between "Gravity" and his directorial effort "The Monuments Men," George Clooney -- who, lest we forget, shared the Best Picture Oscar for "Argo" a few months back -- has what may be another busy awards season lying ahead of him. Even if his on-paper prospects don't pan out, however, he'll be accepting at least one award before the year is out, as BAFTA's Los Angeles division has named him the recipient of their Stanley Kubrick Britannia Award for Excellence in Film.

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<p>Harvey Weinstein on CBS This Morning. Also, nice touch on that chyron, guys.</p>

Harvey Weinstein on CBS This Morning. Also, nice touch on that chyron, guys.

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Harvey Weinstein airs out dirty 'Butler' laundry on CBS

TWC honcho suggests the dispute is over rights to 'The Hobbit'

Hand it to Harvey Weinstein. He's using this whole controversy over the title of "The Butler" to drum up tons of publicity for the film, which hits theaters next month. But this circus is nevertheless ridiculous and I feel silly even writing about it.

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<p>Rooney Mara</p>

Rooney Mara

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Rooney Mara and Martin Sheen join the cast of Stephen Daldry's 'Trash'

Richard Curtis writing the adaptation of Andy Mulligan's children's novel

British director Stephen Daldry currently holds what I believe is a unique record: all four of his films to date have received Oscar nominations for either Best Picture, Best Director or both. That he's managed to maintain this Academy favor even when his last two films -- "The Reader" and, in particular, "Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close" -- ran into some critical opposition means any new project of his will be regarded in some quarters, however blindly or cynically, as a prestige player.

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<p>Josh Brolin in &quot;Oldboy.&quot;</p>

Josh Brolin in "Oldboy."

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Poster for Spike Lee's 'Oldboy' remake is something a little out of the box

Josh Brolin, Elizabeth Olsen and Sharlto Copley star in the October release

As I've already written, 2013 would appear to be the year that South Korea and Hollywood have become formally acquainted. Park Chan-wook and Kim Jee-woon made their US debuts with "Stoker" and "The Last Stand" respectively, while Bong Joon-ho has "Snowpiercer" coming our way. And in a tidy coincidence, one of Park's most well-regarded films, 2004's Cannes Grand Prix winner "Oldboy," is getting the remake treatment this year courtesy of Spike Lee. 

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<p>Guillermo del Toro promoting &quot;Pacific Rim&quot;&nbsp;in&nbsp;Mexico</p>

Guillermo del Toro promoting "Pacific Rim" in Mexico

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Wait, Guillermo del Toro has a take on Kurt Vonnegut's 'Slaughterhouse-Five' with Charlie Kaufman??

The 'Pacific Rim' director is up against the wall if he wants to make this a reality

It's tough to work Kurt Vonnegut out for the screen. It rarely comes together well. But I'll be damned if I'm not excited to see Guillermo del Toro try with Charlie Kaufman writing. You kidding me??

According to a story that originated at The Daily Telegraph, an adaptation of Vonnegut's novel, "Slaughterhouse-Five" -- which was originally filmed by George Roy Hill in 1972 -- is part of the "Pacific Rim" director's current deal with Universal. Not only that, but he has a writer in mind, frankly the perfect conduit for Vonnegut if there ever was one: Oscar-winning "Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind" and "Being John Malkovich" scribe Charlie Kaufman.

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<p>Jafar Panahi in &quot;This is Not a Film.&quot;</p>

Jafar Panahi in "This is Not a Film."

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Jafar Panahi accepts Academy membership 'on behalf of Iranian filmmakers'

A heartfelt statement of acceptance from the embattled Iranian director

Among the 276 artists invited to join their ranks this year, the Academy including a pleasing selection of world cinema luminaries, ranging from recent first-time Oscar nominee Emmanuelle Riva to Romanian New Wave cinematographer Oleg Mutu. One name, however, that was particularly applauded from all sides was trailblazing Iranian auteur Jafar Panahi.

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<p>The Minions are cleaning up in &quot;Despicable Me 2.&quot;</p>

The Minions are cleaning up in "Despicable Me 2."

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Tell us what you thought of 'Despicable Me 2'

The Minions are already chewing up the holiday weekend box office

With over $34 million already in the bank, "Despicable Me 2" has convincingly Minion-ized the box office, neatly paving the way for the capsule-shaped critters' forthcoming spinoff vehicle -- itself none-too-subtly promoted in the new film's closing credits. But is it any good? Drew McWeeny thinks it does its job well enough, though it's lacking in the story department. I more or less agree: it's bright, disposably fun family fare, though where the similarly fluffy first film had a reasonably smart idea at its core, the sequel loses focus by stripping Steve Carell's protagonist of his conflicted supervillain identity. What do you think? Is this a franchise you're keen to see continue? And in a lean year so far for animation, can this sequel get more Academy love than its unnominated predecessor? Vote in the poll below, and have your say in the comments.

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<p>Robert De Niro in &quot;Killing Season.&quot;</p>

Robert De Niro in "Killing Season."

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Karlovy Vary Film Festival: 'Killing Season,' 'Honeymoon,' 'DK'

Travolta and De Niro bring the star power, but the Czechs bring the good stuff

The Karlovy Vary Film Festival is a rewardingly contradictory one. The locale is pure chocolate-box fragility: a bijou spa town in the densely wooded hills of the Czech republic, its buildings appear frosted by professional patissieres. The atmosphere, meanwhile, is more robustly rowdy: wealthy neighboring Russians populate the busy party circuit as cinema-loving students descend on the town by the busload, open-air bars surrounding the festival center dispensing rivers of Pilsner all the while. Neither the setting nor the crowds, meanwhile, immediately suggest the festival’s diverse, tough-minded programming, which trades largely in bleaker realities – or more challenging fantasies, as the case may be.

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<p>&quot;Pacific Rim&quot; screenwriter Travis&nbsp;Beacham (left)&nbsp;and director Guillermo del Toro.</p>

"Pacific Rim" screenwriter Travis Beacham (left) and director Guillermo del Toro.

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Screenwriter Travis Beacham on the innovative spirit of 'Pacific Rim'

The kaiju/mech disasterpiece was to celebrate aspiration over despiration

One foggy morning in 2007, screenwriter Travis Beacham was walking along the beach in Santa Monica and he looked out at the famed amusement park pier jutting out into the water. His imagination ever running rampant, he pictured behind those mist-covered, empty rides a towering machine, a robot -- a mech, actually -- waiting to do battle with some vicious monstrosity. The germ of "Pacific Rim" was born.

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<p>&quot;Gravity&quot;</p>

"Gravity"

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Alfonso Cuarón's 'Gravity' to open 70th annual Venice Film Festival

Eagerly awaited opener portends a starry festival lineup

Well, I think it's fair to say the Venice Film Festival has won the Opening Film contest this year. While Cannes had its parade slightly rained upon by the fact that their opener -- Baz Luhrmann's otherwise suitably sparkly "The Great Gatsby" -- was released in the US beforehand, their Italian rivals will be kicking things off on August 28 with a world premiere that happens to be one of the year's most anticipated films: Alfonso Cuarón's "Gravity." 

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