November 16 Update: By changing only one curse word, How Do You Know has been given a PG-13 rating by the MPAA. This will likely mean more in the way of box office grosses for the latest James L. Brooks effort.

November 11 Update: Los Angeles - The Classification and Rating Appeals Board today upheld the R rating given to the movie How Do You Know. The Classification and Rating Administration (CARA) had assigned the movie the R rating for some language.

In the appeal brought by Columbia Pictures, the Appeals Board heard statements on behalf of How Do You Know from James L. Brooks, the film's director. The Classification and Rating Administration was represented by Chairman Joan Graves.

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Beverly Hills, CA -- Fifteen features have been accepted for consideration in the Animated Feature Film category for the 83rd Academy Awards®.

The 15 features are:

* Alpha and Omega
* Cats & Dogs: The Revenge of Kitty Galore
* Despicable Me
* The Dreams of Jinsha
* How to Train Your Dragon
* Idiots and Angels
* The Illusionist
* Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga'Hoole
* Megamind
* My Dog Tulip
* Shrek Forever After
* Summer Wars
* Tangled
* Tinker Bell and the Great Fairy Rescue
* Toy Story 3

"The Dreams of Jinsha," "The Illusionist," "Summer Wars" and "Tangled" have not yet had their required Los Angeles qualifying run. Submitted features must fulfill the theatrical release requirements and meet the category's other qualifying rules before they can advance in the voting process.

Under the rules for this category, in any year in which 8 to 15 animated features are released in Los Angeles County, a maximum of 3 motion pictures may be nominated. If 16 or more animated features are submitted and accepted in the category, a maximum of 5 motion pictures may be nominated.

Films submitted in the Animated Feature Film category also may qualify for Academy Awards in other categories, including Best Picture, provided they meet the requirements for those categories.

The 83rd Academy Awards nominations will be announced live on Tuesday, January 25, 2011, at 5:30 a.m. PT in the Academy's Samuel Goldwyn Theater.

Academy Awards for outstanding film achievements of 2010 will be presented on Sunday, February 27, 2011, at the Kodak Theatre at Hollywood & Highland Center®, and televised live by the ABC Television Network. The Oscar presentation also will be televised live in more than 200 countries worldwide.


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LOS ANGELES, CA -- The Producers Guild of America (PGA) announced today that producer Scott Rudin will receive the 2011 David O. Selznick Achievement Award in Motion Pictures. The award will be presented to Rudin at the 22nd Annual Producers Guild Awards ceremony on Saturday, January 22nd at the Hyatt Regency Century Plaza in Los Angeles.

The Producers Guild of America's Selznick Achievement Award recognizes a producer's outstanding body of work in motion pictures. The honor has a rich and distinguished history with past recipients including such legendary producers as Stanley Kramer, Saul Zaentz, Clint Eastwood, Billy Wilder, Robert Evans, Brian Grazer, Jerry Bruckheimer, Roger Corman, Laura Ziskin, Kathleen Kennedy & Frank Marshall, and last year's 2010 recipient was Pixar's John Lasseter.

"Scott Rudin's body of work speaks for itself. He has impressively set a high bar for filmmaking and the Guild is proud to honor him with the Selznick Award this year," said PGA Co-Presidents Hawk Koch and Mark Gordon.

"This is an extraordinary honor, and I'm thrilled to join the company of the distinguished filmmakers who have previously received this award," said Rudin. "I'm very grateful to the Producers Guild and pleased to accept this on behalf of the tremendous array of artists who have made such enormous contributions to the films we've made together."

Scott Rudin has produced many critically acclaimed and commercially successful films including THE SOCIAL NETWORK, TRUE GRIT, MONEYBALL, GREENBERG, IT'S COMPLICATED, FANTASTIC MR. FOX, JULIE & JULIA, DOUBT, NO COUNTRY FOR OLD MEN, THERE WILL BE BLOOD, REPRISE, THE QUEEN, MARGOT AT THE WEDDING, NOTES ON A SCANDAL, VENUS, CLOSER, TEAM AMERICA: WORLD POLICE, I HEART HUCKABEES, SCHOOL OF ROCK, THE HOURS, IRIS, THE ROYAL TENENBAUMS, ZOOLANDER, SLEEPY HOLLOW, WONDER BOYS, BRINGING OUT THE DEAD, SOUTH PARK: BIGGER, LONGER & UNCUT, THE TRUMAN SHOW, IN & OUT, RANSOM, THE FIRST WIVES CLUB, CLUELESS, NOBODY'S FOOL, THE FIRM, SEARCHING FOR BOBBY FISCHER, SISTER ACT and THE ADDAMS FAMILY as well as the upcoming THE GIRL WITH THE DRAGON TATTOO. Rudin has also produced many successful and renowned theater projects including "Passion," "Hamlet," "Seven Guitars," "A Funny Thing Happened On The Way to The Forum," "Skylight," "The Chairs," "The Blue Room," "Closer," "Amy's View," "Copenhagen," "The Designated Mourner," "The Goat," "Caroline, or Change," "The Normal Heart," "Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?," "Doubt," "Faith Healer," "The History Boys," "Shining City," "Stuff Happens," "The Vertical Hour," "The Year of Magical Thinking," "Gypsy," "God of Carnage" and "Fences."



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CHICAGO, IL -- WestMidWest Productions announced today that it will Premiere the highly anticipated "Revenge of the Electric Car" trailer exclusively on Facebook as soon as its Facebook Fan page acquires its 10,000th fan.

"Revenge of the Electric Car" is the new feature documentary film about electric cars by Chris Paine, director of the 2006 film, "Who Killed the Electric Car?" Slated for release in early 2011, "Revenge of the Electric Car" tells a new story of the global resurgence of electric vehicles and takes audiences behind the closed doors of Nissan, GM, and the Silicon Valley start-up Tesla Motors: documenting the high-stakes race to be the first to bring electric vehicles to the masses.

As the film's most loyal fans have been eagerly awaiting the release of a trailer, the filmmakers have promised today to post the world premiere of the film's first trailer on the film's Facebook Fan Page at when the page reaches 10,000 fans. Not yet seen publically, when the video is posted on the page it will be the first and only public place to view the trailer.
The decision to release the trailer on Facebook comes after four years of connections with fans of "Who Killed the Electric Car?" have been scattered across all mediums. Fans of Chris Paine's first documentary on electric cars have been in touch with the filmmakers through email, phone, the film's website, Facebook, Twitter, community groups, non-profit organizations, and more.

"We've developed a loyal and passionate community of electric car enthusiasts, environmentalists, and other fans of ‘Who Killed the Electric Car?' over the years," says Director Chris Paine, "it only makes sense to share the first public release of the trailer with fans and friends first, through an outlet where they connect to each other."

The filmmakers have also added features to the "Revenge of the Electric Car" website that allow those die-hard fans of electric cars to connect, including submitting stories of fans who have "taken revenge" for the electric car by converting their own car or starting an electric car business; and even a way to request the film in your city.

WestMidWest Productions is a Chicago-based film production company, producing "Revenge of the Electric Car" and distributing the film in early 2011.


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