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Students to package pix

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The Los Angeles Film School has launched a feature development program in which students will put together a full presentation package for a feature film.

Julie Andrews

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OSCAR QUOTIENT PROS: Who wouldn’t want to see Julie Andrews walk down the red carpet? CONS: Lightweight film in an extremely tough category this year. To many, British star Julie Andrews embodies royalty, thanks to her classic style and cut-glass accent. But truth be told, when Garry Marshall was casting “The Princess Diaries,” Andrews was… Read more »

Jennifer Connelly

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OSCAR QUOTIENT PROS: Built strong buzz for “Requiem ” and is receiving raves for “Mind.” CONS: With Crowe’s nom a sure thing, can the film support two nods? Jennifer Connelly considers the 1997 birth of her son to be the turning point in her career. “It was a rebirth for me,” says the actress currently… Read more »

Marisa Tomei

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OSCAR QUOTIENT PROS: Conveys joy of true love, damn what the neighbors think. CONS: Possibility of getting overlooked alongside powerful perfs from Sissy Spacek and Tom Wilkinson. Playing a woman fleeing an abusive husband for a younger lover with whom her relationship goes tragically awry, Marisa Tomei says she strove to keep her character from… Read more »

Frances McDormand

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OSCAR QUOTIENT PROS: Role is a far cry from her previous Oscar work. CONS: Will her part be considered too small? In “The Man Who Wasn’t There,” Frances McDormand plays Doris, the woman married to that metaphorically absent title character. In real life, she’s married to the director of the film, Joel Coen, who guided… Read more »

‘Eleven’ rolls a seven o’seas

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An injection of new blood gave the B.O. fresh impetus over the weekend, highlighted by “Ocean’s Eleven” in German-speaking territories and Australia, “American Pie 2” in Mexico and Argentina, and “Shallow Hal” in Spain.

Review: ‘Tadpole’

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“Tadpole” is a smart sex comedy that successfully swims upstream to spawn and score. A sort of pre-“Graduate” set in Whit Stilman territory in contempo New York, this winning and sometimes hilarious tale of misdirected love and lust centers on a teenage central character who becomes not a frog but a true prince of the city.

‘Lizzie’ to live large

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Walt Disney Pictures will bring Disney Channel original series “Lizzie McGuire” to the bigscreen, marking the first theatrical film spinoff of a Disney Channel skein.