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Reject Recap: The Best of Film School Rejects

No, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences hasn’t set up a new category to honor writing about film. The Oscars of the title are my dog, Oscar the Groucho Marx Campbell (who is in no way named for the awards of the same name), and one of Kate’s two cats, Oscar Erbland (the other is named Felix, by the way, so you can guess what he’s named after). The two animals will be joining us next month for some actual Academy Awards fun, but for now they’re just being introduced to bring you the latest Reject Recap. Which, not coincidentally, reviews the week the Oscar nominations were announced. And of course we did report and comment on those nominations. But before we get to all that, the Oscars want to remind you to read our reviews of new releases, including Gangster Squad, 56 Up and Let My People Go, and our interviews with The Impossible director J.A. Bayona, Struck By Lightning (and Glee) star Chris Colfer, Looper writer/director Rian Johnson and Gangster Squad director Ruben Fleischer. Oh, and definitely take a listen to the brand new podcast from Managing Editor Scott Beggs and his co-host, screenwriter Geoff Latulippe. It’s called Broken Projector, and you can listen to the very first episode, which includes a debate on the best Indiana Jones sequel, here. Now, check out our biggest and best stories and original content from the past week, as most definitely chosen by a dog and a cat:

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Fox has decided audiences might want a big slab of ape for Thanksgiving. This, of course, is correct. Plus, besides giving every household a delicious ape for its holiday meal, IGN reports that the studio will release Rise of the Apes in theaters on November 23rd. That’s a big shift. It was originally supposed to see a release in June. To save it from the super hero overcrowding, Fox has sent it home for the holidays. Taking its summer slot (on June 17th) is Mr. Popper’s Penquins which might do well as a family friendly film in the middle of the fanboy fare. The last shift is Now – the thriller featuring Justin Timberlake and Amanda Seyfried – is shifting from late September to October 28th. Apes now faces off against The Muppets (foolishly), Penguins will battle against The Green Lantern, and Now now hits theaters with Dibbuk Box.

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Hope springs eternal. As we round the bases of another year, it’s important to let the average and outright crappy slough off and realize that we’re all standing on the precipice of another year of movies. The future stretches out before us full of possibilities. That cheesy trailer you saw last week could end up producing your favorite film of the year. That epic blockbuster you’ve been waiting for could be bigger than you ever imagined. There’s hope for everything, but there’s also expectation, which is why Rob Hunter, Neil Miller and Cole Abaius painstakingly put together our list of the 30 Most Anticipated Films of 2011. It’s the stuff we’re most looking forward to this year, put together when our hope and optimism is at its peak.

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