Uggie the dog from ‘The Artist’ to retire, says trainer

Uggie, the canine star of Oscar-nominated hit The Artist, is to retire, his trainer has said. Omar von Muller told Life and Style magazine he was hanging up his collar because the 10-year-old Jack Russell terrier was "getting tired".

"He may do a couple of little things here and there because he enjoys them, but I don't want to put him through long hours anymore," he said.

It is thought Uggie will make his final appearance at the Oscars.

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Director David Lynch on drinking coffee

I am pretty much obsessed with coffee. I've been drinking coffee on a regular basis since I was in the ninth grade. In the ninth grade, I met my soon-to-be good friend, Toby, on the front yard lawn of my girlfriend's house. And during that first conversation with Toby, he happened to tell me that his father was a painter, a fine art painter. Hearing this news that an adult could be a painter -- an explosion went off in my head and from that moment on all I wanted to do was paint. And for me, the world of a painter held much coffee.

Coffee became tied to what I called "The Art Life." I loved to go to diners and drink coffee and try to catch ideas for the work. Coffee has always seemed to facilitate thinking and catching ideas. Not only that, but the flavor of coffee is beyond the beyond good.

Even bad coffee is better than no coffee at all.

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Indie Film Executive Bingham Ray Dies at 57

Bingham Ray, a veteran of the independent film scene, died Monday in Provo, Utah, following complications of a stroke. He was 57.

His death was announced by the San Francisco Film Society, where he took over as executive director in November.

Ray, who began his career as manager/programmer of the Bleecker Street Cinema in 1981, left his mark on the independent film scene, where he helped bring such movies as Mike Leigh's Secrets & Lies and Lars von Trier's Breaking the Waves to American audiences.

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Nude Iranian movie star ignites firestorm

A photo and video of a famous Iranian actress baring her breasts have gone viral this week, igniting a fiery debate among Iranians.

Golshifteh Farahani appears topless, cupping her breasts, in a photo in the French magazine Madame Le Figaro. Also, a video apparently made by a French film academy, features the actress looking directly into a camera as she disrobes. She stands with her breasts uncovered. Soon after the images hit the Web, reaction was swift inside Iran, where Farahani gained fame in state-sponsored movies that forbid the mere touching of hands.

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Emmy Rossum returns with Showtime’s ‘Shameless’

Emmy Rossum, 25, returns to Showtime for the second season of "Shameless" as Fiona, the eldest sister and mother figure of the scrappy, law-skirting, non-working-class Gallagher family. Already a performing vet at 25, Rossum's latest gig follows a childhood launch as a member of the Metropolitan Opera's Children's Chorus and starring roles in the 2004 film "The Phantom of the Opera" and big-budget disaster movies including "The Day After Tomorrow" and "Poseidon."

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Ten Young Actors Named Europe’s Shooting Stars of 2012

Here are the ten Shooting Stars of 2012 -- "Young, talented, European" -- who the European Film Promotion will showcase at the Berlin International Film Festival (February 9-19). (They were culled from 23 nominees.) The EFP has been choosing and showcasing young actors for fifteen years, helping them transition to the next level of their careers. Past Shooting Stars include Carey Mulligan ("Shame," "An Education"), Elena Anaya ("The Skin I Live in") and Mélanie Laurent ("Beginners," "Inglourious Basterds").

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Visual Effects Whiz Jonathan Erland to Receive Academy’s John A. Bonner Medal

Visual effects technologist Jonathan Erland will receive the John A. Bonner Medal of Commendation at the Academy of Arts and Sciences’ Scientific and Technical Awards, to be held Feb. 11 at the Beverly Wilshire Hotel.

The award, voted by the Academy’s board of governors, is named in honor of the late director of special projects at Warner Hollywood Studios and is awarded for "outstanding service and dedication in upholding the high standards of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences."

Erland began his professional training in the entertainment industry studying theater at the Central School in England and film at the London Film School. In one of his earliest jobs, he was part of the team building the audio-animatronic puppet theaters for the I.B.M. Pavilion at the 1964 New York World’s Fair.

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Steven Soderbergh on the Art of Directing a Fight Scene

Director Steven Soderbergh has been known for quirky film experiments since "Sex, Lies, and Videotape" gave audiences all three of those things in 1989. He's mixed commercial fare like the "Ocean's" movies, "Erin Brockovich," "Traffic" and the recent "Contagion" with a film-noir attempt ("The Good German") and a two-part Che Guevara movie.

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With "Haywire," which opens Jan. 20, he heads in yet another direction, casting Gina Carano, a professional mixed-martial-arts fighter with limited prior acting experience, in the lead role as an international black-ops agent. It's a risk mitigated by a team of male co-stars (Michael Fassbender, Ewan McGregor, Michael Douglas, Antonio Banderas, Channing Tatum) that would seem at home in Mr. Soderbergh's swanky "Ocean's Eleven" world. In fact, "Haywire" plays a bit like "Ocean's," with an added wallop of spy-versus-spy butt-kicking. Mr. Soderbergh talked about his tough new starlet's cross-demographic appeal (from feminists to Ultimate Fighting Championship fans), and the joy of seeing a girl beat up on the boys.

The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo: Steven Zaillian on the difficulties of adapting Stieg Larsson

Last month, David Fincher chose to play it coy when Entertainment Weekly asked about his latest film's Oscar chances. "There's too much anal rape in this movie to get nominated," he said. "I think we're very safe." But he's not safe in the slightest. The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo, his adaptation of Stieg Larsson's wildly successful novel (55m copies of the trilogy sold to date), is an exquisite work of art, regardless of some of its brutal content. "There was never any pressure from the studio to lighten it up," says the film's screenwriter, Steven Zaillian. "They understood that part of the reason the book is so successful is because it doesn't tiptoe around those issues."

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