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The week in film: 'Moneyball,' Oscars and Taylor Lautner [video]

September 23, 2011 |  3:01 pm


Whether it's all the heavy lifting Brad Pitt has been required to do in his efforts to promote the inside-baseball movie "Moneyball" or Taylor Lautner stepping out as a leading man in the actioner "Abduction," actors have been on the hook this week. And so has the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. The organization is trying yet again to curtail the excesses of Oscar campaigning on the dawn of a new season.

In their first Hollywood week in review video, Los Angeles Times reporters Nicole Sperling and Steven Zeitchik explore the latest machinations of the movie business.


Academy tightens reins on Oscar race

Sony pitches Brad Pitt in "Moneyball" marketing campaign

Taylor Lautner, post "Twilight," stars in "Abduction" for John Singleton

— Nicole Sperling

Photo: Brad Pitt arrives at the Oakland premiere of "Moneyball." Credit: Ben Margot / Associated Press.

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