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Kristen Stewart 'Camp X-Ray' Reviews: Performances Praised at Sundance Film Festival

'Camp X-Ray': Kristen Stewart and Peyman Moaadi praised, but mixed reviews for Sundance 2014 political drama (image: Kristen Stewart in 'Camp X-Ray') The Guardian's Xan Brooks wasn't too crazy about first-time feature film director Peter Sattler's Camp X-Ray, screened at the 2014 Sundance Film Festival last week, though he did […]


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Kristen Stewart 'Camp X-Ray' Reviews: Performances Praised at Sundance Film Festival



Best Live Action Short Film Oscar: Martin Freeman Movie Among Semi-Finalists

Best Live Action Short Film semi-finalists: Oscar 2014 Last week, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced that 10 live action short films remained in the running for the 2014 Academy Awards. Among the semi-finalists, topics and characters include African child soldiers (That Wasn't Me), a troubled Italian […]


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Best Live Action Short Film Oscar: Martin Freeman Movie Among Semi-Finalists



Andy Kaufman Alive? Death Hoax?

Andy Kaufman alive? Or Andy Kaufman hoax? New York City-born comedian Andy Kaufman, little known outside the United States but well-remembered in the U.S. by those who watched the late '70s / early '80s television series Taxi, is alive, married, and has a (previously unknown) grown daughter who goes by […]


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Andy Kaufman Alive? Death Hoax?



James Bond and Judi Dench (M) Save the Free World: 'Philomena' Gets Lighter MPAA Rating

Judi Dench as M in Funny or Die James Bond video James Bond spoof helps to rescue 'Philomena' from the evil claws of the Motion Picture Association of America James Bond, savior of the Free World, was just recently back, fighting the forces of undemocratic darkness. No, not in a […]


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James Bond and Judi Dench (M) Save the Free World: 'Philomena' Gets Lighter MPAA Rating



Bruce Dern 'Nebraska' Tribute: AFI FEST

Bruce Dern in 'Nebraska': AFI FEST 2013 highlight The Los Angeles-based AFI FEST, which kicked off last Thursday, Nov. 7, continues until next Thursday. On Monday, Nov. 11, the highlight of AFI FEST 2013 is Alexander Payne's Nebraska (7:00 p.m. at TCL Chinese Theatre), likely to earn a Best Actor […]


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Bruce Dern 'Nebraska' Tribute: AFI FEST



'Iron Man' 2008: Military as 'Rock Stars'

'Iron Man' 2008: The Air Force as 'rock stars' (See previous post: “The American Military at the Movies: The Pentagon-Hollywood Complex.”) Gwyneth Paltrow and Robert Downey Jr. are connected to the Pentagon by way of the Air Force-aided Iron Man (2008), and so is Dakota Fanning “at the side of […]


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'Iron Man' 2008: Military as 'Rock Stars'



Kristen Stewart 'Sils Maria' Set Photos

Kristen Stewart: 'Sils Maria' set photos Kristen Stewart co-stars opposite Oscar winner Juliette Binoche (The English Patient) and Chloë Grace Moretz (Kick-Ass, the upcoming Carrie remake) in Olivier Assayas' Sils Maria, a psychological drama currently being filmed in Germany and Switzerland. A Kristen Stewart fan site on Twitter has posted […]


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Kristen Stewart 'Sils Maria' Set Photos



'Nymphomaniac' Shia LaBeouf Sex Scene Photo 'Teaser'

'Nymphomaniac': Shia LaBeouf sex scene teaser, courtesy of Lars von Trier (image: Stacy Martin and Shia LaBeouf in 'Nymphomaniac') A PG-rated (okay, PG13-rated) still – or publicity shot – from Lars von Trier's (reportedly) sexually explicit Nymphomaniac, starring Shia LaBeouf and newcomer Stacy Martin, was recently posted on the film's […]


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'Nymphomaniac' Shia LaBeouf Sex Scene Photo 'Teaser'



Oscar Watch: 'Fruitvale Station,' 'The Butler' & Other Harvey Weinstein Goodies

Cannes Film Festival 2013: Harvey Weinstein's Academy Awards Preview Show (Image: Fruitvale Station, with Michael B. Jordan) Harvey Weinstein's Cannes Film Festival Coming Attractions Special, a showcase of upcoming The Weinstein Company releases, is now regarded as one of the Croisette's key film events. Because it provides a hint at […]


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Oscar Watch: 'Fruitvale Station,' 'The Butler' & Other Harvey Weinstein Goodies



Cannes Film Festival: 'The Bling Ring' & Jewel Heist

Cannes Film Festival 2013 highlight? (Image: Bérénice Bejo, Tahar Rahim in Asghar Farhadi's The Past) So far, what's the most memorable event at the 2013 Cannes Film Festival? Perhaps the screening of Asghar Farhadi's Palme d'Or competitor The Past, starring The Artist's Bérénice Bejo (replacing Marion Cotillard) and A Prophet's […]


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Cannes Film Festival: 'The Bling Ring' & Jewel Heist



Pope Francis Movie in the Works? + Pope Movies

Pope Francis Pope Francis movie in the works? Friend of the Poor: The Pope Francis Story is the working title of a projected English-language biopic about the recently elected pope, born Jorge Mario Bergoglio in Buenos Aires. According to the National Catholic Register's Joseph Pronechen, German-born producer and Catholic convert […]


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Pope Francis Movie in the Works? + Pope Movies



'Guys and Dolls' Remake with Channing Tatum & Joseph Gordon-Levitt?

Guys and Dolls remake supposedly to star Channing Tatum, Joseph Gordon-Levitt (image: Channing Tatum in Magic Mike) Guys and Dolls will be brought back to the big screen by way of 20th Century Fox, according to Deadline.com. Back in 1955, Joseph L. Mankiewicz directed for independent producer Samuel Goldwyn a […]


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'Guys and Dolls' Remake with Channing Tatum & Joseph Gordon-Levitt?



European Film Awards 2013 New Category: Best European Comedy

Daniel Brühl in Good Bye, Lenin! European Film Awards 2013 gets new category: Best European Comedy Perhaps inspired by the U.S.-based Broadcast Film Critics Association (of the populist Critics' Choice Awards) or perhaps the Hollywood Foreign Press Association (of the populist Golden Globes), the European Film Academy has added a […]


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European Film Awards 2013 New Category: Best European Comedy



'The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse': Blockbuster Among Best Movies of 1920s

Alice Terry and Rudolph Valentino in 'The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse.' 'The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse': Rex Ingram's blockbuster – one of the best movies of 1921 BEST FILM The Affairs of Anatol The Conquering Power The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse Nobody   BEST DIRECTOR Cecil B. […]


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'The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse': Blockbuster Among Best Movies of 1920s



'The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari': Expressionistic Classic Among Best Films of 1920

The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari with Lil Dagover, Conrad Veidt, and Werner Krauss 'The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari': Robert Wiene's expressionistic classic is one of the best movies of 1920 BEST FILM The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari / Das Cabinet des Dr. Caligari Conrad in Quest of His Youth The […]


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'The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari': Expressionistic Classic Among Best Films of 1920



'World War Z' Trailer HD: Where's Iron Man?

World War Z World War Z trailer HD: Brad Pitt vs. Zombies - but where's Iron Man? World War Z, the troubled production directed by Marc Forster and starring Brad Pitt fooling around with a bunch of zombies, has a new trailer. Well, maybe not so new. The World War […]


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'World War Z' Trailer HD: Where's Iron Man?



'The Host' Reviews: Dismal Rotten Tomatoes Approval Rating

Saoirse Ronan and Max Irons kiss 'The Host' reviews: Dismal 6 percent approval rating among Rotten Tomatoes' top critics “Dopey, derivative and dull, The Host is a brazen combination of unoriginal science-fiction themes, young-adult pandering and bottom-line calculation,” writes Manohla Dargis in the New York Times. And that's one of […]


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'The Host' Reviews: Dismal Rotten Tomatoes Approval Rating



'Broken Blossoms,' Lillian Gish & Richard Barthelmess: Best Movies of the 1910s

'Broken Blossoms': Lillian Gish and Richard Barthelmess star in D.W. Griffith's 1919 melodrama about doomed interethnic love and dysfunctional family relationships – one of the best movies of the 1910s BEST FILM Broken Blossoms The Hoodlum The Italian Little Pal Old Wives for New A Romance of the Redwoods Sold […]


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'Broken Blossoms,' Lillian Gish & Richard Barthelmess: Best Movies of the 1910s



Best Films of…

Best Films of… (Image: Poster art for Krzysztof Kieslowski's Three Colors: Red / Trois couleurs: Rouge, with Irène Jacob) Alt Film Guide's “Best Films of …” lists, which we'll be updating and reposting in the coming weeks, consist of highly personal and highly eclectic suggestions of films, oftentimes lesser-known titles, […]


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Best Films of…



Nicole Kidman, Sandra Bullock: Oscar Presenters

Nicole Kidman (above in The Paperboy), Sandra Bullock, Halle Berry, and Reese Witherspoon: Oscar 2013 presenters Nicole Kidman, Sandra Bullock, Halle Berry, and Reese Witherspoon will be presenters at the 2013 Oscar ceremony on Feb. 24, Oscarcast producers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron announced today. All four performers are past […]


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Nicole Kidman, Sandra Bullock: Oscar Presenters



Oscar Voting for the Winners Begins on Friday

Oscar 2013: Final round of voting begins on Friday (Sally Field in Lincoln among the nominees) It's Carnival time (a.k.a. Mardi Gras) everywhere you look – Rio de Janeiro, New Orleans, Nice, Venice, Beverly Hills, Bel Air, Brentwood, Malibu. Well, the last four locales will be celebrating a different kind […]


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Oscar Voting for the Winners Begins on Friday



Mark Wahlberg and Ted: Oscar Family Affair

Mark Wahlberg and Ted: Oscar 2013 presenters Oscar 2013 will be a family affair. Ted's teddy bear Ted and Mark Wahlberg will be presenters at the Oscar 2013 ceremony, Oscarcast producers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron announced earlier today. (Image: Mark Wahlberg, Ted in Seth MacFarlane's Ted.) “We are happy […]


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Mark Wahlberg and Ted: Oscar Family Affair



Barbra Streisand: Oscar Big Comeback Story

Barbra Streisand, a two-time Academy Award winner, will sing at the 2013 Oscar ceremony on Feb. 24, 2013. According to the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences press release, Streisand has only performed once at the Oscars, nearly 36 years ago. On the March 28, 1977, telecast, she sang […]


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Barbra Streisand: Oscar Big Comeback Story



SAG Awards: Anne Hathaway & Daniel Day-Lewis + Political Thriller Cast

Anne Hathaway Les Misérables. SAG Awards winners 2013 Anne Hathaway & Tommy Lee Jones The SAG Awards 2013 are currently being held at the Shrine Exposition Center, just south of downtown Los Angeles. One of the key Academy Award precursors, SAG Award winners have usually gone on to take home […]


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SAG Awards: Anne Hathaway & Daniel Day-Lewis + Political Thriller Cast



PGA Awards: Ben Affleck Political Thriller Tops

PGA Awards 2013 winners Update: Ben Affleck's Argo wins Theatrical Motion Picture PGA Award. Argo producer Ben Affleck tells Steve Pond “I had totally convinced myself they were going to read another name.” Affleck's fellow Argo producers are George Clooney and Grant Heslov. The Producers Guild of America is currently […]


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PGA Awards: Ben Affleck Political Thriller Tops



Watch Sundance Film Festival Awards Online

Watch Sundance Film Festival Awards online Watch online the Sundance Film Festival 2013 Awards ceremony right here. (Please scroll down to check out the live feed.) The Sundance 2013 livestream should begin at 6 p.m. PT / 9 p.m. ET. (Image: Amanda Seyfried as Linda Lovelace in Lovelace.) Among this […]


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Watch Sundance Film Festival Awards Online



Oscar 2013 Nominations

Oscar 2013 nominations Performance by an actor in a leading role Bradley Cooper in “Silver Linings Playbook" Daniel Day-Lewis in “Lincoln" Hugh Jackman in “Les Misérables" Joaquin Phoenix in “The Master" Denzel Washington in “Flight" Performance by an actor in a supporting role Alan Arkin in “Argo" Robert De Niro […]


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Oscar 2013 Nominations



Watch Oscar 2013 Nominations Live-Streaming Online

The Academy Awards 2013 nominations will be announced at 5:30 a.m. PT. You can watch Seth MacFarlane and Emma Stone announce the list of nominees in the “top categories.” Those include Best Picture, Best Foreign Language Film, Best Actor, Best Actress, Best Supporting Actress, Best Supporting Actor, Best Original Screenplay, […]


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Watch Oscar 2013 Nominations Live-Streaming Online



DGA Awards: Ben Affleck Is Sole Newcomer; Four Previous Winners Shortisted

DGA Awards 2013: Ben Affleck is only first-timer; four previous winners among five nominees Ben Affleck for the political thriller Argo, Kathryn Bigelow for the political thriller Zero Dark Thirty, Tom Hooper for the socially conscious musical Les Misérables, Ang Lee for the existentialist fantasy Life of Pi, and Steven […]


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DGA Awards: Ben Affleck Is Sole Newcomer; Four Previous Winners Shortisted



Nicole Kidman, Quentin Tarantino: PGA Awards Presenters

Nicole Kidman, Jennifer Garner, Quentin Tarantino among PGA Awards 2013 presenters The Paperboy's potential Best Supporting Actress Academy Award contender Nicole Kidman, Argo's Bryan Cranston, Butter's Jennifer Garner (and the wife of Argo director / co-producer / star Ben Affleck), Django Unchained's Kerry Washington and Quentin Tarantino, Marlo Thomas, Jonah […]


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Nicole Kidman, Quentin Tarantino: PGA Awards Presenters



'The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 2' Breaks Brazil Record, Top Six Movies Ever

Robert Pattinson and Kristen Stewart. Kristen Stewart and Robert Pattinson Breaking Dawn - Part 2 among top six movies in Brazilian box office 'history' Jan. 6, '13, update: Kristen Stewart and Robert Pattinson and Taylor Lautner are back together for the last time in Breaking Dawn - Part 2. The […]


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'The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 2' Breaks Brazil Record, Top Six Movies Ever



Emmanuelle Riva & Amy Adams: National Society of Film Critics Winners

The National Society of Film Critics can be a classy, discerning voting body when its members feel like it. And that happens much more frequently than with most other U.S.-based film critics groups, including the better known and increasingly more mundane New York Film Critics Circle (though there's quite a […]


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Emmanuelle Riva & Amy Adams: National Society of Film Critics Winners



Visual Effects Oscar: 'The Avengers' & 'The Dark Knight Rises' Semi-Finalists

Visual Effects Oscar 2013 semi-finalists: The Avengers, The Dark Knight Rises, Life of Pi Joss Whedon's The Avengers, Christopher Nolan's The Dark Knight Rises, Ang Lee's Life of Pi, and Rupert Sanders' Snow White and the Huntsman are among the ten semi-finalists for the 2013 Academy Award in the Visual […]


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Visual Effects Oscar: 'The Avengers' & 'The Dark Knight Rises' Semi-Finalists



'Silver Linings Playbook': What Spirit Awards $20 Million Cap?

Silver Linings Playbook: Spirit Awards eligibility and the $20 million Budget Cap The Spirit Awards 2013 nominations offered a few curiosities. Chief among those is probably the inclusion of David O. Russell's Silver Linings Playbook among the nominees. Reportedly made for $21 million, Silver Linings Playbook should have been ineligible […]


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'Silver Linings Playbook': What Spirit Awards $20 Million Cap?



'Silver Linings Playbook' Receives Major Spirit Award Nominations

'Silver Linings Playbook' receives key Spirit Award nominations Silver Linings Playbook, Keep the Lights On, and Moonrise Kingdom were the only three movies to receive nominations for Best Feature, Best Director, and Best Screenplay for the 2013 Spirit Awards. Additionally, all three movies received nods in the acting categories, though […]


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'Silver Linings Playbook' Receives Major Spirit Award Nominations



Kristen Stewart Bella Swan vs. Feminists: Passive Wimp?

Bella Swan: Kristen Stewart in 'Twilight.' Kristen Stewart Bella Swan in Twilight not a 'feminist' move heroine: Should that be a problem? When Gary Ross' The Hunger Games opened last March, some film commentators, usually women, declared it the first real major female movie franchise – The Hunger Games: Catching […]


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Kristen Stewart Bella Swan vs. Feminists: Passive Wimp?



Osama bin Laden Movies & Japanese-American Concentration Camp + Catherine Deneuve & Harvey Keitel Pairing

Zero Dark Thirty poster: Kathryn Bigelow's mystery movie about the story everyone (sort of) knows The Zero Dark Thirty poster has just come out. Plot details about the upcoming Kathryn Bigelow-directed feature, however, have been scarce – or downright nonexistent. Zero Dark Thirty: Echoes of The Hurt Locker Zero Dark […]


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Osama bin Laden Movies & Japanese-American Concentration Camp + Catherine Deneuve & Harvey Keitel Pairing



Jodie Foster: Cecil B. DeMille Award Recipient Defends Kristen Stewart & Mel Gibson

Jodie Foster: 2012 Cecil B. DeMille Award recipient Jodie Foster will be the next Cecil B. DeMille Award recipient, the Hollywood Foreign Press Association has announced – by way of Foster's Panic Room co-star Kristen Stewart and Simon Baker. A two-time Golden Globe winner, Jodie Foster will be honored at […]


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Jodie Foster: Cecil B. DeMille Award Recipient Defends Kristen Stewart & Mel Gibson



Lindsay Lohan Charlie Sheen in Bed: 'Scary Movie 5' Worth Price of Admission?

Lindsay Lohan, Charlie Sheen in bed: Scary Movie 5 Lindsay Lohan was the best thing in Robert Altman's rambling A Prairie Home Companion, more memorable than Meryl Streep, Woody Harrelson, Lily Tomlin, and all her fellow co-stars. Now, will Lindsay Lohan also be the best thing about Scary Movie 5? […]


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Lindsay Lohan Charlie Sheen in Bed: 'Scary Movie 5' Worth Price of Admission?



Oscar Dates: Earlier Nominations

Oscar 2013 dates announced The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has announced key dates for the 2013 Academy Awards. One interesting alteration was the date of the Oscar 2013 nominations: Jan. 10, instead of the previously announced Jan. 15. (Please scroll down to check out the Oscar 2013 […]


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Oscar Dates: Earlier Nominations



Sidney Poitier Movies: 'Cry the Beloved Country'

Sidney Poitier Movies Turner Classic Movies, Tuesday, August 7 6:00 AM CRY, THE BELOVED COUNTRY (1952) A South African minister travels to Johannesburg to find his missing son. Dir.: Zoltan Korda. Cast: Canada Lee, Sidney Poitier, Charles Carson. Black and White-108 minutes. 8:00 AM BLACKBOARD JUNGLE (1955) An idealistic teacher […]


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Sidney Poitier Movies: 'Cry the Beloved Country'



Van Heflin Movies: 'Tennesse Johnson' & 'Act of Violence'

Van Heflin Movies Turner Classic Movies, Monday, August 6 6:00 AM THE OUTCASTS OF POKER FLAT (1937) A former lowlife adopts a child to help him go straight. Dir.: Christy Cabanne. Cast: Preston Foster, Jean Muir, Van Heflin. Black and White-68 minutes. 7:15 AM H.M. PULHAM, ESQ. (1941) A stuffy […]


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Van Heflin Movies: 'Tennesse Johnson' & 'Act of Violence'



Kristen Stewart Hot Actress: 'Lie Down in Darkness' Movie

Kristen Stewart hot actress: Lie Down in Darkness movie The media circus surrounding the Kristen Stewart and Rupert Sanders “affair” continues unabated: Will Robert Pattinson forgive? Will Liberty Ross forget? But the world – and the world of moviemaking – haven't come to a halt because of the “cheating scandal.” […]


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Kristen Stewart Hot Actress: 'Lie Down in Darkness' Movie



John Wayne Films

John Wayne Movies Among the John Wayne movies in the TCM line-up are two John Ford classics: Stagecoach (1939), surely inspired by Guy de Maupassant's Boule de suif, and The Searchers (1956). Turner Classic Movies, Wednesday, August 1 6:00 AM FLYING LEATHERNECKS (1951) A World War II Marine officer drives […]


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John Wayne Films



Gabriel Garko as Rudolph Valentino

Gabriel Garko (photo) will play Rudolph Valentino (a.k.a. Rodolfo Valentino in places like Italy and Brazil) in a two-part Italian TV movie. To be directed by Alessio Inturri for Mediaset, the Valentino project is reportedly to be filmed this year in both Italy and the United States. Gabriel Garko, who'll […]


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Gabriel Garko as Rudolph Valentino



'The Host' Trailer: Creepy Blue-Eyed People + Jane Fonda as Nancy Reagan?

Saoirse Ronan, Max Irons, The Host 'The Host' trailer “The Earth is at peace. There are no wars. There's no hunger,” intones Saoirse Ronan in The Host's teaser trailer (see below). “Honesty, courtesy and kindness are practiced by all. The world has never been more perfect. It is no longer […]


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'The Host' Trailer: Creepy Blue-Eyed People + Jane Fonda as Nancy Reagan?



Viggo Mortensen & Vanessa Paradis: Genie Awards

Fellag, Monsieur Lazhar Philippe Falardeau's Monsieur Lazhar, the tale of an Algerian immigrant and middle-school teacher who changes the lives of several of his students, won a total of six Genie Awards – the Canadian Oscars – including Best Picture, Best Director, Best Actor (Fellag), Best Supporting Actress (Sophie Nélisse), […]


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Viggo Mortensen & Vanessa Paradis: Genie Awards



Jean Dujardin Makes Oscar History

Jean Dujardin Jean Dujardin made film-award history after he won the 2012 Best Actor Academy Award for his performance as a fading silent film matinee idol in Michel Hazanavicius' The Artist. But before I proceed, I must say that those who compare Dujardin with former Best Actor Oscar winner Roberto […]


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Jean Dujardin Makes Oscar History



Watch BAFTA Online Red Carpet Here

This live feed for the 2012 BAFTA Awards red carpet (please scroll down) seems to be working. So, you should be able to watch at least the BAFTA 2012 red carpet arrivals online. If you're in the United Kingdom, you might also want to check out BBC3 at 7:30 p.m. […]


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Watch BAFTA Online Red Carpet Here



Mia Farrow: The Politics of Boredom

Rick Santorum puts choir kids to sleep. Mia Farrow: 'Gem' picture of Rick Santorum boring whole choir to sleep Mia Farrow is a frequent Twitter twitterer. Earlier today (Feb. 4, '12), for instance, Farrow expressed her disgust at the Chinese and Russian governments' decision to veto United Nations sanctions against […]


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Mia Farrow: The Politics of Boredom



Watch SAG Awards Online Live Streaming Red Carpet Plus Ceremony Possibilities

Update: When it comes to the red carpet arrivals, you can watch the SAG Awards live-streaming online on TNT on Sunday, Jan. 29, '12, beginning at 3 p.m. PT/6 p.m. ET. The Associated Press will have its own live coverage here. (You must RSVP by providing your email address.) And […]


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Watch SAG Awards Online Live Streaming Red Carpet Plus Ceremony Possibilities



Watch the Golden Globes Live Streaming Online: A Few Possibilities

Golden Globe statuette How to watch the Golden Globes live streaming online: Here are a few possibilities NBC will broadcast the Golden Globes from the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills on Sunday, Jan. 15, '12, at 5–8 p.m. PT (8–11 p.m. ET). Note for Los Angeles commuters: Santa Monica Boulevard […]


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Watch the Golden Globes Live Streaming Online: A Few Possibilities



Oscar Nominations: Eclectic List of Films

Best picture The Artist (The Weinstein Company) A La Petite Reine/Studio 37/La Classe Américaine/JD Prod/France3 Cinéma/Jouror Productions/uFilm Production, Thomas Langmann, Producer The Descendants (Fox Searchlight) An Ad Hominem Enterprises Production, Jim Burke, Alexander Payne and Jim Taylor, Producers Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close (Warner Bros.) A Warner Bros. Pictures Production, […]


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Oscar Nominations: Eclectic List of Films



BAFTA Fellowship: Very Few Women, Very Few Outside UK/Hollywood Film Industry

Alfred Hitchcock on the 'Psycho' set: The very first BAFTA Fellowship recipient. BAFTA Fellowship: Focus on men in the American/British show business industry The first recipient of the British Academy of Film and Television Arts' Fellowship, “awarded in recognition of outstanding achievement in the art forms of the moving image,” […]


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BAFTA Fellowship: Very Few Women, Very Few Outside UK/Hollywood Film Industry



Terrence Malick & Clint Eastwood Movies Bypassed: PGA Award Nominations

Owen Wilson, Alison Pill in Woody Allen's Midnight in Paris The biggest surprise among the Producers Guild of America (PGA) Theatrical Motion Picture nominations was the inclusion of George Clooney's political drama The Ides of March, which hasn't exactly been a critical favorite or a runaway box office hit. Also […]


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Terrence Malick & Clint Eastwood Movies Bypassed: PGA Award Nominations



TCM Cruise: Oscar Winners & Hitchcock Stars + Robert Osborne & Ben Mankiewicz

TCM Cruise group photo (click on the image to enlarge it), from left to right: Bruce Goldstein, New York Film Forum; film critic Alonso Duralde; Harold Lloyd's granddaughter Suzanne Lloyd; Chelsea Hightower of Dancing with the Stars; Best Actor Oscar winner Ernest Borgnine; Best Supporting Actress Oscar winner Eva Marie […]


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TCM Cruise: Oscar Winners & Hitchcock Stars + Robert Osborne & Ben Mankiewicz



Zachary Quinto: Jamey Rodemeyer Anti-Gay Bullying Text

At ZacharyQuinto.com, Star Trek's Zachary Quinto explains (all in lower case) that the suicide of a gay 14-year-old, Jamey Rodemeyer, in a Buffalo suburb last September prompted him to go public about his sexual orientation. See below. (I've added paragraph breaks to facilitate reading Quinto's text.) [See also Zachary Quinto: […]


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Zachary Quinto: Jamey Rodemeyer Anti-Gay Bullying Text



Zachary Quinto: Gay Actor Comes Out

Zachary Quinto, Chris W. King before passionate gay kiss in So NoTORIous Star Trek's Dr. Spock, Zachary Quinto, 34, also known for his roles in the television series Heroes and So NoTORIous, has come out “as a gay man.” I have that in quotes because he refers to himself that […]


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Zachary Quinto: Gay Actor Comes Out



Ralph Fiennes & David Cronenberg: BFI Fellowship

Canadian filmmaker David Cronenberg and British actor-turned-filmmaker Ralph Fiennes (right) will receive the 2011 British Film Institute Fellowship, a sort of Lifetime Achievement Award given by the BFI. Cronenberg and Fiennes will be handed the honor at the London Film Festival. Previous BFI Fellowship recipients include Isabelle Huppert, Michael Powell, […]


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Ralph Fiennes & David Cronenberg: BFI Fellowship



Watch the Emmys Online Livestream Behind the Scenes

Glee's Jane Lynch, golden guys in very tight golden shorts Jane Lynch will be hosting the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences' 63rd Annual Primetime Emmy Awards this evening at the Nokia Theater in Los Angeles. The Emmy telecast will be aired live on Fox at 8 ET/5 PT. You […]


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Watch the Emmys Online Livestream Behind the Scenes



Sigourney Weaver Picture: 'Abduction' Hollywood Premiere

Sigourney Weaver Sigourney Weaver is seen above at the Hollywood premiere of the Taylor Lautner film Abduction, directed by John Singleton from a screenplay by Shawn Christensen. The Abduction premiere took place last Thursday evening at Grauman's Chinese Theatre on Hollywood Boulevard. Among Sigourney Weaver's numerous film and television credits […]


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Sigourney Weaver Picture: 'Abduction' Hollywood Premiere



Justin Bieber Picture: ABDUCTION Hollywood Premiere

Justin Bieber Justin Bieber, teen idol emeritus, showed up at the Thursday night (Sept. 15) Hollywood premiere of the Taylor Lautner movie Abduction, a thriller directed by Academy Award nominee John Singleton. The premiere took place a Grauman's Chinese Theatre. In addition to Bieber, Lautner, and Singleton, also attending the […]


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Justin Bieber Picture: ABDUCTION Hollywood Premiere



Scarlett Johansson Naked Pictures Removed; FBI After Hackers

Naked pictures of Scarlett Johansson have recently surfaced online. Now, the FBI is reportedly after those who have hacked into the computer and/or cell phone files of various female celebrities. In addition to Johansson – it isn't clear if the FBI is involved in her particular case – rumored hacker […]


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Scarlett Johansson Naked Pictures Removed; FBI After Hackers



Kennedy Center Honors Recipients: From Marian Anderson to Meryl Streep

The Kennedy Center Honors have been handed out since 1978. Recipients hail from various branches of the American performance art world – including film, stage, music, and dance – even though performers more closely associated with British show business have managed to sneak in every now and then, e.g., Paul […]


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Kennedy Center Honors Recipients: From Marian Anderson to Meryl Streep



Leonardo DiCaprio as J. Edgar Hoover, Naomi Watts as Helen Gandy in 'J. Edgar'

Leonardo DiCaprio as J. Edgar Hoover, Naomi Watts as Helen Gandy in Clint Eastwood's J. Edgar As J. Edgar Hoover, the FBI's notoriously corrupt, rabidly power-hungry topdog, Leonardo DiCaprio looks very much like Leonardo DiCaprio in the above still from Clint Eastwood's Hoover biopic J. Edgar. As Hoover's secretary Helen […]


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Leonardo DiCaprio as J. Edgar Hoover, Naomi Watts as Helen Gandy in 'J. Edgar'



Brazilian Sex Comedy Blockbuster 'Dona Flor and Her Two Husbands' to Be Remade

Dona Flor e Seus Dois Maridos / Dona Flor and Her Two Husbands, Brazil's biggest box office hit until last year's The Elite Squad 2, will be remade.At the Gramado Film Festival, currently being held in the small southern Brazilian town, actor-director Reginaldo Faria announced that his son, Marcelo Faria, will […]


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Brazilian Sex Comedy Blockbuster 'Dona Flor and Her Two Husbands' to Be Remade



Channing Tatum & Kate Mara: Toronto Film Festival Line-Up

Americano with Mathieu Demy, Geraldine Chaplin 360 – Fernando Meirelles, World Premiere – Inspired by Arthur Schnitzler's classic La Ronde, in 360, director Fernando Meirelles and screenwriter Peter Morgan combine a modern and dynamic roundelay of original stories into one, linking characters: from different cities and countries in a vivid, […]


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Channing Tatum & Kate Mara: Toronto Film Festival Line-Up



Michelle Yeoh & Jane Fonda + Madonna & Brad Pitt: Toronto Film Festival Galas

Albert Nobbs with Glenn Close Albert Nobbs Rodrigo Garcia, World Premiere – A witty Irish-set period drama about the lives of staff at Dublin's most luxurious hotel: the illegitimate child of a maid, a beautiful couple's impossible love, and Albert… a woman who pretends to be a man to survive. […]


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Michelle Yeoh & Jane Fonda + Madonna & Brad Pitt: Toronto Film Festival Galas



LUX Prize Nominations: Wim Wenders & Nanni Moretti + Aki Kaurismäki

Adriano Luz in Raoul Ruiz's The Mysteries of Lisbon At the 46th Karlovy Vary International Film Festival, European Parliament member Olga Sehnalová, filmmaker Feo Aladag, actress Sibel Kekilli, and the Karlovy Vary Festival's artistic consultant Eva Zaoralová announced the ten films competing for the 2011 LUX Prize. They are, in […]


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LUX Prize Nominations: Wim Wenders & Nanni Moretti + Aki Kaurismäki



'Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2' Final Trailer

Starring Daniel Radcliffe as Harry Potter, Rupert Grint as Ron Weasley, Emma Watson as Hermione Granger, and Ralph Fiennes as Lord Voldemort, David Yates' Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 is the final installment in the Harry Potter film franchinse – and the first in 3D. The video […]


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'Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2' Final Trailer



Outfest: Patty Schemel Documentary & Gay Romance 'Weekend'

Chris New, Tom Cullen in Andrew Haigh's Weekend Kathleen Turner, Richard Chamberlain, Esai Morales: Outfest 2011 Outfest 2011's four centerpieces are Maryam Keshavarz's Teheran-set drama Circumstance (U.S. Dramatic), winner of the Dramatic Audience Award at the Sundance Film Festival earlier this year; Andrew Haigh's Weekend (International), a sleeper hit at […]


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Outfest: Patty Schemel Documentary & Gay Romance 'Weekend'



'Grease' & 'Taxi' Actor Jeff Conaway in Critical Condition After Apparent Drug Overdose

Jeff Conaway, who played opposite John Travolta and Olivia Newton-John in the 1978 blockbuster Grease, is in critical condition at a hospital in the Los Angeles area following an apparent overdose, reports the Los Angeles Times. Conaway, 60, was also one of the stars of the popular 1980s sitcom Taxi, […]


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'Grease' & 'Taxi' Actor Jeff Conaway in Critical Condition After Apparent Drug Overdose



'The Tree of Life' Reviews

Brad Pitt in Terrence Malick's The Tree of Life Below are a snippets from a few The Tree of Life reviews. Terrence Malick's first film since The New World (2005), The Tree of Life stars Brad Pitt, Sean Penn, and Jessica Chastain. Malick's latest was screened at the Cannes Film […]


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'The Tree of Life' Reviews



Cannes Winner Tops Asian Film Awards

Best Film AFTERSHOCK, China CONFESSIONS, Japan LET THE BULLETS FLY, China PEEPLI LIVE, India POETRY, South Korea * UNCLE BOONMEE WHO CAN RECALL HIS PAST LIVES, Thailand Best Director FENG Xiaogang, AFTERSHOCK, China JIANG Wen, LET THE BULLETS FLY, China * LEE Chang-dong, POETRY, South Korea MIIKE Takashi, 13 ASSASSINS, […]


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Cannes Winner Tops Asian Film Awards



Oscar Ceremony Rundown Leaked: No James Franco in Drag Singing Cher Song

James Franco and Anne Hathaway: Oscar ceremony hosts. Oscar ceremony details leaked: No James Franco in drag singing Cher song The 2011 Oscar ceremony rundown has been leaked to Deadline's Nikki Finke. Among the revelations are a mystery “guest host” halfway through the show, Mo'Nique's refusal to present this year's […]


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Oscar Ceremony Rundown Leaked: No James Franco in Drag Singing Cher Song



'Troubadours' with James Taylor and Carole King Wins Santa Barbara Film Festival Award

James Taylor and Carole King in Troubadours. James Taylor and Carole King documentary 'Troubadours' wins Santa Barbara Film Festival Audience Award The winners of the 2011 Santa Barbara International Film Festival were announced Sunday morning, Feb. 7, at the Fess Parker Doubletree Resort. Notable among them was Audience Award winner […]


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'Troubadours' with James Taylor and Carole King Wins Santa Barbara Film Festival Award



Ricky Gervais Criticized & Golden Globes TV Ratings Up

Feb. 1 Update: Ricky Gervais announced on his website's “Golden Globes Diary” that the Hollywood Foreign Press Association has asked him to return for the third time as host of the Golden Globes ceremony in 2012. Not long afterwards, the HFPA denied Gervais' claim (which may have been made in […]


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Ricky Gervais Criticized & Golden Globes TV Ratings Up



Hollywood Rules BAFTA Longlists - But No Sandra Bullock?

Sandra Bullock, The Blind Side Looking at this year's British Academy of Film and Television Award longlists, two things become (once again) obvious: a) The British Academy should have its name changed to the “Hollywood Academy.” b) No hype, no glory. [List of BAFTA 2011 longlist titles.] Regarding item a): […]


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Hollywood Rules BAFTA Longlists - But No Sandra Bullock?



'The Elite Squad 2' Dethrones 'Eclipse': Brazilian Blockbuster

Wagner Moura, The Elite Squad 2 José Padilha's Tropa de Elite 2 / The Elite Squad 2, a controversial sequel to the equally controversial 2007 Brazilian blockbuster and Berlin Film Festival winner The Elite Squad, has become the top local production at the Brazilian box office in 2010. According to […]


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'The Elite Squad 2' Dethrones 'Eclipse': Brazilian Blockbuster



Why Best Foreign Language Film Oscar Nominations Are Hard to Predict

Javier Bardem in Alejandro González-Iñárritu's Biutiful (top); Stefania Sandrelli, Valerio Mastandrea in Paolo Virzi's The First Beautiful Thing (middle); Mikael Persbrandt, Trine Dyrholm in Susanne Bier's In a Better World (photo by Per Arnesen) (bottom) Bal / Honey (Turkey), Semih Kaplanoglu Biutiful (Mexico), Alejandro González-Iñárritu Carancho (Argentina), Pablo Trapero In […]


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Why Best Foreign Language Film Oscar Nominations Are Hard to Predict



Tom Cruise 'Top Gun' Sequel?

Tom Cruise as Maverick in Tony Scott's Top Gun Paramount Pictures, the studio that brought you (or your parents, grandparents, or great-grandparents) Cecil B. DeMille epics, Billy Wilder comedies and dramas, The Godfather I-III, now brings you … Top Gun II? Well, Vulture says Paramount has “made offers” to both […]


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Tom Cruise 'Top Gun' Sequel?



Best Foreign Language Film Oscar: Obvious Choices

Semih Kaplanoglu's Bal / Honey Some of the 65 movies vying for the 2011 Best Foreign Language Film Oscar are obvious choices. [List of Oscar 2011 Foreign Language Film Submissions.] For instance, Semih Kaplanoglu's Bal / Honey (Turkey) won the Golden Bear at the Berlin Film Festival; Apichatpong Weerasethakul's Uncle […]


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Best Foreign Language Film Oscar: Obvious Choices



'Blue Valentine' Trailer & Surprising NC-17 Rating

Michelle Williams and Ryan Gosling have been mentioned as potential Oscar contenders for their performances as carefree lovers-turned-unhappily-married couple in Derek Cianfrance's Blue Valentine, which The Weinstein Company will be releasing in the United States on Dec. 31. But members of the Motion Picture Association of America's ratings (i.e., censorship) […]


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'Blue Valentine' Trailer & Surprising NC-17 Rating



SPEED-DATING: Easy Sex / True Love Comedy Now Playing

In writer-director Joseph A. Elmore Jr's comedy Speed-Dating, three single guys come up with a get-laid-quick scheme that should also help one of them save his moribund nightclub. Things go awry once True Love gets in the way of Easy Sex. The three men are played by Wesley Jonathan, Chico […]


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SPEED-DATING: Easy Sex / True Love Comedy Now Playing



National Film Awards + Montreal World Film Festival Winners

Mammootty, Kutty Srank: The Sailor of Hearts At India's 57th National Film Awards announced on Sept. 16, the top award went to a Mayalayam production, Shaji N. Karun's Kutty Srank: The Sailor of Hearts, voted the best feature film. The tale of a lonely, irascible boatman who, following his death, […]


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National Film Awards + Montreal World Film Festival Winners



Clint Eastwood 'Hereafter' Reviews: Alejandro González Iñárritu Possession?

Bryce Dallas Howard, Matt Damon, Hereafter The Clint Eastwood-Peter Morgan collaboration Hereafter, which involves metaphysical questions and narrative coincidences and convergences, sounds like something Alejandro González Iñárritu would direct from a screenplay by Guillermo Arriaga. Or perhaps something that Fatih Akin would write and direct inspired by González Iñárritu and […]


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Clint Eastwood 'Hereafter' Reviews: Alejandro González Iñárritu Possession?



Robert Redford 'The Conspirator': A Few Reviews

Starring Robin Wright as Mary Surratt, the only woman charged as a co-conspirator in the assassination trial of Abraham Lincoln, and James McAvoy as Surratt's lawyer, Robert Redford's courtroom drama The Conspirator bowed at the 2010 Toronto Film Festival. Whether or not The Conspirator ultimately garners lots of critical favor, […]


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Robert Redford 'The Conspirator': A Few Reviews



Darren Aronofsky 'Black Swan' Reviews: Natalie Portman Gets Oscar Buzz

Natalie Portman stars in Darren Aronofsky's Black Swan, a mix of madness, sex, gore, and ballet that opened the 2010 Venice Film Festival. Reviewers have generally had good (or great) things to say about Portman's performance as a ballerina on the verge, but many have found Aronofsky's handling of the […]


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Darren Aronofsky 'Black Swan' Reviews: Natalie Portman Gets Oscar Buzz



Tom Sherak Reelected Academy President; Annette Bening Elected Secretary

Tom Sherak was reelected president of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences tonight (Aug. 3) by the Academy's Board of Governors. This will be Sherak's second consecutive one-year term in that capacity. According to the Academy's press release, Sherak is beginning his eighth year as a governor representing […]


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Tom Sherak Reelected Academy President; Annette Bening Elected Secretary



Sensual Argentinean Gay Drama 'Plan B,' Religious Bigotry in 'Children of God': Outfest

Manuel Vignau, Lucas Ferraro in Marco Berger's Plan B (top); Fernanda Cardoso's Bloomington (bottom) Synopses from the Outfest website for Saturday, July 10. Plan B Best-laid plans are put to the test in this topsy-turvy romantic comedy from Argentina. After being dumped by Anna, Bruno secretly befriends Anna's new boyfriend […]


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Sensual Argentinean Gay Drama 'Plan B,' Religious Bigotry in 'Children of God': Outfest



Mitzi Gaynor, John Kerr & France Nuyen at 'South Pacific' Screening

Host/Center Theatre Group's artistic director Michael Ritchie, and actors France Nuyen (A Girl Named Tamiko, The Joy Luck Club), Mitzi Gaynor (There's No Business Like Show Business, Les Girls), John Kerr (Tea and Sympathy, opposite Deborah Kerr – no relation), and Rod Gilfry prior to the Academy of Motion Picture […]


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Mitzi Gaynor, John Kerr & France Nuyen at 'South Pacific' Screening



Aamir Khan '3 Idiots' Sweeps Bollywood's Controversial IIFA Awards

Aamir Khan, Sharman Joshi, R. Madhavan, 3 Idiots (top); Amitabh Bachchan, Paa (bottom) Rajkumar Hirani's 3 Idiots, an “inspirational” friendship comedy-drama starring Aamir Khan and one of India's biggest blockbusters, won 16 Indian Film Academy Awards, including best film, best director, and best screenplay. The 2010 IIFA ceremony was held […]


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Aamir Khan '3 Idiots' Sweeps Bollywood's Controversial IIFA Awards



'Mahler on the Couch' & Silverdocs Documentary Festival

Percy Adlon and Felix O. Adlon's Mahler auf der Couch / Mahler on the Couch will be screened as part of Film Independent's Los Angeles Film Festival at the REDCAT in downtown Los Angeles on Thu., June 24, at 8:00 p.m., Regal 1, and on Sat., June 26, at 1:45 […]


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'Mahler on the Couch' & Silverdocs Documentary Festival



'Bodyguards and Assassins' Tops Hong Kong Film Awards

Wai Ying-Hong (a.k.a. Kara Hui), Chui Tien You in Ho Yuhang's At the End of Daybreak Teddy Chen's Bodyguards and Assassins was the big winner at the 2010 Hong Kong Film Awards, held on Sunday. Set in the early years of the 20th century, the action thriller with political undertones […]


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'Bodyguards and Assassins' Tops Hong Kong Film Awards



'Don't Burn' Tops Vietnam's Golden Kite Awards

Veteran filmmaker Dang Nhat Minh's Don't Burn, adapted from the book Dang Thuy Tram's Diary, won six awards at Vietnam's 8th Golden Kite Awards, held at the Friendship Palace in Hanoi on Sunday, March 14. Don't Burn won awards for Best Feature, Best Actress (newcomer Minh Huong), Best Director, Best […]


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'Don't Burn' Tops Vietnam's Golden Kite Awards



Iranian Filmmaker Jafar Panahi Arrested + Academy Bans Oscar-Nominated Producer from Ceremony

Jafar Panahi's Offside Jafar Panahi, 49, the Iranian director of the Venice Film Festival winner The Circle, was arrested on Monday night along with his wife and daughter and 15 house guests following a raid at his home in Teheran, according to The Times of London. Panahi had supported opposition […]


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Iranian Filmmaker Jafar Panahi Arrested + Academy Bans Oscar-Nominated Producer from Ceremony



French Prison Drama Beats Oscar Favorites: London Film Critics Awards' Winners

Avatar may be the world's box office ruler, but it surely wasn't ruler of anything at the London Film Critics' Circle Awards held this evening in, where else, London. The London Critics' best film of 2009? Jacques Audiard's prison drama A Prophet, the first French-made production to win the Circle's […]


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French Prison Drama Beats Oscar Favorites: London Film Critics Awards' Winners



'Avatar' Performance Capture and the Oscars

Zoe Saldana, Sam Worthington in James Cameron's Avatar Actors with faces but without voices can't be nominated for Oscars. Actors with voices but without faces can, but don't get nominated for Oscars. Ingrid Thulin couldn't have been nominated for The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse because she was dubbed by […]


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'Avatar' Performance Capture and the Oscars



Oscar Snubs: Peter Jackson & The Other Meryl Streep

Meryl Streep, Alec Baldwin in It's Complicated (top); Penélope Cruz, Lluís Homar in Broken Embraces (middle); Agnes Varda in The Beaches of Agnes (bottom) Which movies were totally ignored by the Academy? Which performers and filmmakers were ignored? The list is quite long, of course. Below are the most notable […]


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Oscar Snubs: Peter Jackson & The Other Meryl Streep



Golden Globes Presenters + Jean-Paul Belmondo Visit

More than 50 Hollywood stars have been set as presenters at 2010 Golden Globe Awards ceremony on Sunday, January 17. They are: Amy Adams, Christina Aguilera, Jennifer Aniston, Justin Bartha, Kristen Bell, Halle Berry, Josh Brolin, Gerard Butler, Cher, Bradley Cooper, Chace Crawford, Robert De Niro, Cameron Diaz, Leonardo DiCaprio, and Colin Farrell. Also, Harrison Ford, Jodie Foster, Matthew Fox, Jennifer Garner, Mel Gibson, Lauren Graham, Tom Hanks, Neil Patrick Harris, Sally Hawkins, Ed Helms, Kate […]


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Golden Globes Presenters + Jean-Paul Belmondo Visit