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November 2012

Picture of the Day

Picture of the Day

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Kathryn Bigelow, doing the best work of her career at 61.

Interview: The Intouchable’s Omar Sy

Interview: The Intouchable’s Omar Sy

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In the past year, Omar Sy has gone from being a French comedy writer and actor, to a star known internationally for his dramatic performance in The Intouchables. In February of this year Sy won the Cesar Award (France’s Oscar) for Best Actor, beating out a group of actors including his co-star, legendary French actor Francois Cluzet, and Jean Dujardin for The Artist. Since then, The Intouchables has since spent…

5 clips from Les Misérables!

5 clips from Les Misérables!

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Four more after the cut. (Thanks to Igor)

The Case for: Looper

The Case for: Looper

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by Jordan Ruimy One thing you first notice in Rian Johnson’s Looper is how it builds up its sense of dread with each successive, tension-filled scene. Nobody is safe here. The plot only builds up as layer after layer is revealed until the film’s final shot. It’s a hell of a ride and easily one of the best films of the year. Then why no mention of a possible Oscar…

Oscarwatch: The Writers, Part One: Adapted Screenplays

Oscarwatch: The Writers, Part One: Adapted Screenplays

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There isn’t anything better than a great director working with a great screenwriter. Despite how many screenwriters there are in Los Angeles (rumor has it, there are more screenwriters here than people), there are precious few of them who can lay it down in any meaningful way. If the director picks a good writer and a solid script there is less distance to bridge between the written word and great…

2013 PGA nominees for Best Documentary

2013 PGA nominees for Best Documentary

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LOS ANGELES, CA (November 30, 2012) – The Producers Guild of America (PGA) announced today the Documentary Motion Picture nominees that will advance in the voting process for the 24th Annual Producers Guild Awards. The nominated films, listed below in alphabetical order, are: A PEOPLE UNCOUNTED THE GATEKEEPERS THE ISLAND PRESIDENT THE OTHER DREAM TEAM SEARCHING FOR SUGAR MAN All other nominations for the 2013 Producers Guild Award categories will…

Howard Shore’s complete Soundtrack for The Hobbit

Howard Shore’s complete Soundtrack for The Hobbit

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Exciting note from Rolling Stone this morning with a link to their exclusive stream of the entire Special Edition of The Hobbit soundtrack. (thanks to Ra as well) Neil Finn had dwarves on the mind when he wrote “Song of the Lonely Mountain,” a ballad that plays over the end credits of The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey. When the New Zealand composer met with film director Peter Jackson and his…

Fired up! Jessica Chastain in a clip from Zero Dark Thirty

Fired up! Jessica Chastain in a clip from Zero Dark Thirty

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11 Live Action Shorts advance in Oscar race

11 Live Action Shorts advance in Oscar race

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BEVERLY HILLS, CA – The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences today announced that 11 live action short films will advance in the voting process for the 85th Academy Awards®. A tie in the nominations balloting resulted in 11 films being shortlisted. One hundred twenty-five pictures had originally qualified in the category. The 11 films are listed below in alphabetical order by title, with their production companies: “A Fábrica…

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The Case for The Dark Knight Rises

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“Sometimes a man rises from the darkness. Sometimes the pit spits something back.” When we drill down to sum up The Dark Knight trilogy in simplest terms, what many will see emerge is a guy in a bat suit. There is no getting around it, and probably why The Dark Knight was shut out in 2008. At the same time, Nolan’s epic also represents the crest of a changing tide…