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Another Year, trailer

Another Year, trailer

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Very close to the same trailer we saw in August — a few new scenes to tease out the themes more explicitly, and of course the UK review quotes are here replaced with raves from familiar US critics.

Natalie Portman, Colin Firth win Palm Springs acting awards

Natalie Portman, Colin Firth win Palm Springs acting awards

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Natalie Portman and Colin Firth have been announced as winners of the Desert Palm Achievement Awards¬†for Acting¬†by the Palm Springs Film Festival. They will join previously announced honorees Javier Bardem, Jennifer Lawrence and Carey Mulligan. The Festival runs Jan. 6-17. ‚ÄúWe are honoring two of the finest actors to grace the screen, both of whom deliver Oscar-quality performances in their most recent films,‚Äù said Palm Springs International Film Festival chairman…

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Oscar Poker, Episode 8

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Later today or tonight, our Moveiegasm podcast will go up. But here is the 8th episode of Oscar Poker. Jeff Wells, Phil Contrino, Scott Feinberg and I discuss many things. Our podcasts, both of them, keep going up in length of time.¬† But there isn’t any point in cutting in. If you get bored, just stop listening. We talk the sex in Tilda Swinton’s I Am Love as being more…

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Like a Hurricane: The Actresses Own 2010

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It’s been said before, but let it be said again, 2010 is marked by an uncharacteristic tsunami of women. Sure, there are still some male-driven films that have risen to the top of the pile, namely Colin Firth and Geoffrey Rush in The King’s Speech, Jessie Eisenberg/Andrew Garfield/Justin Timberlake in The Social Network, the brilliant James Franco in 127 Hours, (though I haven’t yet seen it) Mark Wahlberg and Christian…

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Natalie Portman: The Performance of the Year

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Black Swan, Darren Aronofsky’s unflinching swan dive into the world of artistic expression, is a mirror with multiple foldings. It is about a dancer who strives to be perfect, haunted by her own reflection, which emerges at the worst times. It is about a daughter who is a reflection of her terrified mother who looks at her and sees her young self, but also sees her daughter as something she…

Sweet Moment of Laughter between Dianne Wiest and Nicole Kidman in Rabbit Hole Clip

Sweet Moment of Laughter between Dianne Wiest and Nicole Kidman in Rabbit Hole Clip

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We hear a lot about how hard-going the movie is, but here is a clip where the mood becomes lighter. Who doesn’t love Dianne Wiest, that’s what I want to know.

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Bening’s Time

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It took me a while to finally see The Kids Are All Right. I knew the movie would be good, and I followed the trail of buzz that has it continually landing on lists of films that might make the cut for the Oscars. Some have asked why the film is always there when it doesn’t have any so-called buzz. The simple reason is that the film stands out not…

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Checking in with the Santa Barbara Film Festival

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The SBIFF already has a star-packed lineup slated for their fest, which takes flight January 27, through February 6. Just announced, Annette Bening will be the recipient of the American Riviera Award, which was “established to recognize an actor who has had a strong influence on American Cinema. Bening will join an illustrious group of past recipients: Sandra Bullock (10), Mickey Rourke (09), Tommy Lee Jones (08), Forest Whitaker (07),…

Hollywood Reporter’s Actresses Roundtable

Hollywood Reporter’s Actresses Roundtable

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Here is the first installment, but click over to the site to see the rest of the interviews. Participants include Helena Bonham Carter, Annette Bening, Natalie Portman, Nicole Kidman, Hilary Swank, and Amy Adams.

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The women of ‘The Help’

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First stills from The Help, Dreamworks promising adaptation of one of last year’s most significant literary events. Kathryn Stockett’s novel chronicling small town America in the throes of the Civil Rights Movement rose to top bestseller charts and capped off its popular success with appearances on many year-end best lists. Observing the turbulent ’60′s alternately through the eyes of naive Southern ingenues and the maids who cooked and cleaned for…