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Pick Your Silver Linings Acting Winners — a Poll

Pick Your Silver Linings Acting Winners — a Poll

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You have to go all the way back to Sunset Boulevard to find an Oscar nominated Best Picture winner with four acting nominations that didn’t win.  I know most people assume Jennifer Lawrence will be that winner, besting 85 year-old Emmanuelle Riva.  Though Lawrence will likely be the clear winner in our poll, I’m still going to ask which of the four nominees will win? [polldaddy poll=6914736]

Oscar bits and bites

Oscar bits and bites

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Leon Panetta, portrayed by James Gandolfini in Zero Dark Thirty, talks about the film and says he thinks it was an accurate portrayal of those events. Though he wasn’t around for the interrogations he knows that the way they ultimately found Bin Laden was from many different ways of gathering information over a long period. Watch the interview with Martha Raddatz. Ever wonder about those crabby snacks and homemades from…

AD Blitz

AD Blitz

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Dr. Oz Goes to Bat for Silver Linings

Dr. Oz Goes to Bat for Silver Linings

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Despite the many complaints about the film for painting mental illness as a cutesy quirk that can be easily erased with meds, Dr. Oz has tied it in with the subject of “mental illness” as portrayed in Silver Linings Playbook. This helps lend the romantic comedy with “gravitas,” giving voters the opportunity to vote for something “important.” In many ways, managing mental illness represents the final frontier of medicine because…

Silver Linings Playbook Featurette

Silver Linings Playbook Featurette

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David O. Russell and his Ghetto Film School

David O. Russell and his Ghetto Film School

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David O. Russell on Silver Linings, His Son and “Good, Humble Work.”

David O. Russell on Silver Linings, His Son and “Good, Humble Work.”

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After a six-year absence from both arthouses and multiplexes, filmmaker David O. Russell (Flirting with Disaster, Three Kings, I Heart Huckabees) returned in 2010 with The Fighter. The family/boxing drama received seven Oscar nominations including Best Picture and Best Director, winning for Best Supporting Actor (Christian Bale) and Best Supporting Actress (Melissa Leo), and went on to gross $129 million worldwide. Russell followed the success of The Fighter with the…

The Little Movie that Could and Might

The Little Movie that Could and Might

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I thought it was worth mentioning that, though it might seem ludicrous that a film like Silver Linings Playbook — feelgood, light romcom – could beat the best lineup of films we’ve seen in a long, long time it might do just that. As I was listening to actors chatter next to me at the SAG screening I attended yesterday, the film they were buzzing about was Silver Linings. But…

Oscar Bits and Bites

Oscar Bits and Bites

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Tom O’Neil over at Gold Derby has compiled a list of screeners that have been going out to Academy members. Getting them there early is essential for films that don’t have purty young girls naked in them or big stars or rave reviews. He’ll be keeping track along the way. [GD] At Vulture, Kyle Buchanan is doing Oscar Futures, tracking the ups and downs of various contenders. Up this week,…

Silver Linings Playbook Gets Raves

Silver Linings Playbook Gets Raves

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Manohla Dargis of the NY Times loves David O. Russell’s Silver Linings Playbook, making it a critic’s pick of the week. She says audiences are longing for a happy ending only Russell can deliver: As its title announces, “Silver Linings Playbook” honks, waves and pleads for happiness. Not long into the story Pat angrily tosses out a copy of “A Farewell to Arms” and rails about Hemingway’s sucker-punch finale. The…