THE BRIEF

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[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CGs3_1qKl34[/youtube] Comic Con isn’t where Oscar geeks go to find Oscar news, not traditionally. But a curious combination of factors makes it so this year, chief among them Jim Cameron and his Avatar. Peter Jackson will be there but not for The Lovely Bones. Rather, he’ll be there in association with District 9. EW has […]

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After it was announced that there would be ten Best Picture nominees at the 82nd Academy Awards, almost everyone writing on the subject immediately went to the idea that suddenly less respectable, but more general audience-friendly, films would be honored, thus drawing in more of the public, thus raising the ...

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Did I just dream this or did it really happen? Last time I checked, Metacritic looked the same. Now it’s gone and changed itself to a new color scheme.¬† This could explain why there was all of that weirdness with the Half-Blood Prince reviews not showing up. Meanwhile, 500 Days ...

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The story sort of broke yesterday, on The Wrap, but it was a mere headline with no story attached – now there is a story. Over at paidContent, though, Rafat Ali is on the case: Anne Thompson, former deputy editor of Variety.com and a blogger in her own right on ...

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Outstanding Made For Television Movie Coco Chanel Grey Gardens Into The Storm Prayers For Bobby Taking Chance Outstanding Comedy Series 30 Rock Entourage Family Guy Flight Of The Conchords How I Met Your Mother The Office Weeds Outstanding Drama Series Big Love Breaking Bad Damages Dexter House Lost Mad Men ...

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Drew Barrymore’s directorial debut, Whip It! In Bodeen, Texas, an indie-rock loving misfit (Ellen Page) finds a way of dealing with her small-town misery after she discovers a roller derby league in nearby Austin. Starring Drew Barrymore (as “Smashley Simpson”!), Ellen Page, Zoe Bell, Marcia Gay Harden, Kristen Wiig, Juliette ...

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Guy Lodge over at In Contention floats the idea that 2009 could be the best year yet for women in the Best Pic category (no doubt about that), but perhaps also squeezing into the Best Director category. Most of the big guns haven’t hit yet but at this stage of ...

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Half-Blood Prince cinematographer Bruno Delbonnel Safe to say year-end honors for Bruno will involve the one whose last name is Delbonnel, already twice nominated for an Oscar, for Amelie and A Very Long Engagement, now receiving universal praise for re-envisioning Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince. “Among the always outstanding ...

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After the intriguing but admittedly random mix-tape of clips for An Education we posted yesterday, we now have an official trailer with a more coherent focus. (thanks to George)

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This card from postsecret is a perfect fit for this week’s Pottermania. Thanks to glimmer, our resident expert in twisted charm.

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Funnily enough, Metacritic is way behind the curve this time around and doesn’t have many reviews up at all. Meanwhile, RT has too many. Either way, their “top critics” have given Harry Potter a unanimous 100%. As far as I can tell, though, these aren’t the kind of reviews that ...

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Variety reports that the Darwin biopic will be the first to open the fest. A smattering of others: Special Presentation world premieres include Neil Jordan’s fisherman fairytale “Ondine,” starring Colin Farrell; Brian Koppelman and David Levien’s “Solitary Man,” toplining Michael Douglas; Jordan Scott’s boarding school drama “Cracks,” with Eva Green; ...

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(click for full-size) I like how the ordinary conventions of romantic close-ups are literally turned upside down in this intimate moment on the poster for An Education. Like Danny said in the comments yesterday, Carey Mulligan “makes a lot of the adults look like they are the inexperienced ones.” Not ...

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And here they are. Every year we are trying to celebrate the greatness in film for the films that were released in USA between 1st of January and 30th of June. We know that most of them will be forgotten that’s why we want to list the best of the ...

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Just Jared has shots of a beat-down Christian Bale as Dickie Ecklund, an ex-con on the skids whose younger brother Mickey Ward (Mark Walberg) gets him off drugs and back into the welterweight boxing ring in The Fighter. Originally meant to star Brad Pitt, Matt Damon trained for the role ...

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The Harry Potter chatter continues to rise — here is David Edelstein at NY Magazine: I didn‚Äôt, until the film started‚Äîand it was splendid! No, it‚Äôs not a larky kid-pic. We‚Äôre firmly in the realm of English horror, as one set of sallow Brits battles another even sallower. Our villains ...

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Look to the summer, says Anne Thompson, for potential Oscar movies: But this year, five summer movies could score a top ten slot, from crowd-pleasers Up, Star Trek and Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince to higher-end fare such as Public Enemies and Hurt Locker. Not having seen Harry Potter, ...

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Rope of Silicon has laid out the top twenty most anticipated films of the 2009. And they are, as follows: 20. The Invention of Lying (Ricky Gervais) 19. Ninja Assassin (Brad likes James McTeigue) 18. Green Zone (Matt Damon, Paul Greengrass together again in Iraq) 17. Bright Star (Jane Campion) ...

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Thanks to D*Hollywood for sending the link to the new stills of Alejandro Amenabar’s Agora. Some were also posted a while back. Click the images for the high res versions. [more after the cut]

The State of the Race

In this photo provided by the Producers Guild of America, Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu accepts the Darryl F. Zanuck Award for outstanding producer of theatrical motion pictures for “Birdman” on stage at the 26th Annual Producers Guild Awards at the Hyatt Regency Century Plaza on Saturday, Jan. 24, 2015, in Los Angeles. (Photo by John Shearer/Invision for Producers Guild of America/AP Images)

When this website first began its grand experiment of cracking the code of why some films make it into the Oscar race and why other films don’t, there were three major ...
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ADTV continues its Making the Case series with today’s entry for HBO’s Silicon Valley to win Outstanding Comedy Series. Clarence praises the shaggy-dog nature of the workplace sitcom and engaging ...
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From Sasha’s review of Youth at Cannes in May: Paolo Sorrentino just hit it out of the park here at Cannes, delivering what has to be the most compelling screening ...
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The Year of the Man marches on with Bradley Cooper in Burnt. Oh look, there’s Emma Thompson propping him up – and look, there’s Siena Miller helping him out. I ...
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