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'The Fighter' & 'The King's Speech' Lead Screen Actors Guild Award Nominees

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • December 16, 2010 2:20 AM
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Following Monday's farce that was the The Golden Globe nominations, we're back into the serious territory of real awards that aren't bought and paid for, with the Screen Actors Guild revealing the nominees for their 17th annual awards ceremony.

Watch: Robert Pattinson, Reese Witherspoon & Christoph Waltz In 'Water For Elephants' Trailer

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • December 16, 2010 2:01 AM
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Yesterday, a trailer debuted on the Apple website. A trailer that film fans have been waiting for for years. A period drama, with modern-day sequences, with a heartthrob in the lead role, and clearly aiming for a certain lyrical quality. A film that Fox Searchlight will release next spring. A trailer that blew our goddamn minds.That trailer, as you may have noticed, was not "Water For Elephants."

Sacha Baron Cohen Might Star In Remake Of Spanish Hit 'Torrente' (Or He Might Not)

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • December 16, 2010 12:19 AM
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The LA Times should really know better than this, as we're sure this is just one of a handful of projects percolating for the selective funny man Sacha Baron Cohen, but here we are anyway writing about it.

Robert De Niro Confirms Pesci & Pacino Still On For 'Irishman,' Doubtful About Ambitious Second Part

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • December 15, 2010 11:34 AM
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Will This Be The Loudest Movie Ever Made?Robert De Niro, Joe Pesci and Al Pacino in a film directed by Martin Scorsese? We might just go out and buy ourselves some earplugs now.

Paul Greengrass Directed Jimi Hendrix Biopic Gets Turned Down By Rocker's Estate

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • December 15, 2010 10:21 AM
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Anthony Mackie Was Attached To StarHe brought us on board United 93, kicked ass around the world with Jason Bourne and brought us into the heart of the Green Zone in Iraq, but a biopic of legendary axe-wielder Jimi Hendrix is not in the cards for director Paul Greengrass.

Chris Bacon Replaces Clint Mansell On Scoring Duties For 'Source Code'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • December 15, 2010 9:16 AM
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Duncan Jones' forthcoming "Source Code" is certainly one we're looking forward to. We were impressed by his brainy, minimal, yet thrilling "Moon" and are eager to see where his talents take him on a much broader scale. And he's certainly surrounded himself with some pretty heavyweight talent. Jake Gyllenhaal, Vera Farmiga, Michelle Monaghan and Jeffrey Wright all star in the upcoming film that follows a man who is part of an experimental government program investigating a terrorist incident. He finds himself in the body of an unknown commuter living and reliving a harrowing train bombing until he can find who is responsible for the attack. But it looks like one man who contributed a vital ingredient to the success of "Moon" won't be back.

John Cameron Mitchell Talks The Influence Of Sidney Lumet & Finding The Right Tone For 'Rabbit Hole'

  • By Gabe Toro
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  • December 15, 2010 8:57 AM
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From transsexual off-Broadway musicals to hardcore gay sex on the big screen, John Cameron Mitchell has come a long way as a performer, writer and director. Now, he takes on his biggest challenge: prestigious A-List character drama. Based on the book by David Lindsay-Abaire, “Rabbit Hole” tells the story of a couple in flux while trying to cope with life in the wake of their son’s passing.

Review: 'How Do You Know' Is An Uneven But Ultimately Pleasant Experience

  • By Christopher Bell
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  • December 15, 2010 8:17 AM
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With a recent influx of middling romantic comedies, it's easy to forget how different the genre used to be. Now very polished and only a success if it stars 40 different actors/actresses each with three minutes of screen time, movies including "Green Card" and "Crossing Delancey" showed a different side of things. Instead of drowning audiences in star power, they offered a down-to-earth and complex female individual with an unfortunate penchant for choosing the wrong guy. It was easy to figure out who to root for, but there was something more to it. It may have been the comfortable aura the movies had about them, or the fact that their protagonists looked more like real people than, say, Jessica Alba or Jennifer Garner. James L. Brooks did it even better, delving into all characters and really seeing what made them tick. It's easy to forget him; while he's not a stranger to romantic comedies he's more like a visitor, making a film once every few years before going back into hiding. His peak was with 1997's "As Good As It Gets," which garnered two Oscars for its leads along with a slew of other nominations, but 2004's "Spanglish" was largely ignored and forgotten. He returns six years later with the regrettably titled "How Do You Know," a typically pleasant diversion from the usual fare but not without its problems.

Beck, Pharrell, Eddie Vedder, Dido, Jonsi, Metric & More Shortlisted For Best Original Song Oscars

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • December 15, 2010 7:22 AM
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Could this be the hippest Best Original Song category in years? Meh, probably not. Basically, it works like this. If you had an original song in a movie this year, you're basically on the shortlist (hello Katrina Elam for "Pure Country 2"). Then, the Academy goes through a pretty ridiculous system to determine the nominees (more on that in a second) which results in small handful of final contenders who are all usually from one or two films (get ready for mulitiple nods "Burleseque"!).

Exclusive: Tegan & Sara's Top 10 Movies Of The Year

  • By The Playlist
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  • December 15, 2010 7:07 AM
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The music and film worlds have a long history of overlapping with musicians taking roles in front of camera, and actors fronting their own bands. So thus, it's not so surprising that some of the medium's biggest fans are indeed, musicians. Obsessively and minutely digging into the details of a film requires just as much grit as memorizing songwriter names and producing credits on your favorite albums. So with that in mind, Canadian identical twin-sister indie rock duo Tegan & Sara have kindly each emailed their individual lists of their top 10 films of the year. The talented duo's latest effort, Sainthood was shortlisted for the 2010 Polaris Music Prize and we recommend giving it a spin.

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