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Watch: Jean Dujardin Auditions For Every Villain Role In Hollywood; Plus Bloopers & Making Of Doc For 'The Artist'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • February 9, 2012 4:58 PM
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In case you haven't noticed, suave and remarkably handsome Jean Dujardin has arrived in Hollywood in a big way and all signs are pointing to him walking home with an Oscar at the end of the month, thanks to his charming turn in "The Artist." There are many rites of passage for actors looking to make an impression in the U.S., but one of them seems to be Funny Or Die. All kinds of talent have been using the video channel to show off comedic sides to their persona or simply let people know they can be in on a joke (see Sean Penn on "Between Two Ferns") or try and rehabilitate their image (Mel Gibson's tribute to Robert Downey Jr. with Jamie Foxx and Garry Shandling).

Jean Dujardin & Vincent Cassel Teaming Up For Remake Of French Comedy 'One Wild Moment'

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • January 16, 2012 11:00 AM
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If you're a foreign actor who suddenly finds themselves thrust to Hollywood fame thanks to home-grown success and some awards attention, there are one of two routes you can take. You can keep plugging on much as you did before, making films at home, and hoping they catch on in the same way (see: Roberto Benigni). Or you can take the Hollywood dollar, often involving a bad guy or love interest role in some big blockbuster (see: Marion Cotillard, or original "The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo" stars Noomi Rapace and Michael Nyqvist, recently seen playing the world's least intersting female lead and bad guy in, respectively, "Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows" and "Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol"). 

The Amazing Race: Jean Dujardin, Martin Scorsese & Octavia Spencer Get Boosts From The Golden Globes

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • January 16, 2012 9:01 AM
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The third Monday in January is popularly known in Hollywood circles as "hungover-as-shit Monday," as it immediately follows the Golden Globes, the award season's drunker, more badly-behaved little cousin. Among all the questions raised by the Golden Globes last night (What was the point of asking a defanged Ricky Gervais back? How did we get to the point where "W.E" can legitimately be described as an award-winning film? Is Johnny Depp Irish now or something? What is "Episodes"?), the one we come back to here is whether or not the Globes are really a force when it comes to predicting how the Oscars will turn out.

Watch: NSFW French Trailer For 'The Players,' Re-team Of 'The Artist' Director & Star Michel Hazanavicius & Jean Dujardin

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • January 12, 2012 11:25 AM
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Oscar nomination ballots close today, and it's looking increasingly likely that French surprise contender "The Artist" will pick up the most nods, with nominations looking all but certain for Best Picture, Best Director, Best Actor, Best Supporting Actress, Best Original Screenplay, Best Cinematography, and half-a dozen other categories. But is there a "Norbit" factor waiting in the wings? 

Watch: 2 Clips From 'The Artist' Duo Jean Dujardin & Michel Hazanavicius' Sex Comedy 'The Players'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • December 22, 2011 1:07 PM
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So much for the classiness of a bygone era. "The Artist" star Jean Dujardin and director Michel Hazanavicus are back together next year in the omnibus sex-com "The Players" (or "Les infidèles") and just as their silent movie was of a certain time and place, so too is this film.

'The Help' & 'The Artist' Lead The Field At Screen Actors Guild Awards Nominations

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • December 14, 2011 9:36 AM
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In the seventeen years that they've been running for, the annual Screen Actors' Guild Awards have proven to be a pretty reliable precursor for the acting categories at the Academy Awards. And why shouldn't they? With the actors who nominate their peers for the Oscars overwhelmingly being SAG members, there's always going to be a natural link, and certainly by the time the guild award their prizes, it's a good time to make a bet. In the last few years, they've only missed Penelope Cruz in "Vicky Cristina Barcelona," Marion Cotillard in "La Vie En Rose" and Alan Arkin in "Little Miss Sunshine" as winners, while the nominees tend to match up heavily -- last year, seventeen out of twenty in the acting categories were the same, while all five nominees in the Outstanding Cast category won Oscar nominations. 

'The Artist' & 'Kid With A Bike' Stars Jean Dujardin & Cecile De France Team For 'Mobius'

  • By Ryan Sartor
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  • November 8, 2011 1:25 PM
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A lot of foreign actors take their Hollywood success and run straight to the set of a blockbuster studio pic. It’s nice to see that Cannes/Weinstein Company darling Jean Dujardin - the star of the crowdpleasing, awards season player “The Artist” - isn’t waiting around to see if Sony needs an additional villain for the “Green Hornet” sequel, but has instead signed onto French auteur Eric Rochant’s thriller-romance “Mobius.” Joining him will be

'The Artist' Duo Jean Dujardin & Michel Hazanavicius Work Together Again On Omnibus 'The Players'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • November 2, 2011 2:08 AM
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"The Artist" actor Jean Dujardin is to director Michel Hazanavicius what Ryan Gosling is to Nicolas Winding Refn. With the former's silent movie sensation winning over audiences and poised to become a Best Picture nominee at the Oscars, it marks their third film together following the two very popular French-language spy spoof 'OSS 177' films, and what do you know, the pair have already collaborated on another project that is gearing up for release next spring in France.

NYFF '11: 'The Artist' Director Michel Hazanavicius Credits Orson Welles As One Of Many Influences

  • By Christopher Bell
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  • October 15, 2011 6:49 AM
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Director Wanted To Revive Silent Movie Style For A Contemporary Movie AudienceDespite stealing audiences' hearts and walking away from the prestigious Cannes Film Festival with the Best Actor Award, Michel Hazanavicius's nostalgia-fueled silent feature "The Artist" may have its work cut out for it. Will regular movie-goers go and see something like this in an era when the mere thought of a flick not being in color is appalling? It's a tough call, but with the right push, it might get sales solely based on the fact it's unlike anything in at the cineplex today. After that, all the movie needs is five minutes: it's an instant charmer, an escapist picture done with flair and an enormous amount of heart.

The Amazing Race: In A Star-Filled Year, Who Could Break Out In The Best Actor Category?

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • September 23, 2011 6:29 AM
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Last week in The Amazing Race, we talked about the films that had gotten a boost for their Best Picture hopes in the Oscar hunt, and those that had taken a hit, after being unveiled in the awards season. To sum it up: good news for "The Descendants," "Moneyball" and "Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy," not great news for anyone else. But of course, while Best Picture is the big prize, there are waves and ripples far beyond that, particularly when it comes down to the acting awards.

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