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Contest Giveway: 'Being Flynn' Prize Pack Including The Badly Drawn Boy Soundtrack, Book & More

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • February 27, 2012 10:59 AM
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Pairing up rising young actor Paul Dano with seasonsed and respected veteran Robert De Niro, in a film directed by Chris Weitz ("About A Boy," "In Good Company") and powered by a soundtrack of fresh music by Badly Drawn Boy, "Being Flynn" has the ingredients in place to be something memorable. And as the film opens this weekend in limited release, and begins rolling out a cross the country, we've got a few things to help spur your excitement for the film. But first, here's just a brief recap of what it's all about.

New Pics From Neil Jordan's 'Byzantium' & 'The Hunger Games'

  • By Joe Cunningham
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  • February 27, 2012 10:46 AM
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It's Monday morning and we're all trying to recover from one of the most predictable Oscar ceremonies in recent history, so let's try and wake ourselves up with some pictures from two of this years' highly anticipated projects.

Singer-Songwriter Emmy The Great Contributing Original Songs To Jerusha Hess's 'Austenland,' With Keri Russell & Bret McKenzie

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • February 27, 2012 10:25 AM
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The idea of using a single band or singer-songwriter to score a film has fallen somewhat out of favor since the heyday of the 1960s/1970s, when films like "The Graduate" and "Harold & Maude" used the music of Simon & Garfunkel and Cat Stevens to echo and underline the on-screen action. But a few filmmakers, in conscious homage to those pictures, have given it a stab in recent years, with Badly Drawn Boy's work on "About A Boy" and the upcoming "Being Flynn," and Alex Turner's tunes for "Submarine" being among the more memorable examples.

Watch: Sacha Baron Cohen's 'The Dictator' Spills Kim Jong-il's Ashes All Over Ryan Seacrest At The Oscars

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • February 27, 2012 9:42 AM
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Well, the Oscars are over and as usual, the pundits will be spending the day weighing in on the broadcast. On the plus side, it was mostly a fast moving and thankfully not too painful three hour show but the comedy of Billy Crystal definitely showed its age in an era now ruled by the outrageousness of movies like "Bridesmaids." Even the opening montage through the year in movies felt a little creaky. And we're not even going to get started on that Cirque Du Soleil nonsense. But one of the highlight's of the evening took place on the red carpet before the show even began.

Are Disney Trying To Bail On Distributing Alex Kurtzman's 'Welcome To People'?

  • By Simon Dang
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  • February 27, 2012 9:22 AM
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Producing and writing giants Alex Kurtzman and Robert Orci were starting to look like one trick ponies with a steady slate of tentpole fare including the 'Transformers' and 'Star Trek' series as well as "Cowboys & Aliens." But last year saw the duo delve into adult drama with "Welcome To People," a film co-written by Kurtzman, Orci and Jody Lambert, that also marks Kurtzmann's directorial debut. Shot early last year, we had even named it as a potential awards season dark horse contender, however, that never came to pass.

'Trainspotting' Star Ewan Bremner Joins Chris Evans & Octavia Spencer In Bong Joon-Ho's 'Snow Piercer'

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • February 27, 2012 9:00 AM
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"Snow Piercer," the English-language debut of Korean auteur Bong Joon-Ho, got a pretty neat little boost last night when one of its previously-announced cast members, Octavia Spencer, only went and won herself a Best Supporting Actress Oscar for her performance in "The Help." The award was widely expected, but nevertheless, having the actress on board can only help to raise the profile of the project.

'Snabba Cash' & 'Safe House' Star Fares Fares Joins Kathryn Bigelow's 'Kill Bin Laden'

  • By Simon Dang
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  • February 26, 2012 9:46 AM
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On the back of an offer out to Joel Kinnanman to take on the titular role in Jose Padhida's "Robocop" reboot, it looks like another acting protege of young Swedish helmer Daniel Espinosa is making waves in Hollywood. After featuring in both "Snabba Cash" films and "Safe House," the memorably named Fares Fares has now been cast in Kathryn Bigelow's upcoming Osama Bin Laden flick formerly known as "Kill Bin Laden."

Tom Hollander Goes Literary For Ralph Fiennes' Charles Dickens Love Story 'Invisible Woman'

  • By Simon Dang
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  • February 26, 2012 9:41 AM
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Most recently seen as cross-dressing assassin Isaacs in Joe Wright's "Hanna," character actor Tom Hollander is now the latest addition to Ralph Fiennes' sophomore directorial effort, an adaptation of Claire Tomalin's Charles Dickens-Nelly Ternan love story, "The Invisible Woman."

'Ides Of March' Screenwriter Beau Willimon Talks Political Vs. Oscar Campaigns & Why George Clooney Deserved More Oscar Nods

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • February 25, 2012 2:43 PM
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Well, we're just about a day away from the Oscars, and making his first appearance on the red carpet will be screenwriter Beau Willimon, nominated along with George Clooney and Grant Heslov for Best Adapted Screenplay for "Ides Of March." Based on his own play "Farragut North," Willimon drew on his own experiences working on political campaigns in his 20s to tell the the sharply observed tale of an idealistic organizer for a progressive candidate who is forced to navigate the shifting tides of his own morals and values as the race for power becomes dirty. Of course, Oscar campaigning is also a viciously fought affair, and when we chatted with Willimon at the end of week, we asked him what he saw as the parallels and differences between an awards and political race.

Octavia Spencer Says She's Writing Something For Melissa McCarthy, Describes Her 'Lamb Of God' Character While Campaigning For 'The Help'

  • By Jen Vineyard
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  • February 25, 2012 12:47 PM
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At a recent private luncheon for awards contender "The Help" at Desmond's in New York, Viola Davis and Octavia Spencer didn't touch their dessert, a chocolate pie/cake hybrid -- did they know something the rest of us weren't privy to? Speaking very slowly as if it were a warning, Davis teased, "I probably should not have dessert here," before revealing her real reason: she had a stash of Ladurée macarons back at her hotel. Laughed Spencer, "I'm just glad they didn't make our chocolate pie."

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