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'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. 

Awards Mania As 'The Artist,' 'The Tree Of Life' & 'The Descendants' Earn Top Critic Organization Honors

  • By Gabe Toro
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  • December 12, 2011 8:59 AM
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Sunday was a major day for Oscar prognosticators, as a number of critics organizations went live with their end-of-2011 honors. Some films gained support, and some lost quite a bit of steam, but for those of you who look at the whole thing like a horse race, there was a lot of movement amongst a thick group of thoroughbreds.

National Board Of Review Gives Best Picture & Director To 'Hugo'; Tilda Swinton & George Clooney Take Acting Awards

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • December 1, 2011 4:14 PM
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Weekend Box Office: 'Immortals' Scores Biggest Relativity Opening; 'Jack And Jill' Tumbles Into #2

  • By Gabe Toro
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  • November 13, 2011 11:58 AM
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In Theaters: 'J. Edgar' Investigates 'Jack and Jill' & 'Immortals' For Crimes Against Cinema

  • By Katie Walsh
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  • November 11, 2011 5:47 PM
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11/11/11! Did you make a wish? I was writing this column at 11:11 a.m. and missed it by one minute. Oh well, I don't much go in for that superstitious stuff, but I hope all your 11:11 wishes and hopes and dreams come true. This weekend at the theater is a weird mix of prestige and flat out horrible crap. For every "J. Edgar," you get a "Jack and Jill;" for every "Melancholia," there's an "Immortals." What are you gonna do?!

Clint Eastwood, Leonardo DiCaprio & Armie Hammer Talk The Complexities Of The Impenetrable 'J. Edgar' Hoover

  • By Jeff Otto
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  • November 9, 2011 4:58 PM
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Review: 'J. Edgar' Presents A Highly Controversial Figure With Dry Objectivity & Dramatic Inertia

  • By Todd Gilchrist
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  • November 7, 2011 7:39 AM
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An exercise of stultifying blandness and dramatic inertia, “J. Edgar” is second- or third-tier Eastwood, the sort of respectably proficient but forgettable work that he did all too often before “Million Dollar Baby” reminded audiences that one of Hollywood’s oldest dogs still has some fight in him. A sort of “Brokeback Mountain” for the blue-state set, the film operates dually as a chronicle of Hoover’s rise and fall as Director of the FBI, and a skillfully bloodless depiction of his complicated personal life, in particular his relationship with Associate Director Clyde Tolson. Undermined by old-age makeup, a story largely unbothered by chronology (or even dramatic momentum), and no throughlines or uniting themes other than what the characters dutifully explain, “J. Edgar” is a would-be prestige picture that’s sorely lacking in emotional power.
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Leonardo DiCaprio Says 'Sinatra' Is In Scorsese's Hands, But He's Still Up For The Challenge

  • By Edward Davis
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  • November 4, 2011 12:43 PM
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First Reviews Of Clint Eastwood's 'J. Edgar' Are Lukewarm, But Leonardo DiCaprio Wins Praise

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • November 4, 2011 9:42 AM
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This week has finally seen some of the awards season's last big question marks unspool, with early (although vaguely unofficial) screenings of "War Horse" and "Young Adult" taking place (the latter has been conducting a series of pop-up showings around the country). And perhaps the most intriguing, at least because of the degree to which the cards have been held close to the chest, is this year's AFI Festival opener, Clint Eastwood's "J. Edgar." The veteran actor/director is coming off a patchy recent run, with last year's "Hereafter" arguably his worst ever directorial effort, and the film had remained unscreened for anybody, despite opening next Wednesday.

First Reviews Of Clint Eastwood's 'J. Edgar' Are Lukewarm, But Leonardo DiCaprio Wins Praise

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • November 4, 2011 9:42 AM
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  • 0 Comments
This week has finally seen some of the awards season's last big question marks unspool, with early (although vaguely unofficial) screenings of "War Horse" and "Young Adult" taking place (the latter has been conducting a series of pop-up showings around the country). And perhaps the most intriguing, at least because of the degree to which the cards have been held close to the chest, is this year's AFI Festival opener, Clint Eastwood's "J. Edgar." The veteran actor/director is coming off a patchy recent run, with last year's "Hereafter" arguably his worst ever directorial effort, and the film had remained unscreened for anybody, despite opening next Wednesday.
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