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Oscar Watch: King's Speech Leads Gurus 'O Gold, Wins Hamptons Prize

Oscar Watch: King's Speech Leads Gurus 'O Gold, Wins Hamptons Prize
Tom Hooper’s The King’s Speech, starring Colin Firth as a stuttering King George VI, not only won the narrative audience prize at the Hamptons International Film Festival Sunday, but scored number one in the post-Toronto Film Festival Gurus 'o Gold poll (below). I also voted it number one (my current predictions are here and listed below), because the Tom Hooper movie is not only impeccably made and boasts the year's likely best actor winner (Firth), but is emotionally moving in a way that the brilliantly cold The Social Network is not.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • October 11, 2010 3:33 AM
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Oscar Watch: Hans Zimmer Talks Inception Score

Oscar Watch: Hans Zimmer Talks Inception Score
Christopher Nolan's Inception, which has crossed the $800-million mark worldwide, certainly will be one of this year's ten best picture Oscar nominees. Warner Bros. will bring the movie back into the public eye when it promos the DVD release in early December. One key contributor to the film's success is composer Hans Zimmer, who has been consistently strong of late (Sherlock Holmes marked his seventh Oscar nomination; he won for The Lion King). Released on iTunes July 9, the Inception soundtrack was a top ten bestseller.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • October 10, 2010 9:19 AM
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Weekend Box Office: Word-of-Mouth Sells Social Network Over Newbies Life as We Know It, Secretariat

Strong word-of-mouth propelled The Social Network to a strong hold over two openers with femme appeal, the Katharine Heigl rom-com Life as We Know It and the 70s true story sports drama Secretariat, starring Diane Lane. Anthony D'Alessandro reports.A soft Columbus Day weekend frame totaling an estimated $76 million, off 16% from a year ago, slowed moviegoing for new entries this weekend, but kept holdovers alive. Sony’s The Social Network remained online with the masses, hanging onto No. 1 with $15.5 million, off a sweet 31%.  The film saw a 32% spike between Friday and Saturday, clearly indicating that word-of-mouth continues to be strong for this potential awards contender. 
  • By Anthony D'Alessandro
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  • October 10, 2010 4:08 AM
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Warners Cancels 3-D on Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows

In a welcome sign that the studios are recognizing the hazards of retrofit 3-D--even if done well--Warner Bros. is dumping the idea of releasing Deathly Hallows Part I, the penultimate film in the Harry Potter series, in 3-D on November 19. (An IMAX release will proceed.) Smart move--although the studio blames a lack of time for the change in conversion plans. With time to spare, they say they'll still release Part II in 3-D on July 15. I'll believe it when I see it.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • October 9, 2010 4:19 AM
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Trailer Watch: Peter Weir's The Way Back Gets Oscar Run

Trailer Watch: Peter Weir's The Way Back Gets Oscar Run
"Just keep walking."
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • October 9, 2010 2:56 AM
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Sony To Make Videogame Movie Uncharted: Drake's Fortune

Do they never learn? Even after recent studio duds Prince of Persia and Max Payne, Sony Pictures has signed David O. Russell (Three Kings, The Fighter) to write and direct Columbia's action-adventure Uncharted: Drake’s Fortune. That's because this franchise wannabe is based on a Sony PlayStation 3 game.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • October 9, 2010 2:20 AM
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Oscar Talk: Diane Lane vs. Annette Bening vs. Julianne Moore, Inception, Hereafter, The Way Back

Oscar Talk: Diane Lane vs. Annette Bening vs. Julianne Moore, Inception, Hereafter, The Way Back
There's still a long way to go in the Oscar race. Kris Tapley and I debate whether Secretariat is this year's mainstream Blind Side, Diane Lane is this year's Sandra Bullock, Julianne Moore and Annette Bening will both make it for The Kids Are All Right, and if Chris Nolan's Inception, John Cameron Mitchell's Rabbit Hole, Martin Scorsese's Shutter Island, Pixar's Toy Story 3, Peter Weir's The Way Back, and Clint Eastwood's Hereafter have a shot at the top ten.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • October 9, 2010 1:39 AM
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Fincher Calls Girl with Dragon Tattoo Swedish Noir, Adds Cast, as Filming Begins in Stockholm

As he starts production of The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo in Stockholm, David Fincher's final cast is looking good. The director told Sweden's SvD that he's added Joely Richardson (Anita Vanger), Steven Berkoff (Frode) and David Dencik (young Detective Morell) to the ensemble led by The Social Network's Rooney Mara (Lisbeth Salander), Daniel Craig (Mikael Blomkvist), Robin Wright (Erika Berger), Christopher Plummer (Henrik Vanger) and Stellan Skarsgard (Martin Vanger).
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • October 8, 2010 4:30 AM
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Media Watch: Hiring Brand Stars

There's a lot of movement in the media these days--including hordes of departing Newsweek staffers--and while journalism salaries and full-time jobs continue to decline, some folks are scoring big paydays.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • October 8, 2010 1:18 AM
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MGM Lenders Vote on Reorg, SpyGlass Chiefs Barber and Birnbaum Take Over After Chapter 11

Thursday, MGM started to solicit votes from its secured lenders for its planned reorganization. MGM will continue to do business during its restructuring process, such as it is. When MGM comes out from Chapter 11, SpyGlass co-chairman and CEO Roger Birnbaum and Gary Berber will emerge as co-chairman and CEO of the new MGM. Their announcement explains:
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • October 7, 2010 10:35 AM
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