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Washington D.C. Film Critics Go For Up in the Air, Clooney, and Mulligan

Washington D.C. Film Critics Go For Up in the Air, Clooney, and Mulligan
Yes, we are starting to see a pattern. George Clooney and Carey Mulligan notched more wins today as the Washington D.C. Area Film Critics announced their annual awards. So did Mo'Nique and Christoph Waltz, while Kathryn Bigelow won best director.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • December 8, 2009 7:18 AM
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Huffington Tweets Andy and Lana Wachowski

It isn't news inside Hollywood that Andy is the butch Wachowski, while his brother Larry has become Lana, and has been getting more and more girly over the past few years. The Wachowskis don't do much publicity and rarely have their photos taken, so it's delightful that one of the most outgoing sharers of information on the planet, Arianna Huffington, tweeted--with tweetpics---her recent experience shooting a screen test for the sibling Wachowskis' upcoming dystopian documentary set 90 years in the future. “On plane to Chicago to take part in the Wachowskis’ movie on Iraq from the perspective of the future," tweets Huffington.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • December 8, 2009 6:44 AM
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Precious Has a Long Way to Go

Precious Has a Long Way to Go
Lionsgate is girding itself for a long haul to the Oscars. They have accomplished a great deal: a movie with tough subject matter about familial abuse, starring an all African-American cast, has become a must-see. And I will argue that although I have encountered folks who are resistant to watching the movie, most Academy members (who mostly lean Liberal) will check it out. (The Carpetbagger rolls out some of the film's problems.)
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • December 8, 2009 5:27 AM
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Tarantino Hawks Japanese Dog Speakers

Dōmo arigatō, Quentin Tarantino, for my biggest laugh of the morning. He hawks Japanese doggie cell-phone speakers in this Soft Bank Mobile commercial:
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • December 8, 2009 5:10 AM
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Overture Acquires Stone, Starring De Niro, Norton

After the underwhelming Everybody's Fine , one star in need of a strong role that connects with audiences is Robert De Niro. Maybe Stone will do it. Overture Films has picked up U.S. distribution rights to John Curran's dramatic thriller, starring De Niro as a parole officer and Edward Norton as an arsonist who tempts him with his wife (Milla Jovovich). Norton starred in Curran's The Painted Veil.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • December 7, 2009 11:42 AM
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Crazy Schedule

I'm in Las Vegas at the International Film Festival Summit. Over the weekend I went to producer Jason Blum's celebratory party for Paranormal Activity at his super-moderne house up above Sunset Plaza. It boasts a huge view of the city and great art and an angled pool that looks like you'd swim off the edge if you weren't careful. Filmmaker Oren Peli, actors Dougray Scott and Claire Forlani, CAA's Bryan Lourd, The Daily Beast's Kim Masters, DreamWorks' Chip Sullivan, New Regency's Amy Israel, attorney Linda Lichter and ICM's Ron Bernstein were among the revelers.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • December 7, 2009 5:58 AM
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British Independent Film Awards: Moon Wins Best Film

British Independent Film Awards: Moon Wins Best Film
Getting the British Independent Film Awards. Full list at IndieWIRE.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • December 6, 2009 9:44 AM
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20 Questions for District 9's Sharlto Copley

20 Questions for District 9's Sharlto Copley
One Oscar long-shot is South African actor Sharlto Copley, who made an astonishingly assured acting debut in District 9, written and directed by his old friend Neill Blomkamp. Historically, the Academy has been biased against science-fiction. (I assess the Peter Jackson-backed film's Oscar chances.) But the film played well at a recent Screen Actors Guild screening, where I conducted a Q & A with Copley:
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • December 6, 2009 3:13 AM
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Oscar Talk Episode Thirteen: Avatar, Lovely Bones, Crazy Heart, Parties

Kris Tapley and I discuss the week's frenetic doings: National Board of Review, parties for The Hurt Locker, Crazy Heart and The Lovely Bones, and the upcoming sci-fi monster Avatar.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • December 6, 2009 12:30 AM
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Friday Night Cocktails and Docs

Friday Night Cocktails and Docs
Friday I interviewed It's Complicated writer-director Nancy Meyers by phone, Hurt Locker's Jeremy Renner by Flip Cam, and went to a Paramount Lovely Bones cocktail party at the Four Seasons. There I talked to Stanley Tucci and photographed him with Peter Jackson, who I will talk to later this weekend. Then I ran off to the International Documentary Awards, which were taking place at the same time as the first screening of Avatar (Arrggh) for the Hollywood Foreign Press. Word on the street at the IDA party: Avatar's a 161-minute movie with fab visual effects and adolescent story. I won't see it until the 10th, alas.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • December 5, 2009 8:36 AM
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