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IN THE WORKS: Viola Davis Lines Up New Projects, 'Beautiful Creatures' and 'Ender's Game'

Best Actress front runner Viola Davis ("The Help") has been open about the lack of strong roles for African American women. It was eye-opening when I interviewed her and played clips from her career at the Santa Barbara Film Festival, where she accepted the Performer of the Year Award. Davis had commanded great roles on the stage, but had to carve memorable performances out of a series of supporting roles in TV and movies. Which she did. Now Davis has lined up two new meaty supporting roles.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • February 2, 2012 7:12 PM
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Focus Goes On 10th Anniversary Buying Spree, from Bana Thriller to Sundance's 'For a Good Time Call'; Talk Digital Focus World

As Focus Features ramps up for its 10th anniversary, chairman James Schamus and president Andew Karpen are on a buying tear. And with three Oscar nominations in hand for BAFTA front-runner "Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy," which is scoring at the box office ($42 million worldwide), they're in high spirits. "It's kicking ass," says Schamus. "Remember, Gary Oldman is revered by his peers."
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • February 2, 2012 4:28 PM
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Chastain and Edgerton in Love for Myriad's Double Feature, His and Hers 'Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby'

A fine pair, Jessica Chastain and Joel Edgerton, will star in a double-feature project - "The Disappearance of Elanor Rigby: His" and "The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby: Hers" - for Myriad Pictures. It's a love story told from two different perspectives...
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • February 2, 2012 4:27 PM
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Five Points from Newsweek's Oscar Roundtable: Clooney, Plummer & Davis Joined by Snubbed Fassbender, Theron & Swinton

For your consideration: Five points made by Newsweek's opinionated Oscar roundtable (which included nominees Christopher Plummer, Viola Davis and George Clooney, as well as snubbed thespians Charlize Theron, Michael Fassbender and Tilda Swinton)...
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • February 2, 2012 4:25 PM
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Oscar's Foreign Language Contenders in Posters Art: Bullhead, A Separation, In Darkness, Footnote, Monsieur Lazhar

With the release of the new "Bullhead" one-sheet, all five foreign language films competing for the Oscar have posters. Which is your favorite?
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • February 2, 2012 4:20 PM
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Watch: New Trailer for 'The Hunger Games' with Jennifer Lawrence

Voila! "The Hunger Games" has a new trailer. Expect the marketing to continue accelerating until the franchise's debut March 23.
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • February 2, 2012 1:50 PM
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Pitt on Best Actor Race with Clooney, Dujardin: 'Last Man Standing Takes the Oscar'

THR cover boy Brad Pitt's take on his Oscar race with George Clooney and Jean Dujardin? "We should all just put our hands on it and see who can hold it the longest..Last man standing takes the trophy," he told Jon Stewart on The Daily Show. "Hands on the Oscar."
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • February 2, 2012 1:43 PM
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In The Works: John Hawkes for 'Jackie Brown' Prequel, Spike Jonze's Computer Love

Indie favorite John Hawkes is set to star in writer-director Dan Schechter's "Switch," an adaptation of Elmore Leonard's 2002 crime novel, set to shoot this Spring. This is a prequel to Quentin Tarantino's "Jackie Brown"...
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • February 2, 2012 1:42 PM
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Weekend Preview: Horror Rules the Weekend with 'Woman in Black,' 'Kill List' and 'Innkeepers'; Madonna's 'W.E' Lands

This week, your best bets for weekend theater-going are all films that aim to thrill and chill. While Madonna's "W.E" has failed to get much critical support -- one critic dubbed it "a royal disaster" -- it may be worth the trip to check out Andrea Riseborough's breakout performance. The UK's "The Woman in Black," starring "Harry Potter"'s Daniel Radcliffe, as well as SXSW horror hits "Kill List" and "The Innkeepers," are nabbing upbeat reviews. Ti West's entertaining "Innkeepers" is being hailed as an ode to old-school horror. Details, reviews and trailers below:
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • February 2, 2012 12:44 PM
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Will Crowe and Neeson Face Off in Aronofsky's 'Noah's Ark'

Christian Bale is a no-go for Darren Aronofsky's "Noah's Ark," but Russell Crowe may be taking the helm as Noah. Word is, Aronofsky is eyeing both Crowe and Liam Neeson for the biblical retelling with Crowe as the good guy and Neeson the bad...
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • February 2, 2012 12:35 PM
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