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Video: Brad Pitt Laughing Himself into Tears in Moneyball Outtake

You can often tell while watching a movie if the cast had any fun shooting it. The joy most (if not all) of us feel watching "Moneyball" must have something to do with this:
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • January 16, 2012 1:01 PM
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Oscar Watch: Editors Guild Film Nominees Skip 'The Help,' 'Tree of Life'

Forget any hope of "The Help" winning best picture on Oscar night. The American Cinema Editors (ACE) nominations in nine categories in film, television and documentaries for the ACE Eddie Awards do not include the film. (Nominees are listed below. )
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • January 16, 2012 1:00 PM
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Now and Then: In Directing Debut, Farmiga Reaches 'Higher Ground'

"Higher Ground," the actress Vera Farmiga's directorial debut, plays like a fugue. It circles back and folds in on itself, its repeated images — a children's book, worshippers in song, immersion in water — propelled not by forward momentum but by changes of key.
  • By Matt Brennan
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  • January 16, 2012 12:42 PM
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Golden Globes Backstage Live Blog: 'The Descendants' and Clooney Win, 'Punisher' Weinstein Wins Six, Including Streep, Wiliams,'The Artist,' Dujardin UPDATED

The Golden Globes went very much the way we all expected. The Weinsteins came out ahead thanks to the musical comedy category. They had six wins total, including "The Artist," best actor Jean Dujardin, and score, as well as actress Michelle Williams for "My Week with Marilyn" and drama "The Iron Lady"'s Meryl Streep and best original song for Madonna's "W.E." "We thought it was a small movie for festivals that critics could enjoy," says "The Artist" director Michel Hazanavicius backstage. "We did not expect this."
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • January 15, 2012 8:10 PM
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Palm Springs Fest Winners: 'Starbuck,' 'The Girls in the Band,' 'Wish Me Away'

The Palm Springs International Film Festival announced this year's award winners today, chosen from a pool of 188 films from 73 countries.
  • By Jacob Combs
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  • January 15, 2012 5:06 PM
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Box Office Report: Awards Performance Update

As distributors continue the tradition of playing off the Golden Globes to publicize a range of films, the specialized and awards business still shows the positive trends that were seen during the holidays. A couple of significant expansions (“Pina” and “The Iron Lady”) lead the mostly positive news. Opening:
  • By Tom Brueggemann
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  • January 15, 2012 4:22 PM
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Stanley Kubrick: The Unknown Father of the Box-Office Report

Stanley Kubrick's place in the Hollywood pantheon as an innovator is already secured--take a look at almost any post-"2001: A Space Odyssey" sci fi flick and you'll see it was Kubrick's foundation that changed the genre for good.
  • By Jacob Combs
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  • January 15, 2012 10:15 AM
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Golden Globes Weekend Party Circuit: AFI Lunch, Paramount, LA Film Critics, Film Independent, BAFTA

The Golden Globes weekend is well under way. I love roaming a crowded party packed with Hollywood powerbrokers and talent to watch how they interact with one another. I am the ultimate voyeur. Of course I do talk to some of them occasionally.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • January 15, 2012 2:40 AM
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Golden Globe Foreign Language Nominees Panel: Jolie, Almodovar, Farhadi & Dardennes Talk Style, Content

Yet again, there's much to learn from the Golden Globe nominees for Best Foreign Language Film. Screen International's Mike Goodridge moderated the Cinematheque panel: Angelina Jolie ("In The Land of Blood and Honey," USA), Pedro Almodovar ("The Skin I Live In," Spain), Asghar Farhadi ("A Separation," Iran) and Luc and Jean-Pierre Dardenne ("The Kid With a Bike," France/Belgium). Not present was China's nominee Zhang Yimou ("The Flowers of War").
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • January 14, 2012 10:44 PM
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TCA HBO Panel: Five Things to Know About HBO's 2012 Lineup, from Dunham to Gervais

HBO may be poised for a comedy comeback with its three vibrant-looking new half-hour series. The premium cabler keeps raising the ante with its original dramatic movies, and the Golden Globes are likely to experience a ratings surge this weekend, judging by the way the tweeting and keyboard-clicking in the press room rose to a crescendo when Ricky Gervais talked about his return hosting gig. Herewith, more things to know gleaned from HBO’s three-hour presentation at the TCA Winter Press Tour in Pasadena.
  • By Amy Dawes
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  • January 14, 2012 2:47 PM
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