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Backstage at the SAG Awards, Jean Dujardin Responds to Oscar Win Question with a Song

Only three French actors have been nominated for Best Actor in the 83-year history of the Academy Awards--Maurice Chevalier twice, Charles Boyer, and Gerard Depardieu. And quite often, the winner of the SAG best actor prize wins at the Oscar as well--in fact, the last seven winners. When presented with this intel backstage at the SAG Awards--suggesting that he could be the first French actor to win the Oscar--Jean Dujardin fended off the query with one response--"pressure, big pressure"--and another: a song. Watch and listen:
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • January 30, 2012 5:17 PM
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Sundance Interview: Argentina's Armando Bo Talks 'The Last Elvis'

Argentine commercials director Armando Bo, who cowrote Alejandro Gonzales Inarritu's "Biutiful," had his moment in the spotlight at Sundance with his feature debut, the World Dramatic Competition entry, “The Last Elvis,” which Buena Vista is circling for Latin America and the world.
  • By Liza Foreman
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  • January 30, 2012 4:56 PM
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Will Relativity/Hasbro 'Stretch Armstrong' Ever Get Made?

Earlier in January, Hasbro was in talks with JP Morgan to get a financial boost toward becoming a rival to Disney's Marvel comics arm. News now drops that Hasbro is teaming with Relativity Media to produce a live-action "Stretch Armstrong" film, set to land in theaters in April 2014. Universal, Taylor Lautner, director Rob Letterman and producer Imagine Entertainment -- all of whom were once attached -- are no longer in the mix.
  • By Anne Thompson & Sophia Savage
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  • January 30, 2012 4:26 PM
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WikiLeaks' Julian Assange to Cameo on 'The Simpsons' 500th Episode

Julian Assange, of WikiLeaks fame, will guest star on "The Simpsons." He will appear as himself in the long-running show's 500th episode, airing February 19.
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • January 30, 2012 4:17 PM
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Sundance Deal: Ice-T's 'Something From Nothing' Rap & Hip-Hop Doc Goes to Indomina For Worldwide Distribution

Indomina has acquired world rights to Ice-T's Sundance documentary "Something From Nothing: The Art of Rap," and intends to release the film in early summer.
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • January 30, 2012 4:08 PM
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Shirley MacLaine Joins Third Season of Masterpiece Theatre Hit 'Downton Abbey'

This should be fun. Shirley MacLaine ("Terms of Endearment") is joining the third season of Masterpiece Theatre's 'Downton Abbey,' which starts filming next month. She'll be playing the American mother of Lady Grantham (Elizabeth McGovern).
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • January 30, 2012 3:50 PM
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In The Works: 'Rampart' Pair Harrelson and Moverman Hint at Manhattan Murder Mystery

Making "Rampart," Woody Harrelson's second collaboration with director Oren Moverman after his Oscar-nominated "The Messenger," wasn't exactly a smooth ride. Harrelson tells Screen Daily that after seeing the first cut of the film, he hated it (despite thinking it was "the best script I had ever read" and "the best part I had ever been offered"); "I thought Oren had lost his vision. I didn’t want to go to Toronto and do interviews.” He was back on board after a subsequent cut. Harrelson says of becoming rogue cop Dave Brown, whose primary emotion is paranoia, "I invited that fucker in and it’s still wreaking havoc.”
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • January 30, 2012 2:36 PM
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McQueen Talks the Masculinity and Femininity of Fassbender in Interview Magazine

Michael Fassbender - the most egregious snub of the 2012 Oscar nominees - covers Interview Magazine's February issue. His day will come, we're not worried about that. "Prometheus" will increase his mainstream appeal this June, and he'll team with Steve McQueen for a third time (and Brad Pitt for the second) in 2013's "Twelve Years a Slave." Check out our interview with him here.
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • January 30, 2012 1:46 PM
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Now and Then: Making Sense of Miranda July

I am not a Miranda July hater. "Me and You and Everyone We Know" (2005) felt almost painfully fresh to me — I'd never seen anything like it. It had, in offbeat colors and patterns, a preternatural understanding that love and sex vibrate on wavelengths we can't quite see or hear, only sense.
  • By Matt Brennan
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  • January 30, 2012 12:46 PM
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SAG Awards Favor 'The Help,' 'The Artist'

The big upset of the night at the SAG Awards was Best Actor going to Jean Diujardin over George Clooney. The SAG ensemble prize for "The Help" was no surprise. Of the four Oscar nominations for the film, three were for performances. The SAG wins for Viola Davis and Octavia Spencer for "The Help" will repeat on Oscar night, as will Christopher Plummer's for "Beginners."
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • January 29, 2012 10:21 PM
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