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Trailer Mashup: 'The Lion King Rises'

I finally caught up with this trailer mashup of "The Lion King" (video) and "The Dark Knight Rises" (audio). It works.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • January 4, 2012 6:13 PM
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Academy VFX Bakeoff Will Cull Final Five Oscar Nominees from Shortlist of Ten

Ten films are now in the running for a Visual Effects Oscar nomination. Members of the Academy Visual Effects Branch will vote for the final five VFX nominees after viewing ten-minute excerpts from each of the shortlisted films at the Thursday, January 19 "Bakeoff." "Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol" beating out "Thor" and "Super 8" are the biggest upsets in the list of ten.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • January 4, 2012 4:29 PM
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CASTING WATCH: Hooper's 'Les Miserables' May Add Seyfried & Swift; Trending Mainstream?

While we have high hopes for Tom Hooper's "Les Miserables," we've also noted our concern. Earlier, we noted that the films eclectic mix of talent could be volatile. Hugh Jackman, Russell Crowe, Anna Hathaway, Helena Bonham Carter, Sacha Baron Cohen and Eddie Redmayne may now be joined by Amanda Seyfried and Taylor Swift...
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • January 4, 2012 4:20 PM
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'Farewell My Queen,' Starring Diane Kruger as Marie Antoinette, To Open Berlinale

French-Spanish period costumer "Farewell My Queen," directed by Benoit Jacquot, will open this year's Berlinale, which runs from February 9 to 19.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • January 4, 2012 3:10 PM
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Gigliotti Leaves Weinstein Co., Sellers Takes Over Combined TWC Production and Acquisitions

As former Weinstein Co. production chief Donna Gigliotti ("I Don't Know How She Does It") moves into an indie producing deal, The Weinstein Company is bringing in veteran studio exec Dylan Sellers as President of a combined production and acquisitions department based in Los Angeles.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • January 4, 2012 2:17 PM
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Review: 'Walking Dead' and 'Homeland' Finales

Before we launch into what is now the winter TV season, it’s worth taking a look at two truly exemplary season-ending episodes – the finales of "Walking Dead" and "Homeland."
  • By Terry Curtis Fox
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  • January 4, 2012 1:44 PM
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More: Television

Martin Scorsese Gets BAFTA Fellowship

As the Oscar campaign for "Hugo" gains steam, every bit of attention and support makes a difference. Thus it's good news that the British Academy of Film and Television Arts is giving Martin Scorsese its annual BAFTA fellowship at the Orange British Academy Film Awards ceremony, at London’s Royal Opera House, on Sunday February 12.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • January 4, 2012 11:56 AM
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Art Directors Guild Sheds Little Light on Oscars, with Three Film Categories; Nominate 'Anonymous,' Omit 'War Horse,' 'Tree of Life'

The Art Directors Guild (ADG) nominations in three categories for films (period, contemporary, fantasy) help to reveal the direction the technical branches of the Academy are heading. Of course there are so many categories that more films will be recognized by the ADG at the Beverly Hilton on February 4 than the Oscars ever could.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • January 4, 2012 11:42 AM
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Best Performances of 2011: Standouts, Duos, Ensemble & Most Underrated

Standouts are just that -- performances with so much depth and subtlety that they could have college research papers written on their characters alone. Duos are two exceptional performances that are best considered together. Ensembles are those rare films whose entire primary casts are woven so finely that it's hard to tell where one performance begins and the other starts. There's also the Best Peformance Despite a Terrible Film and The Most Underrated Performance. Check them out below:
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • January 3, 2012 6:02 PM
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Year End Box Office Wrap 2011: Attendance Down, Top Ten Grossers and Studio Market Shares

With nine titles ranked among the top 25-highest grossing films of the year, it's no surprise that Paramount won the North American market share race in 2011 with nearly $2 billion in its coffers. box office and attendance for 2011 overall were down some 3% and 4%, respectively, from 2010.
  • By Brian Fuson
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  • January 3, 2012 4:27 PM
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