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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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Review: HBO, David Milch and Michael Mann's 'Luck' Pilot Promises More than It Delivers

"Luck" is a world that David Milch knows well. His self-described addiction to the track is legendary, both as a prodigious better and an owner. He once had a horse headed for the Derby who, like a horse in the pilot, broke down (in life, after the Louisville plane tickets had been booked).
  • By Terry Curtis Fox
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  • January 29, 2012 5:53 PM
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Weekend Box Office: Oscar Contenders Update

Jean Dujardin in "The Artist"
The weekend after the nominations resulted in the leading contenders grossing around $30 million total, on par with recent years despite there not being one single film that boosted the total. Rather, the wealth, in varying degrees, was spread around a number of films, with “The Descendants” gaining the most.
  • By Tom Brueggemann
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  • January 29, 2012 5:22 PM
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Immersed in Movies: Editing 'The Descendants,' from Clooney to Ozu

If "The Descendants" has a wild card in beating "The Artist," the front runner, for best picture, it's the George Clooney factor. He elevates the dramedy written and directed by Alexander Payne to cathartic heights.
  • By Bill Desowitz
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  • January 29, 2012 4:24 PM
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Santa Barbara Performer of the Year and Oscar Front-Runner Viola Davis Seeks Roles "You Can Sink Your Teeth Into"

At the height of awards season, at the 27th Santa Barbara International Film Festival, Myrlie Evers-Williams, widow of slain Civil Rights activist Medgar Evers, presented actress Viola Davis with the Outstanding Performer of the Year Award Friday,
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • January 29, 2012 3:08 PM
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Weekend Box Office: Liam Neeson Indie 'The Grey' Freezes Out Three Wide Openers

With three new wide releases hitting the marketplace this weekend, along with a bevy of expanded Oscar runs, Open Road’s “The Grey” froze out the competition as it took the top spot with an estimated $20 million. The health of the marketplace overall remained robust as the total for all films this weekend was around $126 million, up some 15% from the comparable session a year ago and marking the fourth consecutive up frame at the boxoffice.
  • By Brian Fuson
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  • January 29, 2012 1:06 PM
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