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Immersed in Movies: Saldanha Gets Animated Over Rio

If "Rango" is the front runner in the animated Oscar race (it took the LA Film Critics Assn. Awards last week), then "Rio" is the dark horse. It's original, lively, musical, richly animated, and boasts the hot Jesse Eisenberg and Anne Hathaway as its voice talent for the romance between two mismatched blue macaws.
  • By Bill Desowitz
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  • December 14, 2011 4:29 PM
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Dubai Festival: Herzog Wins Life Achievement Award, Talks Watts as Queen of the Desert

While accepting a Lifetime Achievement award at the 8th Dubai International Film Festival, Werner Herzog gave an update on his biopic about Gertrude Bell, the turn-of-the-century English writer, traveler and archeologist he calls "the female Lawrence of Arabia."
  • By Matt Mueller
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  • December 14, 2011 4:24 PM
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Voting Begins for Cinema Eye Honors' 2012 Audience Choice Prize

The Cinema Eye Honors for Nonfiction Filmmaking voting for the 2012 Audience Choice Prize is open. Anyone can cast their vote at the Cinema Eye website.
  • By Jacob Combs
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  • December 14, 2011 4:17 PM
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First Look: Steven Spielberg and Daniel Day Lewis on Lincoln Set

One of the issues for the Oscar campaigners behind Steven Spielberg's "War Horse" is that he and his usual crew have been filming "Lincoln" in Richmond, Virginia. Check out this set photo of Spielberg at the State Capitol with Daniel Day- Lewis as President Abraham Lincoln.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • December 14, 2011 4:06 PM
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Video: Gary Oldman Performed 'Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy''s Smiley in One or Two Takes

Still waters run deep. That's the secret behind John LeCarre's master British spy George Smiley as played by Gary Oldman in "Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy." The role marks a sharp turn from wild and crazy character actor ("Dracula," "The Professional," "Air Force One," "Immortal Beloved," "Sid & Nancy" "True Romance") to heroic leading man. "It's a lovely change of pace," Oldman says. When he arrived at the "Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy" set he'd ask, "Am I sitting down in this scene?"
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • December 14, 2011 3:49 PM
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Watch Video: Academy's Top Ten Shorts

Academy shorts branch voters will now pick three to five final nominees from their short list of ten live action shorts. One hundred seven pictures qualified in the category. Check out the list--with links to video and more detailed info--below.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • December 14, 2011 2:09 PM
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Screen Actors Guild Surprises: Close, Bichir, and McCarthy Are In, Theron, Redgrave, Woodley and Fassbender, Out

"Albert Nobbs" star Glenn Close can heave a sigh of relief, as she landed a Screen Actors Guild nomination as Best Actress, along with frontrunners Meryl Streep ("The Iron Lady") and Viola Davis, whose film "The Help" gets a surge in the Oscar race as it dominated the field with four nominations, including best ensemble and two supporting nods for Octavia Spencer and Jessica Chastain.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • December 14, 2011 11:21 AM
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Producers Guild Gives Jolie's In the Land of Blood and Honey the Stanley Kramer Award

The problem with all the high-minded praise of Angelina Jolie's feature directing debut "In the Land of Blood and Honey" (December 23) is that audiences are going to avoid it as a dose of medicine. Truth is, the Producers Guild of America is right to award the movie with its 2012 Stanley Kramer Award on January 21. After all, the award was created to "honor a motion picture, producer or other individual, whose achievement or contribution illuminates provocative social issues in an accessible and elevating fashion."
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • December 13, 2011 9:12 PM
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Review & Round-up: Fincher's The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo Opens A Day Early, December 20

"The Social Network'''s Rooney Mara delivers Salander in a smart expertly executed film that takes the time to make clear plot developments and changing dynamics between investigator Blomkvist (well-played by Daniel Craig) and the androgynous punk researcher who has a woman in her bed when he first knocks on her door.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • December 13, 2011 8:01 PM
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Seth Rogen to Host Indie Spirit Awards

Perfect choice. Producer, writer, actor, funnyman and soon-to-be-director Seth Rogen, who has a film in the Independent Spirit hunt ("50/50"), is hosting the Indie Spirit Awards on February 25, 2012.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • December 13, 2011 1:05 PM
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