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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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Hollywood's Most Expensive Pieces of History

Ahead of Profiles in History's "Icons of Hollywood" auction to be held in Beverly Hills this Thursday and Friday, which will put up for auction such items as Bela Lugosi's "Dracula" cape and Dorothy's red slippers from "The Wizard of Oz," THR mounts a retrospective gallery of the priciest pieces of Hollywood history. 
  • By Jacob Combs
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  • December 13, 2011 5:00 AM
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More: Classics

Critics Choice Awards Led by Hugo and The Artist with Eleven Nominations

Two films celebrating silent cinema, "Hugo" and "The Artist," led the The Broadcast Film Critics Association (BFCA) nominees for the 17th Critics’ Choice Movie Awards, with eleven each.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • December 13, 2011 3:00 AM
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Scorsese Gets American Riviera Award at the Santa Barbara Film Festival

Martin Scorsese is not in love with awards campaigning. But accepting awards--that's a relatively painless part of the Oscar campaign process. Thus he is going to attend the 27th Santa Barbara Film festival tribute to him on January 30 to receive the American Riviera Award.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • December 12, 2011 6:43 PM
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