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Golden Globes Nominations Are Led by The Artist, The Descendants and The Help - Analysis

Golden Globes nominations were led by "The Artist" with six nominations, followed by "The Descendants" and "The Help" with five each, and "Moneyball," "The Ides of March" and "Midnight in Paris" with four. The Golden Globe motion picture nominations are split into drama and comedy, which adds more players to the field. UPDATED
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • December 15, 2011 9:49 AM
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Paramount Has a New 100th Anniversary Logo

The iconic Paramount logo, stars circling a Wasatch Mountain, was first created back in 1916, and has been updated over the years. This Friday the studio is launching its latest revamp on the occasion of the studio's 100th anniversary, in front of "Mission: Impossible--Ghost Protocol." I like it.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • December 14, 2011 9:24 PM
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Nolan's The Dark Knight Rises Prologue Screens in IMAX Friday: Location Guide

The first six minutes of next summer's sure-to-be blockbuster "The Dark Knight Rises" will be screening in select IMAX theaters this Friday before showings of "Mission: Impossible -- Ghost Protocol."
  • By Jacob Combs
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  • December 14, 2011 7:58 PM
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EXCLUSIVE: De Palma’s Passion Heading for March Start in Berlin

Brian de Palma is wasting no time moving forward on "Passion," his remake of the 2011 French psychodrama, "Crime d'Amour," which is shaping up for a March 5th shoot date in Berlin. Word is that Rachel McAdams is in talks to join Noomi Rapace in the film based on Alain Corneau's twisted murder tale starring Kristin Scott Thomas as an older executive who takes revenge on her protege (Ludivine Sagnier). Rapace and McAdams also co-star in the upcoming "Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows," which opens stateside on Friday.
  • By Liza Foreman
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  • December 14, 2011 7:11 PM
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Critics Groups Votes: What is Their Impact?

It's hard to keep up with the various critics groups around the country, which have far less impact on the final Oscar race than the early votes from New York and Los Angeles. Check the San Francisco Critics Circle winners below against the Screen Actors Guild votes today, for example, which are far more predictive, as its members actually have some overlap with the Academy's largest branch, the actors.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • December 14, 2011 5:02 PM
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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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