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Review: Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol Returns Cruise to Giddy Action

Brad Bird Talks Mission: Impossible Ghost Protocol: IMAX vs. 3-D, Animation vs. Live Action, Trailer
The supremely imaginative director of "The Incredibles" meets Hollywood’s most determined, career-committed star for the former’s live-action debut and the latter’s reboot of the spy-thrills franchise that keeps on giving as far as his career is concerned.
  • By Matt Mueller
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  • December 7, 2011 6:08 PM
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Oscar Watch: The Tree of Life's Likely Nominations, EXCLUSIVE Art Direction Video

Terrence Malick's "The Tree of Life" sparks polarized love or hate responses. (See the comments on the NYTimes review.) That doesn't help build consensus within critics' groups (the New York Film Critics Circle gave Brad Pitt Best Actor for "Moneyball" as well as "Tree of Life," and Jessica Chastain supporting actress for three of her films, inluding "Tree of Life"), but it will make it easier for the film to land in the Best Picture race. That's because Oscar voters who feel passionately will give it their number one slot.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • December 7, 2011 4:27 PM
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Awards Watch: Contenders Play Nefarious Cinema Icons in Somewhat Ridiculous NYT Video Gallery

Check out The New York Times' Touch of Evil video gallery from their Hollywood issue. With a slew of awards contenders--including Brad Pitt, George Clooney, Rooney Mara, Mia Wasikowska, Viola Davis, Kirsten Dunst, Glenn Close, Ryan Gosling, Gary Oldman, Michael Shannon, Jessica Chastain, Jean Dujardin and Adepero Oduye--the videos --paying homage to "nefarious icons" of cinema--range from clever and cute to creepy and ridiculous.
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • December 7, 2011 2:38 PM
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Fincher Talks Critics, Expectations & Dragon Tattoo; Says Films Are Never Finished, Only Abandoned

David Fincher is doing the rounds talking about his adaptation of Stieg Larsson's "The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo" (December 21). Don't be fooled though: the director doesn't like talking up his movies at all. (Wired barely squeezed a takeout from their set visit.) After the review embargo drama, Fincher told the Miami Herald that he sides with producer Scott Rudin: "There is a business to letting people know your movie is coming out. It is not a charity business," Fincher said. "It is a business-business," adding that "when you agree to go see something early and you give your word – as silly as that may sound in the information age and the movie business – there is a certain expectation."
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • December 7, 2011 2:34 PM
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IN THE WORKS: Jenkins Out as Thor 2 Director; Sequelitis Spreads To Lincoln Lawyer, Grown Ups & Another Hangover

We were on board for the sake of curiosity when Petty Jenkins was attached to direct "Thor 2." But it's no longer happening due to "creative differences." Jenkins tells THR she parted with Marvel "on very good terms, and I look forward to working with them again." It's hard to imagine the director, who helmed Charlize Theron's "Monster"...
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • December 7, 2011 2:10 PM
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Disney Chief Bob Iger to Chair Academy Museum Fundraising Campaign with Tom Hanks and Annette Bening UPDATED

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Not wasting any time getting the fundraising effort started on the new Academy Museum of Motion Pictures at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, AMPAS president Tom Sherak and CEO Dawn Hudson have landed a big fish to chair their capital fundraising effort: Walt Disney President and CEO Bob Iger (whose ABC network happens to air the Oscar telecast), along with fellow Academy members Annette Bening and Tom Hanks as co-chairs.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • December 7, 2011 1:42 PM
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Meryl Streep & Phyllida Lloyd Talk The Iron Lady

Watch Meryl Streep and director Phyllida Lloyd talk "The Iron Lady" at this post-screening Q & A, held December 6 at NYC's Director's Guild. THR's Scott Feinberg moderated the conversation. Streep says "to capture how someone speaks is to capture them." Asked what she wants people to get from this film, Streep says she wishes that everybody that got on the subway and sees an old lady would realize that "a whole huge life lay beind all those wrinkles and those seemingly non-descript, forgettable [women]. There is nothing less exciting in our consumer society than an old lady, [but] the whole panoply of human experience is in there, to just imagine that--that's what I would hope [when people watch this film]."
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • December 7, 2011 12:14 PM
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Awards Circuit: Octavia Spencer Gets PSIFF Breakthrough Performance Award; Dujardin and Bejo Share SBIFF Cinema Vanguard Award

Film festivals play a key role in highlighting Oscar contenders during this crowded and noisy awards season. The Santa Barbara International Film Festival will honor "The Artist" actors Jean Dujardin and Bérénice Bejo with their Cinema Vanguard Award on February 4. The award recognizes "an actor who has forged his/her own path - taking artistic risks and making a significant and unique contribution to film." Past winners include Christoph Waltz, Vera Farmiga and Ryan Gosling. SBIFF's exec director Roger Durling states: "In an age of sight and sound spectacle, there is great risk in a silent film. Jean and Bérénice's acting is an amazing pas des deux both physically and emotionally - recalling classic Hollywood pairings like Hepburn and Tracy, and of course indelibly Ginger and Fred." Dujardin notes the rest of the film's ensemble -- James Cromwell, John Goodman, Penelope Ann Miller, Missi Pyle and Malcolm McDowell --and adds, "This award is just as much for them as it is for us.”
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • December 7, 2011 12:07 PM
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Immersed in Movies: Jennifer Yuh Nelson Lifts Kung Fu Panda 2

Of all the sequels competing for the best animated feature Oscar, "Kung Fu Panda 2" was really the only one with unfinished business. It begged the question: How did Po wind up living in the same house with his father goose?
  • By Bill Desowitz
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  • December 7, 2011 10:39 AM
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Martin Scorsese To Receive Music+Film Award at Critics' Choice Movie Awards

Martin Scorsese will be honored with the Music+Film Award at the 17th Annual Critics' Choice Movie Awards on January 12. The award recognizes a filmmaker who "has touched audiences through cinematic storytelling, and has heightened the impact of films through the brilliant use of source and original music"...
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • December 7, 2011 10:13 AM
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