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SAG Nominee Demian Bichir Landed A Better Life By Playing Castro for Soderbergh: But Will Tom Hanks Watch It?

Demian Bichir, scion to a theater family in Mexico City, was at the height of his fame 20 years ago when he decided to come to the States, first to New York and then L.A., to find his way in Hollywood.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • December 29, 2011 6:57 AM
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FIRST LOOK: Playful Images from Pixar's Brave and Tim Burton's Frankenweenie

Disney is doling out tantalizing new tidbits (images, trailers, and posters) with practiced restraint to build anticipation for both Pixar's "Brave" (June 22, 2012) and Tim Burton's "Frankenweenie"(October 5, 2012). 
  • By Maggie Lange
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  • December 28, 2011 2:36 PM
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The Year in TV in 3 Minutes: Oprah vs. Anderson Cooper vs. Zombies vs. the World

Gawker watched TV so you wouldn't have to. Below is their compilation of the year in TV, wrapping up countless hours of pointless programming into just 3 minutes and 22 seconds. The series of clips are absurd, unreasonable and completely incompatible.
  • By Maggie Lange
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  • December 28, 2011 1:09 PM
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Academy Unveils Dull New Oscar Poster

The Academy has unveiled a rather unimaginative poster for the 84th Academy Awards with the tagline: "Celebrate the movies in all of us."
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • December 28, 2011 9:20 AM
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Immersed in Movies: 'War Horse' Production Designer Rick Carter Talks Spielberg, War, 'Gone with the Wind'

Long-time Steven Spielberg collaborator, production designer Rick Carter, is obsessed with "the nature of conscience and the Goya-esque disasters of war."
  • By Bill Desowitz
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  • December 28, 2011 8:15 AM
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IN THE WORKS: Genre-Bending 'Cloud Atlas' Adaptation Shows Future Seoul

It looks like David Mitchell's ambitious, narrative-jumping, multi-era novel "Cloud Atlas" has sparked some equally experimental concept art for its film adaptation.
  • By Maggie Lange
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  • December 28, 2011 4:43 AM
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Taylor Lautner Didn't Just Come Out, Despite Fake People Cover Saying Otherwise

On Monday, the January 7 cover of People Magazine was "leaked" online, promising an exclusive coming out confession by "Twilight" heartthrob Taylor Lautner. There was one small problem with the story, though—it was fake.
  • By Jacob Combs
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  • December 27, 2011 3:57 PM
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'The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo': Zaillian Streamlines, Improves on Detective Duo in Larsson's Neo-Noir

Hollywood studio execs consider Steve Zaillian to be their number one literary adapter. He won the Oscar for "Schindler's List," after all, and could wind up with an Oscar nomination for "Moneyball" as well this year, which he serially co-wrote with another alpha Oscar-winner, Aaron Sorkin (the two have agreed only to talk about the film together).
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • December 27, 2011 3:49 PM
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IN THE WORKS: Depardieu May Be Up to Play Scandal Monger Dominique Strauss-Khan for Ferrara

Gerard Depardieu, the stolid French star, is reportedly eager to take on the character of mysterious international economist Dominique Strauss-Khan, who found himself mired in a sex scandal with New York hotel maid Nafissatou Diallo.
  • By Maggie Lange
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  • December 27, 2011 2:27 PM
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The Challenger to The Artist is The Descendants

As Academy members get their ballots this week, if one movie can challenge "The Artist" in the race for the Best Picture Oscar, it's "The Descendants." For one thing, with $33 million in the till after the Christmas holidays, where it landed in the top ten, it's a box office hit in a way that "The Artist" is not.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • December 27, 2011 12:05 PM
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