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London Film Critics Bolster Tinker Tailor, Drive, A Separation, Redgrave, Chastain, Colman, Mulligan

As I keep saying, critics, especially those across the Pond, don't have that much impact on the Oscar race. But every time an Academy member has reason to add something to the must-watch pile, it helps. And the British block of voters in LA, NY and the UK --and the BAFTA nominations still to come--do have some influence on the Oscars.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • December 20, 2011 1:12 PM
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Video: The Dark Knight Rises Trailer, IMAX Prologue and Mission: Impossible 4

Yes, I did schlep out to Universal City on Sunday to see the IMAX "The Dark Knight Rises" prologue in front of "Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol." And I highly recommend that you all do the same.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • December 20, 2011 2:52 AM
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Video: Taxi Driver Sweded by Michel Gondry

In case you missed it, as "Hugo" chases Oscar, Michel Gondry takes on Martin Scorsese's "Taxi Driver" en francais with a mini-budget and himself as Travis Bickle.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • December 20, 2011 2:04 AM
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Oscar Eligible Song List Includes Performers Brad Paisley, Sinead O'Connor, Elton John, Lady Gaga, Pink and Muppets

The Oscar song category loves popular music stars, animated films and musicals. So of the 39 songs from eligible feature-length motion pictures in contention for Oscar nominations in the Original Song category, expect the five likely to be announced on nominations morning (it could be fewer) to include either Elton John or Lady Gaga or both...
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • December 19, 2011 7:39 PM
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Sundance Adds Four New Titles to 2012 Program, 'This Must Be the Place,' Starring Sean Penn

Cannes Preview: This Must Be the Place Stars Sean Penn as Aging Rock Star
The 2012 Sundance Film Festival selection is officially closed. Fest programmers have added four new titles to wrap up their slate unveiling January 19 through January 29. Often the festival waits to see if filmmakers can complete their films in time.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • December 19, 2011 4:01 PM
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DGA Awards Name Grammer as Host, Film Nominees Announced January 9; Who Will Make the Cut?

For the first time, actor-director Kelsey Grammer will host the 64th Annual DGA Awards on Saturday, January 28, 2012 at Hollywood & Highland in Los Angeles. While the DGA and Oscar nominees do not always match up exactly, the DGA film winner is almost always the Oscar winner. The two have not synced up only six times since 1948.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • December 19, 2011 3:00 PM
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Critics Keep Voting for Tree of Life, from Chicago to Indiewire Poll

Critics are lining up behind Terrence Malick's "The Tree of Life." While critics groups don't have as much predictive impact as Guild awards like the Screen Actors Guild, they do add to to winners' patina, build credibility and consensus, and keep attention on some must-see titles.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • December 19, 2011 1:44 PM
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Now and Then: For Woody Allen, the Place is the Thing, from Manhattan to Midnight in Paris

When asked about Woody Allen's New York, critics often cite the glorious black-and-white Gershwin cinepoem that opens “Manhattan” (1979). I’ve always been partial, though, to the rough magic of Diane Keaton’s terrible driving in “Annie Hall” (1977). (See clips below.)
  • By Matt Brennan
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  • December 19, 2011 12:16 PM
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Early Reviews on Late-Breaking War Horse, Extremely Loud, Land of Blood and Honey

Early reviews are in on Steven Spielberg's "War Horse," Stephen Daldry's "Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close," and Anjelina Jolie's "In the Land of Blood and Honey," three of the latest-breaking movies hitting theaters this Christmas. A sampling of reviews of all three movies are below.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • December 19, 2011 7:30 AM
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Lawrence Kasdan's Darling Companion to Open Santa Barbara International Film Festival

Lawrence Kasdan's return to director's chair after eight years, "Darling Companion," starring Diane Keaton and Kevin Kline, will open the Santa Barbara Film Festival on January 26.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • December 19, 2011 12:27 AM
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