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Watch: Young Adult's Charlize Theron Will Pummel Her Way Into Your Heart

There's nothing quite like a little Mavis Gary to start your day. It's rather fitting that Charlize Theron will be following up Jason Reitman's "Young Adult" (December 9) by playing the Evil Queen in "Snow White and the Huntsman."
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • November 29, 2011 11:58 AM
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Gotham Award Winners: What Impact Will They Have?

So who came out ahead at the Gothams? Tributes offer a boost to potential award contenders by reminding folks of all the films these people have done over the years. "Young Adult"'s Charlize Theron charmed in her acceptance speech, saying, "all I ever wanted was to be able to do this and not have a second job to pay the rent." She graciously thanked Jason Reitman "for giving me the opportunity to play such a bitch." (See the live stream here.) Presenter Patton Oswalt helped his own cause as a supporting actor candidate for "Young Adult" by killing his intro.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • November 28, 2011 11:06 PM
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Gotham Awards and New York Film Critics Winners, Indie Spirit Nominations

The awards race is in full swing this week. In New York Monday night The Gothams Awards will name winners, and Tuesday the Indie Spirits will make public their nominations and the New York Film Critics Circle will vote their winners. They're announcing them via Twitter, having pushed back by one day their scheduled November 28 voting in order to see David Fincher's "The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo" on Monday. (Indiewire assesses these awards here.)
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • November 28, 2011 3:44 PM
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Moneyball is Oscar Dark Horse; Pitt and Hill Are Contenders, Hill Talks How He Made His Dramatic Career Turn

Yes, my fellow Oscar pundits are talking about the rising fortunes of the top trio in the awards race, "The Artist," "War Horse," and "The Descendants." All along, I have been puzzled by why they aren't taking another Oscar contender more seriously: "Moneyball."
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • November 28, 2011 3:30 PM
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Brad Pitt and Jonah Hill Talk Their Moneyball Love Story, Success and Failure, Fave Performances

The love story of Brad Pitt and Jonah Hill had a perfect start. They first met through a mutual friend - Ed Norton - at a Radiohead concert. Catherine Keener then suggested Hill for "Moneyball" while they were shooting "Cyrus"; after he played Peter Brand at a "Moneyball" read-through both director Bennett Miller (also recommended for the project by Keener) and Pitt rooted for him to land the role. "I am the box office star behind the film," joked Hill during a post-screening Q & A Sunday at Sony's Cary Grant theater. He held his own with Pitt in the charm department. The Q & A moderated by Dave Karger (EW) allowed time for audience questions. Pitt spoke of the "arduous" process behind getting the film made, but said he doesn't mind it when you believe in what you're doing and the material: "I could never let go of the book," he said.
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • November 28, 2011 2:15 PM
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Angelina Jolie Talks Blood & Honey on 60 Minutes: Afghanistan Set War Drama is Next, Punching Through Gender Stereotypes & Being Scared in a Good Way

  • By Sophia Savage
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  • November 28, 2011 1:45 PM
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Now and Then: In TCM Battle of the Blondes, Who Comes Out on Top?

  • By Matt Brennan
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  • November 28, 2011 12:54 PM
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China Resolves Flowers of War Producers vs. Theaters Impasse

Tensions between theaters and studios are not only riding high in Hollywood. The Chinese government has intervened to resolve a conflict between the producers of "Flowers of War," the most expensive movie ever made in China, and exhibitors, who fought against a steep ticket price hike, reports Variety. 
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • November 28, 2011 12:25 PM
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Video: Spielberg Talks War Horse at New York Screening

Steven Spielberg and Mark Harris
DreamWorks put Steven Spielberg onstage in New York with moderator Mark Harris at an advance screening of "War Horse" on Sunday, which was simulcast live via satellite at preview screenings in nine other cities--Los Angeles, San Francisco, Chicago, Dallas, Boston, Washington, Seattle, Miami, Atlanta-- and streamed at MSN.com. Adapted by Lee Hall and Richard Curtis from Michael Morpurgo's bestselling children's novel and the hit London and New York stage play, "War Horse" opens in theatres on Christmas Day. Spielberg read the book first, which was told from the POV of the horse Joey and gave him the "spine of the narrative," he said, while the play had "spectacular puppetry" and made him see the material's "emotional potential." A script is a "living organism," he said, which  under his watch undergoes constant revisions before and during shooting.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • November 27, 2011 9:28 PM
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Fox Sneaks We Bought A Zoo; Early Reviews

With theatrical box office more important than ever, the studios have gone back to a tried-and-true method of building word-of-mouth for movies they believe in--sneak previews. Disney has sneaked "War Horse" twice now, and Paramount threw "Young Adult" into key markets as well. Saturday, Twentieth Century Fox booked Cameron Crowe's bid to escape movie jail, "We Bought a Zoo," on 800 screens nationwide in advance of its December 23 release. I checked out the movie at L.A.'s Arclight.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • November 27, 2011 2:53 PM
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