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Martin Scorsese's Hugo Wins Best Film of 2011 from National Board of Review

The National Board of Review winners are led by Martin Scorsese's 3-D homage to silent cinema, "Hugo," which won best film and director. While George Clooney was left out of the New York Film Critics awards and Indie Spirit nominations, he won best actor from NBR, which is a group of film enthusiasts, academics, young filmmakers and students. He had a good day, as "The Ides of March," which he wrote and directed, also earned a spot on the top ten list. Tilda Swinton was named best actress for "We Need to Talk About Kevin," which helps to elevate the British actress in the awards race. With his NBR win, "Beginners" star Christopher Plummer continues his march to a best supporting actor Oscar nomination, as does "The Descendants" Shailene Woodley. "The Desendants," one of the top ten films (below), earned three additional awards, for actor, supporting actress and adapted screenplay for Alexander Payne and Nat Faxon & Jim Rash.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • December 1, 2011 3:28 PM
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EW's Secrets of Spielberg: War Horse, Tin Tin, Color Purple, Harrison Ford, Gwyneth Paltrow

Steven Spielberg talks at length about his extremely long and incredibly successful career in Friday's Entertainment Weekly cover story.  This holiday season is a busy one for Spielberg: his performance-capture film "The Adventures of Tintin" opens December 21--it has already grossed $207 million mark overseas--and World War I epic "War Horse" premieres on Christmas Day. The filmmaker is already shooting in Virginia on his next project, "Lincoln," starring shaggy-bearded Daniel Day-Lewis as the eponymous president.  Here are highlights from EW's interview:
  • By Jacob Combs
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  • December 1, 2011 2:31 PM
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Night at the Britannias: Harry Potter Gets a Push, Stiller Finally Gets His Chappy

  • By Beth Hanna
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  • December 1, 2011 1:44 PM
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Ebert Calls Hiatus on Movie Review Show: Let It Go, Roger

Roger Ebert is a superman. I am currently buried in his must-read memoir, "Life Itself," which is a pleasure to go back to every night. The man can write. And he is trying to hang on, bless him, to his new TV review show, "Ebert Presents At The Movies." He and wife/producer Chaz Ebert have been financing their show themselves, with help from the Kanbar Charitable Trust. In his most recent blog post on the subject, Ebert is checking out a Kickstarter campaign as he takes the show on hiatus.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • December 1, 2011 1:25 PM
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Trailer Watch: First Look at Andrew Stanton's John Carter

Check out the new poster--better than the last one--and first trailer from "John Carter," Pixar writer-director Andrew Stanton's over-budget live-action/performance capture epic based on the Edgar Rice Burroughs novel about a Civil War vet who winds up on Mars and discovers the planet is inhabited by giant green barbarians. It opens March 12. (See full-sized poster here.)
  • By Jacob Combs
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  • December 1, 2011 12:42 PM
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Watch: Ghost Protocol's Patton & Seydoux Look Lovely While Beating Each Other

Paula Patton and Lea Seydoux don't play nice in "Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol," but they still look perfectly lovely while beating each other to a pulp. Clearly the real stars of this clip are their cleavage. Watch Patton and Seydoux (more likely: their body-doubles) in the clip below. "Ghost Protocol" arrives December 21. Thanks, IGN.
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • November 30, 2011 5:41 PM
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Sundance Announces Competition Line-Up

Most of the Sundance Film Festival competition films announced Wednesday for the upcoming Park City festival January 19 - 29 are films that few have seen or heard of. That's what's exciting about Sundance, especially under the leadership of director John Cooper and programmer Trevor Groth. They are not playing games with agencies or managers --who wish they didn't have to wait to get the news along with everyone else earlier this week--they are really looking for discoveries, excitement, new news. It's about emerging talent.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • November 30, 2011 4:06 PM
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EXCLUSIVE: Santa Barbara Names Viola Davis Outstanding Performer of the Year

The Santa Barbara International Film Festival will present actress Viola Davis with the Outstanding Performer of the Year Award on Friday, January 27, 2012, at the height of awards season. Oscar-watchers are pitting frontrunner Davis against her veteran "The Doubt" co-star Meryl Streep in this year's Best Actress contest.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • November 30, 2011 2:11 PM
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IN THE WORKS: Butterfield for Ender's Game, Arterton & Ronan Vampires for Jordan, Soderbergh's Pill & Hanks Slate

  • By Sophia Savage
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  • November 30, 2011 1:35 PM
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Interview: Ralph Fiennes Talks Directing and Playing Coriolanus with Oscar-Contender Redgrave; Lands Skyfall

Rookie feature director Ralph Fiennes and veteran screenwriter John Logan ("The Aviator") have crafted a strong modern adaptation of Shakespeare's bloody war tragedy "Coriolanus." Fiennes shines in the central role, which he played on the London stage in 2000 to raves. It plays to his strengths as an actor who doesn't seek to be liked. He plumbs the depths of a brilliant, ambitious, stubborn, ruthless, deadly, ramrod straight Roman general--with no talent for politics. "This man has no mercy in him," says Coriolanus's ally Menenius, well-played by Brian Cox. Fiennes is also getting some Oscar talk for his all-stops-out performance as Voldemort in the "Harry Potter" finale; at the Toronto Festival, he also played a corrupt British prime minister opposite Bill Nighy in David Hare's spy thriller "Page Eight." During Toronto (our flipcam interview is below) he took a brief hiatus from playing Shakespeare's Prospero in Trevor Nunn's London production of "The Tempest," and started Mike Newell's "Great Expectations" as Magwitch opposite Jeremy Irvine as Pip ("War Horse") in November. Since Toronto, Fiennes finally closed his long rumored deal to play a Bond villain opposite Daniel Craig in Sam Mendes' upcoming "Skyfall," written by his pal Logan.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • November 30, 2011 11:36 AM
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