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Oscar Hell Week: Play By Play

Exactly how did all the changes go down at the Oscars last week? Well, Academy president Tom Sherak gives us the play by play.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • November 12, 2011 6:27 PM
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Weekly Wrap: Oscar Changes, AFM News, AFI, Tintin, Hugo, Haywire, Breaking Dawn Reviews and More

BOX OFFICE, REVIEWS, TRAILERS Review: "Breaking Dawn - Part One" "Tintin": Review and New Trailer
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  • November 12, 2011 4:45 PM
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Early Reviews: Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part One; Marriage, Sex, Pregnancy, Vampire, Bill Condon Talks

At Comic-Con, "Dreamgirls" director Bill Condon talked about how he approached "Twilight: Breaking Dawn (November 18), which I will see at Monday's premiere. Condon had been eager to direct a horror movie, and landed the finale to this mother of all horror epics, which he and Summit agreed to break into two parts, "Harry Potter"-style. "It's all third act, which does make it easy," he says, "and scary too, there are some pretty crazy things." The film wound up earning a PG-13 rating after trims of a scene where Bella and Edward have sex for the first time, which features some nudity, and when she gives birth to their baby, with blood flying around the room.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • November 11, 2011 4:30 PM
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Oscar Watch: Beginners' Christopher Plummer Supporting Actor Frontrunner, Video Exclusive

While the supporting actor category is open to change and movement over the next few months, one name is sure to land a slot on Oscar nominations morning: Christopher Plummer. The stage-trained Canadian actor, 81, has been giving great performances for  decades, from Baron von Trapp in "The Sound of Music" and Rudyard Kipling in "The Man Who Would Be King" to Mike Wallace in "The Insider" and, remarkably, his first Oscar nomination as Leo Tolstoy in 2009's "The Last Station." But arguably among Plummer's best is the role Mike Mills gave him as Ewan McGregor's ailing gay father in "Beginners." It's a juicy part: late in life, although he's fighting against the dying of the light, the man has come out of the closet and is madly in love with both his freedom and his partner (Goran Visnjic). Plummer is joyful, vigorous, sexy, funny, and heartbreaking. He talks about how he approached the role in the exclusive Plummer featurette below.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • November 11, 2011 4:16 PM
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EXCLUSIVE: BAFTA's New Guru Site Posts Video Wisdom from Likes of Swinton, Tarantino

BAFTA has launched its "Guru" initiative, a website for aspiring TV and film producers, directors, actors and anyone else wanting inspiration and advice from some people who know a thing or two about the industry, from Quentin Tarantino to Tilda Swinton:  
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • November 11, 2011 3:05 PM
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Trailer For Almost-Edgy Snow White and the Huntsman Sells Theron's Sex Appeal

The teaser trailer for "Snow White and the Huntsman" looks a dozen times better than Relativity's saccharin "Mirror Mirror" stills. The new imagery does diminish "Huntsman"'s purported edginess, probably because the fairy tale adaptation seeks to lure a large PG-13 crowd, which means that it can only be so dark, but "Huntsman" certainly takes a ballsier approach than "Mirror Mirror." The almost-gothic VFX-packed trailer's main draw is the sexy-evil Charlize Theron, although we're not sure about her accent-- and this sure looks like her Dior ads. Check out the trailer and more images below:
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • November 11, 2011 2:51 PM
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Spielberg's Exhilarating E-Ride Adventures of Tintin Closes AFI FEST with North American Premiere: Review and New Trailer

As Jamie Bell, sporting a Tintin haircut, introduced the closing night attraction at AFI FEST 2011, Steven Spielberg's "The Adventures of Tintin" (December 21), he felt the need to tell the audience exactly who Tintin is. Belgian Herge's comic book character was created back in 1929, serialized in newspapers around the world, and over the years translated into 80 languages, selling 200 million copies. "I started reading the comics when I was eight," said Bell. "I've been preparing for this role for a while." Herge had said before he died in 1983 that if anyone could direct "Tintin" it should be Steven Spielberg. The director sent a video from the Virginia set of "Lincoln," admitting that this is the first time he's directed an animated movie.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • November 11, 2011 1:58 PM
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Media Watch: Blogger Romenesko Ditches Media Site Poynter after Attribution Spat

Jim Romenesko, the high-profile media news blogger, abruptly quit his position with Poynter yesterday, reports the NYT's  Media Decoder.  His unexpected decision to leave came after a disagreement with boss Julie Moos about not using quotations when borrowing from other media sources.   Last night, Romenesko emailed the Institute, which teaches journalism ethics: “I’ve had a great dozen years at Poynter, and I look forward to my next chapter.” This marks Romensko's third and finally successful attempt to resign from Poynter. His decision to leave under the scrutiny concerning attribution, aggregation, and contemporary journalism sparked heated infighting on Twitter and other social media sources. Moos responded on the Poynter website:
  • By Maggie Lange
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  • November 11, 2011 12:49 PM
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More: Media

Oscar Talk: Out with the Old, in with the New: Grazer and Crystal Take Over

In this week's Oscar Talk, Kris Tapley and I chew over many things, from the AFI FEST debut of Martin Scorsese's "Hugo" to German Oscar entry "Pina"'s chances in the doc race and China's submission Zhang Yimou's "Flowers of War" landing a year-end release, but mainly we hash out the dramatic changes at the Academy Awards show this week. Gone are Brett Ratner and Eddie Murphy, while AMPAS president Tom Sherak wasted no time accepting "Tower Heist" producer Brian Grazer's offer to produce. Soon after Billy Crystal tweeted that he was hosting, the Academy confirmed the news--and put the tweet into its official announcement. Onward.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • November 11, 2011 12:17 PM
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More: Awards

Spielberg, Tintin, and the Race for Oscar

If the animated Oscar competition comes down to originality and boldness, then you can't rule out a potential horse race between "Rango" and "The Adventures of Tintin." Make no mistake: despite the outcry from traditionalists, "Tintin" is nothing if not animated, and definitely a performance capture game-changer: a unique hybrid of the caricature and photoreal, thanks to the wizards of Weta, who've struck again after their "Rise of the Planet of the Apes" coup. The rendering of skin, eyes, mouth, and hair is so tactile, and there's a more believable sense of weight and movement.
  • By Bill Desowitz
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  • November 11, 2011 11:41 AM
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