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Oscar Watch: Tom Hanks Works for the Academy

Oscar Watch: Tom Hanks Works for the Academy
Academy governor Tom Hanks has been working overtime. At Monday's Academy Nominees lunch he turned up in a well-produced how-to video shot at the empty Hollywood and Highland Kodak Theatre that will be the site of the Oscar Show February 27. His goal: teaching this year's crop of 190 nominees how to give an entertaining acceptance speech: no lists, keep it to 45 seconds, save it for the Thank You Cam, etc. (A more detailed DVD will be sent to all the nominees.)
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • February 8, 2011 6:29 AM
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Streep Starts Filming Iron Lady Thatcher Role, in Talks for Great Hope Springs with Prada's Frankel

Meryl Streep is portraying Margaret Thatcher (with Jim Broadbent as her husband) in The Iron Lady, director Phyllida Lloyd's follow-up to global blockbuster Mamma Mia!, which started principal photography in London on January 31.
  • By Anne Thompson and Sophia Savage
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  • February 8, 2011 6:10 AM
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Old Spice's Isaiah Mustafa: "Where You Can Go When Your Man Smells Like Me"

Since Old Spice star Isaiah Mustafa broke out last summer, the hunky actor has landed roles in Horrible Bosses and Tyler Perry's upcoming Madea's Big Happy Family (April 22).
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • February 8, 2011 5:55 AM
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WGA Awards Opening Number: Ferguson and Stonestreet Sing "Write It Gay"

Check out Modern Family's Jesse Tyler Ferguson and Eric Stonestreet's opening number as hosts of the WGA Awards:
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • February 8, 2011 4:00 AM
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Academy Nominees Luncheon: 2011 Class Photo, Meeting the Coens, Keeping It Short

Academy Nominees Luncheon: 2011 Class Photo, Meeting the Coens, Keeping It Short
What becomes a legend most? A diminutive best actress nominee sitting at the center of a group photo on last year's best actor winner's lap. At last year's nominees luncheon, Jeff Bridges was hanging with genuine affection with old pal Sandra Bullock.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • February 7, 2011 11:52 AM
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Oscar Watch: Nominees Meet Press, Talk Awards Season, Dressing in Tutus, Butch Cassidy and Bells

Oscar Watch: Nominees Meet Press, Talk Awards Season, Dressing in Tutus, Butch Cassidy and Bells
This year's Academy Award-nominated actors took to the podium moments before today's annual Nominees Luncheon to answer media questions. Judging by applause and laughter, the interview room crowd favorites were Annette Bening, Helena Bonham Carter, Nicole Kidman, James Franco, Jesse Eisenberg and Javier Bardem, who kicked it all off.
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • February 7, 2011 10:11 AM
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Academy Lunch Assembles Nominees for Portrait Monday, Livestreams Interview Room

One of my fave events of the year, the Academy Nominations Lunch, assembles the Oscar nominees--more than a hundred--at the Beverly Hilton Hotel to celebrate, collect a certificate, and pose for a large group photo. The press corps gets a crack at the nominees on the red carpet, in the interview room and some of us actually get to sit down for a meal with nominees at randomly selected tables. Academy president Tom Sherak will deliver some guidelines on acceptance speeches--basically, keep 'em short.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • February 7, 2011 6:19 AM
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More: Awards, Oscars

Seven Reasons To Be Excited about Abrams/Spielberg's Super 8

There's no question that the movie spot to break out on Super Bowl night, in all its Spielbergian glory, was Super 8 (both the trailer and spot, in which a voice warns, "Do not speak of this, if you do, they will find you") are below.
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • February 7, 2011 6:12 AM
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Media Watch: AOL Buys Huffington Post, Huffington To Run Media Group

AOL has placed a big bet on content going forward. And now it's swallowed Blog Queen Arianna Huffington and her traffic magnet, six-year-old privately-held The Huffington Post, into its vast maw, paying $315 million. Here's Huffington and ATD's Kara Swisher, who interviewed Huffington and AOL CEO Tim Armstrong at the Super Bowl, where the deal was consummated just after midnight (video below). According to Variety:
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • February 7, 2011 2:40 AM
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Media Watch: Gabriel Snyder Joins Atlantic Wire as Editor

@gabrielsnyder has announced his new gig, which is pretty cool:Yep, I have a new job: I am thrilled to be joining The Atlantic Wire as editor. Snyder put in some time at Variety, and Gawker Media, and Newsweek Online--just as they got bought. This is a good match for his considerable online editing skills.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • February 7, 2011 2:15 AM
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More: Web/Tech, Media

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