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EXCLUSIVE: Robert De Niro and Monica Bellucci Kiss in Italian Ages of Love Teaser Trailer

Check out Robert De Niro and Monica Bellucci (and a handful of Italian co-stars) in this lip-locked teaser trailer for Giovanni Veronesi's The Ages of Love, which opens in Italy February 25. De Niro plays Adrian, an American Art History professor who has been living the loner life in Rome since divorcing his wife years ago. His limited and tranquil existence is disturbed when he meets his doorman's daughter, played by Bellucci...
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • January 4, 2011 8:59 AM
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Mo'Nique and Sherak Announce Oscar Nominees January 25

Mo'Nique and Sherak Announce Oscar Nominees January 25
On January 25 AMPAS president Tom Sherak and actress Mo'Nique, who won the supporting actress Oscar last year for Precious: Based on the Novel 'Push' by Sapphire, will announce the nominees for the 83rd Academy Awards. The pair will be wide awake at the 5:30 am news announcement at the Samuel Goldwyn Theater in Beverly Hills in order to name nominees in 10 of 24 Oscar categories. Check out Oscar.com for a simultaneous posting of the complete nominees list.
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  • January 4, 2011 7:09 AM
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Writers Guild Nomination Surprises: Please Give, I Love You Phillip Morris

The Writers Guild of America nominations --which do not consider non-Guild signatories and animation, so Toy Story 3, Winter's Bone, Another Year, The King's Speech and Blue Valentine were not eligible--boost the Oscar fortunes of original screenplays The Black Swan, The Fighter, Inception, The Kids Are All Right and Please Give. Among the adapted screenplays, 127 Hours, The Social Network and the Coens' True Grit were expected, while I Love You Phillip Morris and The Town show unexpected strength. Ben Affleck's Boston caper movie also made the Producers Guild top ten this morning, as did all the other narrative feature nominees except Please Give and Morris, which are unlikely to be announced by Academy president Tom Sherak and Mo'Nique on Oscar nominations morning January 25.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • January 4, 2011 6:37 AM
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Producers Guild Top Ten Heralds Oscar Contenders The Town, True Grit

Producers Guild Top Ten Heralds Oscar Contenders The Town, True Grit
The Producers Guild top ten could very well be the Oscar list. They include 127 Hours, Black Swan, Inception, The Fighter, The Kids Are All Right, The King's Speech, The Social Network, The Town, Toy Story 3 and True Grit. The Town is the biggest surprise; left out are indie hopefuls The Ghost Writer, Winter's Bone, Another Year, The Way Back and Blue Valentine as well as Martin Scorsese's Shutter Island.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • January 4, 2011 3:44 AM
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White Material: Denis Dissects Black and White in Africa

Claire Denis' White Material is no Out of Africa. Take away the Hollywood studio gloss, the romance, the carefully framed vistas at magic hour. None of that. This is another look at Africa, up close and personal, a stripped down movie that manipulates you by withholding information and playing with your sympathy toward beautiful French actress Isabelle Huppert. White Material often frustrated me while I was watching it--who's that? What is their relationship? Is he/she crazy?
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • January 4, 2011 2:50 AM
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Oscar Watch: Fincher Promotes Social Network DVD/Blu-Ray

Oscar Watch: Fincher Promotes Social Network DVD/Blu-Ray
A tried-and-true tool for Oscar-promoting a film that opened earlier in the year is the DVD release. Last month, Warners threw a DVD fete for Chris Nolan's July movie Inception. And director David Fincher is out and about supporting September opener The Social Network DVD/Blu-Ray, including interviews with Hitfix and Collider as well as a planned P.A. at an L.A. DVD/Oscar party this Thursday.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • January 4, 2011 2:10 AM
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Anticipating the Best of 2011: Malick, Spielberg, Scorsese, Fincher and More Sequels

- With 2010's disappointments behind us, The Daily Beast looks forward to the best prospects of 2011. They include The Hangover Part !! and The Muppets as well as Terrence Malick's The Tree of LIfe, which will be the among the first on the list (May 27) to go head-to-head with its own expectation-building anticipation. It's also the only completely original story on the TDB list.
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • January 3, 2011 9:15 AM
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Cine Foundation International Launches Protest Film Campaign, Calls for Panahi Release

Cine Foundation International Launches Protest Film Campaign, Calls for Panahi Release
Cine Foundation International was launched on December 10 as both a non-profit film company and human rights NGO aiming to "empower open consciousness through cinema." They are wasting little time, having announced a campaign calling for the release of Iranian filmmaker Jafar Panahi. The campaign will include protest films that speak to human rights issues in Iran and throughout the world, six of which are commissioned feature-length, plus twenty shorts. Participating filmmakers may act anonymously or through pseudonyms since voicing their stories can be dangerous. The films, which will address themes of nation, identity, self, spiritual culture, censorship and imprisonment, will be aimed for public, web and various exhibition media.
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • January 3, 2011 8:45 AM
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Postlethwaite Dies Too Soon at Age 64, Great Brit Character Actor

Pete Postlethwaite is a classic example of a great character actor whose face (with prominent nose and cheekbones) many would recognize without necessarily knowing his name. The British actor is dead at 64, after a 18-year bout with cancer. (A round-up of obits is below.)
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • January 3, 2011 7:09 AM
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Fest Preview: Berlin Adds 24 Panorama Picks

Fest Preview: Berlin Adds 24 Panorama Picks
In February, between Sundance (see IW's preview) and South by Southwest, comes the venerable Berlinale, which sets out a rich smorgasbord of titles for international critics and buyers. Monday the Berlin Fest revealed 24 of the eventual 50 films to be screened in the Panorama sidebar to the 61st main event. (Here's Variety and The Playlist.)
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • January 3, 2011 6:44 AM
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