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Paul Giamatti Talks Barney's Version, Win Win, Too Big to Fail, Hangover II and Gibson

Paul Giamatti Talks Barney's Version, Win Win, Too Big to Fail, Hangover II and Gibson
Paul Giamatti is one of those actors who has enough of a global following, thanks to Sideways and HBO mini-series John Adams, to help get certain movies made. Barney's Version is one of them. You can see why he'd want to dive into the best Mordecai Richler character since Duddy Kravitz. The movie is worth seeing for how the actors run with their roles--from doting Dad Dustin Hoffman to Jewish princess Minnie Driver, hippie girlfriend Rachelle Lefevre and dream wife Rosamund Pike. Sony Pictures Classics is giving the film a qualifying run this week in New York and L.A. before a January 11 release.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • December 7, 2010 2:00 AM
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Oscar Buff Alert: Academy Countdown Begins Tuesday at Oscar.org

Oscar Buff Alert: Academy Countdown Begins Tuesday at Oscar.org
Oscar buffs can revel in the material the Academy is putting up in honor of the upcoming 83rd Academy Awards. Tuesday Oscar.org will begin counting down to the show on February 27 by revisiting each of the award ceremonies that precede it. Each day the official Academy Award site will highlight photos, audio and video clips and trivia.
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • December 6, 2010 9:42 AM
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Economist Film Project Selects Docs for PBS

The Economist Magazine is launching a collaboration with PBS News Hour called The Economist Film Project. The year-long initiative, which starts in January, seeks to showcase thoughtful and provocative documentary films from around the world. The Economist will select short and feature length films from established and emerging filmmakers on subjects that are in line with the mag's interest in economics, the environment, social and human rights, government and politics, religion, media and culture. Selected film segments will air on PBS NewsHour and online for the following year, and will be put in context with related Economist articles. The magazine's deputy editor, Gideon Lichfield, says the project:
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • December 6, 2010 7:46 AM
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Jane Austen Fight Club

We've seen Valley Girls and Pride & Prejudice and Zombies. Here's a new twist on the Jane Austen genre: Jane Austen Fight Club:
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • December 6, 2010 7:05 AM
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Jeremy Renner Talks 'The Town,''Mission Impossible,' 'The Avengers'

The Hurt Locker not only gave Jeremy Renner the role of his career--which earned him an Oscar nomination--but it opened up a raft of career possibilities. Renner is young, gifted and masculine: he can play a charismatic hero or a dangerous villain, a leading man or a character role. He's versatile. This is what casting directors want. There aren't enough guys like him.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • December 6, 2010 6:26 AM
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Sex Rating Watch: Blue Valentine vs. Black Swan vs. Love & Other Drugs

- Directors of two potential Oscar nominees are attacking the MPAA's rating system. Derek Cianfrance (Blue Valentine) and Darren Aronofsky (Black Swan) state their cases in the LAT against the questionable standards that land a film with a NC-17 rating (whichBlue Valentine and the Weinstein Co. are currently fighting.
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • December 6, 2010 5:26 AM
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Awards Update: Awards Groups Boost "How to Train Your Dragon," "King's Speech," "Ghost Writer"

The status of DreamWork Animation's How to Train Your Dragon as an Oscar frontrunner was confirmed by the International Animation Society's Annie Awards nominations. The film led the pack with 14 nominations. Also nominated for best animated feature were Universal/Illumination's Despicable Me, Sony Pictures Classic/Django Films' The Illusionist, Disney's Tangled, and Disney/Pixar's Toy Story 3. The withdrawal of Disney/Pixar from the organization seems to have had little impact on their nominations. The five best features would have looked like locks for the best animated Oscar category but unfortunately, this year only three will be named. (Full list of Annie nominees below.)
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • December 6, 2010 4:54 AM
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Inception Dream Levels In Real Time

Still puzzled over Inception's dream levels? Maybe this will help: Inception in real time:
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • December 6, 2010 4:31 AM
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Spider-Man Musical Is Media Live Wire; Hits Saturday Night Live

From New York Magazine to 60 Minutes (video below), Julie Taymor's ambitious $60-million musical Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark has been generating as many media stories as stage accidents. Now Saturday Night Live has gotten into the act:
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • December 5, 2010 6:52 AM
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Weekend Box Office: Families Flock to Holdovers Tangled and Harry Potter, Black Swan Soars

Holdovers held sway at the tepid post-Thanksgiving box office, as families continued to flock to Tangled and Harry Potter and the Deathy Hallows--Part I. Martial arts flick The Warriors Way stumbled out of the gate, while fest-fave Black Swan soared in limited release, reports Anthony D'Alessandro:After feasting away at a smorgasbord of offerings over the Thanksgiving five-day stretch, moviegoers decided to take a nap this weekend.  Even though the post-holiday frame is notorious for being of one of the lowest weekends of the year as audiences return to their routines, family box office champs generally dominate. Sure enough, Disney’s Tangled and Warner Bros.’ Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part I held the top two spots with $21.5 million and $16.7 million respectively. Battling for third place were Cher musical Burlesque and runaway train actioner Unstoppable at $6.1 million apiece.
  • By Anthony D'Alessandro
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  • December 5, 2010 5:48 AM
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