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Oscar Watch: Black Swan's Portman Talks, Charms Letterman, Leads Long Line of Contenders

Oscar Watch: Black Swan's Portman Talks, Charms Letterman, Leads Long Line of Contenders
- Natalie Portman is not only Letterman's favorite (see below), she's also sitting atop Peter Hammond's list of deserving Oscar contenders and setting off alarms at her David Poland interview. Best actress rivals are going to have an increasingly difficult time keeping up with Portman's buzz, including Secretariat's Diane Lane (our interview coming soon) and newcomers to the race, Halle Berry Frankie and Alice (check out two clips at ThePlaylist), and Glee guest-star Gwyneth Paltrow for Country Strong.
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • November 23, 2010 11:00 AM
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True Grit Posters Starring Damon, Bridges, Brolin, Steinfeld: No Country for Old Men Redux

In a reprise of a strategy Miramax employed for producer Scott Rudin and the Coen brothers on No Country for Old Men (which eventually took home the Oscar), Paramount has designed a series of posters for the Coens' True Grit (below).
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • November 23, 2010 10:27 AM
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Thanksgiving Box Office Preview: "Tangled," "Love & Other Drugs," "Burlesque"

The studios are offering a groaning board of holiday movies at the Thanksgiving holiday box office. And they're targeting a wide range of moviegoers and demos, reports Anthony D'Alessandro:Studios are catering not only to more female filmgoers than usual over the Thanksgiving five-day stretch, but to all audiences.
  • By Anthony D'Alessandro
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  • November 23, 2010 8:46 AM
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Sean Penn to Accept Lifetime Achievement Award at Dubai Film Fest; MIA on "Fair Game"

Sean Penn to Accept Lifetime Achievement Award at Dubai Film Fest; MIA on "Fair Game"
These days Sean Penn the humanitarian aid activist is trumping Sean Penn the actor. While he's showing up to accept the Dubai International Film Festival's Lifetime Achievement Award on December 12, recognizing his work as an actor, director, producer, screenwriter--and activist--he is not on the promo circuit for Fair Game, even though his reviews are stellar. (He may realize that as strong as the film is, it's not an Oscar contender.)
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • November 23, 2010 5:09 AM
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SAG Awards Nominations Ballots Mail Tomorrow

SAG Awards Nominations Ballots Mail Tomorrow
The Screen Actors Guild nominating committee is mailing their nomination ballots tomorrow for the 17th annual SAG Awards, taking place on January 30th (on TNT and TBS). Votes, which can be cast via these paper ballots or online, are due by December 13, and they will be announced at West Hollywood's Pacific Design Center on December 16. The film and television nominees will be selected by two separate panels made up of some 2,100 randomly selected SAG members. Submissions for consideration in categories of each actors' choosing (or those representing them), were due October 28. Final voting will be done via postcard and online, and must be completed by noon on January 28. Nomination categories are listed below:
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • November 23, 2010 4:45 AM
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Oscar Watch: Social Network's Eisenberg Talks Zuckerberg, Guilt, Perfectionism and Fincher

Oscar Watch: Social Network's Eisenberg Talks Zuckerberg, Guilt, Perfectionism and Fincher
The Social Network star Jesse Eisenberg and I met for a bite at Hollywood's fabled Musso & Frank's Grill to dig into his lauded role as Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg. The youthful New Yorker has been juggling school, theater, TV and film since he was a kid; at 27 he's got quite a few juicy film roles under his belt, from The Squid and the Whale to Adventureland and Zombieland. 2011 could well mark his debut as an Oscar contender.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • November 23, 2010 4:04 AM
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Harry Potter Producer David Heyman Talks Deathly Hallows, Tentpoles, Gravity

As the seventh and penultimate Harry Potter installment was breaking records for the series, producer David Heyman reflected on producing the mighty franchise. He talked to Anthony D'Alessandro:Most producers can only dream about churning out $24 million from 3,700 midnight showings or $61.15 million in one day.  But that’s what Harry Potter producer David Heyman experiences every time he opens a new chapter in the $5.48 billion Harry Potter franchise: Breaking a new record.  The opening day for Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1 set a record for the series, ranking the fifth best first day bow among all films. Once an indie producer on such offbeat Parker Posey comedies as 1996’s The Daytrippers, which launched director Greg Mottola (Superbad), Heyman’s producing career took a 180 when he optioned an unpublished manuscript by author J.K. Rowling.  On Hallows opening day, he took time out to give us some insight on how the Harry Potter franchise has impacted his career and the film industry. 
  • By Anthony D'Alessandro
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  • November 23, 2010 3:26 AM
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Sundance Table-Reads Lena Dunham in NYC

You think Lena Dunham is just another Hollywood flavor-of-the-month? Well, if you're tight with the Sundance Institute or WGA-East and live in New York and RSVP in time, you can check out her latest project on December 6.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • November 23, 2010 2:31 AM
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Nic Cage Goes Batshit

Nic Cage has made a virtue of his eccentricities his entire career--although lately, having to pay for them has led him to say yes to more B-movies than he should.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • November 23, 2010 1:09 AM
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Art Directors Give Life Achievement Award to Patricia Norris

Art Directors Give Life Achievement Award to Patricia Norris
One of the bonuses of award season is the guild award shows that honor the greats of the past along with the present.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • November 22, 2010 10:30 AM
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