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Weekly Wrap: Awards and Festivals, News, Media, Celebs

In the past week, TOH looked at Names That Rule in Moviesphere, considered Recycling at the Cinema [pictured: DiCaprio and Hall, potentials for Great Gatsby remake] and pondered the five things that went wrong with Wall Street 2: Money Never Sleeps.
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • October 22, 2010 7:23 AM
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Creepy Countdown to Black Swan's Release

Can't wait to see Natalie Portman in Darren Aronofsky's Black Swan? Count down the days to its December 3rd release at the film's new viral site IJustWantToBePerfect.com. Very creepy.
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  • October 22, 2010 6:55 AM
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Oscar Watch: Rockwell Nails Conviction Role

Oscar Watch: Rockwell Nails Conviction Role
Sometimes, there comes a moment in a working actor's life where just the right role suddenly galvanizes awards attention. I've been tracking Sam Rockwell since he broke out at Sundance in 1996 with Tim DiCillo's Box of Moon Light. Rockwell has been knocking out great juicy performances ever since--often in smaller indie films such as George Clooney's Confessions of a Dangerous Mind, or David Gordon Green's Snow Angels. He's also a stalwart supporting player in Frost/Nixon, The Green Mile and The Assassination of Jesse James, and hilarious in Galaxy Quest and Iron Man 2. He held his own opposite Mickey Rourke--not an easy thing to do. Jon Favreau rewarded Rockwell with a role in the upcoming sci-fi western Cowboys and Aliens. And Rockwell also held the screen against himself in the complex and moving BAFTA-winning sci-fi indie Moon, which generated serious Oscar talk last year--but didn't have a proper Oscar campaign behind it.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • October 22, 2010 6:29 AM
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Spielberg Takes On Robopocalypse

Steven Spielberg is committing to direct Daniel H. Wilson's futuristic novel Robopocalypse for DreamWorks. Spielberg plans to begin principal photography in January 2012 for release by Disney’s Touchstone in 2013. DreamWorks acquired the unpublished manuscript in November 2009; Drew Goddard adapted the dystopian story about a robot rebellion against humans. Doubleday plans to publish the novel in June 2011. Spielberg's next two films, War Horse (Touchstone) and The Adventures of Tintin (Sony/Paramount) are both coming out in December. 
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • October 22, 2010 6:16 AM
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Oscar Talk: Animation, Directors, Michael Douglas, Wall Street, Alice in Wonderland, Fair Game

Oscar Talk: Animation, Directors, Michael Douglas, Wall Street, Alice in Wonderland, Fair Game
Kris Tapley of In Contention and I talk about some low-profile films that may not make it into the race--including Solitary Man, Welcome to the Rileys--and whether Michael Douglas has a chance. We rate the three strong Andrew Garfield performances of the year: Red Riding Trilogy, Never Let Me Go, The Social Network.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • October 22, 2010 3:52 AM
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Trailer Watch: Made in Dagenham

Check out Sally Hawkins, Miranda Richardson, Jaime Winstone, Rosamund Pike and more in Made In Dagenham, a dramatization of the 1968 strike at Britain's Dagenham Ford plant. Director Nigel Cole (Calendar Girls) follows the women who led workers in protest against sexual discrimination (shades of Norma Rae, which won Sally Field an Oscar). The film premiered well this year at Toronto and sits nicely on the Tomatometer with 92%. It opens November 19.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • October 22, 2010 3:36 AM
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Who is Jack Huston?

Jack Huston is popping up all over. Who is this guy? Any relation to Angelica, Danny, John, or Walter? Well, it turns out, all of the above.
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • October 22, 2010 1:42 AM
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Galifianakis Dive-Bombs Gibson on The Hangover Part II?

Count me in as a Zach Galifianakis fan. His work in The Hangover, It's Kind of a Funny Story and Vanity Fair's sexy bathing suit layout is brilliant.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • October 21, 2010 12:32 PM
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Warners Dumps Gibson from Hangover 2 Due to Cast and Crew Protest

Mel Gibson's career rehab hopes via a small role in The Hangover Part II have been dashed, Variety reports. Warner Bros. and Legendary Pictures took him off the film due to protests from the film's crew and cast (which includes Bradley Cooper, Zach Galifianakis and Ed Helms), says director Todd Phillips in a statement:
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • October 21, 2010 10:16 AM
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The Hobbit New Zealand Filming Fracas: Not Resolved

While the blogosphere goes mad with various reports about how or where Peter Jackson's green-lit The Hobbit will be filmed, it seems that the guild problems with shooting in New Zealand have not been resolved. Jackson is still threatening to shoot elsewhere--London perhaps--which could cost New Zealand untold millions. While New Zealand plans to fight to keep the two Hobbit films when Warners brass arrive next week, it may be too late.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • October 21, 2010 6:52 AM
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