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Oscar Talk: Possible King's Speech Sweep, Santa Barbara Fest, Potential Upsets

In this week's Oscar Talk, Kris Tapley and I debate a King's Speech Oscar sweep, possible Oscar upsets and share what we learned in Santa Barbara at various tributes and panels.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • February 5, 2011 12:42 AM
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Burton's Dark Shadows Gets Green, Winterbottom's Hardy Trishna Reinterpretation

- Tim Burton's reworking of 60s gothic soap opera Dark Shadows centers on vampire Barnabas Collins (to be played by Johnny Depp) and his escapades with witches, monsters, ghosts and the like. Eva Green will play the powerful witch Angelique, with whom Collins enjoys a love/hate relationship. Since her breakout role in Casino Royale, the French actress has gone somewhat unnoticed (she had a supporting role in 2007's The Golden Compass). Now, she has Perfect Sense (see trailer below), boarding school drama Cracks (March 18), a Maria Callas TV biopic and more to come. Vampire expert Seth Grahame-Smith adapted Dark Shadows; he also wrote Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter and Pride and Prejudice and Zombies (fitting, since he wrote the novel).
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • February 4, 2011 9:28 AM
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Queen Elizabeth Finds The King's Speech "Moving and Enjoyable"

Queen Elizabeth Finds The King's Speech "Moving and Enjoyable"
Her Royal Highness, Queen Elizabeth, has viewed The King's Speech in a private screening at Sandringham. King George VI's young daughter Elizabeth is portrayed by Freya Wilson in the film. According to The Sun's source, the Queen "loves a good film. The King's Speech is close to the bone as it is a portrayal of her family in the 1930s." She found it to be both "moving and enjoyable" and "was clearly amused by some of the lighter moments." That's one more for team King's Speech. Your move, Social Network.
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • February 4, 2011 9:16 AM
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Box Office Update: Fox's Dawn Treader and Gulliver's Travels Recoup Overseas

The disconnect between foreign and domestic box office is highlighted by robust overseas holiday business on two stateside underperformers, Fox/Walden Media’s The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of Dawn Treader (pictured) and Fox's Gulliver's Travels.
  • By Anthony D'Alessandro
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  • February 4, 2011 8:35 AM
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Relativity and Alliance Renew Distribution Partnership; Limitless, Haywire and Immortals Up Next

Relativity Media and Canadian Alliance Films have renewed their output deal through 2015. Alliance Films president Charles Layton says Relativity "consists of great guys, partners and entrepreneurs.  We look forward to helping them build Relativity in the coming years.”
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • February 4, 2011 8:10 AM
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Jamie Foxx Presents: Thunder Soul, A Tribute To Kashmere's Funk Powerhouse

Music doc Thunder Soul is a heartfelt celebration of Funk and the transformative powers of a great teacher. Mark Landsman's doc, which won an audience award at SXSW and Los Angeles Film Fest, among other fests last year, also earned an Indie Spirit nomination. It's about how in the 1970s one teacher turned Houston's Kashmere High School jazz band into a tight-grooving funk award-winner, years in a row. (Think Glee on Funk steroids.) Landsman follows the alumni from Kashmere, who after 35 years, travel home to play a tribute concert for 92-year-old Conrad Johnson.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • February 4, 2011 7:52 AM
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Vote: Superman's Woman Not Lois Lane; Alice Eve, Diane Kruger or Rosamund Pike?

Move over, Lois Lane. American actresses, you can move over too. Warner Bros.' Superman, with Brit Henry Cavill set to star, is eyeing three women to co-star in a role not based on Lois Lane.
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • February 4, 2011 7:41 AM
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Oscar Night Song Performers: Paltrow, Menken, Moore, Newman, Rahman

The original song performers at the 83rd Academy Awards include Gwyneth Paltrow, Zachary Levi, Alan Menken, Mandy Moore, Randy Newman, A.R. Rahman and Florence + The Machine's Florence Welch. Paltrow will sing "Coming Home" from Country Strong, A. R Rahman and Welch will perform "If I Rise" from 127 Hours, Menken will join Moore and Levi to perform "I See the Light" from Tangled and Newman will perform Toy Story 3's "We Belong Together."
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • February 4, 2011 7:29 AM
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Sundance Dealbook: The Devil's Double Goes to Lionsgate

Devil's Double was one of the stranger films I saw at Sundance. It stars Dominic Cooper (An Education) in the true story of Latif Yahia, an Iraq soldier who happens to be a dead ringer for the son of Saddam Hussein, Uday. Cooper plays both roles in a breakout performance. The soldier gets pulled into the palace and is forced under threat to his family to become the scion's double. He fixes his teeth and hair and makes public appearances. But he also falls for the wrong girl (Ludivine Sagnier). The movie is compelling, sexy, action-packed and stylishly shot by New Zealander Lee Tamahori (Once Were Warriors). But it is also overwrought and often silly. I laughed out loud at certain points. And I was not alone.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • February 4, 2011 12:35 AM
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Oscar Watch: Documentary Noms Shockers Explained

Oscar Watch: Documentary Noms Shockers Explained
One of the great subjects of debate this Oscar season is what happened with the documentary branch's voting for the final five nominations. Two hits from Oscar-winners were left off the list: Davis Guggenheim's Waiting for Superman and Alex Gibney's Client 9: The Rise and Fall of Eliot Spitzer, while outsider Banksy's Exit Through the Gift Shop came through.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • February 3, 2011 11:45 AM
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