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Golden Globes: Christian Bale Wins Expected First Globe

"It's going to be a night of partying and heavy drinking or as Charlie Sheen calls it, breakfast," says Gervais. "Everything is 3-D except the characters in The Tourist." That's a Globes-nominated movie--the audience reacts. They also don't like Gervais's suggestion that the Globes accepted bribes to nominate The Tourist.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • January 17, 2011 12:57 AM
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Golden Globes: Check in for Live Blog

Golden Globes: Check in for Live Blog
I'll be blogging the Golden Globes from the Fox viewing party, which means I'll be schlepping my laptop for the rest of the night. After that I'll cover the Relativity/Weinsteins, Warner/In-Style, HBO and NBC Universal fetes at the Beverly Hilton. Stay tuned.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • January 16, 2011 9:34 AM
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Golden Globes Foreign-Language Nominees: Lessons Learned from Bier, Inarritu, Guadagnino

Mike Goodridge of Screen International moderated a panel discussion with Golden Globe nominees for Best Foreign Language Film Luca Guadagnino (I Am Love, Italy), Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu (Biutiful, Spain/Mexico), Susanne Bier (In a Better World, Denmark) and Aleksei Uchitel (The Edge, Russia), hosted by the American Cinematheque at Hollywood's Egyptian Theatre. The only no-show was Radu Mihaileanu (The Concert, France). Bier, Inarritu and Uchitel's films were also submitted by their countries for Oscar consideration (nominees will be announced January 25). Sophia Savage reports:
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • January 16, 2011 9:20 AM
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At the Critics' Choice Awards: Winners Are Social Network, Inception, Firth, Portman, Leo, Bale

Paramount had a good night at the Broadcast Film Critics Associations's Critic's Choice Awards Friday night, winning three prizes for The Fighter, including best ensemble, supporting actress (Melissa Leo) and supporting actor (Christian Bale), a young actress award for Hailee Steinfeld for True Grit and doc prize for Waiting for Superman.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • January 15, 2011 6:18 AM
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AFI Awards Lunch Pulls Stars, Studio Heads

The American Film Institute annual TV and Film Awards lunch is one of the year's most intimate industry gatherings, just a few hundred people sitting at tables at the Four Seasons with name cards. The studio heads show up to support their winners, and many top Oscar contenders come too. It's painless for everyone: they get to network and work the room, and don't have to listen to any acceptance speeches. It's fun to watch Sony's Amy Pascal schmoozing Ben Affleck, while Warners' Jeff Robinov insists that he's close to nailing the new A-list director to a deal, even after he turned down the reboot of Superman. Or seeing Tom Rothman talking to King's Speech director Tom Hooper. These people are in the winners' circle--for the moment--and are hot commodities. Black Swan's Darren Aronofsky is just starting to turn his attention to writing Fox's Wolverine, and yes, his mother reprimanded him for his bad behavior at the New York Film Critics.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • January 14, 2011 11:05 AM
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Oscar Talk: Golden Globes Weekend, Top Tens, The Fighter's Supporting Actress Split

Oscar Talk: Golden Globes Weekend, Top Tens, The Fighter's Supporting Actress Split
During this week's Oscar Talk, Kris Tapley and I talk the packed awards weekend with Golden Globes and Critics Choice Awards, the DGA and ACE nominations, Armond White vs. Darren Aronofsky, Oscar Top Ten possible surprises and The Fighter's rival supporting actress contenders, Amy Adams and Melissa Leo.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • January 14, 2011 8:48 AM
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Weekly Wrap: Awards Weekend; Guild Nominations, Bond 23 Proceeds; Mara's Salander

AWARDS:
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • January 14, 2011 7:00 AM
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LA Film Critics Award-Winner Mazursky Talks Career, Kubrick, Tempest, Hollywood

LA Film Critics Award-Winner Mazursky Talks Career, Kubrick, Tempest, Hollywood
Paul Mazursky, 80, has always been a one-of-a-kind Hollywood filmmaker. He started out as an actor, wrote (often with a partner), directed and produced his films, and he hasn't stopped. He directed a 2006 documentary about a meeting of Hassidic Jews in the Ukraine (Yippee), directs theater and is prepping a Broadway musical version of Moon Over Parador. The director flourished inside the studio system during the 70s and 80s, a time when execs allowed all sorts of things to happen that they wouldn't today. Movies didn't cost as much. A single exec actually in charge of production could greenlight a movie. We talk about this in the flip cam interview below, as well as starting off his film acting career in 1953 on Stanley Kubrick's first film, Fear and Desire, Mazursky and Julie Taymor's different takes on Shakespeare's The Tempest, and what's wrong with Hollywood today, where it's hard to imagine any studio head greenlighting a film about an old man and his cat.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • January 14, 2011 6:35 AM
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Editors Guild Adds Comedies Scott Pilgrim, Easy A, Dagenham

At this point, we know the list of Guild frontrunners: Black Swan, The Fighter, Inception, The King's Speech and The Social Network, the five dramas nominated by the America Cinema Editors. Left off are the movies that are vying for inclusion on the Oscar top ten, some of which landed in the comedy or musical category, which was far more enlightened than that of the Golden Globes: Alice in Wonderland, Easy A, The Kids Are All Right, Made in Dagenham and Scott Pilgrim vs. the World.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • January 14, 2011 4:35 AM
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Relativity to Pact with FilmNation for Foreign Sales

Glen Basner's FilmNation Entertainment and Ryan Kavanaugh's Relativity Media are in final talks toward a long-term exclusive international sales and distribution deal. This will make it easier for Relativity going forward as it looks to acquire more titles at Sundance, Berlin and beyond. FilmNation is set to oversee international sales and distribution of Relativity titles, yet to be announced.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • January 14, 2011 1:28 AM
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