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Haynes and Winslet Talk Revisionist HBO Mildred Pierce

Indie filmmaker Todd Haynes (Far from Heaven) talked to television critics about his first foray into television on HBO's Mildred Pierce Friday at the press tour in Pasadena. TOH contributor Amy Dawes reports: The revisionist spirit that shaped classic 1970s American films like Chinatown and The Godfather was a guiding source of inspiration for Todd Haynes in adapting James L. Cain’s 1941 novel Mildred Pierce.
  • By Amy Dawes
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  • January 8, 2011 9:02 AM
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The Social Network Scores Top Awards at National Society of Film Critics (UPDATED)

The Social Network Scores Top Awards at National Society of Film Critics (UPDATED)
The Social Network is still the consensus choice as top film of 2010 among film critics, as the National Society of Film Critics voted the film best picture, director (David Fincher), writer (Aaron Sorkin) and star (Jesse Eisenberg). The 61 critics voted at their annual meeting in New York at Sardi's. Los Angeles and New York critics also went with the film, which the Gurus 'O Gold tip as the frontrunner in the Oscar race.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • January 8, 2011 8:35 AM
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Elijah Wood Confirmed to Star in The Hobbit, Treasure Island

Elijah Wood is on the comeback trail. The Lord of the Rings star has signed to reprise his role as Frodo Baggins in Peter Jackson's prequel of The Hobbit, even though it takes place some 60 years ahead of The Fellowship of the Ring. (Spoiler alert: he's part of a narrative framing device.) The two-parter will be filmed back to back in two parts in New Zealand. Warner Bros. is partnering with MGM.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • January 8, 2011 1:31 AM
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True Grit's Hailee Steinfeld Talks Coens, Learning from Bridges and Damon, Horses and School

grit (noun): firmness of character; indomitable spirit.
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • January 8, 2011 1:20 AM
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Year-End Box Office Wrap 2010: Winners and Losers Chart, Warners Leads Domestic Market Share

Year-End Box Office Wrap 2010: Winners and Losers Chart, Warners Leads Domestic Market Share
It was feast or famine at the 2010 domestic box office. The studios spent too much on too many uber-flops, but thanks to holdover Avatar and premium 3-D ticket prices, they enjoyed their second-best year at the domestic box office with $10.46 billion, off less than 2% from 2009’s all-time haul of $10.6 billion. The theatrical buoyancy of 3-D inflated the average stub from $7.46 in 2009 to $7.85 in the third quarter (per the National Association of Theater Owners). But the real trend is worrisome: higher ticket prices plus static turnstiles equals fewer butts in seats. Admissions fell 6% from 1.42 billion in 2009 to 1.33 billion last year. 
  • By Anne Thompson and Anthony D'Alessandro
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  • January 7, 2011 9:10 AM
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Dancers on Black Swan's Lesbian Action/Horror, Critiquing The Fighter, Exit Through The Gift Shop

- It was inevitable that Black Swan would be divisive inside the ballet community. The Guardian pre-screened Black Swan for some of Britain's finest dancers. Here's a taste of their reactions:Tamara Rojo, The Royal Ballet: "I really have a problem with this film using an actress, not a dancer, to play Nina: the director seems to think that, in a few months, you can learn a profession that it takes years just to understand, let alone be good at. And in the film, Nina is supposed to be awesome."
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • January 7, 2011 8:20 AM
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Jim Carrey on Lipton's Inside the Actors Studio

Jim Carrey will at last appear on James Lipton's Bravo series Inside the Actors Studio on January 10. After seeing Carrey on TV's In Living Color, Lipton became a huge fan: "His was one of the first invitations I ever sent out,” he said.
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • January 7, 2011 6:59 AM
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Oscar Talk: True Grit vs. Social Network, Party Circuit, Vulnerable Contenders, Spoilers, 2011 Picks

During this week's Oscar Talk (on the jump), Kris Tapley and I debate the Hailee Steinfeld category issue for True Grit. He thinks she's best actress material, while I argue that she's a rookie who belongs in supporting. At Thursday night's The Social Network DVD party at Spago, producer Scott Rudin was all smiles (True Grit is also vying for best picture). He opted to compete in the supporting category, he said, because it would seem "brazen" to put a newcomer up for best actress. Besides, he argued, Mattie Ross is the instigator of the plot, not the protagonist. The movie is about Rooster Cogburn (Jeff Bridges); he is the character that changes. (Here's my Rudin interview.)
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • January 7, 2011 5:05 AM
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Media Moves: Speier Leaves Deadline, Smith Leaves EW for Peace Corps, Borella to USC

As the trade world has turned upside down over the last two years, Michael Speier has moved from executive editor of Variety (during the downsizing of 2009) to editor at The Wrap to corporate PR at Disney to managing editor at Deadline. In recent weeks, however, Speier has shifted to editing duties at less frenetic Jay Penske properties Movieline and now, Michael Ausiello's new site, TVLine, which successfully launched Wednesday. (EW was sorry to lose all that Ausiello Files traffic, but quickly poached James Hibberd from The Hollywood Reporter.)
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • January 7, 2011 1:31 AM
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Warner Bros. Takes On International Distribution for Peter Jackson's The Hobbit

Warner Bros. has reached a deal to handle the international theatrical and video distribution on MGM's behalf for Peter Jackson's Lord of The Rings trilogy prequel, The Hobbit (in two parts), adapted from J.R.R. Tolkien's novel. MGM will oversee international television licensing for the films and both studios will collaborate on the films' marketing and release.
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • January 6, 2011 9:15 AM
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