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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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Foreign Films Screen in Los Angeles and Palm Springs

Los Angeles foreign film fans have a chance to see the five Golden Globe foreign nominees at the American Cinematheque: including Biutiful (Mexico, Spain), The Concert (France), The Edge (Russia), I Am Love (Italy) and In A Better World (Denmark).
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • January 6, 2011 6:49 AM
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Oscar Race Questions: Nomination Ballots Due January 14

Oscar Race Questions: Nomination Ballots Due January 14
There are several unknowns as we hurtle toward the end of balloting for Oscar nominations January 14. (Here's the schedule.) What we do know: the race for best picture is still between The King's Speech and The Social Network, the popular heart-tugger vs. the more cerebral critics' fave (see the votes at Gurus 'o Gold). Both sides are campaigning hard: both Weinstein Co. and Paramount are throwing Oscar parties this week. (My full Oscar Predicts Chart is here.)
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • January 6, 2011 5:00 AM
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De Niro Heads Cannes Jury

The 64th Cannes Film Festival jury president is two-time Palme d'Or-winner Robert De Niro, who has been starring in a lot of commercial comedies of late (see Little Fockers) and could use some overseas cred. (He's starring opposite love interest Monica Belluci in the upcoming Italian comedy Age of Love.)
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • January 6, 2011 4:23 AM
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Oscar Watch: VFX Short List of Seven Includes Alice in Wonderland, Inception, Scott Pilgrim

Seven films will vie in the Visual Effects bakeoff on January 20 for an Oscar nomination, when members of the VFX branch will see 15-minute reels of each film and then vote for the final five to be announced January 25. The list is what was expected.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • January 6, 2011 2:42 AM
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USC Scripter Nominations Lift Winter's Bone, Ghost Writer

The USC Scripter Award nominations are in. This award, which is voted on by a jury of industry critics, filmmakers, academics and screenwriters (including me), is given to films that are based on a literary source (anything original is not eligible, nor was Toy Story 3). It is a window into the adapted screenplay Oscar category, in other words.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • January 6, 2011 2:27 AM
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Digital Viewing Transition: The Rise of Netflix

Digital Viewing Transition: The Rise of Netflix
In their excellent year-ahead discussion on KCRW's The Business, host Kim Masters and guests John Horn (the LAT) and Michael Schneider (Variety) agreed that 2011 marks a watershed year in the transition from traditional to digital viewing choices. They think the shift will come faster for movies than television. "The studios are burning along with huge overhead and a lot of movies that aren't working," says Masters, a confessed Luddite who defends theater-going.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • January 6, 2011 2:03 AM
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