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Screen Actors Guild Surprises: Close, Bichir, and McCarthy Are In, Theron, Redgrave, Woodley and Fassbender, Out

"Albert Nobbs" star Glenn Close can heave a sigh of relief, as she landed a Screen Actors Guild nomination as Best Actress, along with frontrunners Meryl Streep ("The Iron Lady") and Viola Davis, whose film "The Help" gets a surge in the Oscar race as it dominated the field with four nominations, including best ensemble and two supporting nods for Octavia Spencer and Jessica Chastain.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • December 14, 2011 11:21 AM
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Producers Guild Gives Jolie's In the Land of Blood and Honey the Stanley Kramer Award

The problem with all the high-minded praise of Angelina Jolie's feature directing debut "In the Land of Blood and Honey" (December 23) is that audiences are going to avoid it as a dose of medicine. Truth is, the Producers Guild of America is right to award the movie with its 2012 Stanley Kramer Award on January 21. After all, the award was created to "honor a motion picture, producer or other individual, whose achievement or contribution illuminates provocative social issues in an accessible and elevating fashion."
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • December 13, 2011 9:12 PM
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Review & Round-up: Fincher's The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo Opens A Day Early, December 20

"The Social Network'''s Rooney Mara delivers Salander in a smart expertly executed film that takes the time to make clear plot developments and changing dynamics between investigator Blomkvist (well-played by Daniel Craig) and the androgynous punk researcher who has a woman in her bed when he first knocks on her door.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • December 13, 2011 8:01 PM
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Seth Rogen to Host Indie Spirit Awards

Perfect choice. Producer, writer, actor, funnyman and soon-to-be-director Seth Rogen, who has a film in the Independent Spirit hunt ("50/50"), is hosting the Indie Spirit Awards on February 25, 2012.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • December 13, 2011 1:05 PM
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Critics Choice Awards Led by Hugo and The Artist with Eleven Nominations

Two films celebrating silent cinema, "Hugo" and "The Artist," led the The Broadcast Film Critics Association (BFCA) nominees for the 17th Critics’ Choice Movie Awards, with eleven each.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • December 13, 2011 3:00 AM
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Scorsese Gets American Riviera Award at the Santa Barbara Film Festival

Martin Scorsese is not in love with awards campaigning. But accepting awards--that's a relatively painless part of the Oscar campaign process. Thus he is going to attend the 27th Santa Barbara Film festival tribute to him on January 30 to receive the American Riviera Award.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • December 12, 2011 6:43 PM
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Time Magazine Boosts Tilda Swinton's Oscar Profile

One crucial differential in a competitive Oscar race--like the one for best actress--is to be a media darling. It's that simple. Tilda Swinton gives another enigmatic performance in the strangely off-putting Lynne Ramsay drama "We Need to Talk About Kevin," which has been earning critical raves since its debut in Cannes.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • December 12, 2011 4:29 PM
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Steven Spielberg Talks His Holiday Double Features to Newsweek

At 65, Steven Spielberg has more energy than most. With two year-end movies about to open ("The Adventures of Tintin" and "War Horse"), he's off in Virginia filming a third, "Lincoln," starring Daniel Day Lewis as the Civil War president. He tells David Ansen at Newsweek:
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • December 12, 2011 1:39 AM
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Los Angeles Film Critics Make Surprise Best Actress Pick, Poetry's Yun Jung-Hee, Actor Fassbender, Director Malick, Picture The Descendants

While the AFI film jury went mainstream with their top ten picks this year, the LA Film Critics went indie, picking South Korean actress Yun Jung-Hee ("Poetry") as best actress for her performance as a woman facing Alzheimer's.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • December 11, 2011 4:29 PM
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American Film Institute Juries Pick Top Ten Movies and TV Shows

The American Film Institute film and TV juries--a mix of industry professionals, critics and academics-- met Sunday to pick their top ten films and television shows of 2011, below. They limit their choices to American content only, which is often the subject of some debate. While Harvey Weinstein managed to convince the Independent Spirit Awards committee to include "The Artist" as an American film, the AFI gave it a special award instead, along with the "Harry Potter" series.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • December 11, 2011 3:45 PM
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