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Oscar Watch: Glenn Close Talks Gender Bender Albert Nobbs

  • By Anne Thompson
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  • November 15, 2011 1:26 PM
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Oscar Watch: Janet McTeer Talks Gender-Bending Albert Nobbs and Glenn Close

Janet McTeer didn't mean to steal the gender-bender drama "Albert Nobbs" from its writer-producer-star, Glenn Close, who developed and willed the $8-million period film into being. But McTeer does, partly because the tall powerful stage actress (Oscar-nominated for "Tumbleweeds") has the showier part as free-wheeling house painter Hubert. Actors will recognize the degree of difficulty for the diminutive Close, whose character is locked in a 30-year prison, passing as a man in 19th century Dublin. While Nobbs is closed in, lonely and isolated, hiding behind a mask, frightened of any disturbance in her world, Hubert owns the physicality and freedom of a man--and lives with a woman. My video interview with McTeer is below.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • November 14, 2011 4:28 PM
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Inside the Academy's Governors Awards, from Oprah and Darth Vader to J.J. Abrams and Scads of Oscar Contenders

Arriving at the Governors Awards is overwhelming at first because there's a new star around every shoulder. The Board of Governors invites a swath of Oscar voters to attend the swanky Wolfgang Puck-catered dinner at Hollywood and Highland, so studio publicists make sure as many of their award contenders are on hand to work the room as possible.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • November 13, 2011 4:02 PM
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Oscar Hell Week: Play By Play

Exactly how did all the changes go down at the Oscars last week? Well, Academy president Tom Sherak gives us the play by play.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • November 12, 2011 6:27 PM
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EXCLUSIVE: BAFTA's New Guru Site Posts Video Wisdom from Likes of Swinton, Tarantino

BAFTA has launched its "Guru" initiative, a website for aspiring TV and film producers, directors, actors and anyone else wanting inspiration and advice from some people who know a thing or two about the industry, from Quentin Tarantino to Tilda Swinton:  
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • November 11, 2011 3:05 PM
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Oscar Talk: Out with the Old, in with the New: Grazer and Crystal Take Over

In this week's Oscar Talk, Kris Tapley and I chew over many things, from the AFI FEST debut of Martin Scorsese's "Hugo" to German Oscar entry "Pina"'s chances in the doc race and China's submission Zhang Yimou's "Flowers of War" landing a year-end release, but mainly we hash out the dramatic changes at the Academy Awards show this week. Gone are Brett Ratner and Eddie Murphy, while AMPAS president Tom Sherak wasted no time accepting "Tower Heist" producer Brian Grazer's offer to produce. Soon after Billy Crystal tweeted that he was hosting, the Academy confirmed the news--and put the tweet into its official announcement. Onward.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • November 11, 2011 12:17 PM
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Grazer Picks Crystal To Host the 84th Oscarcast

Brian Grazer has always been in love with the Oscars. It made sense for AMPAS president Tom Sherak to turn to the producer of "Tower Heist" to replace outgoing producer Brett Ratner--who resigned under fire for making a round of well-publicized off-color comments that did not represent the always prestige-conscious Academy--as producer of the 84th Academy Awards with Don Mischer.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • November 10, 2011 1:44 PM
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J. Edgar DiCaprio Parody Kicks Off Oscar Campaign

On the bright side of Clint Eastwood's "J. Edgar" receiving mixed reviews (it has its supporters, including ThePlaylist), FunnyOrDie has created this hilarious video for its star, L. DiCaprio. The actor is better than the movie, so he'll forgive us for laughing at this kick-off to his Oscar campaign.
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • November 10, 2011 11:49 AM
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Eddie Murphy No Longer Host of Oscars

With Brett Ratner gone as Oscar producer, his pick as host, his Tower Heist star Eddie Murphy, is also exiting the scene. "I appreciate how Eddie feels about losing his creative partner and we all wish them well," said AMPAS president Tom Sherak as he made the announcement. Actually, losing Murphy makes it easier for a new Oscar producer--say, Brian Grazer-- to take over and start creatively from scratch without suffering the taint of Ratner's comedic direction. A new producer can also choose their own writing team. Murphy said: "First and foremost I want to say that I completely understand and support each party's decision with regard to a change of producers for this year's Academy Awards ceremony. I was truly looking forward to being a part of the show that our production team and writers were just starting to develop, but I'm sure that the new production team and host will do an equally great job."
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • November 9, 2011 2:17 PM
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Morgan Freeman to Receive Golden Globes' Cecile B. DeMille Award

Morgan Freeman is to be honored at the 69th Golden Globe Awards with the Cecile B. DeMille award, for his outstanding contribution to entertainment. The Hollywood Foreign Press Association's president, Dr. Aida Takla-O'Reilly, made the announcement with Amy Adams and Pedro Almodóvar. The Golden Globes will take place on January 15. As recipient of this award, Freeman joins the likes of Robert De Niro (2011), Martin Scorsese (2010), Steven Spielberg (2009), Warren Beatty (2007), Anthony Hopkins (2006), Robin Williams (2005), Michael Douglas (2004), Gene Hackman (2003), Harrison Ford (2002), Al Pacino (2001), and Barbra Streisand (2000).
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • November 9, 2011 1:54 PM
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