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Nicole Kidman Talks Surprise 'The Paperboy' Nominations from Set of 'Grace of Monaco,' EXCLUSIVE SKYPE VIDEO

Nicole Kidman was shocked when she learned that her boldly brazen performance in Lee Daniels' outrageous southern gothic "The Paperboy" had earned both SAG and Golden Globe supporting actress nominations. While the indie film debuted in Cannes to mixed reaction and hardly set critics or audiences on fire, Kidman earned rave reviews.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • December 19, 2012 3:13 PM
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Eddie Redmayne Talks Live-Singing 'Les Miserables,' What's Next?

Redmayne, who is 30, landed the role of Marius despite not having sung since school. And he delivers a breakout performance. He borrowed something he learned from De Niro in order to better match the intensity of one take of the song to the other--he'd shoot three times in a row. He sang his "Empty Chairs at Empty Tables" song 21 times.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • December 18, 2012 7:51 PM
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Music Video for 'Paul Williams Still Alive'

Paul Williams has a shot at a best original song nomination--it would be his sixth--for the documentary "Paul Williams Still Alive." Check out this music video. (More on Williams and the fest circuit hit here.)
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • December 18, 2012 5:47 PM
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'Les Mis' Director Tom Hooper and 'Life of Pi' Composer Mychael Danna Honored at Palm Springs Fest

The Palm Springs Int'l Film Festival continues to announce awards leading up to its 24th edition, running January 3-14. Director Top Hooper will be honored with their Sonny Bono Visionary Award, while Mychael Danna will receive the Frederick Loewe Award for Film Composing.
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • December 18, 2012 1:21 PM
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Daniel Day-Lewis to be Celebrated with Montecito Award at Santa Barbara International Film Fest

The Santa Barbara International Film Festival (January 24 - February 3) will honor Daniel Day-Lewis with the Montecito Award at a ceremony on January 26.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • December 18, 2012 12:48 PM
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'The Master,' 'Amour,' 'Sightseers' Lead London Critics Circle Nominations

Michael Haneke's "Amour" and Paul Thomas Anderson's "The Master" led the London Critics' Circle Award nominations. Each film earned seven nods apiece. Ben Wheatley's "Sightseers" also nabbed an impressive four nominations, including Breakthrough British Filmmaker and Best British Actress and British Actor. Full list below.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • December 18, 2012 12:25 PM
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Palm Springs Fest Honors Richard Gere with Chairman's Award

Continuing their pre-Oscar fanfare, the Palm Springs International Film Festival (January 3-14) will honor veteran Richard Gere, who nabbed a Golden Globe nomination last week for "Arbitrage," with the Chairman's Award on January 5 at the awards gala.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • December 17, 2012 2:41 PM
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Writers Guild Ballot Reveals Ineligible Oscar Contenders That Won't Get WGA Boost; 'Les Miserables' Key Omission

January 3 marks the day that Writers Guild nominations will be announced--and Academy ballots are due. It's not surprising that scruffy indie "Beasts of the Southern Wild" should be left off the Writers Guild ballot. The WGA always leaves off films that were deemed ineligible, often foreign ("A Separation"), indie ("Pulp Fiction") or animated players ("Up") who either aren't guild signatories or didn't pony up to get qualified.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • December 17, 2012 2:27 PM
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Critics' Vote Roundup UPDATED

UPDATE: A new batch of critics' winners have come in, with Paul Thomas Anderson's "The Master" receiving Best Picture from both the San Francisco and Kansas City film critics' circles. The African-American Film Critics Association picked Kathryn Bigelow's "Zero Dark Thirty" as Best Picture, and Ben Affleck ("Argo") for Best Director, with Ava DuVernay's "Middle of Nowhere" getting wins across multiple categories. Full list of winners below, plus links to all critics' voting thus far.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • December 17, 2012 2:02 PM
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PTA's 'Master' Leads Chicago Film Critics Nominations, UPDATED: Houston and Indiana Critics Nominations

UPDATE: The Indiana Film Journalists Association and the Houston Film Critics Circle have announced their nominations, with "The Master" again making a strong showing with nine nominations in Indiana, and six nods in Houston. "Lincoln" earned the most nominations in Houston, with eight nods. Full lists below.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • December 17, 2012 8:55 AM
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