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Ben Affleck is EW's Entertainer of the Year; Plus Lawrence, Hathaway, Gordon-Levitt & 'Homeland' Stars

EW's top Entertainer of the Year is "Argo" director Ben Affleck. He is joined by the likes of "Girls"'s Lena Dunham, "Silver Linings Playbook" and "Hunger Games" star Jennifer Lawrence, "The Dark Knight Rises" and "Les Miserables"'s Anne Hathaway, "TDR" and "Looper" star Joseph Gordon-Levitt...
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • November 29, 2012 12:35 PM
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Watch: Tarantino, Russell, Van Sant, Lee, Affleck & Hooper Talk Directing at THR Roundtable

Check out the new Hollywood Reporter roundtable interview with Quentin Tarantino, David O. Russell, Gus Van Sant, Ang Lee, Ben Affleck and Tom Hooper, in which the directors discuss tough onset moments, "difficult" brothers, navigating temper tantrums, early retirement plans and more. Full video and highlights below.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • November 29, 2012 12:30 PM
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Review: Don't Mess with Granny in Finnish Oscar Entry 'Purge'

Antti J. Jokinen’s  “Purge,” Finland’s official Oscar entry, is based on the widely translated novel and play of the same title by Estonian-Finnish author Sofi Oksanen. The film alternates between two different yet interconnected stories set in rural Estonia: a young prostitute on the run from the Russian mafia in the early 1990s, and a village woman battling personal and socio-political demons during the mid-century Soviet occupation.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • November 29, 2012 7:30 AM
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Milos Forman to Receive Directors Guild's Lifetime Achievement Award, 'One of the Greatest Filmmakers of Our Time'

Milos Forman will receive the Directors Guild of America's Lifetime Achievement Award at the 65th annual DGA Awards on February 2.
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • November 28, 2012 4:29 PM
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Immersed in Movies: Cinematographer Deakins Talks 'Skyfall'

With the record-breaking "Skyfall" (perhaps even the first billion dollar Bond) generating lots of Oscar buzz, is there any doubt that acclaimed cinematographer Roger Deakins will receive his 10th nomination? Not after turning in the most stunning-looking Bond movie in its illustrious 50-year history.
  • By Bill Desowitz
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  • November 28, 2012 2:16 PM
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Producers Guild TV Award Nominees: 'Homeland,' 'Downton Abbey,' 'Game of Thrones,' 'Breaking Bad,' 'Mad Men' & More

The Producers Guild of America announces the nominees for its Television Series/Specials and Digital Series award categories. The winners will be announced at the PGA Awards on January 26 at the Beverly Hilton...
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • November 28, 2012 1:18 PM
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Oscar Watch: Makeup and Hair Contenders

Who's in the running for the 2013 Oscar for Best Makeup and (newly added) Hairstyling? This year's films present a range of transformations, from Daniel Day-Lewis's uncanny resemblance to the 16th president in "Lincoln" and the onscreen makeup changes of berserk chameleon Denis Levant in "Holy Motors" to the endless plethora of disguises (some good, some awful) in "Cloud Atlas." How will the Academy choose just three nomination slots? Check out our round-up, which includes some admittedly wishful thinking.
  • By Anne Thompson and Beth Hanna
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  • November 28, 2012 1:04 PM
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Palm Springs Bestowing 'Flight''s Robert Zemeckis with Director of the Year Award

Robert Zemeckis will receive the Palm Springs International Film Festival's Director of the Year Award for "Flight."
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • November 28, 2012 12:35 PM
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Jennifer Lawrence to Receive Outstanding Performer of the Year Award at Santa Barbara International Film Fest

The 28th Santa Barbara International Film Festival (January 24 - February 3) will honor Jennifer Lawrence with its Outstanding Performer of the Year Award on February 2. The fest's myriad high-profile tributes typically act as Oscar pushes for likely contenders; Lawrence is considered a frontrunner for Best Actress for David O. Russell's "Silver Linings Playbook."
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • November 28, 2012 11:08 AM
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Weinsteins Face Challenging Oscar 'Playbook'

The Weinsteins have long followed the same Oscar playbook: line up a thick stack of Oscar-worthy potential contenders, give them a shot and see what sticks. They're usually pretty sharp about what's going to play with Academy voters. Nobody does it better. But this year things may not be panning out as they had planned. The studios have mounted an arsenal of powerful players for the fourth quarter that have been eating into the indie share of the adult audience.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • November 28, 2012 6:00 AM
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