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Oscar Watch: Beginners' Christopher Plummer Supporting Actor Frontrunner, Video Exclusive

While the supporting actor category is open to change and movement over the next few months, one name is sure to land a slot on Oscar nominations morning: Christopher Plummer. The stage-trained Canadian actor, 81, has been giving great performances for  decades, from Baron von Trapp in "The Sound of Music" and Rudyard Kipling in "The Man Who Would Be King" to Mike Wallace in "The Insider" and, remarkably, his first Oscar nomination as Leo Tolstoy in 2009's "The Last Station." But arguably among Plummer's best is the role Mike Mills gave him as Ewan McGregor's ailing gay father in "Beginners." It's a juicy part: late in life, although he's fighting against the dying of the light, the man has come out of the closet and is madly in love with both his freedom and his partner (Goran Visnjic). Plummer is joyful, vigorous, sexy, funny, and heartbreaking. He talks about how he approached the role in the exclusive Plummer featurette below.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • November 11, 2011 4:16 PM
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Trailer For Almost-Edgy Snow White and the Huntsman Sells Theron's Sex Appeal

The teaser trailer for "Snow White and the Huntsman" looks a dozen times better than Relativity's saccharin "Mirror Mirror" stills. The new imagery does diminish "Huntsman"'s purported edginess, probably because the fairy tale adaptation seeks to lure a large PG-13 crowd, which means that it can only be so dark, but "Huntsman" certainly takes a ballsier approach than "Mirror Mirror." The almost-gothic VFX-packed trailer's main draw is the sexy-evil Charlize Theron, although we're not sure about her accent-- and this sure looks like her Dior ads. Check out the trailer and more images below:
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • November 11, 2011 2:51 PM
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WEEKEND PREVIEW: Unmissable Apocalyptic Melancholia, Herzogian Into the Abyss, J Edgar & More

  • By Sophia Savage
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  • November 10, 2011 1:29 PM
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Apocalypses Now and Then: Von Trier’s Melancholia vs. Anderson’s Magnolia

In his “Now and Then” column this week, Matt Brennan examines two visionary directors’ takes on the end of the world as we know it — controversial Dane Lars von Trier’s Melancholia (on VOD now, in theaters Friday) and Paul Thomas Anderson’s sprawling 1999 classic Magnolia.
  • By Matt Brennan
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  • November 7, 2011 8:20 AM
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Pixar Launches Legacy Start Up in Vancouver, Air Mater Short Takes Flight

It’s been a great week for Pixar, writes TOH columnist Bill Desowitz in this week’s Immersed in Movies.
  • By Bill Desowitz
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  • November 6, 2011 1:33 PM
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Martin Scorsese Talks 3-D Cinephile Fantasy Hugo and Holograms with Paul Thomas Anderson

At a special Paramount preview screening of Martin Scorsese’s first 3-D film Hugo yesterday, a capacity crowd avidly responded to the film’s immersive effects and masterly visual style, writes Justin Lowe, who covered a Q & A with the director and his crew and surprise moderator Paul Thomas Anderson, below.
  • By Justin Lowe
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  • November 6, 2011 1:16 PM
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Eastwood, DiCaprio, Hammer, Black Talk J. Edgar: DiCaprio Wanted to Gain Weight

The crowd at the Los Angeles County Museum screening of J. Edgar rose to their feet when three tall straight guys—Clint Eastwood, Leonardo DiCaprio and Armie Hammer—joined diminutive gay screenwriter Dustin Lance Black onstage at the Bing for a Q and A moderated by the NYT’s Charles McGrath. While Eastwood grew up with top cop J. Edgar Hoover, Black and his cast did not, and had to pore through reams of research to understand the restrictive mores of a time when to be openly gay was simply not allowed. DiCaprio and Black seemed more critical of Hoover—“he was a political dinosaur at the end of his career,” said DiCaprio, “he was a crockpot of eccentricity…didn’t adapt to civil rights…was obsessed with power”—while Eastwood seemed more admiring of Hoover starting thumbprints and his quest for law and order. That tension is in the movie, for better or worse.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • November 6, 2011 10:13 AM
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Weekend Box Office: Holdover Puss in Boots Holds Off Challenger Tower Heist

Amazingly, 3-D animated family feature Puss In Boots held off challenger Tower Heist this weekend, reports Charles Lyons.
  • By Charles Lyons
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  • November 6, 2011 7:35 AM
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Weekly Wrap: Weekend Preview, News from AFM, Festivals, Awards Buzz, Media Watch & More

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  • November 5, 2011 6:27 PM
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WEEKEND PREVIEW: Ratner's Tower Heist Set to Topple Indie Docs & Dramas

Brett Ratner's timely Tower Heist taps into anti-Wall Street sentiment and is just what you'd expect: competent, breezy, escapist entertainment. The well-cast Madoff-inspired comedy--which stars Ben Stiller, Matthew Broderick, Tea Leoni, Alan Alda and Eddie Murphy in a supporting comeback bid-- is expected to take in $29 million this weekend, while A Very Harold & Kumar Christmas 3D could score $15.5 million.
  • By Anne Thompson and Sophia Savage
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  • November 3, 2011 6:34 AM
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