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Weekend Preview: Brutal & Heartbreaking Oscar Nominee 'Bullhead' Is Must-See

If you live in New York, Los Angeles or Austin, get yourself to a theater for "Bullhead" (it expands February 24). The Belgian film, nominated for a Best Foreign Language film Oscar, may not take home the big prize on February 26 ("A Separation" and "Monsieur Lazhar" are custom-made to the academy's taste), but the brutal, heartbreaking parable and gangster-neo-noir can count two wins already: rookie director Michael R. Roskam and star Matthias Schoenaerts.
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • February 16, 2012 1:09 PM
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Watch Two New Clips from Disney's Mis-Marketed 'John Carter' -- 'Avatar' or 'Stardust'?

Disney is battling a tsunami of bad buzz -- or worse, disinterest, due to ineffective marketing and a lousy Super Bowl spot -- in Andrew Stanton's $250 million sci-fi epic "John Carter." The Mars adventure crammed with performance capture aliens doesn't hit the ground until March 9.
  • By Anne Thompson and Jacob Combs
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  • February 15, 2012 6:44 PM
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Trailer Watch: 'Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter,' with Tim Burton Video Intro; Kinberg Talks

"Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter" now boasts an intro from exec producer Tim Burton, who's in production on his own vampire flick, "Dark Shadows." Burton sent this video along to accompany Fox's unveiling of the "Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter" trailer at the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum in Springfield, Illinois.
  • By Anne Thompson and Maggie Lange
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  • February 15, 2012 1:50 PM
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The Movies Say "I Love You": A Romantic Mash-Up

In a romance, the "I Love You" speech is the main event -- the reason the movie exists. To understand the anatomy of the declaration of love, Overthinking It compiled the climatic moments from iconic films.
  • By Maggie Lange
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  • February 14, 2012 7:14 AM
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Images from David Lynch's 'Crazy Clown Time' Music Video; Interview with EW

Last fall David Lynch released the album "Crazy Clown Time," which EW describes as "a strange yet strangely engaging collection of po-mo blues and electro-pop tunes, filled with thumping, grumpy complaints about love gone wrong and at least one stream of consciousness riff on the creative process. And dentistry."
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • February 13, 2012 1:59 PM
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Awards Watch: Pitt and Clooney Do Inside the Actors Studio, Can't Stop Dujardin's Oscar Momentum

Oscar contenders George Clooney and Brad Pitt have both recently appeared on Inside the Actors Studio to celebrate their successful careers in Hollywood (and talk about pranking each other), and while their charm is bottomless, Jean Dujardin and "The Artist" continue to gain momentum.
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • February 13, 2012 12:50 PM
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Awards Video: BAFTA Winners Streep and Dujardin Campaign for Oscar, Davis and Spencer Get Real on Smiley

Thankfully for Oscar Show ratings, while many races are seemingly locked in, the Best Actor and Best Actress race are not. This opens up an opportunity for each viral video clip, awards win, or high-profile in-depth interview to make a difference with Academy voters. Thus Meryl Streep and Jean Dujardin's BAFTA wins Sunday drove forward Oscar momentum (see below).
  • By Anne Thompson and Sophia Savage
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  • February 13, 2012 12:26 PM
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Oscar Video: Dujardin Cuts a Rug on Saturday Night Live

One of the best aspects of the theatrical and awards campaign for "The Artist" has been its video --no other movie this year boasted so many and varied visual components. (Of course The Weinstein Co. spent a good deal getting the material seen.) Check out the latest from Saturday Night Live.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • February 12, 2012 6:17 PM
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Trailer Watch: Jeremy Renner Takes Over in Tony Gilroy's 'The Bourne Legacy'

I'm looking forward to "The Bourne Legacy" more than most studio sequels that have lost their signature director and star, as the "Bourne" series has. Why? Because even without Paul Greengrass and Matt Damon, this one still has DNA from screenwriter Tony Gilroy, who wrote the first three and now is running the show as writer-director. He's the smart cookie behind "Michael Clayton" and "Duplicity."
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • February 8, 2012 4:19 PM
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EXCLUSIVE Video Interview: Brad Pitt and Oakland A's Billy Beane Talk 'Moneyball'

Oscar Q & As are going on all over town; Monday night Brad Pitt and Oakland A's general manager Billy Beane, the man he plays in "Moneyball," joined moderator Elvis Mitchell at LACMA for an Oscar nominees panel with Jonah Hill, editor Christopher Tellefsen and sound mixer Deb Adair. Then Pitt and Beane sat down for an exclusive talk.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • February 7, 2012 6:32 PM
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