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1927 Best Picture Winner "Wings" to Screen in January

The first Academy Awards were handed out in 1927, when the silent World War I epic "Wings" took home the prize for Outstanding Picture, the precursor to today's Best Picture.
  • By Jacob Combs
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  • December 5, 2011 3:22 PM
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Jolie's In the Land of Blood and Honey Passes Muster with Newsweek

Newsweek's profile on Angelina Jolie, "Angie Goes to War" gives more insight into her directorial debut, "In The Land of Blood and Honey," than 60 Minutes did. Put Jolie on video for TV and the focus is bound to be her famous face, her celebrity.
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • December 5, 2011 3:14 PM
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New Hollywood Graffiti from Hanksy

Has Banksy gone Hollywood? No, the folks at FunnyOrDie have posted a best of Hanksy slideshow, where you can see the visage of the grinning Hanks in various knock-offs of Banksy's heavy-handed street art. The best, perhaps, is an inexplicable photo of Hanks on a fast-food trash can.
  • By Maggie Lange
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  • December 5, 2011 11:55 AM
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More: Tom Hanks

Now and Then: With Recent Controversies, Maybe Critics Matter?

Something changed this week. As the days passed, each became part of a snowballing narrative about critics that seemed to me to portend a future less than bright. The New York Critics pandered to the Oscar horse race and ended up muffing the whole deal, losing their one chance a year to go out on a limb. AT’s criticism of the latest incarnation of “At the Movies” ignited the usual mixed bag of fury. And now David Denby’s gone and broken Sony’s review embargo on “The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo.”
  • By Matt Brennan
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  • December 5, 2011 11:22 AM
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Sony, Rudin Fight Back Against The New Yorker for Breaking The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo Review Embargo

Scott Rudin is pissed. And so is Sony. They feel strongly that the New York Film Critics Circle made a deal with them to honor a worldwide December 13 review embargo on David Fincher's "The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo," which opens December 21. The studio and the filmmakers went out of their way to screen the movie for the NYFCC on November 28; the critics delayed their voting by one day in order to see the film. Every member agreed in writing to honor the embargo. During their vote, the critics did not give the film any awards. But critic David Denby (who fought against moving the voting earlier this year) went ahead and filed a review for The New Yorker for the issue that hits the stands on Monday, December 5, a week ahead of the embargo deadline.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • December 4, 2011 8:36 PM
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Weekend Box Office: Twilight and Muppets Hold Top Spots, Hugo Moves Into Third Place

A post-Thanksgiving hangover held sway at the sluggish weekend box office as most films saw steep percentage drops. The total gross for all films was an estimated $82 million, down some 5% from the comparable frame last year, when Disney’s “Tangled” topped the charts with $21.6 million in its second week. Summit’s “The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 1” clung to the top slot for the third consecutive weekend, taking in an estimated $16.9 million, down 59%, bringing the total to date for the vampire-romancer to an impressive $247.3 million. It's the first time a "Twilight" pic held onto number one for three weeks. 
  • By Brian Fuson
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  • December 4, 2011 1:15 PM
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Weekly Wrap: Box Office, Trailers, Interviews, Early Oscar Buzz, Awards

  • By Jacob Combs
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  • December 3, 2011 11:43 AM
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London Film Critics' Circle Honors Nicolas Roeg

London Film Critics' Circle Honors Nicolas Roeg
  • By Jacob Combs
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  • December 3, 2011 11:39 AM
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EW's Secrets of Spielberg: War Horse, Tin Tin, Color Purple, Harrison Ford, Gwyneth Paltrow

Steven Spielberg talks at length about his extremely long and incredibly successful career in Friday's Entertainment Weekly cover story.  This holiday season is a busy one for Spielberg: his performance-capture film "The Adventures of Tintin" opens December 21--it has already grossed $207 million mark overseas--and World War I epic "War Horse" premieres on Christmas Day. The filmmaker is already shooting in Virginia on his next project, "Lincoln," starring shaggy-bearded Daniel Day-Lewis as the eponymous president.  Here are highlights from EW's interview:
  • By Jacob Combs
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  • December 1, 2011 2:31 PM
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Ebert Calls Hiatus on Movie Review Show: Let It Go, Roger

Roger Ebert is a superman. I am currently buried in his must-read memoir, "Life Itself," which is a pleasure to go back to every night. The man can write. And he is trying to hang on, bless him, to his new TV review show, "Ebert Presents At The Movies." He and wife/producer Chaz Ebert have been financing their show themselves, with help from the Kanbar Charitable Trust. In his most recent blog post on the subject, Ebert is checking out a Kickstarter campaign as he takes the show on hiatus.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • December 1, 2011 1:25 PM
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