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Oscar Round-Up: The Social Network Leads Buzz, Bullock vs. Lane, Renner's a Star

Oscar Round-Up: The Social Network Leads Buzz, Bullock vs. Lane, Renner's a Star
As awards season heats up and the growing surge of Oscar pundits weigh in more frequently, every Thursday the Daily Read will round up their worthiest efforts. And every Friday, as usual, we post the Oscar Talk podcast: this week we welcome London Fest attendees Guy Lodge (In Contention) and Peter Knegt (indieWIRE).
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • October 14, 2010 7:02 AM
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Freeman To Get AFI Life Achievement Award; Fincher's Rendezvous with Rama in Works

Morgan Freeman, 73, is having quite a year. He started off 2010 with his fifth Oscar nomination, for playing Nelson Mandela in Clint Eastwood's Invictus; his latest movie, the well-reviewed comedy thriller Red opens on Friday; and he may actually land David Fincher as the director of his 15 years-in-development outer-space epic Rendezvous with Rama. (See MTV video below.) The reason this is now close to being possible: Fincher and James Cameron's advances with performance capture and 3-D.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • October 12, 2010 8:53 AM
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Looking Back: Top Ten of 2010 So Far

While many moviegoers are at sea as they read about supposed Oscar contenders they still haven't seen, the LAT has the temerity to look back at the best of the what the year has had to offer so far. We will open up our Netflix queue for the ones we've missed:Animal Kingdom: "manages to be both laconic and operatic. Faultlessly acted by top Australian talent, including Guy Pearce, Ben Mendelsohn and Jacki Weaver…marries heightened emotionality with cool contemporary style to illustrate one of the oldest of genre truths: "Crooks always come undone, always, one way or another."
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • October 12, 2010 5:29 AM
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First Look: Mara and Craig in The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo

The first photos from the Stockholm set of David Fincher's currently filming The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo have popped up revealing A Social Network star Rooney Mara in character as Lisbeth Salander and Daniel Craig as muckraking journalist Mikael Blomkvist. Mara looks about right to me.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • October 12, 2010 5:07 AM
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Oscar Watch: King's Speech Leads Gurus 'O Gold, Wins Hamptons Prize

Oscar Watch: King's Speech Leads Gurus 'O Gold, Wins Hamptons Prize
Tom Hooper’s The King’s Speech, starring Colin Firth as a stuttering King George VI, not only won the narrative audience prize at the Hamptons International Film Festival Sunday, but scored number one in the post-Toronto Film Festival Gurus 'o Gold poll (below). I also voted it number one (my current predictions are here and listed below), because the Tom Hooper movie is not only impeccably made and boasts the year's likely best actor winner (Firth), but is emotionally moving in a way that the brilliantly cold The Social Network is not.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • October 11, 2010 3:33 AM
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Weekend Box Office: Word-of-Mouth Sells Social Network Over Newbies Life as We Know It, Secretariat

Strong word-of-mouth propelled The Social Network to a strong hold over two openers with femme appeal, the Katharine Heigl rom-com Life as We Know It and the 70s true story sports drama Secretariat, starring Diane Lane. Anthony D'Alessandro reports.A soft Columbus Day weekend frame totaling an estimated $76 million, off 16% from a year ago, slowed moviegoing for new entries this weekend, but kept holdovers alive. Sony’s The Social Network remained online with the masses, hanging onto No. 1 with $15.5 million, off a sweet 31%.  The film saw a 32% spike between Friday and Saturday, clearly indicating that word-of-mouth continues to be strong for this potential awards contender. 
  • By Anthony D'Alessandro
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  • October 10, 2010 4:08 AM
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Fincher Calls Girl with Dragon Tattoo Swedish Noir, Adds Cast, as Filming Begins in Stockholm

As he starts production of The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo in Stockholm, David Fincher's final cast is looking good. The director told Sweden's SvD that he's added Joely Richardson (Anita Vanger), Steven Berkoff (Frode) and David Dencik (young Detective Morell) to the ensemble led by The Social Network's Rooney Mara (Lisbeth Salander), Daniel Craig (Mikael Blomkvist), Robin Wright (Erika Berger), Christopher Plummer (Henrik Vanger) and Stellan Skarsgard (Martin Vanger).
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • October 8, 2010 4:30 AM
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Gender Watch: Is Social Network A Sausage Fest or Sexist? Franco in Drag, Manly Names

- If The Social Network wasn't scoring at the box office and with critics would women writers keep piling on this ongoing debate? Women And Hollywood's Melissa Silverstein argues that controversy surrounding the film's lack of female characters proves "in no uncertain terms that you can’t get away with this even if the movie is good and even if it may be an Oscar front runner." She's referring to what PopWatch's Jennifer Armstrong defines as "downright appalling depiction of women," which "is horrendous, like, ’50s-level sexist - if this were fiction, the snubs would be inexcusable," serving as "strong evidence that we still need feminism." The Daily Beast's Rebecca Davis O'Brien believes the film's females are props, not characters.
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • October 6, 2010 4:19 AM
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The Social Network's Treatment of Women, Winterbottom's Kercher Murder Mystery to Star Firth

-It's no surprise that David Fincher and Aaron Sorkin's The Social Network is getting Oscar-buzz, zeitgeist hype and debates about what is fact and fiction. Now the role of women in the film is kicking up controversy. The Daily Beast's Rebecca Davis O'Brien argues that the femme roles are props in a film that "not only reflects its era, but will shape it." Stephen Colbert declares that there are no women of substance in the movie except for the small roles of lawyer Rashida Jones and Zuckerberg's scorning girlfriend Rooney Mara. The women in the movie are seen as liabilities, writes Jezebel, if not woefully disrespected.
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • October 4, 2010 6:28 AM
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The Social Network Plays Well to Academy

The Social Network Plays Well to Academy
Saturday's Academy screening of The Social Network played well to a full house--the movie also opened at number one this weekend, and scored rave reviews, which won't hurt with Oscar voters.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • October 3, 2010 7:40 AM
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