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The Social Network Gets Best Picture, Director, Actor, Screenplay at National Board Of Review Awards

The Social Network Gets Best Picture, Director, Actor, Screenplay at National Board Of Review Awards
And the award goes to…The Social Network, The National Board of Review's pick for Best Film, Best Director (David Fincher), Adapted Screenplay (Aaron Sorkin) and Best Actor (Jesse Eisenberg). Full list and and analysis below.
  • By Anne Thompson and Sophia Savage
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  • December 2, 2010 8:09 AM
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Inception Leads Satellite Award Nominations; Surprise Omissions

IndieWIRE's Peter Knegt looks at the Wacky Satellite Award nominations, led by Inception with eleven (including Best Picture, Director, Actor [DiCaprio] and Supporting Actress [Marion Cotillard]). Knegt notes that these often inexplicable and "generally disregarded" as Oscar precursor awards do include many "worthy nominees" this year. However, a slew of surprising omissions include Black Swan, Rabbit Hole and The Fighter from the Best Picture category.
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • December 2, 2010 1:02 AM
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True Grit Early Reviews: "Accessible, Simple, Mythic and Beautiful," "Thirsting For More" [Updated]

True Grit Early Reviews: "Accessible, Simple, Mythic and Beautiful," "Thirsting For More" [Updated]
Anne Thompson's True Grit review headline is: Coens Deliver PG-13 Classic Western, Bridges Owns Cogburn. Here's a round-up of other early reviews [Updated with more]:
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • December 2, 2010 12:48 AM
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With Four Indie Spirit Nominations, Rabbit Hole Debuts New Poster and Clips

Lionsgate's Rabbit Hole opens December 17 and just released a new poster and clips (below). The film has just been nominated for four Indie Spirit Awards, including John Cameron Mitchell (Best Director), David Lindsay-Abaire (Best Screenplay), and Nicole Kidman (Best Female Lead) and Aaron Eckhart (Best Male Lead), boosting its Oscar buzz. I listened to Mitchell and Eckhart's Q & A at the AFI's enthusiastically applauded screening on November 8. Mitchell said that if a piece of art deals with a heavy subject matter, it ideally should contribute to someone’s ability to deal with - not just reinforce - the misery of the situation. “Hopefully this [film] is a set of tools in learning how to deal with this,” he said, hoping that none of us experience the loss of a child but recognizing that we all inevitably deal with death. “That’s what art is for,” he said, “you watch someone else going through it and you’re able to purge it by proxy. Art can cleanse you by going through the rabbit hole and coming back to the light.”
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • December 1, 2010 6:54 AM
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True Grit Early Review: Coens Deliver PG-13 Classic Western, Bridges Owns Cogburn

True Grit Early Review: Coens Deliver PG-13 Classic Western, Bridges Owns Cogburn
Finally, the last anticipated Oscar contender has been screened and Wednesday, reviewed. The question is whether expectations of the Coens' True Grit have been overblown. Reaction at one New York screening was mixed. It's not surprising; pure westerns do not play in some quarters. Younger moviegoers don't get the genre; westerns are set in a past that is too distant and foreign. But the Academy, which trends older and male, will be far more receptive, so this well-mounted movie may well hit their soft spot. (The Gurus 'O Gold weigh in). Here is our round-up of True Grit's other early reviews.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • December 1, 2010 5:58 AM
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Inception's Hollywood Hills DVD Release Party: Nolan, DiCaprio and Zimmer Talk

Inception's Hollywood Hills DVD Release Party: Nolan, DiCaprio and Zimmer Talk
Amy Dawes reports on what she saw and heard at Inception's DVD and Blu-Ray release (read Oscar) party Tuesday night in the Hollywood Hills. Leonardo DiCaprio smokes a cigar and worries about African lions, Nolan talks The Dark Knight Rises (and wants everyone to stop trying to figure out the ending of Inception) and composer Hans Zimmer talks the score that's "Better than drugs":
  • By Amy Dawes
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  • December 1, 2010 4:42 AM
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EXCLUSIVE: George Hickenlooper's Casino Jack Photo Diary

EXCLUSIVE: George Hickenlooper's Casino Jack Photo Diary
Director George Hickenlooper was working at the time of his tragic death (via accidental overdose) in Denver on October 30 at age 47. He was premiering his latest film, Casino Jack, starring Kevin Spacey in a story inspired by true events that is "so Gothic that at times," according to Hickenlooper, "if it were fiction, you would never believe it really happened."
  • By George Hickenlooper
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  • December 1, 2010 3:59 AM
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All Good Things Early Reviews: "Fascinating," "Scrambled," "Uncompelling Psychological Portraiture"

Andrew Jarecki's All Good Things, inspired by the true story of New York's infamous Durst family, finally found distribution with Magnolia Pictures back in August, and opens with a limited released December 3. Starring Ryan Gosling, who is generating more complimentary buzz for popular and controversial Blue Valentine (opening December 31), and Kirsten Dunst, in her first outing in two years, All Good Things is decidedly flawed while still riveting for some. Early reviews are below:
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • November 30, 2010 7:25 AM
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Interview Watch: All Good Things' Gosling on Dunst, Foster Interviews Jennifer Lawrence

- All Good Things, Kirsten Dunst's first film in two years, opens December 3, and she delivers one of "three riveting performances" according to THR, and "the best performance in the film by far" says ThePlaylist. Her co-star, Ryan Gosling tells NYMag that while filming, “Whatever dragons she’d been chasing, she chased them and trapped and slew ’em between action and cut…You weren’t watching somebody who was unlocking something in themselves, and then because they’d finally exposed it maybe they could retire. You felt like you were watching somebody unlock something, and now that it had been exposed they could get started.” Gosling also confirmed that Dunst had a 2008 stint in rehab (for depression) because she "definitely had OD’d on Hollywood and needed to get away." Update: Here is Vanity Fair's interview with Dunst, in which she talks bad boys nude scenes (i.e. in Lars von Trier's upcoming Melancholia).
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • November 30, 2010 6:27 AM
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Weekend Box Office: Families Gobble Up "Harry Potter" and "Tangled"; "Love & Other Drugs" Stumbles

Weekend Box Office: Families Gobble Up "Harry Potter" and "Tangled"; "Love & Other Drugs" Stumbles
Families flocked to fantasy this record Thanksgiving holiday; Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part I (on its second weekend) and Disney animated fairy tale Tangled 3-D dominated the five day frame. On the indie side, indieWIRE reports that Tom Hooper's Oscar favorite The King's Speech enjoyed a very royal Thanksgiving, breaking the 2010 record for highest per-theater-average in its massive limited debut.
  • By Anthony D'Alessandro
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  • November 28, 2010 5:25 AM
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