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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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The Fighter's Amy Adams Talks Holding Her Own with Russell, Bale, Wahlberg and Leo

The Fighter's Amy Adams Talks Holding Her Own with Russell, Bale, Wahlberg and Leo
We've seen Amy Adams grab an Oscar nom for her breakout role in June Bug, steal scenes from the likes of Julia Roberts and Tom Hanks in Charlie Wilson's War, hold her own with Leonardo di Caprio in Catch Me If You Can, and earn a surprise Oscar nom along with Meryl Streep and Viola Davis for Doubt. She can be sexy or innocent, a girlfriend or a nun, a girl-next-door or vamp. But given that range, The Fighter's earthy, beer-drinking, tough, Boston-accented Charlene is still a shocker. And by following David O. Russell's direction to play the yin to her showy castmates' yang, she could wind up stealing another supporting actress nomination. In short, Adams stands up to the power of Mark Wahlberg, Christian Bale and Melissa Leo by being as quiet as they are noisy.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • November 30, 2010 10:46 AM
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Academy Shortlists Ten Animated and Ten Live Action Shorts

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announces ten Animated Shorts, of thirty-three qualifying entries, and ten Live Action shorts, of seventy-six entries, that will move on to the voting process for the final Academy Award nominations to be announced on January 25 for the 83rd Annual Oscar presentation on February 27.
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • November 30, 2010 6:09 AM
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Independent Spirit Nominations: Winter's Bone, Black Swan, The Kids Are All Right Head for Oscars

Independent Spirit Nominations: Winter's Bone, Black Swan, The Kids Are All Right Head for Oscars
"See you at the beach," said Jeremy Renner after announcing the Independent Spirit nominations. To the relief of Indie Spirit regulars, the annual Independent Spirit Awards will be returning to a tent in Santa Monica on February 26.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • November 30, 2010 3:56 AM
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Gotham Award Winners: Winter's Bone, Robert Duvall, Waiting for Superman, The Oath

Who came out ahead at the 20th Gotham Awards (see them here)? Winter's Bone, which won best feature and best ensemble, now gets a huge boost toward landing in the Best Picture Top Ten. Critics groups should continue to push this film up the awards hill.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • November 30, 2010 3:18 AM
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Big Indie News Week: Gotham Winners, Indie Spirit Noms, Sundance Line-Up, Board of Review

It's a big indie news week. The Gotham Awards are Monday night; indieWIRE will live-blog from backstage. I'm opting to attend a screening of a highly anticipated year-end release so that I can write about it for a Wednesday embargo.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • November 29, 2010 9:32 AM
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Actor Watch: Award Circuit Talk from Firth, Franco, Moore and Kunis; Eyre on Good Actors

- One thing that makes Colin Firth blush: two thousand people singing him "Happy Birthday" (on his 50th birthday, September 10, when The King's Speech first wowed Toronto). The actor considered most likely to win an Oscar this year shares more embarrassing moments with The New Yorker's Lizzie Widdicombe, who describes him as: "the British actor best known for playing variations on the repressed-but-sexy English gentleman." On the other hand, Firth himself says the English are "very paradoxical people" for whom "It doesn’t take much to get them to let their hair down—soccer, alcohol, music, or general excitement.”
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • November 29, 2010 6:45 AM
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Oscars Go Young with New Co-Hosts Franco and Hathaway

Oscars Go Young with New Co-Hosts Franco and Hathaway
Remember that electrifying moment at the 81st Oscars when Hugh Jackman plucked Anne Hathaway out of the Kodak Theatre audience onto the stage for a number? She was stunning in a white gown, sexy, funny, held her own, could trill the high notes.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • November 29, 2010 5:59 AM
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Oscar Talk: Long Shots for Best Actress and Picture

Oscar Talk: Long Shots for Best Actress and Picture
In this week's Oscar Talk, Kris Tapley and I cover the best actress race and the relative chances of long-shots The Town (we both spoke to Jeremy Renner), The Way Back (we both spoke to Peter Weir and Jim Sturgess), Secretariat and Diane Lane, and the Coens' True Grit, which should be screening soon:
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • November 26, 2010 10:50 AM
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Oscar Watch: 33 Animated Shorts Qualify for Oscar Consideration

Cartoon Brew has the full list of 33 qualifying animated shorts from around the world, as well as photos and website links to such films as Pixar's gloriously witty Day & Night, which will undoubtedly wind up in the final five:
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • November 26, 2010 6:31 AM
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