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AFI Fest Review: The Fighter is a Contender

The buzz on the street about David O. Russell's The Fighter--the boxing movie is a rousing crowd-pleaser, stolen by Christian Bale--was correct. "I had to do a lot of cheating, stealing and lying to get the movie made," said star and producer Mark Wahlberg at the start of the "secret" screening at AFI Fest (revealed via Paramount press release Tuesday morning). "I'm happy it got to the big screen. It took me such a long time to get the movie made that if you don't like the movie, I'll do two hours of hard labor. I did it to get the movie made and I will do it for anyone who doesn't like it."
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • November 10, 2010 9:39 AM
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Will Studio Pics "Secretariat," "Love & Other Drugs," "Morning Glory" Earn Oscar Love?

Will Studio Pics "Secretariat," "Love & Other Drugs," "Morning Glory" Earn Oscar Love?
The movies that are ahead in the awards race---or have the most buzz at this stage--either have already opened or nabbed media coverage at film festivals, from Sundance (Blue Valentine, Waiting for Superman, The Kids Are All Right), Cannes (Biutiful, Another Year, Inside Job) and Venice (Black Swan, The Town, The Tempest) to Telluride (The King's Speech, The Way Back, 127 Hours), Toronto (Rabbit Hole, Hereafter), New York (The Social Network) and later reprise fests such as the Hamptons and AFI Fest. Now Paramount has slotted a surprise "secret" AFI Fest screening of David O. Russell's The Fighter, which I will see tonight at Grauman's, with an audience: a smart studio move.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • November 9, 2010 9:28 AM
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John Cameron Mitchell and Aaron Eckhart Talk Rabbit Hole at AFI Fest Screening

John Cameron Mitchell and Aaron Eckhart Talk Rabbit Hole at AFI Fest Screening
AFI Fest audiences enthusiastically applauded John Cameron Mitchell's Rabbit Hole Sunday night. TOH's Sophia Savage covered the Q & A with Mitchell, Aaron Eckhart and Miles Teller.
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • November 9, 2010 7:37 AM
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Golden Globes to Honor Robert De Niro with Cecil B. DeMille Award

The Hollywood Foreign Press Association will award eight-time Golden Globe nominee Robert De Niro (who won for Raging Bull) with their Cecil B. De Mille award for lifetime achievement at the 68th Annual Golden Globe Awards show on NBC on Sunday, January 16, 2011, which will air live from 5 to 8 PM (PST) and 8-11 (EST) from the Beverly Hilton Hotel. The show is broadcast in 160 countries. De Niro's long-time director Martin Scorsese won the award last year, following other winners Steven Spielberg, Al Pacino, and Barbra Streisand. Ricky Gervais returns as host.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • November 9, 2010 5:59 AM
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Oscar Watch: The Way Back Reveals Tricky Indie Marketplace

Oscar Watch: The Way Back Reveals Tricky Indie Marketplace
Now that I have finally seen Peter Weir's The Way Back, I see why the film has been handled the way it has. It reveals how difficult it is to get a period drama financed and produced today. This labor of love took Exclusive Films (and foreign pre-sales), National Geographic Films and Imagenation Abu Dhabi to get made.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • November 8, 2010 11:05 AM
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Bawdy Night at Britannia Awards with Bridges, Sheen, White, Nolan, Scotts

BAFTA LA's Britannia Awards is a fun night of Anglophilic pleasure, especially when wry wit Stephen Fry plays host. He likes doing the Britannias because there are only five awards, which keeps the proceedings short, he says. And everyone knows they're going to win; otherwise 80 percent of the nominees are disappointed, getting drunk in the bar.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • November 7, 2010 1:16 AM
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Oscar Watch: European Film Awards Boost Polanski's "Ghost Writer"

Every bit of attention that makes Academy members stick a movie into their DVD player is a good thing. So Roman Polanski's The Ghost Writer leading the European Film Awards with seven nominations (best film, director, screenplay, cinematography and actor Ewan McGregor) could boost an awards campaign. That is, if Summit wants to spend the money to mount one as they did last year with Kathryn Bigelow's Oscar-winning The Hurt Locker. Well, they do, even though they released the well-reviewed $30-million Euro-funded The Ghost Writer last March to a modest $15.5 million gross (it did $47.7 million overseas).
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • November 6, 2010 10:19 AM
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Weekly Wrap: Award Watch, Production News, Talking to Boyle and League

OSCARS & AWARDS: While Black Swan promotional endeavors impress, the Godard anti-Semitism issue clouds his Honorary Oscar. And as The Hollywood Reporter's new glossy weekly hits the stands with its Actress Roundtable (considered in this week's Oscar Talk), Variety shuffles its editorial deck. Awards are being given to Biutiful star Javier Bardem, The Kids Are All Right's Annette Bening, Cinema Eye helps to anoint award-season documentary frontrunners and Peter Weir's The Way Back kicks off the Museum of Tolerance Film Festival. The King's Speech, with a Gala screening Friday night as part of AFI Fest 2010, leads the Gurus 'o Gold poll along with star Colin Firth and Bening.
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • November 6, 2010 3:57 AM
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Oscar Talk: The Way Back, Hollywood Reporter Actress Round-Table

Oscar Talk: The Way Back, Hollywood Reporter Actress Round-Table
On this week's Oscar Talk, Kris Tapley and I range over Peter Weir's The Way Back, which I finally screened, as well as the crazy season which is now heating up. We beg to differ on DreamWorks' Animation's Megamind.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • November 5, 2010 5:09 AM
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Oscar Watch: King's Speech, Firth, Bening Lead Gurus 'o Gold Poll

The Gurus 'O Gold will now be voting every week as the awards season picks up steam. The latest votes reflect where the Oscar race stands now, with consensus on the top six, led by The King's Speech, which played better for my Sneak Previews class than anything else has in five years of programming. We also voted on actor and actress.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • November 5, 2010 3:43 AM
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