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Helen Mirren Talks The Tempest, RED, The Debt, Shakespeare

Helen Mirren Talks The Tempest, RED, The Debt, Shakespeare
On Friday, I conducted a Q & A with Helen Mirren after an opening night showing of Julie Taymor's The Tempest at the Arclight. Dame Mirren earned a rousing round of applause at the packed house.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • December 14, 2010 1:30 AM
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Critics Choice Awards Nominations; Black Swan Leads With 12; Women Directors Snubbed

Critics Choice Awards Nominations; Black Swan Leads With 12; Women Directors Snubbed
The largest film critic group (of which I am a member), the Broadcast Film Critics Association, provides a handy window into where the award season is heading. (The New York Film Critics vote Monday.) The full list of nominations, led by Black Swan (12), The King's Speech (11), True Grit (11), Inception (10) and The Social Network (9) is below. The awards will air live at 9 PM ET/PT on January 14.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • December 13, 2010 6:20 AM
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AFI Movies of the Year: The Town, Toy Story 3, 127 Hours, True Grit Make the Cut

AFI Movies of the Year: The Town, Toy Story 3, 127 Hours, True Grit Make the Cut
The American Film Institute voted their ten best AFI Movies and TV Programs of the Year Awards Sunday, proclaimed as the "only recognition that honors the community’s creative ensembles as a whole, acknowledging the collaborative nature of the art form." The AFI honors American films and series. Thus they chose British The King's Speech and Waiting for Superman as "Special Award" winners, having not met the AFI's standard criteria (posted below). Their Movies and TV Programs of the year, as chosen by film and television scholars, artists and critics, are as follows:
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • December 13, 2010 4:47 AM
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Oscar Watch: Social Network Sweeps Boston Society of Film Critics

Oscar Watch: Social Network Sweeps Boston Society of Film Critics
The Boston Society of Film Critics got their votes out Sunday ahead of the Los Angeles Film Critics Association, which arguably has more impact within an industry town. But fact is, The Social Network is emerging as a consensus choice among early critics groups, and dominated Boston with five wins including picture, director David Fincher, star Jesse Eisenberg, writer Aaron Sorkin and music (full list of winners below). LAFCA also announces its winners Sunday: stay tuned for updates. Black Swan had a good weekend as it broadened at the box office and landed best actress from Boston for Natalie Portman.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • December 12, 2010 7:28 AM
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Weekend Box Office: Narnia Sequel Voyage of Dawn Treader, Jolie/Depp's Tourist Disappoint

Two big-budget studio confections, The The Voyage of the Dawn Treader (the third installment of The Chronicles of Narnia) and retro romantic thriller The Tourist, stumbled at the domestic box office. Both will look overseas to recoup their costs, reports Anthony D'Alessandro:
  • By Anthony D'Alessandro
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  • December 12, 2010 5:17 AM
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Weekly Wrap: Interviews with Arndt, Bardem, Giamatti, Hammer, Renner, Steen, Sturgess

Weekly Wrap: Interviews with Arndt, Bardem, Giamatti, Hammer, Renner, Steen, Sturgess
INTERVIEWS- Michael Arndt Digs Into Toy Story 3 and the Genius of the Pixar System.
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • December 10, 2010 9:23 AM
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The Tourist Reviews: "Retro," "Ludicrous Fairy Tale," Jolie "Sexy As Hell"

The Tourist is one of the oddest star vehicles to come out of the Hollywood dream factory in some time. It's determinedly retro, and as directed by The Lives of Others' Florian Henckel Von Donnersmarck--in a bid for big-studio acceptance--it's sincere in a way that few American directors would have managed. It's not hip at all. Von Donnersmarck is trying to make an old Hollywood fantasy surrounding two gorgeous movie stars. I can't imagine any men going to see this movie, which mainly offers romantic escape. The reviews are execrable: The Tomatometer is 17% rotten.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • December 10, 2010 7:18 AM
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Javier Bardem Talks Biutiful: "We Have to Reach People's Hearts, Not Their Pockets"

It's no surprise that the great Spanish actor Javier Bardem delivers yet another incendiary performance, under the director of Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu, in Biutiful, which won the best actor award in Cannes and finally opens stateside on December 29 for awards consideration. TOH's Sophia Savage interviewed Bardem on December 9.
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • December 10, 2010 4:43 AM
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Interview Watch: The Tourist's Material Beauty, Gosling and the New Hollywood Male Prototype

Interview Watch: The Tourist's Material Beauty, Gosling and the New Hollywood Male Prototype
Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck tells the NYTimes that "I live outside my comfort zone always," which helps to explain why the German director-writer chose to follow up best-foreign-language Oscar winner The Lives of Others with Sony's lavish guilty-pleasure film The Tourist starring high-wattage Angelina Jolie and Johnny Depp. Foreign directors rarely have successful crossovers into big-budget studio fare, admits Sony co-president Michael Barker, "other than Roman Polanski with Chinatown and Milos Forman with One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest."
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • December 9, 2010 5:04 AM
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Blue Valentine's NC-17 Rating Overturned by MPAA

Blue Valentine's NC-17 Rating Overturned by MPAA
Sometimes the right thing happens. Harvey Weinstein milked the controversy surrounding the NC-17 rating for Blue Valentine to bring attention to the movie. Director Derek Cianfrance had refused to trim an intimate sex scene with implied oral sex between Michelle Williams and Ryan Gosling from the realistic relationship drama. Finally Wednesday, after Weinstein led 40 minutes of appeals arguments and screened the film at the MPAA's Sherman Oaks offices, the MPAA appeals board overturned the rating.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • December 8, 2010 9:16 AM
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