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Paul Giamatti Talks Barney's Version, Win Win, Too Big to Fail, Hangover II and Gibson

Paul Giamatti Talks Barney's Version, Win Win, Too Big to Fail, Hangover II and Gibson
Paul Giamatti is one of those actors who has enough of a global following, thanks to Sideways and HBO mini-series John Adams, to help get certain movies made. Barney's Version is one of them. You can see why he'd want to dive into the best Mordecai Richler character since Duddy Kravitz. The movie is worth seeing for how the actors run with their roles--from doting Dad Dustin Hoffman to Jewish princess Minnie Driver, hippie girlfriend Rachelle Lefevre and dream wife Rosamund Pike. Sony Pictures Classics is giving the film a qualifying run this week in New York and L.A. before a January 11 release.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • December 7, 2010 2:00 AM
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Sex Rating Watch: Blue Valentine vs. Black Swan vs. Love & Other Drugs

- Directors of two potential Oscar nominees are attacking the MPAA's rating system. Derek Cianfrance (Blue Valentine) and Darren Aronofsky (Black Swan) state their cases in the LAT against the questionable standards that land a film with a NC-17 rating (whichBlue Valentine and the Weinstein Co. are currently fighting.
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • December 6, 2010 5:26 AM
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Weekend Box Office: Families Flock to Holdovers Tangled and Harry Potter, Black Swan Soars

Holdovers held sway at the tepid post-Thanksgiving box office, as families continued to flock to Tangled and Harry Potter and the Deathy Hallows--Part I. Martial arts flick The Warriors Way stumbled out of the gate, while fest-fave Black Swan soared in limited release, reports Anthony D'Alessandro:After feasting away at a smorgasbord of offerings over the Thanksgiving five-day stretch, moviegoers decided to take a nap this weekend.  Even though the post-holiday frame is notorious for being of one of the lowest weekends of the year as audiences return to their routines, family box office champs generally dominate. Sure enough, Disney’s Tangled and Warner Bros.’ Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part I held the top two spots with $21.5 million and $16.7 million respectively. Battling for third place were Cher musical Burlesque and runaway train actioner Unstoppable at $6.1 million apiece.
  • By Anthony D'Alessandro
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  • December 5, 2010 5:48 AM
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TRON: Legacy Early Reviews: "Visually Stunning," "Flimsy," "Sloppy," "Immersive"

TRON: Legacy Early Reviews: "Visually Stunning," "Flimsy," "Sloppy," "Immersive"
Well, someone let the cat out of the bag on Disney's Tron: Legacy sequel: reviews weren't supposed to to go live until after the London premiere (the Livestream December 5 is here). A sampling of reviews is below. Some like it, some don't.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • December 4, 2010 2:21 AM
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Weekly Wrap: Award Circuit Winners and Nominees, Interviews, Actors and More

Weekly Wrap: Award Circuit Winners and Nominees, Interviews, Actors and More
AWARDS
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • December 4, 2010 12:21 AM
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Star Watch: Pitt, Penn in Tree of Life Trailer, Winslet on Mendes' Bond, Depp On Jolie and Paradis

- Stay calm, Terrence Malick fans. The LAT says there's truth to the hype. They provide a sneak peak at the film's trailer (which Fox Searchlight is attaching to Black Swan Friday) and debuted several stills. The trailer suggests a "mystical, rich and satisfying film…a big-canvas movie in the best sense, one with both cosmic significance and intimate drama," writes Steven Zeitchik. The shots in the trailer include "visual poetry --  shots of vast landscapes and religious half-light and spinning planets," and declares a resulting "sense of excitement about what Malick has just shown you and a sense of curiosity about what lies behind it."
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • December 3, 2010 7:47 AM
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Lesley Manville Talks Another Year, Mike Leigh

Lesley Manville Talks Another Year, Mike Leigh
Of all the descriptions I've heard from various folks about the famed Mike Leigh process--whereby the writer-director starts at zero with a troupe of actors and winds up after a lengthy workshop period with a solid character-driven screenplay--long-term Leigh veteran Lesley Manville (All or Nothing, Topsy-Turvy) does it best. The actress is celebrating her first win, from the National Board of Review, for the role of a boozy sad-sack in Leigh's latest, Another Year. More may follow: the Academy voters have rewarded Leigh and his actors many times in the past.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • December 3, 2010 7:24 AM
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Michelle Williams Talks Blue Valentine, Meek's Cutoff, Playing Marilyn Monroe, Female Directors

Michelle Williams Talks Blue Valentine, Meek's Cutoff, Playing Marilyn Monroe, Female Directors
Michelle Williams has a lot going on. Not only is the actress enjoying her Indie Spirit nomination for Sundance/Cannes/Toronto fave Blue Valentine (while decrying her co-star's Ryan Gosling's omission), but she's fearlessly stepping up to playing icon Marilyn Monroe in the upcoming My Week with Marilyn. She's enjoying working with two women directors, Kelly Reichardt (Wendy and Me Lucy, Meek's Cutoff, which goes from Venice and Toronto to Sundance) and Sarah Polley (the upcoming Take This Waltz). UPDATE: Blue Valentine's NC-17 rating has been overturned and the American Cinematheque is honoring Williams with a tribute on December 11 at Los Angeles's Aero Theater, to include clips of her films, a discussion with moderator Timothy Blake and a screening of Blue Valentine.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • December 3, 2010 4:42 AM
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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

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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