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Shahrukh Khan Hits America, Berlin, Meets Leo DiCaprio

Shahrukh Khan is everywhere these days. He gave an interview for NPR on his recent swing through America to promote his latest, My Name is Khan, which Fox Searchlight opened strongly this weekend as it debuted in Berlin. The big question is whether this Bollywood superstar will ever make the move to star in a Hollywood movie. While the studios are chasing him, like fellow star Aamir Khan, he's got it pretty good back home, where Bollywood's insular filmmaking community is a family affair.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • February 14, 2010 9:24 AM
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Oscar Phase Two: Bullock vs. Streep, Renner vs. Bridges, Cameron vs. Bigelow

Oscar Phase Two: Bullock vs. Streep, Renner vs. Bridges, Cameron vs. Bigelow
Nothing is certain until it's over. And that's especially true for the Oscar race.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • February 9, 2010 11:16 AM
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Clip Watch: (500) Days of Summer

(500) Days of Summer's Joseph Gordon-Levitt (almost) dances up a storm in this music clip:
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • December 21, 2009 10:31 AM
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Oscar Watch: No Costume Nom Possible for Fantastic Mr. Fox

Oscar Watch: No Costume Nom Possible for Fantastic Mr. Fox
For those who harbored hopes that Wes Anderson's animated feature Fantastic Mr. Fox might be eligible for a costume prize, it isn't. My pal Jane in the Academy would happily vote for it--even if it was shot in stop-motion. But when we looked up the credits, we saw no designer. I checked with Fox Searchlight, and they confirm that there's no official costume designer for the film.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • December 17, 2009 10:04 AM
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Oscar Talk Episode Thirteen: Avatar, Lovely Bones, Crazy Heart, Parties

Oscar  Talk Episode Thirteen: Avatar, Lovely Bones, Crazy Heart, Parties
Kris Tapley and I discuss the week's frenetic doings: National Board of Review, parties for The Hurt Locker, Crazy Heart and The Lovely Bones, and the upcoming sci-fi monster Avatar.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • December 6, 2009 12:30 AM
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Precious, Last Station Score Five Indie Spirit Noms

Precious, Last Station Score Five Indie Spirit Noms
It was amusing watching announcers Matt Dillon and Taraji Henson maul the global Independent Spirit Awards nominees live on UStream Tuesday morning: they couldn't wrap their tongues around many of the names. Precious: Based on the Novel 'Push' by Sapphire and The Last Station dominated with five nominations apiece. Best feature and best actor nominee 500 Days of Summer and best director James Gray (Two Lovers) were other big surprises. The announcement of Paramount's breakout thriller Paranormal Activity for best first feature (made for $15,000), brought gasps in the room. Excellent move: that film defines an indie breakout.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • December 1, 2009 4:08 AM
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Oscar Talk Episode Nine: Oscar Hosts, Jeff Bridges, Animation

Oscar Talk Episode Nine: Oscar Hosts, Jeff Bridges, Animation
As the Oscar race starts to come into focus, Kris Tapley of In Contention and I continue our weekly Oscar Talk. This week we both approve of Oscar co-hosts Steve Martin and Alec Baldwin, agree that Jeff Bridges has a shot at winning an Oscar at last, and with the animation list long enough for five entries, we debate what they will be.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • November 7, 2009 11:06 AM
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Oscar Watch: Crazy Heart's Bridges Joins Actors Fray

Oscar Watch: Crazy Heart's Bridges Joins Actors Fray
Back in July, Fox Searchlight paid low seven figures for worldwide rights to Crazy Heart, a movie the distrib felt needed a little work in the editing room. (Here's my announcement story.) It was one of the first buys by new co-presidents Nancy Utley and Steve Gilula after Peter Rice left to run Fox TV.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • November 4, 2009 10:14 AM
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Amelia: When Biopics Go Bad

Amelia: When Biopics Go Bad
What went wrong with Amelia?
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • October 23, 2009 4:11 AM
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Trailer Watch: Will Amelia Biopic Play?

Trailer Watch: Will Amelia Biopic Play?
I'll be showing Mira Nair's Amelia at Sneak Previews this week. I've seen the biopic of the vanished aviatrix Amelia Earhart, which stars Oscar magnet Hilary Swank and Richard Gere, and look forward to grilling the screenwriters, Ron Bass (Rain Man) and Anna Hamilton Phelan (Gorillas in the Mist). The question at hand: how do you tackle a movie biography these days, when authenticity is at such a premium?
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • October 17, 2009 6:33 AM
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