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Things I Learned On the Awards Party Circuit

Things I Learned On the Awards Party Circuit
On Oscar night I started on the red carpet --taking pictures, grabbing video interviews and tweeting madly--and then repaired to the interview room to listen to the show and backstage Q and As (transcripts here). After the best picture winners for The King's Speech had wrapped up, I walked over to the Governor's Ball just as Nicole Kidman and husband Keith Urban were leaving, heading down the escalator; the trio of winning producers, Iain Canning, Emile Sherman and Gareth Unwin, posed for me with their Oscars.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • March 1, 2011 2:10 AM
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Trailer Watch: Winslet, Leo, Pearce and Wood in HBO's Mildred Pierce

Check out Kate Winslet, Evan Rachel Wood, Guy Pearce and Melissa Leo in the latest trailer for Todd Haynes' mini-series retelling of the 1945 Joan Crawford classic Mildred Pierce. The five-part HBO series premieres March 27. Here is Amy Dawes' interview with Winslet and Haynes.
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • February 9, 2011 4:36 AM
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Oscar Watch: Inception Sweeps Visual Effects Awards with Four Wins, Dragon Beats Toy Story 3

Oscar Watch: Inception Sweeps Visual Effects Awards with Four Wins, Dragon Beats Toy Story 3
It's no surprise that Chris Nolan's Inception swept the 9th Visual Effects Society Awards with four wins including Outstanding Visual Effects in a Visual Effects Driven Motion Picture. The epic visual extravaganza is also expected to score the VFX and other technical awards on Oscar night February 27.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • February 2, 2011 3:39 AM
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EXCLUSIVE: Kenner, Weiss Talk HBO Doc "When Strangers Click"

HBO doc When Strangers Click premieres Valentine's Day. Below, director Oscar nominee Robert Kenner (Food, Inc.) and producer Marc Weiss answer some questions about why they made this film about finding love and human connection online, as well as their process: What was the most surprising thing you learned during the making of When Stranger Click?
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • January 28, 2011 7:48 AM
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Sundance Video: James Marsh Talks HBO's Project Nim, Roadside Lands U.S. Theatrical Rights

Sundance Video: James Marsh Talks HBO's Project Nim, Roadside Lands U.S. Theatrical Rights
James Marsh is a happy man. Not only did his stylish, unsettling and provocative doc Project Nim, about a chimp raised by a series of human parents during the 70s, land a berth at Tiffany cabler HBO, which bought all rights before the festival, but it went on to play well at Sundance (the awards show is Saturday) and will be released theatrically by Roadside. Here are reviews from THR, Variety and indieWIRE.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • January 28, 2011 12:38 AM
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When Strangers Click: HBO's Doc on Online Dating Premieres Valentine's Day

HBO is premiering When Strangers Click--a documentary from Food Inc. Robert Kenner about the online search for human connection-- on (how fitting) Valentine's Day.
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • January 26, 2011 11:20 AM
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Golden Globes: Boardwalk Empire Wins Best TV Series Drama, Actor

Steve Buscemi won his first Golden Globe for his lead role as Nucky Thompson in HBO's Boardwalk Empire. "I love going to work every day," he says. Well-deserved. And the show also wins best TV Series Drama. It's the most elaborate and expensive series of the nominees. Much as I love it, I prefer Madmen.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • January 17, 2011 1:34 AM
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Golden Globes: Check in for Live Blog

Golden Globes: Check in for Live Blog
I'll be blogging the Golden Globes from the Fox viewing party, which means I'll be schlepping my laptop for the rest of the night. After that I'll cover the Relativity/Weinsteins, Warner/In-Style, HBO and NBC Universal fetes at the Beverly Hilton. Stay tuned.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • January 16, 2011 9:34 AM
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Lane and Gandolfini Talk HBO's Cinema Verite, About An American Family's the Louds

At the Television Critics press tour in Pasadena, HBO screened footage from Cinema Verite, a new look at reality TV pioneers the Loud family, reports Amy Dawes:First-look footage from HBO’s Cinema Verite unveiled Friday in L.A. at the television press tour played as a punchy, potent and emotionally explosive look at what went on behind the scenes during the creation of a landmark television experience.
  • By Amy Dawes
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  • January 9, 2011 1:41 AM
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Haynes and Winslet Talk Revisionist HBO Mildred Pierce

Haynes and Winslet Talk Revisionist HBO Mildred Pierce
Indie filmmaker Todd Haynes (Far from Heaven) talked to television critics about his first foray into television on HBO's Mildred Pierce Friday at the press tour in Pasadena. TOH contributor Amy Dawes reports: The revisionist spirit that shaped classic 1970s American films like Chinatown and The Godfather was a guiding source of inspiration for Todd Haynes in adapting James L. Cain’s 1941 novel Mildred Pierce.
  • By Amy Dawes
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  • January 8, 2011 9:02 AM
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