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From 'Big' to 'Captain Phillips,' TOH! Ranks Tom Hanks' Ten Best Performances

One year removed from sprawling $100-million epic (and epic flop) "Cloud Atlas," which even the beloved movie icon couldn't save, Tom Hanks is enjoying the kind of year that defined his heyday in the 1990s.
  • By TOH!
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  • December 19, 2013 3:25 PM
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Steve Jobs: The Story of His Adoption, Search for His Biological Parents, Sister Mona Simpson

Steve Jobs: The Story of His Adoption, Search for His Biological Parents, Sister Mona Simpson
The person who invited me, back in my Premiere days, to have lunch with Steve Jobs, was press agent Harry Clein, who was doing some PR work for Pixar. He recounts what it was like to work for the demanding executive.Steve Jobs hired my firm to work with Pixar right after Toy Story became a big hit. Disney was taking all the credit for its success and he wanted people to know that Pixar had not just been the technical end of Toy Story but also the creative source.
  • By Harry Clein
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  • October 9, 2011 4:23 AM
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Sony to Stop Funding 3-D Glasses, Pixar's Unkrich to Blog As He Directs Unknown New Film

Just when 3-D seemed to be gaining respectability, Sony has notified theater owners that it will stop paying for RealD 3-D glasses starting in May of 2012.
  • By Maggie Lange
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  • September 28, 2011 5:09 AM
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Pixar Geek Out: New Films, Up House Built in Utah, Alternate Titles for Toy Story

After announcing two upcoming original projects—one envisioning a world with dinosaurs and one occurring entirely inside the human mind—Pixar’s creativity appears to be back on track, after sequels Toy Story 3, Cars 2 and the upcoming Planes and Monsters University.
  • By Maggie Lange
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  • August 24, 2011 8:20 AM
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BAFTA LA's Britannia Awards to Disney/Pixar's John Lasseter, Harry Potter's David Yates

This year's 20th annual British Academy of Film and TV LA Britannia Awards will go to Disney/Pixar's two-time Oscar-winner John Lasseter (Toy Story, Cars) and Harry Potter series director David Yates.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • June 28, 2011 4:34 AM
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Mark Your Ballots: Anne Thompson Predicts Oscar Winners

Mark Your Ballots: Anne Thompson Predicts Oscar Winners
The Oscar polls closed on Tuesday at 5 PM. No more campaigning, lobbying or pitches for attention will make a difference now. It's all in the hands of the PriceWaterhousecooper counters, and will be revealed Sunday. Meanwhile the rest of us want to win our respective Oscar pools. This year, I must warn you, is tough to call. As Kris Tapley and I discuss in our latest Oscar Talk, there are plenty of sure-calls, but also several impossible-to-predict categories: documentary and foreign film, which are voted on by small groups who must prove that they've seen all the films, and supporting actress. The shorts are always a bit of a crap shoot too. Warning: I'm going out on a limb in a few categories, so when in doubt, choose the perceived frontrunner.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • February 25, 2011 8:17 AM
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Oscar Nominations Led by King's Speech with 12; Winter's Bone Makes Top Ten, Bardem Lands Actor Nod

Oscar Nominations Led by King's Speech with 12; Winter's Bone Makes Top Ten, Bardem Lands Actor Nod
With the announcement of the Oscar nominations, momentum shifts toward The King's Speech, which led the fray with twelve nominations, including best picture, actor, supporting actor and actress, director and original screenplay. The Coen brothers western True Grit followed with ten nominations, including picture, actor, supporting actress, director and adapted screenplay. Producer Scott Rudin is grinning as he produced both True Grit and The Social Network, which earned eight nominations, including picture, actor, director, and original screenplay. Chris Nolan's Inception also earned eight, but while the writer-director landed a nomination for original screenplay (his second), he didn't get director, which is a sign that the film was not in the top five of the ten slots, and is unlikely to land best picture. Ben Affleck's The Town was shut out of contention except for Jeremy Renner, last year's discovery for The Hurt Locker, who nabbed his second nomination.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • January 25, 2011 2:04 AM
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Alliance of Women Film Journalists Awards Favor Kids Are All Right, Social Network

Alliance of Women Film Journalists Awards Favor Kids Are All Right, Social Network
The Kids Are All Right landed seven awards from The Alliance of Women Film Journalists, including best original screenplay, best ensemble and best actress (Annette Bening), while The Social Network scored four, including best film, director, adapted screenplay and score. Winter's Bone collected two prizes, including best woman director (Debra Granik) and best breakthrough performance (Jennifer Lawrence); Granik also won outstanding achievement for a woman in the film industry in 2010. Black Swan earned four nods.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • January 10, 2011 9:38 AM
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Year-End Box Office Wrap 2010: Winners and Losers Chart, Warners Leads Domestic Market Share

Year-End Box Office Wrap 2010: Winners and Losers Chart, Warners Leads Domestic Market Share
It was feast or famine at the 2010 domestic box office. The studios spent too much on too many uber-flops, but thanks to holdover Avatar and premium 3-D ticket prices, they enjoyed their second-best year at the domestic box office with $10.46 billion, off less than 2% from 2009’s all-time haul of $10.6 billion. The theatrical buoyancy of 3-D inflated the average stub from $7.46 in 2009 to $7.85 in the third quarter (per the National Association of Theater Owners). But the real trend is worrisome: higher ticket prices plus static turnstiles equals fewer butts in seats. Admissions fell 6% from 1.42 billion in 2009 to 1.33 billion last year. 
  • By Anne Thompson and Anthony D'Alessandro
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  • January 7, 2011 9:10 AM
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Writers Guild Excludes Key Scripts as Ineligible: King's Speech, Winter's Bone

Writers Guild Excludes Key Scripts as Ineligible: King's Speech, Winter's Bone
It happens every year. And the Writers Guild should not be concerned about the Oscar race (nor should film critics in their year-end voting). But in the end, when the WGA so often deems many of the year's best film scripts ineligible for their awards, it does seem like they're missing something.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • December 29, 2010 7:07 AM
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