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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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Oscars 2011: Winners Talk: Portman & Firth, Bale & Leo, Sorkin & Seidler, Inception, TSN (UPDATED)

Best Actress: Natalie Portman, Black Swan
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • February 28, 2011 2:35 AM
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Casting Coup: Maria Bello Lands Helen Mirren Role in NBC's Prime Suspect Remake

After a rigorous search for the right actress to play the lead detective originated by Helen Mirren in NBC's remake of the hit Brit series, Prime Suspect, Universal Media Studios and the team behind Friday Night Lights has hired veteran dramatic actress Maria Bello (The Cooler, A History of Violence, The Company Men), reports Variety. Bello is great casting: a smart, versatile, athletic actress, she has the authority to pull this off. This is a juicy sought-after role.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • February 17, 2011 12:22 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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Super Bowl Movie Ads Go Viral Early On Web: Watch Videos UPDATED

Super Bowl Movie Ads Go Viral Early On Web: Watch Videos UPDATED
@JonFavreau knows what he is doing: he posted Universal's Cowboys & Aliens (July 29) Super Bowl XLV spot hours ahead of time on Twitter (and YouTube) in advance of the Super Bowl (below). Now you can see Harrison Ford and Daniel Craig fighting the aliens--they're like fighter planes. Paramount went all-out on five movie spots (which Fox sells at about $3 million for 30 seconds, or $100,000 a second): they're showing Marvel's Captain America and Thor, plus J.J. Abrams' Super 8 and the third Transformers, Dark of the Moon, as well as Rango (March 4) which reunites Pirate's Gore Verbinski and Johnny Depp.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • February 6, 2011 7:55 AM
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Legends: Nicholson's Wisdom, Marley's Reggae Life, TV vs. Film for Femme Superheroes

- Jack Nicholson sat down with The Daily Mail's Louise Gannon, who calls him, at 73, "a man who remains implacably resistant to rules." He mostly talked about aging and women: "If men are honest, everything they do and everywhere they go is for a chance to see women. There were points in my life where I felt oddly irresistible to women. I’m not in that state now and that makes me sad."
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • February 3, 2011 8:46 AM
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Oscar Ballots Mailed, Tom Sherak Talks: Online Ballots, Franco and Hathaway, Top Ten, Date Move

Oscar Ballots Mailed, Tom Sherak Talks: Online Ballots, Franco and Hathaway, Top Ten, Date Move
The Academy mailed final ballots for the 83rd Awards on February 2 to 5,755 voting members. The completed ballots are due at 5 PM February 22. Most members--whether in London, New York or Borneo--will anxiously mail their ballots or, if they are in Los Angeles, walk them into PricewaterhouseCooper's offices. After tabulating the votes, PricewaterhouseCoopers will place winners’ names in the sealed envelopes that are opened on the Oscar show February 27.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • February 3, 2011 6:48 AM
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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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Sundance Video: Alex Gibney Talks Ken Kesey and Neal Cassady on Magic Trip

With Magic Trip, Oscar-winning documentarian Alex Gibney (Taxi to the Dark Side) and his longtime editor Alison Ellwood have cut together a rich piece of 60s history using archive video and audio of the iconic literary figures on the famous cross-country Magic Bus trip recounted by Tom Wolfe in The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test. Gibney talks (our video interview is below) about how Ken Kesey created the original footage that he uses in Magic Trip. "It's archival cinema verite," Gibney says. "I wanted more of an immersion experience... it's like the origin story of the 60s."
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • February 1, 2011 7:20 AM
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Eisenberg & Zuckerberg & Samberg Face Off on SNL; Eisenberg Talks Oscars, Confidence, Ladies

Watch Jesse Eisenberg explain his female expertise and "freight-train of confidence" on SNL while Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg calls the movie that got him on the cover of Time, The Social Network, "interesting."
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • January 31, 2011 4:13 AM
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