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Oscar Watch Q & A: Diane Lane Talks Secretariat, Feminism, Daddy Directors

Oscar Watch Q & A: Diane Lane Talks Secretariat, Feminism, Daddy Directors
Diane Lane submitted to my Secretariat Q & A for SAG members Friday night. The 45-year-old actress, who launched her career opposite Laurence Olivier in A Little Romance at age 13, may be coming from behind right now in the Oscar race for best actress. But she's one of those popular folks that her peers grew up with; they know the history of her Playboy centerfold mother and acting coach father (John Cassavetes stole Gena Rowlands from him) and they like this uplifting feminist true story; and she's in the nominated-but-never-won club.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • November 23, 2010 11:39 AM
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LACMA Premieres John Woo's Complete Red Cliff

Finally. LACMA concludes its Hard Boiled Hong Kong series with the Los Angeles premiere of John Woo's full-length third-century wuxia epic Red Cliff in all its glory. The five-hour version has everything--costumes, history, drama, battles, horses, burning armadas, romance--and an ensemble of gorgeous movie stars led by Tony Leung. At $80 million, it's the most expensive movie ever made in China, and it nearly did in Woo and producer Terence Chang. Magnolia released a shortened two-and-a -half hour version in theaters stateside which did not fare as well as the full-length version did around the world. See the whole thing if you can.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • November 23, 2010 11:10 AM
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Oscar Watch: Social Network's Eisenberg Talks Zuckerberg, Guilt, Perfectionism and Fincher

Oscar Watch: Social Network's Eisenberg Talks Zuckerberg, Guilt, Perfectionism and Fincher
The Social Network star Jesse Eisenberg and I met for a bite at Hollywood's fabled Musso & Frank's Grill to dig into his lauded role as Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg. The youthful New Yorker has been juggling school, theater, TV and film since he was a kid; at 27 he's got quite a few juicy film roles under his belt, from The Squid and the Whale to Adventureland and Zombieland. 2011 could well mark his debut as an Oscar contender.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • November 23, 2010 4:04 AM
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Nic Cage Goes Batshit

Nic Cage has made a virtue of his eccentricities his entire career--although lately, having to pay for them has led him to say yes to more B-movies than he should.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • November 23, 2010 1:09 AM
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Clip Alert: Tangled, Disney's Last Animated Fairy Tale?

As Pixar's John Lasseter and Ed Catmull pull Disney Animation into the future, they've made one bold decision: no more fairy tales, at least for the time being.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • November 22, 2010 6:06 AM
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Oscar Watch Q &A: Tom Hooper Talks Long Road to King's Speech

Oscar Watch Q &A: Tom Hooper Talks Long Road to King's Speech
Fest fave The King's Speech, currently the front-runner at Gurus o' Gold, this Saturday blew the roof off its packed Academy screening. The crowd applauded director Tom Hooper, writer David Seidler, Colin Firth, Geoffrey Rush, Helena Bonham Carter, cinematography and score. It also nabbed the most effusive reaction so far over five years of showing films at Sneak Previews--the WGA crowd clapped Hooper down the aisle as he settled in for a Q and A. The movie debuted at Telluride (here's TOH's review) followed by audience-award-winning turns at fests in Toronto and the Hamptons. Will anything slow this film's Oscar momentum? (Well, some say it gets its history wrong.) The Weinsteins open the movie November 26--and it could reboot the company.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • November 22, 2010 2:21 AM
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Weekly Wrap: Chasen, Portman, Harris, Ford, Mulligan, DiCaprio, Crowe, Deathly Hallows, Remakes

Weekly Wrap:  Chasen, Portman, Harris, Ford, Mulligan, DiCaprio, Crowe, Deathly Hallows, Remakes
QUIZThis week we announced Winners and Answers: David Thomson’s Stump-the-Film-Buff 50 Movie Questions Quiz.
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • November 19, 2010 9:15 AM
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Oscar Watch: Ed Harris Talks Challenges of The Way Back

Oscar Watch: Ed Harris Talks Challenges of The Way Back
The Race thinks Ed Harris has a shot at a supporting actor Oscar for his role as the sole American Siberian Gulag escapee in The Way Back. So do I---as I told Kris Tapley in our recent Oscar Talk (I have now added Harris to my Oscar Predicts Chart).
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • November 18, 2010 2:45 AM
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Black Swan's Kunis Talks Celebrity; Portman Kicks Ass in a Thong in Your Highness Trailer

Black Swan's Kunis Talks Celebrity; Portman Kicks Ass in a Thong in Your Highness Trailer
Black Swan supporting actress Mila Kunis sits down with MCN's David Poland to discuss the film, working with Darren Aronofsky, and shares her views on what it means to be "a celebrity." After the jump, read Kunis's Hollywood weight-loss experience and check out her Black Swan kissing-co-star Natalie Portman in the new trailer for the medieval-fantasy-comedy Your Highness (set for April 2011 release), starring Danny McBride, Zooey Deschanel and James Franco. Who says Oscar contenders can't have a sense of humor? Or wear a thong...
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • November 18, 2010 12:00 AM
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Hardwicke Talks Red Riding Hood, Trailer Attached to Deathly Hallows

We spoke to director Catherine Hardwicke (Twilight) at the Black Swan AFI Fest after party, where she admitted that she's been sequestered in the editing room with her $42-million Gothic twist on Red Riding Hood, starring Amanda Seyfried as a "naughty" not so little woman with a red cape in medieval times who tangles with a werewolf, which Warners will open next March. Edward Cullen runner-up Shiloh Fernandez plays her love-interest, Gary Oldman is a priest, and Julie Christie is her grandmother.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • November 17, 2010 5:28 AM
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