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Jeff Bridges Duets with Cookie Monster on SNL, Raises Star Profile

Jeff Bridges hosted Saturday Night Live (video below), yet another example that his public profile, post-Crazy Heart Oscar and with new releases TRON: Legacy and True Grit, is higher than it's ever been. (He's also been ardently pursuing a music career.) Remember, Bridges is infamous, Star Man and The Big Lebowski excepted, for being a beloved character actor who has never been a movie star. He never put butts in seats. But maybe that has changed. The box office performance of the Coens' True Grit (trailer below) will be a test of that--as will nabbing another Oscar nomination.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • December 20, 2010 9:20 AM
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The Fighter's Dicky Eklund HBO Backstory

The Fighter is based on real characters from Lowell, Massachusetts, and the HBO doc on Dicky Eklund (played by Christan Bale), is up on Snagfilms.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • December 20, 2010 8:11 AM
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More: Genres, Video, TV, Drama, HBO

Weekly Wrap: Awards Season Heats Up, Mirren Speaks, The Breathtaking Tree of Life, Miramax Sequels

AWARDS
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • December 17, 2010 10:11 AM
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2010: At the Movies

The year-end movies of 2010 mash-ups are upon us. I like this one by Zack Young:
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • December 17, 2010 9:21 AM
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Trailer Watch: The Tree of Life

For those of you who missed the trailer in theaters (in front of Black Swan) and on Apple Trailers, here is Terrence Malick's The Tree of Life trailer in all its glory. (And here is our gallery of ten stills.) I can safely predict that given Fox Searchlight's May 27 release date and the eagerness with which Thierry Fremaux pursued the movie last year, The Tree of Life will be in Cannes. And another likely Cannes entrant will be Sony's Restless, directed by fest fave Gus Van Sant, which will likely wind up at Sony Pictures Classics.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • December 16, 2010 11:02 AM
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Paul Greengrass Talks Bourne, Green Zone, Short Movie Day 8

Brit actor David Morrissey interviews director Paul Greengrass (Bourne films and Green Zone) in this short movie for Dunhill’s Day 8:
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • December 16, 2010 5:18 AM
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EXCLUSIVE: First Athena Film Festival Line-Up: Miss Representation, Desert Flower, Mo

EXCLUSIVE: First Athena Film Festival Line-Up: Miss Representation, Desert Flower, Mo
The Athena Film Festival has lined up its first program of narrative and documentary films, which will unspool February 10 to 13, 2011 on the Barnard Campus in New York City.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • December 15, 2010 8:29 AM
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2010 Mash-Up, from Easy A to Social Network

270 films went into this video mash-up survey of the films of 2010.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • December 14, 2010 10:01 AM
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More: Video

John Wells Talks Company Men, Downsizing Economy and Hollywood Dramas

John Wells makes his directorial debut with Company Men, a smart, angry, sad movie about the state of things in recession-era America that is based on first-hand research. Wells, a veteran of such TV series as E.R. and The West Wing, developed this for years and wrote compelling characters we want to spend time with. He raised overseas financing with stars Ben Affleck, Tommy Lee Jones and Chris Cooper, all strong as three men laid off from their shipping company. Kevin Costner is terrific as the brother of Affleck's wife Rosemary DeWitt (left off the poster, boo), who is the best thing in this straight-on, no frills, naturalistic character drama.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • December 14, 2010 9:15 AM
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Taymor Talks Shakespeare's "Tempest," Stars Mirren as Prospera: "It's more powerful with a woman"

While director Julie Taymor has been getting a lot of ink about her $60-million musical Spider-Man, Turn Off the Dark, which is finally opening on Broadway with Bono and Edge's music, less attention is being paid to her Shakespeare movie The Tempest, which opens Friday. Alas, this defiant art film is getting lost in the year-end deluge as Ron Tudor's deal to buy Disney's Miramax specialty label finally closes, and Disney pays more heed to the fate of bigger-budget entries such as Tangled and Tron: Legacy. "It needs to get seen," Taymor says of the $20-million period drama in iambic pentameter. "You don't have to get every word."
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • December 10, 2010 11:30 AM
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