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Trailer Debut: Rampart

The trailer for Oren Moverman’s Rampart has debuted online and shows Woody Harrelson as “the most corrupt cop you’ve ever seen on screen”. Of course, these words appear within the trailer in case you couldn’t pick up on this fact after Harrelson’s character, Dave Brown, can be seen in montage style doing things only the […]

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Billy Crystal will host the Oscars

Our long international nightmare is over. Billy Crystal has been named by the Academy as the host of their 2012 Oscar telecast following Eddie Murphy’s departure earlier this week. Crystal revealed his desire to return to the big stage back in August, but then-producer Brett Ratner decided to go with Murphy instead. When Ratner stood […]

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Eddie Murphy quits Oscar gig; Grazer brought in to replace Ratner

Eddie Murphy‘s stint as Oscar host is over before it even began. The actor has officially pulled out of the high-profile gig following the exit of producer Brett Ratner yesterday. Ratner stepped down after a series of controversial remarks landed him and the Academy in hot water. Wasting no time in replacing Ratner, Academy President […]

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Brett Ratner resigns as Oscar producer following controversial remarks

Brett Ratner will produce the Oscar telecast no more. The Rush Hour director submitted his resignation to Academy President Tom Sherak following a series of controversial remarks regarding his sexual proclivities and a declaration that “rehearsal’s for fags”. While promoting his new film Tower Heist, Ratner went on a tour of self-destruction, boasting of bedding […]

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Andy Serkis recruited for Apes sequel

Andy Serkis has signed on to reprise the role of Caesar, the super-intelligent and rebellion-loving chimpanzee, in Rupert Wyatt’s sequel to Rise of the Planet of the Apes. According to Deadline, Serkis has secured a seven-figure deal to appear in the flick. He had originally only signed on for one film, so he was able […]

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Beverly Hills Cop: The TV Show?

Eddie Murphy wants Beverly Hills Cop to join the likes of Zombieland, The Kids Are All Right, Source Code, The Blues Brothers and Napoleon Dynamite, and get its own TV show. Speaking to Rolling Stone, the future Oscar host revealed that he has no interest in making a fourth Beverly Hills Cop movie, but is interested […]

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Trailer Debut: My Week With Marilyn

See the first moving images of Michelle Williams as screen starlet Marilyn Monroe in the newly released trailer for My Week With Marilyn. The Simon Curtis film is based on Colin Clark’s memoirs The Prince, the Showgirl, and Me: Six Months on Set with Marilyn and Olivier. Clark was employed by Sir Laurence Olivier on the British set […]

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Steve Martin offers Oscar host Eddie Murphy unsolicited advice

Earlier this month Eddie Murphy was announced as host of the 84th Academy Awards ceremony. Former Oscar MC Steve Martin has penned a letter of advice to cool the nerves of his Bowfinger co-star. Of course, he opens with a dig at friend/nemesis Alec Baldwin. Check out the full letter below (courtesy of Martin’s official website)! […]

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Eddie Murphy will host the 84th Academy Awards

From your lips to God’s ears. Yesterday we discussed the possibility of Eddie Murphy hosting the 84th Academy Awards ceremony after he’d engaged in preliminary talks with producer Brett Ratner. The Academy has today announced that Murphy is indeed locked into the gig. In the official press release – printed in full by Deadline here […]

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Could Eddie Murphy host the Oscars?

Maybe! According to Deadline, Eddie Murphy has been talking with Oscar producers about MC’ing the 84th Academy Awards. Producer of next year’s ceremony, Brett Ratner, reportedly has his heart set on Murphy and Murphy alone. The one-time Oscar nominee (who is thought to have lost his bid in 2006 because of the poorly-timed release of […]

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Billy Crystal eager to host the Oscars “one or two more times”

It would be something of an understatement to say Anne Hathaway and James Franco‘s hosting stint at the 83rd Academy Awards ceremony was a disappointment. One of the show’s few highlights included beloved former MC Billy Crystal* jumping on stage for just a few moments. Apparently that short appearance has reignited Crystal’s desire to host […]

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The King’s Speech to conquer Broadway

The Oscar-winning, Colin-Firth-starring, trophy-film-for-speech-impediments The King’s Speech is heading to Broadway. Showbiz 411 has confirmed the film’s screenwriter David Seidler (who picked up an Academy Award for his troubles) will bring the story of King George VI of Britain and his now famous speech therapist, Lionel Logue (played by Geoffrey Rush in the film), to […]

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R.I.P. Peter Falk

Academy Award nominee and five-time Emmy winner Peter Falk has died after suffering from dementia and Alzheimer’s disease. He was 83 years old. A family spokesperson revealed that Falk passed away at his Beverly Hills home on Thursday evening. Although the cause of death was not released, Falk had been suffering from dementia and Alzheimer’s […]

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Warren Beatty preps new film for Paramount

Warren Beatty has written, produced and directed fewer films in his entire career than Steven Soderbergh has in the past three years. The connection? As Soderbergh prepares to retire, Beatty is getting ready to stage a comeback. According to Deadline, Beatty is setting up a new comedy at Paramount. Details are scarce, but Beatty has committed […]

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Academy shakes up Best Picture race

It’s been two years since the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences shook up the Oscar race by increasing the number of Best Picture nominees from five to ten. Now comes a new development that will make awards’ season even more confounding. The Academy issued a press release stating that the number of Best […]

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So, how many Oscars will Fast and Furious Five win?

The L.A. Times has gone long on the increasing popularity of the Fast and Furious franchise, interviewing all the major players about the series’ cultural and social significance (don’t scoff … yet). The piece actually does offer some interesting insights into the success of the saga – the most recent instalment of which has broken […]

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Predict yourself before you wreck yourself: Our 83rd Academy Award tips.

Well, it’s been one hell of a ride, but the twelve-month-long self-congratulatory ceremony that is the Oscar campaign is almost over. The winners of the 83rd Academy Awards will be revealed Sunday night in Los Angeles (Monday morning in Australia), at a ceremony hosted by James Franco and Anne Hathaway. But no need to shed […]

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Interview: David O. Russell; director of The Fighter.

Interview: David O. Russell; director of The Fighter. By Simon Miraudo. David O. Russell emerged in the 1990s as one of the most exciting young filmmakers of his generation. He spent a decade refining his craft – culminating in the masterpiece Three Kings – and then found himself in ‘director jail’ for much of the […]

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Family affair – Dogtooth review

Dogtooth – Starring Aggeliki Papoulia, Mary Tsoni and Christos Stergioglou. Directed by Yorgos Lanthimos. Rated R. By Simon Miraudo. Understanding Dogtooth requires an understanding of the craziest, cruelest, most debauched experiments ever undertaken in human history. It tells the story of a deranged married couple who keep their three adult children confined within their isolated […]

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>The King’s Speech dominates SAG awards

>The King’s Speech is on track to take home the big awards at this month’s Oscar ceremony following its coronation at the Screen Actors Guild Awards. The film picked up Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture and star Colin Firth nabbed Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Leading Role. Along […]

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>The King’s Speech awarded by DGA

>Holster those scissors, Harvey! You may not need to censor The King’s Speech to ensure its Oscar victory. The Directors Guild of America have awarded TKS director Tom Hooper their top prize. In the past decade, eight of the ten winners of the DGA award have gone on to claim Best Director at the Oscars. […]

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>2011 Academy Award nominations revealed!

>The nominations for the 83rd Academy Awards were announced in L.A. this morning by Academy president Tom Sherak and Oscar-winner Mo’Nique. The King’s Speech dominated the field with 12 nominations, followed closely by True Grit (10 nods), The Social Network (8 nods) and Inception (8 nods). Many pundits consider this to be a two-horse race, […]

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>Last Airbender, Eclipse dominate Razzie nominations

>Ah, the Golden Raspberry Awards. In this climate of near-constant award ceremonies and deafening self-congratulation in Hollywood, it’s nice to know that there is a body out there keeping an eye on the losers. The nominations for the 31st Razzies – recognising the worst in the past 12 months of cinema – have been unveiled, […]

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>Dogtooth makes Oscar Foreign Film shortlist; Uncle Boonmee snubbed

>There is less than a week to go before the nominees for the 83rd Academy Awards are revealed, so it hardly seems worthwhile reporting this, but… The Academy have narrowed down their 65-picture long list of contenders for the Best Foreign Language Film to a tight nine, before it is refined to a further five […]

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>Time lord James Franco to bring two classic novels to the big screen

>Actor, writer, director, producer, student, soap-opera-star, soon to be Academy Awards co-host, and all around stud muffin James Franco has his sights set on directing two literary adaptations in the near future. According to Showbiz 411, talks are already under way for Franco to write and direct an adaptation of William Faulkner’s 1930 classic novel […]

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>WGA, PGA reveal 2011 nominees

>The Writers Guild of America and the Producers Guild of America have revealed the 2011 nominations for their annual awards. First up, the PGA, which recognises a film’s producer or producers. The winner of the Best Picture prize at the PGA has only repeated the feat at the Oscar ceremony five times in the past […]

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>Online Film Critics Society names The Social Network ‘Best Picture’

>The Online Film Critics Society – comprised of some of the finest film writers on the internet and, somewhat incongruously, myself – have revealed the winners of their 2010 awards poll. David Fincher’s ‘Facebook movie’ The Social Network picked up Best Picture, Best Director and Best Adapted Screenplay (Aaron Sorkin). It continues the film’s guild […]

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>James Franco and Anne Hathaway to co-host Oscars

>The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has selected the hosts of the 83rd Academy Awards. And believe it or not, it’s an even sexier coupling than the MCs of the 82nd ceremony! Former Oscar nominee Anne Hathaway and (let’s face it) future Oscar nominee James Franco will team up to host the 2011 […]

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The Animal Kingdom Oscar campaign begins

As anyone who follows the Oscar race already knows, there is no such thing as a “starting date” for proceedings. Films are in perpetual flux of Academy Award competition. That being said, the yearly flood of For Your Consideration ads started early this year, with DreamWorks bursting through the gates at the beginning of September; […]

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Listen to Trent Reznor’s score for The Social Network

We were very excited to learn that Trent Reznor of Nine Inch Nails would score David Fincher‘s upcoming Facebook-film The Social Network. Now, five tracks from the soundtrack have made their way online, and we can confirm that our excitement was indeed justified. Reznor will self-release the score (co-written and performed by Atticus Ross) on […]

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