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Inside The Interview Room At The Oscar Nominees Luncheon

2/8/2011 11:00am EST
Jeff Bridges
Yesterday, I had the opportunity to sit with approximately fifty other journalists to interview the 83rd Annual Academy Award nominees at the annual Nominees Luncheon at the Beverly Hilton. It is a terrific opportunity for all of the honorees to celebrate their accomplishments in film for 2010 without the pressures of the red carpet, a global audience, and the fact that only one person will go home with that coveted Oscar statuette. The luncheon is a very private and supportive event where nominees individually receive a certificate honoring their nomination. The interview room is pretty...
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Happy 30th Birthday, Justin Timberlake!

1/31/2011 10:00am EST
Justin Timberlake
Pop superstar Justin Timberlake reaches a milestone age today as he turns 30 years old.

The "SexyBack" hitmaker has been winning over fans across the globe since shooting to fame as a member of 'N Sync in the mid-1990s.

He's become a household name around the world - and it's no wonder, having gone on to carve out a successful career as a solo singer, dancer, actor and entrepreneur following the boyband's split in 2002.

Timberlake hit the big screen in 2010 with his most high-profile acting role to date - portraying Napster founder Sean Parker in the Oscar-nominated "The Social Network,"...
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VIDEO: Jesse Eisenberg and Mark Zuckerberg Finally Meet on Saturday Night Live

1/31/2011 9:21am EST
Mark Zuckerberg, Jesse Eisenberg | Photo Credits: Dana Edelson/N
Days after receiving his first Oscar nomination for his performance as Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg in The Social Network, Jesse Eisenberg finally met the man behind status updates and poking on Saturday Night Live.

During the opening monologue, Eisenberg was interrupted by Andy Samberg's impression of Zuckerberg and the two compared tips on how to play the part. "I speak in short-clipped sentences and keep my head very still," Eisenberg said. Samberg said: "I wear this sweatshirt and then I say, 'I'm Mark Zuckerberg.'"

The real Zuckerberg soon crashed the party ("awk-berg" as Samberg...
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Anne Hathaway's Belly-Baring Ensemble - Fun Or Frumpy?

1/29/2011 10:30am EST
Anne Hathaway
Anne Hathaway attended 20th Century Fox Studio's "Rio" Sneak "Beak" screening in Los Angeles yesterday wearing an interesting ensemble - a black and brown striped sweater and white polka dotted black pants. What do you think of her look?

In the film, a misfit macaw named Blu (Jesse Eisenberg) takes flight from his Minnesota home and soars south on a quest to explore Rio de Janeiro in this animated adventure for the entire family.

Along the way, he meets the last female blue macaw (Hathaway), and discovers what an amazing adventure life can truly be.

Anne has landed the coveted role o...
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Inside Look At Today's Oscar Announcements!

1/25/2011 2:37pm EST
83rd Annual Academy Awards Nominations
I was lucky enough to be inside the Samuel Goldwyn Theatre this morning while the 83rd Annual Academy Award Nominations were announced. Here is a timeline and some insider information on how the morning played out:

2 AM : Time to wake up and get ready for the announcements. Since the nominations are coordinated with morning shows on the East Coast, I knew I would have to try and get some sleep before I had to be up in the middle of the night. My bed time? 5:37 PM. Just enough beauty sleep for this 2 AM wake up call.

3:30 AM: My official call time over at the Academy's headquarters i...
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Oscar Nominations 2011: Complete List Of Academy Award Nominees

1/25/2011 9:34am EST
2011 Oscar Nominations
The Oscar nominations are in! The King's Speech dominated with 12 nominations, including Best Film, Best Director, Best Screenplay, Best Actor for Colin Firth, and Best Supporting Actress for Helena Bonham Carter. "True Grit" wasn't far behind with 10 nominations.

Also nominated for best picture were "Black Swan," "The Fighter," "Inception," "The Kids Are All Right," "127 Hours," "The Social Network," "Toy Story 3," "True Grit" and "Winter's Bone."

The 83rd Annual Academy Awards will be held on February 27, 2011. Check out all the nominees below:

Actor in a Leading Role

* Javier Barde...
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'The King's Speech' Gets Massive 14 Nominations For BAFTA Awards

1/18/2011 9:51am EST
The Kings Speech
Critically-acclaimed "The King's Speech" is set to dominate the British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) Awards next month, after scoring a massive 14 nominations.

The Tom Hooper movie, about stammering British monarch King George VI, has picked up nods in the Best Film and Best Director categories, while Colin Firth is tipped for Best Actor and his co-star Helena Bonham Carter will compete for the Best Supporting Actress prize.

The picture is facing a challenge from Darren Aronofsky's Black Swan, which has picked up 12 nominations, including nods for its star Natalie Portman, ...
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'The Social Network' Tops Golden Globes (Full List Of Winners)

1/16/2011 11:56pm EST
The Social Network
The Social Network has virtually locked in its Best Film Oscar after landing four big awards at the Golden Globes on Sunday night.

Just two days after picking up the main prize at the Critics Choice Awards, the film won top honors at the Globes, while there were also accolades for David Fincher (Best Director), Aaron Sorkin (Best Screenplay) and Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross (Best Score).

The night's big loser was The King's Speech, which led all nominations with seven, but went home with only one - a Best Actor gong for Oscars favorite Colin Firth.

The ceremony's highlight came when Mic...
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First Look: Rooney Mara As Lisbeth Salander In 'The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo'

1/13/2011 7:59pm EST
Rooney Mara as Lisbeth Salander
In W Magazine's inaugural February "Movie Issue", Editor at Large Lynn Hirschberg goes on set in Stockholm with Rooney Mara and David Fincher, star and director of this year's highly anticipated The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo.

The actress plays Lisbeth Salander, the title character in late author Stieg Larsson's book of the same name, the first of three in his Millennium Trilogy. The novels have sold more than 50 million copies worldwide.

Salander is described in the book as an androgynous computer hacker with a large dragon tattoo and multiple piercings. In fact, it's been reported that...
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37 Hottest Male Stars Of 2010

12/30/2010 8:00am EST
Hottest Male Stars
Yesterday we celebrated the 37 Hottest Female Stars Of 2010, and today it's the men's turn. There were tons of sexy actors, musicians and stars on our radar this year. Check 'em all out below!

Leonardo DiCaprio rocked the big screen with "Inception" and "Shutter Island." He also survived an emergency landing at JFK airport in New York City when the plane he was in experienced an engine failure. That didn't stop him from continuing on to Russia for a tiger conservation event hours after getting caught in the mid-air plane scare.

Johnny Depp

Robert Pattinson

Robert Downey Jr.

U...
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'The King's Speech' Leads 2011 SAG Award Nominations

12/16/2010 10:49am EST
The Kings Speech
British monarchy drama The King's Speech and boxing film The Fighter are leading the nominations in the motion picture categories at the 2011 Screen Actors Guild (SAG) Awards, earning four nods each.

Both movies will compete for the coveted Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture prize, alongside Black Swan, The Kids Are All Right and Facebook-inspired film The Social Network. The King's Speech star Colin Firth is among nominees in the best actor category, which also saw nods to Jeff Bridges (True Grit),

Robert Duvall (Get Low), Jesse Eisenberg (The Social Network) and Jam...
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Justin Timberlake 'Humbled' By 'The Social Network' Awards

12/14/2010 2:35pm EST
Justin Timberlake
Justin Timberlake feels "humbled" by the positive reaction to his new movie The Social Network following a string of top awards nominations.

The film, about the rise of Facebook.com, has won rave reviews and garnered a number of top honors from critics' groups in New York and Los Angeles, as well as six Golden Globes nominations announced on Tuesday.

Timberlake's co-stars Jesse Eisenberg and Andrew Garfield will both compete for acting titles at the upcoming awards show, while David Fincher is up for the Best Director honor. And although Timberlake was overlooked, he admits he's fierce...
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2011 Golden Globe Nominations Announced; 'King's Speech,' 'The Fighter' & 'Social Network' Lead The Pack

12/14/2010 9:47am EST
The Kings Speech
The King's Speech is leading the charge for the 2011 Golden Globe Awards after landing seven nominations.

The cinematic tale about the British monarchy is heading up the main categories with nominations for Best Picture (Drama) and Best Director for Tom Hooper, while Colin Firth, Helena Bonham Carter and Geoffrey Rush have all received acting nods.

Boxing film The Fighter and Facebook-inspired movie The Social Network trailed with six nominations apiece, including mentions in the Best Picture (Drama) category, which also saw nods to ballet movie Black Swan and sci-fi blockbuster Inception...
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'Black Swan' Leads Critics' Choice Awards With 12 Nominations

12/13/2010 12:30pm EST
Black Swan
Natalie Portman's hopes of Oscar glory for her movie Black Swan have been given a major boost by Broadcast Film Critics Association - the film has landed a record 12 nominations for the January prize giving.

The psychological thriller scored one more Critics' Choice Movie Awards nomination than The King's Speech and True Grit on Monday, while Christopher Nolan's mind-bending Inception will compete in 10 categories.

Colin Firth, James Franco, Jeff Bridges, Robert Duvall, Jesse Eisenberg and Ryan Gosling will fight it out for the Best Actor prize, while Portman will go up against other le...
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'The Social Network' Bags Three More Best Picture Wins

12/12/2010 9:30pm EST
The Social Network
'The Social Network' continues its reign on the pre-Oscar Awards: it has now won the Best Picture award from almost every major critics' group so far. Its most recent honors: Best Picture from The Los Angeles Film Critics Association, The Boston Society of Film Critics, and the New York Film Critics Online. It was also named one of the ten best films by the American Film Institute (which bestows a top ten but no "best" award). Aaron Sorkin also won best Screenplay from all three critics' groups, and David Fincher won Best Director from all, tying with Olivier Assayas for 'Carlos' at the ...
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Natalie Portman Strips Down For New York Times Magazine (Video)

12/10/2010 10:00am EST
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Natalie Portman is channeling the starlets of 1940 before taking off her clothes in a new video for New York Times Magazine. The publication has a feature on the top 15 actors of 2010, with each entry producing a silent video, and Portman's has her sitting in a chair with a blonde wig on while he strips out of her dress.

For the finale, an exasperated Portman takes off her blonde wig and relaxes back into the chair. Other stars in the feature, titled Fourteen Actors Acting, include Tilda Swinton, James Franco, Chloe Moretz, and Jesse Eisenberg.

The latest issue of New York Times Magazin...
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National Board of Review: 'The Social Network' To Sweep Oscars?

12/3/2010 11:20am EST
The Social Network
The first pre-Oscar awards have been bestowed. The National Board of Review - traditionally the first awards pick of the year - announced its winners today. And 'The Social Network' - one of the earliest Oscar front-runners - is a big winner. The movie won Best Picture, Best Director (David Fincher), Best Adapted Screenplay (Aaron Sorkin), and Best Actor (Jesse Eisenberg).

Best Actress went to Lesley Manville ('Another Year'), Supporting Actor to Christian Bale ('The Fighter') and Supporting Actress to little-known Jacki Weaver ('Animal Kingdom').

In addition to Best Picture, the Natio...
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The Social Network Triumphs At National Board Of Review Awards

12/2/2010 10:55pm EST
The Social Network
Director David Fincher's The Social Network has been hailed by America's National Board of Review after sweeping the board with four top awards, including Best Film Of The Year.

The movie's star, Jesse Eisenberg, has been named as Best Actor, while Fincher was honored as Best Director and scriptwriter Aaron Sorkin claimed Best Adapted Screenplay for the film, which chronicles the invention of Facebook.com.

The organization announced the awards for the top movie talent of 2010 on Thursday. The board's picks often claim Oscar gold at the Academy Awards.

Meanwhile, Lesley Manville was prais...
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2011 Early Oscar Predictions: And The Oscar May Go To...

10/27/2010 12:10pm EDT
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Thanksgiving is only a few weeks away. And only a few days after that, critics groups will start doling out year-end best-of movie awards. Oscar season is officially underway.

This is the time of the season where anything could happen. But in just five weeks or so, most films’ Oscar prospects will be much, much clearer. Only a few things are virtually certain: ‘The Social Network’ will ride its buzz to a Best Picture nomination, and Jeff Bridges will be in the Best Actor race for the second consecutive year. Oh, and Sandra Bullock will not be so lucky.

Let’s break it down by the majo...
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Hollywood's Golden Stars: Young Stars With Staying Power

10/14/2010 9:00am EDT
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Move over Miley Cyrus, Justin Bieber, Snooki and Robert Pattinson. Although we love you to death and enjoy your work, your fame seems to be more of a trend then the real deal. Here are a few young and golden stars who we think will remain on top for a long time. We consider these young talents Hollywood's Golden Stars.

Emma Stone - Not only is Emma gorgeous and talented, but she has replaced the Lindsay Lohan we all hoped to like as an adult. You know, the red hair, freckles, raspy voice and natural talent. Emma's latest movie, Easy A proved to her fans that she has the staying power of a ...
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'The Social Network' Wins Weekend Box Office Again

10/11/2010 8:16am EDT
The Social Network
The Facebook.com phenomenon has continued to dominate the box-office - "The Social Network" captured the top spot for its second straight week, with $15.5 million in earnings at the weekend.

The movie, directed by David Fincher, stars Jesse Eisenberg, Andrew Garfield and Justin Timberlake and chronicles the early days of the social networking website.

And it proved to be a hit again over Columbus Day weekend, as cinemagoers sent the film's two-week total soaring to $46 million.

Katherine Heigl and Josh Duhamel's new romantic comedy "Life As We Know It" followed at two, pulling in a haul ...
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Style Battle: Justin Timberlake Vs. Andrew Garfield Vs. Jesse Eisenberg

10/10/2010 12:00pm EDT
The Social Network
"The Social Network" stars Justin Timberlake, Andrew Garfied and Jesse Eisenberg showed up to the Madrid photocall last week wearing black sport jackets. But which one looks the most stylisth?

Justin opted for a velvet jacket with purple trimmings, Andrew spiced up his business suit with a green tie, and Jesse went for a more casual look with an untucked button-down shirt.

Director David Fincher teamed with screenwriter Aaron Sorkin for the film to explore the meaning of success in the early 21st Century from the perspectives of the technological innovators who revolutionized the way we ...
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'The Social Network' A Hit At The Box Office

10/4/2010 8:38am EDT
Social Network
The online phenomenon of Facebook has taken over the box office - "The Social Network" has debuted at number one with a gross of $23 million.

The movie, directed by David Fincher, stars Jesse Eisenberg, Andrew Garfield and Justin Timberlake and chronicles the early days of the social networking website.

And it proved to be a big hit with cinema-goers at the weekend, befriending film fans and forcing last week's top choice, animated adventure "Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga'Hoole," to fly down into second place with $10.9 million.

"Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps" is at three wit...
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Justin Timberlake's Acting Stock Rises In 'The Social Network'

10/1/2010 10:15am EDT
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1995 was fifteen years ago, and an incredibly talented young star was just beginning to make a name for himself. Along with four other band members, Justin Timberlake shot on to the scene with the emerging pop group ‘N Sync. During the rest of the 90’s and early 2000’s, ‘N Sync smashed records, released numerous chart topping hits, and developed a global following with millions of fans. From Britney Spears to the Backstreet Boys, ‘N Sync was among an elite class of pop music acts that dominated the TRL era of music and television.

Time eventually brought the group to its demise, and Timber...
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Review: 'Two Jews On Film' Almost Agree On 'The Social Network' (Video)

10/1/2010 9:19am EDT
The Social Network
"The Social Network" the highly anticipated film about Mark Zuckerberg, founder of Face Book, delivers on every level. The film is directed by David Fincher, written by Aaron Sorkin and these guys nailed it. Jesse Eisenberg gives an Oscar worthy performance as Zuckerberg, bringing out his deep insecurities and antisocial behavior without making him pathetic. The rest of the cast which includes Justin Timberlake (in one of his best performances) Andrew Garfield, Rooney Mara and Armie Hammer are equally amazing. Greed, ego, money, fame, overnight success, friendship, betrayal and how one c...
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'The Social Network' Lets You Decide For Yourself

10/1/2010 7:30am EDT
Social Network
Unreliable narrators in films are fascinating because they leave you wondering whether anything that you are seeing is real. The reason why audiences are captivated with yarns strung by characters like this, is that they allow the viewer to decide on his or her own where the truth exists in the story.

“The Social Network,” directed by David Fincher and written by Aaron Sorkin, uses a similar device. Except instead of one untrustworthy character, we are subject to three unreliable perspectives. Each one has their own idea about how the social networking website Facebook was founded. Wh...
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Q&A: Armie Hammer, Jesse Eisenberg, And Aaron Sorkin Talk 'Social Network'

9/30/2010 12:45pm EDT
Social Network
“The Social Network” is a gripping drama directed by David Fincher (“The Curious Case of Benjamin Button,” “Fight Club”), which tells the events behind the creation and proliferation of the social networking website Facebook.

Taking an objective stance, it shares the accounts of three separate parties that can’t seem to agree on a single truth. There is Mark Zuckerberg the founder of Facbeook, Eduardo Saverin, Zuckerberg’s best friend and co-founder of Facebook, and the Winkelvoss twins, who claim Zuckerberg stole their idea to create his website. Through this method of storytelling, ...
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Trailer Talk: This Week In Movies - 'The Social Network,' 'Let Me In,' & More

9/27/2010 9:28am EDT
Let Me In
For those who did not catch “Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps,” you missed a pretty entertaining sequel. If you have not had the chance, check out my review of the film here.

Last week, I attended an early screening “The Social Network” (the movie about Facebook) and I spoke with its stars Armie Hammer and Jesse Eisenberg as well as its writer Aaron Sorkin. Keep an eye out in a day or two for my interviews and for a review. While I can’t officially make a comment on “The Social Network,” according to my agreement with the studio, I can say I plan on attending another screening of it.

I...
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Director Excited For 3-D 'Zombieland 2,' 'Zombies Splattering Into The Lens'

9/10/2010 1:24pm EDT
Zombieland
Reuben Fleischer is excited for the 3-D effect in the sequel to horror-comedy hit Zombieland. "I think it's cool to see stuff fly at your face. The idea of zombies splattering into the lens is exciting for me."

Fleischer directed the original, which went on to gross over four times its budget in the box office. In an interview with MTV News, he confirmed that he will be using 3-D cameras to film the sequel - instead of a post-production process that has become popular with films trying to cash in on the extra dimension fad.

While Zombieland 2 was announced in December, the director is sti...
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Fall Movie Preview Part 2: October

8/31/2010 1:31pm EDT
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September will offer some interesting and intriguing titles for moviegoers, but October is when the Oscar race will officially begin. More than a handful of titles that are already garnering awards buzz will be released in October which is not always the strongest month for Oscar hopefuls.

The most-anticipated October release is director David Fincher’s new film “The Social Network” which depicts the creation and exploitation of Facebook by Harvard student Mark Zuckerberg, played by Jesse Eisenberg who has matured quickly in each of his last few roles. The cast includes Andrew Garfield and...
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