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The Strange And Surprising Career Of Cameron Diaz

June 23rd, 2011 1:00pm EDT
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Cameron Diaz is anything but a predictable actor. This Friday, “Bad Teacher” opens and will showcase Diaz’s R-rated comedy skills opposite Justin Timerlake and Jason Segel, an alumnus of the Judd Apatow school of raunchy humor. Directed by Jake Kasdan (“Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story”), Diaz stars as the world’s worst teacher who would rather get high in her car than teach her kids anything. While most moviegoers see her as just a pretty face who pops up in mediocre films, Diaz has had an incredibly unique and varied career in Hollywood over the last two decades.

Her breakthrough role ca...
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Colin Firth: 'I'd Love To Play A Villain'

May 24th, 2011 3:31pm EDT
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Colin Firth is urging movie bosses to cast him in a villainous role as he is bored of playing nice guys onscreen.

The British actor has enjoyed a number of high-profile roles in recent years, with parts in Bridget Jones's Diary, Mamma Mia! and his Oscar-winning turn in The King's Speech, but he has yet to show off his "dark side" in his work.

Firth is now hoping movie bosses will start considering him for more than just the heroic roles as he is determined to play a nasty character.

He tells Britain's Evening Standard, "I'd love to play a villain - my dark side is as healthy as anyone...
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'Milk' Named Best Gay Film Of The Decade

May 16th, 2011 11:27am EDT
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Sean Penn's Oscar-winning movie Milk has been voted the best gay film of the last decade.

Penn won an Academy Award in 2008 for his role as gay activist and politician Harvey Milk in the biopic, which topped the poll of the most important movies depicting gay people in the last 10 years.

Officials at U.K. charity Stonewall, who conducted the survey, commended director Gus Van Sant's drama for its realistic portrayal of the homosexual community.

Milk's gay activist friend Cleve Jones, portrayed in the movie by Emile Hirsch, says, "This is a fantastic achievement for Milk. As someone wh...
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The Sexiest Royalty In Film

April 29th, 2011 8:38am EDT
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You've seen the portraits in museums: Most royalty, while wielding the most power, were not the best-looking bunch (unless they just had really bitter and vindictive portrait artists).

But while it's easy to glamorize someone's life when their entire existence is predicated on living in opulent mansions and having every wish attended to, we've noticed that Hollywood and their European equivalents tend to take certain liberties with its treatment of royalty, sexing them up exponentially.

With the release of the Oscar favorite "The King's Speech," in which Colin Firth's King George VI tries...
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Blu-ray Review: 'The King's Speech'

April 18th, 2011 10:35am EDT
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A DVD, Blu-ray, gold-sealed invitation, printed cup, saucer and assorted teas – Anchor Bay and the Weinstein Company know how to release an Oscar winner. Arriving in an inconspicuous brown box, the collectible goodies accompanied both the DVD and Blu-ray release of the 2011 Academy Award winning Best Picture "The King’s Speech" (hitting shelves April 19!), making it a classy affair all the way. Marking the Weinstein Bros. return to gold statue form, the film captured the hearts of the Academy and is now heading for home release. We’re gonna take a gander at the flick (both Blu-ray and DV...
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Get 'The King's Speech' On DVD & Blu-ray April 19

April 15th, 2011 7:30am EDT
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Emmy Award-winning director Tom Hooper ("John Adams") teams with screenwriter David Seidler to tell the story of King George VI in "The King's Speech."

When his older brother abdicates the throne, nervous-mannered successor George "Bertie" VI (Colin Firth) reluctantly dons the crown. Though his stutter soon raises concerns about his leadership skills, King George VI eventually comes into his own with the help of unconventional speech therapist Lionel Logue (Geoffrey Rush).

Before long the king and Lionel have forged an unlikely bond, a bond that proves to have real strength when the Unite...
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Colin Firth Lands 'Stoker' Role

March 9th, 2011 2:45pm EST
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British actor Colin Firth is set to sink his teeth into a vampire role in his first film since winning an Oscar last month.

The star has signed on to play a bloodsucker in the movie Stoker, alongside Nicole Kidman and Alice in Wonderland actress Mia Wasikowska, according to Britain's The Daily Mail.

The new role is remarkably different from the actor's most recent performance in The King's Speech, in which he played stuttering royal King George VI.

Screenwriter Wentworth Miller reveals the title of the movie is a nod to Bram Stoker's film Dracula.

He says, "It's got a lot of element...
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Colin Firth To Be Knighted?

March 4th, 2011 8:23am EST
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Colin Firth has been tipped for a knighthood in his native Britain after receiving a nomination for Queen Elizabeth II's Birthday Honors list, according to a U.K. report.

The actor has flown the flag for Britain with his portrayal the Queen's father, King George VI, in acclaimed movie The King's Speech.

He cemented his success by taking home the Best Actor Academy Award on Sunday - and now he's been linked to a new royal accolade.

Britain's Daily Mail claims Firth is a favorite to be knighted when the Queen's Birthday Honors list is officially revealed in June.

A source tells the p...
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2011 Oscars: Candid Backstage and Governors Ball Photos

February 28th, 2011 2:00pm EST
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For those of you that still haven't gotten your fill of the Oscars, here is one last look at the 83rd Academy Awards from backstage and at the after party from the Governors Ball where some 1500 guests attended. We would like to thank the Academy for supplying such great candid photos. Enjoy.

Natalie Portman, Oscar® winner for Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role for her role in “Black Swan” backstage during the live ABC Television Network broadcast of the 83rd Annual Academy Awards Awards® from the Kodak Theatre in Hollywood, CA Sunday, February 27, 2011.

Iain Canning (2nd f...
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The Best and Worst Moments from the 2011 Academy Awards

February 28th, 2011 12:04pm EST
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Um ... awwwk-ward. That's the single best word to describe this year's Oscar experiment, er, telecast. What was supposed to be a younger, hipper show, thanks to hosting duo James Franco and Anne Hathaway, turned out to be an oddly-paced few hours of jokes that fell flat, awards that offered no surprises and Gwyneth Paltrow continuing to insist we pretend she's a country singer.

The highlights: Colin Firth, as always, was a class act, Melissa Leo had a potty mouth, Trent Reznor won an Oscar and Kirk Douglas became the Betty White of the 2011 Academy Awards.

"I have a feeling my career just...
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'The King's Speech' Takes Best Picture at Oscars (Full List Of Winners)

February 28th, 2011 12:30am EST
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The King's Speech ruled over the 2011 Academy Awards on Sunday, taking home four honors including Best Picture and Best Actor for the movie's star, Colin Firth.

The royal drama, about stuttering British monarch George VI, led the competition with 12 nominations going into this year's Oscars, and edged out the likes of Black Swan, The Fighter, Inception and The Social Network to claim the most coveted title of the night.

Firth was crowned Best Actor in a Leading Role, emerging triumphant over Javier Bardem (Biutiful), Jeff Bridges (True Grit), Jesse Eisenberg (The Social Network) and James...
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Academy Award Nominees Colin Firth, Annette Bening, Helena Bonham-Carter & Melissa Leo's W Screen Tests (Video)

February 27th, 2011 4:13pm EST
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22 Oscar nominees, including The King's Speech star Colin Firth, The Kids Are All Right's Annette Bening, The Fighter's Melissa Leo and Helena Bohnam Carter (also The King's Speech), sat down for W Magazine editor Lynn Hirschberg in her EMMY and ASME-nominated Screen Test video series conducted with the periodical's usual monthly cover subject.

For the annual February "Movie Issue" this year's biggest nominees took part in the series and gave some interesting and revealing info about their parts in this year's biggest films.

Colin Firth recalls playing Jack Frost when he was only five y...
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And The Oscar Will (Probably) Go To...

February 27th, 2011 9:00am EST
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Oh, the pesky business of predicting Oscar winners. Depending on Academy voters’ moods, a pundit can come off as brilliant or dumb as a post. This seems to be an awfully predictable year – but be warned, that could mean upsets are in the air.

That said, here are my predictions for who will take home the gold at this Sunday’s Academy Awards in the major categories. I’ve devised my own odds system, which is completely made up; but, it does give a sense of how strongly I view the chances of each nominee.

What do you think? Am I way off base anywhere? Which categories are easiest to pred...
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'The King's Speech' vs. 'The Social Network' for Best Picture

February 26th, 2011 10:11am EST
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What do the Academy Awards and March Madness have in common? Both are singular events that everybody can gamble on. Who doesn’t like an event in which everybody you know can fill out a pool sheet or bracket, go to a party and stand amongst everyone in the room with their fists up to their mouths as they agonize over the results? Like March Madness, the Oscars are great because you don’t need to be an expert on all movies to win. In fact, you don’t even have to have seen many of the films. If you stay plugged in, chances are you’ve heard all about all the buzzworthy titles, and can and are i...
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Oscar Predictions: Who Will Win?

February 26th, 2011 8:35am EST
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Will The King's Speech stage a royal flush at the 83rd Annual Academy Awards? Or will The Social Network prove to have the most friends in all the right Hollywood places? We'll find out Sunday, but for now, let's make some predictions. So put on your thinking caps, bust out your ballot, make your picks and compare them to ours below while we count down to the big night.

TV Guide Network's red carpet coverage begins Sunday at 5 ET/2 PT with Academy Awards Red Carpet Countdown, followed by Academy Awards Red Carpet with Chris Harrison at 6 ET/3 PT. The 83rd Annual Academy Awards start at 8:3...
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Oscars Preview: 'King's Speech'… For the Win?!!

February 22nd, 2011 4:08pm EST
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Only a few weeks ago, it was all golden for David Fincher’s study of greed in our modern, technological world, The Social Network. It had taken the majority of the Oscar predicting awards for Best Picture (including the Golden Globe), and it seemed to be completely unbeatable in the upcoming finale to the awards season, the Oscars.

But then, The King’s Speech, the constant second place finisher to Social Network's champion, started winning everything. It began with the Producer’s Guild Award, which raised an eyebrow; but, I was willing to pass that off as older Hollywood showing preferenc...
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Colin Firth Says Success Has 'Done Wonders' For His Relationship With Father

February 18th, 2011 10:45am EST
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Oscar nominee Colin Firth's success as an actor has "done wonders" for his relationship with his dad - because his father always presumed performing was an excuse to shun education and hard work.

The King's Speech star admits his dad was dubious about him embarking on a career in front of the cameras, and urged him to get a proper education so he could have a back-up plan if his dream of acting crumbled.

Firth admits his success, and his father's own realization that any career can be unstable, helped the pair understand each other better.

He tell CNN's Piers Morgan, "I'm struck by me...
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'King's Speech' Wins Seven Awards At BAFTAs (See Winners)

February 14th, 2011 9:02am EST
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"The King's Speech" continued its reign over the movie industry's awards season by taking home seven trophies at the British Academy of Film and Television Arts Awards (BAFTAs) on Sunday.

The critically-acclaimed film won its three leading stars the main acting prizes - Colin Firth was named Best Actor for his role as stuttering British monarch George VI; Helena Bonham Carter took home the Best Supporting Actress title, while the Best Supporting Actor award went to Geoffrey Rush.

The movie picked up the coveted Best Film honor, beating fellow contenders "Black Swan," "Inception," "The Soc...
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Inside The Interview Room At The Oscar Nominees Luncheon

February 8th, 2011 11:00am EST
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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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'The King's Speech' Bosses End Dispute With Animal Rights Group

February 6th, 2011 9:00am EST
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Producers of The King's Speech have settled a dispute with animal rights campaigners who threatened to sue over the use of the phrase 'No Animals Harmed' in the film's credits.

Bosses at the American Humane Association (AHA), who have a trademark on the phrase, demanded the removal of the end-credits pledge that no animals were harmed during the shoot, as they were not involved in the production.

The public advocacy group only allows the tag to be used when officials have been given access to the set and copies of the script to certify that animals are treated well, according to the Holly...
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SAG Awards Top Moments: Why Was Natalie Portman's Acceptance Speech Censored?

January 31st, 2011 9:20am EST
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Here are our top moments of the 2011 Screen Actors Guild Awards:

10. Most Nurturing: "It shouldn't be called the SAG award, it should be called the Uplifting Award," The King's Speech actor Geoffrey Rush says on behalf of the cast, before giving nods to the movie's supporting actors, including his on-screen family and Freya Wilson, who played the young future Queen Elizabeth. His SAG family must be very proud.

9. The Kanye West Memorial Award: Has someone been enjoying a little post-Prohibition tipple? A spacey, dark-lipped Paz de la Huerta commandeers the mic after Steve Buscemi's speech...
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2011 SAG Awards List Of Winners

January 31st, 2011 8:15am EST
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Natalie Portman, Colin Firth and the cast of The King's Speech took the top prizes at the 2011 Screen Actors Guild Awards on Sunday.

Firth won Best Actor for his role in the British monarchy drama, which also took the prize for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture.

Meanwhile Portman claimed the Best Actress award for her performance in Darren Aronofsky's ballet drama Black Swan. The Fighter was also a big winner, with cast mates Christian Bale and Melissa Leo earning honors for Best Supporting Actor and Actress respectively.

Elsewhere, Steve Buscemi (Boardwalk Em...
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Helena Bonham Carter Had To Speed Read History Books

January 30th, 2011 2:00pm EST
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Helena Bonham Carter cheated as she researched her role as Queen Elizabeth in The King's Speech - she "sped-read" through history books because there was so much material on the royal.

The Planet Of The Apes star portrays King George VI's wife Elizabeth in the Oscar-nominated drama, opposite Colin Firth as the stammering monarch.

But Bonham Carter confesses she took a short cut through Elizabeth's early years up until 1939 because she didn't have enough time to properly learn all about Queen Elizabeth II's mother, who died in 2002 at the grand old age of 101.

She says, "I just pretended ...
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Colin Firth Has 'A Problem' With The British Monarchy

January 28th, 2011 12:32pm EST
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Colin Firth is not a fan of Britain's royal family, because he has "a problem" with "unelected bodies".

The actor is nominated for an Oscar for his portrayal of stuttering King George VI in acclaimed royal drama The King's Speech, while he also won a Golden Globe award for the role earlier this month.

Firth recently admitted he had little knowledge of the story of the troubled monarch before taking on the job, as he is "not a royal watcher" - and now he concedes the concept of the royal family makes him uncomfortable.

During in an interview on Piers Morgan Tonight, which is due to air...
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Harvey Weinstein Wants 'The King's Speech' Edited For PG Rated Re-release

January 26th, 2011 8:20pm EST
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Movie mogul Harvey Weinstein is urging The King's Speech director Tom Hooper to return to the editing room and cut the 'F' word from his hit film - so the Oscar favorite can become a family favorite.

Weinstein is keen to boost the film's box office following its 12 Oscar nominations on Tuesday - and he's asked Hooper to consider cutting the profanity that earned the period drama an 'R' rating in the U.S.

The producer is keen to re-release the film to cinemas with the language in one scene toned down - as part of a new marketing strategy he hopes will prompt young cinemagoers to see the mo...
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Stuttering Nicole Kidman Felt For Colin Firth's King

January 26th, 2011 1:42am EST
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Nicole Kidman had a special connection to Colin Firth's new film The King's Speech - because she grew up with a stammer.

In the film, the actor plays stuttering British king George VI and Kidman can understand what the royal went through.

She tells Newsweek, "I had one (stammer) as a kid... I just remember everyone always saying to me, 'Calm down, think about what you're gonna say,' and then I grew out of it.

"I remember when I was little just being so excited to get it out and I couldn't get it out."

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Inside Look At Today's Oscar Announcements!

January 25th, 2011 2:37pm EST
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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

January 25th, 2011 9:34am EST
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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' Poised For Oscar Upset After Producers Guild Awards

January 23rd, 2011 12:55pm EST
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The King's Speech has picked up momentum in the race towards Oscar glory after winning the top prize at the Producers Guild of America (PGA) Awards on Saturday.

The film's producers, Iain Canning, Emile Sherman and Gareth Unwin, were awarded the Darryl F. Zanuck Producer Of The Year Award at the ceremony.

The movie, starring Colin Firth as the stammering British King George VI, was among 10 nominees including The Social Network and Black Swan.

Other winners at the 22nd annual PGA Awards, which took place at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Los Angeles, included Toy Story 3 in the Best Animate...
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'The King's Speech' Gets Massive 14 Nominations For BAFTA Awards

January 18th, 2011 9:51am EST
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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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