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Movie Bad Guys Lead Nominations For Academy Membership

June 25th, 2010 6:28pm EDT
Christoph Waltz
"Saw" actor Tobin Bell, James Gandolfini, Christoph Waltz and 2010 Oscar nominees Carey Mulligan, Anna Kendrick, Jeremy Renner, Gabourey Sidibe and Vera Farmiga have been invited to become members of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences and help decide future Academy Awards.

Academy officials have invited 135 actors, writers, directors, executives and behind-the-scenes icons to join up, explaining that everyone on the list has "distinguished themselves by their contributions to theatrical motion pictures".

Academy President Tom Sherak says, "The work of these individuals has be...
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'The Hangover' Leads MTV Movie Awards Nominations

May 12th, 2010 7:48pm EDT
The Hangover
Drunk men, vampires, werewolves and blue aliens will compete for the top prizes at this year's MTV Movie Awards - "The Hangover" leads the pack with six nominations, while "The Twilight Saga: New Moon" and "Avatar" have landed five nods apiece.

Sandra Bullock's romantic comedy "The Proposal" and "Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince" both received four nominations.

"The Hangover," the "Twilight" sequel, "Avatar," "Alice in Wonderland" and "Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince" will compete for the coveted Best Film prize when the awards are handed out on June 6.

"Twilight's" Kristen ...
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Christoph Waltz Upset About Leaving Los Angeles

March 11th, 2010 9:02pm EST
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Actor Christoph Waltz's Sunday night Oscar win was bittersweet for the Austrian - because it came at the beginning of the week he'll have to give up his rented Hollywood home.

The "Inglourious Basterds" star has been living in Los Angeles since September, while filming "The Green Hornet" with Seth Rogen, and now the shoot is over, he has to leave Hollywood and return to his native Austria.

And he isn't happy.

Waltz says, "I think I was born here... I went home for two weeks or so over the holidays and then came back, and now I have to pack up this house and I have to leave. I'm completel...
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What We Were All Thinking - The Full Starpulse Oscars Recap

March 8th, 2010 1:50am EST
Oscar Feature
Tonight's Oscar ceremony is probably the most re-designed ceremony in Academy history.

Just look at all the changes. 10 Best Picture nominees, two hosts, no Best Song performances, more dance, a supposed streamlined show, and, weirdest of all, a request for no "thank yous" during the acceptance speeches.

Plus, a few of last year's tweaks will remain. They're sticking with the abhorrent practice of having five actors come out and sing the praises of the year's present crop of nominees (at least only in the Leading categories this year), and the producers are insistent on further expandin...
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Christoph Waltz Dances Off With First Oscar

March 7th, 2010 9:28pm EST
Christoph Waltz
Austrian actor Christoph Waltz got the 82nd Academy Awards off to a great start by picking up the event's first prize.

The heavy-favorite "Inglourious Basterds" star claimed the Best Supporting Actor honor, calling his award "uber bingo".

The big night opened with a special treat when all 10 lead actors and actresses nominated appeared on-stage at the Kodak Theatre in Hollywood.

As the hopefuls took their seats, Neil Patrick Harris took the stage to lead a glitzy song-and-dance number. The actor previously dismissed reports he would be part of an Oscars opening performance.

Co-hosts Ste...
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They Said It - Oscar Quotes

March 7th, 2010 9:23pm EST
James Cameron
"We made three times what we thought the movie could make. Three seems to be the number because everybody keeps coming up to me and saying, 'I saw the movie three times'." Three is lucky for "Avatar" director James Cameron.

"It is a life-changing film and it changed my life. So this is appreciated but the win is when someone says, 'My life is different because of the film.' That's priceless." Oscar contender Mo'Nique on being nominated for her role in "Precious".

"I'd like a nice juicy burger and some deep, deeply fried fries... and maybe a milkshake." Sandra Bullock has fast food plans...
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2010 Oscars Predictions: Who Will Win & Who Should Win

March 5th, 2010 10:27am EST
2010 Oscars Predictions: Who Will Win & Who Should Win
This has the chance to become the most exciting Oscar night ever.

Why? Because nobody seems to have any real clue as to which movie will win Best Picture. “Avatar” seems like a good choice – it made $700 Million, changed movies, James Cameron directs, yada yada yada – but so does “The Hurt Locker” with its crazy critical raves and industry buzz. Compounding the problem is the Weinstein-backed “Inglorious Basterds” which has been gaining momentum all month. It’s a logjam at the top.

This is created not only by the fact that we have ten Best Picture nominees this year, but because the n...
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'The Hurt Locker' Wins Big At BAFTAs; Kristen Stewart Wins Popularity Prize

February 22nd, 2010 8:42am EST
Kristen Stewart Looking hot At BAFTAs
The Hurt Locker stole the show at the British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) Awards on Sunday night - scooping six trophies including Best Film and Best Director for Kathryn Bigelow. The war thriller also won prizes for original screenplay, cinematography, editing, and sound during the ceremony at London's Royal Opera House.

Accepting her award for Best Director, Bigelow said, "What an honor, especially to be in this room filled with so many incredibly talented people that I've admired and been inspired by for decades."

Colin Firth saw off Jeff Bridges (Crazy Heart), Ge...
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82nd Oscar Nomination Reaction: The Snubs, Surprises & Who Shouldn't Have Been Nominated

February 2nd, 2010 3:34pm EST
82nd Oscar Surprises, Snubs & Who Shouldn
And there were ten.

It seems kind of strange to say that, right? Ten Best Picture nominees? We knew it was coming for nearly a year, but now it's actually there. In Black and white. Ten nominees. Strange.

After seeing the list, it's easy to see that the Academy might be on to something. Sure, it would have gotten the biggest blockbuster of all time with "Avatar" earning a Best Picture nomination if there were only five nominees, but it would have missed out on other massive hits like "The Blind Side", "Up", and "District 9".

Now, the telecast is going to get a lot more casual...
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2010 Oscar Nominees In Photos

February 2nd, 2010 12:50pm EST
Penelope Cruz
Avatar & The Hurt Locker dominated the Academy Award nominations this morning, and we're sure there were plenty of actors who jumped up and down when they received their nominations.

The only thing that looks better on a resume than an Academy Award nomination is the award itself! Sure, a Golden Globe Award is nice, and a Screen Actors Guild award is commendable, but it's not the same as having your very own Oscar.

Check our our gallery of best actor, best actress, best supporting actor, and best supporting actress nominees:

BEST ACTOR

Jeff Bridges in Crazy Heart

Image © Fo...
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'Avatar' & 'The Hurt Locker' Nominated For 9 Academy Awards Each - See Full List Of Nominees!

February 2nd, 2010 8:57am EST
2010 Oscar Nominations
James Cameron's science-fiction sensation "Avatar" and the war thriller "The Hurt Locker" lead the Academy Awards with nine nominations each, including best picture and best director.

This year the Oscars are featuring 10 best-picture contenders instead of the usual five. The other eight are: District 9, Up, Inglourious Basterds, The Blind Side, Up in the Air, A Serious Man, An Education and Precious.

Best Picture: "Avatar," ''The Blind Side," ''District 9," ''An Education," ''The Hurt Locker," ''Inglourious Basterds," ''Precious: Based on the Novel 'Push' By Sapphire," ''A Serious M...
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Anne Hathaway To Announce Oscar Nominees

January 26th, 2010 11:01pm EST
Anne Hathaway Pictures, Anne Hathaway nude
Previous Oscar hopeful Anne Hathaway will announce this year's Academy Awards nominations in Los Angeles on February 2. The actress, who was nominated last year for her role in "Rachel Getting Married", will join Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences President Tom Sherak for the big reveal next Tuesday.

Sherak and Hathaway will unveil the nominations in 10 of the 24 categories at an early morning news conference at the Academy’s Samuel Goldwyn Theater in Beverly Hills.

"Inglourious Basterds", "Up in the Air", "Avatar" and "The Hurt Locker" have emerged as movie favorites ahead o...
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Jeff Bridges, Sandra Bullock, And 'Inglourious Basterds' Take Top Prizes At SAG Awards

January 24th, 2010 1:00pm EST
Sandra Bullock
Jeff Bridges, Sandra Bullock and the cast of Inglourious Basterds took the top prizes at the 2010 Screen Actors Guild Awards.

Bridges won Best Actor for his role in Crazy Heart, and Bullock was named Best Actress for her performance in The Blind Side - completing a great week for the pair who won the same awards at last week's Golden Globes.

The cast of Quentin Tarantino's World War II movie were named Best Ensemble.

There was also a lifetime achievement award for Golden Girls star Betty White, just a week after she celebrated her 88th birthday.

The full list of Screen Actor...
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Golden Globes 2010 Highlights

January 18th, 2010 9:43am EST
Golden Globes Recap
The 67th Annual Golden Globe Awards, hosted by Ricky Gervais, were held last night at the Beverly Hills Hilton in Beverly Hills, California. A little rain didn't stop the party and the stars walked the red carpet

in their couture dresses, bling and umbrellas. The devastating earthquake in Haiti was a big topic of conversation on the red carpet as stars wore red ribbons in support and talked about their donation efforts.

Silver, purple, gray and glittery dresses dominated the carpet as the stars filtered into the awards. Lead Actress nominee Sandra Bullock looked amazing in a sheer pur...
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'Crazy Heart' & 'Avatar' Lead Golden Globe Winners

January 18th, 2010 8:35am EST
Crazy Heart
Crazy Heart and Avatar were the big winners at the 67th annual Golden Globe Awards on Sunday night, scoring two of the event's most coveted prizes apiece. Crazy Heart won for Best Song and Best Actor/Drama (Jeff Bridges), while movie maker James Cameron was named Best Director for Avatar, which also took home the Best Motion Picture/Drama honor.

It was a big day for the sci-fi blockbuster which became the first film of the new century to claim five weeks at number one at the box office earlier in the day. It also passed Star Wars to become the third biggest-grossing movie in America. Th...
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'Avatar,' 'Inglourious Basterds' & 'Hurt Locker' Rock Critics Choice Awards

January 16th, 2010 9:04am EST
Quentin Tarantino
Avatar, The Hurt Locker and Inglourious Basterds were the critics' darlings in Hollywood on Friday night after scoring 11 prizes between them at the 2010 Critics Choice Movie Awards.

"Avatar" claimed six honors, including all the night's technical awards, "Inglourious Basterds" picked up three and "The Hurt Locker" doubled up with two of the event's biggest awards for Best Directing (Kathryn Bigelow) and Best Picture.

Nine was the night's big flop - the musical was completely shut out, despite scoring 10 nominations last month.

The night's double winners were Up and Crazy Heart, fo...
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'Hurt Locker' Named Best Picture At Film Critics Awards

January 4th, 2010 9:21am EST
The Hurt Locker
The Hurt Locker dominated the National Society of Film Critics ceremony on Sunday, landing three of the top honors. The war movie was named Best Picture, while Kathryn Bigelow won the Best Director nod and its star, Jeremy Renner, landed the Best Actor trophy.

French star Yolande Moreau was named Best Actress at the annual prizegiving in New York, for her portrayal of artist Seraphine de Senlis in Seraphine.

The Best Supporting Actor honor was split between Christoph Waltz for his role in Inglourious Basterds and Paul Schneider for his performance in Bright Star, while Mo'nique landed...
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'Up In The Air,' 'Nine' Lead Golden Globe Nominations

December 15th, 2009 9:19am EST
Up in the Air
The 67th annual Golden Globe nominations were just announced in Beverly Hills, Calif., by the Hollywood Foreign Press Association.

"Up in the Air" leads the pack with six mentions, including best picture, drama. The musical "Nine" ran second with five nominations, including best musical or comedy and acting slots for Daniel Day-Lewis, Penelope Cruz and Marion Cotillard.

The Golden Globes, Hollywood's second-biggest film honors after the Oscars, will be presented Jan. 17 at the Beverly Hilton Hotel, televised live by NBC and hosted by comic actor Ricky Gervais.

BEST FEATURE - DRAMA
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Fantastic 'Inglourious Basterds' Out On Blu-ray & DVD Dec. 15

December 14th, 2009 7:30pm EST
Inglourious Basterds
Cinematic icon and filmmaker Quentin Tarantino helms one of the most audaciously inventive, eagerly-anticipated films of the year, "Inglourious Basterds", coming to Blu-ray Hi-Def and DVD on December 15, 2009 from Universal Studios Home Entertainment.

Starring Academy Award nominee Brad Pitt in an audacious, adrenaline-packed, high-octane World War II revenge fantasy, "Inglourious Basterds" has been hailed as one of Tarantino's most stylish and entertaining films to date.

From its deceptively bucolic opening scenes to its incendiary final moments, "Inglourious Basterds" delivers a h...
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'Inglourious Basterds' And 'Nine' Lead Critics' Choice Nominations

December 14th, 2009 12:04pm EST
Inglourious Basterds
Quentin Tarantino's Inglourious Basterds and movie musical Nine are leading the awards season charge with 10 nominations apiece from the Broadcast Film Critics Association.

The World War II film and Rob Marshall's all-star musical will both compete for the coveted Best Picture prize at the Critics' Choice Movie Awards, alongside Avatar, An Education, The Hurt Locker, Invictus, Precious, A Serious Man, Up, and Up in the Air.

James Cameron's epic Avatar picked up nine nominations, including Best Picture and Best Director, while The Hurt Locker and Up in the Air received eight nominati...
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Clooney's 'Up In The Air' Leads Washington Critics Awards

December 10th, 2009 6:10pm EST
Up In The Air
George Clooney and his acclaimed new movie Up In The Air took home top honors at the Washington Critics Awards on Monday.

The film won the Best Movie award and Clooney took home the Best Actor prize, while filmmaker Jason Reitman picked up both Best Director and Best Adapted Screenplay honors.

The Washington, D.C., Area Film Critics Association (WAFCA) accolades cap a golden week for Clooney's new film - "Up In The Air" received the Best Film honors from the National Board of Review of Motion Pictures last Thursday.

Elsewhere in the WAFCA honors, Brit star Carey Mulligan was named ...
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25 Top Movies Of 2009 (So Far)

November 26th, 2009 9:44am EST
2009
As with every year there are dozens of great movies but there are even more really bad ones. 2009 will be marked by Quentin Tarantino and Sacha Baron Cohen comebacks along with a bevy of bad movies, highlighted by Megan Fox's performance in Jennifer's Body. There were plenty of good movies and we may have the most fun making fun of the bad and helpless ones, but let's take a look at the best movies of 2009.

Most blockbuster movies are filled with overrated stars (i.e. Will Smith and Tom Cruise) and are seemingly contrived, made only to make money. Thankfully this year there were not as ...
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Summer Movie Awards Part 2: Best Film, Worst Title & More

September 10th, 2009 10:00am EDT
Bruno
The summer movie season is finally at its end. Yesterday we listed Part 1 of the first annual "Summer Movie Awards" in categories such as: surprise hit, the bomb nobody noticed, indie hit, and most disappointing. Check out more films that deserve to be recognized for their summer performances:

The Death by Twitter Award

Winner: "Bruno"

This movie made more than 20 percent of its gross in the first night. After that evening, the Twiterrati hit their little squawk box to spread the word that there was far too much spreading of limbs in this bit of borderline pornography. The resul...
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The Oscar Season Begins In August With Tarantino's 'Inglourious Basterds'

August 28th, 2009 11:02am EDT
Inglourious Basterds
The year in movies is always split into two different seasons. First, there's the endless malaise of the Winter, Spring and Summer where we suffer with movies intent on doing nothing more than making money. The second season is much more fruitful, it's when movies care about making money and winning awards.

This moment the season changes is often hard to pinpoint. Normally it occurs in late October when every single movie seems to have a minor-key melody scoring its trailer and actors from Britain make their first appearances.

Sometimes, however, awards season comes in with a ban...
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'Inglourious Basterds' Could Be Tarantino's Best Film

August 23rd, 2009 9:27am EDT
Inglorious Basterds
There are a few things you need to know before going to Inglorious Basterds (rated R, now in theaters). First, it is an alternate history of the ending of Nazi Germany and World War II, so do not expect it to do anything that you've read about in the history books. Second, it is a Quentin Tarantino film down to every last second: dialogue heavy, tongue-in-cheek, full of black humor, viciously violent, and a stream of loving tributes to particular movies or cinema styles that Tarantino loves. Third, this is not really an action flick, despite what the trailers might tell you. There are actio...
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Trailer Talk: 'Inglourious Basterds,' 'Post Grad' & More

August 17th, 2009 10:23am EDT
Inglourious Basterds
This weekend "500 Days of Summer" became my favorite movie of the season. The film's non-linear style of romantic storytelling works incredibly well. Jumping back and forth through various days in Tom and Summer's relationship is a fascinating way to get to know the couple.

Joseph Gordon-Levitt plays Tom with an awkward charm that other lovesick fools can identify with. Much like a typical heartbroken lover, Tom finds himself bogged down remembering the positive parts of his relationship but forgetting the trials and tribulations.

While the film is not a typical love story filled w...
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'The White Ribbon' Takes Top Prize At Cannes

May 25th, 2009 12:03pm EDT
Asia Argento
Austrian filmmaker Michael Haneke has walked away with the top honor at this year's Cannes Film Festival for his drama The White Ribbon.

The film - about residents in a small German town riddled with tragedy as World War I approaches - was awarded with the Palme d'Or (Golden Palm) at the annual prizegiving ceremony in the French Riviera on Sunday.

Quentin Tarantino's own war film Inglorious Basterds also triumphed, with Christoph Waltz winning in the Best Actor category for his role as a Colonel Hans Landain.

Meanwhile English/French star Charlotte Gainsbourg won the Best Act...
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