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2013 Emmys Worst Dressed: Heidi Klum's Neck Brace Dress, Lena Dunham's Floral Disaster, More

September 23rd, 2013 11:00am EDT
Heidi Klum
One of the reasons people watch the Emmy Awards (besides cheering on their favorite shows) is to see the fashion. And although we like to get a glimpse of the stars walk the red carpet in their glamorous gowns, we really love to see their fashion missteps.

"Project Runway" host and "America's Got Talent" judge Heidi Klum usually has a keen eye for fashion. But her red Versace gown didn't quite work on Sunday night.

There is such a thing as too many sequins, and the neck brace-like top of her dress looked odd. She resembled a showgirl more than a supermodel.

Other celebs also made some fa...
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Review: 'Prisoners' Is One Of The Best Thrillers In Years

September 20th, 2013 3:00pm EDT
Prisoners
In A Nutshell: If you can stomach the film's intense and graphic scenes, the film is worth it!  Prisoners is 2013's ”Silence of the Lambs.” It is that damn good!

At first glance, Prisoners may seem nothing more than a dark, cliché and an unoriginal thriller. There is nothing new about the all too common story of child abduction and the havoc it wreaks on families and communities. But Canadian director Denis Villeneuve avoids all the pitfalls of having a big budget Hollywood debut (he received an Oscar nomination for his first foreign-language film Incendies) and delivers a truly riveting,...
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HBO's 'Boardwalk Empire' & 'Treme' To Return Sept. 16, 23

July 9th, 2012 1:45pm EDT
Boardwalk Empire
HBO just released the debut dates for the new seasons of "Boadwalk Empire" and "Treme."

Season three of "Boadwalk Empire" will kick off its 12-episode run on Sunday, Sept. 16, at 9:00 p.m. (ET/PT). Set in the 1920s in the early days of Prohibition, the series chronicles the life and times of “Nucky” Thompson (Steve Buscemi), the undisputed leader of Atlantic City.

The series also stars Kelly Macdonald, Michael Shannon, Shea Whigham, Jack Huston, Stephen Graham, Michael Stuhlbarg, Vincent Piazza, Paul Sparks, Michael Kenneth Williams, Gretchen Mol and Bobby Cannavale.

The third season of ...
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84th Annual Academy Awards - Red Carpet Fashion (See Pictures!)

February 27th, 2012 2:39am EST
Oscars 2012
The Academy Awards aren't just about the movies - they're about the fashion and what the stars wore on the red carpet at the year's biggest event.

This year, much like the ceremony itself, there were few surprises and all the stars looked fabulous on the red carpet outside the Kodak Theater in Los Angeles. Well, okay - Kristen Wiig's brown J. Mendel dress and Meryl Streep's gold Lanvin gown? Not so much.

This year's highlights include Angelina Jolie looking stunning - although also a bit thin - in a black Atelier Versace dress that's almost an exact match of the one Jennifer Aniston wore ...
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Billy Crystal Reveals The Moment He Decided To Return As Oscars Host

February 25th, 2012 8:30am EST
Billy Crystal
Billy Crystal knew the time was right for him to return as the host of the Oscars when Anne Hathaway and James Franco failed to comment on Best Supporting Actress winner Melissa Leo's swear word gaffe last year.

Leo became the censors' worst nightmare when she uttered the 'F' word during her acceptance speech a year ago, and funnyman Crystal was dumbfounded when co-hosts Hathaway and Franco failed to mention it immediately afterwards.

The actor who will return as the Academy Awards shepherd on Sunday, tells Entertainment Weekly magazine, "They didn't say a word! That's when I knew maybe I...
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Kevin Smith Fuming Over Independent Spirit Awards Snub

November 30th, 2011 11:45am EST
Kevin Smith
Moviemaker Kevin Smith has taken aim at the organizers of the 2012 Independent Spirit Awards for failing to tip the stars of his movie Red State in the nominations list.

The shortlist was revealed on Tuesday, with critically-acclaimed apocalyptic drama Take Shelter and silent movie The Artist leading the way with five nominations each.

Ryan Gosling, Woody Harrelson and Michelle Williams were among the celebrities named in the acting categories - and Smith is fuming the stars of his horror were not recognized.

In a post on his Twitter.com page, he writes, "How the f**k did the SpiritAw...
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Fall Movie Preview: October 2011

October 5th, 2011 11:00am EDT
The Ides of March
October 7

The Ides of March

This weekend has an interesting match-up for the box office: George Clooney’s “The Ides of March,” a sure Oscar contender, vs. “Real Steel,” a robot boxing film starring Hugh Jackman. In “Ides,” Clooney, who directed and co-wrote the screenplay, stars as a promising presidential candidate whose young, idealistic aid (Ryan Gosling) sees the dark underbelly of what political campaigns are really about. Expect amazing performances from the entire cast which also includes Phillip Seymour Hoffman, Paul Giamatti, Maris Tomei and Evan Rachel Wood.

Real Steel

So why ...
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Fall 2011 Movie Preview: September

August 29th, 2011 12:00pm EDT
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The end of the year is always the most exciting time for true movie lovers as the studios release the films they hope to compete in the race for the many awards shows that will happen early next year. This September will have some decent films to choose from (namely "Contagion" and "Drive"), but with a greater amount of less-than-impressive fare than is normally seen. Either way, this first month in the awards season will have moviegoers flocking to the cinema nearly every weekend.

September 2

Apollo 18

This horror/thriller has been called “The Blair Witch Project” set in space, and the ...
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'The Fighter' Matriarch Dies

April 27th, 2011 9:47pm EDT
Melissa Leo
The woman Oscar winner Melissa Leo played in gritty boxing film The Fighter has died at the age of 79.

Alice Ward, the mother of Irish boxing champ Mickey Ward and his brother Dicky Eklund, has been hospitalized in Boston, Massachusetts since January after she suffered a cardiac arrest and fell into a coma.

She regained consciousness after being placed on life support, but recently slipped back into a coma. She died on Wednesday, according to reports.

Alice managed both her sons' sporting careers and Leo's portrayal of the tough matriarch earned her the Best Supporting Actress Academy Aw...
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TV On DVD: 'Treme: The Complete First Season' [Blu-Ray]

March 29th, 2011 2:31pm EDT
Treme
Today, HBO Home Entertainment releases the first season of the critically acclaimed Treme on both DVD and Blu-Ray. Here's a look at what's inside the four-disc Blu-Ray edition.

The Show

I've been a fan of David Simon's work since he was a Baltimore Sun beat writer who penned the book Homicide: A Year on the Killing Streets. Everything he's done for TV - Homicide: Life on the Street, The Wire, The Corner - has been fantastic, and Treme is no exception.

This series, set in New Orleans post-Hurricane Katrina, boasts an impressive cast. There's Khandi Alexander (The Corner, CSI: Miami, New...
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2011 Oscar Fashion: Celebrities Step Out For The 83rd Academy Awards

February 28th, 2011 9:10am EST
Oscar Fashion
It's the most glamorous night in Hollywood, and the stars didn't disappoint at this year's Academy Awards ceremony.

It was a colorful red carpet. Actresses Anne Hathaway, Jennifer Hudson, Sandra Bullock and Jennifer Lawrence wore eye-popping crimson.

Natalie Portman and Mila Kunis were pretty in purple, and Amy Adams wore a bright blue sequined gown.

Check out the photos from the hottest night in Tinseltown, and tell us who you think looked best:

Amy Adams

Halle Berry

Natalie Portman

Sandra Bullock

Gwyneth Paltrow

Michelle Williams

Cate Blanchett

Scarlett Johansso...
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Melissa Leo Curses On Air During Best Supporting Actress Oscar Speech

February 27th, 2011 10:02pm EST
Melissa Leo
Melissa Leo walked away with the first big prize at the 83rd Annual Academy Awards on Sunday, when she was named Best Supporting Actress for her role in The Fighter.

The 50-year-old star capped off her amazing 2011 awards season by triumphing over her Fighter co-star Amy Adams to claim Oscar gold. She also beat competition from Helena Bonham Carter (The King's Speech), Hailee Steinfeld (True Grit) and Jacki Weaver (Animal Kingdom).

Accepting the honor from 94-year-old acting icon Kirk Douglas, Leo paid tribute to her movie co-stars Adams and Mark Wahlberg, and thanked her family for their...
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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
W Magazine
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
The King's Speech
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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Oscar Predictions: Who Will Win?

February 26th, 2011 8:35am EST
Black Swan | Photo Credits: Fox Searchlight
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
The King's Speech
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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'The Fighter' Comes To DVD, Blu-ray & VOD March 15

February 12th, 2011 7:00am EST
The Fighter
Directed by Academy Award® nominee David O. Russell, "The Fighter" has received seven Academy Award nominations including Best Picture, Best Director, Best Supporting Actor (Christian Bale), Best Supporting Actress (Melissa Leo and Amy Adams), Best Original Screenplay and Best Editing.

The powerful, uplifting and remarkable (Wall Street Journal) film tells the story of working-class pugilist Irish Micky Ward (Wahlberg) and his against-all-odds triumph in the ring that united his fractured family and brought pride to his blue-collar hometown.

Bale portrays Ward’s troubled older brother,...
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Inside The Interview Room At The Oscar Nominees Luncheon

February 8th, 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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Melissa Leo Defends Posing For Saucy Oscars Ad

February 8th, 2011 10:16am EST
Melissa Leo
Actress Melissa Leo has defended posing for a provocative photograph to rally for Oscars votes, insisting the "awards process" is about "pimping yourself out."

The star is nominated for Best Supporting Actress at the upcoming ceremony, and is facing competition from her The Fighter co-star Amy Adams, Helena Bonham Carter (The King's Speech), Hailee Steinfeld (True Grit) and Jacki Weaver (Animal Kingdom).

Leo donned a tight low-cut black dress to pose for a sexy promo shot, which ran in a number of Hollywood trade magazines and online with the tagline 'Consider' in a bid to gain votes ah...
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SAG Awards Top Moments: Why Was Natalie Portman's Acceptance Speech Censored?

January 31st, 2011 9:20am EST
Natalie Portman | Photo Credits: John Shearer/WireImage.com
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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Best & Worst Dressed At The 2011 Screen Actors Guild Awards

January 31st, 2011 8:54am EST
SAG Fashion
Natalie Portman once again was the star of the evening. Last night she took home the Best Actress award at the Screen Actors Guild (SAG) Awards for her performance in "Black Swan." But she also gets an award from us for being one of the Best Dressed actresses of the night.

The pregnant star wore a white, strapless Azarro gown and a staggering $2 million worth of Tiffany jewels. A baby bump never looked so good!

Check out the fashion from last night's event, and tell us who YOU think was the best and worst dressed!

(And check out the winner's list here!)

THE GOOD

"Glee" star Dianna Agro...
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2011 SAG Awards List Of Winners

January 31st, 2011 8:15am EST
Colin Firth
 

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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Melissa Leo Wants To Bring 'The Fighter' Mom To Oscars

January 26th, 2011 1:50am EST
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Oscar nominee Melissa Leo wants to take the woman she played in gritty new film The Fighter to the Academy Awards with her next month.

The actress has called on ailing Ward family matriarch Alice Ward to join her at the Oscars - but she won't make plans until doctors give her the go-ahead to invite her.

The 80 year old suffered a cardiac arrest earlier this month and was briefly declared dead.

She made a miraculous recovery, was placed on life support and has since regained consciousness.

Leo tells USA Today, "She's in fragile condition in a Boston hospital... but it would be super for ...
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Oscar Nominations 2011: Complete List Of Academy Award Nominees

January 25th, 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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Golden Globes: 'The Social Network Previals,' Gervais Sails

January 17th, 2011 3:17pm EST
The Social Network
‘The Social Network’ was the big winner at Sunday’s Golden Globe Awards, with four awards – Best Drama, Best Director (David Fincher), Best Screenplay (Aaron Sorkin) and Best Score. 'The King’s Speech' – which led in nominations with seven – came away with just one win, for Best Drama Actor (Colin Firth).

‘The Kids Are All Right’ re-emerged in the Oscar race with two wins (Best Comedy – and how could it NOT win that given the competition?) and Best Comedy Actress for Annette Bening (ditto). And ‘The Fighter’ takes the lead in the supporting races, with Christian Bale and Melissa Leo ...
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'The Social Network' Tops Golden Globes (Full List Of Winners)

January 16th, 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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Red Carpet Pics: The 16th Annual Critics' Choice Awards

January 16th, 2011 4:23pm EST
Critics Choice Awards
Mila Kunis was among the myriad stars who were out Friday night for the 16th annual Critics' Choice Movie Awards at the Hollywood Palladium.

The awards honor the best in cinematic achievement and is known for having a great record predicting who will be winners at the Academy Awards.

This year's ceremony saw Matt Damon land the fourth annual Joel Sigel Award, which was presented by Jimmy Kimmel and Emily Blunt. The award pays homage to late Good Morning America film critic Joel Siegel, who lost his battle with cancer in June, 2007.

Friday night's event also saw the introduction of a new ...
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'Inception' And 'Social Network' Lead Critics Choice Awards

January 15th, 2011 11:00am EST
Inception
Mind-bending drama Inception and The Social Network were the big winners at the Critics Choice Awards in Los Angeles on Friday, picking up 10 honors between them.

The Social Network claimed Best Film, Best Director (David Fincher), Best Adapted Screenplay (Aaron Sorkin) and Best Score (Trent Reznor & Atticus Ross), while Inception took home six prizes, including Best Action Film, Best Visual Effects and Best Sound.

The 16th annual Critics' Choice Movie Awards also honoured Oscar favourites Natalie Portman and Colin Firth with acting awards for their roles in Black Swan and The King's Sp...
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'Golden Globes' Picks: 'Two Jews On Film' Almost Agree On Theirs (Video)

January 14th, 2011 11:20am EST
The Kings Speech
It's that time of year...Hollywood's super fun award show, The Golden Globes...where anything can happen. Just look at one of this year's picks from The Hollywood Foreign Press...'The Tourist' for best comedy. You've got to be kidding. The only reason that film was nominated was to get Johnny Depp and Miss Jolie to the show.

That said...there are a lot of wonderful films nominated this year. Darren Aronofsky's dark and brilliant tale of an obsessed ballerina, 'The Black Swan' has Natalie Portman, Barbara Hershey, and Mila Kunis doing some of their best work.

Then there was David Finc...
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Golden Globes: Who's In, Who's Not & The WTF

December 15th, 2010 9:41am EST
Golden Globe
As reported earlier, the Golden Globe nomination list is out. Among films, ‘The King’s Speech’ leads with seven nods, closely followed by ‘The Social Network’ and ‘The Fighter’ with six apiece. ‘Inception’ and ‘Black Swan’ made strong showings as well among dramas. On the comedy side, ‘The Kids Are All Right’ – which needed a pre-Oscar boost to stay a contender – landed nominations for Annette Bening and Julianne Moore (although, strangely, not Mark Ruffalo) and for Best Comedy – where it’s a surefire winner, unless you can see some brainless foreign journalist voting for ‘RED,’ ‘Alice i...
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