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Guy Pearce Pumped Up For Action Hero Role In 'Lockout'

April 11th, 2012 11:00am EDT
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Guy Pearce is well known for his dramatic work in movies like Memento and The King’s Speech. Viewers will see his physical side in Lockout, as the action hero Snow. Pearce has a strapping body with arms exploding out of a tank top.

“It was a lot of serious working out in a Belgrade gym,” Pearce said. He shot the film in Serbia. Snow has to go to a space prison to rescue the president’s daughter (Maggie Grace), and he looks like he can handle himself.

“I just went back to the gym. I used to work out in the gym a lot when I was younger. I was a competition body builder when I was 16 or some...
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Helena Bonham Carter Honored With CBE

February 22nd, 2012 11:23am EST
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The King's Speech star Helena Bonham Carter met real-life royalty on Wednesday as she was honored with a Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) medal at Buckingham Palace in London.

The actress played the late Queen Elizabeth in the 2010 movie and she was the guest of honor at her daughter Queen Elizabeth II's royal residence, where she was recognized for her services to drama.

Bonham Carter, who wore a striking Vivienne Westwood tartan dress, was given the award to recognize her career achievements.

Colin Firth, her co-star in The King's Speech, received the same honor la...
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'House' Recap: Nobody’s Fault

February 6th, 2012 9:51pm EST
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This week’s episode of “House,” entitled “Nobody’s Fault,” is the most engaging and stylized episode of this season. It reminds viewers that though the show can occasionally fall into a formulaic rut, show creator David Shore and his brilliant writers will never leave fans dangling for long.

Directed by Greg Yaitanes, a veteran director of not just “House” but a slew of television dramas including “Lost” and “Heroes,” this week’s episode is filmed in a “Rashomon” style of storytelling, a method most recently co-opted by David Fincher’s “The Social Network.” Like Akira Kurosawa’s classic fi...
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Colin Firth Lands CBE Honor

January 26th, 2012 11:24am EST
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The King's Speech star Colin Firth came face-to-face with a real-life prince on Thursday as he was honored with a Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) medal at Buckingham Palace in London.

The actor was the guest of honor at Queen Elizabeth II's royal residence, where he was recognized for his services to drama.

He was given the award by the monarch's son, Charles, Prince of Wales.

Firth was accompanied to the ceremony by his wife Livia, who had earlier 'tweeted' a picture of the couple in their smart clothes ahead of the prize giving.

And in a post on her blog for Vog...
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Geoffrey Rush Named Australian Of The Year

January 25th, 2012 10:41am EST
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Actor Geoffrey Rush has received the coveted Australian of the Year trophy from the country's prime minister.

The King's Speech star, who was the first Australian-born actor to win an Academy Award, was handed the accolade by Australian leader Julia Gillard outside Parliament House in the capital city of Canberra on Wednesday.

Gillard praised Rush's achievements in his long running career in show business, his commitment to the arts and his charity work.

Rush took the opportunity to praise the Australian arts industry and voiced his hope that more young stars will be able to follow in...
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Colin Firth Believes Gary Oldman Is Hung Like 'A Water Buffalo'?

January 19th, 2012 10:14am EST
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Colin Firth is still desperate to know if his Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy co-star Gary Oldman is really well hung after his fellow Brit appeared to boast a large manhood in the Spandex outfit he wore for A Christmas Carol.

Oldman played Bob Cratchit, Jacob Marley and Tiny Tim in the motion capture film, opposite Oscar winner Firth - who portrayed Fred, and both stars had to wear specially-made, unflattering black rubber suits so animators could transfer their facial expressions and actions onto the screen.

Nevertheless, while Firth tried to pad his "manhood-cancelling" Spandex bodysuit so...
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Helena Bonham Carter To Be Honored By Queen

January 2nd, 2012 11:52am EST
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Oscar-nominated actress Helena Bonham Carter has been awarded a Commander of the Order of the British Empire medal (CBE) in Queen Elizabeth II's New Year's Honors list.

The Brit, who portrayed the Queen's mother in The King's Speech, has been recognized for her career achievements and will be presented with the accolade during a ceremony at Buckingham Palace in London this year.

TV mogul Peter Bazalgette, the producer credited with turning reality show Big Brother into an international phenomenon, is to receive a knighthood, while author Penelope Lively, who won the Booker Prize for 1987'...
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2011 - The Year In Review, February

January 1st, 2012 10:00am EST
2011 - The Year In Review
As awards season got into full swing, The King's Speech was the toast of Hollywood after scooping four Oscars including Best Picture, Best Actor for the movie's star, Colin Firth, and Best Director for Tom Hooper, while Natalie Portman fought back tears as she walked away with the Best Actress honor for her role as a tormented ballet dancer in Black Swan. It was a different story at the Independent Spirit Awards, where Black Swan trounced its rivals, picking up four honors including Best Director for Darren Aronofsky.

In the world of music, Lady Gaga's incredible rise continued as she pick...
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Helena Bonham Carter To Receive OBE

December 31st, 2011 10:39am EST
Helena Bonham Carter
Helena Bonham Carter has been awarded a Commander of the Order of the British Empire medal (CBE) in Queen Elizabeth II's New Year's Honors list.

The Brit, who portrayed the Queen's mother in "The King's Speech," has been recognized for her career achievements and will be presented with the accolade during a ceremony at Buckingham Palace in London next year.

TV mogul Peter Bazalgette, the producer credited with turning reality show Big Brother into an international phenomenon, is to receive a knighthood, while author Penelope Lively, who won the Booker Prize for 1987's Moon Tiger, will be ...
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The Most Illegally Downloaded Films Of 2011 Are...

December 28th, 2011 8:18am EST
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Vin Diesel's action film "Fast Five" has topped a new poll as the most pirated movie of 2011.

The actor and his co-stars Paul Walker and Dwayne Johnson struck gold with the fifth installment of "The Fast and The Furious" franchise, raking in $626 million worldwide earlier this year.

But the sequel was also in high demand online - and was illegally downloaded a stunning 9.3 million times, according to TorrentFreak.com.

"The Hangover Part II" was the second most pirated film with 8.8 million hits, while "Thor" was third with 8.3 million downloads.

Other films featured in TorrentFreak's to...
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'The King's Speech' Awarded Humanitas Prize

September 18th, 2011 6:00pm EDT
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Oscar-winning movie The King's Speech continued its award streak by landing a prestigious Humanitas Prize on Friday.

Screenwriter David Seidler was handed $10,000 at the 37th Annual Humanitas ceremony for the historical drama, which won the Academy Award for Best Picture and Best Actor for Colin Firth in February.

Writer/director Thomas McCarthy also scooped a $10,000 prize for his sports drama Win Win, starring Paul Giamatti.

The writing team behind Modern Family and Friday Night Lights also took home honours at the bash, held at the Montage Beverly Hills hotel in California.

The Human...
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Lady Gaga & Justin Timberlake Are The Best Dressed People In The World

August 3rd, 2011 6:00pm EDT
Lady Gaga & Justin Timberlake
Justin Timberlake and Lady Gaga have topped Vanity Fair's 2011 "International Best-Dressed List." The singers were selected as part of the magazine's annual list of the most stylish celebrities.

Also among this year's winners are Johnny Depp, English actress Carey Mulligan, "The King's Speech" star Colin Firth, Oscar winner Tilda Swinton and "The Social Network's" Armie Hammer.

Hollywood celebrities weren't the only ones to receive recognition - a number of other public figures made the cut, including Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge and First Lady Michelle Obama.
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Helena Bonham Carter To Be Honored By BAFTA

July 14th, 2011 2:28pm EDT
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Actress Helena Bonham Carter will be the toast of Hollywood later this year when she is honored at the 2011 BAFTA Los Angeles Britannia Awards.

The Oscar-nominated The King's Speech star has been chosen as the British Artist of the Year by the Hollywood branch of the British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA).

Bonham Carter will join fellow nominee David Yates, the filmmaker of her latest movie Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2, who will receive the John Schlesinger Britannia Award for Excellence in Directing.

Director and animator John Lasseter will also be honore...
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Madonna's 'W.E.' Considered An Oscars Contender

July 1st, 2011 7:00pm EDT
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Movie mogul Harvey Weinstein has high hopes for Madonna's directorial debut after announcing plans to release the drama in time for the awards season.

The pop superstar's new movie W.E. partly chronicles King Edward VIII's romance with American divorcee Wallis Simpson, which forced him to abdicate the British throne to his brother.

And Weinstein is so impressed by the project, which stars James D'Arcy and Andrea Riseborough, he is planning to release the film in America in December - when studios traditionally offer up their best efforts for Academy Awards.

He says, "Madonna beautiful...
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The Number Of Oscar Best Picture Nominees Will Dwindle Under New Rules

June 15th, 2011 5:49pm EDT
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When the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences shook it up two years ago by widening the field of Best Picture nominees to 10, it really was an experiment of sorts. And with experimentation comes change.

The Academy announced today that after a meeting with the Board of Governors, there will be a change of voting when it comes to Best Picture, and with it a possibly reduced number of movies in contention.

Here's how it will work: Academy voters will rank their 10 favorite films from 1 to 10. Those movies that get at least 5 percent of the "1" vote will get a Best Picture nominatio...
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James McAvoy: 'We Dumb Our Movies Down Because We Want Americans To Understand Them'

May 25th, 2011 11:48am EDT
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Actor James McAvoy fears for the future of the British film industry, because he is convinced U.K. moviemakers are "dumbing down" to satisfy the American market.

McAvoy, who will next been seen in superhero blockbuster X-Men: First Class, believes British directors are making too many compromises and he is adamant simplifying scripts is "patronizing" U.S. viewers.

He tells Britain's Sky News, "We dumb our movies down because we want Americans to understand them. The Americans watch it and go 'This is a really unsophisticated dumbed down movie. Why would we want this? Why do we like this...
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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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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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Stars Protest British Government's Art Cuts

March 13th, 2011 3:03pm EDT
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Screen stars including Helen Mirren, Michael Sheen and Julie Walters have joined forces to protest against government cuts to arts funding in Britain.

Kenneth Branagh, Sheila Hancock, David Tennant and director Mike Leigh are also among the names who have signed a letter, published in U.K. newspaper The Observer, declaring arts and culture in Britain are facing "the biggest threat" in decades.

It comes after officials last year wound down the UK Film Council, which has funded movies including the Oscar-winning The King's Speech, as part of a range of cost-cutting measures.

The letter, or...
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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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Rango Lassoes Top Spot at Box Office

March 6th, 2011 10:57pm EST
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Rango roped in the top spot at the weekend box office, according to Box Office Mojo.

The animated film, which reteamed Johnny Depp with Pirates of the Caribbean director Gore Verbinski, grossed an estimated $38 million in its first weekend.

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The adult thriller The Adjustment Bureau, starring Matt Damon, came in at No. 2 with an opening weekend tally of $20.9 million. Fellow new release, Beastly, earned...

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Weinstein, Who Distributed 'King's Speech,' Backs Miley Cyrus' New Film

March 4th, 2011 8:47am EST
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Movie mogul Harvey Weinstein is set to follow his Oscars success with "The King's Speech" by distributing Miley Cyrus' new movie.

The Weinstein Company, which picked up a Best Picture statue at the Oscars on Sunday, has picked up the teen star's new movie "So Undercover," in which the singer/actress goes undercover at a college to protect the daughter of a former mobster.

The film also stars Jeremy Piven and Kelly Osbourne.

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Oscars: Who Do You Want to Win?

February 27th, 2011 7:50pm EST
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Hollywood's biggest night is here: the Academy Awards. Can early critical darling and Golden Globe winner The Social Network dethrone recent favorite and Screen Actors Guild champ The King's Speech? Will Natalie Portman take home the best actress trophy? And is Toy Story 3 a lock for...

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'Black Swan,' Natalie Portman Win Big at Independent Spirit Awards

February 27th, 2011 6:45pm EST
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Black Swan continued to dance all over its competition at Saturday's 26th Annual Film Independent Spirit Awards after picking up four top honors.

Oscar favorite Natalie Portman, whose portrayal of a troubled and dedicated ballet dancer in the film has won her global acclaim, was named Best Actress, while Black Swan also picked up Best Feature, Best Director for Darren Aronofsky and Best Cinematography.

James Franco's performance in 127 Hours made him the surprise winner of the Best Actor prize, beating the seemingly unstoppable Colin Firth, who has swept the board for his role in The King...
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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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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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