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Benedict Cumberbatch Scored 'Star Trek 2' Role With iPhone Audition

April 27th, 2012 8:17am EDT
Benedict Cumberbatch
British actor Benedict Cumberbatch grabbed a role in the upcoming Star Trek thanks to an audition tape recorded on an iPhone.

The War Horse star heard director J.J. Abrams was interested in casting him as the lead villain in the follow-up to his 2009 blockbuster, so he came up with an oddball idea to have a friend film his try-out on his smart phone late one night.

He tells the New York Times, "I was pretty strung out, so that went into the performance."

He submitted the clip to Abrams only to be told by an assistant that the filmmaker was on vacation.

However, when Cumberbatch fina...
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Blu-ray Review: 'War Horse'

April 9th, 2012 2:20pm EDT
War Horse photo
Can a horse go though the dark depths of war and live to snort the tale? If Director Steven Spielberg has anything to say about it can and the result is the new to Blu-ray flick "War Horse" out now from Dreamworks/Touchstone Home Entertainment. Follow the hoof prints below!

Title: "War Horse"

Grade: 3 1/2

Cast: Emily Watson, David Thewlis, Peter Mullan

Director: Steven Spielberg

Rating: PG-13

Runtime: 146 minutes

Release Company: Dreamworks/Touchstone Home Entertainment

Website: www.WarHorseMovie.com

The Flick: What is strange about this Spielberg vehicle is how m...
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Check Out 'War Horse' On Blu-ray, DVD & More Today

April 3rd, 2012 7:29am EDT
War Horse
Director Steven Spielberg's epic World War I drama "War Horse" details the remarkable bond between a man named Albert (Jeremy Irvine) and his loyal horse, Joey.

Adapted from the novel by Michael Morpurgo, War Horse follows the growing friendship between man and beast as Albert trains Joey, and then follows Joey on an incredible journey across the English countryside after the pair are forcibly separated.

Along the way, Joey touches the lives of everyone he comes into contact with, including British and German soldiers, as well as a kindly French farmer and his impressionable grand...
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First Look: Watch A 'War Horse' Bonus Clip

March 22nd, 2012 7:12pm EDT
War Horse
Director Steven Spielberg's epic World War I drama "War Horse" details the remarkable bond between a man named Albert (Jeremy Irvine) and his loyal horse, Joey.

Adapted from the novel by Michael Morpurgo, "War Horse" follows the growing friendship between man and beast as Albert trains Joey, and then follows Joey on an incredible journey across the English countryside after the pair are forcibly separated.

Along the way, Joey touches the lives of everyone he comes into contact with, including British and German soldiers, as well as a kindly French farmer and his impressionable granddaug...
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'The Artist' & 'Hugo' Top Oscars With Five Wins Each (Full List Of Academy Award Winners)

February 27th, 2012 12:46am EST
The Artist and Hugo
Tom Hanks, who ended last year's Academy Awards by announcing Best Picture winner The King's Speech, started things off at this year's Oscars by handing out the evening's first two awards, for Best Cinematography and Best Art Direction. Both awards went to Martin Scorsese's 3D family film Hugo, quickly setting the tone for a possible upset in the coveted Best Picture category at the end of the ceremony.

But that wasn't to be, as frontrunner The Artist took most of the night's major awards, including Best Picture, Actor (Jean Dujardin) and Director (Michel Hazanavicius).

Both films finishe...
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Watch As The Stars Arrive On The Red Carpet At The Oscars (Live Stream)

February 26th, 2012 4:00pm EST
Academy Awards
Hollywood's top stars will begin arriving on the red carpet outside the Kodak Theater in Hollywood, Calif., for the 84th Academy Awards this afternoon and you can watch all the action right here.

The live stream begins today at 2:00pm PST (5:00 pm EST), and will run until 4:30pm PST (7:30pm EST), when the stars will begin taking their seats before the show gets underway.

Check out all the hot fashions and watch all the stars and Oscar nominees as they arrive for Tinseltown's biggest night.
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'War Horse' Lands Genesis Award Nomination

February 7th, 2012 3:36pm EST
War Horse
Steven Spielberg has won praise from officials at the Humane Society of the United States - his movie War Horse has landed a top nomination at the group's annual Genesis Awards.

The film, set during World War One, has been recognized in the Feature Film category alongside Rise of the Planet of the Apes, Dolphin Tale and animated family movie Rio.

TV series Hawaii Five-O and The Glades have received nods for Dramatic Series, while the Sid Caesar Comedy Award nominees include news show The Colbert Report, cartoon The Cleveland Show and Melissa Joan Hart's family sitcom Melissa & Joey.

T...
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'Hugo' & 'The Artist' Lead 2012 Oscar Nominations (See Full List)

January 24th, 2012 9:20am EST
Oscars 2012
Martin Scorsese's first foray into 3D filmmaking, Hugo and director Michel Hazanavicius' black & white silent comedy-drama The Artist topped this year's list of nominations, pulling in 11 and 10 nominations, respectively, for the 2012 Academy Awards.

Both films are nominated for Best Picture, Director, and Screenplay awards.

Jennifer Lawrence, who was nominated for a Best Actress Oscar last year for her role in Winter's Bone and stars in the upcoming, highly anticipated The Hunger Games, joined the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences president Tom Sherak in Beverly Hills to announ...
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'The Help' And 'The Artist' Dominate The 2012 Critics' Choice Awards

January 13th, 2012 8:12am EST
The Help
The Help and The Artist dominated the Critics' Choice Awards in Los Angeles on Thursday night, scooping the event's top prizes.

The film about the treatment of black maids in 1960s America landed three of the coveted acting honors, including a Best Actress prize for Viola Davis, while her co-star Octavia Spencer picked up the night's first award, Best Supporting Actress.

Davis told the crowd at the Hollywood Palladium, "I consider it an honor to pay homage to these woman who at that time period were not allowed to dream."

The ladies were handed another trophy, Best Acting Ensemble, bu...
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Directors Guild Awards Awards Include David Fincher, Oust Steven Speilberg

January 10th, 2012 9:25am EST
'The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo'
The Directors Guild Awards announced the nominees for the best film director award yesterday. There were a couple of surprises that may change the shape of the Oscar race.

There are only five nominees at the DGAs. This year, they are:

Woody Allen for ‘Midnight in Paris’

David Fincher for ‘The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo’

Alexander Payne for ‘The Descendants’

Michael Hazanivicius for ‘The Artist’

Martin Scorsese for ‘Hugo’

The most surprising inclusion here is Fincher. ‘The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo’ has gotten good reviews, and while the box office is steady, it’s not exactly a run...
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Kate Middleton Celebrates 30th Birthday, Attends 'War Horse' Premiere

January 9th, 2012 10:00am EST
Prince William & Kate Middleton
Prince William and his wife Catherine, Duchess Of Cambridge surprised film fans in London on Sunday night by attending the premiere of Steven Spielberg's new movie "War Horse."

The screening was an early birthday treat for the Duchess, commonly known as Kate Middleton, who turns 30 today.

The Duchess has mass worldwide appeal. In a recent British poll, respondents chose what celebrity assets appeal to women most and Kate's hair made the list. Fitness Magazine readers recently said the newlywed royal had the "Best Celeb Wardrobe." She was also one of the most searched and most intriguing p...
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Benedict Cumberbatch Beams Aboard 'Star Trek' Sequel

January 5th, 2012 2:23pm EST
Benedict Cumberbatch
War Horse and Sherlock star Benedict Cumberbatch is to be transported from the past to the future after landing a leading role in J.J. Abrams' Star Trek sequel.

It has not been revealed what part the Brit will play or if his character in the much-anticipated sci-fi film is a hero or a villain, but Deadline.com reports he is definitely onboard.

The untitled Star Trek sequel, which will bring back Zoe Saldana, Chris Pine, Simon Pegg and Zachary Quinto, is set to hit cinemas next summer.
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Tom Cruise Leads 2012 Box Office

January 2nd, 2012 2:30pm EST
Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol
Tom Cruise sailed into 2012 with a number one hit at the box office after his new action movie Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol scored big over the holiday weekend.

The latest addition to the Mission: Impossible film franchise topped the New Year's weekend box office with an estimated $31.3 million in earnings.

It saw off competition from another sequel, Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows, which came in second by taking $22.1 million at the box office.

Family-friendly film Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked ($18.3 million) came in third ahead of War Horse ($16.9 million) and the Am...
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Review 'War Horse' - 'Two Jews On Film' Have Dry Eyes Watching Spielberg's WWI Epic (Video)

December 19th, 2011 1:00pm EST
War Horse
Two Jews on Film - By Joan Alperin Schwartz: Albert (Jeremy Irvine) a young boy lives on a rented farm in Devon with his mom (Emily Watson) and his dad (Peter Mullen). Albert has a horse named Joey and Joey...is one awesome horse and the family couldn't be happier. Until...

WWI breaks out, and poor Joey is sold to the British cavalry and shipped off to France. Luckily this really nice British officer (Tom Hiddleston) promises the devastated Albert, that he will take wonderful care of Joey and do everything in his power, to bring the horse back to him, in one piece of course.

But as ...
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'The Help', 'The Artist' And 'The Descendants' Dominate 2012 Golden Globe Nominations

December 15th, 2011 10:30am EST
The Artist
The Help, The Artist and The Descendants will be the ones to beat at the 2012 Golden Globe Awards after landing four nominations each.

The Help will go head-to-head with The Descendants in the Best Motion Picture (Drama) category alongside The Ides of March, Martin Scorsese's Hugo, Steven Spielberg's War Horse, and Moneyball.

The Help also received nods in the Best Performance by an Actress (Drama) category, thanks to Viola Davis, and Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role, for Jessica Chastain and Octavia Spencer's work.

The Descendants scooped mentions for Best Performa...
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'The Artist' And 'Hugo' Lead Critic Choice Awards Nominations

December 13th, 2011 2:31pm EST
Hugo
The Artist and Hugo have both been given major Oscars boosts after landing 11 nominations apiece for the 2012 Critics' Choice Awards.

The two films, which have already picked up early awards, will compete for the Best Picture at the 17th annual Critics' Choice Awards, as selected by the Broadcast Film Critics Association in America.

They will be up against Midnight in Paris, Drive, The Help, Moneyball, Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close, The Tree of Life and War Horse.

George Clooney (The Descendants), Jean Dujardin (The Artist), Ryan Gosling (Drive), Brad Pitt (Moneyball), Michael F...
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AFI Names Best Films Of 2011

December 12th, 2011 8:34am EST
The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo
The Help, The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo and Bridesmaids have been named among the best movies of the year by the American Film Institute (AFI).

The institution has announced its top 10 films of the last 12 months, picked by a panel of industry experts including a number of former studio bosses, Oscar-winning actress Whoopi Goldberg, and movie historian Leonard Maltin.

Other films to make the list include George Clooney's critically-acclaimed The Descendants, J. Edgar, Midnight In Paris, War Horse, Hugo and two Brad Pitt films - Moneyball and The Tree Of Life.

In the TV section, Brea...
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Kathie Lee Gifford Shows Off Her Beautiful Teen Daughter Cassidy At 'War Horse' Premiere

December 5th, 2011 2:50pm EST
Kathie Lee & Cassidy Gifford
Kathie Lee Gifford and her daughter Cassidy, 17, attended the "War Horse" premiere in New York City on Sunday. It's no surprise that Kathie Lee's daughter is so pretty considering her mom was once a beauty queen. She represented Maryland in the America's Junior Miss pageant in 1970.

Back in September Cassidy and reality star Kendall Jenner modeled for Sherri Hill on the catwalk during New York Fashion Week.

We have a feeling we'll be seeing more of Cassidy in the future.

Cassidy on the runway:
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Critics Predict 'The Artist' Will Win Best Picture At The Academy Awards

December 5th, 2011 8:59am EST
The Artist
Silent black and white movie "The Artist" has romped ahead of the Oscars favorites with top critics predicting Michel Hazanavicius' film will win Best Picture next February.

Nineteen of the 30 GoldDerby.com 'Oscarologists', who follow the race to the Academy Awards, have tipped "The Artist" for glory - a month after 11 of the then-26 experts picked George Clooney's "The Descendants" to win.

As such, "The Artist" is a 17/10 favorite, while "The Descendant" now lags behind in second place with 4/1 odds.

Steven Spielberg's "The War Horse" is third, while "Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close" ...
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December Movie Preview

December 3rd, 2011 9:00am EST
December Movie Preview
Well, we’ve made it. December is finally here and with it, as always, comes the biggest push for awards season glory. This December is packed with films that are vying for Oscar attention, some of which are the most anticipated films of the year.

December 9

Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy

There is so much to be excited about for “Tinker Tailor Solider Spy” that it’s hard to list everything. For starters, the cast is amazing: Gary Oldman (in the role that will most likely finally win him an Oscar), Colin Firth, Tom Hardy, Mark Strong, Toby Jones and John Hurt. Aside from a group of some of the ...
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'Drive' And 'War Horse' Lead 2011 Satellite Awards Nominations

December 2nd, 2011 9:18am EST
Drive Movie
Action thriller Drive and Steven Spielberg's latest epic War Horse lead the International Press Academy's nominations for the 2011 Satellite Awards with eight nods apiece.

Both movies are up for Best Film, alongside The Artist, The Descendants, The Help, Hugo, Moneyball, Midnight in Paris, Shame and Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy while Drive's Ryan Gosling and Albert Brooks are among the nominees for Best Actor and Best Supporting Actor respectively.

Competing with Gosling for the Best Actor trophy will be George Clooney (The Descendants), Leonardo DiCaprio (J. Edgar), Michael Fassbender (Sh...
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Steven Spielberg's 'War Horse' Is Early Frontrunner For Best Picture Oscar

September 26th, 2011 7:52pm EDT
Steven Spielberg
Steven Spielberg's heart-tugging new movie War Horse has emerged as the front-runner to land the Best Picture Oscar at the 2012 Academy Awards, according to Hollywood's top film experts.

A panel of movie critics and industry insiders have listed their early picks on website GoldDerby.com and the first Oscars race odds appear to favor War Horse over George Clooney films The Descendants and The Ides of March.

Also making the cut in the first Academy Awards Best Picture list are The Artist, J. Edgar, summer hit The Help, Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close, The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo, a...
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Steven Spielberg Will Dominate The Christmas 2011 Box Office

October 14th, 2010 8:34pm EDT
Steven Spielberg
Steven Spielberg will be playing Santa Claus at the box office next Christmas (you know, despite him being Jewish and all -ed.) - he's releasing two movies on the same day over the holiday season.

World War I drama "War Horse" and "The Adventures of Tintin: The Secret of the Unicorn" - both directed by Spielberg - will hit movie theaters in the on December 28, 2011 and battle it out for big bucks at the box office over the holiday season.

"War Horse," starring David Thewlis and Emily Watson, was scheduled for release next summer but studio bosses at Dreamworks have pushed it back after sc...
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