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17 Movies That Prove 2010s Will Be One Of Film's Best Decades

April 20th, 2014 2:00pm EDT
17 Movies That Prove 2010s Will Be One Of Film's Best Decades
With the endless sequel-reboot environment consuming the Hollywood landscape, it can be easy to claim that movies’ best days are already over. But just by looking at the crop of high-quality pictures from this decade alone, the era of top notch filmmaking is still far away from closing credits. From psychotic ballerinas to robotic romances and every top-notch indie and mainstream pic in between, these pics prove that the golden age of Hollywood may just be starting. Here are 17 movies that prove the 2010’s will be one of the best decades in film history.

The Avengers

Marvel movies wer...
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PETA Slams Jennifer Lawrence Over Her Squirrel Skinning Remark

April 10th, 2012 12:49pm EDT
Jennifer Lawrence
Jennifer Lawrence has incurred the wrath of animal rights activists at PETA for making light of a squirrel skinning scene in her Oscar-nominated movie Winter's Bone.

The Hunger Games star is seen ripping the fur from the animal in the critically-acclaimed 2010 movie and she discusses the bloody scene in a new interview with Rolling Stone.

However, the 21-year-old actress couldn't help but take a shot at People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA), telling the magazine, "I should say it wasn't real, for PETA. But screw PETA."

A representative for the animal rights organization h...
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Jennifer Lawrence Turns 21; Learn More About The 'Hunger Games' Starlet

August 16th, 2011 12:00pm EDT
Jennifer Lawrence
Jennifer Lawrence, who turned 21 yesterday, is on her way to becoming Hollywood elite. Not sure who she is? She jumped onto the Tinseltown radar in the film "Winter's Bone" (2010).

In the film, Ozark teen Ree Dolly (Lawrence) breaks the local code of conduct by confronting her kin about their conspiracy of silence after her home is in danger of being repossessed when her meth-cooking dad skips bail and disappears.

The film earned Jennifer an Academy Award nomination. She became the second youngest Oscar nominee for best actress in a leading role.

Jennifer also played Raven/Mystique i...
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Oscar's Big Change And Four Small Changes That Come Along With It

June 16th, 2011 1:00pm EDT
Natalie Portman
On Tuesday, The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, in a rare moment of clarity, re-opened the possibility of a limited field of nominees for Best Picture each year. In other words, after two years of nonsense, a Best Picture nomination actually matters again.

The new system is very simple. It works similarly to the way Baseball Players are elected to the Hall of Fame. Academy member vote in much the same way as they have the last two years – ranking their nominees from 1 through 10.

Except now, instead of a convoluted vote counting process that leads to scavenging for a tenth no...
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First Look: Jennifer Lawrence As Katniss In 'The Hunger Games'

May 19th, 2011 10:43pm EDT
Jennifer Lawrence
Fans of The Hunger Games - Suzanne Collins' terrifically urgent dystopian trilogy about children forced to fight to the death-have always been protective of 16-year-old heroine Katniss Everdeen. So when Lionsgate and director Gary Ross announced that they had cast 20-year-old Oscar nominee Jennifer Lawrence (Winter's Bone) in the lead role, the community was thrown into an inevitable tailspin. Was she too old, too blonde, too pale, too pretty to do the gritty warrior girl justice? In this week's cover story, EW was granted an exclusive interview with a newly brunette Lawrence, and spent hou...
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Jennifer Lawrence Talks Blue Body Paint & Heavy Training For 'X-Men: First Class'

May 18th, 2011 7:10am EDT
Jennifer Lawrence ELLE
Oscar-nominated up-and-comer Jennifer Lawrence explains how different it was going from a film in which she wore virtually no makeup and did little training - Winter's Bone - to her latest, X-Men: First Class - where virtually every inch of her body was covered in blue body paint to play the mutant Mystique - originally played by Rebecca Romijn (the latest in the series is a prequel. She was also subject to a heavy training regimen to get her in the best shape possible for a role that would see her virtually naked through half the film.

"I knew that if I was going to be naked in front of t...
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Oscar-Nominee Jennifer Lawrence Is Hollywood's Next Big Star

April 15th, 2011 2:00pm EDT
Jennifer Lawrence
Jennifer Lawrence heats up the new issue Of GQ magazine by stripping down to her underwear for a sexy photo shoot. The 20-year-old up-and-comer stars in this summer's X-Men: First Class, as the shape-shifting Mystique.

Jennifer takes over the role made famous by Rebecca Romijn for the franchise's prequel, which takes place before Professor Charles Xavier and Magneto become enemies and their team of mutants team up to save the world from nuclear annihilation.

The film's director, Matthew Vaughn, tells GQ, "There are a lot of young American actors right now who haven't got any technique, an...
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Jennifer Lawrence Lands Lead Role In 'The Hunger Games'

March 17th, 2011 2:22pm EDT
Jennifer Lawrence
Academy Award nominee Jennifer Lawrence will play the coveted role of Katniss Everdeen in "The Hunger Games," which is based on the best-selling young adult book series by Suzanne Collins, according to The Wrap.

The book tells the dark tale of a 16-year-old girl who is selected to compete in a vicious televised tournament in which 24 teenagers from a post-apocalyptic society are selected to fight to the death for the entertainment of the masses.

Lawrence, 20, was nominated for an Oscar for her performance in in 2010's "Winter's Bone." She is starring in the upcoming film "X-Men: First Cl...
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'The King's Speech' Takes Best Picture at Oscars (Full List Of Winners)

February 28th, 2011 12:30am EST
The King's Speech
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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'Black Swan,' Natalie Portman Win Big at Independent Spirit Awards

February 27th, 2011 6:45pm EST
Natalie Portman
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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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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Academy Voter Liam Neeson has no Time to Watch Nominated Films

February 17th, 2011 10:25pm EST
Liam Neeson
Actor Liam Neeson has discovered a snag in the Oscars officials' decision to nominate 10 Best Films - busy voters like him don't have the time to watch all the movies in contention.

The Unknown star has been a member of the Academy for the last few years, and as such, receives screener copies of the films up for the top Oscar - but he never gets around to watching them.

He confesses, "There's just not enough hours in the day, so I personally voted for the past two years because I think it's not fair if I see two films and I don't see the other 40."

Click for more great Liam Neeso...
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Jennifer Lawrence Gives Up Pasta Dinner For Academy Awards

February 11th, 2011 4:30pm EST
Jennifer Lawrence
Jennifer Lawrence is slightly disappointed to be up for an Oscar for her role in "Winter's Bone" because she'll miss out on her traditional pasta dinner while watching the Academy Awards on TV at home.

The newcomer is up for a Best Actress trophy at the revered prizegiving later this month but admits she will feel strange attending the bash instead of seeing it from the comfort of her own home.

She tells People.com, "Me and my friend Laura have a tradition where we eat linguine and watch. This is the first year I'm going to miss it."

And the star reveals she's struggling to get to grips ...
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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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The Oscar Nominations: Surprises, Snubs And Flubs

January 25th, 2011 10:48pm EST
The King's Speech
As reported earlier, the Oscar nominations were announced this morning. As in recent years, everything went according to plan. There were a few surprise inclusions, but most of them weren’t shocking. And the snubs weren’t too surprising either.

‘The King’s Speech’ led with 12 nominations, more than most predicted. ‘True Grit’ was close behind with a strong 10 – an astonishing turnaround from its ridiculous zero nominations at the Golden Globes – while ‘The Social Network’ trailed with a somewhat disappointing 8 nominations.

Joel and Ethan Coen of ‘True Grit’ likely edged out Christo...
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Inside Look At Today's Oscar Announcements!

January 25th, 2011 2:37pm EST
83rd Annual Academy Awards Nominations
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
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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'Two Jews On Film' Pick Their Top 10 For 2010 (Video)

January 3rd, 2011 4:05pm EST
True Grit
2010 was truly a year for amazing films. We had The Coen Brothers' fantastic remake of the classic western, True Grit. Films about people overcoming great obstacles...'Frankie & Alice', 'Conviction', 'The Fighter' '127 Hours' and of course, one of the 'Two Jews On Film' favorites...'The King's Speech'. We had movies about a dancer's obsessed with perfection...Darren Aronofsky's brilliant, twisted tale, 'The Black Swan', and a film about a man obsessed with money and power 'Casino Jack'...And then there was that movie about a guy that changed our lives forever...'The Social Network'...one...
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'Black Swan' Dominates Online Film Critics Nominations

December 28th, 2010 1:55pm EST
Natalie Portman
Pregnant actress Natalie Portman has yet another reason to celebrate this week - her new movie Black Swan has picked up seven nominations from the Online Film Critics Society.

Portman announced on Monday she is expecting her first child and also confirmed her engagement to choreographer Benjamin Millepied, who she met on the set of Black Swan.

The movie has already picked up a number of important awards nominations, including nods at the upcoming Golden Globes, and now it is now set to lead the Online Film Critics Society 2010 prize-giving.

Portman is nominated in the Best Actress cat...
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'The King's Speech' Leads 2011 SAG Award Nominations

December 16th, 2010 10:49am EST
The Kings Speech
British monarchy drama The King's Speech and boxing film The Fighter are leading the nominations in the motion picture categories at the 2011 Screen Actors Guild (SAG) Awards, earning four nods each.

Both movies will compete for the coveted Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture prize, alongside Black Swan, The Kids Are All Right and Facebook-inspired film The Social Network. The King's Speech star Colin Firth is among nominees in the best actor category, which also saw nods to Jeff Bridges (True Grit),

Robert Duvall (Get Low), Jesse Eisenberg (The Social Network) and Jam...
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'The Social Network' Continues Pre-Oscar Streak With DC Critics Win

December 7th, 2010 10:42am EST
The Social Network
Looks like 'The Social Network' is the film to beat come Oscar time - for now. It won Best Picture with the Washington DC Area Film Critics Association - its second such win in a week. The film also won Best Director (David Fincher) and Best Adapted Screenplay (Aaron Sorkin).

Colin Firth picked up his first Best Actor prize for 'The King's Speech' while Jennifer Lawrence nabbed Best Actress for the thriller 'Winter's Bone.' The supporting prizes went to a pair of actors from 'The Fighter' - Christian Bale and Melissa Leo, who are near-locks for Oscar nominations.

Here's a full list of ...
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National Board of Review: 'The Social Network' To Sweep Oscars?

December 3rd, 2010 11:20am EST
The Social Network
The first pre-Oscar awards have been bestowed. The National Board of Review - traditionally the first awards pick of the year - announced its winners today. And 'The Social Network' - one of the earliest Oscar front-runners - is a big winner. The movie won Best Picture, Best Director (David Fincher), Best Adapted Screenplay (Aaron Sorkin), and Best Actor (Jesse Eisenberg).

Best Actress went to Lesley Manville ('Another Year'), Supporting Actor to Christian Bale ('The Fighter') and Supporting Actress to little-known Jacki Weaver ('Animal Kingdom').

In addition to Best Picture, the Natio...
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The Social Network Triumphs At National Board Of Review Awards

December 2nd, 2010 10:55pm EST
The Social Network
Director David Fincher's The Social Network has been hailed by America's National Board of Review after sweeping the board with four top awards, including Best Film Of The Year.

The movie's star, Jesse Eisenberg, has been named as Best Actor, while Fincher was honored as Best Director and scriptwriter Aaron Sorkin claimed Best Adapted Screenplay for the film, which chronicles the invention of Facebook.com.

The organization announced the awards for the top movie talent of 2010 on Thursday. The board's picks often claim Oscar gold at the Academy Awards.

Meanwhile, Lesley Manville was prais...
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'Winter's Bone' Leads Independent Spirit Awards Nominations

November 30th, 2010 4:59pm EST
Winter
Crime drama Winter's Bone is leading the charge for the 2011 Independent Spirit Awards after landing seven nominations.

Director Debra Granik's film, about a young woman's search for her drug dealer father, will compete for Best Picture against ballet movie Black Swan, starring Natalie Portman, James Franco's survival drama 127 Hours, Ben Stiller's Greenberg and Annette Bening's The Kids Are All Right.

Winter's Bone star Jennifer Lawrence will battle it out with Bening and Portman for Best Actress, in addition to Greta Gerwig (Greenberg), Nicole Kidman (Rabbit Hole) and Michelle Williams...
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Trailer Talk: This Week In Movies - 'The A-Team,' 'The Karate Kid,' & More

June 7th, 2010 9:18am EDT
Karate Kid
Last week’s “Get Him to the Greek” turned out to be much funnier than I expected it would be. Jonah Hill plays a naïve record company intern tasked with watching the wild rock star Aldous Snow, portrayed by Russell Brand. It’s clear right from the beginning that Hill’s character is unable to fathom the mess he has gotten into taking care of Snow, and he quickly gives in to Snow’s party lifestyle.

Most of the film’s humor is based in the awkward interactions between Hill’s Aaron and Brand’s Aldous, with typical lowbrow laughs. However this formula just seems to fit very well for the mov...
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