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Sunday January 29th, 2012

SBIFF, Day 3: Christopher Plummer Christened ‘Modern Master,’ Insists He’s Still a Beginner

On Saturday night, the 27th annual Santa Barbara International Film Festival honored legendary thespian Christopher Plummer with its highest honor, the Modern Master Award, in front of a large crowd at Santa Barbara’s historic Arlington Theatre. (Previous recipients include Michael DouglasJodie Foster, Sir Anthony HopkinsDiane Keaton,Sean PennJeff BridgesPeter JacksonGeorge ClooneyWill SmithCate BlanchettClint EastwoodJames Cameron, and Christopher Nolan.)

The 82-year-old was in fine form, answering questions, sharing stories, and telling jokes for over two hours before being presented with his statuette by Santa Barbara native Mike Mills, the writer-director of the 2011 dramedy Beginners, in which Plummer gave a colorful supporting performance (as Mills’ late father) that earned him a Critics’ Choice Award and Golden Globe Award this month and is widely expected to win him his first Oscar next month.

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Thursday January 26th, 2012

No “Shame” for Oscars – Big Snubs

By Roger Friedman

The Oscar nominations are in, and there are lots of movies and actors who got left out. Steve McQueen’s “Shame” was totally snubbed, along with actors Michael Fassbender and Carey Mulligan. Too much sex? The Academy rejected full frontal nudity, that’s for sure. A fascinating film, but depressing–and now set to become a video hit only. Clint Eastwood’s “J Edgar” never caught on at the boxoffice, and now the actors–Leonardo DiCaprio and Armie Hammer–are out in the cold as well. “J Edgar” was very well made, but the point of the story was lost–it was not a love story that people wanted to see, but the saga of Hoover’s abuse of power.

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Tuesday January 3rd, 2012

Brad Pitt: Top Money-Making Movie Star of 2011

By Josh Abraham

Brad Pitt has been voted the Top Money-Making Star of 2011 in Quigley Publishing Company’s 80th Annual Poll of Motion Picture Exhibitors. This is Pitt’s sixth appearance in the Poll, but his first win. Exhibitors felt Pitt was responsible for more traffic to theatres than any other Hollywood star based on his performances this year in “Moneyball,” “The Tree of Life” and “Happy Feet Two.” (voice)

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Tuesday January 3rd, 2012

Tom Cruise is back! Mission: Impossible- Ghost Protocol

By Scott Mendelson

As is often the case, the last weekend of the year is basically a repeat of last weekend, both in general ranking and numbers, as the holiday weekend tends to keep drops low, if often absent. Mission: Impossible- Ghost Protocol led the pack of major Christmas and holiday releases that actually went up from last weekend. The Brad Bird spy thriller earned $31 million over Fri-Sun, with an eye towards a likely $40 million four-day holiday weekend. At the end of its third weekend, the first of which was IMAX-exclusive, the crowd-pleasing Tom Cruise vehicle will have grossed $140 million by Monday, which means it has already outgrossed the $134 million-grossing Mission: Impossible III.

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Thursday December 22nd, 2011

First Look at ‘J. Edgar’ Clips, Behind-the-Scenes Footage, and Q&A Highlights (Exclusive Video)

I’m very pleased to exclusively debut for visitors to “The Race” a special featurette about the awards hopeful J. Edgar — the Clint Eastwood film that was based on an original screenplay by Oscar winner Dustin Lance Black (Milk) and stars four-time Oscar nominee Leonardo DiCaprio and Armie Hammer (The Social Network) — that Warner Brothers will soon be disseminating across the Web.

Last week, DiCaprio’s performance as longtime FBI director J. Edgar Hoover earned him best actor nods from the BFCA, SAG, and HFPA — a combination that all but guarantees an Oscar nod — while Hammer’s turn as Clyde Tolson, Hoover’s chief deputy and rumored lover, earned him a best supporting actor nod from SAG, which is the single best predictor of acting Oscar nods.

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Thursday December 15th, 2011

Golden Globes Analysis – What Went Right? What Went Wrong?

By Sean O’Connell

Nominations for the 69th annual Golden Globe Awards, revealed Thursday morning by the Hollywood Foreign Press Association, confirmed that several talents running in the Oscar race should have their tuxedos and dresses picked out for next year’s big event.

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Thursday December 15th, 2011

Golden Globe Awards Nominations: Key Stats, Inclusions and Snubs (Analysis)

Earlier this morning, the Hollywood Foreign Press Association (HFPA) announced the nominees for the 69th annual Golden Globe Awards — which will take place in Hollywood on Sunday, Jan. 15 — and there were numerous noteworthy surprises and snubs. Here’s my best attempt to make sense of it all.

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Saturday November 26th, 2011

Signs of the Apocalypse From the 2011-12 Awards Season

 Some food for thought about the 2011-12 awards season to go along with your  Thanksgiving leftovers …

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Monday November 21st, 2011

Indie Spirit noms are coming Nov. 29

By Sean O’Connell

Anthony Mackie and Kate Beckinsale will announce the nominees for the 2012 Film Independent Spirit Awards on Tuesday, Nov. 29 at 8 a.m. at The London West Hollywood Hotel, it was revealed today by Film Independent, the non-profit arts organization that produces the Spirit Awards and theLos Angeles Film Festival.

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Sunday November 13th, 2011

FEINBERG’S 5: Billy Crystal, AFI Fest, ‘The Iron Lady,’ ‘Margin Call,’ Morgan Freeman

These, in my judgment, are the five awards-related stories from the past week that every self-respecting movie buff should know about…

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