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    This is What Money Looks Like II: Hollywood's Best-Paid Actors; DiCaprio King of World

    In the last year (May 2010 through May 2011) the top-earning actors (and sometime producers) were Leonardo DiCaprio ($77 million), Johnny Depp ($50 million), Adam Sandler ($40 million), Will Smith ($36 Million), Tom Hanks ($35 million), Ben Stiller ($34 Million), Robert Downey Jr. ($31 million), Mar...

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    Toronto 2011: Guggenheim's From the Sky Down Opens Strong Slate of Star-Packed Films, Oscar Hopefuls

    Davis Guggenheim's From the Sky Down will open the 36th Annual Toronto Film Festival on September 8, making history as the first documentary to do so. Of the U2 doc, Guggenheim says, "U2 has defied the gravitational pull towards destruction, this band has endured and thrived," and his film "asks the...

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    Oscar Talk Mid-Summer Outlook: New Rules, Midnight in Paris, Streep vs. Close

    Kris Tapley and I reconvened over Skype for a mid-summer Oscar Talk (below). We covered quite a bit of ground. New Academy rules affect the top ten best picture ballot, VFX, documentaries and animation, but not foreign eligibility. New members may tip the scale as well on a more mainstream selection...

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    Why Tragic Jeff Buckley Biopic Has Lured the Likes of Pitt, Maguire, Pattinson, and now Badgley

    For a producer, it’s not exactly a good sign when you have to publicly acknowledge that an actor isn’t playing the lead role in your biopic because he is in fact playing that same role in another biopic being made simultaneously. It’s probably even less heartening to find out just a week later that...

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    Trailer Watch: Brad Pitt Stars in Moneyball, Which Could Be Oscar Contender

    Brad Pitt stars as manager Billy Beane in Sony's Moneyball (September 23), a baseball movie about the come-from-behind Oakland A's. Robin Wright, Jonah Hill and Philip Seymour Hoffman co-star in the drama adapted by Steven Zaillian (Schindler's List) from Michael Lewis's nonfiction bestseller. Bennett Miller, who had been looking for the right follow-up to Capote, took over the directing reins after Steven Soderbergh fell out of the Scott Rudin (The Social Network) production. Judging from this trailer, this movie looks like a winner, and an Oscar-contender to boot. With The Tree of Life giving Pitt extra cred with Academy voters, who are bou...

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    Video Watch: Brad Pitt and Jonah Hill Star in Bennett Miller's Baseball Drama Moneyball

    Brad Pitt stars as Billy Beane in Moneyball (September 23), a baseball drama about the Oakland A's. Robin Wright, Jonah Hill and Philip Seymour Hoffman co-star in the drama adapted by Steven Zaillian (Schindler's List) from Michael Lewis's nonfiction bestseller. Bennett Miller (Capote) took over the...

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    Sacha Baron Cohen as The Dictator, and the Great Man Beards That Came Before Him

    Larry Charles (Borat) directs Sacha Baron Cohen in The Dictator, which won't open until May 11, 2012. In the meantime, check out the Dictator (below) and the non-Islamic-extremists that may have inspired his beard:

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    Box Office Breaks Memorial Day Weekend Record, Hangover Part II Leads Holiday Surge

    The 2011 box office slump is a distant memory as summer hit full stride with two mighty Memorial Day Weekend sequels, The Hangover Part II and Kung Fu Panda 2. Anthony D'Alessandro reports.Grossing $118.1 million in four days, Warner Bros.’ The Hangover Part II wasn't a drunken delusion, but a Memor...

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    Weekend Preview: Avoid The Hangover Part II For Something Unforgettable: The Tree of Life

    This Memorial Day weekend brings the best and worst of moviegoing experiences. For family fun, Kung Fu Panda 2 is a sure thing, while The Hangover Part II serves up "An embarrassing descent into racial stereotypes and tired homophobia," says Spout, and to add injury to insult, it's not even funny. O...

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