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    Trailer and Oscar Watch: Rabbit Hole, Kidman, on Road to Awards

    It's all in the Lionsgate trailer (below). Toronto hit Rabbit Hole may look like another bereaved parent drama, but as adapted by David Lindsay-Abaire from his Pulitzer-prize-winning play, directed by John Cameron Mitchell (Hedwig & the Angry Inch), and acted by Nicole Kidman, Aaron Eckhart and Dian...

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    Danny De Vito, Zac Efron, Ed Helms, And, Inevitably, Betty White Join Dr. Seuss' 'The Lorax'

    I Do Not Like It, Sam-I-Am In the less-than-illustrious history of big-screen Dr. Seuss adaptations, Fox's 2007 animation "Horton Hears A Who" stands head and shoulders above its competitors. Admittedly, in going up against Ron Howard's "The Grinch" and the Mike Myers vehicle "The Cat In The Hat," the latter proving so bad that Seuss' widow swore she'd never again allow another live-action film of her late husband's work, it doesn't have a great deal of competition. But having said that, and taking into consideration that the film was souffle-light and immediately forgettable, it did have a big heart, some visual imagination and charming lea...

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    London Film Fest '10: 'The King's Speech' Is A Solid Crowd-Pleaser, But Not A Home Run

    Every year, there's always one film that screens at a fall festival and, overnight, becomes a major awards contender. In 2008, it was "Slumdog Millionaire," in 2009 it was "Up in the Air." This year, the rapturous reaction that "The King's Speech" received at Telluride, and its Audience Award win at Toronto, saw the period drama take its place as a lock among the ten Best Picture nominees, and perhaps the only film to emerge from the field as of yet that could challenge the presumptive front-runner "The Social Network." Having missed it at Toronto, we had one question going into the film's premiere at the London Film Festival on Thursday nigh...

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    'Glee' Star Lea Michelle Will Join Garry Marshall's 'New Year's Eve'; More Cast Being Eyed

    Reese Witherspoon, Zac Efron, Halle Berry, Justin Bieber Reportedly Being Sought For RolesGarry Marshall is evidently ramping up his production of "New Year's Eve," his quasi-sequel to the successful 2009 picture "Valentine's Day" which starred an ensemble cast including Julia Roberts, Bradley Coop...

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    Alexandre Desplat Wins Composer Of The Year At The World Soundtrack Awards (Again)

    That Makes It Two Years In A Row For The French ComposerThe year may have two more months to go, but that evidently doesn't matter so much to the World Soundtrack Awards who have named Alexandre Desplat the composer of the year for the second year running.

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    REVIEW | Better than "Twilight": Kristen Stewart in "Welcome to the Rileys"

    Kristen Stewart's status as the mopey face of gothic teenage angst in the "Twilight" franchise has easily overpowered the other achievements of her brief career. At age twenty, she has appeared in a number of thematically advanced character studies ("Adventureland" among them), suggesting the antith...

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    Peter Morgan Talks Clint Eastwood's Hereafter, James Bond, Freddy Mercury, 360, and Tony Blair

    Screenwriter Peter Morgan is unusual: a Brit based in Vienna, he's a prolific writer of self-generated screenplays, and not so often a writer-for-hire. (He's been nominated for two Oscars, for The Queen, an original, and Frost/Nixon, adapted from his play.) Hereafter is an unusual original, even for...

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    The Band Wagon

    Of all the many musicals Fred Astaire was in, the very best for my money is one of his last; he appeared in only four others afterward. And it’s among the most delightful, witty and charming in the genre’s history---Vincente Minnelli’s comic 1953 ode to show biz, THE BAND WAGON (available on DVD). The title is a tip of the hat to one of Astaire’s first successes, the 1931 Broadway show he did with his sister Adele; but only the name was borrowed since the movie is a totally new creation conceived and written by that hip and unpretentious, brilliantly inventive team of musical comedy wizards, Betty Comden and Adolph Green (Singin’ in the Rain...

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    Weekend Box Office: Biggest Horror Weekend Of All-Time For Cash-In Sequel

    This is purely inflation working its magic here, but the biggest horror movie opening has just happened. Horror is a curious genre - it never produces blockbusters, and the horror following mostly evolved through home video and then DVD, when a "scary movie" became the rental of choice for a particular type of consumer. This hasn't stopped studios from trying to capitalize, but usually big horror films are anomalies, and rarely are they tentpoles, given that the non-hardcore audience are either seeing the film out of curiosity, or going along unwillingly (date night - romance!). As a result, when a film is truly scary or upsetting, some peopl...

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    Weekend Box Office: Paranormal Activity 2 Scares Up $41.5 million, Hereafter Delivers Decent Bow

    Paranormal Activity 2 outperformed expectations with a jaw-dropping $41.5 million estimated opening weekend, thanks to Paramount's innovative interactive marketing campaign (see spot below). The studio held the top two spots with the horror sequel and Jackass 3D, Anthony D'Alessandro reports. In fact, with less product clogging multiplexes, films with strong WOM are holding better than ever, from Secretariat to The Social Network. (Here's IW's indie b.o. report.)Paranormal Activity 2 conjured up masses of moviegoers this weekend: the Paramount horror-thriller howled a hearty $41.5 million at 3,216 sites, a marvelous opening that outstrips the...

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