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    SBIFF Oscar Q & A: Nicole Kidman Talks Career, Rabbit Hole

    A week of celebrity tributes honoring Oscar-nominated directors and actors at the Santa Barbara International Film Festival concluded Feb. 5 with Nicole Kidman appearing to receive the Cinema Vanguard Award at the city’s spectacular single-screen theater, the 2000-seat Arlington, reports Justin Lowe...

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    First Look At The Entire Cast Of 'The Hobbit'; Ian McKellen Plans On A Play During Filming Downtime

    Take a good look. These are the faces (and names) that are going to dominate the movie blogosphere for the next couple of years. With Peter Jackson's "The Hobbit" now set to lens next month after the director had a minor medical setback, the cast assembled for a press conference this week in New Zea...

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    Halle Berry Not Offered Role Or Starring In 'The Student'; Paul Verhoeven Not Attached Either

    Recently, Badass Digest reported that Halle Berry will be starring in "The Student" for Dutch director Paul Verhoeven known for "Showgirls," "Starship Troppers" and the excellent, late-career redeeming "Black Book" in 2006. The problem: This is news to everyone in both camps. Reps for Halle Berry, h...

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    Lady Gaga Lets Me Down With Gay-Pandering Madonna Rip Off "Born This Way"

    I have to admit, the first thing I did when I got out bed this morning - with very little thought process involved - was grab my laptop and download Lady Gaga's new single, "Born This Way." I was aware of the single's impending explosion onto the pop culture landscape... And totally bought into the ...

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    Nicholas Hoult Climbs Up The Beanstalk For 'Jack The Giant Killer'

    That was quick. Just after it was revealed yesterday that Nicholas Hoult was the frontrunner for the role of Jack in Bryan Singer's "Jack The Giant Killer," he's now looking over paperwork to land the gig.

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    Oscar Talk: Bening vs. Portman, Leo's Gaffe, Nominees Lunch, BAFTAs, Inception Surge

    We're in the thick of the Oscar race now. In this week's Oscar Talk podcast, In Contention's Kris Tapley and Guy Lodge and I discuss the real contest between Annette Bening and Natalie Portman, whether Melissa Leo's glam ads are opening up the field in supporting actress, and how the Nominees Lunch ...

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    Hermoine Meets Jacob: Emma Watson Top Contender To Join Taylor Lautner In 'Incarceron'

    Taylor Lautner may have found his leading lady, and it's an actress who, like Jacob himself, is no stranger to tentpole fare.

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    In Theaters: 'Gnomeo and Juliet,' 'The Eagle,' 'Just Go With It,' 'Never Say Never'

    Fine movie-going friends, things are starting to look up. There are more new releases this week at the box office, but you'll have to choose wisely, lest you be trampled by a horde of tweens frothing at the mouth or accidentally stumble into the latest Adam Sandler dum-dum misogyny fest. Keep your head focused and your path true, and you may find satisfaction at the cinema. Opening in wide release this week: the sure to be thought-provoking and insightful documentary about obscure young musician Justin Bieber, "Never Say Never;" Adam Sandler and Jennifer Aniston show lots of respect for the sanctity of marriage in "Just Go With It;" Channing...

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    Glasgow Youth Film Festival Kicks Off In Scotland

    The Glasgow Youth Film Festival officially kicks off today, continuing its unique tradition of celebrating the ambition and talent of young people in the Scottish city and across the world. Programmed by a group of 15-18 year olds, the festival's schedule includes the likes of Xavier Dolan's "Heartb...

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    Bruce Willis Ready To 'Lay The Favorite'; Daniel Espinosa Tops Wishlist For 'Die Hard 5'

    This film has been brewing since 2009, but it looks like all the pieces are coming together for director Stephen Frears.

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