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    Will Smith Attached To 'Joe' A Modern-Day Version Of Biblical Tale Of Job From 'The Fighter' Writers

    David O. Russell Courted To DirectFor a man not exactly lacking in self-confidence, it's odd the way that Will Smith seemed to react to the critical and commercial failure of his last film, 2008's "Seven Pounds." Smith, who, when that film was released was probably the biggest star in the world, hasn't made a film since, instead becoming the megastar equivalent of a pushy stage dad, launching his kids Jaden and Willow into entertainment careers of their own. When he does make his onscreen return, it'll be him going back to the well on a franchise, in next year's "Men in Black 3."

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    Live at the Oscars: Portman Wins Best Actress for Black Swan

    Expected winner Natalie Portman thanks her parents for showing her how to be a good human being, as she accepts the best actress Oscar for Black Swan. She also thanks Luc Besson, who gave her her first job when she was 11, and her director Darren Aronofsky, "a fearless leader and visionary."

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    Live at the Oscars: Hooper Talks Best Director Win for The King's Speech, Thanks Mum UPDATED

    Best Director Tom Hooper thanks his mother. "My mom in 2007 was invited by some Australian friends to a play reading of The King's Speech. She almost didn't go, came home, rang me up, 'I think I've found your next film.' The moral of the story is, listen to your mother." Here's more from his acceptance speech and backstage interview.

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    Melissa Leo - Hollywood's Everywoman

    I was really glad to see that Melissa Leo was able to pull out the Oscar win. It was looking really shaky there at the end when she got slammed for her "consider" ads. People felt the ads were tacky and that the reeked of her wanting it too badly. Of course she wanted it badly. You could see it in her every breath. What is so wrong with wanting it badly?

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    Sony Sets Summer 2012 Release Dates: 'I Hate You Dad' Hits June 22nd, 'Total Recall' August 3rd

    Plus Kevin James MMA Flick 'Here Comes The Boom' Lands July 27thWith the Oscars stinking up the joint last night, the awards season is finally over, and we can look forward to the now-six-month-long summer blockbuster season, without the worry of accidentally stumbling across a film with a thought in its head. But the business being what it is i.e. increasingly reliant on release dates before scripts, or a director, or cast is attached, studios are already jostling for dates in 2012, which looks at least as crowded as this year's clusterfuck of a season.

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    Live at the Oscars: Randy Newman Wins His Second Oscar for Best Song, Toy Story 3

    Nominated 20 times, Randy Newman celebrates his second win, for best song "We Belong Together" from Toy Story 3. His last win was best song for Monsters, Inc., another Pixar film, where he has done six pictures. "I want to be good television so badly," he says. "I've slowed the show down almost every time." Newman challenges the Academy's timer. "To hell with it!" he says.

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    Live at the Oscars: Visual Effects Goes to Inception

    As expected, Chris Nolan's Inception wins best visual effects. It had to be. And Inception now leads with four awards for the night. "It feels like that top is still spinning," says Paul Franklin. Here's more from the acceptance speech and backstage interview.

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    Snubs & Surprises Of The 2011 Academy Awards

    'King's Speech' & 'Inception' Win 4 Awards, 'True Grit' Is The Night's Biggest Loser With 10 Nominations & Zero WinsFirst off, you might want to check out our 10 pleasant surprises of the 2011 Oscar nominees. They were pleasant surprises for a reason and none of those people won any awards except for one musical duo (more on that later). You probably checked out our liveblog and our winners recap last night, but yes, we have more.

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    Charlie Sheen Says He Has A Script From Roman Coppola; Says WB Will Rename Studio Charlie Bros.

    So the Oscars are over and while pundits debate how entertaining (or not) the broadcast was, for this writer, the biggest thrill of the night came from a preview for Charlie Sheen's upcoming "20/20" interview which featured the sure-to-be meme-spawning quote: "I'm on a drug, it's called Charlie Sheen." Pure gold. But as usual, that's just the tip of the iceberg from the Sheen Quote Machine and in an interview that ran this morning on the "Today" show, the actor revealed a pretty random future movie project he says has crossed his desk. We'll let the full quote speak for itself:

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    Live at Oscars: Strangers No More Wins Doc Short, God of Love Wins Live Short, Inside Job Wins

    "Three years after a horrific financial crisis, not a single financial executive has gone to jail and that is wrong," says Charles Ferguson as he accepts the Oscar for Inside Job. The front-runner won over upstart Exit Through the Gift Shop, depriving Oscar watchers of seeing who would accept the award for Banksy. This is a case of gravitas winning out over a more whimsical film about art. Gift Shop likely benefited from the Brit street artist's graffiti postings in the weeks before the Oscars, which were well-covered by the media, but probably was hurt by Banksy's interview proxy, the wacky subject of his movie, Mr. Brainwash. If anything the movie that was moving up on the outside was Lucy Walker's Waste Land, another movie about art.

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