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    'The King's Speech' Takes 7 BAFTA Awards Including Best Picture; David Fincher Wins Best Director

    Tom Hardy Honored With Orange Wednesdays Rising Star AwardThe awards season train for "The King's Speech" keeps on going this weekend with the film picking up 7 BAFTA Awards on Sunday including Best Film, Best Original Screenplay and a trio of trophies for the film's lead actors, Colin Firth, Geoffrey Rush and Helena Bonham Carter. However, it wasn't an entire clean sweep of the major categories as "The Social Network" fans will be pleased to know that David Fincher took home Best Director; the film also won Adapted Screenplay and Editing honors.

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    BAFTAs Go to King's Speech, Social Network, Inception, Black Swan, Alice, Dragon Tattoo UPDATED

    BAFTAs Go to King's Speech, Social Network, Inception, Black Swan, Alice, Dragon Tattoo UPDATED

    The BAFTA Awards are under way at the Royal Opera House in London. Safe to say The King's Speech is winning many awards but is not sweeping; Inception and Alice in Wonderland are grabbing many of the technical categories. I predict that the Oscars will follow this trend.

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    Weekend Box Office: Romance Dies A Little, Adam Sandler RomCom At #1

    Bark all you want about how the early months have become a viable period for movie going in terms of both box office and quality, this past January was the least-attended opening month in 29 years. This February weekend seemed actively spiteful towards anybody who sought challenging fare, with the main attractions being yet another low-energy Adam Sandler programmer and a concert film featuring an adorable moppet running into the double digits in his fifteen minutes of fame.

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    Julien Temple To Direct Marvin Gaye Film 'Sexual Healing' Based On Comeback LP 'Midnight Love'

    .This news may disappoint several people including Cameron Crowe. A long awaited Marvin Gaye biopic starring "Law & Order" star Jesse L. Martin called, "Sexual Healing," was set to begin shooting in April of 2008. Focusing on the last years of the soul singer's life, "Sopranos" actor (and producer on that version of the project) James Gandolfini was set to play Belgian promoter Freddy Cousaert who helped Gaye back on his feet to record his comeback album, Midnight Love which spawned the monster hit, "Sexual Healing." Relatively untested director Lauren Goodman was set to direct, but April 2008 came and went and basically none of us heard a peep about this project since.

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    Box Office Surges on Sandler vs. Bieber Weekend Duel

    Just Go With It's established comedy stars Adam Sandler and Jennifer Aniston dueled teen music phenom Justin Bieber's 3-D concert doc Never Say Never at the surging weekend box office, which had been in the doldrums compared to last year's Avatar-fueled winter frame. Anthony D'Alessandro reports:

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    Magnolia Gets Apocalyptic, Picks Up Lars Von Trier's 'Melancholia'

    After Von Trier's outrageous and divisive "Antichrist," when the director announced he would make an ambitious psychological disaster film about the end of the world, it seemed like a logical (and awesome) next step. And one we are greatly looking forward to seeing. Well, Magnolia Pictures have quickly snapped up the North American rights to "Melancholia" and if you've been following the progress of the film, you know it's going to be a doozy.

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    Video: Watch Russell Brand in SNL's British Crime Movie

    If you've ever watched an early Guy Ritchie movie thinking, "Huh? What'd they say?" Saturday Night Live has a film for you. Russell Brand joins Bill Hader and Fred Armisen in a mock British crime movie they promise is like Ritchie or Sexy Beast, but even harder to understand.

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    Watch: Tricia Helfer, Corbin Bernsen, Sean Patrick Flanery & More In New 'Black Keys' Video

    Todd Bridges Receives KnighthoodHopefully everyone has heard The Black Keys latest album Brothers by now. Released last May, the sixth album from this rock duo was something of a breakthrough for them, appearing on countless year end lists as well as in countless commercials. (Their participation in “The Sell-Out-Off” on The Colbert Report with Vampire Weekend was a pretty hilarious way to acknowledge their omnipresence last year.) But despite their straightforward music the Keys have proven themselves to be quite playful when it comes to making music videos. Their latest, for “Howlin’ For You” is no exception.

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    Watch: Willem Dafoe Stars In ‘Being John Malkovich’-Style Ad For Jim Beam

    Wow, where was this during the Super Bowl? In this new 90 second spot for Jim Beam, character actor Willem Dafoe stars as a dozen or so different versions of himself in this “Being John Malkovich”-style clip. The campaign, about making “bold choices,” illustrates the different types of lives one might lead depending on those decisions and Dafoe stars as each of these versions. Appearing as a circus acrobat, fashion designer, skinhead, and sumo wrestler, it has to be seen to be believed. It sounds silly (and it is), but it’s also surprisingly affecting. We’re not sure what this has to do with liquor but it’s really an impressive spot.

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    Rachel Weisz Joins Nicole Kidman In 'The Danish Girl'

    Actress Also Loosely Attached To The Child Kidnapping Drama 'Snatch Back'The gestating transgendered drama "The Danish Girl," with Nicole Kidman has had several false starts since it was announced in September 2009. Originally, Tomas Alfredson, the filmmaker behind the lauded Swedish vampire drama, "Let The Right One In," was going to make the picture his English-language directorial debut with Kidman and Charlize Theron in the lead roles. But for one reason or another, talent kept dropping out of the picture. First Theron bowed out, only to be replaced with Gwyneth Paltrow. Then Alfredson left to direct "Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy," evidently exiting the project after being refused more time to develop the script written by Lucinda Coxon. Another Swede, Lasse Hallström took over the directing reins last year and then, delaying things even further, Paltrow exited the project in April of 2010.

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