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    Tom McCarthy and Jeffrey Tambor Talk Win Win and How to Wrestle Comedy Out of Drama

    Win Win is rare for several reasons: it's an original script backed by a studio, it concerns everyday people in everyday life, and it's a dead-serious relationship drama of the sort that most people refuse to make anymore. It's also an R-rated movie (for realistic locker room language) that parents ...

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    Things I Learned On the Awards Party Circuit

    On Oscar night I started on the red carpet --taking pictures, grabbing video interviews and tweeting madly--and then repaired to the interview room to listen to the show and backstage Q and As (transcripts here). After the best picture winners for The King's Speech had wrapped up, I walked over to t...

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    Oscar Watch: The Real Black Swan, Co-Host Franco Rehearses, Does Santa Barbara Q & A, Recites Byron

    Never has one movie inspired more men to put on makeup and tights: see Johnny Knoxville at the Critics' Choice Awards and Jim Carrey on SNL, below. And here's the latest incarnation, The Real Black Swan: Lionsgate used Madea to promote Tyler Perry's latest, Madea's Big Happy Family (April 22).

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    Sundance Dealwatch: Fox Searchlight Picks Up World Rights to Another Earth

    When Fox Searchlight returned to Los Angeles from Sundance and screened micro-budget sci-fi romance Another Earth for the rest of the gang on the studio lot, the movie played so well that execs were encouraged to acquire the rest of the available territories on the film. So the movie did go for more...

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    Video: Brit Marling Talks Another Earth, Sound of My Voice

    It is astonishing how quickly now a talent can soar from zero to 60 with the debut of a micro-budget film at a festival. At Sundance, I interviewed writer-actress-producer Brit Marling as Another Earth screened for Fox Searchlight (video below). Her rising star is the main reason that as soon as Sea...

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    Sundance Video: Ed Helms and Miguel Arteta Talk Comedy on Cedar Rapids

    Fox Searchlight brought two new movies to Sundance, and both played like gangbusters: Ed Helms and Miguel Arteta's midwestern comedy Cedar Rapids (February 11), which I've seen--it's hilarious-- and Tom McCarthy's Win Win, starring Golden Globe winner Paul Giamatti as a high school wrestling coach (...

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    Oscar Nominations Led by King's Speech with 12; Winter's Bone Makes Top Ten, Bardem Lands Actor Nod

    With the announcement of the Oscar nominations, momentum shifts toward The King's Speech, which led the fray with twelve nominations, including best picture, actor, supporting actor and actress, director and original screenplay. The Coen brothers western True Grit followed with ten nominations, incl...

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    Golden Globe Wins Impact Box Office and DVDs

    While the Golden Globes don't have an impact on Academy Award nominations--ballots were due last Friday--they can give winners a serious box office boost, reports Anthony D'Alessandro. See the chart of this year's Golden Globes box office bumps below. In contrast to last year, which saw a number of contenders on DVD by Golden Globes night, distributors took the old-fashioned route this year and unspooled their kudo crop during the late fall/early winter frame known in the trade as Oscar Alley. They also returned to the tried-and-true platform release. That's due to the Academy’s expansion of the best picture category, which makes it easier fo...

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    Golden Globes: Check in for Live Blog

    I'll be blogging the Golden Globes from the Fox viewing party, which means I'll be schlepping my laptop for the rest of the night. After that I'll cover the Relativity/Weinsteins, Warner/In-Style, HBO and NBC Universal fetes at the Beverly Hilton. Stay tuned.

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    Holiday Wrap: Weak Box Office, True Grit Takes on Little Fockers, Black Swan, King's Speech Score

    The box office continued tepid during what should have been a robust holiday period with North American families on vacation; it was down 26 percent from last year. For the year, the 2010 3-D-pumped domestic box office totaled $10.5 billion, down 0.3 percent from 2009's Avatar-inflated record of $10...

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