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    Weekend Box Office: Hopkins' The Rite Beats Statham's The Mechanic; Oscar Pix Go Wide

    Thriller The Rite, starring Anthony Hopkins in chew-the-scenery mode, topped yet another depressed weekend box office, reports Anthony D'Alessandro:Winter continued to freeze turnstiles as total domestic receipts amounted to an estimated $106 million, off 15% from the same frame last year when 2009 carry-over Avatar was still scorching the chilly season.   Warner Bros./New Line’s Anthony Hopkins exorcist thriller The Rite evoked $15 million at No. 1, a number that’s in line with studio projections, but a far cry from the boffo bows of the Oscar-winner’s prior horror-thrillers.  Elsewhere, Jason Statham’s remake of the 1972 Charles Bronson fil...

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    Doc/Fiction Hybrid The Arbor Wins Guardian First Film Award

    Clio Barnard's film The Arbor has won The Guardian's First Film Award. The film is a about English playwright Andrea Dunbar, best known for Rita, Sue and Bob Too, an autobiographical sexual-adventures drama about teenage girls living in the slums of Bradford, England. The play was turned into a film...

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    Oscar Watch: True Grit vs. Social Network, Bening vs. Portman

    How quickly momentum shifts in the Oscar race after nominations reveal the lay of the land. Every single one of the Gurus 'O Gold who was voting for The Social Network to win best picture switched to The King's Speech. Wow.

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    Director Watch: Thomson Considers David O. Russell; 12 Things Learned When A Clintwood Film Knocks

    Check out David Thomson's state-of-a-director commentary. Below, we've highlighted nine points, one question and one conclusion on the state of The Fighter director, David O. Russell.

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    Sundance Watch: Winners Ceremony and IndieWIRE Live Coverage January 29

    The Sundance Film Festival official awards ceremony will take place this Saturday, starting at 6 pm EMT (5 pm PST), followed by an after-party. You can follow indieWIRE for live updates and coverage and watch the video stream here. Jury, Audience, NEXT and special awards will be announced. Tim Blake...

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    SAG Awards: Hamm, Kidman, Renner Join List of Presenters, Auction Items, Throw Your Own Party

    On January 30, the Screen Actors Guild will host their 17th annual awards show with the help of presenters Jason Bateman, Jon Hamm, Nicole Kidman, Jeremy Renner, Sofia Vergara and Robin Wright. They will join previously announced presenters Scott Bakula, Alec Baldwin, Jeff Bridges, Tim Conway, Rosar...

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    Hugh Jackman To Present At Academy Awards; Hosts Hathaway and Franco Tease With Video Promo

    For those who wish that Hugh Jackman was returning to host the Oscars, well, he's the first confirmed presenter for the Academy Awards on February 27. This year's hosting chores will be handled by two young actors, Oscar nominee James Franco (127 Hours) and Anne Hathaway, who did a memorable turn on...

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    A Tale of Two Speeches, President Obama vs. King George VI

    King George VI vs. President Barack Obama. The Huffington Post pegs both men's speeches against one and other and considers how they fared:"President Obama is facing a very hostile House of Representatives, and a country that is torn on the efficacy of his presidency, though they all knew he could speak. Firth (as King George) faced a unified nation, but a country torn on the efficacy of his speech. Oh, and a swarming enemy that was invading his little island. Both oversaw what could be considered empires at their crossroads. Here's a basic scorecard between the two."Here is the scorecard, King George VI's speech, a clip from the film (which ...

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    Oscar Talk: Thompson, Tapley, Lodge, Knegt React To Nominations

    Below, In Contention's Kris Tapley and Guy Lodge, indieWIRE's Peter Knegt and I discuss the Oscar nominations in this special Tuesday edition of Oscar Talk.

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