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    Actor Watch: Award Circuit Talk from Firth, Franco, Moore and Kunis; Eyre on Good Actors

    - One thing that makes Colin Firth blush: two thousand people singing him "Happy Birthday" (on his 50th birthday, September 10, when The King's Speech first wowed Toronto). The actor considered most likely to win an Oscar this year shares more embarrassing moments with The New Yorker's Lizzie Widdic...

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    Oscars Go Young with New Co-Hosts Franco and Hathaway

    Remember that electrifying moment at the 81st Oscars when Hugh Jackman plucked Anne Hathaway out of the Kodak Theatre audience onto the stage for a number? She was stunning in a white gown, sexy, funny, held her own, could trill the high notes.

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    Oscar Talk: Long Shots for Best Actress and Picture

    In this week's Oscar Talk, Kris Tapley and I cover the best actress race and the relative chances of long-shots The Town (we both spoke to Jeremy Renner), The Way Back (we both spoke to Peter Weir and Jim Sturgess), Secretariat and Diane Lane, and the Coens' True Grit, which should be screening soon...

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    Oscar Watch: 33 Animated Shorts Qualify for Oscar Consideration

    Cartoon Brew has the full list of 33 qualifying animated shorts from around the world, as well as photos and website links to such films as Pixar's gloriously witty Day & Night, which will undoubtedly wind up in the final five:

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    Exit Through The Gift Shop Now On VOD; DVD December 14

    The mysterious Exit Through The Gift Shop--the story of how a shopkeeper-filmmaker (Thierry Guetta) tried for five years to make a documentary about street art, only to meet British stencil graffiti artist Banksy, who turned the camera on Guetta instead--has been full of surprises from the start.

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    Doug Liman Talks Fair Game, CIA Spies, Valerie Plame, Bourne, Jumper, New York vs. Hollywood

    Director Doug Liman fascinates me. He's hard to get a handle on. An indie filmmaker who broke through with Swingers and Go, after his smash hits The Bourne Identity and Mr. and Mrs. Smith, Liman became a Hollywood director for hire (see: Warners' upcoming All You Need is Kill and Universal's Moon pr...

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    Oscar Watch Q & A: Diane Lane Talks Secretariat, Feminism, Daddy Directors

    Diane Lane submitted to my Secretariat Q & A for SAG members Friday night. The 45-year-old actress, who launched her career opposite Laurence Olivier in A Little Romance at age 13, may be coming from behind right now in the Oscar race for best actress. But she's one of those popular folks that her p...

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    Oscar Watch: Black Swan's Portman Talks, Charms Letterman, Leads Long Line of Contenders

    - Natalie Portman is not only Letterman's favorite (see below), she's also sitting atop Peter Hammond's list of deserving Oscar contenders and setting off alarms at her David Poland interview. Best actress rivals are going to have an increasingly difficult time keeping up with Portman's buzz, includ...

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    Sean Penn to Accept Lifetime Achievement Award at Dubai Film Fest; MIA on "Fair Game"

    These days Sean Penn the humanitarian aid activist is trumping Sean Penn the actor. While he's showing up to accept the Dubai International Film Festival's Lifetime Achievement Award on December 12, recognizing his work as an actor, director, producer, screenwriter--and activist--he is not on the pr...

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