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    John Hurt to Receive Outstanding British Contribution to Cinema Award at BAFTAs

    John Hurt will receive the Outstanding British Contribution to Cinema Award at this year's BAFTAs, to be held on February 12 at London's Royal Opera House.

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    Watch Daniel Radcliffe As Casey Anthony's Dog

    The SNL writers didn’t do Daniel Radcliffe many favors, as he smiled his way through sketches that should have been funnier (like Harry Potter can’t stay away from Hogwarts). The best was totally unexpected: Radcliffe, deadpan on Weekend Update, as Casey Anthony’s scared-for-his-li...

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    Watch Daniel Radcliffe's SNL Promos

    Daniel Radcliffe hosts Saturday Night Live this week. He has already proven he can do more than be Harry Potter – he may not be brilliant at singing or dancing but he’s game and charismatic, and he was the only good thing in the creaky Broadway revival of How To Succeed In Business Witho...

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    Yates and Heyman Talk Harry Potter Finale, New Projects; Gravity, Curious Incident, Testament

    After eight "Harry Potter" films, producer David Heyman (who discovered J.K. Rowling's unpublished manuscript in 1997) and director David Yates, the highest-grossing British director of all time after directing the last four, aren't throwing in the towel on the franchise just yet. ...

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    Ralph Fiennes Talks About Directing Coriolanus (Video Interview)

    Ralph Fiennes’ career has taken him from the swoon-inducing romantic hero of The English Patient to noseless Voldemort in the Harry Potter series. Now, in his fierce, accomplished first film as director, he has extended his range again with a topical, centuries-old political drama: Shakes...

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    Now and Then: Growing Up is Hard to Do: How Harry Potter Won a Generation of Fans

    Now and Then: Growing Up is Hard to Do: How Harry Potter Won a Generation of Fans

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    Alexandre Desplat Scores Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close, Among Many Other Films

    French composer Alexandre Desplat is having a busy 2011. He's racing to finish the score for one of several still-unfinished year-end releases, Stephen Daldry's Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close, over the next few weeks. (The composer took over from Nico Muhly, who scored Daldry's The Reader.) Of co...

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    Film in the Decade Since 9/11: From Superheroes to Westerns, What Came After

    This week's “Now and Then” column started out comparing and contrasting two movies about assassins — Hanna (Joe Wright, 2011) and Léon: the Professional (Luc Besson, 1994)—and ended up ruminating on 9/11. Trailers below:Life and culture are too messy to be divided into easy categories like “Before” and “After,” but for all the continuities in the way films are made and viewed, a long view of the last decade reveals some important, if subtle, shifts. Watching the network news coverage of September 11 to prepare for this column, I was reminded of how much we didn’t know that day, how much our fear stemmed from no longer being able to control th...

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    Oscar Watch: Best-Reviewed Movie Charts

    Every year, UK statistician Andrew Sidhom keeps running charts of the best-reviewed movies of the year (one for US/UK productions and one for foreign productions), using Rotten Tomatoes' average rating. He also tracks current box office totals and theater counts. Over the past few years, the results closely matched the films that ended up being nominated for end-of-year awards and Oscars in the best picture category, provided that they were box office winners that were not in such Academy-unfriendly genres as sci fi, animation, horror, or sequels. The 2010 chart is pretty impressive: it's led by The Social Network, Toy Story 3, The King's Spe...

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    Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part 2 Crosses $1 Billion Worldwide; Joins Top Nine Grossers

    Since it opened 17 days ago, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part 2 has been breaking box office records, but remember--the series finale had a 3-D boost. Anthony D'Alessandro does the global numbers:In just 17 days, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 flew past the $1-billion mark at...

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