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December Movie Trailer Round Up

31 December 2010 4:00 AM, PST | HeyUGuys.co.uk | See recent HeyUGuys news »

This month has been one of the best that I can remember for trailers. All the studios were desperate for their trailer to get released before the Christmas holidays and we were inundated with posts. Since I love trailers so much, the inundation was most welcome. In what I am considering making a monthly post, here’s a roundup of all the trailers so far for December which I have embedded below for your viewing pleasure!

I’ve embedded them in the order in which they were released start December 1st to 31st and if I miss any, please let me know and I’ll update the post.

I really want this to be intereactive so make sure you tell us which trailers you liked the best and which you think will be great or terrible movies from what you’ve seen! So, let’s go!

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Title: Cuckoo

Cast: Richard E. Grant, »

- David Sztypuljak

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Laurent Kelly’s Top 10 of 2010

31 December 2010 3:48 AM, PST | Obsessed with Film | See recent Obsessed with Film news »

Matt here…

Aspiring screenwriter Laurent Kelly joined Obsessed With Film in February of this year and is the creative genius behind our high-concept features including the Owf World Cup, The Other Side of Madness, Film Fail and the recent Oscar Retrospectives. He is also the author of The Writer’s Journey, an inspiring set of articles detailing his personal quest to write and sell his first screenplay.

His top ten of 2010 is below…

10. Inception

The majority of my friends and family adore this film and probably think that I’m just trying to be different by not following the bandwagon. I have no problem admitting that Inception is a film with fantastic ideas and I always root for movies which have something a bit different to offer. However, in my opinion the execution of these fine ideas left a lot to be desired. What begins as a thinking mans film »

- Matt Holmes

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Meryl Streep as Margaret Thatcher: “She’s perfect casting”

30 December 2010 5:47 AM, PST | Hollywoodnews.com | See recent Hollywoodnews.com news »

By Sean O’Connell

Hollywoodnews.com: It’s widely believed Meryl Streep can handle any role, from Julia Child to responsibility-shucking Joanna Kramer.

But her upcoming role might be her most difficult. Streep will play former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher in “The Iron Lady” – a biopic being filmed by Jim Broadbent – and today we are learning a few more details about the actress and her part.

“We start filming at the end of January,” Broadbent told New York Magazine while promoting “Another Year,” his awards-worthy drama with Mike Leigh.

When asked if the British people will bristle at the idea of an American (Streep) playing Thatcher, Broadbent explained that in a recent poll on a BBC morning news program regarding who should play Thatcher in a movie, Streep “actually came out on top.”

“I think it’s perceived that Thatcher needs a star, really, and she’s perfect casting in many ways, »

- Sean O'Connell

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The Master Builder

30 December 2010 4:04 AM, PST | backstage.com | See recent Backstage news »

In roles large and small, in theater and onscreen, Jim Broadbent is a masterful actor. Thanks to impeccable credentials—training at the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art, rising up through Britain's National Theatre and the Royal Shakespeare Company, and continuing to ply his craft from his days in Britain's repertory system through today—he is superb in every role he takes on.Imprinting his work with his characteristic mix of truthfulness and colorful details, whether appearing in period comedies or wrenching dramas, he can play an astonishing variety of characters. The kinetic manager in "Moulin Rouge!" and the devastated husband in "Iris" reflect only two of the many extremes of his work. The straight-and-narrow judge in "Vera Drake" gives smooth way to Bridget Jones' placidly patient dad. And Broadbent deftly leaps from portraying a star in Woody Allen's "Bullets Over Broadway" to playing the Duke of »

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Broadbent: 'Streep ideal for Thatcher role'

29 December 2010 2:49 PM, PST | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

Jim Broadbent has suggested that Meryl Streep is perfect to play Margaret Thatcher in the upcoming The Iron Lady. Broadbent told New York Magazine that he is confident that Streep is the right choice to play the iconic British prime minister, despite her Us nationality. He explained: "I think years ago a film about Thatcher was attempted, and they had a phone-in vote on a BBC morning news programme - 'Who do you think should play Margaret Thatcher?' And Meryl actually came out on top! "I think it's perceived that Thatcher needs a star, (more) »

- By Naomi Rainey

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Top Ten Movies of 2010

29 December 2010 8:55 AM, PST | Rope of Silicon | See recent Rope Of Silicon news »

Top Ten Movies of 2010

I feel as if 2010 marked a turning point in movies. Sure, we had our share of blockbusters with Alice in Wonderland crossing $1 billion worldwide and Iron Man 2 and The Twilight Saga: Eclipse joining it as the three lone live-action films to cross $300 million. However, after Inception and Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1, the only other films to cross the $200 million mark domestically were animated features -- Toy Story 3, Despicable Me, Shrek Forever After and How to Train Your Dragon. What does that say about this year's crop of films?

Well, first off, I think we all know a film doesn't need to make over $200 million at the box-office for it to be deemed "good." And this year it wasn't as much about the big blockbuster films as much as it was about the little guy that could, and smaller, indie films hit quite a stride. »

- Brad Brevet

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Broadbent: 'Streep Is Perfect For Thatcher Role'

29 December 2010 8:03 AM, PST | WENN | See recent WENN news »

Actor Jim Broadbent has defended the casting of Meryl Streep as former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher in a forthcoming biopic, insisting she's the "perfect" actress for the part.

Movie bosses have been criticised for hiring the American film legend to play the U.K.'s first female prime minister in The Iron Lady, but Broadbent, who will play Thatcher's husband Denis, believes she is the best choice for the role.

And he's convinced Streep actually has an advantage over a British star because she will bring an "outsider's view" to her performance.

He tells NYMag.com, "I think years ago a film about Thatcher was attempted, and they had a phone-in vote on a BBC morning news programme (in Britain): 'Who do you think should play Margaret Thatcher?' And Meryl actually came out on top!

"I think it's perceived that Thatcher needs a star, really, and she's perfect casting in many ways. She's got a good look, and she'll absolutely do it in a brilliant way. She's also got an interesting eye on the script: She can bring an outsider's view on the story, so that it won't become a lazy, parochial piece that Brits understand but where nobody else really knows what's going on. She can ask the questions that foreign audiences will ask." »

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New this Week: ‘Another Year,’ ‘Blue Valentine’ and ‘Resident Evil: Afterlife (DVD)’

29 December 2010 7:00 AM, PST | The Scorecard Review | See recent Scorecard Review news »

Hitting movie theaters this weekend:

Another Year (limited release) – Jim Broadbent, Ruth Sheen, Lesley Manville

Blue Valentine (limited release) – Ryan Gosling, Michelle Williams

Movie of the Week

Another Year

The Stars: Jim Broadbent, Ruth Sheen, Lesley Manville

The Plot: A happily married couple is visited by some troubled friends.

The Buzz: Ever since Moulin Rouge, I’ve been a huge fan of Jim Broadbent, and have followed his career somewhat voraciously. Another Year marks a nice continuation in Broadbent’s ongoing partnership with director Mike Leigh (Topsy-Turvy, Vera Drake), and looks to be an excellent heartfelt drama dealing with the trials of aging.

I can’t say that I’m too familiar with the rest of the cast, but Broadbent and Leigh are both very well respected names, and it stands to reason that this pairing will likely lead to another winner — they’ve done it before, and they’ll do it again. »

- Aaron Ruffcorn

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Their Best Role: Jim Broadbent in 'Topsy-Turvy'

29 December 2010 6:00 AM, PST | Cinematical | See recent Cinematical news »

Filed under: Features, Cinematical, Best and Worst

Mike Leigh's new dramedy 'Another Year' stars Jim Broadbent as half of an affectionate, long-married couple, a role the actor comfortably inhabits, having played a few variations on it (including Leigh's own 'Life Is Sweet'). This is no knock on director or actor. Leigh, who has been entertaining us with his seriocomic slices of British life since 1988's 'High Hopes,' doesn't disappoint with his latest film, and Broadbent brings authentic charm and warmth to his character.

It's Leigh's third movie with Broadbent, whose diverse resume has spanned comedies high and low, romcoms, musicals, serious drama and Harry Potter; and whose seamless, subtle performances make him utterly believable in every role he plays.

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- Marina Zogbi

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Their Best Role: Jim Broadbent in 'Topsy-Turvy'

29 December 2010 6:00 AM, PST | Moviefone | See recent Moviefone news »

Filed under: Features, Cinematical, Best and Worst

Mike Leigh's new dramedy 'Another Year' stars Jim Broadbent as half of an affectionate, long-married couple, a role the actor comfortably inhabits, having played a few variations on it (including Leigh's own 'Life Is Sweet'). This is no knock on director or actor. Leigh, who has been entertaining us with his seriocomic slices of British life since 1988's 'High Hopes,' doesn't disappoint with his latest film, and Broadbent brings authentic charm and warmth to his character.

It's Leigh's third movie with Broadbent, whose diverse resume has spanned comedies high and low, romcoms, musicals, serious drama and Harry Potter; and whose seamless, subtle performances make him utterly believable in every role he plays.

Continue Reading »

- Marina Zogbi

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‘Arthur Christmas’ Teaser Trailer Doesn’t Want You to Know the Truth

28 December 2010 8:03 AM, PST | FilmSchoolRejects.com | See recent FilmSchoolRejects news »

Christmas has come and gone, but a late present (like the melted chocolate Santa in the toe of your stocking) has been delivered a year early. Arthur Christmas doesn’t come out until November 2011, but he’s here with an elven friend of his to turn your attention away from Santa’s giant flying UFO that’s hovering above your head. The film is a partnership between Aardman and Sony, and it boasts a fantastic vocal cast. James McAvoy, Hugh Laurie, Jim Broadbent, Imelda Staunton, Bill Nighy, and Ashley Jensen. One thing is for sure: Santa is British. The question is how he manages to get all those presents to all those kids. Enter that giant spacecraft, a million-strong elf slave army, and some funny physics, and this film seeks to provide at least one explanation. See the trailer for yourself after the jump: Check it out in even higher def at Apple. »

- Cole Abaius

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“Another Year” is another triumph for the persistently engaging Leigh

27 December 2010 11:00 PM, PST | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

“Another Year is another triumph for the persistently engaging Leigh, whose inquisitive, methodical approach is peerless in its emotional veracity.”

Another Year

Directed by Mike Leigh

Written by Mike Leigh

2010, UK

Tom (Jim Broadbent) and Gerri (Ruth Sheen) are happy together. Yes, their views may occasionally diverge somewhat, but at well past middle age they stay active, are engaged by their respective professions, and are genuinely comforted by each other’s continued company, as well as that of their son Joe (Oliver Maltman). As you might guess, that makes them not precisely the central figures in the latest Mike Leigh film, Another Year, which balances its portrait of the contented pair with a heavy dose of their less well-calibrated friends, especially Mary (Leslie Manville), Gerri’s colleague, whose disastrous relationship history has weakened her grasp on social nicety and emotional self-control, particularly when wine is at hand.

Thus, Another Year »

- Ricky

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Oscar ballots mailed: Where do things stand?

27 December 2010 11:15 AM, PST | EW - Inside Movies | See recent EW.com - Inside Movies news »

The ballots for the 83rd Annual Academy Awards have been mailed today, beginning the all-important three-week-long period before they’re due on Jan. 14. Not much has changed in the past week since my last round of predictions (I am now putting Natalie Portman above Annette Bening for Best Actress, though I think the race is still too close to call). But I have been interested to watch as many of my Oscar-prognosticator colleagues have changed their predicted Best Picture winner from The King's Speech to The Social Network. Several of you have wondered in the comments why I haven’t switched my No. »

- Dave Karger

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The best feature films of 2010

26 December 2010 11:23 PM, PST | blogs.suntimes.com/ebert | See recent Roger Ebert's Blog news »

David Fincher's "The Social Network"is emerging as the consensus choice as best film of 2010. Most of the critics' groups have sanctified it, and after its initial impact it has only grown it stature. I think it is an early observer of a trend in our society, where we have learned new ways of thinking of ourselves: As members of a demographic group, as part of a database, as figures in...a social network.

My best films list also appears on my main site, but I am posting it here on the blog so that you can comment on it. In response to the reader protests of recent years, I've returned to the time-honored tradition of ten films arranged in order from one to ten. After that, it's all alphabetical. The notion of objectively ordering works of art seems bizarre to me.

Here are the year's best feature films: »

- Roger Ebert

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More Critics: Oklahoma, Austin, Women Film Critics...

23 December 2010 5:30 AM, PST | FilmExperience | See recent FilmExperience news »

If you'd like to discuss the latest round of critics awards, have at it.

Three more groups have announced and so the usual suspects play the game of musical chairs. The most interesting note right off the bat is that the Women Film Critics Circle have bestowed an award on Black Swan that isn't a flattering one. They've given it "Worst Female Images in a Movie".

I understand the impulse behind this sort of "tsk-tsk"ing  having been burned over the years with the often problematic depiction of gay characters but I think it's wrong-headed to a degree.

Black Swan is about a very specific drumtight world and a very specific tightly strung character completely encased in that world. In other words, this is not a portrait of Woman in the broader sense. What's more one can even argue that just about every person in the film is presented in an unreliable way, »

- NATHANIEL R

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Exclusive: Jim Broadbent and Lesley Manville on Another Year

23 December 2010 | Comingsoon.net | See recent Comingsoon.net news »

One of Britain's most intriguing filmmakers has to be 67-year-old Mike Leigh, whose character-driven slice of life dramas have been the toast of critics and film buffs on both sides of the Atlantic for over two decades. Having written and directed dramatic favorites like Vera Drake , Secrets & Lies and his most recent film Happy-Go-Lucky , Leigh has been nominated for six Oscars for his writing and direction, having established a unique system of developing his films and characters that creates a realism few other filmmakers have been able to replicate. His new movie Another Year takes a look at the relationship of three seemingly ordinary individuals and how it evolves, mostly for the worst, over the course of a year. Jim Broadbent, working with Leigh for the seventh »

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“The King’s Speech” Leads Nominations for the London’s Critics’ Circle Awards

21 December 2010 8:18 AM, PST | The Hollywood News | See recent The Hollywood News news »

More awards news now, and it comes from the London’s Critics’ Circle who announced the nominations for their 31st Film Awards, which will be held on February the 10th.

The King’S Speech won out over The Social Network this time around, garnering 8 nominations, including two for Colin Firth and his portrayal of King George VI, one in Actor of the Year and British Actor of the Year. True Grit was also given some well-deserved kudos, getting nominations for actor Jeff Bridges, newcomer Hailee Steinfield, and directors Joel and Ethan Cohen. Toy Story 3 also managed to grab a spot in the Sky 3D Award: Film of the Year line up, and indie movie The Arbor secured a coveted spot on The Attenborough Award: British Film of the Year list too. But where is Biutiful and Javier Bardem‘s nomination, strange that it seems to be getting left off many awards lists… »

- Laura Stackhouse

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London Critics Embrace Monarchy With ‘King’s Speech’

21 December 2010 7:31 AM, PST | NextMovie | See recent NextMovie news »

Britain: it’s a lot like America, only in Europe. Everything we have over here — sandwiches, The Beatles, federally mandated health care — they have over there too, except it’s a British version.

And that includes movie critics — critics who, like their American counterparts, have just announced that “The King’s Speech” and “The Social Network” lead their award nominations.

Yes, the list of nominees for the 31st annual London Critics’ Circle awards is topped by “The King’s Speech,” while “The Social Network” landed five and the British drama “Another Year” grabbed six.

“Another Year,” which stars Jim Broadbent and Lesley Manville as an couple in denial about the aging process, was one of several films which got a boost from the fact that the London Critics’ Circle has double nominations for each major category, one for films in general and one specifically for British films. Thus “The King’s Speech, »

- Scott Harris

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London Critics’ Circle Awards: Nominations

21 December 2010 6:00 AM, PST | HeyUGuys.co.uk | See recent HeyUGuys news »

The nominees for the London Critics’ Circle Awards have been announced.

Another Year and The King’s Speech lead with seven nominations apiece.

The London Critics’ Circle Awards will take place on February 10, 2011 at the BFI Southbank.

Below is the full list of nominees:

Sky 3D Award: Film of the Year:

Black Swan The Kids Are All Right Toy Story 3 The King’s Speech The Social Network

The Attenborough Award: British Film of the Year:

Another Year Monsters The Arbor The King’s Speech 127 Hours

Foreign Language Film of the Year:

I am Love Dogtooth The Secret in Their Eyes Of Gods and Men Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives

Actor of the Year:

Edgar Ramirez, Carlos Ryan Gosling, Blue Valentine Jesse Eisenberg, The Social Network Colin Firth, The King’s Speech Jeff Bridges, True Grit

Moet Actress of the Year:

Jennifer Lawrence, Winter’s Bone Natalie Portman, »

- Jamie Neish

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Oscar predictions: Post-sag rankings

21 December 2010 6:00 AM, PST | EW - Inside Movies | See recent EW.com - Inside Movies news »

The Screen Actors Guild nominations were the big Oscar story of the past week. How did the SAG lists affect the overall awards races? Here are my updated predictions in the six major races.

Best Picture

1. The King’s Speech (last week: 1)

2. The Social Network (last week: 2)

3. Inception (last week: 3)

4. The Fighter (last week: 5)

5. True Grit (last week: 6)

6. Toy Story 3 (last week: 4)

7. Black Swan (last week: 7)

8. The Kids Are All Right (last week: 9)

9. Winter’s Bone (last week: 11)

10. The Town (last week: 8 )

11. 127 Hours (last week: 10)

12. Another Year (last week: 12)

13. Rabbit Hole (last week: 13)

14. Get Low (last week: 14)

15. The Ghost Writer »

- Dave Karger

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