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Grammys 2013: Brian Wilson Talks Beach Boys Reunion Backstage

10 February 2013 3:35 PM, PST

After sharing the best historical album award for The Smile Sessions at the Grammys Pre-Telecast awards, Brian Wilson was asked backstage about the possibility of a Beach Boys reunion. Wilson replied quickly, flatly and without emotion, "I doubt it, no." Story: Beach Boys' Mike Love: 'I Did Not Fire Brian Wilson' The Beach Boys frontman's comments were typically brief and to the point. The favorite song he's written? “California Girls.” Did he and Van Dyke Parks -- Wilson's collaborator on the album --  know when they were writing Smile that it was ahead of its time? "Yes, we did," he responded.

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- Erik Pedersen

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Beautiful Creatures: Film Review

10 February 2013 3:13 PM, PST

Plainly conceived to ensnare teenage viewers who just don't know what to do with themselves now that the Twilight series is history, Beautiful Creatures will serve as an adequate, if less exotic, substitute. Based on the first of four Caster Chronicles novels by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl, published in 2009, the story merely flip-flops the sexes, as a small-town high school boy becomes enamored of a girl with strong family ties to the dark side. Nicely cast and made with as much conviction as can be brought to something so intrinsically formulaic, this Warner Bros. release has

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- Todd McCarthy

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Remembering Whitney Houston: Dave Grohl, Miguel and More Laud 'Amazing' Voice (Video)

10 February 2013 2:23 PM, PST

The red carpet was buzzing with artists and executives at Clive Davis' Pre-Grammy Gala, which celebrated the nominees, remembered Whitney Houston and honored Antonio "L.A." Reid. Those who walked the red carpet shared their fondest memories of Houston who died Feb. 11 last year. "Whitney's voice was powerful," said R&B singer Miguel, who is nominated for five Grammys including song of the year. "She was dynamic. I would like her to be remembered for her voice and smile. I think she'd want to be celebrated." Foo Fighters frontman Dave Grohl had nothing but high praise

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- Justino Aguila, Billboard

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Why the BAFTA Awards Should Make You Reconsider Your Oscar Picks (Analysis)

10 February 2013 1:44 PM, PST

On Sunday, less than 24 hours after winning the USC Scripter Award for the year's best adapted screenplay (Chris Terrio), Warner Bros.' Argo won the BAFTA Awards for best film and best director (Ben Affleck), further cementing its status as the frontrunner for the best picture Oscar on Feb. 24. Feinberg Forecast: Updated Projections (With 3 Weeks Until the 85th Oscars) Though Lincoln received more total BAFTA nominations than Argo (10 to seven), it is not surprising that the latter won the organization's top two prizes based on the fact that Lincoln director Steven Spielberg was denied a best

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- Scott Feinberg

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Vic + Flo Saw A Bear: Berlin Review

10 February 2013 1:00 PM, PST

Berlin – The lesbian tough gals who used to be behind bars in 1970s exploitation movies are on the outside in tranquil Canadian forest land, suspended in a cinematic landscape someplace between Wes Anderson and Eric Rohmer in Vic + Flo Saw A Bear.  Montreal critic-turned-filmmaker Denis Cote’s bizarre anti-melodrama of doomed love and gruesome revenge comes on strong with sharp visuals and eccentric humor. But its mannerisms become too studied and its pace stultifying, which makes the French-language film rarely as much fun as its title. However, anything this out-there is bound to

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- David Rooney

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Grammys 2013: Fun., Black Keys, Gotye, Mumford & Sons Are Big Winners

10 February 2013 12:53 PM, PST

The Grammy Awards spread its gold around much more liberally than in years past, but New York rock band fun. won two of the traditional Big Four categories -- best new artist and song of the year for “We Are Young” -- Sunday night at Staples Center in Los Angeles. Mumford & Sons won the night’s big prize, album of the year for Babel, spoiling what potentially was shaping up as The Black Keys’ big night. The Ohio duo of Dan Auerbach and Patrick Carney won best rock song and best rock performance for “Lonely Boy” and best rock album for El

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- Erik Pedersen

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Jessica Chastain Responds to Reports of Jennifer Lawrence Feud

10 February 2013 12:49 PM, PST

Zero Dark Thirty star Jessica Chastain has employed her Facebook fan page to rebut media reports that she is feuding with Silver Linings Playbook star Jennifer Lawrence, her fellow nominee for the best actress Oscar that will be awarded Feb. 24. The rumors seem to have emanated from a posting last Friday on the gossip website ShowbizSpy that was entitled, "Jessica Chastain Hates Jennifer Lawrence." The piece cited "a source" who claimed Chastain was "furious" about Lawrence's SNL appearance on Jan. 19 (during which Lawrence cracked during her opening monologue, "Jessica Chastain? More like Jessica Chast-ain’t winning an

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- Scott Feinberg

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Three Killed in Helicopter Crash at Movie Ranch

10 February 2013 12:31 PM, PST

The National Transportation Safety Board and the Federal Aviation Administration will investigate the fatal crash of a helicopter during filming in Acton, Calif. According to the Desert Sun of Palm Springs, the helicopter - a Bell 206B Jet Ranger -- was substantially damaged when it crashed at the Polsa Rosa Movie Ranch on 5726 Soledad Canyon Road. The Los Angeles Film Commission told Kcal-tv that "Bongo Productions" had a permit to shoot in the area; the station is also reporting that an untitled reality show was being filmed. The ranch, which features two airstrips, is offered to rent to production companies

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Grammys 2013: Skrillex, Black Keys, Gotye, Jay-z/Kanye West Are Multiple Winners at Pre-Telecast Awards

10 February 2013 12:30 PM, PST

If the pre-telecast portion of the 55th Grammy Awards is any indication, it might be The Black Keys’ night. The Ohio duo won best rock song and album -- for “Lonely Boy” and El Camino, respectively, then the man behind those records, Dan Auerbach, took the last early trophy, producer of the year (non-classical). Grammys 2013: When, Where and Who to Watch The Black Keys put some pressure on the other big names competing in the major categories at tonight's main event, as "Lonely Boy" and El Camino  are up for record and album of the year. There were

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- Erik Pedersen

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Berlin 2013: 'The Canyons' Director Paul Schrader to Pen 'The Devil's Right Hand' (Exclusive)

10 February 2013 12:13 PM, PST

Berlin -- Paul Schrader is attached to pen the screenplay for the upcoming feature The Devil's Right Hand, a thriller about modern-day advertising executives in New York. The Taxi Driver and Raging Bull scribe will adapt an original story by Danish screenwriter Anders Olholm, moving the action from Copenhagen to New York. Schrader most recently directed the controversial drama The Canyons with Lindsay Lohan and porn star James Deen. The film was rejected by the Sundance and South by Southwest festivals, but is likely to be picked up by a U.S. distributor. Photos: European Film Market 2013: 10 Titles to

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- Scott Roxborough

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Foreign Box Office: 'Django Unchained' Remains No. 1, But 'Die Hard' Steals Weekend

10 February 2013 12:12 PM, PST

  While Sony’s Django Unchained remained No. 1 overseas for the fourth consecutive weekend, the highlight of a sluggish session on the foreign theatrical circuit was the limited introduction of 20th Century Fox’s release of A Good Day To Die Hard. Getting a jump on its U.S. and Canada bow this week, the fifth installment of action franchise starring Bruce Willis opened over the weekend in just seven Asian markets, and drew $10.1 million at 1,102 locations for a per-screen average of over $9,000. In South Korea, the opening take including previews was $4.2 million from 459 sites. Good Day set a Fox record

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- Frank Segers

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BAFTA 2013: Complete Nominees and Winners List

10 February 2013 12:07 PM, PST

The British Academy of Film and Television Arts doled out its awards Sunday in London. Taking home Best Original Screenplay was Quentin Tarantino's Django Unchained, with Christoph Waltz also taking home Best Supporting Actor for his part in the film. Disney Pixar's Brave was awarded Best Animated Film.  Here is a full list of the nominees and winners (winners in *bold, updating live): Best Film *Argo Grant Heslov, Ben Affleck, George Clooney Les MisÉRables Tim Bevan, Eric Fellner, Debra Hayward, Cameron Mackintosh Life Of Pi Gil Netter, Ang Lee, David Womark Lincoln Steven Spielberg, Kathleen Kennedy Zero Dark Thirty

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Grammys 2013: When, Where and Who to Watch

10 February 2013 11:29 AM, PST

Music's biggest night is finally upon us.  In what's sure to be a night filled with performances both amazing and questionable, red-carpet fashion both fabulous and freaky, and speeches both tear-inducing and eyebrow-raising, the 55th Annual Grammy Awards takes place tonight at the Staples Center in Los Angeles. Here are all the details: When and Where: The show airs live at 8 p.m. Est on CBS, and assuming there are no Super Bowl-esque blackouts, is scheduled to air until 11:30 p.m. Est. It will air on the West Coast with a tape delay,

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- Jane Kellogg

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Berlin 2013 Press Conference: Steven Coogan, Michael Winterbottom

10 February 2013 10:15 AM, PST

Michael Winterbottom's latest, The Look of Love, stars his longtime collaborator Steve Coogan as Paul Raymond, the British adult entertainment mogul who became his country's richest man.  The film bowed in January at Sundance, where IFC Films closed a deal for North American rights. It co-stars Anna Friel, Imogen Poots and Tamsin Egerton. The Hollywood Reporter critic David Rooney says the film is somewhat uneven but calls it “absorbing on a scene-by-scene basis.” Photos: European Film Market 2013: 10 Titles to Track in Berlin The Look of Love is getting a special screening at the 2013 Berlin International Film

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Berlin 2013: Birch Tree Shops Sci-Fi Film 'Atlantis Conspiracy'

10 February 2013 9:55 AM, PST

Las Vegas-based Birch Tree Entertainment is at the Efm shopping pre-sales rights for Atlantis Conspiracy, a Malaysian sci-fi project to be directed by James Lee. The director successfully moved from award-winning indie dramas to mainstream fare with action comedy The Collector.         Lee, who began the 2000s as part of a wave of filmmakers securing festival acclaim with low-budget, digitally-shot titles, is joined on the project by Singaporean action star Jourdan Lee and an international cast, said Birch Tree CEO Art Birzneck. The project is produced by Asia Tropical Films, which backed The Collector, and Milkomedia Productions.

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- Clarence Tsui

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Box Office Report: 'Identity Thief' No. 1 With $36.6 Million, Melissa McCarthy a Bona Fide Star

10 February 2013 7:50 AM, PST

Berlin -- Winter Storm Nemo was no match for Melissa McCarthy. The actresses' new comedy Identity Thief, co-starring Jason Bateman and directed by Seth Gordon, soared past expectations to score a $36.6 million debut, one of the top five openings of all time for an original R-rated comedy and the top opening so far of 2013, besting the $28 million scored four weeks ago by fellow Universal pic Mama.

Universal estimates that the blizzard, which paralyzed much of New England, took a 10 percent hit on box office grosses and that

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- Pamela McClintock

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Gloria: Berlin Review

10 February 2013 7:22 AM, PST

Berlin – Hardly the most richly served of moviegoing demographics, smart middle-aged women will give a warm embrace to Gloria, making it a seemingly surefire contender for significant art house acceptance. But it’s hard to imagine anyone with a heart and a brain not responding to the quiet delights and stunning intimacy of Chilean director Sebastian Lelio’s account of the personal evolution of a 58-year-old divorcee, played with scrupulous honesty and intelligence by the wonderful Paulina Garcia. A large part of the cumulative joy of this movie is considering all the ways in which the story might

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- David Rooney

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Berlin 2013: TWC Strikes Deal for U.S. Rights to Vampire Pic 'Blood Sisters'

10 February 2013 7:01 AM, PST

Berlin -- Hoping for a franchise, The Weinstein Co. has won a bidding war for U.S. rights to Mark Waters' bigscreen adaptation of Blood Sisters, the first book in Richelle Mead's bestselling Vampire Academy  series. Insiders say the deal is valued at north of $30 million, between the acquisition fee and marketing commitment. TWC struck the pact with financiers Reliance Entertainment and Im Global, and has a rolling option on subsequent installments. At least two Hollywood studios were bidding for U.S. rights. Blood Sisters is by far the biggest deal to emerge so far from the European Film Market

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- Pamela McClintock

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Berlin 2013: K5 Offers 'Venus and Serena' Tennis Doc to Buyers

10 February 2013 6:11 AM, PST

U.K. and German sales and finance banner K5 International has boarded Maiken Baird and Michelle Major’s controversial documentary Venus and Serena. Baird and Major’s film follows the emergence and rise of tennis’ most formidable and successful siblings, Venus and Serena Williams. Billed as offering a rare opportunity to leap the often media-controlled environment of the living sports legends, Venus and Williams offers unprecedented access to their lives, both in the spotlight and behind closed doors. The movie world-premiered in Toronto with the sisters lined up to attend. But at the last minute, they pulled out, withdrawing support for the film

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- Stuart Kemp , Pamela McClintock

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Berlin 2013: Operation Kino Picks up 'Iron Picker' for Turkey, Other Markets

10 February 2013 5:13 AM, PST

Berlin – Operation Kino has picked up rights to Golden Bear candidate An Episode in the Life of an Iron Picker for Turkey, Romania, Bulgaria and the countries of the former Yugoslavia. Operation Kino a joint distribution initiative launched by the Istanbul, Transylvania, Sofia and Sarajevo film festivals.         Danis Tanovic’s film, which revolves around an impoverished Roma woman’s struggle to get treatment following her stillbirth, will be released under the Media Mundus-supported label, with the individual festivals showing the title in their program and then touring it around the countries’ peripheral regions.         “’[The] festivals-as-distributors business

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- Clarence Tsui

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