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'Twilight: Breaking Dawn 2' Runs Away With Razzies

24 February 2013 3:24 PM, PST

''The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn — Part 2'' was the big winner at the Razzies, the Academy Awards spoof kudos that celebrate the year's worst movies. The Razzies, held on the eve of the Oscars, made the most of their last shot at the vampire love saga Saturday. The "Twilight" series finale won seven awards, including worst film, worst actress for Kristen Stewart (her "Snow White and the Huntsman" performance was also factored in), worst director for Bill Condon and worst supporting actor for Taylor Lautner. Also read: 10 Secrets of the Oscar »


- Todd Cunningham

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Oscar PowerGrid Face-Off: Steven Spielberg vs. Benh Zeitlin

24 February 2013 1:16 PM, PST

Steven Spielberg, Hollywood's most powerful director, and Benh Zeitlin, the young talent, are in the final stretch of the Oscar race for Best Director. Both are contending for the coveted title at the Oscars on Sunday, Spielberg for his historical "Lincoln," and Zeitlin for the fantasy-drama, "Beasts of the Southern Wild."  While they share the nominated category, their status on the Hollywood landscape is far apart according to TheWrap's PowerGrid, which measures the most successful people and projects in the movie industry. Spielberg, the veteran talent, is the top director on the »


- Rebecca Rosenberg

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'The Hobbit' Debuts With $17.8M at China Box Office

24 February 2013 12:39 PM, PST

"The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey" has opened to an impressive $17.8 million in China, distributor Warner Bros. said Sunday, and it is bearing down on $1 billion at the global box office. The official China Film numbers will not be available until Monday, but the haul helped the "Lord of the Rings" prequel collect $18.6 million from 44 territories over the weekend, and raise its international total to more than $679 million. With its domestic total of $300.9 million, its global total now stands at $980 million. Also read: Why Hollywood Studios »


- Todd Cunningham

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Quvenzhané Wallis to Star in 'Annie' for Overbrook, Sony

24 February 2013 11:26 AM, PST

Quvenzhané Wallis, nominated for a Best Actress Oscar for "Beasts of the Southern Wild," will star in the title role of a new film production of the musical "Annie" for Overbrook Entertainment, Marcy Media, director Will Gluck and Sony Pictures Entertainment. The announcement was made Sunday by Doug Belgrad, president of Sony's Columbia Pictures, and Hannah Minghella, president of production for the studio. "Annie" will be released during the winter holiday season in 2014. The film is being directed by Gluck and produced by James Lassiter, Jada Pinkett Smith and Will Smith »


- Todd Cunningham

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Oscars 2013: Signs Point to an 'Argo' Triumph, But Can You Trust the Signs?

24 February 2013 10:37 AM, PST

Five months after "Argo" debuted as a sneak preview at the Telluride Film Festival, almost 20 weeks after "Lincoln" had its own sneak at the New York Film Festival, and 401 days after "Beasts of the Southern Wild" took Sundance by storm, the moment of truth has arrived. Those three films, and six others competing for Best Picture at the 85th Academy Awards, will learn their fates on Sunday night at the Dolby Theatre. "Argo" could make history as only the second film in 80 years, and the fourth overall, to »


- Steve Pond

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'Identity Thief' Snatches Box Office From 'Snitch,' Returns to No. 1

24 February 2013 9:25 AM, PST

"Identity Thief" beat out the debuting Dwayne Johnson drug trade saga "Snitch" and returned to the top of the box office in its third week. Universal's R-rated Melissa McCarthy-Jason Bateman comedy will take in  $14 million over the three days and is 2013's biggest movie at the box office, having made more than $93 million domestically since opening No. 1 with $34 million on Feb. 8. "Those two (McCarthy and Bateman) are great in this," Universal's distribution chief Nikki Rocco told TheWrap Sunday, "and it doesn't hurt to be the only comedy »


- Todd Cunningham

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Academy Awards: What Time Are the Oscars on TV?

24 February 2013 8:05 AM, PST

The 85th Academy Awards – make that simply, the Oscars – are finally here.  They'll begin at 5:30 p.m. Pt, 8:30 p.m. Et Sunday and will be broadcast live on ABC television. First-time host Seth MacFarlane will kick things off from the Dolby Theater in Hollywood as the film industry honors the finest in cinematic achievement from 2012. Also read: AMPAS Drops '85th Academy Awards' - Now It's Just 'The Oscars' Craig Zadan and Neil Meron are taking their first turn as producers of the show. It will be the first time »


- Todd Cunningham

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'Silver Linings Playbook' Dominates the Indie Spirit Awards

23 February 2013 3:27 PM, PST

The Film Independent Spirit Awards embraced the mainstream hit over the scrappy indie on Saturday afternoon, with David O Russell's "Silver Linings Playbook" winning the Best Feature award in a field that also included the Sundance sensation and Oscar nominee "Beasts of the Southern Wild." With additional wins for director, screenplay and lead actress (Jennifer Lawrence), the show marked a triumphant return for writer-director David O. Russell, who won the Spirit Award for Best First Feature 17 years ago for his debut, "Spanking the Monkey." "Silver Linings Playbook," which is up for »


- Steve Pond

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'Identity Thief' Holding Off 'Snitch' at Soft Oscar Weekend Box Office

23 February 2013 8:52 AM, PST

"Identity Thief" is looking at a return trip to the top of the box office after a $4 million Friday put it on course for a third weekend north of $13 million. That propelled the Melissa McCarthy-Jason Bateman comedy past the weekend's two wide openers. Summit's Dwayne Johnson action film "Snitch" was running second. It also took in roughly $4 million Friday and is looking at an $11.5 million weekend. The Weinstein Company's low-budget horror thriller "Dark Skies" was fourth Friday with an esimtated $3.2 million Friday, and will bring in »


- Todd Cunningham

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Why 'Beasts of the Southern Wild' Is the Box Office Winner in Oscar's Best-Picture Race

23 February 2013 6:46 AM, PST

"Argo" is widely expected to capture the Academy Award for Best Picture on Sunday, but when it comes to profits, "Beasts of the Southern Wild" is this Oscar season's biggest winner. The little indie that could was produced for a mere $1.5 million and pulled off a worldwide gross of $22 million. Though perfectly respectable for an avant-garde picture with no stars, that final tally is a far cry from blockbuster status. Indeed, it's one of the lowest grossing Best Picture nominees, but it still represents the biggest return on investment »


- Brent Lang

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ABC Planning 'Once Upon a Time' Spin-Off Featuring Mad Hatter

22 February 2013 7:09 PM, PST

ABC is doubling down on its fairytale-themed "Once Upon a Time," planning a spinoff of the Mad Hatter character, an individual familiar with the situation told TheWrap on Friday, The network is looking to recast the character, which was played by "Gossip Girl" alum Sebastian Stan for half a dozen episodes last year. (Stan is currently preparing to star in "Captain America: The Winter Soldier" for a 2014 release.) The spinoff is currently in the very early planning stages, the individual told TheWrap. Interestingly, the spinoff could end up competing with NBC's "Wonderland,"  »


- Tim Kenneally

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Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson Prepare for 'Hunger Games' Victory Tour (Photos)

22 February 2013 6:13 PM, PST

"The Hunger Games: Catching Fire" advertising is staying true to the Suzanne Collins' novel  which Lionsgate's is adapting for the sequel to "The Hunger Games." Two new promotional images featuring Jennifer Lawrence and Josh Hutcherson, as co-champions Katniss Everdeen and Peeta Mellark, announce the mandatory Victory Tour the Capitol sends them on Nov. 22 release. Also read: 'Hunger Games' Sequels: 'Catching Fire' Director Francis Lawrence to Direct 'Mockingjay' Films, Too "The Capitol proudly announces the victors of the 74th annual Hunger Games, Katniss Everdeen & Peeta Mellark, as they embark on this year's Victory Tour," »


- Greg Gilman

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Michael Feinstein Performing at Governors Ball After the Oscars

22 February 2013 5:56 PM, PST

Michael Feinstein,  "The Ambassador of the Great American Songbook," will perform at the Governors Ball following the Oscars on Sunday, the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences announced on Friday. The two-time Emmy and five-time Grammy-nominated entertainer will perform for 1,500 guests, including Oscar winners and nominees, at the Ray Dolby Ballroom atop the Hollywood & Highland Center. Also read: Chris Connelly Chosen as the Academy's Red Carpet Greeter at the Oscars Feinstein founded the Michael Feinstein Great American Songbook Initiative in 2007, which celebrates and preserves popular music in American history.    »


- Greg Gilman

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Microsoft Says It Suffered Same Hack Attack as Apple, Facebook

22 February 2013 5:28 PM, PST

Add Microsoft to the list of companies experiencing hacker attacks. The company said in a blog post on Friday afternoon that it suffered the same security breach that Facebook and Apple have recently been dealing with.  Malware-infected websites contaminated some of Microsoft's computers, it said, adding that no customer data was compromised. Microsoft did not say when they discovered the breach. "During our investigation, we found a small number of computers, including some in our Mac business unit, that were infected by malicious software using techniques similar to those documented by other organizations," »

- Alexander C. Kaufman

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'Amour,' 'Argo' Win at Cesar Awards

22 February 2013 5:11 PM, PST

Michael Haneke's drama "Amour" cleaned up at the Cesar Awards in Paris on Friday, taking home numerous top honors including Best Movie, while Ben Affleck's "Argo" took home Best Foreign Language Film. In all, "Amour" took five awards -- Best Movie; Best Director and Best Original Screenplay honors for Haneke, and Best Actress and Best Actor awards for Emmanuelle Riva and Jean-Louis Trintignant, respectively. Jacques Audiard's "Rust and Bone" also racked up a number of awards, including Best Male Newcomer for Matthias Schoenaerts, Best Adapted Screenplay for Jacques Audiard and Thomas Bidegain, »


- Tim Kenneally

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Somali Refugees From 'Asad,' Congolese Actress From 'War Witch' to Attend Oscars

22 February 2013 4:55 PM, PST

Sure, Jennifer Lawrence, Steven Spielberg and George Clooney will be attending the Oscars on Sunday. But how about this for an inspirational trio: Somali refugees Harun and Ali Mohamed from "Asad" and Congolese actress Rachel Mwanza from "War Witch." Mwanza, the 16-year-old star of Kim Nguyen's Foreign Language Oscar nominee "War Witch," has just been granted a visa to travel from the Congo to attend awards shows in North America. The film is a nominee at both the Independent Spirit Awards and the Academy Awards this weekend and is nominated for »


- Lucas Shaw

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Oscar PowerGrid Face-off: Jessica Chastain vs. Jennifer Lawrence

22 February 2013 4:36 PM, PST

Jessica Chastain and Jennifer Lawrence are head to head in the Best Actress contest at this year's Oscars, with each tipped by the experts as the ones to beat in the category. But how are they doing in a head to head contest on TheWrap's PowerGrid? Chastain is ahead of Lawrence, with a rank of 181 on TheWrap's Actor PowerGrid, while Lawrence comes in at 290.  Jessica Chastain's work in "The Help" earned her top honors last year in the Best Supporting Actress category at the Oscars. This year, she is a front-runner »


- Rebecca Rosenberg

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Justin Timberlake Books a Week's Worth of 'Fallon' (Video)

22 February 2013 4:04 PM, PST

Get ready for a whole lot more "History of Rap." Justin Timberlake has signed on for a week- long stint on "Late Night With Jimmy Fallon," starting on March 11. The residency marks the first time that a featured artist has appeared for a solid week on the NBC late-night show. During his run on "Fallon," Timberlake will perform each night, and will sit down to chat with Fallon on the Monday and Friday episodes. (Our prediction: The topics will include Timberlake's new album "The 20/20 Experience," which goes on sale March 19.) Also »


- Tim Kenneally

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Adam Sandler to Star in Untitled Rom-Com for WB

22 February 2013 3:52 PM, PST

Adam Sandler will to star in an untitled romantic comedy for Warner Bros. that explores the trend of blended families in America, a spokesman for the studio told TheWrap. Sandler will play a parent who finds himself stuck at a resort for families where a woman, with whom he had previously gone on a disastrous blind date, is also staying with her kids. Although they are reluctant to recognize their mutual attraction, guess what happens?  Sandler's Happy Madison Productions will executive produce with Gulfstream Pictures' Josie Rosen and Mike Karz -- who sold »


- Greg Gilman

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It's Indie Vets Vs. Upstarts at a Varied Independent Spirit Awards

22 February 2013 2:51 PM, PST

After finding the Oscars encroaching on their territory for a number of years, have the Film Independent Spirit Awards finally gotten a little space from their bigger, flashier weekend neighbor? You'd think so, given that six of the Oscars' nine Best Picture nominees have grossed more than $100 million, and the roster of represented companies includes Warner Bros., Universal, 20th Century Fox, DreamWorks, Disney and Sony. But one of those $100 million films, David O. Russell's "Silver Linings Playbook," will be competing for five Indie Spirit Awards on Saturday, the day before »


- Steve Pond

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