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BAFTA winners announced

10 February 2013 2:17 PM, PST

The British Academy of Film and Television Arts handed out their awards Sunday in London. Argo walked away the big winner with Best Film and Best Director for Ben Affleck.

Lead acting prizes went to Daniel Day-Lewis for Lincoln and Emmanuelle Riva for Amour, with supporting awards going to Christolph Waltz for Django Unchained, and Anne Hathaway for Les Misérables. Click past the jump to take a look at the full list of winners.

Best Film Argo

Best Director Ben Affleck, Argo

Best Actor Daniel Day-Lewis, Lincoln

Best Actress Emmanuelle Riva, Amour

Best Supporting Actor Christoph Waltz, Django Unchained

Best Supporting Actress Anne HathawayLes Misérables

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- Lindsey Bahr

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Box office report: 'Identity Thief' wins the weekend, beats expectations and 'Bridesmaids'

10 February 2013 11:07 AM, PST

Identity Thief (CinemaScore: B) fared even better than expected, bringing in $36.6 million over the weekend across 3,141 theaters. For comparison, Melissa McCarthy’s last major film Bridesmaids (though it was in a supporting role) opened at $26.2 million, in 2,918 theaters. With an opening like this, big things are surely expected from Seth Gordon’s R-rated comedy which has already surpassed its $35 million production budget. Though Bateman and Gordon had a successful run with Horrible Bosses after a $28.3 million opening weekend in July 2011, Bateman hasn’t had this kind of luck with most of his starring roles. Universal’s The Change-Up (with Ryan Reynolds »


- Lindsey Bahr

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Tech innovators honored at Oscars dinner

10 February 2013 7:05 AM, PST

A room full of engineers, computer whizzes and technicians brought the crew of the Starship Enterprise down to Earth for a night at the Sci-Tech Oscars.

Zoe Saldana and Chris Pine hosted the annual awards dinner in which the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences beams its spotlight on the latter half of its name.

“We’re truly humbled, by all means, man. We can fly into space because of you,” Saldana told honorees at the event Saturday night.

The Avatar and Star Trek star pumped her fist and shouted “Weta!” before the first of two teams from the New Zealand-based special effects house, »


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'Paperman': Watch the step-by-step animation process for Disney's Oscar-nominated short -- Exclusive Video

10 February 2013 6:00 AM, PST

Disney’s charming short film up for an Oscar this year, Paperman, is a nostalgic return to the tradition of 2-D, hand-drawn animation that also embraces what modern 3-D animation technology has to offer.

The short is a little urban fairy tale about a man who attempts to capture the attention of the woman of his dreams with paper airplanes he launches from his skyscraper office to hers. It was made with new in-house software called Meander that enables a hybrid approach to animation, where characters and backgrounds are drawn over an initial digital layer.

To see that innovative new animation method in action, »


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Box office update: Soderbergh's 'Side Effects' is no match for 'Identity Thief'

9 February 2013 11:05 AM, PST

Identity Thief persevered in spite of winter storm Nemo, with an $11.2 million Friday opening. The R-rated Jason Bateman and Melissa McCarthy vehicle from director Seth Gordon opened wide in 3,141 theaters, and may be on track for a $35 million weekend. Bateman and Gordon scored big with Horrible Bosses, which had a $9.9 million Friday opening in July and went on to gross $117.5 million domestically. This is McCarthy’s first starring role, and could bode well for The Heat, which was pushed back to a June release. McCarthy also recently started a production company with her husband Ben Falcone and already has three projects in the works. »


- Lindsey Bahr

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Steven Soderbergh: Why he Should retire. And then come back

9 February 2013 10:19 AM, PST

Over the last few weeks, I can’t tell you how many people have asked me if Steven Soderbergh is really retiring, and the short answer I generally give them is, “Of course  not.” Not that I’m questioning Soderbergh’s sincerity. He has said for several years that he plans to stop making feature films once he turns 50, and now that the big birthday has arrived (it was Jan. 14), he has clung, quite directly, to that public plan, discussing his new psycho-pharmacological Hitchcockian thriller, Side Effects, as if it’s the last movie of his that you’ll see in theaters. »


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Joseph Gordon-Levitt will edit 'Don Jon's Addiction' to secure R rating

8 February 2013 7:35 PM, PST

Joseph Gordon-Levitt’s directorial debut, Don Jon’s Addiction, a racy comedy about sex addiction, kicked off its rating-free festival run with Sundance last month. But now the actor-director has to prepare for MPAA to come into the picture — Relativity Media has scooped up the U.S. distribution rights — and that means going back to the cutting room. Gordon-Levitt plans to cut down some of the film’s most graphic sex scenes to secure an R rating, EW confirmed. THR reported the news from the Berlin International Film Festival.

“We expect we have to , and I’ll be getting started »


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Casting Net: Joel McHale's 'Friggin' Christmas Miracle'; Plus Peter Dinklage, Kathy Bates, and more

8 February 2013 6:37 PM, PST

Joel McHale, Robin Williams, and Lauren Graham have signed on star in the new holiday comedy A Friggin’ Christmas Miracle. Lorelai Gilmore and Jeff Winger will play a married couple forced to spend Christmas with their crazy extended family. On Christmas Eve, Boyd (McHale) realizes he forgot to bring his son’s gifts and embarks on an eight-hour road trip with his father (Williams) to retrieve them before his son wakes up. British director Tristram Shapeero, best known for directing television shows like Community and New Girl, will make his feature film debut directing the project. [THR]

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'Boondock Saints' producer Chris Brinker dies suddenly from aortic aneurysm

8 February 2013 5:00 PM, PST

Forty-two-year-old producer and director Chris Brinker died suddenly Friday morning, EW confirmed. According to a report, Brinker began experiencing chest pains late Thursday night. Doctors were unable to treat the extensive damage from the aortic aneurysm.

Producer Lloyd Segan, who was working with Brinker on his next project Baby Proof, told EW “He was a dear friend of a whole lot of people including me. It’s very tough. I want people to know what an amazing person he was and an inspiration too. I’ve known him since he was in college, since he was an intern for me. »


- Lindsey Bahr

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'Shining' doc 'Room 237' has a bloody amazing new trailer -- Video

8 February 2013 12:27 PM, PST

The best non-fiction film I saw last year — and maybe the best film I saw, period — was The Shining documentary Room 237. Directed by Rodney Ascher, the movie showcases the theories of five unseen Shining obsessives about what Stanley Kubrick really intended with his 1980 Stephen King adaptation. The end result is at least twice as entertaining — and at least five times funnier — than that synopsis might indicate. (My colleague Owen Gleiberman did a much better job of summing up the movie when, in the course of writing about his favorite movies of 2012, he described it as “a veritable Kubrickian Da »


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New York City suspends film permits due to winter storm Nemo

8 February 2013 12:10 PM, PST

New York City’s Mayor’s office announced this afternoon that film permits for Saturday, Feb. 9 have been suspended due to severe weather –  specifically, winter storm Nemo, which is expected to leave the city blanketed in 10 to 14 inches of snow.

Other areas of the city’s entertainment industry have not been affected by the storm, at least as of yet. Though the Broadway League issued a weather alert at 2 p.m. Et, it also said that Broadway shows are still expected to play as scheduled tonight and Saturday. Dozens of people are currently lined up outside of 30 Rockefeller Plaza, waiting in makeshift tents and sleeping bags for a chance to get tickets for this weekend’s Justin Bieber-hosted episode of Saturday Night Live, which will tape as scheduled tomorrow. And New York’s Fashion Week is also continuing as planned, though its organizers told the Associated Press that they’ll be bringing in extra crews to assist with snow removal and increasing the heat in their venues. »


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SXSW: First look at Ken Marino in the comedy-horror movie 'Milo' -- Exclusive

8 February 2013 11:39 AM, PST

Is 2013 going to be the year of Ken Marino? Well, no, according to the Chinese zodiac it’s actually the year of the snake. But the Wet Hot American Summer star and Childrens Hospital actor-writer does have a lot of upcoming projects, including the second season of his dating show parody Burning Love — which debuts on February 14 — the Lake Bell-directed, Sundance-screened In a World…, and the comedy-horror film Milo, which will premiere at next month’s SXSW Film Festival.

What’s Milo about? Really glad you asked. According to the official synopsis the movie concerns a man who “discovers »


- Clark Collis

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'Skyfall' on Blu-ray: Judi Dench on the 'special relationship' between M and 007 -- Exclusive Video

8 February 2013 11:30 AM, PST

It was in GoldenEye that Dame Judi Dench first ripped into the “sexist, misogynist dinosaur” that is James Bond, telling the suave superspy, “If you think for one moment I don’t have the balls to send a man out to die, your instincts are dead wrong!”

Back then, it was Pierce Brosnan — not Daniel Craig — who was smirking beneath M’s withering glare, but 18 years later, she delivered on that threat in Skyfall. Stepping into the field after six previous Bond adventures that limited her to cold disapproval from behind a desk, M’s promotion into the heart of the latest story, »


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Oscar nominee Quvenzhane Wallis could be the next big-screen 'Annie' -- Exclusive

8 February 2013 10:40 AM, PST

It’s been a good month for Quvenzhané Wallis! Not only is the actress, now 9, the youngest-ever Best Actress nominee for her role in Beasts of the Southern Wild, but EW has learned that she’s in consideration to star in Sony’s upcoming remake of the Broadway musical Annie. A studio rep stresses, though, that newly named director Will Gluck (Easy A) and the producers at Will Smith’s Overbrook Entertainment banner and Jay-z’s Marcy Media, which have been developing the project, have yet to make any casting decisions.

The film had initially been developed as a potential »


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Bradley Cooper moving forward with 'American Sniper' biopic

8 February 2013 8:36 AM, PST

After the tragic shooting death of ex-Navy Seal Chris Kyle this past week, Bradley Cooper is moving forward with American Sniper, a movie based on the autobiography of Kyle. Cooper bought the rights to American Sniper: The Autobiography of the Most Lethal Sniper in U.S. Military History last spring, he told NPR’s Fresh Air yesterday.

In the wide-ranging interview (which you can listen to in full), Cooper discussed how he wanted to fast-track the project, which has obviously generated more public interest with recent events. “I couldn’t believe it. Jason Hall, who’s writing the script, »


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Casting Net: Kristen Stewart to play a muse; Plus Ellen Page's directorial debut, Michael Shannon, Nicholas Hoult, and more

7 February 2013 6:33 PM, PST

Kristen Stewart and Elizabeth Banks have signed on to star in the upcoming film The Big Shoe. Directed by Steven Shainberg (Secretary), the film is about a brilliant shoe designer (Jim Sturgess) whose mother (Susan Sarandon) wants him to get into the lucrative knock-off business. When he tries to go off on his own, she hires a “muse” (Stewart) and a therapist (Banks) to try to convince him to do her bidding. [THR]

Anna Faris is set to star in Ellen Page’s directorial debut Miss Stevens about a depressed teacher forced to chaperone a group of high school students on »


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Box office preview: 'Identity Thief' will steal No. 1 spot from 'Side Effects'

7 February 2013 4:44 PM, PST

It’s no surprise that the 2013 box office has been cold in the first few weeks of the new year. That tends to be the case in January, when R-rated horror flicks and long-on-the-shelf action stinkers take up multiplex screens. But this weekend, the film industry is set to get even chillier due to a massive snowstorm that’s expected to bring much of the Northeast to a standstill.

Thus, this weekend’s two new releases, Identity Thief and Side Effects (which, almost unbelievably, are already the 10th and 11th R-rated wide releases of the year), are expected to perform »


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Focus Features to release animated pic 'The Boxtrolls' with Tracy Morgan

7 February 2013 2:57 PM, PST

On the heels of ParaNorman’s success, Focus Features has just closed a deal to release their third animated feature: The Boxtrolls. The film will be a 3-D stop motion and CG hybrid feature and is currently in production at Laika (the studio behind ParaNorman and Coraline) with a high-profile voice cast including Tracy Morgan, Toni Collette, Ben Kingsley, Jared Harris, Simon Pegg, and Elle Fanning.

Based on Here Be Monsters!, Alan Snow’s bestselling children’s novel, the film is set in the wealth, status, and cheese-obsessed town of Cheesebridge. The Boxtrolls are a group of trolls who live »


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'Zero Dark Thirty' writer Mark Boal says U.S. torture was 'dead wrong'

7 February 2013 2:21 PM, PST

“Disruptive filmmaking.”

That’s a new term coined by Zero Dark Thirty screenwriter Mark Boal, who gave a speech this week about the criticism the Osama bin Laden takedown drama has endured from both sides of the political divide in America.

Conservatives complained long before the film was seen by anyone that it was a propaganda designed to highlight the anti-terror accomplishments of President Barack Obama, while some liberals were rankled by what they perceived to be an endorsement of torture interrogations (erroneously, as Michael Moore points out in this essay debunking those accusations.)

Director Kathryn Bigelow has already said »


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SXSW: Check out the shlock-tastic poster for home video documentary 'Rewind This!' -- Exclusive Image

7 February 2013 1:47 PM, PST

Do you have fond memories of renting films from old-school video stores (after, of course, you forked over 7 different types of identification and a $75 deposit)? Then the new documentary Rewind This!, which premieres at next month’s SXSW Film Festival, may well be up your alley.

Directed by Josh Johnson and featuring interviews with Troma legend Lloyd Kaufman, indie auteur Atom Egoyan, and Hobo With a Shotgun filmmaker Jason Eisener, amongst others, the film promises to be the “definitive story of the home video revolution.” Certainly, Rewind This! boasts one suitably ’80s-evoking, and very eye-catching, poster, which you can see, »


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