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Tom O'Neil sizes up Oscars' Best Picture race

31 December 2012 3:39 PM, PST | Gold Derby | See recent Gold Derby news »

With 9-to-2 odds from the experts polled by Gold Derby, "Lincoln" has a substantial lead in the Best Picture race, but not a firm one. This is the most fickle Oscar race I've seen in years. Back in September when Oscarologists first started to make predictions, "Silver Linings Playbook" was out front, then "Argo" took the lead, then "Les Miserables." Now "Lincoln." How seriously can we take this latest prophesy? Don't wager money on it. "Lincoln" is looking good, but it's not a lock. It will probably have the biggest tally when nominations are announced on Jan. 10 and that's key. The movie with the most bids wins the top Oscar about 75% of the time. However, it's very vulnerable and its rivals are strong. -Insertgroups:5- First Big Problem: I don't think "Lincoln" will win Best Picture from the Critics' Choice Awards to be bestowed on Jan. 10 and that usually matters a l. »

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Jordan M. Smith’s Top Ten Films of 2012: First-timer Helmers Rodney Ascher & Benh Zeitlin Crack Top 10 (Picks 10 to 6)

31 December 2012 12:30 PM, PST | ioncinema | See recent ioncinema news »

10. Beasts of the Southern Wild

Another film I sorely missed in Park City, but finally caught during its theatrical release, Benh Zeitlin’s full length debut is pure southern magic. Following directly in the stylistic footsteps of his splendidly original short, Glory At Sea, the film is about finding inner strength to overcome outrageous odds and conforming to a life almost predetermined for us. Zeitlin seems to reject these deliberations for his own enchanted aesthetic where fables and realities collide. It also doesn’t hurt to have Quvenzhané Wallis play Hushpuppy, the cute and righteous face that harbor’s a swelling, juvenile fervency that buttresses the whole picture. It will be very interesting to see where Zeitlin goes from here.

9. Prometheus

There were few films this year I was more excited for than this one. Ridiculous plot holes, broad characterizations, ridiculous old man make-up and all, this was still one of my favorites. »

- Jordan M. Smith

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15 Memorable Movie Moments of 2012

31 December 2012 11:40 AM, PST | WeAreMovieGeeks.com | See recent WeAreMovieGeeks.com news »

Guest Article By Vance Brawley

2012 was full of memorable movie moments. Moments that moved us, made us think, inspired laughter & tears and moments that surprised. When was the last time Christopher Walken really moved you? When has a Bond film looked so amazing? Were you also concerned when you heard about the casting of Anne Hathaway in both the new Batman movie and Les MISÉRABLES, one of the most beloved musicals of all time? And when was the last time you knew the outcome of a fact-based film but were on the edge of your seat during the climactic scene nonetheless? And what movie moments charmed you the most from 2012 and which ones will you remember for years to come?

In a countdown to 2013, here are some of my memorable moments and I believe at least a couple of yours:

Jack Black’s Music Man bit in Bernie.

Tommy Lee »

- Movie Geeks

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BuzzFocus: Best of Movies 2012 Nominations

31 December 2012 10:31 AM, PST | BuzzFocus.com | See recent BuzzFocus.com news »

Best Film Hero

Antonio Mendez – Argo (Warner Bros) – Ben Affleck

Batman / Bruce Wayne – The Dark Knight Rises (Warner Bros) – Christian Bale

Hulk / Bruce Banner – The Avengers (Marvel Studios) – Mark Ruffalo

Iron Man / Tony Stark – The Avengers (Marvel Studios) – Robert Downey Jr.

James Bond – Skyfall (Columbia Pictures) – Daniel Craig

Katniss Everdeen – The Hunger Games (Lionsgate) – Jennifer Lawrence

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Best Comic Book Adapted or Superhero Feature Film

The Amazing Spider-Man (Columbia Pictures)

The Avengers (Marvel Studios)

Chronicle (Twentieth Century Fox)

The Dark Knight Rises (Warner Bros)

Dredd (Lionsgate)

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Best Villain

Bane – The Dark Knight Rises (Warner Bros) – Tom Hardy

Charlie – Seven Psychopaths (CBS Films) – Woody Harrelson

Loki – The Avengers (Marvel Studios) – Tom Hiddleston »

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David O. Russell To Accept Indie Impact Award at Upcoming Palm Springs International Film Festival

31 December 2012 10:19 AM, PST | Thompson on Hollywood | See recent Thompson on Hollywood news »

David O. Russell will accept Variety's Indie Impact Award at the upcoming Palm Springs International Film Festival (January 3-14), celebrating the "Silver Linings Playbook" filmmaker for his contributions to the art and business of cinema. Variety's executive editor Steve Gaydos states: "Since he emerged as a wildly funny and extremely independent voice in American film nearly 20 years ago, writer-director David O. Russell has continued to delight and surprise fans of his unique cinematic vision. Along the way his comic touch has been reaffirmed in films like Flirting With Disaster and his current Oscar-contender, ‘Silver Linings Playbook,’ but as is clear in ‘Playbook,’ there is always a deep truth beneath the laughs in a David O. Russell film." Previous recipients of the Indie Impact Award include Philip Seymour Hoffman, Charlize Theron and Mark Wahlberg. Also at Psiff, Variety will conduct its annual 10 »

- Beth Hanna

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The 10 Best On-Screen Couples Of 2012

31 December 2012 8:50 AM, PST | cinemablend.com | See recent Cinema Blend news »

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences should consider adding a category for Best Couple, now that 2012 has proven just how often certain performances would falter if not for the presence of an equally important supporting actor or actress. Could you imagine Ted without Mark Wahlberg? Or Bradley Cooper without Jennifer Lawrence in David O. Russell.s Silver Linings Playbook? Unlikely. As we put a cap on the cinematic year, we wanted to go back and single out the duos who turned our heads with combustible on-screen chemistry. We admit to cheating in at least one selection, and we admit an over-reliance on the Hollywood .bromance.. But we think it.s a great list. Tell us, whom did we omit? 10. Ted and Mark Wahlberg, Ted Grown men shouldn.t play with stuffed teddy bears. Unless that man is Mark Wahlberg, and the teddy bear happens to be voiced by »

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2013 Oscar Predictions: Best Director Finds Tarantino, Lee, Russell and Hooper Competing for Two Slots

31 December 2012 8:45 AM, PST | Rope of Silicon | See recent Rope Of Silicon news »

One quick look at the Awards Calendar and you'll see this week is actually a pretty big week. On January 3, not only will the WGA, Art Directors, Producers Guild announce their nominees, but the Oscar nomination voting ends at 5Pm Pst. In previous years Oscar voters have had the pleasure of seeing a few of these nominations, but with the nomination schedule moved up it means voters won't have advanced knowledge of some of these guild results to sway their voting decisions. One batch of nominees that may certainly play a role will be that of the Directors Guild nominations, which won't be announced until January 8, two days before the Oscar nominations are announced and five days after voting has closed. I personally don't really believe these changes will have much effect as I see virtually every race each year coming down to 3-4 supposed locks with one or two »

- Brad Brevet

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Can CinemaScore And Rotten Tomatoes Help In Predicting Oscars?

31 December 2012 8:08 AM, PST | Scott Feinberg | See recent Scott Feinberg news »

By Joey Magidson

Film Contributor

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As an Oscar prognosticator, I look to try and find any advantageous information or tools that I can muster. When one is in the business of making professional educated guesses, that’s kind of a no-brainer, but with Oscar predictions it’s even more important to use any and all sources at your disposal.

Two such resources are the websites CinemaScore and Rotten Tomatoes. The former is a service that measures the appeal of a movie among paying audiences. The site claims to have been polling moviegoers at major new releases on opening night to gather demographic information and calculate a CinemaScore grade (A+ all the way to F) for over 34 years.

The latter is the more well known site and functions as many things but mainly as a film review aggregator. All films are labeled either “Fresh” or “Rotten” depending on how major critics scored the movies. »

- Joey Magidson

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The Avengers' Shawarma Vs. Snow White's Apple: Which Will Win the Reelzie for Best Performance By a Food?

31 December 2012 7:53 AM, PST | Reelzchannel.com | See recent ReelzChannel news »

Delicious and entertaining

When it comes to performances in movies, it's usually the actors and actresses that are recognized rather than the inanimate objects that are featured in motion pictures. In order to rectify this oversight, we have decided to recognize the work of at least a few of those objects, beginning with the food seen in movies. Decide who wins the 2012 Reelzie for Best Performance by a Food

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Awards Watch | Butter | Snow White and the Huntsman | The Avengers | Beauty and the Beast | Silver Linings Playbook »

- Mandy McAdoo

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Metacritic's Top Films, Shows, Games of 2012

30 December 2012 10:06 PM, PST | Dark Horizons | See recent Dark Horizons news »

With all the year's films now out in U.S. theaters, Metacritic.com has revealed what films and TV shows were the best of the year based on the aggregate scores of the top critics.

I've divided the lists into three sections - films, TV shows and major console games - specifically PS3 & 360. Check out the scores below:

Best Films

This list does Not include old film re-releases such as "Wake in Fright" and "A Man Vanishes". Films also have to have At Least ten reviews to be considered, which is why high scoring works like "Almayer's Folly," "The Gatekeepers" and "Paradise Lost 3: Purgatory" are not included.

"Zero Dark Thirty" - 95/100

"Amour" - 92/100

"This Is Not a Film" - 90/100

"Barbara" - 88/100

"Elena," "How to Survive a Plague," "The Kid with a Bike" - 87/100

"Argo," "Beasts of the Southern Wild," "Lincoln," "The Master" - 86/100

"Holy Motors," "Looper," "Moonrise Kingdom," "Oslo August 31st, »

- Garth Franklin

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Metacritic's Top Films, Shows, Games of 2012

30 December 2012 10:06 PM, PST | Dark Horizons | See recent Dark Horizons news »

With all the year's films now out in U.S. theaters, Metacritic.com has revealed what films and TV shows were the best of the year based on the aggregate scores of the top critics.

I've divided the lists into three sections - films, TV shows and major console games - specifically PS3 & 360. Check out the scores below:

Best Films

This list does Not include old film re-releases such as "Wake in Fright" and "A Man Vanishes". Films also have to have At Least ten reviews to be considered, which is why high scoring works like "Almayer's Folly," "The Gatekeepers" and "Paradise Lost 3: Purgatory" are not included.

"Zero Dark Thirty" - 95/100

"Amour" - 92/100

"This Is Not a Film" - 90/100

"Barbara" - 88/100

"Elena," "How to Survive a Plague," "The Kid with a Bike" - 87/100

"Argo," "Beasts of the Southern Wild," "Lincoln," "The Master" - 86/100

"Holy Motors," "Looper," "Moonrise Kingdom," "Oslo August 31st, »

- Garth Franklin

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Weekend Box Office Numbers Dec. 28-30, 2012

30 December 2012 9:12 PM, PST | WeAreMovieGeeks.com | See recent WeAreMovieGeeks.com news »

It would seem the one ring still rules them all as the Middle-Earth adventure The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey reigned once again at the box office this weekend, outperforming newcomers Django Unchained and Les Miserables.

The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey is the No. 1 film in the world for the third consecutive weekend with an estimated weekend gross of $139 million from 63 markets. The film only dropped 12% from last weekend. The current worldwide total now stands at $687 million.

But a bounty-hunting ex-slave was hot on the trail of those Middle Earth travelers as Django Unchained came in for a close second with $30.6 million. Quentin Tarantino’s violent and controversial epic is already at a $64 million total in its first six days (after a robust Christmas Day opening of $15 million). At this rate, it could end up being Tarantino’s biggest movie, if it surpasses Inglourious Basterds ($120.5M) and Pulp Fiction ($107.9M).

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- Ken Parker

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David O. Russell, Bradley Cooper and Below-the-Liners on Making 'Silver Linings' (Video)

30 December 2012 2:43 PM, PST | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

I recently sat down in Hollywood with a big chunk of the team that is most responsible for Silver Linings Playbook -- writer-director David O. Russell, actor Bradley Cooper, producers Bruce Cohen and Jonathan Gordon, production designer Judy Becker, cinematographer Masanobu Takayanagi, film editor Jay Cassidy and composer Danny Elfman -- to discuss the making of the dramedy, which has become one of the most critically-acclaimed films of 2012 and The Weinstein Co.'s strongest Oscar contender of the season. As you can see by checking out the video of our conversation at the top of this post, each individual

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- Scott Feinberg

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'Hobbit' Holds Off 'Django' on Final Weekend of 2012

30 December 2012 10:38 AM, PST | Box Office Mojo | See recent BoxOfficeMojo.com news »

On the last weekend of 2012, audiences crowded in to theaters to see three <i>very</i> different movies: The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey managed to take the top spot for the third weekend in a row, though Django Unchained and Les Miserables also tallied impressive numbers. The Top 12 wound up earning an estimated $167.8 million, which helped push overall 2012 domestic box office to just under $10.8 billion (a new record). The Hobbit dipped 11 percent to an estimated $32.9 million. The movie has been holding well over the past week (noticeably better than I Am Legend over the same period in 2007), and $300 million seems like it could be in play again. Through 17 days, the first of three Lord of the Rings prequels has grossed $222.7 million, which is in between Fellowship of the Ring ($189.3 million) and The Two Towers ($243.6 million). In second place, Django Unchained earned an estimated $30.7 million from 3,010 locations in its first weekend. Including its Tuesday-to-Thursday revenues, »

- Ray Subers <mail@boxofficemojo.com>

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Specialty Box Office: 'Zero,' 'Amour' and 'Silver' Continue To Soar; 'Promised Land' and 'Memphis' Disappoint in Debuts

30 December 2012 10:22 AM, PST | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

While "The Hobbit," "Django Unchained" and "Les Miserables" brought a huge boost to the post-Christmas studio box office, a bunch of platform release holdovers -- namely "Zero Dark Thirty," "Amour," "The Impossible" and "Silver Linings Playbook" -- did the same for the specialty market. However, the two debuting films -- "Promised Land" and "West of Memphis" -- both underperformed. In their second weekends, "Zero Dark Thirty," "Amour" and "The Impossible" all held their screen counts at 5, 3 and 15, respectively. "Zero" and "Amour" fell only 24% and 12%, while "The Impossible" made up for a somewhat underwhelming first weekend by actually gaining a whopping 28% in grosses, suggesting word of mouth is building on the Tsunami survival flick. Meanwhile, "Silver Linings Playbook" expanded from 371 to 745 theaters in »

- Peter Knegt

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Weekend Box Office: December 28-30, 2012

30 December 2012 10:15 AM, PST | Filmofilia | See recent Filmofilia news »

Rentrak Corporation, today announced the official weekend theatrical box office numbers for the weekend period of December 28th, 2012 through December 30th, 2012 according to the company’s Box Office Essentials theatrical box office data collection and analytical service.

Rank Title Distributor Name Weekend Revenue Cume Revenue Revenue # of Locations* 1 The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey Warner Bros. $32,920,000 4,100 $222,703,000 2 Django Unchained The Weinstein Company $30,688,000 3,010 $64,008,265 3 Les Miserables Universal $28,027,440 2,814 $67,465,865 4 Parental Guidance 20th Century Fox $14,800,000 3,367 $29,588,692 5 Jack Reacher Paramount $14,010,000 3,352 $44,661,000 6 This Is 40 Universal $13,185,850 2,914 $37,116,140 7 Lincoln Disney $7,509,000 1,966 $132,039,000 8 Guilt Trip, The Paramount $6,700,000 2,431 $21,102,000 9 Monsters, Inc. Disney $6,363,000 2,618 $18,490,000 10 Rise Of The Guardians Paramount $4,900,000 2,055 $90,230,000 11 Skyfall Sony $4,600,000 1,637 $289,646,774 12 Silver Linings Playbook The Weinstein Company $4,110,000 745 $27,360,722

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- Allan Ford

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Thn’s Top 5 Of 2012: Number 2

30 December 2012 9:18 AM, PST | The Hollywood News | See recent The Hollywood News news »

Following yesterday’s number three, we have today’s number two:

Skyfall – dir. Sam Mendes starring Daniel Craig, Judi Dench, Ben Whishaw, Javier Bardem

The puzzling, and downright rotten, Quantum Of Solace, coupled with MGM’s financial troubles, meant Daniel Craig’s third Bond outing was heavily delayed. Trepidation of his return morphed into eager anticipation as Sam Mendes (American Beauty, Road To Perdition) signed up to direct, then transformed into mouth-frothing excitement as Ralph Fiennes and Javier Bardem – the latter the villain of the piece – joined a cast already boasting Craig, Dame Judi Dench and Naomie Harris.

Mouths were satisfyingly wiped clean as Mendes crafted, possibly, the best Bond ever:

Bond’s loyalty to M is tested as her past comes back to haunt her, bringing MI6 under attack.

Reviews, News and Features contributor Esben marvelled in Mendes work, even nodding towards another great British director:

Sam Mendes created something that was brilliant, »

- Sam Carey

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Weekend Box-Office: 'The Hobbit' Retains #1 with 'Django' Topping 'Les Mis' for #2

30 December 2012 8:16 AM, PST | Rope of Silicon | See recent Rope Of Silicon news »

It was a tough weekend to predict which film would come out on top. Would The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey be able to hang on in the face of a 56.3% drop last weekend? Could Django Unchained overcome its R-rating and vie for the top spot? Had Les Miserables already tapped out its largest audience and was anything left in the tank? As it turns out, the answers to those questions are "Yes", "Almost" and "No" as all three films performed very well, making for a fantastic final weekend at the 2012 box-office. While Laremy struggled to determine whether it would be The Hobbit or Les Mis on top with his predictions on Thursday, it turns out he was nearly spot on with his Les Mis prediction, but slightly under on The Hobbit. The Hobbit pulled in $32.9 million over the three-day, dipping only 10.9% from last weekend as its domestic cume now totals »

- Brad Brevet

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In Every Cloud There's Always a Silver Linings Playbook

30 December 2012 8:00 AM, PST | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Commenting on the Critics with Simon Columb...

Dorothy Pomerantz writes her interview with Silver Linings Playbook author Matthew Quick:

"The thing that’s a little frustrating for me is people who aren’t artists look at it like winning the lottery. For me, that’s not what it’s about. There’s an old Vince Lombardi quote, ‘When you get in the end zone, act like you’ve been there before.’ I want to do this for the rest of my life. I’m off to a great start but I’m at the beginning not, the end. That’s the way you have to look at it."

Read the full interview here.

It’s really tricky when you compare yourself to others. I can vividly recall my own father telling me that comparing yourself to others is a misstep – and, of course, he is right. But it truly »

- flickeringmyth

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Who's Going To Be Carrying Off The Prizes In 2013?

30 December 2012 4:00 AM, PST | Huffington Post | See recent Huffington Post news »

No sooner will the bell be ringing for 2013, than the glittering and good of the entertainment world will be brushing off their tuxes, practising their good-loser grins and optimistically clearing a spot on the mantelpiece.

And the good news is... there are a whole bunch of British names in the mix. Here's a quick run-down of the cinematic horses with their noses out front at the moment, along with our best home-grown hopes...

Best Actor

Hugh Jackman - Shows his vulnerable side, emaciated frame, not to mention a deep well of a singing voice, to heartbreaking effect in 'Les Miserables'

Philip Seymour Hoffman - Tour de force as a religious cult leader who may or may not be Scientology-influenced

Joaquin Phoenix - Equally effective in 'The Master', but could this double-whammy split the vote a la Susan Sarandon and Geena Davis in 'Thelma and Louise'?

Denzel Washington »

- Caroline Frost

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