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Critics’ Choice Movie Awards airing tonight on VH1 – AWARDS ALLEY

By Sean O’Connell
hollywoodnews.com: The 17th annual Critics’ Choice Movie Awards will be held tonight, Thursday, Jan. 12, on VH1 beginning at 8 p.m. ET/PT, and the frontrunner to take home the top prize is … well, your guess is as good as mine.
I’m a member of the Broadcast Film Critics Association. I know which movie I voted for (“Moneyball,” I don’t mind telling you). But I couldn’t tell you which movie was the clear-cut favorite to win Best Picture. It could be “The Artist.” It might be “Hugo.” “The Descendants” is possible, as is Steven Spielberg’s “War Horse” or Tate Taylor’s “The Help.” But this year’s awards race has refused to define a frontrunner, the way last year’s marathon had anointed “The King’s Speech” early and then waited to see if anything could muster enough support to knock it off of its perch.
Nothing did.
The BFCA proudly claims that the CCMAs accurately predict the Oscar race, though last year we went with David Fincher’s “The Social Network.”
Maybe this year we’ll help solidify an Oscar campaign – particularly if our group happens to go with Michel Hazanavicius’ “The Artist,” which is the closest thing we have to a frontrunner at this stage.
Or maybe we’ll turn the race on its ear by going with a film that’s perched on the edge of the Oscar race, still hoping to get in. Like “Moneyball,” which I supported.
Tune in tonight and see which films and talents emerge victorious. We’ll have complete coverage on the site, so check back often.

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- Harvey Weinstein
- The cast of “The Artist.”
- Kenneth Branagh for “My Week With Marilyn.”
- Bennett Miller talks “Moneyball.”
- Sir Ben Kingsley and Chloe Grace Moretz for “Hugo.”
- Tilda Swinton for “We Need to Talk About Kevin.”
- David Fincher, Daniel Craig and Rooney Mara on “The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo.”
- Viola Davis and Octavia Spencer for “The Help.”
- Tate Taylor for “The Help.”
- Gavin O’Connor for “Warrior.”
- Gary Oldman and Colin Firth for “Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy.”
- Charlize Theron, Patton Oswalt, Jason Reitman and Diablo Cody for “Young Adult.”
- Steve McQueen for “Shame.”
- Glenn Close for “Albert Nobbs.”
- Seth Rogen and Will Reiser for “50/50.”
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ANALYSIS: Do the DGA noms help Fincher, hurt Spielberg? – AWARDS ALLEY

By Sean O’Connell
hollywoodnews.com: Anyone who claims this year’s Oscar marathon has lacked drama or surprise simply has not been paying attention.
While I’m unsure whether I’m a fan of the rule change that implemented a fluid number of Best Picture nominees (and won’t pass judgment until the experiment plays out in full), I will say that the existence of mystery has made predicting the annual Oscar race that much more complicated … and, as a result, that much more exciting.
I think it’s largely believed that Michel Hazanavicius’ “The Artist” and Alexander Payne’s “The Descendants” are in the BP race. Neither film has suffered a serious setback as the guilds have been announcing their year-end nominees, and both have been bolstered by guild support.
After that, it’s pretty close to a crapshoot. Martin Scorsese’s “Hugo” certainly has its supporters. So does “War Horse,” “The Help,” “Midnight in Paris” and “Moneyball.” Because we might have 10 nominees, all could get in the race. But, because we might only have five nominees, some could be left out.
A late charger in the Oscar race is David Fincher’s “The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo,” which received its biggest boost when the director was part of the 5 honored by the DGA this morning. (Results can be found here.) As you can see, Fincher joins Hazanavicius, Scorsese, Payne and Woody Allen.
A prestigious list, and one the Academy could mirror. But who would that leave out? Spielberg’s not on that list, which is a true shock. Tate Taylor wasn’t recognized by DGA, though I still think “The Help” is a safe bet. Same for “Moneyball,” despite the omission of Bennett Miller. Stephen Daldry appears ready to snap his streak of Oscar-nominated features. And Fincher is collecting the right amount of love at the right time.
Fincher is a two-time Oscar nominee, and there are those who believed he should have won lats year for “The Social Network.” (Tom Hooper won the Oscar for “The King’s Speech,” instead.)
Could this be the year the Academy corrects a mistake, as the organization so often has done in the past, handing a director an Oscar for a film when they kind of deserved it for another? Yes, that’s possible. The DGA nod for Fincher certainly helps his case. Or maybe it doesn’t. This year is so wide open, predicting is maddening.
And that’s most of the fun.
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DGA Announces Nominees for Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Feature Film for 2011

HollywoodNews.com: Directors Guild of America President Taylor Hackford today announced the five nominees for the DGA Award for Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Feature Film for 2011.
The directors nominated this year for the Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Feature Film Award have each demonstrated an inspired command of the medium. The fact that their prodigious talents have been recognized by their peers is the highest honor a director can achieve,? said Hackford. ?I offer my most sincere congratulations to each of the nominees.?
The winner will be named at the 64th Annual DGA Awards Dinner on Saturday, January 28, 2012, at the Grand Ballroom at Hollywood & Highland. The nominees are (in alphabetical order):
WOODY ALLEN
Midnight in Paris
(Sony Pictures Classics)
Mr. Allen?s Directorial Team:
· Unit Production Managers: Matthieu Rubin, Helen Robin
· First Assistant Director: Gil Kenny
· Second Assistant Director: Delphine Bertrand
This is Mr. Allen?s fifth DGA Feature Film Award nomination. He won the DGA Award for Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Feature Film for Annie Hall (1977), and was previously nominated in that category for Manhattan (1979), Hannah and Her Sisters (1986) and Crimes and Misdemeanors (1989). Mr. Allen was honored with the DGA Lifetime Achievement Award in 1996.
DAVID FINCHER
The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo
(Columbia Pictures, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Pictures)
Mr. Fincher?s Directorial Team:
· Unit Production Manager: Daniel M. Stillman
· First Assistant Director: Bob Wagner
· Second Assistant Director: Allen Kupetsky
· Production Manager (Sweden Unit): Karolina Heimburg
· Second Assistant Directors (Sweden Unit): Hanna Nilsson, Pontus Klänge
· 2nd Second Assistant Director (Sweden Unit): Niklas Sjöström
· 2nd Second Assistant Director (U.S. Unit): Maileen Williams
· Unit Production Manager (Zurich Unit): Christos Dervenis
· Unit Production Manager (U.K. Unit): Lara Baldwin
· Second Assistant Director (U.K. Unit): Paul Taylor
This is Mr. Fincher?s third DGA Feature Film Award nomination. He [...]

“The Artist” creative team eyeing next project – AWARDS ALLEY

By Sean O’Connell
hollywoodnews.com: The majority of Americans might not have been familiar with French director Michel Hazanavicius and his muse (and wife) Berenice Bejo prior to 2011. But now, thanks to the charming “The Artist,” we all want to know what they’ve done prior, and what they might do next.
During an appearance at the Capri Hollywood festival in Italy over the weekend, Hazanavicius told the press that he’s hoping to rework Fred Zinneman’s 1948 Oscar-winning post-war drama “The Search” for a modern adaptation, Variety reports.
Zinneman’s film follows a Czech mother who is looking for her son after time spent in a concentration camp. Hazanavicius reportedly plans to update the plot to modern times, relocating the plot to Chechnya. “The Artist” producer Thomas Langmann will return for the collaboration, while the director’s wife, Bejo, will take the lead role of the woman searching desperately for her child.
That’s great news. Bejo is a talented actress who showed off a vibrant range in “The Artist.” She could easily go in very different directions, and her relationship with Hazanavicius bears creative fruit that we all can enjoy.

Awards Alley brings you the best Oscar coverage. Click below to read our exclusive interviews with:
- Harvey Weinstein
- The cast of “The Artist.”
- Kenneth Branagh for “My Week With Marilyn.”
- Bennett Miller talks “Moneyball.”
- Sir Ben Kingsley and Chloe Grace Moretz for “Hugo.”
- Tilda Swinton for “We Need to Talk About Kevin.”
- David Fincher, Daniel Craig and Rooney Mara on “The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo.”
- Viola Davis and Octavia Spencer for “The Help.”
- Tate Taylor for “The Help.”
- Gavin O’Connor for “Warrior.”
- Gary Oldman and Colin Firth for “Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy.”
- Charlize Theron, Patton Oswalt, Jason Reitman and Diablo Cody for “Young Adult.”
- Steve McQueen for “Shame.”
- Glenn Close for “Albert Nobbs.”
- Seth Rogen and Will Reiser for “50/50.”
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Oscars: “Apes,” “Pirates,” “Harry Potter” still in Visual Effects race – AWARDS ALLEY

By Sean O’Connell
hollywoodnews.com: Ten films remain in the running for the Visual Effects category for the 84th Academy Awards. According to a release submitted this afternoon, the films (in alphabetical order) are:
“Captain America: The First Avenger”
“Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2″
“Hugo”
“Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol”
“Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides”
“Real Steel”
“Rise of the Planet of the Apes”
“Transformers: Dark of the Moon”
“The Tree of Life”
“X-Men: First Class”
Man alive, that’s a tough category to call. While “The Tree of Life” and “Hugo” had some amazing visuals, could you see anything beating “Rise of the Planet of the Apes” and the wizardry that is Andy Serkis?
As stated by the release, all members of the Visual Effects Branch “will be invited to view 10-minute excerpts from each of the 10 shortlisted films on Thursday, Jan. 19. Following the screenings, the members will vote to nominate five films for final Oscar consideration.”
As you know, the 84th Academy Awards nominations will be announced live on Tuesday, Jan. 24, at 5:30 a.m. PT in the Academy’s Samuel Goldwyn Theater.
Awards Alley brings you the best Oscar coverage. Click below to read our exclusive interviews with:
- Harvey Weinstein
- The cast of “The Artist.”
- Kenneth Branagh for “My Week With Marilyn.”
- Bennett Miller talks “Moneyball.”
- Sir Ben Kingsley and Chloe Grace Moretz for “Hugo.”
- Tilda Swinton for “We Need to Talk About Kevin.”
- David Fincher, Daniel Craig and Rooney Mara on “The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo.”
- Viola Davis and Octavia Spencer for “The Help.”
- Tate Taylor for “The Help.”
- Gavin O’Connor for “Warrior.”
- Gary Oldman and Colin Firth for “Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy.”
- Charlize Theron, Patton Oswalt, Jason Reitman and Diablo Cody for “Young Adult.”
- Steve McQueen for “Shame.”
- Glenn Close for “Albert Nobbs.”
- Seth Rogen and Will Reiser for “50/50.”
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Sony still planning to do “The Girl Who Plays With Fire” – AWARDS ALLEY

By Sean O’Connell
hollywoodnews.com: To date, David Fincher’s “The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo” has earned $72.2 million worldwide, an impressive haul for a remake of a popular book, but not a figure that screams “sequel” right away.
And yet, Sony is letting it be known that they’re interested in moving ahead with an adaptation of Stieg Larsson’s second Millennium book, “The Girl Who Played With Fire.”
“[Dragon Tattoo] continues to do strong business and nothing has changed with respect to development of the next book,” a Sony rep told EW.com. The site goes on to say that “Dragon Tattoo” writer Steven Zaillian is moving ahead on his script, but it’s unclear at this moment if Fincher will return.
In an interview in New York City, Fincher told us that if he did return, he would lobby to shoot parts two and three together, since they essentially tell one story and the idea of going to Sweden, coming home, going back, and coming home to film two separate films would be too daunting.
Whomever comes on board to film, they’ll have stars Rooney Mara and Daniel Craig in place, as both actors are signed on to return for the last two anticipated films.
Awards Alley brings you the best Oscar coverage. Click below to read our exclusive interviews with:
- Harvey Weinstein
- The cast of “The Artist.”
- Kenneth Branagh for “My Week With Marilyn.”
- Bennett Miller talks “Moneyball.”
- Sir Ben Kingsley and Chloe Grace Moretz for “Hugo.”
- Tilda Swinton for “We Need to Talk About Kevin.”
- David Fincher, Daniel Craig and Rooney Mara on “The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo.”
- Viola Davis and Octavia Spencer for “The Help.”
- Tate Taylor for “The Help.”
- Gavin O’Connor for “Warrior.”
- Gary Oldman and Colin Firth for “Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy.”
- Charlize Theron, Patton Oswalt, Jason Reitman and Diablo Cody for “Young Adult.”
- Steve McQueen for “Shame.”
- Glenn Close for “Albert Nobbs.”
- Seth Rogen and Will Reiser for “50/50.”
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Oscars: Meryl Streep honored at Kennedy Center tribute – AWARDS ALLEY

By Sean O’Connell
hollywoodnews.com: Meryl Streep’s “The Iron Lady” is starting to screen, as the Weinstein Company positions the actress for an Oscar campaign that will pit her against some formidable names (Viola Davis, Tilda Swinton and Glenn Close appear to be her closest competition).
But the race to honor Streep began weeks ago, when the acting legend received the Kennedy Center honors … and a loving tribute from some of her closest friends and professional “fans.”
Expect to hear plenty more about Streep in the coming weeks as the Oscar race heads into Phase Two. But before that begins, here’s a sweet, earnest tribute to an immensely gifted artist:

Awards Alley brings you the best Oscar coverage. Click below to read our exclusive interviews with:
- Harvey Weinstein
- The cast of “The Artist.”
- Kenneth Branagh for “My Week With Marilyn.”
- Sir Ben Kingsley and Chloe Grace Moretz for “Hugo.”
- Tilda Swinton for “We Need to Talk About Kevin.”
- David Fincher, Daniel Craig and Rooney Mara on “The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo.”
- Viola Davis and Octavia Spencer for “The Help.”
- Tate Taylor for “The Help.”
- Gavin O’Connor for “Warrior.”
- Gary Oldman and Colin Firth for “Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy.”
- Charlize Theron, Patton Oswalt, Jason Reitman and Diablo Cody for “Young Adult.”
- Steve McQueen for “Shame.”
- Glenn Close for “Albert Nobbs.”
- Seth Rogen and Will Reiser for “50/50.”
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“Mission: Impossible” tops “Sherlock” at holiday box office

By Sean O’Connell
Hollywoodnews.com: Sequels duked it out at the holiday box office, with a fourth “Mission: Impossible” triumphing over a second “Sherlock Holmes” to walk away with the (estimated) box office crown.
Monitoring figures for the Friday-Sunday frame, Brad Bird’s thrilling “Ghost Protocol” earned an estimated $26.5 million, putting it ahead of Guy Ritchie’s second “Holmes,” which grabbed $17.8M in its second stint. That marked a 55% drop in attendance for “Game of Shadows.” To date, the explosive sequel has pocketed $76.5M. Could a third “Sherlock Holmes” happen if these figures persist?
Elsewhere, as Oscar contenders entered the marketplace, David Fincher’s bleak “The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo” earned $21.4 million since opening late last Tuesday. And Steven Spielberg’s newcomer, “The Adventures of Tintin,” posted a $17.1 million figure since opening on Dec. 21. (The Oscar-winning director also opened “War Horse” on Christmas Day, and we’ll track that film’s progress all week.)
Fox can’t be thrilled with “We Bought a Zoo,” which earned an estimated $7.8 million, for a sixth-place finish on the weekend. It leads us to question if the two paid sneaks that took place weeks ago bit into Cameron Crowe’s potential box office.
And the studio’s third “Alvin and the Chipmunks” isn’t meeting the financial levels of its predecessors. Each passed the $200 million mark, while “Chipwrecked” sits at $50.2M after two weekends.
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David Fincher’s otherwise pointless and neutered The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo remake – Rooney Mara

By Scott Mendelson
HollywoodNews.com: The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo feels like a James Patterson novel drained of all color and pulpiness while given a somber air of alleged gravity and importance. That is not entirely an insult, as I enjoy trashy crime fiction and the kind of thrillers Paramount used to put out with regularity in the late 1990s. So if I tell you that this film plays like a drawn-out, overly pretentious, and ice-cold extended episode of Criminal Minds, that’s not quite the insult you might make it out to be. I rather enjoy Criminal Minds and its James Patterson meets Justice League construction. But how I wish that this film, which is arguably less suspenseful and (by virtue of its toned down violence) less sensational then the Swedish original, embraced its pulpy roots just a bit more. Come what may, if I may paraphrase Ty Burr, asking David Fincher to direct this material is like asking Picasso to paint a fence. What it earns in earnestness, it loses in pure entertainment value.
For much of the running time, it is a rather dull thriller in which a relatively dull reporter (Daniel Craig) attempts to solve a mystery with absolutely no urgency. The would-be investigation mostly comprises of Mr. Craig (admittedly more charming than usual due to not having to play a pure alpha male) conducting painfully dry interviews with generally uninteresting people which generally yield no real information and provide little insight into the cast of characters. And, without going into details, the major reveal is made painfully obvious pretty much right from the get-go (and a second major reveal is strongly hinted at pretty early on), which makes the majority of the film 2/3 into a bit of a chore when the focus is on cracking the case. As for the ‘breakout character’, Lisbeth Salander (Rooney Mara) is barely in the film for the first half, and her scenes are so disconnected from the main narrative that her arc feels like a separate (and arguably superior) film altogether. Yes, Salander and Craig’s Blomkvist eventually do cross paths, and the film is better for it when they do, but the first half of the picture is basically a very boring and conventional mystery occasionally interrupted by a far more interesting character study.
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“The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo” nets roughly $1.6M Tuesday night

By Sean O’Connell
hollywoodnews.com: It earned the tagline, “The Feel-Bad Movie of the Christmas Season.” But early figures indicate plenty of people are interested in a Black Christmas this weekend.
David Fincher’s “The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo” got a jump-start on the holiday box office frame Tuesday night, opening in the late evening to collect a few ticket sales ahead of its “official” opening today.
Read our review of the film right here!
THR reports that Fincher’s adaptation of Larsson’s novel took in an estimated $1.6 million Tuesday night. As the trade points out, comparisons to similar openings “are difficult, since it’s unusual to open a film in the early evening,” and the film’s expected to increase its business through word of mouth as Sony hopes it will be “the adult alternative to other Christmas pics.”
That includes two features from Steven Spielberg in “War Horse” and “The Adventures of Tintin,” as well as Cameron Crowe’s uplifting family drama, “We Bought a Zoo.”
Awards Alley brings you the best Oscar coverage. Click below to read our exclusive interviews with:
- Harvey Weinstein
- The cast of “The Artist.”
- Kenneth Branagh for “My Week With Marilyn.”
- Sir Ben Kingsley and Chloe Grace Moretz for “Hugo.”
- Tilda Swinton for “We Need to Talk About Kevin.”
- David Fincher, Daniel Craig and Rooney Mara on “The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo.”
- Viola Davis and Octavia Spencer for “The Help.”
- Tate Taylor for “The Help.”
- Gavin O’Connor for “Warrior.”
- Gary Oldman and Colin Firth for “Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy.”
- Charlize Theron, Patton Oswalt, Jason Reitman and Diablo Cody for “Young Adult.”
- Steve McQueen for “Shame.”
- Glenn Close for “Albert Nobbs.”
- Seth Rogen and Will Reiser for “50/50.”
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