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Hollywood’s biggest night draws big stars for the Oscars

“Black Swan”

Hollywood’s biggest stars will descend on the red carpet at the 83rd annual Academy Awards, with box-office films like western remake “True Grit,” sexually-charged ballet thriller “Black Swan” and British drama “The King’s Speech” vying for top Oscars victory. The ceremony, which honors filmmakers and performers with the most prestigious award in the movie industry, will be presented Sunday night at the Kodak Theatre in Los Angeles. According to ABC News, frantic final preparations are underway and workers have already sealed off the stretch of Hollywood Boulevard outside the venue.  Actors Anne Hathaway and James Franco, who is the first nominee to host the ceremony in 24 years, will be the youngest ever to host movie’s biggest night. “Young and hip seemed to be the buzzwords that keep getting thrown around,” Hathaway told ABC News. “I’m trying to figure out which one I am. “ The presenters for Oscars include Halle Berry, Sandra Bullock, Tom Hanks, Hugh Jackman, Nicole Kidman, Jude Law, Oprah Winfrey amongst others. Even the list of performers is impressive. Mandy Moore, Indian composer and singer A. R. Rahman, Gwyneth Paltrow, actor/singer Zachary Levi and others will be performing live. “The King’s Speech,” which tells the friendship of King George VI and speech therapist Lionel Logue hired to help overcome the king’s stutter, is nominated in 12 categories, including Best Picture, Best Cinematography and Best Costume Design. Following close behind is “True Grit” with 10 nominations and eight nods each for “The Social Network” and the hi-tech blockbuster “Inception.” Colin Firth, who has already won British Academy Film, Golden Globe, and Screen Actors Guild Awards for his portrayal of King George VI in “The King’s Speech,” will be battling for best actor with Spanish actor Javier Bardem in “Biutiful,” veteran Jeff Bridges in “True Grit,” Jesse Eisenberg in “The Social Network” and Franco in “127 Hours.” Newly-engaged Natalie Portman, who is expecting her first child with “Black Swan” choreographer Benjamin Millepied, is one of the hopefuls to take home an Oscar. Like Firth, Portman recently won a string of awards for her portrayal of Nina Sayers, a ballerina in the psychological thriller. She will be fighting for the best actress spot with Annette Bening in ‘The Kids Are All Right,” Nicole Kidman in “Rabbit Hole,” Michelle Williams in “Blue Valentine” and Hollywood’s newest “it-girl” Jennifer Lawrence in “Winter’s Bone.” ABC, which just announced that it has extended a broadcast deal with Oscar organizers for another six years on the current contract, will kick off its coverage of the 83rd Academy Awards at 7:00 p.m. ET/4:00 p.m. PT. “Project Runway” mentor Tim Gunn, Vanity Fair editor Krista Smith, and journalists Maria Menounos and Robin Roberts will be interviewing celebrities and comment on red carpet fashions during the Oscar pre-show.

Nicole Kidman and Keith Urban welcome new baby

nicole kidman keith urban baby

nicole kidman keith urban baby

Nicole Kidman and Keith Urban welcome new baby.  Nicole Kidman and Keith Urban were all smiles on the red carpet at the Golden Globe Awards – but it could have been for another reason. The two have announced Monday they are new parents of a baby girl, reports People magazine. “Our family is truly blessed, and just so thankful, to have been given the gift of baby Faith Margaret,” the family said in a statement to People. “No words can adequately convey the incredible gratitude that we feel for everyone who was so supportive throughout this process, in particular our gestational carrier.” Faith Margaret Kidman Urban was born on December 28 at a hospital in Nashville. The bundle of joy is the second daughter to their family, born through a surrogate mother.  The Hollywood actress and country singer, who married in 2006, were tight lipped about the news at Sunday’s award show.  Kidman gave birth to daughter Sunday Rose in July 2008. The actress also has two adopted children, Isabella and Conner, with ex-husband Tom Cruise.

“The King’s Speech,” “Glee” Lead Golden Globe Award Nominations.

"The King's Speech," "Glee" Lead Golden Globe Award Nominations.

"The King's Speech," "Glee" Lead Golden Globe Award Nominations.

“The King’s Speech,” “Glee” Lead Golden Globe Award Nominations. The 68th Annual Golden Globe Awards nominations are in and there are some surprises. While “The King’s Speech” earned the most nods with 7, including Best Picture, recent critically-panned fare like “Burlesque” and “The Tourist” also earned Best Picture nominations. “The King’s Speech,” the latest award-baiting Colin Firth drama, earned nods for Best Picture – Drama, Best Actor – Drama for Firth, Best Supporting Actor for Geoffrey Rush, Best Supporting Actress for Helena Bonham Carter, Best Director, Best Screenplay, and Best Original Score. The David Fincher-directed Facebook drama “The Social Network” and the Mark Wahlberg-starring “The Fighter” trailed with six nods each. “The Social Network” also included nods for stars Jesse Eisenberg and Andrew Garfield, while “The Fighter” picked up acting nominations Wahlberg, Christian Bale, Amy Adams, and Melissa Leo. The surprises come in the varied Best Picture – Musical or Comedy category, which honored the polarizing “Alice in Wonderland” remake, the acclaimed “The Kids Are All Right,” the Bruce Willis-starring “Red,” and the recently panned “Burlesque” and “The Tourist.” Is this a clever way to ensure “The Kids Are All Right” the win? Johnny Depp is also a double-nominee this year in the Best Actor – Musical or Comedy category, where he’s being honored for his turn as the Mad Hatter in “Alice in Wonderland,” and for “The Tourist.” Angelina Jolie picked up a nomination is the Best Actress – Musical or Comedy category, as did Emma Stone for “Easy A.” On the television front, “Glee” was the front-runner, earning five nominations, including Best TV Series – Musical or Comedy, and acting nods for Matthew Morrison, Lea Michele, Jane Lynch, and Chris Colfer.   Eight other shows, including “Modern Family,” “30 Rock,” “Mad Men,” “Boardwalk Empire,” and “Dexter,” all scored three nominations each.
68th Annual Golden Globes Nominees:
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Best Picture — Drama

Black Swan

The Fighter

Inception

The King’s Speech

The Social Network

Best Picture — Musical or Comedy

Alice in Wonderland

Burlesque

The Kids Are All Right

Red

The Tourist

Best Actor — Drama

Jesse Eisenberg, The Social Network

Colin Firth, The King’s Speech

James Franco, 127 Hours

Ryan Gosling, Blue Valentine

Mark Wahlberg, The Fighter

Best Actress — Drama

Halle Berry, Frankie and Alice

Nicole Kidman, Rabbit Hole

Jennifer Lawrence, Winter’s Bone

Natalie Portman, Black Swan

Michelle Williams, Blue Valentine

Best Actor — Musical or Comedy

Johnny Depp, Alice in Wonderland

Johnny Depp, The Tourist

Paul Giamatti, Barney’s Version

Jake Gyllenhaal, Love and Other Drugs

Kevin Spacey, Casino Jack

Best Actress — Musical or Comedy

Annette Bening, The Kids Are All Right

Anne Hathaway, Love and Other Drugs

Angelina Jolie, The Tourist

Julianne Moore, The Kids Are All Right

Emma Stone, Easy A

Best Supporting Actor

Christian Bale, The Fighter

Michael Douglas, Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps

Andrew Garfield, The Social Network

Jeremy Renner, The Town

Geoffrey Rush, The King’s Speech

Best Supporting Actress

Amy Adams, The Fighter

Helena Bonham Carter, The King’s Speech

Mila Kunis, Black Swan

Melissa Leo, The Fighter

Jacki Weaver, Animal Kingdom

Best Director

Darren Aronofsky, Black Swan

David Fincher, The Social Network

Tom Hooper, The King’s Speech

Christopher Nolan, Inception

David O. Russell, The Fighter

Best Screenplay

127 Hours, Simon Beaufoy and Danny Boyle

Inception, Christopher Nolan

The Kids Are All Right, Lisa Cholodenko and Stuart Blumberg

The King’s Speech, David Seidler

The Social Network, Aaron Sorkin

Best Original Song

“Bound to You,” Burlesque (performed by Christina Aguilera; written by Samuel Dixon, Christina Aguilera and Sia Furler)

“Coming Home,” Country Strong (performed by Gwyneth Paltrow; written by Bob PiPiero, Tom Douglas, Hillary Lindsey, Troy Verges)

“I See the Light,” Tangled (performed by Mandy Moore & Zachary Levi; written by Alan Menken & Glenn Slater)

“There’s a Place For Us,” The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader (performed by Carrie Underwood; written by Carrie Underwood, David Hodges, Hillary Lindsey)

“You Haven’t Seen the Last of Me Yet,” Burlesque (performed by Cher; written by Diane Warren)

Best Original Score

Inception, Hans Zimmer

The King’s Speech, Alexandre Desplat

The Social Network, Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross

Alice in Wonderland, Danny Elfman

127 Hours, A.R. Rahman

Best Foreign Language Film

Biutiful

The Concert

The Edge

I Am Love

In a Better World

Best Animated Feature

Despicable Me

How to Train Your Dragon

The Illusionist

Tangled

Toy Story 3

TELEVISION

Best TV Series — Drama

Boardwalk Empire

Dexter

The Good Wife

Mad Men

The Walking Dead

Best TV Series — Musical or Comedy

30 Rock

The Big Bang Theory

The Big C

Glee

Modern Family

Nurse Jackie

Best Miniseries or Made-for-TV Movie

Carlos

The Pacific

The Pillars of the Earth

Temple Grandin

You Don’t Know Jack

Best Actor — Drama

Steve Buscemi, Boardwalk Empire

Bryan Cranston, Breaking Bad

Michael C. Hall, Dexter

Jon Hamm, Mad Men

Hugh Laurie, House M.D.

Best Actress — Drama

Elizabeth Moss, Mad Men

Julianna Margulies, The Good Wife

Piper Perabo, Covert Affairs

Katey Sagal, Sons of Anarchy

Kyra Sedgwick, The Closer

Best Actor — Musical or Comedy

Alec Baldwin, 30 Rock

Steve Carell, The Office

Thomas Jane, Hung

Matthew Morrison, Glee

Jim Parsons, The Big Bang Thoery

Best Actress — Musical or Comedy

Toni Collette, United States of Tara

Edie Falco, Nurse Jackie

Tina Fey, 30 Rock

Laura Linney, The Big C

Lea Michele, Glee

Best Actor — Miniseries or Made-for-TV Movie

Idris Elba, Luther

Ian McShane, Pillars of the Earth

Al Pacino, You Don’t Know Jack

Dennis Quaid, The Special Relationship

Edgar Ramirez, Carlos

Best Actress — Miniseries or Made-for-TV Movie

Hayley Atwell, Pillars of the Earth

Claire Danes, Temple Grandin

Judi Dench, Return to Cranford

Romola Garai, Emma

Jennifer Love Hewitt, The Client List

Best Supporting Actor in TV Series, Mini-Series, or Made-for-TV Movie

Scott Caan, Hawaii Five-0

Chris Colfer, Glee

Chris Noth, The Good Wife

David Strathairn, Temple Grandin

Eric Stonestreet, Modern Family

Best Supporting Actress in TV Series, Mini-Series, or Made-for-TV Movie

Hope Davis, The Special Relationship

Jane Lynch, Glee

Kelly Macdonald, Boardwalk Empire

Julia Stiles, Dexter

Sofia Vergara, Modern Family

“The Peacemaker,” “American Beauty” Coming Out In DVD

Coming Out In DVD

Coming Out In DVD

“The Peacemaker,” “American Beauty” Coming Out In DVD. Paramount Home Entertainment presents two of its blockbuster hits in the ’90s, “American Beauty” and “The Peacemaker,” in DVD this month. The 1999 drama and the 1997 action thriller both boast an impressive cast line-up. In “American Beauty,” acclaimed director Sam Mendes made his motion picture debut with this Academy Award-winning film about a man (Kevin Spacey) who undergoes an intense midlife crisis. Lester Burnham is in his mid-40s who has a materialistic wife (Annette Bening) and an insecure teenage daughter (Thora Birch). His problems aggravated when he falls desperately in lust over her daughter’s best friend (Mena Suvari). The film was nominated for eight Oscars, and won five, including Best Picture, Best Actor (Spacey), and Best Director. George Clooney and Nicole Kidman teamed up for the action/thriller “The Peacemaker” in 1997. In this Mimi Leder-directed feature, a U.S. nuclear specialist (Kidman) and a Special Forces colonel (Clooney) track down stolen weapons and follow a deadly trail of espionage and intrigue to uncover a terrorist plot. “American Beauty” and “The Peacemaker” will come out on September 21

Nicolas Cage Pulls Out Of Drama Flick 2 Weeks Before Start Date.

Nicolas Cage Pulls Out Of Drama Flick 2 Weeks Before Start Date.

Nicolas Cage Pulls Out Of Drama Flick 2 Weeks Before Start Date.

Nicolas Cage Pulls Out Of Drama Flick 2 Weeks Before Start Date. Nicolas Cage has abruptly left a new drama flick two weeks before it was due to start production. The cash-strapped actor, who owes millions to the IRS, apparently left “Trespass” for a vacation on the Bahamas. Our source reports that Cage was locked into a $7 million deal for the picture, which would have seen him co-starring with Nicole Kidman. The film will star Kidman as half of a married couple taken hostage by thieves. Cage was originally set to play her husband, but he switched roles within the last two weeks and instead decided to be the leader of the kidnappers.   The husband role was apparently offered to Live Schreiber, but he hasn’t accepted yet.  Unfortunately, Millenium Films will also have to look for someone to play the kidnapper leader after Cage pulled out unexpectedly two weeks before production was due to start. No one knew why he backed out, but the trade suggested that perhaps he had been burned out from working on and doing press junket for films, most recently in “The Sorcerer’s Apprentice.” Not to mention, he is also dealing with the stress of paying $14 million in back taxes to the IRS. As for the film, Millenium will be kicking off production on schedule, pending the casting of Cage’s replacement

Naomi Watts Named New Face For Ann Taylor’s Fall Campaign

Naomi Watts

Naomi Watts

Naomi Watts Named New Face For Ann Taylor’s Fall Campaign. Actress Naomi Watts will be gracing the ads of Ann Taylor’s upcoming Autumn 2010 campaign. The new ads, shot by famed photographer Peter Lindbergh, will be hitting magazines such as Elle, Harper’s Bazaar, Vanity Fair and Vogue in September. Watts, 41, told oursource, “Ann Taylor’s new [autumn] collection makes getting dressed fun again.” The Oscar-nominated actress also went on to talk about her favorites in the collection saying, “I just melt into the cardigans. You can wear them all day and feel cozy.”  The campaign is inspired by Ernest Hemingway’s “A Moveable Feast.” The collection will blend European and American style and will feature coats, little black dresses, jewelry and more. Watts will follow in the footsteps of previous models for Ann Taylor including Heidi Klum and Milla Jovovich.

“Mission Impossible 4” in theaters with or without Tom Cruise?

"Mission Impossible 4” in theaters with or without Tom Cruise?

"Mission Impossible 4” in theaters with or without Tom Cruise?

“Knight And Day” Performance Could Cost Tom Cruise “Mission: Impossible 4″  Tom Cruise could return as Ethan Hunt on the big screen in the fourth installment of “Mission: Impossible.” But before he’s given the go-ahead, Paramount is looking at box-office receipts for his recent “Knight and Day” very closely. According to the our source, Paramount is looking to make another “Mission: Impossible” film. But whether they want to have Cruise on board again will depend on the current state of his foreign bankability. “Knight and Day,” which cost an estimated $117 million, has only pulled $62 million since its June 23rd release (or roughly less than what “The Twilight Saga: Eclipse made its first day). It’s also made another $38 million overseas in territories where it has already been released, including South Korea, Russia, and Hong Kong.     “Knight and Day,” which also stars Cameron Diaz, is opening this weekend in Australia, the Netherlands, Norway, and Spain, and opening in France, Germany, Austria, and Denmark through the end of the month. A September release date is set for Italy and October for Japan. According to our source, the magic number Paramount is looking for in foreign gross is $200 million. “We absolutely are excited about having Tom Cruise star in this movie,” Paramount vice chairman Rob Moore said Tuesday. But if the box-office pull of “Knight and Day” is too bleak for studio execs, the role of Ethan Hunt could be recast as Paramount plans to have a “Mission: Impossible 4” in theaters with or without Cruise. The last “Mission: Impossible” film, 2006’s “Mission: Impossible 3,” grossed $397 million worldwide.

Nicole Kidman and Nicolas Cage have teamed up for a new action-adventure flick.

Nicole Kidman and Nicolas Cage have teamed up

Nicole Kidman and Nicolas Cage have teamed up

Nicole Kidman and Nicolas Cage have teamed up for a new action-adventure flick. The two Nics will be playing husband and wife in Joel Schumacher’s “Trespass.” The film, written by Karl Gajdusek and Eli Richbourg, will focus on the couple who are taken hostage by perpetrators seeking cash. Unexpected discovery of betrayal and deception takes the story a turn for the worse, according to Variety. Trevor Short, Boaz Davidson, John Thompson, and Rene Besson are exec producing. Meanwhile, Cage will be seen in Disney’s “The Sorcerer’s Apprentice” next month. Kidman is currently filming the romantic comedy “Just Go With It” with Adam Sandler and Jennifer Aniston.

Should Tom and Katie Really Raise Suri Cruise in New York?

Should Tom and Katie Really Raise Suri Cruise in New York?

Should Tom and Katie Really Raise Suri Cruise in New York?

We’ve all seen pictures of Suri Cruise out and about in the city—eating ice cream cones, carrying her stuffed elephant, wearing high heels and stunning party dresses. But check out this photo of Suri leaving her home last night, in her dad’s arms. It’s a rare glimpse of what Suri looks out upon, day in and day out, and its a little frightening. While the rest of us are seeing her, she is seeing this. And I can’t help but wonder—should Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes rethink their decision to raise Suri here, in the midst of all this?The fact of the matter is that the paparazzi are a fact of life. Since Tom and Katie are one of the most famous couples on the planet—a notoriety, it should be said, that they absolutely courted— they are always going to have an issue with this. But it is also true that New York is ill-equipped, in a lot of ways, to handle this type of attention. If Suri lived in Los Angeles, or in a residential suburb with an attached garage, she could just get into a car in the comfort of her own home, and avoid some of this. Moreover, it should be said, there are other choices. Demi Moore and Bruce Willis chose to raises their girls far from the bright lights of Hollywood, in Idaho. Others have done the same. Should Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes consider raising Suri in France.

“Glee” Star Cory Monteith, Katie Cassidy Join Selena Gomez For “Monte Carlo”

Glee" Star Cory Monteith, Katie Cassidy Join Selena Gomez For "Monte Carlo".

Glee" Star Cory Monteith, Katie Cassidy Join Selena Gomez For "Monte Carlo".

“Glee” Star Cory Monteith, Katie Cassidy Join Selena Gomez For “Monte Carlo”. Selena Gomez is heading to Europe and she’s taking some other television stars with her. “Gossip Girl” star Leighton Meester, “Melrose Place” resident Katie Cassidy, and Cory Monteith of “Glee” are all heading to “Monte Carlo” with the teen Disney star.  According to the Hollywood Reporter, Monteith and Cassidy are the latest to join the cast for the upcoming comedy based on the the book “Headhunters” by Jules Bass. The story follows Gomez halfway around the world to a charity auction after a case of wrong identity finds her mistaken for a socialite. Gomez and her gal pals team up to find a million-dollar necklace after it goes missing.   Cassidy and Meester will play her friends, while Monteith will play her boyfriend who hops on a plane to Europe to prove his dedication to her. Andie MacDowell is set to play Gomez’s mom. The movie is set to start shooting in the spring in locales like Budapest, Paris, and Nice, France.   Nicole Kidman, who was originally slated to star, is serving as executive producer. She also may take on a supporting role. “Nicole is the coolest person ever, and very sweet,” Gomez told In Touch about meeting the Oscar winner. “So I was very happy!”  Selena Gomez is next set to appear in this summer’s “Ramona and Beezus,” based on the books by Beverly Clearly. Cassidy will hit the big screen in this month’s “A Nightmare on Elm Street,” while Leighton Meester appears in “Date Night” with Tina Fey and Steve Carrell.

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