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Screening Room: Hedlund's Big 2012, Olsen's Horror Flick, and a Royal Red Carpet

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Trailer of the Week
Silent House - March 9, 2012

Breakout star Elizabeth Olsen's follow-up to Martha Marcy May Marlene is a run-of-the-mill suspense film about a family who tries to fix up their old summer house only to find a killer waiting for them. Although the plot is garden-variety, the film promises "real time" so everything that happens in the character's lives you'll see onscreen. The only real interesting aspect of this trailer is Olsen, the doe-eyed little sis of Mary-Kate and Ashley who already has more cinematic credibility than her famous siblings. Silent House was made before Martha Marcy May Marlene, but the studio was wise to hold it back since Olsen was previously unknown. Silent House may or may not be worth seeing, but Olsen is an actor to watch in 2012.

On-Set Photo of the Week
Seyfried on the Lovelace set

Amanda Seyfried looked pretty groovy on the set on her new film, Lovelace. Seyfried stars as the '70s porn starlet, Linda Lovelace, alongside Peter Sarsgaard, James Franco, Demi Moore, and Sharon Stone.

Amanda Seyfried Films 'Lovelace'
Amanda Seyfried is seen wearing a cream sweater on set of the 1970's pornstar bio-pic "Lovelace" in Los Angeles. Seyfried is set to play sex starlet Linda Lovelace. It is reported that Demi Moore, Adam Brody, and Eric Roberts recently joined the cast, alongside Sharon Stone, and Hank Azaria. (Pacific Coast News)more pics »
  • Amanda Seyfried in Amanda Seyfried Films 'Lovelace'
  • Amanda Seyfried in Amanda Seyfried Films 'Lovelace'
  • Amanda Seyfried in Amanda Seyfried Films 'Lovelace'
  • Amanda Seyfried in Amanda Seyfried Films 'Lovelace'
  • Amanda Seyfried in Amanda Seyfried Films 'Lovelace'
  • Amanda Seyfried in Amanda Seyfried Films 'Lovelace'
  • Amanda Seyfried in Amanda Seyfried Films 'Lovelace'
  • Amanda Seyfried in Amanda Seyfried Films 'Lovelace'

Casting Corner

Hedlund and the Coens; plus Clooney's newest

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  • Rumors that the Coen Brothers were planning to work with Justin Timberlake on the upcoming Inside Llewyn Davis have proven to be a disappointment. Variety is now reporting Garrett Hedlund is in talks to join Carey Mulligan, John Goodman and the rest of the cast, possibly as the lead. The film will follow the legendary music scene in 1960s Greenwich Village. Hedlund has had a busy year. He is already in pre-production on Akira and is reportedly attached to Walter Salles' adaptation of Jack Kerouac's On the Road.
  • George Clooney is set to direct and star in The Monuments Men, a film following the Nazis' pillage of Europe's great art during World War II, and the historians who risked their lives to save it. The L.A. Times reported the news out of the Palm Springs International Film Festival. It is well-known Adolf Hitler, and especially Hermann Goring, were art enthusiasts and they used their power to loot any and all collections they came across during their "blitzkreig." For a fascinating account of this period and the kinds of people you will see in Clooney's film, check out the 2006 documentary The Rape of Europa.

Red Carpet Photo of the Week
The Prince and Duchess at the War Horse premiere

The future King and Queen of England made an appearance at the UK premiere of Steven Spielberg's War Horse this week. Fortunately, they came prepared for London's stormy weather.

Kate+Middleton in War Horse - UK Premiere
Prince William, Duke of Cambridge and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge attend the UK premiere of War Horse at the Odeon Leicester Square on January 8, 2012 in London, England. (Getty Images)more pics »
  • Kate Middleton in War Horse - UK Premiere
  • Kate Middleton in War Horse - UK Premiere
  • Kate Middleton in War Horse - UK Premiere
  • Kate Middleton in War Horse - UK Premiere
  • Kate Middleton in War Horse - UK Premiere
  • Kate Middleton in War Horse - UK Premiere
  • Kate Middleton in War Horse - UK Premiere
  • Kate Middleton in War Horse - UK Premiere

2012 Oscar Predictions
DGA noms announced

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The Director's Guild (DGA) was the latest to announce its awards nominees and, lo and behold, Steven Spielberg was not a part of them! Finally, some validation for my hatred of War Horse. The cheesiest animal pic this side of Space Chimps does not deserve any awards recognition but has been on Oscar pundits' ballots all year. Hopefully, the Academy will see the light and follow suit. History is on our side as the DGA has matched the Best Director nominees frequently in the last decade: five for five twice, four for five six times, and three for five twice. This year the DGA has tapped Michel Hazanavicius, Alexander Payne, Martin Scorsese, David Fincher, and Woody Allen. These are great choices, and although I would've liked to have seen Nicholas Winding Refn included for Drive, his inclusion would've been an upset.

With the Oscar nominee announcements two weeks away on January 24th, the ballots seem pretty set. There are a few unknowns, so this week I've added percentages and included a few extra candidates with their odds for a nomination attached.

Best Picture:
The Artist 100%
The Descendants 100%
Midnight in Paris 100%
Hugo 100%
The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo 100%
Moneyball 90%
The Tree of Life 80%
The Help 80%
Bridesmaids 75%
Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy 75%
War Horse 70% 
Drive 30%
Best Director:
Michel Hazanavicius
- The Artist 100%
Alexander Payne - The Descendants 100%
Martin Scorsese - Hugo 100%
David Fincher - The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo 90%
Woody Allen - Midnight in Paris 90%
Bennett Miller - Moneyball 60%
Nicholas Winding Refn - Drive 30 %
Terence Malick - The Tree of Life 30%
Steven Spielberg
- War Horse 25%

Best Actor:
Jean Dujardin - The Artist 100%
George Clooney - The Descendants 100%
Brad Pitt - Moneyball 100%
Michael Fassbender - Shame 80%
Gary Oldman - Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy
Demien Bichir  - A Better Life 50%
Michael Shannon
- Take Shelter 40%
Leonardo DiCaprio - J. Edgar 30%

Best Actress:
Viola Davis - The Help 100%
Meryl Streep - The Iron Lady 100%
Rooney Mara - The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo 90%
Michelle Williams - My Week with Marilyn 90%
Tilda Swinton - We Need to Talk About Kevin 80%
Glenn Close - Albert Nobbs 70%
Charlize Theron - Young Adult 60%
Elizabeth Olsen - Martha Marcy May Marlene 50%

Best Supporting Actor:
Christopher Plummer - Beginners 100%
Albert Brooks - Drive 100%
Kenneth Branagh - My Week with Marilyn 90%
Nick Nolte - Warrior 85%
Jonah Hill - Moneyball 80%
Ben Kingsley
- Hugo 75%
Corey Stoll - Midnight in Paris 60%

Best Supporting Actress:
Octavia Spencer - The Help 100%
Berenice Bejo - The Artist 100%
Melissa McCarthy - Bridesmaids 80%
Jessica Chastain - The Help 80%
Shailene Woodley - The Descendants 80%
Keira Knightley - A Dangerous Method 70%

Jessica Chastain - The Tree of Life
Janet McTeer - Albert Nobbs 60%
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