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Screening Room: 'The Dark Knight Rises' Makes Its Case for Oscar Gold


From left: Christian Bale, Natalie Portman, William H. Macy. (Photos by: Pacific Coast News | Getty Images)
Trailer of the Week
Oz: The Great and Powerful

Disney's questionable Wizard of Oz prequel, Oz: The Great and Powerful, got its first trailer at Comic-Con this past week and it actually doesn't look like a complete mistake. The preview shows James Franco as the mysterious Oz and his beginnings as an ambitious magician who is whisked away, as Dorothy was, via tornado to the magical land of flying monkeys and fairy queens. Director Sam Raimi has a history of massive projects (see: Spider-Man) and what impresses most is the prospective scope of this film.



Comic-Con Photo of the Week
Macy almost eats it

William H. Macy, with his spectacular head of hair, tripped and almost took a huge spill on the way to the Shameless Comic-Con panel. Thankfully, he righted himself in time.

'Shameless' Stars at Comic-Con
William H Macy, Justin Chatwin, Cameron Monaghan and Emmy Rossum from the hit show 'Shameless' seen attending a discussion panel at Comic-Con 2012 in San Diego. (Pacific Coast News)more pics »
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  • William H. Macy in William H. Macy Trips at Comic-Con
  • William H. Macy in William H. Macy Trips at Comic-Con
  • William H. Macy in William H. Macy Trips at Comic-Con
  • William H. Macy in William H. Macy Trips at Comic-Con
  • William H. Macy in William H. Macy Trips at Comic-Con
  • William H. Macy in William H. Macy Trips at Comic-Con
  • William H. Macy in William H. Macy Trips at Comic-Con


Showbiz Buzz
Depp and Wes Anderson join forces, more Catching Fire news


Johnny Depp and Anthony Mackie (Photos by: Pacific Coast News | Getty Images)
Box Office Top 10
1. Ice Age: Continental Drift: $47M (weekend), $47M (gross)
2. The Amazing Spider-Man: $35M, 200M
3. Ted: $22M, $159M
4. Brave: $11M, $196M
5. Savages: $9M, $32M
6. Magic Mike: $9M, $92M
7. Madea's Witness Protection: $6M, $56M
8. Katy Perry: Part of Me: $4M, $19M
9. Moonrise Kingdom: $4M, $33M
10. Madagascar 3: $4M, $204M

  • With the success of Moonrise Kingdom at his back, Wes Anderson is charging ahead with his next feature, The Grand Budapest Hotel, and Deadline is reporting Johnny Depp has signed on to star. Rumors were afloat last week Depp had gained Anderson's interest, and their collaboration now seems official — exciting news as their pairing always seemed a natural happening.

  • Marvel revealed at Comic-Con the Captain America sequel, due out in 2014, would be titled Captain America: The Winter Soldier. It appears Anthony Mackie is in talks to play Falcon, one of Marvel's first black superheroes. Falcon can telepathically communicate with birds, which is a gift I envy considering the assorted doody bombs dropped on my Oldsmobile each day at Zimbio headquarters. I need Falcon to tell the local birdies to chill.


On Set Photo of the Week
Portman, Bale cruisin'

Natalie Portman prepares to fix her hair as Christian Bale watches the road while filming Knight of Cups, Terrence Malick's new film that apparantly features a very cool drop-top Lincoln Continental.

Stars On The Set Of 'Knight Of Cups'
Actors Christian Bale And Natalie Portman cruising in a convertible Lincoln on the set of 'Knight Of Cups' in Hollywood, California on July 14, 2012 (FameFlynet Pictures)more pics »


Oscar Watch 2013
Can The Dark Knight Rises win Best Picture?


Christopher Nolan and Tom Hardy as Bane (Photos by Getty Images | Warner Brothers)
  • You may have heard about the impending release of a Christopher Nolan film this Friday. It's a small-scale little number called THE DARK KNIGHT RISES that has been earmarked for greatness by nerds everywhere for months now. Having just seen the movie, I can honestly say they will not be disappointed. A more pertinent question (at least for this column) is whether Nolan's blockbuster has the chops to take home little gold men come February of next year at the Oscars. Heath Ledger won a posthumous statue for his Dark Knight role as the Joker, but the film was nearly shut out of its seven other categories, only winning again for Best Sound Editing. Well, it's payback time, and The Dark Knight Rises should end up being nominated for Best Picture as we've predicted all year. Not only is it a stunning film, and the best of Nolan's three Batman features, it's the conclusion of the trilogy and may get the kind of Return of the King love the Lord of the Rings' final installment received in 2003.


2013 Best Picture Nominee Predictions

  1. Lincoln
  2. The Master
  3. The Dark Knight Rises
  4. Beasts of the Southern Wild
  5. Moonrise Kingdom
  6. Les Miserables
  7. The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey 
  8. Django Unchained
  9. Great Expectations
  10. Anna Karenina


See more photos of Natalie Portman here:
  • Natalie Portman in Natalie Portman & Family Go For A Stroll In Paris
  • Natalie Portman in Natalie Portman  and Family Out in LA
  • Natalie Portman in Natalie Portman Hides Behind Her Dry Cleaning
  • Natalie Portman in Celebs at the 2012 New York City Ballet Spring Gala
  • Natalie Portman in Natalie Portman at The New York City Ballet Spring Gala 2012
  • Natalie Portman in 2012 New York City Ballet's Spring Gala
  • Natalie Portman in Natalie Portman & Aleph Fly Out Of France
  • Natalie Portman in Natalie Portman Leaves the Dior Photoshoot

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