<p>Brit Marling talks about her debut in Fox Searchlight's &quot;Another Earth.&quot;</p>

Brit Marling talks about her debut in Fox Searchlight's "Another Earth."

Brit Marling talks about pulling off the microbudget 'Another Earth'

Sundance favorite debuts on Friday

Sometimes the Sundance Film Festival plucks an actor or filmmaker from obscurity and completely changes their life. For the 2011 edition of the festival, there was no talent more lauded out of nowhere than Brit Marling.

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<p>Alan Rickman brings Prof. Serverus Snape's story to an emotional end in &quot;Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Pt. 2.&quot;</p>

Alan Rickman brings Prof. Serverus Snape's story to an emotional end in "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Pt. 2."

Credit: Warner Bros.

Alan Rickman may be 'Harry Potter's' best shot at Oscar

Best Picture nod will be tougher

With "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Pt. 2" landing impressive reviews and making a killing at the box office, Hollywood is quickly moving on to discussing the film's Oscar prospects.  Yes, it's never too soon.

Critically, "Deathly Hallows, Pt. 2" earned almost universally positive (some might use the term "rave") reviews with an 87 grade on Metacritic  and a 97% approval on Rotten Tomatoes (the highest scores among wide releases this year).  The only "Harry Potter" film to come anywhere near that level of acclaim was Alfonso Cuaron's "Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban" in 2004.  Taking into account the film's consistently laudy box office grosses across eight films, many would suggest that "Deathly Hallows, Pt. 2" could find itself the recipient of a best picture nomination as recognition for the entire series.  Of course that was before the Academy decided to implement the 5% rule this spring.

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<p>Anne Hathaway and James Franco in a bit that bombed from the 83rd Academy Awards.</p>

Anne Hathaway and James Franco in a bit that bombed from the 83rd Academy Awards.

Credit: AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill

Critically lambasted 83rd Annual Academy Awards lands 10 Emmy nominations

James Franco and Anne Hathaway are not recognized

Ah, aren't friends grand?  After receiving some of the most critical and harsh reviews for an Oscar telecast since the infamous 1989 "Rob Lowe and Snow White" Academy Awards (61st for those playing at home), it's now time to see how the big show fared in Emmy nominations.  As the grand daddy of awards shows, the Oscars usually always finds itself with a slew of nods - some deserved, some not.

Outstanding Special Class Programs (best award show basically)

Outstanding Art Direction For A Miniseries Or Movie

Outstanding Directing For A Variety, Music Or Comedy Special (Don Mischer)

Outstanding Lighting Design/Lighting Direction For A Variety, Music, Or Comedy Special

Outstanding Music Direction

Outstanding Art Direction for Variety, Music or Nonfiction Programming

Outstanding Short-Form Picture Editing

Outstanding Creative Achievement In Interactive Media (Oscar Digital Experience on ABC.com)

Now, to be frank, 10 nods sort of an outrageous number for this telecast.  There were 12 nominations for the 2010 show, 10 for the critically acclaimed 2009 show, nine nods for the 2008 edition and nine nods in 2007.  No one would argue the 2007, 2008 and 2009 shows weren't better, but somehow last year's misfire equaled or surpassed them.

While it's somewhat shocking it landed a special class nod considering the only other nominees were the Tonys, Grammys and Golden Globes (um, really?) it appears that category is now a given.  The diss for Oscar from its TV counterpart is a lack of writing and hosting nominations.  Even when people don't think the show is that funny (such as the year before with Alec Baldwin and Steve Martin), the show is usually assured at least a writing nod.  Not this year.  And while it's not a given, many hosts have found themselves getting Emmy recognition including Steve Martin (2001), Jon Stewart, Ellen DeGeneres and of course, Billy Crystal.  Anne Hathaway and James Franco join fine company, however, as Hugh Jackman, Chris Rock, Alec Baldwin and David Letterman didn't land nods either.

The directing nod for Don Mischer isn't a shock either, even if the show seemed messy at times. Highly respected among his peers, Mischer has won 13 Emmy Awards and produced the 2009 and 2010 Emmy telecasts.  Of course, he also co-produced the 83rd Academy Awards, but it appears reputation won out over the results this time around.  Personally, we're rooting for the Grammy Awards to take home this year's major trophies.  How about you?

The 63rd Emmy Awards will be handed out on Sept. 18.

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<p>Andreas Dejas talks about drawing &quot;Tigger&quot;&nbsp;in Walt Disney's latest reincarnation of &quot;Winnie the Pooh.&quot;</p>

Andreas Dejas talks about drawing "Tigger" in Walt Disney's latest reincarnation of "Winnie the Pooh."

Disney's legendary hand-drawn animators bring 'Winnie the Pooh' back to life

Interviews from a visit at the 100 Acre Woods

HUNDRED ACRE WOOD, ASHDOWN FOREST, SUSSEX, ENGLAND - When A.A. Milne first conceived of "Winnie the Pooh" as a story for his young son Christopher Robin, he couldn't have foreseen that the honey loving bear would be delighting children almost a century later? Happily for Disney and Milne's estate, not only are kids still interested in Pooh and his friends Tigger, Piglet, Owl, Eeyore and Kanga, among others. And while toys and books featuring Winnie can still be found in kids rooms across the world, it's been quite awhile since Milne's creations got the respect they deserve on the big screen.

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<p>A long shot of the city of Hellium at dusk from Andrew Stanton's &quot;John Carter of Mars.&quot;</p>

A long shot of the city of Hellium at dusk from Andrew Stanton's "John Carter of Mars."

Credit: Walt Disney Studios

Sneak Peek: Andrew Stanton reveals secrets from 'John Carter (of Mars)'

'WALL-E' director talks about 3D, reshoots and Tharks

EMERYVILLE, CA - There were many interesting revelations during Disney's show and tell for Andrew Stanton's adaptation of "John Carter (of Mars)" last month, but the most surprising was that co-screenwriter and Pulitzer Prize winning author Michael Chabon could draw a pretty impressive Thark when he was a kid.  This revelation occurred in the famed Saul Zantz Media Center where Stanton was discussing his involvement on "Carter," as well as previewing some select scenes, for the first time.  And if you've never heard of a Thark before, don't worry.  The background lesson on Edgar Rice Burroughs fantastic world is about to begin.

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<p>Meryl Streep as legendary United Kingdom Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher in &quot;The Iron Lady.&quot;</p>

Meryl Streep as legendary United Kingdom Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher in "The Iron Lady."

First Footage: Meryl Streep holds on to her pearls in 'Iron Lady' teaser trailer

Legend playing a legend

20th Century Fox International and Pathe UK released a new teaser trailer today for potential awards season player "The Iron Lady" which provides the first footage of Meryl Streep as iconic Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher.   The Weinstein Company will be releasing "Iron Lady" in the U.S., but don't expect them to go in this direction for their previews.

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<p>Glenn Close at the premiere for the new season of &quot;Damages&quot;&nbsp;earlier this month.</p>

Glenn Close at the premiere for the new season of "Damages" earlier this month.

Credit: AP Photo/Pete Kramer

Glenn Close takes another stab at Oscar this fall with 'Albert Nobbs'

Could the five-time nominee finally take home gold?

It's one thing not to be nominated, but to be left at the altar five times?  Welcome to Glenn Close's world. Granted, it's not as depressing as Peter O'Toole's record eight nominations without a win, but it's close.  Now, after two Emmys and a Golden Globe for her work on "Damages," Close is returning to the big screen with a triple shot at bringing home a long deserved Academy Award.  Today, Liddell Entertainment and Roadside Attractions announced they will partner to release Rodrigo Garcia's "Albert Nobbs," starring, co-written and co-produced by Close, this fall.  Yes, awards season adds another player to the mix.

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<p>Gary Oldman in Tomas Alfredson's adaptation of John le Carre's &quot;Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy.&quot;</p>

Gary Oldman in Tomas Alfredson's adaptation of John le Carre's "Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy."

Credit: Focus Features

Will Gary Oldman finally land an Oscar nod for 'Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy'?

Watch the international trailer for the new thriller
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<p>Diablo Cody</p>

Diablo Cody

Credit: AP Photo/Dan Steinberg

Diablo Cody will make her directorial debut with 'Lamb of God'

Religious comedy on the fast track

Considering her obvious talent and unique vision, it's not surprising that Oscar winning screenwriter Diablo Cody is putting the keyboard to the side and heading into the director's chair.  Today, Mandate Pictures announced it was reuniting with Cody to finance her latest endeavor, "Lamb of God," which will mark her directorial debut.

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<p>Madonna at the Berlin Film Festival in 2008.</p>

Madonna at the Berlin Film Festival in 2008.

Credit: AP Photo

Madonna's 'W.E' playing awards season game with December release

Latest directorial features Abbie Cornish and James D'Arcy

Does Madonna fear anything?  She certainly doesn't fear critics.  The legendary pop icon received mostly negative notices for her directorial debut, "Filth and Wisdom," but similar to her up and down acting career she's not letting critics dictate her cinematic choices.  Madonna's latest directorial effort, "W.E," was acquired by The Weinstein Company earlier this spring and now the studio has announced a release date smack dab in the middle of awards season, Dec. 9.

Featuring an ensemble cast including Abbie Cornish, James D'Arcy, Oscar Isaac and Andrea Riseborough, "W.E" is based on an original screenplay by Madonna and longtime collaborator Alek Keshishian ("Madonna: Truth or Dare").  According to a release from TWC, "W.E" looks at the fabled romance between American Wallis Simpson (Riseborough) and Britain’s King Edward VIII (D'Arcy), who famously gave up the throne to marry the woman he loved.  More than six decades later, the fabled love story enthralls a young woman named Wally Winthrop (Cornish), who thinks she sees in their devotion a stark contrast to her own unhappy marriage – and an example to follow as she searches for the meaning of true love. Considering the differing opinions on Simpson and Edward's love affair on both sides of the pond (and apparent in TWC's Oscar winning "The King's Speech") it's unclear how realistic the former King's love affair and abdication will be handled.

Harvey Weinstein, who is probably one of a few people you could name on one hand to have mastered all aspects of the Oscar game, would not date "W.E" in Dec. unless he saw how the end of year spotlight could help the film at the box office. 

“Madonna beautifully interweaves past and present in 'W.E.'  It’s a very smart film, and a stunning feature directorial debut,”Weinstein noted in the release. “I’m incredibly excited about this movie and I wanted to give it a prominent release date.”

It's also noteworthy that Darren Aronofsky's regular producing partner, Scott Franklin, came on board as an executive producer.  Franklin only has quality projects on his resume.  Something to consider before you assume the Material Girl's involvement means it won't work.

It will be a busy second half of the year for Madonna by all accounts.  Besides "W.E," she's expected to release a new album sometime this fall.

"W.E" opens in limited release in NY and LA on Dec. 9.

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