<p>Andrea Riseborough talks about &quot;Shadow Dancer&quot;&nbsp;and &quot;W.E&quot;&nbsp;while at the 2012 Sundance Film Festival.</p>

Andrea Riseborough talks about "Shadow Dancer" and "W.E" while at the 2012 Sundance Film Festival.

Future star: Andrea Riseborough talks 'W.E' and 'Shadow Dancer'

Discover her before she stars opposite Tom Cruise in 'Oblivion'

PARK CITY - About 18 months from now most Americans will likely be able to recognize Andrea Riseborough from countless other starlets gracing the big screen.  At the moment though, the 30-year-old British actress has only appeared in indie films such as "Brighton Rock," "Made in Dagenham" and "Never Let Me Go" and she's hardly a household name even in her native England. However, as you're likely reading this, Riseborough is preparing for her biggest role to date in Joseph Kosinski's currently untitled Sci-Fi epic formerly known as "Oblivion."  It's a summer 2013 tentpole starring Tom Cruise and getting a lot of attention as Kosinski's follow up to "Tron: Legacy."  Happily, for those looking to discover new talent, Riseborough has a number of films you can catch before then including Madonna's "W.E" which is finally hitting theaters this weekend after debuting at the Venice Film Festival way back in September.  

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Watch: Brad Pitt stumps for 'Moneyball' and woos Jon Stewart on 'Daily Show'

Watch: Brad Pitt stumps for 'Moneyball' and woos Jon Stewart on 'Daily Show'

Oscar nominee has some funny ideas about how to determine winners

Brad Pitt popped in on "The Daily Show With Jon Stewart" on Wednesday to discuss his performance in "Moneyball" and the resulting Oscar nomination.

In addition to making Stewart swoon (at one point, the host admits that he always had hoped that Pitt would be "kind of a dick," only to discover the handsome millionaire is also doggedly committed to his charitable work in New Orleans), Pitt discusses the rocky road to production that "Moneyball" went through, the Oscar-nominated turn by co-star Jonah Hill and his own work in the film. Pitt also starred in another best picture nominee -- Terrence Malick's divisive "The Tree of Life," but Stewart hilariously dismisses it in order to concentrate on the baseball drama instead.

Stewart suggests that Oscar nominees should skip with the "For your consideration" pleasantries and start slinging mud at rivals, the way politicians do.

Pitt hilariously suggests that the Academy choose the best actor by taking a cue from "hands on a car"-type contests; the Best Actor Oscar would be placed on a table and all five nominees have to keep one hand on it at all times. The last man standing wins.  

It's a relatively lengthy interview that seems to have one throughline -- to remind viewers (and voters) of "Moneyball."

Sandra Bullock took a similar tactic in 2009, hitting a number of late night shows on her way to winning for "The Blind Side." Could the same strategy work for Pitt, who seems to be playing the underdog to "The Artist's" Jean Dujardin and his pal George Clooney, nominated for "The Descendants."

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<p>Matt (Alex Russell) finds himself facing a mid-air collision with a bus in Josh Trank's &quot;Chronicle.&quot;</p>

Matt (Alex Russell) finds himself facing a mid-air collision with a bus in Josh Trank's "Chronicle."

Credit: 20th Century Fox

Review: 'Chronicle' makes you believe two teenagers can destroy downtown Seattle

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Director Josh Trank shows talent in a new spin in the found footage genre

[With Film Editor Drew McWeeny fighting off a massive viral bug, Dan Fienberg and I are stepping in to review this weeks' major releases.]

It's been 12 years since Bryan Singer's "X-Men" effectively re-launched the superhero film genre and movie fans found themselves in a golden age of comic book movies.  In that time the genre has been stretched to the pseudo-realism of Christopher Nolan's "Dark Knight" series to Zack Snyder's very serious "Watchmen" adaptation to Brad Bird's stylish "The Incredibles" to the bloody consequences of Matthew Vaughn's "Kick-Ass." Considering the popularity of "found footage" films over the same period its somewhat surprising it took this long for the two genres to meet. That changes Friday with the new 20th Century Fox release "Chronicle."

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<p>The official U.S. poster for &quot;Monseiur Lazhar.&quot;</p>

The official U.S. poster for "Monseiur Lazhar."

Credit: Music Box

Exclusive: The U.S. poster for Oscar nominated 'Monsieur Lazhar'

Could the foreign language film nominee be an upset winner?

If you're looking for an upset contender in your local Oscar pool (or HitFix's Oscar pool where you can win $300 worth of movie tickets) you might look no further than best foreign language film. 

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<p>Isla Fisher, Kirsten Dunst and Lizzy Caplan in the dark comedy &quot;Bachelorette.&quot;</p>

Isla Fisher, Kirsten Dunst and Lizzy Caplan in the dark comedy "Bachelorette."

Sundance Review Roundup: 'Bachelorette,' 'Simon Killer,' 'Price Check'

Mini-reviews for a slew of festival titles

PARK CITY - It wasn't he best of times nor the worst of times at this year's 2012 Sundance Film Festival, but it clearly wasn't the most memorable.  Every festival is likely to have an off year now or then, but it was the lack of buzz among many of the narrative films and even documentaries that was so disconcerting.  There were a slew of fine or mediocre films, but few that were truly godawful (a good thing) or generated hype-worthy passion (a not so good thing).  There was even a lack of controversy or pseudo celebrity around this year's edition that made the whole endeavor seem, well, forgettable.

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<p>The official poster for &quot;The Artist.&quot;</p>

The official poster for "The Artist."

Credit: The Weinstein Company

Win a poster for 'The Artist' signed by SAG winner Jean Dujardin, Berenice Bejo and Michel Hazanavicius

Get it while it's hot

It's been a song and a dance so far for "The Artist" as the underdog silent film has magically made its way toward destiny and a likely* best picture win at this year's Academy Awards.  And now, thanks to The Weinstein Company, you can win the movie's poster signed by SAG and Golden Globe Award winning actor Jean Dujardin, his leading lady Bérénice Bejo and DGA Award winner Michel Hazanavicius.

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<p>Chris Lowelll, Emma Stone, Octavia Spencer, Allison Janney and Viola Davis celebrate their best ensemble win in the press room of the 2012 SAG&nbsp;Awards.</p>

Chris Lowelll, Emma Stone, Octavia Spencer, Allison Janney and Viola Davis celebrate their best ensemble win in the press room of the 2012 SAG Awards.

Credit: AP Photo/Chris PIzzello

Analysis: 'The Help' dominates the 2012 SAG Awards as 'The Artist' gets ready for Oscar

Will there be any surprises at this year's Academy Awards?

Three nominations and three wins at the 2012 SAG Awards for "The Help."  You simply can't argue that the industry's actors don't adore "The Help" after it beat "The Artist," "The Descendants" and "Bridesmaids" in one of the more competitive best ensemble races in years Sunday night.  Moreover, Meryl Streep delivered her best nominated performance in over a decade and "The Help's" Viola Davis still prevailed eliciting an emotional standing ovation from the audience. Add the picture's one expected win, Octavia Spencer in the best supporting actress category, and the conventional wisdom would suggest "The Help's" triple play has sent shock waves across the Oscar landscape.

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<p>B&eacute;r&eacute;nice Bejo and Michel Hazanavicius walk the red carpet before the 2012 DGA&nbsp;Awards Saturday night.</p>

Bérénice Bejo and Michel Hazanavicius walk the red carpet before the 2012 DGA Awards Saturday night.

Credit: AP Photo/Dan Steinberg

'The Artist's' Michel Hazanavicus wins the 2012 DGA Award for film

'Project Nim,' 'Curb Your Enthusiasm,' Tony Awards helmers also honored

The Director's Guild of America announced their 2012 DGA Awards this evening and it featured a showdown in the feature film category that had every pundit and Oscar watcher this side of the Mississippi had their eye on: Michel Hazanavicus of "The Artist" vs. the legendary Martin Scorsese of "Hugo" fame.  With the Producer's Guild having already awarded "The Artist" their best picture equivalent last weekend if "The Artist" could take the DGA honor its would pretty much lock up best picture.*

*The SAG Awards are expected to go to the more star-friendly ensembles of "The Help" or "The Descendants" or even "Bridesmaids" Sunday night.

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<p>Zachary Booth and Ira Sachs talk &quot;Keep the Lights On.&quot;</p>

Zachary Booth and Ira Sachs talk "Keep the Lights On."

Watch: Ira Sachs and Zachary Booth on the loud intimacy of 'Keep The Lights On'

Can the indie gay drama find an audience?

PARK CITY - One of the better films I saw at this year's 2012 Sundance Film Festival was Ira Sachs "Keep The Lights On."  The drama about the ups and downs of a gay couples long term relationship as one of them battles a drug addiction and both of them keep secrets from each other was a moving and artistic portrait between two men we have rarely seen on screen.  And yet, I was surprised by how many different reactions there were to the picture in the days following.  While many appreciated it as much as I did, a significant amount of younger viewers didn't seem to get it (perhaps too little life experience?) and others didn't understand the motivations of one character or another.  That could be one explanation why the picture still hasn't been officially acquired out of the festival yet (obviously indie gay films have their limitations at the box office).  It's hard to imagine the film being relegated to just the gay film festival circuit, but stranger things have happened.

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<p>Bradley Cooper and Jeremy Irons in &quot;The Words.&quot;</p>

Bradley Cooper and Jeremy Irons in "The Words."

Credit: CBS Films

Is the Sundance Film Festival's Oscar run officially over?

2012 is turning out to be another weak year for Academy Awards contenders

PARK CITY - It's been quite common over the past few years to receive a press release from the Sundance Film Festival congratulating the just announced Oscar nominees who debuted or screened their films at the previous edition of the festival. Impressively, the list of nominees was growing and including bigger and bigger categories almost every year.  What once was just some nominations in the documentary short category had grown to best actor, best original screenplay and - gasp - best picture.

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