Annette Bening and Julianne Moore in the indie hit "The Kids Are All Right"

Annette Bening and Julianne Moore in the indie hit "The Kids Are All Right."

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Oscar Watch: It's Annette Bening vs. Julianne Moore for Best Actress

Plus: Is 'The Town' now in the best picture race?

It's been speculated since January, but "The Kids Are All Right" best actress dilemma has finally come to pass.  Awards Campaign can confirm that both Annette Bening and Juliane Moore will both be competing for best actress this upcoming season. 

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Daniel Craig at the press conference announcing production of "Quantum of Solace."

Happier times.  Daniel Craig poses for the paparazzi during a press conference announcing production of "Quantum of Solace."  It appears it will be quite awhile before any similar fun for "James Bond 23" occurs.

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James Bond producers making MGM think twice over Spyglass deal

Update: Broccoli's deny Bloomberg News report, what gives?

Update - 9/20 2:50 PM PST: The MGM soap opera just gets curiouser and curiouser.  A spokesman for the Broccoli's ION Productions told the LA Times of the company's reported alignment with potential suitor Sahara India, "We have no involvement with them whatsoever."  This completely discredits Bloomberg News' report which is somewhat shocking considering the sterling reputation of the financial news outlet.  Either Bloomberg's reporter misunderstood their source or something very fishy is going on.  More on this intriguing story as it develops. 

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It's hard to believe, but as a slew of major deals have come and gone over the past year MGM's fate is still dangling in the air.  Disney sold Miramax in less than eight months (assuming the money actually came in), Overture Films' assets were purchased by Relativity in less than seven months and Apparition pretty much came and went as an independent distributor.  And still, the fate of one of Hollywood's most prestigious and oldest studios is still unclear. 

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Christian Bale and Mark Wahlberg in "The Fighter"

Christian Bale and Mark Wahlberg in "The Fighter."

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Is 'The Fighter' a late season Oscar contender or pretender?

Christian Bale already generating buzz for new drama

Unlike the past few awards seasons, a majority of this year's serious contenders such as "The Social Network," "Black Swan," "127 Hours" and "The King's Speech" will have been screened for critics and media pundits by Oct. 1.  And, of course, that doesn't even take into account films already released such as "Inception," "Toy Story 3" and "The Kids Are All Right."  There are, however, a few last minute holdouts that are hoping to crash the party in Dec.  One of those is Paramount Picture's true-life boxing story, "The Fighter."

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Colin Firth and Helena Bonham Carter in The King's Speech

Colin Firth and Helena Bonham Carter in "The King's Speech."

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'The King's Speech' wins 2010 Toronto People's Choice Award

Previous winners include 'Slumdog Millionaire' and 'Brokeback Mountain'

As if it wasn't a major Oscar contender already, "The King's Speech" won the coveted People's Choice Award at the 2010 Toronto Film Festival today.  The Tom Hooper drama stars Colin Firth, Geoffrey Rush and Helena Bonham Carter and tells the true story of how King George VI, with the help of an quirky Australian therapist, overcame a serious speech impediment to help lead England during the early days of WWII.  It will be one drama moviegoers will be hearing about for quite awhile.  Second place went to Justin Chadwick's inspiring tale "The First Grader."

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Kodi Smit-McPhee in "Let Me In"

Kodi Smit-McPhee in a key scene from "Let Me In" that is somewhat different from the original film.

Credit: Overture Films

Matt Reeves brings an 'E.T.' perspective to 'Let Me In'

Listen to an indepth discussion with the director of the acclaimed new remake

Matt Reeves has to be breathing at least half a sigh of relief at the moment.  The filmmaker has had a scattershot career helming the dramedy "The Pallbearer" and the shaky sci-fi epic "Cloverfield," but up until now his biggest achievement was probably co-creating and directing the pilot for "Felicity."  That all changed after the initial reviews came in for "Let Me In," Overture and Hammer Films' English language remake of 2008's "Let The Right One In."

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Juno Temple in the new comedy "Dirty Girl"

Juno Temple in the new comedy "Dirty Girl."

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12 Toronto Films find homes including 'Dirty Girl,' 'Peep World' and 'Insidious'

Who said independent distribution was dead?

It appears the market has corrected itself.  Or, at least the independent theatrical financing and distribution market has.  

Beginning with some notable buys out of Sundance ("Buried," "Waiting for Superman," "Winter's Bone"), a number of players have picked up this slack after prominent distributors such as Miramax and, for a short time, Apparition have fled the scene.  This year's Toronto International Film Festival contented that trend with IFC Films, Roadside Attractions and a cash-infused The Weinstein Company making big noise on a number of buzzed about titles.  Standing on the outside or unwilling to take significant chances with questionably commercial material were Focus Features, Summit Entertainment and CBS Films (Fox Searchlight picked up Terrence Malick's "Tree of Life" for 2011).

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Ben Affleck and Blake Lively discuss 'The Town'

Ben Affleck and Blake Lively discuss 'The Town'

Watch: Ben Affleck and Blake Lively take on 'The Town' and 'Green Lantern'

'Gossip Girl' star is almost unrecognizable in her darkest role yet

Looking to make a nice debut at the box office this weekend is Ben Affleck's second directorial effort, "The Town."  The film has received positive reviews so far (73 on Metacritic, 93% on Rotten Tomatoes) and easily confirms Affleck's talent as a filmmaker after the will received "Gone Baby Gone."  Speaking to "Town" cast members Jon Hamm and Blake Lively during the 2010 Toronto Film Festival, this pundit was struck by how reassured they seemed by Affleck's directing skills. Yes, sometimes begin in front of the camera can be a big advantage behind it.  

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Nicole Kidman and Aaron Eckhart in "Rabbit Hole"

Nicole Kidman and Aaron Eckhart in John Cameron MItchell's "Rabbit Hole."

Nicole Kidman's 'Rabbit Hole' could severely change the Oscar equation

'The Hours' winner, Aaron Eckhart and Dianne Wiest would all be major category players

Is your studio lacking a legitimate best picture candidate this year?  Are you feeling depressed from looking on the outside in this awards season? Are you nervous that your hyped best picture contender really isn't up to snuff?  Do you have an expert creative and publicity team salivating to put their talents to the test? Well, have I got a movie for you. It's called "Rabbit Hole," and it was written by Pulitzer prize winning playwright David Lindsay-Abaire (from his original play) and was directed by none other than "Hedwig and the Angry Inch's" John Cameron Mitchell.  Plus, it stars Oscar winners Nicole Kidman, Dianne Wiest and everyone's favorite Two Face, Aaron Eckhart.  And ladies and gentleman, it's got potential to turn your Oscar season around!

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"Mad Men's" Jon Hamm talks "The Town" and HitFix's own Alan Sepinwall

"Mad Men's" Jon Hamm talks "The Town" and HitFix's own Alan Sepinwall.

Watch: 'Mad Men's' Jon Hamm talks 'The Town' and Alan Sepinwall

Who knew that Don Draper was such a fan?

One of the more respected commercial films screened at this week's Toronto Film Festival is Ben Affleck's "The Town."  While most admit it's not as artistically ambitious as Affleck's previous effort, "Gone Baby Gone," but it features an impressive ensemble cast who get to showcase many of their charismatic talents.  Joining Affleck in the film are Rebecca Hall, Jeremy Renner, an almost unrecognizable Blake Lively and none other than Don Draper himself, Jon Hamm.

Now, it's almost sacrilegious to say so on HitFix, but I've probably only watched one or two episodes of "Mad Men" so far.  Unfortunately, the life of a movie journalist often limits what you can find the time to catch on the small screen and I purposely didn't even get a DVR until less than a year ago.  Excuses aside, I had hoped to ask Hamm something about "Men" for our readers, but as soon as I was introduced (before the cameras began to tape), Hamm asked, "HitFix?  That's Alan Sepinwall's site.  I read that."  And, after a quiet "Yes!" went through my heart, well, that's when the camera started rolling…

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Bryce Dallas Howard at the world premiere of "Hereafter."

Bryce Dallas Howard provides one of the more memorable performances in Clint Eastwood's "Hereafter."

Credit: AP Photo/Dan Steinberg

Toronto: Debating Clint Eastwood's 'Hereafter'

Is it really an awards contender or not?

Pretty much since "Mystic River," every time Clint Eastwood directs a new film the awards season spotlight inevitably shines on the project, whether its really a contender or not.  Eastwood has been on a tear in the 21st Century with "River," "Letters from Iwo Jima" and the best picture winning "Million Dollar Baby."  He's also had his share of misfires though with the middling "Flags for our Fathers" and "Changeling."  Plus, he also starred in and helmed the massive hit "Gran Torino" which would easily have been in the best picture race if there were 10 nominees that year.  Eastwood's latest endeavor is the Peter Morgan scripted "Hereafter" and after catching the picture this week at the 2010 Toronto Film Festival, it's unclear where it fits in the mix.

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