So the big story of the weekend, after the "War Horse" chatter died down a bit, was the nationwide sneak peek at Cameron Crowe's "We Bought a Zoo." I bought a couple of tickets and headed down to the local multiplex to have a look, and while it's certainly a better film that Crowe's last outing (2005's "Elizabethtown"), it's unquestionably heavy on the saccharine pedal. Nevertheless, I immediately thought of it as a film I'd watch again, probably multiple times. It's a definite stop-and-watch on TV in the future. Probably because of the characters Crowe is still, even in a film that doesn't begin to approach his best work, able to manifest, people you want to spend time with. I think Drew McWeeny did a good job of separating these various moving parts in his review here at HitFix. [Motion/Captured]

In honor of "Shame," a remarkable piece of journalism: 43 memorable nude scenes. [Entertainment Weekly]

Sheila Roberts sits down with "The Artist" director Michel Hazanavicius. [Collider]

Sasha Stone on the heartstrings of the season. [Awards Daily]

Roslyn Sulcas digs into Ralph Fiennes's helming debut, "Coriolanus," with the star and director. [New York Times]

In case it hadn't been obvious from the start, Christian Bale is done with Batman after his original three-film deal concludes on "The Dark Knight Rises." [Philippine Daily Inquirer]

Anne Thompson talks "A Dangerous Method" with director David Cronenberg. [Thompson on Hollywood]

Jack Giroux gets there, too. [Film School Rejects]

Rounding up the year's actresses: Viola Davis, Charlize Theron, Glenn Close, Michelle Williams, Octavia Spencer and Carey Mulligan. [Hollywood Reporter]

Jeremy Smith chats up "Arthur Christmas" screenwriter Peter Baynham. [Ain't It Cool News]

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Kristopher Tapley has covered the film awards landscape for over a decade. He founded In Contention in 2005. His work has also appeared in The New York Times, The Times of London and Variety. He begs you not to take any of this too seriously.