You've probably noticed the Fox ads decorating a number of sites (including this one) pimping Andy Serkis's motion capture performance in "Rise of the Planet of the Apes." It's apt language -- "The time is now." -- and a commendable play even if it is the steepest of uphill battles. In this morning's Oscar Talk podcast we'll talk a little more about it, but it's worth it to stir the conversation at least to the point that those who walk in Serkis's footsteps in the form, or perhaps Serkis himself down the line, will benefit and maybe be taken a little more seriously in the awards season. The buzz on the matter has been swirling ever since Tom Roth made some public comments about it, and that buzz has made its way across the pond. [Guardian]

Steven Spielberg gets a nice nostalgia cover in this week's EW. [Entertainment Weekly]

If you're just getting to know Michael Fassbender, here are five films that flesh him out (no pun intended). [USA Today]

Speaking of which, just how gratuitous is his "Shame" nudity? [Vulture]

Allison Loring, meanwhile, considers the aural (now we're missing puns by the skin of our teeth) qualities of the film. [Film School Rejects]

David Cronenberg on "A Dangerous Method" and the "parallel universe" of Oscar. [Film Experience]

Reed Johnson talks "Carnage" with John C. Reilly and Christoph Waltz. [Envelope]

Director, Roman Polanski, talks the film overseas. [Le Figaro]

Parents of the victims in Memphis Three case are asking Oscar to ignore "Paradise Lost 3: Purgatory." [Associated Press]

Greg Ellwood reports from the Britannia Awards. [Awards Campaign]