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The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug is no laughing matter – which should please Tolkien fans, she-elf and all

Review: There is so much going on in the middle chapter of Peter Jackson’s three-volume Hobbit tale, you’ll have time to enjoy its excesses, weary of them, and finally return to a kind of grudging admiration of the film’s prodigal nature. 

Guess who’s at the Toronto International Film Festival!

Brad Pitt (BRAD PITT!) Walked the red carpet at TIFF on Friday for his film, 12 Years A Slave. See more photos of him, plus Nicole Kidman, Colin Firth, Jake Gyllenhaal and Kristen Wiig, in Toronto here: natpo.st/1afhKvR

George Clooney didn’t like Batman & Robin, either!
And it wasn’t just the nipple suit: The actor reportedly kept a photo of himself as the Caped Crusader on his wall as a cautionary tale against acting in big-budget blunders. MORE HERE: natpo.st/1a6rVTr

George Clooney didn’t like Batman & Robin, either!

And it wasn’t just the nipple suit: The actor reportedly kept a photo of himself as the Caped Crusader on his wall as a cautionary tale against acting in big-budget blunders. MORE HERE: natpo.st/1a6rVTr

Christian Grey and Anastasia Steele, everyone!Charlie Hunnam and Dakota Johnson have been cast as the leads in an upcoming Fifty Shades of Grey film adaptation. MORE HERE: natpo.st/17JIlCP

Christian Grey and Anastasia Steele, everyone!

Charlie Hunnam and Dakota Johnson have been cast as the leads in an upcoming Fifty Shades of Grey film adaptation. MORE HERE: natpo.st/17JIlCP

REVIEW: Kick-Ass 2 is almost as good as the original — just don’t tell Jim Carrey

Because it’s really violent, too. MORE HERE: natpo.st/14C6pjF

'She had to emasculate me and so she asked me to help, which I thought was funny'How Ryan Gosling helped Kristin Scott Thomas ‘castrate’ him in Only God Forgives’ vicious dinner scene: natpo.st/13erWhF

'She had to emasculate me and so she asked me to help, which I thought was funny'

How Ryan Gosling helped Kristin Scott Thomas ‘castrate’ him in Only God Forgives’ vicious dinner scene: natpo.st/13erWhF

Tagged with:  #Movies  #Films  #Celebrity  #Ryan Gosling
Oscars 2013: The great host debate
Our film critic and arts & life editor go head-to-head to discuss whether or not there ought to be an Academy Awards master of ceremonies. Arts editor Barry Hertz says the position should be nixed; critic Chris Knight disagrees. What do you think?

Oscars 2013: The great host debate

Our film critic and arts & life editor go head-to-head to discuss whether or not there ought to be an Academy Awards master of ceremonies. Arts editor Barry Hertz says the position should be nixed; critic Chris Knight disagrees. What do you think?

Movie based on Newtown shooting aftermath met with criticism, rage from residents
An independent film production based on events following the Newtown school shooting has been criticized by Conneticut residents and politicians – which may have shut down the production: natpo.st/Uu0ZsP

Movie based on Newtown shooting aftermath met with criticism, rage from residents

An independent film production based on events following the Newtown school shooting has been criticized by Conneticut residents and politicians – which may have shut down the production: natpo.st/Uu0ZsP

Tagged with:  #Newtown  #Movies  #Films  #Sandy Hook

The Oscars may be handed out in Hollywood, but the statuettes themselves are based in Ontario

Every year at the Academy Awards, the big question is: Who does the Oscar go to?

This year, there’s a new one to trip up trivia buffs: Where does the Oscar come from?

For the first time in its venerable history, Hollywood’s most prestigious accolade is being manufactured under the watch of a Canadian company. Find out more here:  natpo.st/14sIYg4

Oscar nominations 2013: Silver Linings Playbook, Beasts of the Southern Wild earn top nodsThe 2013 Academy Awards nominees were announced Thursday morning, with favourites Zero Dark Thirty, Lincoln and Silver Linings Playbook earning top nominations, while Ben Affleck’s Argo, widely touted as one of this year’s best films, failed to place in most major categories.BEST PICTUREBeasts of the Southern WildSilver Linings PlaybookZero Dark ThirtyLincolnLes MiserablesLife of PiAmourDjango UnchainedArgoBEST ADAPTED SCREENPLAYBeasts of the Southern WildArgoLincolnSilver Linings PlaybookLife of PiBEST SUPPORTING ACTRESSSally FieldAnne HathawayJackie WeaverHelen HuntAmy AdamsBEST SUPPORTING ACTORChristoph WaltzPhilip Seymour HoffmanRobert DeNiroAlan ArkinTommy Lee JonesBEST ANIMATED FEATUREFrankenweenieThe PiratesWreck-It RalphParanormanBraveBEST FOREIGN FEATUREAmourNoRebelle (War Witch)A Royal AffairContikiBEST ORIGINAL SCREENPLAYFlightZero Dark ThirtyDjango AmourMoonrise KingdomBEST DIRECTORDavid O. RussellAng LeeSteven SpielbergMichael HanekeBenh ZeitlinBEST ACTOR IN A LEADING ROLEDaniel Day LewisDenzel WashingtonHugh JackmanBradley CooperJoaquin PhoenixBEST ACTRESS IN A LEADING ROLENaomi WattsJessica ChastainJennifer LawrenceEmmanuelle RivaQuvenzhané Wallis

Oscar nominations 2013: Silver Linings Playbook, Beasts of the Southern Wild earn top nods
The 2013 Academy Awards nominees were announced Thursday morning, with favourites Zero Dark Thirty, Lincoln and Silver Linings Playbook earning top nominations, while Ben Affleck’s Argo, widely touted as one of this year’s best films, failed to place in most major categories.

BEST PICTURE
Beasts of the Southern Wild
Silver Linings Playbook
Zero Dark Thirty
Lincoln
Les Miserables
Life of Pi
Amour
Django Unchained
Argo

BEST ADAPTED SCREENPLAY
Beasts of the Southern Wild
Argo
Lincoln
Silver Linings Playbook
Life of Pi

BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS
Sally Field
Anne Hathaway
Jackie Weaver
Helen Hunt
Amy Adams

BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR
Christoph WaltzPhilip Seymour Hoffman
Robert DeNiro
Alan Arkin
Tommy Lee Jones

BEST ANIMATED FEATURE
Frankenweenie
The Pirates
Wreck-It Ralph
Paranorman
Brave

BEST FOREIGN FEATURE
Amour
No
Rebelle (War Witch)
A Royal Affair
Contiki

BEST ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY
Flight
Zero Dark Thirty
Django Amour
Moonrise Kingdom

BEST DIRECTOR
David O. Russell
Ang Lee
Steven Spielberg
Michael Haneke
Benh Zeitlin

BEST ACTOR IN A LEADING ROLE
Daniel Day Lewis
Denzel Washington
Hugh Jackman
Bradley Cooper
Joaquin Phoenix

BEST ACTRESS IN A LEADING ROLE
Naomi Watts
Jessica Chastain
Jennifer Lawrence
Emmanuelle Riva
Quvenzhané Wallis