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The 9 Worst Oscar Speeches Ever

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Winning an Oscar represents the culmination of years of labor and faith in the careers of those who work in film. When your name is called, it's etched in stone forever, never to be taken away by anyone or anything. And that's all fantastic.

There's one final detail that can still go terribly awry, however; something that can, fair or unfair, eternally undermine your win and your performance in the film: A botched acceptance speech.

Don't **** up the acceptance speech.

Here are nine unfortunate incidences of a less-than-stellar moment in the Oscar spotlight. Get More »

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Casting Roundup: Gyllenhaal, Swank and Whishaw Get the Gigs

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All of the week's hot casting news in one fell swoop ...

• Who would win in a fight — the Prince of Persia or Wolverine? Heat Vision reports that Jake Gyllenhall will butt heads with Hugh Jackman in "Prisoners," a thriller about a carpenter (Jackman) who takes the law into his own hands after his daughter and best friend are kidnapped. The "End of Watch" star will play the detective on the case who doesn't take to the amateur vigilante's methods.

• Might Q be joining Thor and Catwoman in Steven Spielberg's "Robopocalypse"? Variety reports that "Skyfall" actor Ben Whishaw has been approached for the role of an expert hacker named Lurker in the sci-fi action extravaganza that's set to hit theaters on April 25, 2014 (a rather non-Spielberg time of the year, no?). Get More »

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GALLERY: 13 Ladies in Drag (in Movies)

Glenn Close has already received plenty of critical praise (and an Oscar nomination) for her gender-bending performance in "Albert Nobbs." It's not surprising. She's a great actor and all, but, more to the point: Who doesn't like a little reverse drag action, especially when done in a classy period piece, full of snooty accents and drawing rooms?

Today we salute those brave, square-jawed actresses of cinematic history who had the courage to trim their hair, slip into a suit, shove a rolled-up tube sock in their trousers and man up.

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Hilary Swank to Staff: You're Fired!

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Hilary Swank may have built an image for herself as a smiley Hollywood sweetheart, but if you mess with her partying or her politics, it's no more Miss Nice Girl.

Swank recently came under fire for attending the birthday celebration of Chechan dictator Ramzan Kadyrov, for which she reportedly received a six-figure paycheck. A video of Swank's participation in the festivities, including a speech where she praised the accused human rights violator's "passion to make peace," as well as the country's citizens, whom she described as "so happy," has been posted on YouTube, where it has been viewed tens of thousands of times. Get More »

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Hilary Swank: Dictator Party Foul!

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My girl wants to party all the time, party all the time, party all the time. For most of us, that's just a rockin' Eddie Murphy jam that we wouldn’t stop listening to if it literally broke our eardrums with its sheer awesomeness. For Hilary Swank, it's a lesson to take to heart.

The "Million Dollar Baby" actress, who attended the birthday party of Chechen dictator Ramzan Kadyrov along with action star Jean-Claude Van Damme, is now telling fans that all that partying (and the reported six-figure paycheck that came with it) were bad choices. Get More »

| Source: The Guardian

Hilary Swank Can't Smile Her Way Out of Partying With Dictator

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Boys don't cry -- but torture victims do! It's a lesson Oscar winner Hilary Swank had to learn the hard way after catching flack for her controversial decision to attend a Chechen dictator's birthday party.

The "Million Dollar Baby" actress, who likely has more than enough party buddies as it is, just had to add another to her list, which has landed her in a load of trouble. It seems that the desire for a paycheck and a failure to Google may be the downfall for some actors, Swank and Jean-Claude van Damme included, who showed up to celebrate Chechen President -- and human rights violator -- Ramzan Kadyrov's birthday.

The Guardian reports that Swank became the target of criticism not only for her attendance, but due to the fact that her rep had told Human Rights Watch the Swank wouldn't be going to the event. Get More »

Filed Under: Movie News | Source: The Guardian

Feeling the Love (and the Cold) in 'New Year's Eve' Trailer

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Man, oh man. It's still September, but it's time to start thinking about New Year's Eve … or Garry Marshall's "New Year's Eve," anyway.

We got a peek at "New Year's Eve" earlier this summer, but the first official trailer for this ensemble comedy just popped up on Apple Trailers like a champagne cork. (Watch out for your eye!) Get More »

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Hilary Swank or Michelle Williams: Who Will Be a Witch of 'Oz?'

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Sam Raimi thinks she'd be a good witch. Disney thinks she'd be a bad witch.

That's the current debate over Hilary Swank at the production offices of "Oz, the Great and Powerful," according to Vulture.

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