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The 13 Most Surprising Producer Credits in Movies

Leonardo DiCaprio & Red Riding Hood Getty Images / Warner Bros.

Sure producers accept the award when a movie wins Best Picture at the Oscars and get to say awesome things like "I'll make you a star, kid!," but what the hell does a producer actually do?

Well, the answer is sometimes everything from coordinating the script's development, financing and hiring the film's director ... and sometimes doing little beyond having a famous name and giving a thumbs-up at the movie's premiere. However, we're sure the following famous folks, who have had surprising producer credits on a variety of flicks, were more hands-on types when it came to getting these 13 movies made. Get More »

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'Hugo,' 'Harry Potter' Top Saturn Award Nominees

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - Part 2
Warner Bros.

Awards season may have come and gone, but sci-fi fans still have something to look forward to with today's announcement of the Saturn Award nominees.

The awards, presented by the Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror Films, recognize excellence in these genres, which are often underrepresented at other awards shows.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, this year's big movie contenders are "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - Part 2," "Hugo," tied with 10 nominations each. Get More »

New on DVD and Blu-ray: 'Hugo' and More

Hugo
Paramount

This week: Martin Scorsese shows his softer side in the magical "Hugo," four male friends have a party to die for (literally) in "I Melt With You," the lives of several lost souls converge during a child-abduction case in "Answers to Nothing," and Rowan Atkinson spoofs James Bond in the Blu-ray debut of "Johnny English." Get More »

Filed Under: DVD & Blu-ray

AWWWW! Little Kids Reenact The Oscar Nominees

Jest

Have you ever pondered what every Oscar-nominated film would be like if it were performed by kindergarteners? Was that just us?

No it wasn't, and we have the video to prove it! The folks at Jest have rounded up some of the most adorkable elementary schoolers this side of Charlie Brown and had them reenact all the 2012 Academy Award Nominees for Best Picture including "The Help," "War Horse," and "Midnight in Paris," the latter of which includes a mini-sized (literally) Woody Allen cameo. Get More »

Filed Under: Check This | Source: Jest

2012 Oscar Predictions: Our Official Academy Awards Picks

The Artist The Weinstein Co.

Updated Feb. 23, 2012.

Here's some inside intel for casual movie fans contemplating their Oscar predictions: By the time the Academy Awards roll around, we know who's going to win in pretty much every major category.

Sure, there can be surprises and the occasional too-close-to-call race, but after so many other award functions play out in the lead-up to Oscar night, from the Critics Choice to the Golden Globes to the all the guild gatherings, patterns emerge and some favorites appear unbeatable.

That's why if you're about to head to Vegas (Editor's note: NextMovie does not condone gambling, unless you're sharing …) and lay down some scratch on "The Artist" winning Best Picture, the rewards, at this point, won't be too tempting. Get More »

Filed Under: Awards Oscars

Best Picture Nominees Explained, in Infographics

Vulture

Some of the Oscar noms for Best Picture have some of us scratching our heads ("War Horse"… really?), which is why we're thrilled that some person with too much time on their hands genius put together infographics to help explain these critics' darlings.

From pie charts about what "The Descendants"' George Clooney looks like in a Hawaiian shirt (with a segment marked as a "Trader Joe's cashier"), to how the powers-that-be make "Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close"'s Sandra Bullock seem Jewish (frizzy hair dominates), to a bar graph revealing all the places "The Artist" thinks it's OK to bring your dog (suicide den included!), these visual aids prove as informative as they are inspired. Get More »

Filed Under: Check This Oscars | Source: Vulture

The Academy Bans Sacha Baron Cohen From the Oscars?

Paramount

UPDATE: Contrary to an earlier online report, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences hasn't "banned" Sacha Baron Cohen from attending the Oscars in anticipation of the actor making an appearance on the red carpet as "The Dictator," but the organization has made it clear that such publicity stunt shenanigans aren't welcome.

"We haven't banned him," an Academy spokesperson told The Hollywood Reporter. "We're just waiting to hear what he's going to do."

Deadline first reported that the "Hugo" star had been banned from attending the ceremony for fear that he would be using the red carpet as a platform to promote his upcoming comedy about a crass totalitarian leader hellbent on keeping democracy out of his country. Get More »

Oscars 2012 Poll: Best Picture

Oscar Poll: Best Picture
Disney / Weinstein / Paramount

The annual Academy Awardsis the biggest event in Hollywood, and we're counting down to the February 26 ceremony with daily polls on all the nominated movies and actors.

The pundits have their predictions about who's going to win at this year's Oscars, but forget them and those persnickety old Oscars voters. Here's YOUR chance to vote on who and what you think deserves to win.

Let's start with the biggest category of them all. Vote and let us know: Which movie will you be rooting for to win Best Picture?

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More on the 2012 Academy Awards
Oscar Predictions 2012: Who Will Win?
This poll will close at 1 p.m. on February 22, 2012.

Filed Under: Awards Oscars Poll

Oscars 2012 Poll: Best Director

Oscar Poll: Best Director
Weinstein / Sony Pictures Classics / Paramount

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More on the 2012 Academy Awards
Oscar Predictions 2012: Who Will Win?
This poll will close at 1 p.m. on February 22, 2012.

Filed Under: Awards Oscars Poll

'The Descendants' and 'The Artist' Rack Up More Award Wins

Fox

There's just one week left before the Oscars and Hollywood is in full countdown mode, as some of the final industry awards of the year were handed out over the weekend, including the Cinema Audio Society Awards, the USC Libraries Scripter Award and the ACE Eddie Awards.

And once again, the big winners were "The Artist," "The Descendants" and "Hugo," cementing those films as the top movies of the year.

Really, did you expect anything different? Get More »

Filed Under: Awards | Source: The Hollywood Reporter
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