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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

New on DVD and Blu-ray: 'J. Edgar,' 'Tower Heist' and More

J. Edgar
Warner Bros.

This week: Leonardo DiCaprio plays the FBI's most enigmatic leader in "J. Edgar," Ben Stiller teams up with Eddie Murphy for "Tower Heist," a "Shrek" favorite spins off on his own in the animated "Puss in Boots," and Elizabeth Olsen escapes from a dangerous cult in "Martha Marcy May Marlene." Get More »

Filed Under: DVD & Blu-ray

8 Biopics Recast With Jar Jar Binks

Walk the Line starring Jar Jar Binks

Jar Jar Binks gets a bad rap.

Err, sorry, we couldn't quite say that with a straight face. You'll get your own chance to reassess George Lucas' most infamous creation on February 10, when "Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace 3D" hits theaters, bringing you more of Jar Jar than you ever thought possible.

In the meantime, with the help of Old Red Jalopy, we've imagined an alternate universe in which Jar Jar Binks is not the most maligned CGI character in the history of cinema, but, as Lucas always intended, a true star. His very presence transforms these eight historic biopics into ... well, movies starring Jar Jar Binks.

You're welcome, Jar Jar fans. You know who you are.

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GALLERY: The 20 Sexiest Screen Couples of 2011

As the year draws to an end, we can't help but reflect on all the memorable movies and stand out performances of 2011. But nothing made our hearts skip a collective beat like the actors who scorched up the big screen with their scintillating romances this year.

Whether it was teen newlyweds who brought new meaning to the idea of everlasting love, best friends who finally gave in to their undeniable feelings or superheroes who couldn't resist the magnetic pull of attraction, these couples had it bad for each other, and we for them. Take a look at the 20 sexiest cinematic couples of 2011.

Filed Under: Best of 2011 Features

'The Artist,' 'The Help' Dominate 2012 SAG Awards Nominations

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Here's a twist we didn't see coming: "The Help" leads the Screen Actors Guild Awards nominations with four gongs.

In a more predictable turn, "The Artist" follows with three.

The Screen Actors Guild announced nominations for their 18th annual awards today and the two aforementioned films continued to build award season momentum. Up against the two of them for the coveted Outstanding Cast prize include "Bridesmaids," "The Descendants" and "Midnight in Paris."

"The Artist wasn't alone in consolidating its position, though. "The Help" also emerged as a strong contender, with nominations for Viola Davis (Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Leading Role) and both Octavia Spencer and Jessica Chastain (Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Supporting Role), in addition to Outstanding Cast. Get More »

Filed Under: Awards | Source: Screen Actors Guild Award

DiCaprio Obsesses Over Oscar in New Funny or Die Video

J. Edgar
Warner Bros.

Leonardo DiCaprio is one hungry hungry hippo for some Oscar love. He's been to the show three times and always gone home empty-handed, but his persistence in taking Academy-caliber roles makes us think he's not gonna take "no" for an answer.

Now the thrice-nominated "Aviator" thespian is once again gunning for a gold guy in Oscar-generating machine Clint Eastwood's "J. Edgar," which has all the right ingredients: period-piece biopic, old-age makeup, homosexuality, Judi Dench.

Leo's somewhat transparent lust for an Academy Award is lampooned to startling effect in the new Funny or Die video "L. DiCaprio," which takes the epic trailer for "J. Edgar" and manipulates the soundtrack (just a tad) to reflect what's really going on in the subtext. Get More »

Filed Under: Check This | Source: Funny Or Die

Leonardo DiCaprio Lays Down the Law in 6 'J. Edgar' Clips

J. Edgar
Warner Bros.

For "J. Edgar," living legend Clint Eastwood is dipping his toes into the waters of the epic period biopic for his 32nd feature film as director. It chronicles the life and times of FBI director and power monger J. Edgar Hoover, who ran the bureau (and some would claim the country) with an iron fist for nearly four decades.

As he did in "The Aviator," Leonardo DiCaprio again plays an important early-20th century figure, supported by Armie Hammer as right-hand-man Clyde Tolson, Naomi Watts as his secretary Helen Gandy, and Dame Judi Dench as his mama. Get More »

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15 Hot People Looking Old

It's officially autumn, and we're about to be inundated with prestigious films clamoring for critical acclaim and shiny awards. And do you know what a staple of intense dramas and biopics is? Old age makeup!

Hollywood relishes burying beautiful A-list stars underneath layers of latex sags and wrinkles, wispy wigs, milky contacts and age spots. Apparently nothing says "searing drama" like seeing your favorite actor or actress wither before your eyes.

We're not sure what saggy sights await us this season beyond Leonardo DiCaprio in "J. Edgar," but in honor of his Hoover jowls, we've created a gallery of Hot People Looking Old. Enjoy ... and maybe go buy some age-defying cream after viewing. You’ll feel better.

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Holiday Preview: 25 Must-See Movies

The Muppets

Oh holiday movie season, why are you so transcendently cool?

This is the time of year when the studios forget about the explosions-per-minute ratio of their blockbusters and unleash more artistic properties in the hope of snagging an Oscar or two. Don't worry, though -- there will still be plenty of speaker-shattering gunshot action and crotch-kickingly hilarious sight gags to pass the hours away with your loved ones.

Enjoy our selection of the prime cuts -- this season's biggest and best holiday movies. Get More »

Filed Under: Features

Clint and Leo's 'J. Edgar' Trailer Is Here

Leonardo DiCaprio in J. Edgar
Warner Bros.

He's an American icon, a throwback to the days when men were men and doing the right thing didn't necessarily mean doing the good thing. We're talking, of course, about Clint Eastwood, but the same words could just as easily apply to the controversial figure at the heart of Eastwood's newest film, J. Edgar Hoover. So what happens when the two meet?

The first trailer for "J. Edgar" happens, that's what -- and if this clip is any indication, Eastwood and star Leonardo DiCaprio might just have a date with Oscar next February. Get More »

Filed Under: New Movie Trailers | Source: Apple Trailers
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