David Denby angers Sony by reviewing "The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo" early: "The New Yorker will publish their review ... in this week's edition of the magazine, breaking the agreed-upon embargo by more than a week. Emails from [producer Scott] Rudin to Denby (obtained by Indiewire's Playlist blog) describe Denby's decision to review the film, which is released in the states on 26 December, as 'a very, very damaging move.' 'I could not in good conscience invite you to see another movie of mine again,' Rudin said." GUARDIAN
Madonna debuts a new single from her film "W.E.": "Madonna has been off the musical radar for a while, but she’s getting an early start on her expected reign over 2012. She’s officially performing at the Super Bowl, and there’s also a new song called 'Masterpiece' that is slated to be included on both her upcoming new album as well as the soundtrack to her film 'W.E.' The version streaming online sounds a little hollow, but overall 'Masterpiece' is an uncluttered presentation that recalls the Material Girl’s outre mid-’90s period, which saw the birth of an eclectic batch of hits like 'I’ll Remember' and 'Take a Bow.'" EW.COM
"Tyrannosaur" wins three at the British Independent Film Awards: "Starring Peter Mullan as a drinking, gambling, washed-up widower, it was surprise winner of the best film award from a particularly strong shortlist that included 'Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy,' 'Shame,' 'Senna' and 'We Need to Talk About Kevin' ... [Paddy] Considine, best known as an actor, was given the Douglas Hickox award for best debut director. The film's hat trick of prizes was completed by Olivia Colman – who won best actress for her portrayal of Hannah, a charity shop manager who befriends Mullan's character." GUARDIAN
How can small films stand out amongst the glut of high-profile Oscar-season releases? "The thing about Oscar season is that it's not about getting people to like your movie. It's about getting people to watch your movie ... Everyone is going to watch 'War Horse,' 'The Artist,' 'The Help' -- movies everyone is talking about. The trick is getting people to put your movie into the player, too. So you get creative. J.C. Chandor's 'Margin Call,' for instance, landed at Sundance way back in January. An October 21 limited release was set but it was in danger of losing ground to the more visible awards heavies of the fall. A video-on-demand release strategy has kept it not only relevant, but caused it to appear unique amid the fray." IN CONTENTION
"The Artist" and "Hugo" win in Washington: "The WAFCA (Washing DC area film critics) has announced their winners — and 'The Artist' continues its run as winner – meanwhile, Martin Scorsese picks up Best Director. 'The Artist' and 'Hugo' are kind of companion pieces, I think. And something tells me watching Martin Scorsese and Michel Hazanavicius for a Q&A on movies would be something spectacular. They both pay homage to cinema, in every way, including how magical they both are to watch." AWARDS DAILY
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Oscar Nominations: New York state resident Tim Kressner (gufa54) won $1,000 for reaping the highest percentage (78%) when predicting Academy Award noms. Watch our video chat with him here and learn his strategy for making picks. See the leaderboard here. See Kressner's predix here.
Golden Globes (Film): Mario Gomez, a med studen in Mexico, won our contest with the highest percentage of correct picks (86%) and highest point score (2,693). See our video chat with him here. Two other contestants also scored 86%: lulo1989 and eastwest. Tom O'Neil reaped best Experts' score. David Schnelwar had top score among our Editors. See the leaderboard here to see if you made the top tier.
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Golden Globe (Film) Nominations: Jonathan was our top User, reaping a staggering 86% when forecasting the lineup of 10 categories. That put him six percentage points ahead of our best Expert -- Scott Mantz (Access Hollywood) -- and eight ahead of our leading Editor, Daniel Montogomery. Did you made the cut on the leaderboard score breakdown?
Los Angeles Film Critics Association Award Winners: Christian aced all rivals, scoring 82%. That was almost 20 percentage points ahead of our top Expert (Edward Douglas of ComingSoon ) and Editor (Matt Noble), both of whom earned scores of 64%. Christian foresaw that surprise screenplay win for "Before Midnight." See leaderboard.