"Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy," "Albert Nobbs" among the year's best LGBT film characters: "Sometimes we have to go long stretches without seeing mirror-like reflections in mainstream pop culture. We may have a germ of every other person inside of us, but it's still thrilling to see something closer to yourself on the screen. So herewith a list of the best LGBT movie characters of this past year in film. Tis the season of...list making." TOWLEROAD
Jurors selected for 2012 Berlin Film Festival: "... following the appointment of Mike Leigh as president of this year's Berlinale jury, festival juries have secured an impressively name-heavy jury to back him up: Jake Gyllenhaal, Charlotte Gainsbourg, Asghar Farhadi (who, of course, is the fest's reigning Golden Bear champ for 'A Separation'), Francois Ozon, Anton Corbijn, Barbara Sukowa and Boualem Sansal. That's a group Cannes would be proud to assemble; with any luck, it's omen of a similarly world-class lineup to come." IN CONTENTION
Kenneth Branagh is interested in appearing on Broadway: "Branagh plans to be very careful in calling his star shot. 'Although it would be lovely to do a play on Broadway — that, in the objective sense, wouldn't be enough for me. One would have to find the part, the people — everything that felt like there was a reason to do it. I don't, for a minute, fancy myself that me showing up here is somehow enough for anything really. The point would be to come here with a burning desire to play the part and be in the role and be in the circumstances with the director, et cetera, at a certain time in your life. So that hasn't quite lined up yet.'" PLAYBILL
Jane Goodall discusses "Jane's Journey," a finalist for a Best Documentary Oscar nomination: "We in the general public have come to know a great deal about Goodall's pioneering work with chimps and humans over the past 50-plus years thanks to the countless articles, photographs, and documentaries in which it has been chronicled. We rarely, however, learned anything about Goodall herself -- the childhood, family life, romances, child, hopes, fears, and regrets of a woman who, against all odds, became an icon -- and it was this that the German filmmaker Lorenz Knauer convinced her to share for the first time in 'Jane's Journey.'" HOLLYWOOD REPORTER
Ewan McGregor's "Salmon Fishing in the Yemen" will open the Palm Springs Film Festival: "The showing will mark the U.S. debut of CBS Films' British comedy, which was directed by Oscar nominee Lasse Hallstrom ('My Life as a Dog') and written by Oscar winner Simon Beaufoy ('Slumdog Millionaire'). Two other McGregor films will also be shown at the festival: There will be a special presentation of 'Haywire,' a Steven Soderbergh-directed action film also starring McGregor, Michael Fassbender, Antonio Banderas, Michael Douglas, Channing Tatum and Bill Paxton; and the drama 'Perfect Sense,' which co-stars Eva Green, is on the lineup, as well." THE WRAP
"Newsies" will arrive on Broadway with new songs: "Academy Award-winning composer Alan Menken is at work penning new songs for the Broadway production of 'Newsies,' which will arrive at the Nederlander Theatre March 15, 2012, for a limited engagement. Menken ('Beauty and the Beast,' 'Sister Act,' 'The Little Mermaid'), who also wrote songs for the 1992 film and expanded upon the score for the recent Paper Mill Playhouse stage premiere, tweeted that he was composing new songs for the musical's upcoming Broadway run." PLAYBILL
Final Oscars smackdown: Tariq blasts Tom for that stupid Leo prediction
Those sparring Oscar experts Tariq Khan and Tom O'Neil clash one last time as Tariq blasts Tom for having made a few numbskull picks and Tom counter-attacks with nuclear warheads. Alternately funny, outrageous and fearlessly ferocious, these guys just can't calm down even though the Oscars are over. Listen to their podcast below. Subscribe and see more at iTunes and Libsyn.
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Actor: 29 predict Matthew McConaughey
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Supporting Actor: 30 predict Jared Leto
Supp. Actress: 26 predict Nyong'o, 4 Lawrence
Original Screenplay: 15 predict 'Hustle,' 15 'Her'
Adapted Screenplay: 29 predict '12 Years'
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Foreign Film: 26 predict 'Great Beauty'
Documentary: 19 predict '20 Feet,'
Production Design: 22 predict 'Gatsby,' 5 'Gravity'
Cinematography: 29 predict 'Gravity'
Costume Design: 24 predict 'Gatsby,' 4 'Hustle'
Editing: 20 predict 'Gravity,' 8 'Captain Phillips'
Makeup & Hair: 28 predict 'Dallas Buyers Club'
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Song: 28 predict 'Frozen,' two favor U2
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Doc Short: 29 predict 'Lady in Number 6'
Live Action Short: 16 'Voorman,' 9 'Helium'
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