Who are 2012's possible lead-acting Oscar contenders? "The next twelve months promise has a number of meaty parts to choose from, with several previous winners coming back with roles that seem made for the category. Right now, Best Actress seems a little weaker, but that could all change by the time the awards season kicks off. So, with the usual caveats in place, below we've run down the major contenders for the two lead acting prizes, once more in descending order of likelihood." INDIEWIRE
"The Lorax" may not have to worry about any Best Song nominations at the next Oscars: "'Dr. Seuss's The Lorax' opens today, and it's shockingly bad, says New York's own David Edelstein. But it's not just that the movie's bad (and seems to miss its own point of critiquing consumption and greed). Even the songs leave something to be desired, according to many other critics: 'There are songs here, it's true, but they're musical rants / As stale as the crust on your dad's underpants. / You'll forget them before this young March hits the ides; / I have heard better tunes on Clay Aiken's B-sides.'" VULTURE
Where is the help for black filmmakers in Hollywood? "This conversation is by no means new and took place most recently in the Hollywood Reporter in an article entitled: 'So What's On Your Mind, Spike Lee?' Among other topics, Lee discussed his recent difficulty getting films made, asking, 'Where are the people of color? That's what it comes down to. How many people, when they have those meetings and vote on what movies get made, how many people of color are in those meetings?' These are indeed important questions at a time when what was called 'African American Cinema' some years ago has all but disappeared." MOVIEFONE
"Game of Thrones" debuts a new trailer: "You’ve been told that “War is Coming” this season on 'Game of Thrones.' Ready to see some of it? EW.com has the exclusive new trailer for 'Thrones' season two (links to the earlier trailers below). There’s fighting, there’s romance, there’s … Florence and the Machine! For the first time, HBO has licensed a pop song to market 'Game of Thrones,' selecting the indie track 'Seven Devils.'" EW.COM
George Clooney and Brad Pitt will appear in Proposition 8 play: "If you thought the George Clooney/Brad Pitt bromance was only reserved for 'Ocean's Eleven' movies, the Golden Globes and the Academy Awards, well, think again. Pitt has just signed on to join his longtime pal for the West Coast production of '8,' a play based on the landmark Proposition 8 trial in California. According to E! News, Pitt will play Prop 8 opposer U.S. District Chief Judge Vaughn R. Walker, and Clooney will play David Boies, an attorney who sought to overturn the highly publicized ban." MTV
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