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'Divergent' actress Maggie Q on her favorite movies of 2013

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Her and The Act of Killing may have both been nominated for Academy Awards this year, but that isn’t enough for Divergent actress Maggie Q: She thinks they deserved even more acclaim. The Nikita star gave us her picks for favorite movies of 2013 she thinks should have been more popular:

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Oscars 2014: Karen O's 'Moon Song' for 'Her' was '10 years in the making' -- VIDEO

The courtship exhibited in Her might be unconventional, but you wouldn’t know that from Karen O’s “The Moon Song” — a sweet, simple ukulele ode to a long-distance love.

The Yeah Yeah Yeahs vocalist scored her first Oscar nomination for the song, which Scarlett Johansson’s OS Samantha sings in the film, while Joaquin Phoenix’s lonely Theodore provides the instrumentals. Director Spike Jonze co-wrote the lyrics, and it was recently announced that Karen O would be performing the song at the Academy Awards on March 2.

Check out a Warner Bros. featurette backed by the quiet song after the jump. Framed by Amy Adams’ character reassuring us that “anybody who falls in love is a freak,” and set to some gorgeous clips from the film, we’re not promising that those who stick it out will make it to the end with dry eyes. Blame the Rooney Mara flashbacks. READ FULL STORY

'Her' and 'Captain Phillips' win Writers Guild Awards

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Spike Jonze’s philosophical sci-fi love story Her, and Billy Ray’s harrowing true-life hostage saga Captain Phillips earned best original and adapted screenplays, respectively, from the Writers Guild Awards on Saturday.

In the original category, Her was facing its four rivals for the Oscar: American Hustle, Blue Jasmine, Dallas Buyers Club, and Nebraska, so its victory can be seen as a strong harbinger of where the Academy Award could go on March 2. In anecdotal sampling of Academy members, EW’s Prize Fighter has also determined that Her is far and away the front-runner for this category.

The WGA’s predictive powers are less assured in the adapted category, since guild rules excluded some top Oscar contenders this year.

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Box office report: 'Lone Survivor' sizzles with $38.5 million and rare A+ CinemaScore

Pete Berg’s gritty combat drama Lone Survivor accomplished its mission at the box office this weekend. The film, based on the true story of former Navy SEAL Marcus Luttrell, grossed $38.5 million over the Friday-to-Sunday period, marking the second best January debut of all time after Cloverfield‘s $40.1 million bow in 2008. Audiences, which were 57 percent male and 57 percent 30 or older, issued Lone Survivor a rare “A+” CinemaScore grade, suggesting that Universal’s $40 million film will benefit from terrific word-of-mouth in the weeks to come.

Lone Survivor‘s success marks a major comeback for director Berg, whose last film, Battleship, opened to just $25 million against a whopping $209 million budget. Like that film, Lone also stars Friday Night Lights‘ Taylor Kitsch, though it was marketed primarily on the star power of its leading man, Mark Wahlberg. The Boston-born star has grown into a reliable box office draw, so its doubly impressive that Lone Survivor is one of his best-ever opening weekend results, trailing only 2012’s Ted, which started with $54.4 million. The film is a major win for all parties involved. READ FULL STORY

Box office preview: 'Lone Survivor' set to SEAL an easy victory

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Two testosterone-fueled action pics will flex their muscles at the box office this weekend, but only one will win in this arm wrestling contest. Navy SEAL tale Lone Survivor is poised to become the year’s first breakout hit, while the Kellan Lutz vehicle The Legend of Hercules is set to become its first true bomb. Three Oscar contenders — August: Osage County, Inside Llewyn Davis, and Her — are all getting nationwide expansions as well. Here’s how the frame may play out:

1. Lone Survivor – $27 million
Mark Wahlberg has become a reliable box office draw in recent years, driving films like Contraband and 2 Guns to solid openings in the mid-$20 million range. The star’s new war film, based on the hugely popular book by former SEAL Marcus Luttrell, should have no trouble topping the box office in its first outing in wide release. Universal has played up Luttrell’s involvement in the film, showcasing it as a patriotic endeavor that re-creates the real story of the disastrous 2005 Afghanistan mission Operation Red Wings, which left only Luttrell alive.

Lone Survivor could play much like the last real-SEAL movie to storm the box office, Act of Valor, which opened with $24.5 million in 2012 en route to a $70 million total. Tracking for Lone Survivor, which cost Universal $40 million, is solid, and it should play very well in the heartland of America. Fandango reports that the Pete Berg-directed film accounts for 51 percent of all ticket sales heading into this weekend, and in over 2,700 theaters, Lone Survivor may pull in a strong $27 million — primarily from its core demographic of young men. READ FULL STORY

Meryl Streep 'wins' National Board of Review Awards, takes swipes at Disney

The National Board of Review announced its 2013 honorees on Dec. 4, with Her, Nebraska, and Fruitvale Station claiming some of the top prizes. That meant the only real suspense last night at the organization’s New York City gala was who would win the crowd and earn the best howls. Rob Reiner nearly stole the show, but it was Meryl Streep who brought down the house at Cipriani’s on 42nd Street. Streep, presenting the Best Actress award to Emma Thompson for Saving Mr. Banks, left her friend “nauseous with gratitude” with a heart-felt introduction that also took swipes at Walt Disney and the Disney brand. READ FULL STORY

Critical Mass: Everyone has a crush on 'Her'

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With Her recently earning nominations from the writers and producers guilds, Spike Jonze’s oddball romance about a lonely writer (Joaquin Phoenix) and his beguiling operating-system (voiced by Scarlett Johansson) is emerging as a solid dark-horse in the season’s Oscar races. Not only do critics adore it, but it’s played well in extremely limited release since opening on Dec. 20. (It expands wide on Jan. 10.)

Set in an indeterminate near future, Her is the story of sad-sack Theodore Twombly. Recovering from a recent divorce, he works at an L.A. greeting-card company that composes intimate personal messages for loved ones. The women he encounters in his personal life don’t suit him — except for his one platonic female friend, played by a mouse-y Amy Adams — so he can’t help but be drawn to his new OS, a flirtatious and comforting presence who pulls him out of his malaise. “That the OS, which he calls Samantha, has the sultry, pack-a-day voice of Scarlett Johansson only heightens the case for why a man might fall for a piece of software,” writes EW’s Chris Nashawaty. “Her soothing voice, awkward stabs at humor, and breathy, eager-to-please laugh are a balm for his wounded soul. She’s a perfect 10 made from 1s and 0s.”

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Christmas box office report: 'The Hobbit' beats out 'Wolf of Wall Street' in a tight race

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In one way, the story remains the same: The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug continued its winning streak at the box office Christmas Day, snagging a healthy $9.3 million in receipts.

But while Martin Scorsese’s big, bold black comedy Wolf of Wall Street — which opened Wednesday — didn’t manage to vanquish Peter Jackson’s epic sequel, it came pretty darn close; Wolf‘s debut totaled $9.15 million. What’s more, Wolf managed this feat while appearing on 3,100 fewer screens than The Hobbit (3,700 vs. 6,800) and in 1,391 fewer theaters (2,537 vs. 3,928) — giving it the day’s highest average receipts per showing, which bodes well for the picture’s future. (Though as a commenter points out, Wolf‘s surprisingly low “C” CinemaScore could indicate trouble ahead.)

The Hobbit and The Wolf were followed by Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues, which added $8.1 million to its gross — making the film’s box office to date $56.7 million, or just a few million more than EW thought it might earn over a five-day period. (Anchorman 2‘s been out since Dec. 15.) Two more Oscar hopefuls — Ben Stiller’s Secret Life of Walter Mitty retread, which opened Wednesday (CinemaScore: B+), and David O. Russell’s hair-raising American Hustle — rounded out the top five, earning $7.8 million and $7.4 million respectively.

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Does Scarlett Johansson deserve awards recognition for 'Her'? Co-stars Rooney Mara, Amy Adams weigh in

Scarlett Johansson was nowhere to be found at the Directors Guild of America premiere of Her Thursday night in Los Angeles.

It was almost too poignant an absence, considering Johansson plays the disembodied operating system of our dreams in Spike Jonze’s futuristic love story. As Samantha, Johansson could only rely on her voice — silences and subtle inflections and all — to make us believe that Joaquin Phoenix’s Theodore could possibly fall in love with a computer program. She doesn’t even have the benefit of an animated avatar.

Though she’s getting raves for her unconventional but affecting performance, the question of the season is whether or not that counts as an awards-eligible performance. The Golden Globes already said no, even though they gave Her a Best Picture nod. The Screen Actors Guild could have included Johansson in their Best Supporting Actress roundup, but, ultimately, she didn’t make the cut. Same with the Independent Spirit Awards. Now, her only chance to be recognized for the part is the Oscars.

Johansson’s co-stars weighed in on the lingering question at Thursday’s premiere.

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AFI movies of the year: 'Her' and '12 Years a Slave' in; 'August: Osage County' out

The American Film Institute announced its 10 “most outstanding” movies of the year Monday, including Her, 12 Years a Slave, American Hustle, Gravity, and The Wolf of Wall Street.

AFI has a strong history of selecting films that end up competing for an Academy Award. Last year alone, all but Moonrise Kingdom and The Dark Knight Rises picked up Best Picture nominations. The only nominee AFI missed was Amour, and that’s just because AFI only selects from American films. Not too shabby.

The list is mostly consistent with the landscape of serious contenders that we’ve been anticipating. The recently announced critics awards largely skewed toward 12 Years a Slave, with a few nods for American Hustle, Gravity, and Her – all of which are represented on AFI’s list. Notably, Sundance winner Fruitvale Station (largely absent from critics lists) made the top 10, perhaps signifying that it’s not out of the race just yet. Missing from AFI’s list are a few notable Best Picture hopefuls including Philomena, August: Osage County, and Blue Jasmine.

Check out the full list below, including AFI’s television programs of the year.
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