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'The Avengers' star Tom Hiddleston on being Loki and meeting unexpected fans

Whether he’s channeling bow-down-to-me villainy as Loki in The Avengers and Thor or bookish wit as F. Scott Fitzgerald in Midnight in Paris, Tom Hiddleston is one of the most exciting British actors to hop the pond in recent years. And we’re not the only ones who think so. “I met David O. Russell for dinner when he was in London for Silver Linings Playbook. I just wanted to tell him how much I loved the film. And he basically spent an hour telling me why he thinks Midnight in Paris is the greatest film that’s been made in the last 20 years, and he insisted on taking a picture because he was such a fan of Fitzgerald,” recalls Hiddleston, 31, who’s part of EW’s New Hollywood cover package, on stands now. “And I wanted to say, ‘David, can you please stop? I need to tell you how great your film is!’” READ FULL STORY

'The Avengers' Tom Hiddleston on Woody Allen and 'Midnight in Paris': 'It was a surreal dream'

If you’ve seen The Avengers – and surely, that’s most of you now considering the film recently crossed the 1 billion dollar mark worldwide — you are familiar with Tom Hiddleston as Loki, the bad guy who managed to steal a whole lot of scenes from a bunch of A-list superheroes.

But Hiddleston has had quite a year in addition to Avengers. Since introducing his villainous supervillain character last May in Thor, the Brit has appeared in Steven Spielberg’s War Horse, played opposite Rachel Weisz in the critically acclaimed Deep Blue Sea, and been the spitting image of F. Scott Fitzgerald in Woody Allen’s Midnight in Paris. He found out he had won that latter role when he received a letter from Allen himself. “It was three sentences long,” Hiddleston told EW. “Dear Tom, I’m making a movie in Paris this summer. I attached some pages. I’d love for you to play the role of Scott.” READ FULL STORY

Oscars 2012 Behind the Scenes: 'Midnight in Paris' production designer Anne Seibel on transporting moviegoers back in time


Each year, the Oscars recognize A-list talent we regularly see on screen, on the red carpet, and in tabloids. But the Academy Awards also reward those who work behind the scenes: the writers, editors, costume designers, and others who help create trophy-worthy movie magic. This Oscars season, we’ll be toasting those off-screen artists by delving into the hidden secrets that helped create the on-screen magic that we — and the Academy — fell in love with. For more access backstage during this Oscars season, click here for’s Oscars Behind the Scenes coverage.

In Woody Allen’s Midnight in Paris, it was easy to see why Gil (Owen Wilson) fell in love with the City of Lights, both past and present. While some magical time-traveling (and some very famous travel companions) certainly had something to do with it, none of it would have made Gil — or Academy members — swoon without the romantic scenery and mood set by Oscar-nominated production designer Anne Seibel. EW spoke with Seibel (who is nominated alongside set decorator Hélène Dubreuil for the Academy Award for Art Direction) about her process on Midnight in Paris (click the jump to see her sketches and mood boards), how the magical sets came to life, and what it was like to work with Woody Allen. C’est magnifique!


'The Artist' wins big at the Directors Guild Awards

The Directors Guild of America announced its annual awards tonight at a ceremony in the Grand Ballroom above the Kodak Theatre in Hollywood. The Artist‘s Michel Hazanavicius took home the prize for Outstanding Directorial Achievement in a Feature Film. Fellow nominees Martin Scorsese (Hugo) and Alexander Payne (The Descendants) also spoke at the event while accepting their nomination medallions. As is his custom for awards events, nominee Woody Allen (Midnight in Paris) was not present; nominee David Fincher (The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo) had to fly to the premiere of his film in Tokyo, Japan, although he did attend the nominee breakfast Saturday morning.

Hosted by Kelsey Grammer, the evening also feted directors for feature documentaries, and TV dramas, comedies, reality shows, made-for-TV movies and miniseries, soap operas, children’s programming, and commercials.

Since 1948, the DGA Award winner for feature film has gone on to win the Academy Award for Best Director every year save for six exceptions, most recently when Rob Marshall took home the DGA Award for Chicago in 2002, while Roman Polanski won the Oscar for The Pianist.

Check out the full list of winners below: READ FULL STORY

Oscars 2012: Watch videos for the major nominees

While you should see all the nominated films by Oscar night, Feb. 26, of course, here’s a good place to start, with clips from all the Best Picture, acting, and director nominees.

First up, the trailers for the nine films nominated for Best Picture:  READ FULL STORY

'My Week With Marilyn', 'Tinker Tailor' lead BAFTA longlists

With 16 inclusions each, My Week With Marilyn and Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy are leading the pack in the longlists for the 2012 British Academy Film Awards, which were announced today. In addition to making the cut for Best Picture, Best Director, and Best Screenplay, both films have their stars in contention. (Marilyn‘s Michelle Williams, Kenneth Branagh, Eddie Redmayne, Judi Dench, and Zoe Wanamaker, as well as Tinker Tailor‘s Gary Oldman, Benedict Cumberbatch, Colin Firth, John Hurt, and Kathy Burke, are all on the acting longlists.)

Following Marilyn and Tinker Tailor for the most entries on the BAFTA longlists were The Iron Lady (14), The Artist, The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo, Midnight in Paris, War Horse (13 each),  The Help, Hugo, Drive (12 each), and The Ides of March and Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows — Part 2 (11 each.) Notable exclusions from the BAFTA longlist include Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close, Melancholia, and Martha Marcy May Marlene, while major Oscar contender The Tree of Life earned just one mention in the cinematography category.

The longlist kicks off the first round of voting for the BAFTAs, which includes 15 entries in most categories. The five nominees will be chosen from these longlists in the second round. However, there are only five for animation and documentary in the first round of voting.  Nominations in all categories, including the shortlist for the Rising Star Award, will be announced on Jan. 17. Check out the entire BAFTAs 2012 longlist, including Original Screenplay, Adapted Screenplay, Documentary, Foreign Language Film, and Outstanding British Film here.  (Note: * marks  the five chapter picks.) READ FULL STORY

Woody Allen lists the five iconic actresses he wishes he could go back in time to direct -- EXCLUSIVE

If you had to choose one director to bring out a career performance in any actress, you can’t do much better than Woody Allen. During his amazing 45-year career as a director, he’s worked with many of the best, and Oscar has always been impressed. Diane Keaton, Penélope Cruz, Mira Sorvino, and Dianne Wiest all have trophies from their collaborations with Allen, to say nothing of the nominated performances from Samantha Morton, Judy Davis, Geraldine Page, and others.

In Midnight in Paris, Allen’s comedy-fantasy about a 21st-century writer (Owen Wilson) high on the nostalgic fumes of 1920s Paris — out today on home video and digital download — it’s Marion Cotillard and Rachel McAdams who get to dance with the master auteur. Actresses have always leaped at the opportunity to be Allen’s muse, and at this point of his career, any role in one of his films is an honor capable of luring even the hottest young ingenues.

But if Allen could go back to a different age — Midnight in Paris-like — what legendary Hollywood actresses would he most have wanted to cast in his films? We asked the director to name his Top 5, and he responded quickly, as if he had the list waiting in his pocket. “They were all fabulous actresses with their own styles,” he wrote in an e-mail about his selections. “But however different those styles were, they all worked on the screen and you believed them.” Click below for the leading ladies of Allen’s cinematic dreams: READ FULL STORY

AFI Top 10: 'Dragon Tattoo,' 'Bridesmaids' in; 'Extremely Loud' out

The American Film Institute has announced its annual list of the 10 best U.S. releases, which last year predicted nine of the eventual 10 Best Picture nominees. On the list this time are nine expected contenders: The Descendants, The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo, The Help, J. Edgar, Hugo, Midnight in Paris, Moneyball, The Tree of Life, and War Horse. But the AFI also included one very interesting dark horse: Bridesmaids. Missing from the top 10: Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close, Beginners, Drive, The Ides of March, and Young Adult. UPDATE: Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2 was eligible but the AFI committee decided to give the entire Potter series a special award instead.  READ FULL STORY

'Midnight in Paris' becomes Woody Allen's all-time biggest hit. How the heck did that happen?

It turns out that Owen Wilson, playing the last herringbone-jacketed screenwriter in Hollywood, wasn’t the only one who wanted to go back in time to meet the great expatriate writers and artists of the 1920s. This weekend, Midnight in Paris, Woody Allen’s time-machine-of-high-culchah trifle, crossed the line to become the filmmaker’s all-time biggest hit, surpassing the $40.1 million mark set 25 years ago by Hannah and Her Sisters. That movie made its money in two separate releases one year apart, so perhaps Allen’s real erstwhile biggest hit should be considered Manhattan. And, of course, if you factor in inflation, Midnight in Paris wouldn’t be number one by a long shot. That said, movie-land accountants don’t tend to do a lot of adjusting for inflation (they look at the raw numbers), and so the inescapable fact is that the top of Allen’s box-office track record will now look like this:

1. Midnight in Paris ($41.8 million, probably heading toward $50 million)

2. Hannah and Her Sisters ($40.1 million)

3. Manhattan ($39.9 million)

4. Annie Hall ($38.2 million)

Quick, can you say: “One of these things just doesn’t belong here?” READ FULL STORY

Owen Wilson talks about 'Midnight in Paris', his favorite Woody Allen films, and the weather

Owen Wilson’s latest film, Woody Allen’s Midnight in Paris, just had its Cannes premiere and earned warm reviews from critics on the Croisette (the film opens in U.S. theaters on May 20). In the film, Allen’s 42nd, Wilson plays a screenwriter vacationing in the City of Light with his fiance (Rachel McAdams) who is magically transported back in time to the city’s 1920s Jazz Age. We recently caught up with the star to discuss his unlikely collaboration with Allen, how shocked he was to see the director whip out an iPhone on the set, and why A-listers seem to drop whatever they’re doing to work with the legendary New Yorker.

ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY: What was your first impression of Woody Allen when you met him?
OWEN WILSON: He’s somebody that you’re so familiar with. Someone you’ve grown up seeing. So it’s almost surreal to be standing with him. It feels a bit like Purple Rose of Cairo. He’s come out of the screen and there he is! And he sounds just like he does! I remember working with Bruce Willis on Armageddon and we’re doing a scene and I remember kind of seeing an expression, and thinking ‘Gosh, I know that expression on his face!’ With Woody, you hear him talking and you think I’ve heard him talk like this before. READ FULL STORY

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