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British film studio that was home to 'Blade Runner' and 'The Iron Lady' to close

It is the end of an era in British filmmaking. Twickenham Film Studio — the 99-year-old suburban London sound stages that have played home to films like Ridley Scott’s Blade Runner, Roman Polanski’s Repulsion, and this year’s Oscar-nominated The Iron Lady and My Week with Marilyn — will be closed and sold by June of this year, reports the BBC. An official at the studio does not expect that any potential buyer for the facility will use it as a location for filming again.

Founded in 1913 on the site of a one-time ice rink, Twickenham was also where director Richard Lester shot Help and A Hard Day’s Night with the Beatles, and Michael Caine filmed his iconic comedy Alfie. Most recently, its wardrobe department and viewing theater were used in My Week with Marilyn (which co-stars Emma Watson), and scenes from The Iron Lady and War Horse were also shot on the soundstages.

Weinstein Company to expand 'My Week With Marilyn' before Oscars

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If you’ve been scouring your local theaters for a showing of My Week With Marilyn, search no more.

Ahead of next week’s Academy Awards, The Weinstein Company announced it will expand its twice-nominated film. Beginning on Feb. 24 (just two days shy of the ceremony), Marilyn will sweep into 600 theaters nationwide, no doubt riding the Marilyn wave that NBC’s Smash has perpetuated, as well as generating more Oscar buzz for Michelle Williams. That said, though she picked up the Golden Globe this year for her portrayal of the titular character, Williams remains at No. 3 in Dave Karger’s latest Oscar predictions.

The film opened in limited release on Nov. 23.

Read more:
Oscar predictions: 10 days to go
EW’s review of ‘My Week With Marilyn’
Oscars 2012: Watch videos for the major nominees

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

'Thor' stars Chris Hemsworth, Tom Hiddleston among BAFTA Rising Star nominees

‘Tis a good day to be a son of Odin. Chris Hemsworth and Tom Hiddleston — i.e., Thor and Loki (respectively), the warring sons of Anthony Hopkins’ mythic king in last summer’s Marvel Studios hit Thor — were nominated today for the BAFTA Rising Star Award. (Hiddleston is also in Steven Spielberg’s WWI drama War Horse and Woody Allen’s Parisian romp Midnight in Paris.) Sponsored by the mobile phone and movie theater partnership Orange Wednesdays — and voted on by its customers — the other nominees are:  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

'Michelle is stunning!': When did movie critics quoted in ads get to be on a first-name basis with stars?

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If you cast your eye around the cosmos of entertainment journalism, you’ll see that the Stars, They’re Just Like Us! era takes many forms. It’s there, of course, on the covers of gossip magazines, with their cozy titillating headlines (“Brad’s secret agony!” “Kourtney thrilled to be pregnant!”) that make it sound as if they’re talking about one’s errant sibling. It’s there in the stalker-camera style of TMZ, or the fake-intimate banter of the nightly infotainment shows, in which stars frequently do more acting by pretending to be the interviewers’ best friends than they did in whatever movie or television series they’re selling. But up until now, movie critics have been exempt from seeing their reviews converted into personalized air kisses. READ FULL STORY

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