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Kim Novak 'rape' comment about 'The Artist's music opens old wounds

Kim Novak is clarifying why she used the word “rape” to describe how she felt about The Artist. The 79-year-old Vertigo actress, who will be honored next month at the TCM Classic Film Festival, said during a phone interview Monday that hearing the score from the Alfred Hitchcock film used in the recent Oscar-winning homage to the silent-film era reminded her of the same feelings she experienced when she was raped as a child.

“It was very painful,” said Novak. “When I said it was like a rape, that was how it felt to me. I had experienced in my youth being raped, and so I identified with a real act that had been done to me. I didn’t use that word lightly. I had been raped as a child. It was a rape I never told about, so when I experienced this one, I felt the need to express it.” READ FULL STORY

'The Artist' and others enjoy post-Oscar box office bumps, but will online streaming be the next sign of success?


America has all but recovered from the zeitgeist circus that is the Academy Awards (which this year featured a performance by an actual circus!), but the effect that Oscar has on moviegoers is still being felt at the box office, with several winning films picking up momentum after Hollywood’s big night.

Consider this: In the four days following the Oscars ceremony, The Artist – which took home Best Picture, Best Actor, Best Director and two other awards – rounded out its week of box office grosses up a healthy 14 percent from the week before, adding 158 theaters to its 966 and grossing $4.3 million (according to Box Office Mojo). Then this weekend rolled around, and a whopping 790 additional theaters later, the Jean Dujardin-led silent charmer has finally cracked the top 10 with a $3.6 million gross in 1,756 theaters.  READ FULL STORY

Berenice Bejo pays tribute to Michel Hazanavicius on red carpet: 'When my feet hurt, I always have someone to carry my shoes or my purse'

Best Director winner Michel Hazanavicius might have had some kind words to say to wife and The Artist star Bérénice Bejo after his film won the Best Picture statue, but the actress gave a heartfelt tribute to her husband even before the ceremony began while walking the red carpet. “I am very proud of him,” the Best Supporting Actress nominee told EW. “There is no word. He made a very special movie and he took us all along with him so I am so happy.”

Bejo continued, telling EW that it’s a dream to work with — and be nominated alongside — her husband, who she met in 2006 while filming OSS 117: Cairo, Nest of Spies. “I wake up with him and go home at night with him and we could have long talks about the film,” she said. “When you are happy and sad or angry, there is your best friend with you. He’s a good boss. And when my feet hurt, I always have someone to carry my shoes or my purse. And it is so much like a dream that it is nice to have [a] partner who is also going through it all and can tell you it is real.”

On stage later that night, Hazanavicius echoed Bejo’s sentiments about working alongside his wife on the film (making up for a Best Director speech in which he made more mention of Uggie than Bejo): “I love you but it’s not just that … you inspired the movie, and you’re the soul of the movie, and the positive feeling of the movie. Thank you for being this in the movie and in my life.” Let the warm fuzzies commence!

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(Reporting by Carrie Bell)

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Oscars 2012 red carpet: George Clooney and Viola Davis win awards... from EW -- VIDEO

Last night, were you hoping to see the likes of Viola Davis and George Clooney pick up awards? Well, you’re in luck — though the actors didn’t win Oscars for their work in The Help and The Descendants this year, they did nab special awards from Entertainment Weekly, who reported from the Kodak Theater’s red carpet before the ceremony. Sure, winning Most Inspirational Speaker and Least Skin Shown in a Hawaii Movie might not be as satisfying as a little gold man, but at least they didn’t walk away empty-handed! What EW awards did Jason Segel, Jean Dujardin, Kristen Wiig, Glenn Close, and more win? Watch the video after the jump to find out, and to see a bonus performance from Rio‘s Original Song nominees. Hey, if Oscar won’t let them perform, we definitely will! READ FULL STORY

Oscars on the Scene: 'Vice Principal' Tom Hanks polices the backstage halls as Billy Crystal counts down to the show

As the clock ticks down toward show time, the backstage corridors of the Academy Awards become like celebrity pinball.

It starts out quiet. One or two stars roll in while a whole galaxy of them circulates out on the red carpet. Among the first to grace the hushed wings of the stage is someone not typically associated with formality and decorum — Zach Galifianakis.

As part of its pre-show, ABC has situated Entertainment Weekly‘s own Managing Editor Jess Cagle in the backstage area to catch celebrities who have managed to steer clear of the massive, paparazzi-filled red carpet. READ FULL STORY

Inside the Indie Spirit Awards: A brisk-yet-tedious celebration of films we've already been celebrating

With its giant white tent on the sunny Santa Monica, Calif. beach, and the throngs of black-suited, fast-talking Europeans smoking outside, one could easily mistake the Independent Spirit Awards for a Los Angeles annex of the Cannes Film Festival. The event certainly took on an international flavor this year, with The Artist — which premiered at the 2011 Cannes Film Festival — taking home four awards, including Best Feature, Best Male Lead (Jean Dujardin), and Best Director (Michel Hazanavicius). (Check out the full list of winners here.) The bulk of the folks from The Artist only made it to the Indie Spirit tent in time for Hazanavicius’ win, driving directly from the airport after flying in from the César Awards in France. Actress Penelope Ann Miller, who has a small supporting role as the haughty wife of Dujardin’s silent movie star, ended up accepting both her co-star’s award and Guillaume Schiffman’s award for Best Cinematography.

Should The Artist also prevail at the Academy Awards on Sunday evening, as most everyone predicts it will, the silent film will be only the first film since 1986’s Platoon to win the top prize at both the Indie Spirits and the Oscars. READ FULL STORY

'The Artist's Jean Dujardin upset for Best Actor at Cesar Awards


Silent film The Artist has won six awards including best picture, best actress and best director at France’s answer to the Academy Awards. Just two days before the Oscars, co-star Bérénice Bejo and director Michel Hazanavicius took top honors at the Cesar awards on Friday. Best actor honors went to Omar Sy, star of the blockbuster feel-good movie Intouchables (Untouchable). He notably beat The Artist star Jean Dujardin who won the category at Cannes, the Golden Globes and Britain’s BAFTAs — and is among the best-actor nominees at the Oscars.

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Owen Gleiberman and Lisa Schwarzbaum: Is the Academy using the Oscars to promote its own credibility? -- VIDEO

Hollywood’s biggest night is only two days away — do you have your special Academy Awards sweats picked out yet?

Get a head start on your Oscar weekend debates with Movie Talk with Owen and Lisa — in which EW critics Owen Gleiberman and Lisa Schwarzbaum lament how the Oscars aren’t channeling the public anymore and name their picks for who should win Lead Actor and Lead Actress. Spoiler: It’s not “this French guy no one has ever heard of”! READ FULL STORY

Oscars 2012 Behind the Scenes: What does a silent film screenplay look like? Enter: 'The Artist'


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. 

What exactly does the script for a film that is almost completely sans dialogue look like? Nominated for Best Original Screenplay (as well as nine other categories), the screenplay for The Artist was written by Michel Hazanavicius and illustrates a unique approach to the typically structured scripts that make their way through the Academy each year. EW has three exclusive sample pages from the script, which make for an interesting read if you’ve ever wondered how The Artist manages to tell a story without saying a word. (Warning: SPOILERS AHEAD!)


Oscar 2012 Behind the Scenes: Secrets of the sets of 'The Artist'

The Artist celebrates the oldest of old Hollywood, an era when moviemaking magic was still very much in its infancy. Re-creating that era — both the real-world city streets and the era’s movie sets — was up to the film’s Oscar-nominated production designer Laurence Bennett, who came up with an unorthodox strategy for capturing the allure of the period in a black-and-white film. Click here for our annotated conversation with Bennett about one of the iconic movie sets of the era,  and click here for our annotated conversation on the grand exterior of the La Reina Theater. Some of the details may surprise you!

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