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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.

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

'Tintin,' 'Harry Potter,' 'Transformers' lead the VES Awards nominees

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The Visual Effects Society announced nominees today for its 10th Annual VES Awards. The Adventures of Tintin dominated the film list, with six nominations. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows — Part 2 and Transformers: Dark of the Moon were a close second with five apiece, followed by four nods for Rise of the Planet of the Apes and Rango. In television, Boardwalk Empire scored four nominations, Game of Thrones was tapped in three categories, and Pan Am, Falling Skies, and Terra Nova each received two apiece. See the full list after the jump. READ FULL STORY

Box office report: 'The Devil Inside' summons $34.5 million, lords over 'Mission: Impossible'

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The 2012 box office got off to a fine start this weekend, as Paramount’s “found footage” (riiiight…) horror movie The Devil Inside, which the studio acquired for just under $1 million, earned a tremendous $34.5 million in its first three days, becoming the first breakout box office star since The Lion King 3D. In fact, the strong debut marks the third-best January opening of all time behind Cloverfield ($40.1 million) and a re-release of Star Wars ($35.9 million). Is this a sign of things to come in 2012? READ FULL STORY

Box office update: 'The Devil Inside' screams up $16.9 million on Friday

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2011’s box office woes begone — it looks like Paramount may have another Paranormal Activity-sized hit on its hands.

The studio’s new possession movie, The Devil Inside, which was acquired for under $1 million, grossed an absolutely gigantic $16.9 million on its opening day yesterday, with $2 million of that coming from midnight showings. (And to think I was worried that my $20 million prediction — on the high end of prognostiators’ guesses — was too high!) READ FULL STORY

The 10 Must-See Movies This Weekend

January is a famously terrible month for new movies. Fortunately, December is a famously awesome month for new movies. Some December movies are just now expanding into wide release; others might have gotten lost in the holiday rush. So if you’re heading to the multiplex this weekend, there’s plenty of good stuff (or just interesting not-good stuff) to choose from. Let’s run down the list of 10 must-see movies in theaters this weekend, starting with…

1. Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy
Finally expanding into wide release, Tinker Tailor is a whispery brain-teaser starring every British actor you’ve loved in every movie of the last few years. It’s also an English spy movie, and we’ve had a severe shortage of English spy movies in the last few Bond-free years. It’s also the biggest showcase for pure uncut Gary Oldman in years. READ FULL STORY

'War Horse': How Steven Spielberg and his team got such astonishing performances from the horses

In Michael Morpurgo’s 1982 novel War Horse, Joey, an English plow horse, narrates his own harrowing journey through the horrors of World War I. For the current blockbuster stage adaptation of War Horse running in London and New York, a masterful crew of puppeteers bring Joey to dazzling, heart-rending life.

But for Steven Spielberg’s feature film of War Horse, Joey is simply a real horse, with nothing more than his eyes and body to communicate what he’s going through.

Now, make no mistake, Steven Spielberg knows from horses. His family has kept a stable of steeds at their home for over a decade; his 14-year-old daughter has even traveled the country to participate in riding competitions. But when the director first committed to making War Horse, that flesh-and-blood limitation was his primary concern. “I didn’t know what contribution the horse was going to make beyond what they were trained to do,” Spielberg told film journalist (and EW columnist) Mark Harris in a webcast Q&A after a sneak preview screening of the film. “I thought that we were only going to get from the horses what they were trained to perform.”  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

'War Horse' TV spot: The cast sells Spielberg's 'emotional journey'

“It’s about our strength,” says actor Jeremy Irvine in the new promo for Steven Spielberg’s War Horse. Well, if that’s the case, then I guess I’m going to have to shore up my fortitude to weather each new clip from this film, because at this point I’m usually a useless puddle of a human being by the time they’re over. This new clip — which is billed as a TV Spot, but, at two minutes long, I humbly expect it to play pretty exclusively online instead — features much of the cast of the film, interspersed with some familiar shots, as well as a few new ones.

Other than Irvine, the newcomer who plays the (human) lead in the film, Emily Watson, David Thewlis, Tom Hiddleston, and Benedict Cumberbatch, all take time to lend their stirring British accents to the cause of selling the film’s grand themes. Check it out below:  READ FULL STORY

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