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January 24, 2012 | Matt Pais and RedEye movie critic
Extremely foolish and incredibly upsetting. That's my diagnosis of the surprising inclusion of "Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close,"  one of the year's worst films, in both the Best Picture race and the Supporting Actor category (Max Von Sydow). BTW: In case you think I'm alone here, the movie has only a 46 score on Metacritic, including an F from the Onion A.V. Club . And that's not the only travesty from Tuesday morning's Oscar nominations. How can the Academy omit Michael Fassbender from the Best Actor race for his role in"Shame," which was the best performance of the year?
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February 20, 2012 | Matt Pais and RedEye movie critic
At Sunday's Oscar ceremony, the Muppets aren't performing. "Drive"was snubbed in seemingly every category. And one of the most awful, insulting movies of 2011 is up for Best Picture. That's a triple. Freaking. Whammy. So I'm thrilled to turn the frown upside down and say that "The Artist," the only great movie nominated for Best Picture, will take home several of the night's biggest awards. With that, let's check in on the front-runner, the next-strongest competitor and more for the big-ticket categories.
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December 12, 2013 | By Curt Wagner, @ShowPatrol and RedEye
The Hollywood Foreign Press Association announced the nominees for its Golden Globes awards Thursday morning. Actors Olivia Wilde, Zoe Saldana and Aziz Ansari shared the following list of nominees in TV and film. The 71st Golden Globe Awards, hosted by Tina Fey and Amy Poehler, will air at 7 p.m. Jan. 12 on NBC. Best Motion Picture - Drama "12 Years A Slave" "Captain Phillips" "Gravity" "Philomena" "Rush" Best Motion Picture - Musical or Comedy "American Hustle" "Her" "Inside Llewyn Davis" "Nebraska" "The Wolf Of Wall Street" Best Actor - Motion Picture Drama Chiwetel Ejiofor, "12 Years A Slave" Idris Elba, "Mandela: Long Walk To Freedom" Tom Hanks, "Captain Phillips" Matthew McConaughey, "Dallas Buyers Club" Robert Redford, "All Is Lost" Best Actor - Motion Picture Musical or Comedy Christian Bale, "American Hustle" Bruce Dern, "Nebraska" Leonardo DiCaprio, "The Wolf of Wall Street" Oscar Isaac, "Inside Llewyn Davis" Joaquin Phoenix, "Her" Best Actress - Motion Picture Drama Cate Blanchett, "Blue Jasmine" Sandra Bullock, "Gravity" Judi Dench, "Philomena" Emma Thompson, "Saving Mr. Banks" Kate Winslet, "Labor Day" Best Actress - Motion Picture Musical or Comedy Amy Adams, "American Hustle" Julie Delpy, "Before Midnight" Greta Gerwig, "Frances Ha" Julia Louis-Dreyfus, "Enough Said" Meryl Streep, "August: Osage County" Best Supporting Actor Barkhad...
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January 8, 2014 | Matt Pais, @mattpais and RedEye movie critic
Reminder: The Golden Globes are not an actual predictor of the Academy Awards. They may share winners, but the voting bodies are completely different, as the Globes are chosen by the secret society that is the Hollywood Foreign Press. Still, Sunday's show is hosted by Tina Fey and Amy Poehler, and most of the big awards contenders are nominated -- with several comedies categorized as dramas and vice-versa, sigh -- so it's worth acknowledging who actually deserves to win (rather than just predicting the often-predictable winners)
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June 25, 2012 | Matt Pais and RedEye movie critic
Everyone has had friends ask them about former jobs. The questions “Magic Mike” star Channing Tatum receives aren't exactly, “So, did you like being a camp counselor?” “'Were you naked? Were you butt-naked? How many girls did you take home?'” Tatum recalls being asked about the eight months he spent as a male stripper when he was 18 and 19. “[Guys] just want to know [everything]. It's something that I think they never really thought of.” The actor, who adds that many women are similarly fascinated by uninhibited aspects of female stripping - “They might judge it,” he says, “but there's an interesting thing that happens on Halloween where girls always are like the slutty version of a ketchup bottle” - says he didn't have a plan when he took the job at a Florida club, only to “make as much money as I possibly could.” In “Magic Mike,” opening Friday, male stripper/furniture designer Mike (Tatum)
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October 13, 2012 | By Curt Wagner, @ShowPatrol and RedEye
Shane Taylor left his mark on the second season of "Strike Back," but the show's stars left their marks on him, too. The British actor suffered a few hits while playing ruthless soldier-for-hire Craig Hanson in the Cinemax drama which ended its season Friday. ( Spoiler alert for those not cuaght up! ) Throughout the season, Hanson had run-ins with Michael Stonebridge (Philip Winchester) and Damian Scott (Sullivan Stapleton), two operatives from the counterterrorism unit called Section 20. The actors in those roles, as fans can see, make the fight scenes look as real as possible.
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