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‘Gravity’ Scoops Up Six BAFTAs

Sandra Bullock and George ClooneyGravity won big at the BAFTAs last night, taking home six awards.

The 3-D space drama directed by Alfonso Cuaron and starring George Clooney and Sandra Bullock was the biggest winner of the night at the British Academy of Film and Television Awards (BAFTAs) in London, gaining trophies for Best Director, Special Visual Effects, Cinematography, Original Music, Sound and Outstanding British Film. Accepting his award, Alfonso - who is Mexican, but has lived in England for more than ten years - said, "I don't know if I can open my mouth. I consider myself a part of the British film industry. I guess I make a good case for curbing immigration." He also praised his son, Jonas, and Sandra Bullock before dedicating the award to the "downstairs" workers who had made the film's sound and effects possible.

Although Gravity won the most trophies, historical drama 12 Years A Slave was named Best Film and its star, Chiwetel Ejiofor, took the Leading Actor award. Accepting the trophy, Chiwetel thanked director Steve McQueen, saying, "Thank you for you work, your artistry and your passion in this project ... to make it of such value, of such worth. This is yours by the way - I'm going to keep it, that's the kind of guy I am, but it's yours."

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Cate Blanchett Dismisses Oscar Speculation

Cate BlanchettCate Blanchett didn't work with Woody Allen because she wants an Oscar. The actress has been tipped to win an Academy Award for her lead role in Woody's latest film, Blue Jasmine, but played the rumors down at the film's Australian premiere in Sydney.

Cate - who already won an Oscar in 2005 for her role in The Aviator alongside Leonardo DiCaprio - said, "I don't think anyone enters into an exchange with Woody thinking about that as an outcome. I think along with those actresses he's created a number of iconic, strange, weird and wonderful women that have been on celluloid."

The 44-year-old star admitted she hadn't initially read the script to the film, but didn't need long to consider working with the director, who has previously taken home five Oscars: "I think most people [want to sign up immediately] when they hear Woody Allen wants to work with them. Apart from being a great filmmaker and auteur, he's an incredible dramatist."

Blue Jasmine follows an elite New York City housewife who loses her wealth and powerful status when her businessman husband - played by Alec Baldwin - is found guilty of running an investment scam.


Emma Watson in Talks to Star in Cinderella Adaptation

Emma WatsonEmma Watson may be dipping her toes back into a fantasy world with an updated film version of Cinderella.

The Perks of Being a Wallflower star is said to have her eyes on the Disney movie, in which Cate Blanchett has been cast as the evil stepmother and Kenneth Branagh has signed on to direct.

Fairy tale updates are becoming a trend these days... Aside from Universal's update of Snow White - starring Kristen Stewart - Disney has had the Sleeping Beauty-inspired film Maleficent in the works, in which Angelina Jolie plays the title villainess.

Watson will be seen next in Sofia Coppola's Bling Ring, a film about the thieving teenagers who targeted stars like Lindsay Lohan and Paris Hilton a few years ago.

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Alec Baldwin to Reunite with Russell Brand in New Comedy

Russell Brand and Alec BaldwinAlec Baldwin is to reunite with Russell Brand in a new comedy movie.

The 54-year-old actor will team up with his Rock Of Ages co-star again in Man That Rocks The Cradle, which tells the story of an overworked husband and father-of-four who employs a super-nanny he is told is a kid whisperer and will help ease his problems.

Arnold and Anne Kopelson are due to produce the New Line movie, which is based on a story by Josh Cagan and Rob McKittrick, Deadline reports.

No word yet as to when production is set to begin.


Cate Blanchett for New Woody Allen Movie?

Cate BlanchettWoody Allen wants Cate Blanchett and Bradley Cooper for his latest movie.

The legendary director - who is notoriously reluctant to release details of his films ahead of production - is said to be eyeing Danish capital Copenhagen as the setting for his new movie which will feature Cate as the star and Bradley as part of an ensemble cast.

Although he has focused on his directing work in recent years - winning the Best Original Screenplay Oscar this year for his work on Midnight in Paris - it was recently revealed Woody will play an aging escort in Fading Gigolo, an indie comedy written and directed by John Turturro. John will also star as a gigolo in the movie, which tells the story of two "cash-strapped best friends" who go into the escort business and find their local Hasidic Jewish community suspecting them of unusual goings-on, Variety reports.

Sofia Vergara and Sharon Stone are set to play two of the women who pick up the ageing men. It will be the first time Woody has acted in a film since Picking Up The Pieces 12 years ago.


Cate Blanchett to Reprise Lord of the Rings Role

Cate Blanchett in Lord of the Rings

Cate Blanchett will put on her Lady Galadriel ears again for The Hobbit, which begins shooting in February.

Director Peter Jackson is thrilled that Blanchett will continue with the Lord of the Rings franchise. He said she is one of his “favorite actors to work with, and I couldn’t be more thrilled to have her reprise the role she so beautifully brought to life in the earlier film.”

The central role of Bilbo Baggins will be played by Martin Freeman in the new flick.

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Anne Hathaway: Best Actress for Hollywood’s Dollar

Anne HathawayIt looks like Saturday Night Live was smart to book Anne Hathaway for her second visit. According to Forbes, the actress is worth her money and more.

Anne, who has starred in large grossers including Alice in Wonderland and Get Smart, is estimated to bring in $64 in profit for every buck spent on her. That’s the highest amount for any female based on the magazine’s set of factors.

Hathaway’s relatively small paycheck helped her score this achievement.

Curious Case of Benjamin Button star came in a distant second. The Oscar winner only returns $27 per dollar.

Tying for third are Jennifer Aniston and . The romantic comedy staple and the Academy Awards fixture both pull in about $21 for each dollar.

Sex and the City’s is the next ranked star with $17 per dollar.

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This Week on DVD and Blu-ray: September 21, 2010

Robin HoodHere are some of the options available this Tuesday:

  • American Beauty: Blu-ray
  • Calvin Marshall: DVD, Blu-ray
  • Charade: DVD
  • The Experiment: DVD, Blu-ray
  • Ondine: DVD, Blu-ray
  • The Peacemaker: Blu-ray
  • Robin Hood: DVD, Blu-ray
  • The Secret in Their Eyes: DVD, Blu-ray
  • The Secret of Moonacre: DVD, Blu-ray
  • Stomp the Yard: Homecoming: DVD, Blu-ray
  • (Untitled): DVD, Blu-ray

Make sure to also check out the TV-on-DVD options for this week.

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Box Office Breakdown: Audiences Get to the Greek…and Shrek

Get Him to the Greek

Ashton Kutcher may have more Twitter followers than Diddy and Russell Brand combined - but that achievement wasn’t reflected at the box office this weekend.

Despite pirating the first 13 minutes of Killers, Kutcher was unable to generate enough interest to earn more than third place. The film - Katherine Heigl’s first since leaving Grey’s Anatomy - only rounded up a mere $15.8 million. (In other words, Ashton got about $3 from each of his Tweeps.)

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Box Office Breakdown: Theatergoers Choose Shrek Over Sex

Sex and the City 2

Shrek - not cosmopolitans - was what fans were buying this weekend.

Despite competition from two heavily-promoted features, an aging green ogre was able to hang on to his title for two weeks in a row. raised an additional $57 million during the Memorial Day frame to bring its domestic total to $146.8 million.

Meanwhile, Warner Bros. proved that people can get tired of sex. Sex and the City 2 - which featured the return of Aidan Shaw (John Corbett) - couldn’t get past the bad reviews to even match the first film’s numbers. (Sex and the City opened to $56.8 million in May 2008.) The lovely ladies also couldn’t overpower Jake Gyllenhaal’s four-day haul. Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time wound up snagging second place with a $37.8 million debut.

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