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2011 Golden Globe Nominations (Film)

The King's Speech

Katie Holmes, Josh Duhamel and Blair Underwood helped kick off the 2010-11 awards season Tuesday morning by formally announcing the latest round of Golden Globe contenders.

In the film category, The King's Speech -- starring Colin Firth, Helena Bonham Carter and Geoffrey Rush -- lead all nominees with a total of six nods. (The Fighter and The Social Network tied for second with six each.)

Although the Academy Awards will not necessarily mirror the choices made by the Hollywood Foreign Press Association, there were some notable inclusions/omissions in this year's list of Globe nominees:

  • Justin Timberlake did not earn an acting nomination for The Social Network.
  • Angelina Jolie and Johnny Depp were both recognized for their work in The Tourist, a movie that has been panned by critics. (BTW - they were nominated in the "Comedy" category.)
  • Speaking of Depp, he will be running against himself. (He was also nominated for Alice in Wonderland.)
  • Wall Street's Michael Douglas has now received another Golden Globe nod for his role as Gordon Gekko. (He won for Best Actor in 1987.)
  • Gwyneth Paltrow did not earn a nomination for her role in Country Strong.
  • 127 Hours was left out of the Best Movie category -- so was True Grit. (The Coen Brothers western received zero nominations.)

The 68th Annual Golden Globe Awards -- hosted again by Ricky Gervais -- will air Jan. 16 on NBC.

(You can find the full list of nominees after the jump. Click here for the TV nominations.)

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Box Office Breakdown: Dawn Treader Sails Past Depp, Jolie

Voyage of the Dawn Treader

The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader sailed to a first place finish this weekend despite a lackluster start. The latest C.S. Lewis adaptation – which was produced for an estimated $145 million – earned only $24 million in domestic sales. That figure is $31 million less than Prince Caspian’s debut and approximately $41 million below The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe’s premiere.

Landing into second place was The Tourist, which rang in a disappointing $16.5 million. Although the film boasted two big A-list stars (Johnny Depp and Angelina Jolie), the thriller turned in Depp’s smallest open for a wide release since 1999’s The Astronaut’s Wife.

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In Theaters This Weekend: December 3, 2010

Here are a few selections in theaters this weekend:

  • The Warrior's Way (R): starring Jang Dong-gun, Kate Bosworth, Danny Huston (directed by Sngmoo Lee)
  • The Assistants* (NR): starring Joe Mantegna, Jane Seymour, Stacy Keach (directed by Steve Morris)
  • All Good Things* (R): starring Ryan Gosling, Kirsten Dunst, Jeffrey Dean Morgan (directed by Andrew Jarecki)
  • Bhutto* (NR): (directed by Jessica Hernandez, Johnny O'Hara)
  • Black Swan* (R): starring Natalie Portman, Mila Kunis, Vincent Cassel (directed by Darren Aronofsky)

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Mila Kunis Talks Sex (Scene) with Natalie Portman

Mila Kunis and Natalie Portman did not, despite the rumors, drink tequila to loosen up for their sex scene in Black Swan. Kunis says the rumor is “false.”

“There was no tequila!” She exclaimed when People caught up to her during an event held last week. “I don’t think we could have done that scene if we were intoxicated.”

Doing the scene was difficult for the actresses, who are friends off-camera. Mila Kunis says that sex scenes are “never comfortable, same sex, opposite sex, it’s never comfortable.”

Kunis began preparing for her role in Black Swan a year ahead of time, undergoing rigorous ballet training. She lost twenty pounds, which made her look “like Gollum from Lord of the Rings!” But it’s unlikely the male viewers who see her in the film will find cause for complaint.

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Cinema Scene: Sing-Along Beauty and the Beast; Live-Action Mulan

Beauty and the Beast-A sing-along version of Beauty and the Beast will be coming to theaters at the end of the month. The animated film will be available in limited release on September 29 and October 2.

-Speaking of old Disney films, Zhang Ziyi will star in a live-action version of Mulan. The English-language project will be directed by Speed‘s Jan de Bont and produced by an independent studio.

-Blockbuster has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection. The video chain – which has nearly approximately $1 billion in debt – will be preparing to close another 800 stores.

-Ed Zwick’s Love and Other Drugs, starring Anne Hathaway and Jake Gyllenhaal, has been chosen to open AFI Fest 2010 in November. Black Swan will close the festival.

VIDEO: Natalie Portman in Black Swan Trailer

Natalie Portman and Mila Kunis play rival ballerinas in , but this film isn’t made for little girls.

The dark thriller revolves around a New York ballet company which is staging a performance of Swan Lake. Portman’s character is picked to dance the lead role, but the arrival of a new dancer (Kunis) creates new tension and competition.

Kunis stretches her villain chops in the flick, which will be released December 1.

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First Look: Natalie Portman as the Black Swan

Natalie Portman in Black Swan

The Wrestler‘s Darren Aronofsky focuses his sights on a completely different stage for his upcoming film .

In this thriller from Fox Searchlight, stars as Nina, a prima ballerina in New York who has been chosen to star in a production of Swan Lake. The pressures of the role plus the arrival of a new dancer (Mila Kunis) lead to the film’s psychological twists and turns.

Swan - also starring Winona Ryder, Barbara Hershey and Vincent Cassel - has just been selected to open the Venice Film Festival. It will debut in the US later this year.

You can see another pic of Portman in character after the jump.

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Cinema Scene: Joss Whedon Helms Avengers, Del Toro’s Haunted Mansion

Joss Whedon-Buffy the Vampire Slayer‘s Joss Whedon officially announced at Comic-Con that he will be directing The Avengers. The superhero film is scheduled for a May 4, 2012 release.

-According to Will Arnett and show creator Mitch Hurwitz, the Arrested Development movie is still going to happen. I guess I’ll believe it when I see it?

-Lionsgate finally blinked. Saw 3D, originally scheduled to debut on Oct. 22, has been pushed to Oct. 29 - one week after Paranormal Activity 2 premieres.

-A Hobbit-less Guillermo del Toro is focusing on his next project. He is now planning to produce, write and possibly direct a scary version of Disney’s The Haunted Mansion.

-Darren Aronofsky’s Black Swan, starring Natalie Portman and Mila Kunis, has been chosen to open the 67th Venice Film Festival. The festival opens September 1.

Quote of the Day: Mila Kunis on Kissing Natalie Portman

Natalie Portman and Mila Kunis

“It’s two girls making out, and guys have a thing for that. And Nat is like every guy’s dream. She’s a nerd’s idea of heaven. The whole thing is silly, but I can see why people care.”

- commenting on a reported love scene with her Black Swan costar Natalie Portman.

(Make sure to check out other notable quotes.)

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Casting Corner: Kat Dennings, Uma Thurman and More

Kat DenningsUma Thurman

Here’s a quick look at some of the casting announcements made recently:

Kat Dennings: The Nick and Norah actress is one of the latest additions to Thor, Kenneth Branagh’s feature about the mythological god of thunder. It’s believed Dennings will work alongside Natalie Portman as Jane Foster’s assistant. Meanwhile, Stuart Townsend (Fandral), Ray Stevenson (Volstagg the Valiant) and Tadanobu Asano (Hogun the Grim) have been tapped to fight with the title character (Chris Hemsworth). Filming will begin early next year.

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