christophernolannews2.pngInception's Christopher Nolan won the Best Original Screenplay Award from the Writers Guild of America this evening. The win marks an upset over The Kid Are All Right, which was considered by many to be the heavy favorite. The King's Speech was not eligible to win the WGA award, but it remains the leading contender for the Oscar.

Aaron Sorkin won Best Adapted Screenplay for The Social Network. Nothing can stop Sorkin from also taking home the Oscar at this point.

The other major film win went to Inside Job's Charles Ferguson for Best Documentary screenplay.

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Ralph Fiennes is the latest actor to take part in discussions for a role in Sam Mendes' upcoming film, which is yet unnamed but it's the 23rd film in the James Bond franchise. Fiennes is reportedly not in the running for the same role that it was announced earlier this week that Javier Bardem was in talks to play, but a role that was described by an executive close to the production as "darkly complex."

According to the unnamed executive, "it's the first of a new generation of Bond films, and the ideas Mendes has push the film into darker territory where the characters are modern, mature and challenging." While this direction certainly sounds intriguing, it will be interesting to see how far Mendes can and will actually go, for two reasons: in both of the last two installments, Casino Royale and A Quantum of Solace, Bond was already portrayed as a much more sophisticated and complex character than in many earlier films, offering almost precisely the kind of "darker territory" Mendes film promises; and the last time the franchise veered into that sort of material, during the Timothy Dalton era, the choice almost killed the franchise.

However, if both Fiennes and Bardem end up joining the production, it will certainly rank among the most star-studded of the Bond films, and that can't hurt its commercial prospects. Thankfully, Daniel Craig will play Bond himself regardless, at the very least ensuring that Bond will return once again in a familiar form.


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Beverly Hills, CA -- Eighty-third Academy Awards telecast producers Bruce Cohen and Don Mischer today announced the artists who will perform the nominated songs on the Kodak Theatre stage on Oscar Night®.

Gwyneth Paltrow will perform "Coming Home" from the film "Country Strong."

Original Song nominee A.R. Rahman and Florence Welch, of Florence + the Machine, will perform "If I Rise" from the film "127 Hours." Rahman is nominated for writing the music (Dido and Rollo Armstrong are also nominated for the song's lyric).

Alan Menken, who is nominated for writing the music for "I See the Light" from the animated film "Tangled," will accompany singers Mandy Moore and Zachary Levi on the piano (Glenn Slater is also nominated for the song's lyric).

Randy Newman will perform his nominated song "We Belong Together" from the animated film "Toy Story 3."

Academy Awards for outstanding film achievements of 2010 will be presented on Sunday, February 27, 2011, at the Kodak Theatre at Hollywood & Highland Center®, and televised live on the ABC Television Network. The Oscar presentation also will be televised live in more than 200 countries worldwide.


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Washington D.C. -- CinemaCon 2011, the official convention of The National Association of Theatre Owners (NATO), proudly announces that Coca-Cola will serve as the "Official Presenting Sponsor" for its inaugural convention, set to take place from March
28 - 31, 2011 at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas.

When it debuts in 2011, CinemaCon will be the largest and most important annual gathering of cinema owners and operators from around the world. CinemaCon will attract upwards of 5,000 motion picture professionals from all facets of the industry -- from exhibition and distribution, to the equipment and concession areas -- all on hand to celebrate the cinema industry, the moviegoing experience and the cinema industry. From exclusive Hollywood product presentations highlighting a slate of upcoming films, to must-see premiere feature screenings, to the biggest stars, producers and directors, CinemaCon will help jumpstart the excitement and buzz that surrounds the summer season at the box office.

"CinemaCon is simply thrilled to be partnering with Coca-Cola," noted Mitch Neuhauser, Managing Director of CinemaCon. "When it comes to the motion picture theater industry, no single company exemplifies partnership more than our friends at Coca-Cola. Dedicated to promoting the theatrical experience worldwide, Coca-Cola is innovative, on the cutting edge and highly regarded when it comes to their incredible promotional efforts and campaigns from both the exhibition and distribution sides of the business."

"Since Coca-Cola was first served in movie theaters in the early 1920s, our brands have been a refreshing part of the movie-going experience for almost 90 years," said Stefanie Miller, Group Vice President, Strategic Partnership Marketing, Coca-Cola Refreshments. "Through our association with CinemaCon, we're able to connect and collaborate with our valued theater industry partners and create moviegoing experiences that bring moments of happiness to people every day in theaters around the world."

The CinemaCon schedule will be broad, diverse and educational, and will feature a trade show and demonstration suite area, located on three levels of the Caesars Palace Conference Center. Coordinated and run in association with its trade show partners, ICTA (International Cinema Technology Association) and NAC (National Association of Concessionaires), the CinemaCon trade show will be largest of its kind, presented solely for the cinema industry. CinemaCon is delighted to call Caesars Palace its home. As one of Las Vegas' leading casino hotels, the upscale surroundings will offer all delegates the very best with its beautiful new conference center, finest hotel accommodations and world-class restaurants. In addition, a magnificent state-of-the-art theatre, The Colosseum, will accommodate all delegates under the same roof at once.


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2411predictions.jpgSanctum: 2,789 (NEW)
The Roommate: 2,534 (NEW)
No Strings Attached: 3,050 (+28)
The Green Hornet: 3,033 (-491)
The Rite: 2,985 (+0)
True Grit: 2,902 (-218)
The Mechanic: 2,704 (+1)
The King's Speech: 2,584 (+27)
The Dilemma: 2,538 (-367)
Black Swan: 1,977 (-338)
Yogi Bear: 1,807 (-326)
The Fighter: 1,662 (-252)

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