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Top Sundance Buzz Generators

Twilight star Kristen Stewart has two breakout films

(Newser) - With the Sundance Film Festival under way in Park City, Utah, the Daily Beast takes a look at the ones generating the loudest buzz:
  • Howl: James Franco turns in a Milk-caliber performance as counter-culture poet Allen Ginsberg as he faces obscenity charges in 1957.
  • Kristen Stewart: Gets well beyond Twilight
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SF Pol's Resolution: I'll Drop F-Bomb at Every Meeting

Colleagues, bloggers just shake heads at Chris Daly

(Newser) - After being taken to task by a local alt-weekly for his off-color language, a San Francisco city supervisor has made it his New Year’s resolution to use “fuck,” or a variation thereof, at every board meeting this year. Chris Daly, the 37-year-old representative of the city’s... More »

Mom Fears for Rihanna's Life

Singer wants restraining order against Brown gone

(Newser) - As Chris Brown awaits sentencing today, Rihanna is again trying to squash a court order requiring him to stay 50 yards away, her lawyer tells People. Meanwhile, her mother is afraid she’s “playing Russian roulette with her life” by allowing Brown to keep his “power over her,... More »

Penn Fights for 'Harvey Milk Day'

Holiday would honor activist's birthday

(Newser) - Sean Penn today joined the push to recognize Harvey Milk's birthday in California, Variety reports. State senator Mark Leno is re-introducing a bill seeking a statewide “day of significance” on May 22, the birthday of the gay activist Penn won an Oscar for portraying. Schools would be encouraged to... More »

Penn Pokes Fun at Madonna's Boy Toy

Actor also skips own post-Oscar bash

(Newser) - Madonna’s Oscar-winning ex-hubby couldn’t resist a dig at her 22-year-old current fling, the Sun reports: When the two met at a post-Oscars bash and the Material Girl congratulated Best Actor Sean Penn, he gestured at model Jesus Luz and said, “Another kid already?” And it wasn’t... More »

Slumdog Wins Best Picture

Penn, Winslet win for lead roles; Boyle wins Director

(Newser) - In a fast-moving Oscar ceremony tonight, Slumdog Millionaire led the pack with eight awards including best picture and best directing, the Los Angeles Times reports. Sean Penn beat out Mickey Rourke for best actor in the evening's major upset, and Kate Winslet scored gold for her controversial turn in The ... More »

Oscar Nominees in Photos

Slumdog , Benjamin Button , Milk join Reader and Frost/Nixon in best-picture fight

(Newser) - The countdown begins to Hollywood's night of nights, with big guns that "are easier to admire and respect than to love" competing for top honors, writes David Gritten in the Daily Mail. No doubt the tabloids are hoping for a Brangelina sweep of the Best Actor and Best Actress... More »

Spidey's Franco Earns Hasty Pudding Honors

Harvard troupe treats Man of the Year James Franco to drag queen bar mitzvah

(Newser) - This year's Hasty Pudding Man of the Year: Spider-Man villain and Milk co-star James Franco. He wore a blonde wig, purple heels, and a gold-spangled pineapple-shaped bra to collect his award from the Harvard theatrical troupe last night, the Boston Globe reports. Franco accepted his pudding pot in good cheer,... More »

Slumdog Wins Big at Critics' Choice

Heath Ledger receives posthumous award

(Newser) - Slumdog Millionaire was the big winner at the Critics' Choice Awards last night, taking home five trophies, including best film and best director (Danny Boyle), MTV News reports. Heath Ledger, meanwhile, continued his posthumous honors, picking up best supporting actor (and a standing ovation) for his turn as the Joker... More »

La. Prosecutors Clear Brolin in W Bar Brawl

But feisty actor still has fightin' words for Russell Crowe, critics

(Newser) - Louisiana prosecutors have agreed to drop all charges against Josh Brolin and Jeffrey Wright for a July barroom brawl the two allegedly got into while filming Oliver Stone’s W. Brolin and Wright, along with five members of the film’s crew, faced misdemeanor charges from the fight, People reports.... More »

Top Films of the Year

Foreign films rule among the year's best

(Newser) - With most year-end movie lists bask in the glow of award-season contenders, Dana Stevens grudgingly runs through her unranked, alphabetized top 10 on Slate, despite being "allergic to hierarchies, lists, and ranking."
  • A Christmas Tale: A French film about a crazed family that's "a glorious feast
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Earth Tops Box Office as Specialty Flicks Shine

Golden Globe nominations give specialty flicks a boost

(Newser) - The Day the Earth Stood Still pulled in $31 million and topped the box office this weekend, but specialty films drew bigger buzz, Variety reports. Benefiting from Golden Globe noms, Milk cracked the top ten with $2.6 million and Slumdog Millionaire banked $2.2 million. Clint Eastwood’s Gran ... More »

Penn Embraced Gay Love Scene

Co-star surprised by scene

(Newser) - As he got into the character of Harvey Milk, Sean Penn pushed for a more explicit sex scene in Milk, surprising his co-star, the New York Post reports. James Franco tells Elle magazine the one kissing scene he read in the original movie script turned into “a full-on love... More »

Earlier Milk Release Might've Killed Prop 8

Calif. gay-marriage ban puts biopic in broader, cause-defining light

(Newser) - If Milk, the film on San Francisco’s first openly gay city supervisor, had opened earlier, might it have swung the Proposition 8 vote? Maybe, writes Dennis Lim in Slate—but in light of the passage of the California gay-marriage ban, Milk becomes both a poignant “look-how-far-we-haven’t-come” tale... More »

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