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Banksy's Newest Target: Tear Gas Used on Refugees

London mural takes shot at tactics allegedly used on refugees in France

(Newser) - Two giant sheets of plywood now cover Banksy's latest mural opposite the French embassy in London—though developers of the building it's spray-painted on say they're trying to keep it safe, the BBC reports. Never one to shy away from controversy, the artist borrowed the girl who... More »

History-Making Les Mis Lead Dies at 21

Kyle Jean-Baptiste was youngest, first black actor to play Jean Valjean

(Newser) - Kyle Jean-Baptiste, the actor who made history as the youngest and the first African American to play Jean Valjean in Les Misérables on Broadway, died Friday night in an apparent fall in Brooklyn, reports the New York Times . He was 21. Police say that his death "appeared to... More »

Michelle Obama Presents Best Picture Oscar to Argo

Plus Academy Award wins for Jennifer Lawrence, Daniel Day-Lewis, and more

(Newser) - And they're off! After a rousing opening monologue by Seth MacFarlane , Christoph Waltz won the first award of the night: Best Supporting Actor for Django Unchained. Stick with us for live updates throughout the show:
  • Best Animated Short went to Paperman, and Best Animated Feature Film went to Brave.
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Argo Wins Best Film at Britain's Oscars

Ben Affleck takes prize for best director

(Newser) - Iran-hostage drama Argo continued its journey from awards-season outsider to favorite today, winning three prizes, including best-picture, at the British Academy Film Awards. Ben Affleck was named best director for the based-on-reality story of a longshot plan to rescue a group of American diplomats from Iran after the 1979 Islamic... More »

Lincoln Leads Oscar Noms With 12

Notable Academy Award snubs: Kathryn Bigelow, Ben Affleck, Tom Hooper

(Newser) - Lincoln ruled at this morning's Academy Award nominations announcement, scoring nods in the Best Picture, Best Actor, Best Director, Best Supporting Actor, Best Supporting Actress, and Best Adapted Screenplay categories. In all, the Steven Spielberg drama leads with 12 nominations, the AP reports. Eight other Best Picture nominees were... More »

'Hobbit' Wins a 3rd Week

As Hollywood cruises to a record-breaking year

(Newser) - Peter Jackson's The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey pulled in $32.9 million this week to rule the box-office roost for a third consecutive week, relegating Quentin Tarantino's controversial Django Unchained to the No. 2 spot, with $30.7 million. Les Miserables was close by in third place, with... More »

Anne Hathaway: I Insisted on Getting Gaunt for Role

Even 'Les Miz' director thought she was going too far

(Newser) - Anne Hathaway tells the Los Angeles Times that, at age 30, she finally thinks she's shed the goody-goody typecasting that followed her Princess Diary days as a teen. In the interview, Hathaway comes off as fiercely driven, as one anecdote about her role as Fantine in Les Miserables makes... More »

Lincoln Rules Golden Globe Nominations

Snags 7 nominations, including best picture, best director

(Newser) - Lincoln was the big winner when Golden Globes nominees were announced this morning; the Steven Spielberg biopic received seven nominations including best motion picture drama, best director, and acting nods for Daniel Day-Lewis, Tommy Lee Jones, and Sally Field. The other best picture nominees were Argo, Django Unchained, Life of ... More »

Lincoln, Les Mis Lead SAG Nominees

'Silver Linings Playbook,' Maggie Smith also get 4 each

(Newser) - Three movies dominate the Screen Actors Guild Award nominations today with four nominations each: Lincoln, Les Miserables, and Silver Linings Playbook. All three were nominated in the best lead actor category (for Daniel Day-Lewis, Hugh Jackman, and Bradley Cooper, respectively) as well as the supporting actress category (Sally Field, Anne... More »

Boyle 'Decent,' But Attention Is 'Condescending'

(Newser) - Susan Boyle just isn’t that extraordinary, Adam Markovitz writes in Entertainment Weekly. The middle-aged singer who wowed Simon Cowell on Britain’s Got Talent and sparked a viral YouTube hit is getting by on her lack of looks. Her voice is adequate, Markovitz writes, but “her talent is... More »

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