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'Based on a True Story'? 10 Hugely Embellished Films

Some pretty big changes were made in these movies

(Newser) - So how close to "true" are movies that claim to be "based on a true story"? Radar reveals the pretty major embellishments made to 20 such films. A sampling:
  • American Hustle: While the film tracks pretty closely to the Abscam scandal, Amy Adams' character never got involved
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Producer's Kid Breaks King's Speech Oscar

Statuette rushed to surgery after baby drops it

(Newser) - If King's Speech co-producer Simon Egan ever wins another Oscar, he probably won't be letting any babies near it. Egan's 15-month-old daughter dropped and broke the movie's Best Picture award at a celebration the morning after the ceremony. She lost her grip after being given the statuette to hold for... More »

The King's Speech Takes Top Honors

The heartwarming film wins the day at Academy Awards

(Newser) - And they're off! After an opening montage involving all of the best picture nominees—and, uh, Back to the Future—the Oscars are in full swing. The montage was "enjoyably silly," writes David Edelstein in New York , featuring a trip inside the mind of Alec Baldwin, Inception-style. As... More »

Who Should Win an Oscar ...and Who Will

Expect a lot of love for 'The King's Speech'

(Newser) - It's Academy Awards weekend, so in anticipation of Sunday's ceremony, Claudia Puig offers up her choices for who should win—and who actually will win—in USA Today :
  • Best Picture: "Despite its superb performances, brilliant direction, sharp writing, and exquisitely complex, if not always likable, lead character," The
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Stuttering Is in the Genes

It's physical, not psychological: researcher

(Newser) - Stuttering has long been considered a psychological issue, something born of anxiety or trauma—but new research suggests it’s in the genes, the Telegraph reports. “The brain actually looks different in people who stutter compared with those that don’t,” says a scientist. Certain gene variations often... More »

King’s Speech Wins Big at BAFTAs

Film snags top honor, as well as lead actor trophy for Colin Firth

(Newser) - Yet more awards season love for The King’s Speech: The heartwarming film about stammering King George VI won best film at the British Academy Film Awards. Lead actor Colin Firth also took home the best actor trophy at the BAFTAs, the UK’s equivalent to the Oscars, Bloomberg reports.... More »

Why the Oscars Are Already Over

The Academy picks 'heart over head,' writes Richard Corliss

(Newser) - Spoiler alert: The Oscars are over, and The King’s Speech has won Best Picture. Why? Because "in Oscar voting, as in old Hollywood weepies, sentiment trumps sense," writes Richard Corliss in Time . Critics may have loved The Social Network, but not a single one of them is... More »

King's Speech Takes Top Prize at SAG Awards

Colin Firth, Natalie Portman take top acting honors

(Newser) - The King's Speech took top prize at the Screen Actors Guild awards, giving the Oscars front-runner added momentum after it took top honors at the Directors Guild awards Saturday night. The British royals drama won the trophy for outstanding cast, the SAG equivalent of Best Picture, reports the Los Angeles ... More »

King's Speech Snags 12 Oscar Nods

True Grit, surprisingly, comes in second

(Newser) - The King's Speech swept past fellow front-runner The Social Network to claim a dozen Academy Award nominations this morning, including Best Picture and three of the four acting categories. Surprisingly, True Grit also bested the Facebook film with 10 nominations, also including the top award. The Social Network finally appears... More »

Nazi Email Haunts King's Speech Before Oscars

George VI didn't want Jews to emigrate to Palestine during WWII

(Newser) - Golden Globes Best Actor Colin Firth could be headed to a big Oscar win for The King's Speech. But his chances and the film's may be clouded by an email circulating now about the alleged Nazi sympathies of the beloved stuttering British king Firth portrays in the critically acclaimed movie.... More »

King's Speech, Fighter Come Out Swinging in SAG Nods

It gets four noms, as does 'The King's Speech'

(Newser) - Echoing the Golden Globe nominations, The Fighter and The King's Speech led the pack of Screen Actors Guild Awards nominees with four noms each, including best film ensemble, a sort of SAG equivalent of the Oscars' best picture category. They're joined by ensemble nominees Black Swan, The Kids Are All ... More »

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