Awards Season 2011

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The Jackass Guys Sneak Preview Their Upcoming CCMA Parodies On Twitter

danger-wee-preston-500rnrnAs we countdown the days until the 2011 Critics’ Choice Movie Awards — which, as a reminder, will be airing live on VH1 on Friday, January 14 at 9pm — we’ve been paying particular attention to the Twitter feeds of the Jackass guys. Earlier today, we got a tip that they would be filming some promos for the Critics’ Choice show that parody some of this year’s most popular and nominated films. While we’re not exactly sure which films they are parodying in these shots — based on the lawyer getups, our best guess is The Social Network — we’ll be sure to share the finished spots with you as soon as they’re wrapped!rnrn

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Breaking News: Robsten WILL Canoodle At People’s Choice Awards

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Happy Tuesday to Twi-hards! The People’s Choice Awards just confirmed all our wildest Wednesday night fantasies and tweeted this photo of tomorrow night’s seating arrangement, with Robert Pattinson (photos) strategically between Taylor Lautner and Kristen Stewart (photos). +1 point for Team Edward! Now for the looming question…will this be Robsten’s first red carpet appearance as a couple? Isn’t the jig up? Sound off in the comments.

Tune into the PCAs tomorrow night on CBS at 9/8c. [Photo: Twitpic]

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Actor Pete Postlethwaithe, Dead At 64

Pete Postlethwaite

Actor Pete Postlethwaite passed away in England yesterday at the age of 64, following a twenty-year battle with cancer. A familiar presence in British TV since the ’70s, Postlethwaite didn’t get his big break until the early ’90s, when he received on Oscar nomination for playing Daniel Day-Lewis‘ gentle pop in In The Name Of The Father. He then went on to play memorable roles in The Usual Suspects, The Lost World and Brassed Off!, appearing in two of 2010′s biggest hits, Inception and The Town (both nominated for Critics’ Choice Movie Awards). Postlethwaite was honored with an OBE in 2004.

See photos of Postlethwaite in the gallery below.

[Photo: Getty Images]

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Mila Kunis And Macaulay Culkin Split

Macaulay Culkin & Mila Kunis

Celebrity couples who made it through 2010, give yourselves a pat on the back. Turns out the lost loves of last year included Macaulay Culkin and Mila Kunis, who met seven years ago when Mila was on That ’70s Show—before Culkin had even filmed Saved! And you thought Zac Efron and Vanessa Hudgens splitting was a bummer!

According to Page Six, Culkin and Kunis broke up at some unspecified date in the past, but kept things quiet while the actress was promoting her Critics’ Choice Movie Award-nominated role in Black Swan. Can’t blame the girl for avoiding endless queries about single life…until now, that is. While it’s likely the Home Alone star’s reclusive lifestyle clashed with Kunis’ increasing fame, we sure hope Justin Timberlake‘s alleged interest in Mila didn’t play a part in this. See photos of the couple in the gallery below.

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Natalie Portman’s Black Swan Choreographer Knocks Her Up, Pops The Question

natalie-benjamin-550rnrnWow! If you thought that the week between Christmas and New Year’s was going to be a slow one in the gossip world, you were sorely mistaken. People just broke the news that Natalie Portman and Benjamin Millepied are engaged AND expecting their first child. Sounds like someone got a shotgun wedding for Christmas!rnrnThe two were first introduced while on the set of Black Swan, where the ab-tastic Millepied served as the film’s choreographer. He and Portman apparently became very intimate during the filming, for Millepied dumped his ballerina girlfriend of three years, Isabella Boylston, and shacked up with the homewrecker Hollywood A-Lister. The couple has been going steady ever since, and now we have this news to lead us into Awards Season.rnrnOf course, the big question here is this: How will this news affect Portman’s chances at winning Oscar gold? After scoring key nominations from groups like the Critics Choice Movie Awards, she is an early favorite to win the Best Actress award. Will this news make Portman more sympathetic to voters, or will it turn scandalous and ruin her chances? Developing!

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Michelle Williams Opens Up About Heath Ledger’s Death

Just go open up a brand-new box of Kleenex now. You’re going to need them when you watch a teary-eyed Michelle Williams talk about Heath Ledger’s death. Normally close-lipped about her former fiancee and daughter Matilda’s father, Williams reveals that she’s wistful for the months immediately following Heath’s death in 2007. “In a strange way, I miss that year, because all those possibilities that existed then are gone,” she said. “It didn’t seem unlikely to me that he could walk through a door or could appear behind a bush. It was a year of very magical thinking, and in some ways I’m sad to be moving further and further away from it,” Williams admits. You know that thing, where you’re crying so hard you can’t breathe? That’s what we’re dealing with right now.

As for finding meaning in Ledger’s death, Williams, who’s up for a Critics’ Choice Movie Award for Blue Valentine, says she’s still at a loss. “The actual event itself…I can’t find a meaning for it. I can find meanings in things and people and relationships that have sprung up and friendships that have strengthened…but not in why.” Excuse us while we write the rest of our posts from the ladies’ room; we’re going to need a lot more paper products than we expected to handle this weeping.

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Nicole Kidman Misses Her Kids With Tom Cruise

Nicole Kidman, Connor, Isabella, Tom & Suri Cruise

Nicole Kidman hasn’t been photographed with her adopted children Connor and Isabella Cruise since 2007, and judging from a recent interview, she may not have seen them much since. The Critics’ Choice Movie Award nominee recently told Hello! Magazine “they live with [father] Tom [Cruise], which was their choice. I’d love them to live with us, but what can you do?” Considering Tom’s devotion to Scientology allegedly played a part in their split, it’s a little ironic the pair wound up swinging with Xenu anyway.

Rumors of her estrangement from Connor, 15, and Isabella, 18, have been brewing for a while, with pair allegedly calling her “Nicole” instead of “Mom.” But Kidman’s staying classy about the matter. “I have two grown children with that enormous gratitude that they are healthy and sane and together and are great, great people,” she told the AP earlier this month. “I’m not one of those people that needs to be reminded of what I have.” She might as well send them big Christmas presents this year, just the same.

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Leonardo DiCaprio Named The Highest-Grossing Actor Of 2010

Leonardo Di Caprio

Leonardo DiCaprio has never married, but people sure love to watch the guy get sweaty while hallucinating about his dead wife. The actor tops Forbes’ Top-Grossing Actors of 2010 list after the widowerific Shutter Island and Inception took in a whopping $1.1 billion globally. Leo’s decision to play J. Edgar Hoover in an upcoming biopic may seem a little risky in this context—that guy so wasn’t in the “missing his wife” biz—but considering Leo will take home more than $50 million for Critics’ Choice Best Film nominee (and Award Season Tweet Tracker favorite) Inception alone, it’s not like he can’t afford to take the risk.

It’s worth noting that the grosses of animated movies weren’t included on this list, meaning Steve Carell doesn’t get to throw Despicable Me‘s $500 million in the pot with his decent but relatively paltry Date Night and Dinner For Schmucks grosses. Instead, Alice In Wonderland‘s Mia Wasikowska and Johnny Depp take 2nd and 3rd respectively (Mia’s The Kids Are All Right has made more over its run than Depp’s far more recent The Tourist).  Robert Downey Jr. comes in fourth for Iron Man 2 and Due Date, while Daniel Radcliffe comes in fifth for…well, just guess.

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Aaron Eckhart “Irritated” With Nicole Kidman During Rabbit Hole Shoot

Aaron Eckhart & Nicole Kidman

Nicole Kidman may say nice things about Rabbit Hole co-star Aaron Eckhart now, the Dark Knight dude admits the pair didn’t get along great while playing grieving parents on set, especially during the more intense scenes. “She was irritated with me and I was irritated with her,” he told E! Online. “But that’s the way movie-making is. For one day, are we not allowed? For half a day even? It’s so surprising to me when people are surprised that movie making is sometimes tense and uncomfortable because inherently it’s going to be.” To be fair, few of us have ever been on a set with Christian Bale before.

“You’re around tens of people or hundreds of people working on things that are imaginary and that come from the soul,” said Eckhart. “You could be dealing with subject matter like prostitution, death, drugs, blah, blah, blah. How could you expect that not to be uncomfortable?” Especially when that guy keeps screwing with the lights! F—ing amateurs! Looks like the tense times on set paid off, though:  Kidman’s performance scored a Critics’ Choice Movie Award nomination for Best Actress. Expect her to give Eckhart a “thank you” if she wins on January 14th, too.

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James Franco Hosting Oscars Because Everyone Told Him Not To

There are some people who just can’t help but rebel against The Man, like how James Franco is hosting the Oscars because everyone told him not to. Wait, what? According to the stoned man’s James Dean, “When we finally met and discussed it in person, all my representatives were saying, ‘No! Of course not! So that always sparks something in me. So I said, ‘Yes, of course!’ Because that reaction that they have is based on conventional wisdom of what makes a good career. And that can be boring — really boring.” See, everyone else on the planet rebels by getting an ill-advised Taz tattoo on their butt; only Franco sticks it to the powers that be by hosting the Academy Awards with Anne Hathaway.

Franco, who is also up for Best Actor at the Critics’ Choice Movie Awards, says he doesn’t even care if he’s terrible…which, of course, made us suspicious that he might actually be terrible. “Then I thought about it and I thought, well, why not? Because I’ll look bad? Well, I don’t care,” James said. “I’m happy to take the criticism. Even if it’s ‘The Worst Oscars Ever,’ I don’t care. It’s one night of the year.” Seriously, can anyone tell us why Franco would be so bad? We all saw Hugh Jackman do a robot-dance celebrating Kate Winslet’s The Reader in 2009. No one expect every host to reach that level of genius. We’re not totally unreasonable.