Why producer Thomas Langmann took a risk on 'The Artist'
January 24th, 2012
02:05 PM ET

Why producer Thomas Langmann took a risk on 'The Artist'

Thomas Langmann, one of the producers of “The Artist,” always had a love for traditional cinema.

Not surprising for a man who grew up in a family immersed in filmmaking. His father was Claude Berri, an acclaimed French actor, writer, producer and director who won the Oscar in 1966 for the short film “Le Poulet,” and was involved in the industry for more than 50 years.

So when Michel Hazanavicius, "The Artist's" director, approached him with his idea of a black-and-white silent movie about a silent movie star’s rise and fall, Langmann didn't say no because he had a dream.

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So, how was Lana Del Rey's 'SNL' performance?
January 16th, 2012
03:18 PM ET

So, how was Lana Del Rey's 'SNL' performance?

If you tuned in to Daniel Radcliffe's turn as host on “Saturday Night Live” this past weekend, you also caught a musical guest you may not have recognized. And if your reaction was more along the lines of "Lana Del who?" - well, you weren't the only one.

Lana Del Rey, originally Lizzy Grant, up until Saturday night was virtually unknown to mainstream audiences. In fact, many critics were up in arms when NBC announced her appearance on the show, stating that she hadn't really earned it.

Her song “Video Games” has certainly brought her attention for its sound and its viral music video, but her debut album “Born to Die” won't be released by Interscope Records until January 31.

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'The Firm' would have been great, years ago
January 9th, 2012
04:45 PM ET

'The Firm' would have been great, years ago

Editor's Note: The post below contains spoilers for the January 8 premiere of "The Firm."

When John Grisham's legal thriller "The Firm" was released in 1991, the concept for an action-packed plot set in a lawyer's world was fairly new.

The book follows a young lawyer named Mitch McDeere, who becomes a whistle-blower for the FBI on the activities of his law firm, which is a front for the Chicago mob. "The Firm" brought Grisham so much recognition that it was adapted into a successful 1993 movie of the same name starring Tom Cruise and Gene Hackman.

But it's only now, 20 years after the book was published, that we're getting the TV version of the tale.

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Berenice Bejo on her silent role in 'The Artist'
December 15th, 2011
03:15 PM ET

Berenice Bejo on her silent role in 'The Artist'

At the end of “The Artist,” rising star Peppy Miller finally receives the fame and recognition she deserves. And now the same can be said for the actress who plays her, Bérénice Bejo.

On Thursday, Bejo earned the Golden Globe nomination for best performance by an actress in a supporting role in a motion picture for her portrayal in “The Artist.” She also nabbed a Screen Actors Guild Award nomination for the same movie and category the day before.

The Artist” follows a silent film actor, George Valentin (Jean Dujardin), from the peak of his success in 1927 to his sudden fall to oblivion with the arrival of the talkies and the rise of his young co-star and eventual love interest, Miller.

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Jonah Hill on his biggest 'Moneyball' challenge
December 14th, 2011
06:31 PM ET

Jonah Hill on his biggest 'Moneyball' challenge

Between his movie "Moneyball" and launching his Fox animated series, "Allen Gregory," Jonah Hill has been on fire this year. Now he can add something else to his list of achievements: a Screen Actors Guild nomination.

On Wednesday, Hill earned a nomination for outstanding performance by a male actor in a supporting role for playing Peter Brand in "Moneyball."

"It feels unlike anything I've ever felt," the actor told CNN.

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'Suits' star Patrick J. Adams on his year of firsts
December 14th, 2011
04:23 PM ET

'Suits' star Patrick J. Adams on his year of firsts

Playing a lawyer with photographic memory who fools an entire law firm into believing he is a Harvard grad certainly pays off.

Patrick J. Adams, star of the USA show “Suits,” has nabbed a SAG nomination for outstanding performance by a male actor in a drama series.

As a first-timer, Adams said he wasn’t even aware of the announcement and is still very surprised. “I’m so excited and overwhelmed to be in the company of these actors,” Adams told CNN. “These are the people I take my cues from. Insane. And I watch those shows. I can’t wait to sit with them and talk about their shows.”

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