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Las Vegas Oddsmaker: "Argo" Is Favorite to Win Best Picture Oscar

Warner Bros. Pictures(NEW YORK) -- The Oscars are just a few days away, and Wynn Las Vegas oddsmaker John Avello believes Argo is in line to win the night's biggest award.

Avello says Ben Affleck's thriller is the favorite to win the best picture Oscar, giving it odds of one-to-two.

Lincoln star Daniel Day-Lewis is the front-runner to be named best actor, according to Avello, with odds of one-to-nine.

Jennifer Lawrence is the pick to claim the best actress prize for her performance in Silver Linings Playbook, with odds of four-to-five.

Lincoln's Tommy Lee Jones and Les Miserables' Anne Hathaway are Avello's choice to win the Oscar for best supporting actor and best supporting actress, respectively.

Steven Spielberg is the favorite to triumph in the best director category, for his work on Lincoln.

ABC will air the Oscars live from Hollywood on Sunday night.

Here are Avello's odds for the top categories:

Best Picture
Argo, 1-to-2
Lincoln, 9-to-5
Les Miserables, 9-to-5
Silver Linings Playbook, 30-to-1
Zero Dark Thirty, 35-to-1
Amour, 40-to-1
Life of Pi, 75-to-1
Django Unchained, 125-to-1
Beasts of the Southern Wild, 250-to-1

Best Actor
Daniel Day-Lewis, Lincoln, 1-to-9
Hugh Jackman, Les Miserables, 14-to-1
Joaquin Phoenix, The Master, 15-to-1
Bradley Cooper, Silver Linings Playbook, 25-to-1
Denzel Washington, Flight, 40-to-1

Best Actress
Jennifer Lawrence, Silver Linings Playbook, 4-to-5
Jessica Chastain, Zero Dark Thirty, 8-to-5
Emmanuelle Riva, Amour, 8-to-1
Naomi Watts, The Impossible, 35-to-1
Quvenzhane Wallis, Beasts of the Southern Wild, 45-to-1

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"Argo," "Zero Dark Thirty" Win Top Prizes at WGA Awards

Warner Bros. Pictures(NEW YORK) -- Argo received yet another award on Sunday, this time from the Writers Guild of America.

Ben Affleck's thriller earned the prize for best adapted screenplay at the 2013 Writers Guild of America Awards, which were presented at simultaneous ceremonies in Los Angeles and New York.

Chris Terrio wrote the screenplay for Argo, which was based on a book by former CIA agent Tony Mendez -- played by Affleck in the film -- as well as a Wired Magazine article.

Argo tells the story of a CIA mission led by Mendez that rescued six American diplomats hiding in the Canadian ambassador's home during the Iranian hostage crisis in the late 1970s.  

The award for best original screenplay went to Zero Dark Thirty, written by director Kathryn Bigelow's collaborator, Mark Boal.  The movie focuses on the nation's hunt for Osama bin Laden.

Both Argo and Zero Dark Thirty are best-picture nominees heading into this Sunday's Oscars ceremony.

The WGA Awards honored AMC's Breaking Bad and FX's Louie as the top drama and comedy TV series, respectively.

Here's a complete list of winners:


Original Screenplay
Zero Dark Thirty

Adapted Screenplay

Documentary Screenplay
Searching for Sugar Man


Drama Series
Breaking Bad, AMC

Comedy Series

Louie, FX

New Series
Girls, HBO

Episodic Drama
“The Other Woman,” Mad Men, AMC

Episodic Comedy
“Virgin Territory,” Modern Family, ABC

Long Form – Original
Hatfields and McCoys, Nights Two and Three, History Channel

Long Form – Adapted
Game Change, HBO

“Ned and Edna’s Blend Agenda,” The Simpsons, Fox

Comedy/Variety (Including Talk) – Series
Portlandia, IFC

Comedy/Variety – Music, Awards, Tributes – Specials

66th Annual Tony Awards, CBS

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"Argo" Wins Best Film at BAFTAs

Warner Bros. Pictures(LONDON) -- Ben Affleck's Argo received the top award Sunday in London at the British Academy of Film and Television Awards, or the BAFTAs.

The thriller earned the prize for best film, plus best director for Affleck.  It also was given an editing award.

Steven Spielberg's Lincoln was the leading nominee, with 10 nods, but it only picked up one award: best actor, for Daniel Day-Lewis.

Eighty-five-year-old Emmanuelle Riva of the French-language film Amour was named best actress.

The James Bond flick Skyfall earned the prize for best British film.

A full list of winners is available at  Here are the winners in the major categories:

Best Film


Outstanding British Film

Animated Film


Argo, Ben Affleck

Original Screenplay

Django Unchained, Quentin Tarantino

Adapted Screenplay
Silver Linings Playbook, David O. Russell

Leading Actor
Daniel Day-Lewis, Lincoln

Leading Actress
Emmanuelle Riva, Amour

Supporting Actor

Christoph Waltz, Django Unchained

Supporting Actress
Anne Hathaway, Les Miserables

The EE Rising Star Award (voted for by the public)
Juno Temple

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"Argo," Daniel Day-Lewis, Jennifer Lawrence Winners at SAG Awards

Mark Davis/Getty Images(LOS ANGELES) -- Argo is on a roll this awards season.  Ben Affleck's thriller picked up another major award Sunday night at the 19th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards, held at the Shrine Exposition Center in Los Angeles.

Argo was given the prize for outstanding performance by a cast in a motion picture.  The victory came one day after the film claimed the top award at the Producers Guild of America Awards.

The lead motion picture acting awards went to Daniel Day-Lewis for Lincoln and Jennifer Lawrence for Silver Linings Playbook.  Lawrence attended the ceremony despite a bout with pneumonia.

Lincoln's Tommy Lee Jones and Les Miserables' Anne Hathaway took the supporting actor and actress categories.

On the TV side, PBS' Downton Abbey received the award for outstanding performance by an ensemble in a drama series.  ABC's Modern Family won the equivalent comedy award.

Dick Van Dyke was honored during the two-hour TBS/TNT telecast with SAG's 49th Annual Life Achievement Award.

Here are the winners:

Motion Pictures
Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Leading Role
Daniel Day-Lewis, Lincoln

Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Leading Role
Jennifer Lawrence, Silver Linings Playbook

Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Supporting Role
Tommy Lee Jones, Lincoln

Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Supporting Role
Anne Hathaway, Les Miserables

Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture

Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Television Movie or Miniseries
Kevin Costner, Hatfields & McCoys

Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Television Movie or Miniseries
Julianne Moore, Game Change

Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Drama Series
Bryan Cranston, Breaking Bad

Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Drama Series
Claire Danes, Homeland

Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Comedy Series
Alec Baldwin, 30 Rock

Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Comedy Series
Tina Fey, 30 Rock

Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series
Downton Abbey, PBS

Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series
Modern Family, ABC

SAG Awards Honors for Stunt Ensemble
Outstanding Action Performance by a Stunt Ensemble in a Motion Picture

Outstanding Action Performance by a Stunt Ensemble in a Television Series
Game of Thrones, HBO

Screen Actors Guild 49th Annual Life Achievement Award
Dick Van Dyke

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"Argo" Honored by Rotten Tomatoes' Golden Tomato Awards

Jason LaVeris/FilmMagic(NEW YORK) -- There was nothing rotten about the reviews for Argo in 2012.

The Ben Affleck-directed thriller was the best-reviewed wide release of the year, according the website Rotten Tomatoes, which announced the winners of its Golden Tomato Awards on Thursday.

The site, which compiles reviews from movie critics, says Argo received a 96 percent positive rating based on 253 reviews.

The James Bond film Skyfall was the most well-received action/adventure movie, and Bernie was the highest-rated comedy.

The worst-reviewed movie: the Eddie Murphy comedy A Thousand Words, which has a rating of 0 percent.

Here are all of the Golden Tomato Award winners, along with their rating on Rotten Tomatoes:

Wide Release
Argo (96%)

Limited Release

This Is Not a Film (99%)

Skyfall (92%)

The Secret World of Arrietty (94%)

Bernie (91%)

Marvel's The Avengers (92%)

The Invisible War (100%)

Coriolanus (94%)

This Is Not a Film (99%)

The Cabin in the Woods (92%)

Moonrise Kingdom (94%)

Looper (93%)

Argo (96%)

Top Australian Release
The Sapphires (93%)

Top United Kingdom Release
Skyfall (92%)

Moldy Tomato (worst-reviewed)
A Thousand Words (0%)

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"Lincoln," "Argo" Among Leading Golden Globe Nominees

David James, SMPSP©DreamWorks II Distribution Co., LLC(BEVERLY HILLS, Calif.) -- The nominations for the 70th Annual Golden Globe Awards were announced Thursday morning in Beverly Hills, Calif. 

Presented annually by the Hollywood Foreign Press Association, the Golden Globes honors the best in film and TV over the past year.

Lincoln received the most nods overall, with seven, including Best Motion Picture -- Drama, and Best Actor for Daniel Day-Lewis.  Argo was also among the favorites, scoring five nominations, including a Best Director nod for Ben Affleck.  Quentin Tarantino's Django Unchained earned five nominations, including Best Director and Best Motion Picture -- Drama.

For television, HBO leads with 17 nods, followed by Showtime with seven and ABC with five.  HBO's Game Change received the most nominations of any single program, with five, followed by Homeland with four.  Downton Abbey, Modern Family and The Girl each tied with three.

Jodie Foster will be awarded this year's Cecil B. DeMille Award, which honors "outstanding contributions to the world of entertainment," the HFPA also announced.

The 70th Annual Golden Globe Awards will be presented on Jan. 13 in Beverly Hills, and will air live in all time zones on NBC.  Tina Fey and Amy Poehler will host the telecast.

Here are the nominees:

Motion Pictures

Best Motion Picture, Musical or Comedy

  • Les Miserables
  • Best Exotic Marigold Hotel
  • Moonrise Kingdom
  • Salmon Fishing in the Yemen
  • Silver Linings Playbook

Best Actor in a Motion Picture, Musical or Comedy

  • Jack Black, Bernie
  • Bradley Cooper, Silver Linings Playbook
  • Hugh Jackon, Les Miserables
  • Ewan McGregor, Salmon Fishing in the Yemen
  • Bill Murray, Hyde Park on Hudson

Best Actress in a Motion Picture, Musical or Comedy

  • Emily Blunt, Salmon Fishing in the Yemen
  • Judi Dench, The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel
  • Jennifer Lawrence, Silver Linings Playbook
  • Maggie Smith, Quartet
  • Meryl Streep, Hope Springs

Best Motion Picture, Drama

  • Argo
  • Django Unchained
  • Life of Pi
  • Lincoln
  • Zero Dark Thirty

Best Actor in a Motion Picture, Drama

  • Daniel Day-Lewis, Lincoln
  • Richard Gere, Arbitrage
  • John Hawkes, The Sessions
  • Joaquin Phoenix, The Master
  • Denzel Washington, Flight

Best Director

  • Ben Affleck, Argo
  • Kathryn Bigelow, Zero Dark Thirty
  • Ang Lee, Life of Pi
  • Steven Speilberg, Lincoln
  • Quentin Tarantino, Django Unchained

Best Original Song

  • "For You," Act of Valor, Keith Urban
  • "Not Running Anymore," Stand Up Guys, Jobn Bon Jovi
  • "Safe and Sound," The Hunger Games, Taylor Swift feat. The Civil Wars
  • "Skyfall," Skyfall, Adele
  • "Suddenly," Les Miserables, Hugh Jackman

Best Screenplay

  • Zero Dark Thirty
  • Lincoln
  • Silver Linings Playbook
  • Argo
  • Django Unchained

Best Foreign Language Film

  • Amour
  • A Royal Affair
  • The Intouchables
  • Kon-Tiki
  • Rust and Bone

Best Animated Feature Film

  • Brave
  • Frankenweenie
  • Hotel Transylvania
  • Wreck-It Ralph
  • Rise of the Guardians


Best TV Series, Drama

  • Breaking Bad
  • Boardwalk Empire
  • Downton Abbey
  • Homeland
  • The Newsroom

Best Actress in a TV Series, Drama

  • Connie Britton, Nashville
  • Glenn Close, Damages
  • Claire Danes, Homeland
  • Michelle Dockery, Downton Abbey
  • Julianna Margulies, The Good Wife

Best Actor in a TV Series, Drama

  • Steve Buscemi, Boardwalk Empire
  • Bryan Cranston, Breaking Bad
  • Jeff Daniels, The Newsroom
  • Jon Hamm, Mad Men
  • Damian Lewis, Homeland

Best TV Series, Comedy

  • The Big Bang Theory, CBS
  • Episodes, Showtime
  • Girls, HBO
  • Modern Family, ABC
  • Smash, NBC

Best Actress in a TV Series, Comedy

  • Zooey Deschanel, New Girl
  • Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Veep
  • Lena Dunham, Girls
  • Tina Fey, 30 Rock
  • Amy Poehler, Parks and Recreation

Best Actor, TV Series Comedy

  • Don Cheadle, House of Lies
  • Alec Baldwin, 30 Rock
  • Louis CK, Louie
  • Matt LeBlanc, Episodes
  • Jim Parsons, The Big Bang Theory

Best Mini-Series or TV Movie

  • Game Change
  • The Girl
  • Hatfields & McCoys
  • The Hour
  • Political Animals

Best Actress in a Mini-Series or TV Movie

  • Julianne Moore, Game Change
  • Nicole Kidman, Hemingway & Gelhorn
  • Jessica Lange, American Horror Story
  • Sienna Miller, The Girl
  • Sigourney Weaver, Political Animals

Best Actor in a Mini-Series or TV Movie

  • Kevin Costner, Hatfields & McCoys
  • Benedict Cumberbatch, Sherlock
  • Woody Harrelson, Game Change
  • Toby Jones, The Girl
  • Clive Owen, Hemingway & Gellhorn

Best Supporting Actress in a Mini-Series or TV Movie

  • Hayden Panettiere, Nashville
  • Archie Punjabi, The Good Wife
  • Sarah Paulson, Game Change
  • Maggie Smith, Downton Abbey
  • Sofia Vergara, Modern Family

Best Supporting Actor in a Mini-Series or TV Movie

  • Max Greenfield, New Girl
  • Ed Harris, Game Change
  • Danny Huston, Magic City
  • Mandy Patinkin, Homeland
  • Eric Stonestreet, Modern Family

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American Film Institute Picks Its Top 10 Movies and TV Shows

Showtime(LOS ANGELES) -- The American Film Institute has announced its selections for the top 10 movies and TV shows of the year.

This year's honorees include Ben Affleck’s hostage drama Argo and Showtime’s Homeland.

The organization says its award honorees “are selected based on works which best advance the art of the moving image, enhance the rich cultural heritage of America’s art form, inspire audiences and artists alike, make a mark on American society and represent the year’s most outstanding achievements in film and television.”

The American Film Institute says it honors the creative ensembles involved in the projects as a whole.  The ensembles involved in this year’s top movies and TV shows will be honored on Jan. 11 at a luncheon in Los Angeles.

AFI’s Movies of the Year (in alphabetical order):

  • Argo
  • Beasts of the Southern Wild
  • The Dark Knight Rises
  • Django Unchained
  • Les Miserables
  • Life of Pi
  • Lincoln
  • Moonrise Kingdom
  • Silver Linings Playbook
  • Zero Dark Thirty

AFI’s TV Shows of the Year (in alphabetical order):

  • American Horror Story
  • Breaking Bad
  • Game Change
  • Game of Thrones
  • Girls
  • Homeland
  • Louie
  • Mad Men
  • Modern Family
  • The Walking Dead

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"Argo" Tops Weekend Box Office with $12.4M

Jason LaVeris/FilmMagic(NEW YORK) -- In its third weekend of release, Argo made the climb to number one at the box office.

The Ben Affleck thriller earned an estimated $12.4 million to finish ahead of the four movies that opened over the weekend.

The ensemble drama Cloud Atlas, starring Tom Hanks and Halle Berry, debuted in third place, collecting $9.4 million.

The horror flick Silent Hill: Revelation 3-D tied for fifth place, with $8 million.

The teen comedy Fun Size premiered in 10th place, with $4.1 million.

Gerard Butler's surfing drama, Chasing Mavericks, finished the weekend in 13th place, raising just $2.2 million.

Here are the top 10 movies from Friday through Sunday, with estimated ticket sales, according to

1. Argo, $12.4 million
2. Hotel Transylvania, $9.5 million
3. Cloud Atlas, $9.4 million
4. Paranormal Activity 4, $8.7 million
5T. Silent Hill: Revelation 3-D, $8 million
5T. Taken 2, $8 million
7. Here Comes the Boom, $5.5 million
8. Sinister, $5.07 million
9. Alex Cross, $5.05 million
10. Fun Size, $4.1 million

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"Here Comes the Boom," "Argo," Two Other Films Open Nationwide

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- Here's a look at the new movies opening nationwide Friday:

-- Here Comes the Boom: Kevin James is a high school biology teacher who becomes a mixed martial artist to raise money for the school's music program.  Salma Hayek and Henry Winkler also star in this comedy.  Rated PG.

-- Argo: The thriller, directed by Ben Affleck, revisits the 1979 Iranian hostage crisis.  Affleck plays an extractor who poses as a Hollywood film producer to rescue six escaped Americans hiding in Tehran.  Alan Arkin, John Goodman and Bryan Cranston also star.  Rated R.  [Click here to read a review]

-- Seven Psychopaths: A screenwriter is inspired when two of his friends kidnap a dog owned by a gangster.  Colin Farrell, Christopher Walken, Sam Rockwell, Woody Harrelson, Olga Kurylenko and Tom Waits star.  Rated R.

-- Sinister: Ethan Hawke plays a crime novelist whose family is terrorized when he discovers home movies documenting how a different family was murdered in his new home.  Rated R.

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“Argo” Review: ‘Fists Will Be Clenched…Hearts Will Palpitate’

Jason LaVeris/FilmMagic(NEW YORK) -- Having just celebrated the 50th anniversary of the James Bond franchise, highlighted by the forthcoming release of the next Bond film, Skyfall, we’re reminded of just how much we love a good spy story.  But a good spy story is so much better when it’s based on actual events, and the movie depicting that story is incredible.

Argo, directed by and starring Ben Affleck, is based on the story of the remarkable and extremely unorthodox rescue of six Americans during the Iranian hostage crisis.  Most Americans of a certain age remember the events -- 52 Americans were taken hostage at the U.S. embassy in Iran in November of 1979 and held for 444 days.  What's not as well known is that when the Iranians stormed the embassy, six Americans managed to escape.  While their story was reported at the time, it became a footnote to the overall hostage crisis and the details regarding their rescue remained classified until 1997.

Ben Affleck plays CIA agent Tony Mendez, who was an exfiltration expert specializing in sneaking into foreign and hostile territories and extracting American citizens.  The six Americans who escaped the embassy were hiding at the home of then-Canadian Ambassador Ken Taylor (played by Victor Garber). Before Mendez’s involvement, the government’s best rescue plan involved sneaking into Iran and furnishing the American escapees with bicycles.  This was one of many ill-conceived ideas but in fairness, the unprecedented situation was uniquely complex and required a solution from outside of the box.

Enter Mendez.  When we meet him, he doesn’t seem like any sort of super spy. Instead, he's the epitome of human: wallowing in self-pity, using alcohol to dull the pain of a separation from his wife and 10-year-old son.  Downtrodden Mendez serves as a metaphor for the times.  In fact, Affleck and writer Chris Terrio do such a wonderful job adding layers to Mendez as a character, we don’t just have empathy for him -- we feel everything this man is feeling.

Tony’s plan comes to him while he and his son are simultaneously talking on the phone and watching a Planet of the Apes film.  As it happens, Mendez had a relationship with makeup artist John Chambers (John Goodman), who won an honorary Oscar in 1969 for his work on Planet of the Apes.  Mendez decides the best way to get the Americans out of Iran is to form a fake production company and ask the Iranian government permission to scout locations for a movie, but not as American citizens -- as Canadians.

Chambers is more than happy to help both Mendez and his country.  However, in order to really make their film company believable, they need a respectable producer, and a script.  The producer is the legendary Lester Siegel, played by Alan Arkin. Siegel is actually a composite of several producers but Arkin inhabits this role so well, he practically wills Siegel into existence.

As for the script, the one on which they settle is titled Argo. It’s a cheesy sci-fi film but it calls for some exotic, Middle-East-looking locales, of the sort one might find in Iran.  Perfect.

Siegel arranges a high-profile script reading at the Beverly Hilton, which is covered by the Hollywood trades.  They put an ad for the movie in Variety.  Legitimacy thus established, now they have to get the green light -- not from a studio, but from the State Department.

Also featured in Argo is Bryan Cranston, who plays CIA assistant deputy director Jack O’Donnell.  After seeing Cranston in a handful of recent movie roles where he's either underutilized (Rock of Ages) or his character is poorly written (Total Recall), it's great to see the Breaking Bad star make an impact here as Mendez’s boss and biggest fan. While Arkin and Goodman get the majority of the showy laughs, Cranston’s humor is understated and effective.

Affleck and company leave no stone unturned in Argo. While they take creative license with real events in order to ratchet up the drama and tension, the attention paid to authenticity is a treat.  From the facial hair, TV sets and furniture to the robotic 2-XL 8-track player in Tony’s son’s room, watching Argo is like peering through a window at 1980.

Ultimately, Argo is a bona fide, suspense-filled thriller with a terrific cast, and wow! It doesn't matter that we know the outcome.  Fists will be clenched, jaws will be locked, breath will be held and hearts will palpitate, all while you sit on the edge of your seat.  If Ben Affleck has committed any cinematic sins in the past, Argo absolves him of them all.

Five out of five stars.

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