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Inside the Best Picture Nominees: A deep dive into 'Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close'

There are a whopping nine films nominated for Best Picture at this year’s Academy Awards. And between your work, family, and constant USA marathons of Law & Order: SVU (when will those ever stop being addictive?!), you simply may not have time to catch all nine in the theaters or on DVD. But never fear, dear PopWatchers — that’s why we’re here! Each day leading up to the Academy Awards Feb. 26, we’ll be providing you with a deep dive into one of the nine Best Picture nominees. Fear showing up to your Oscars party unprepared to discuss the year’s most notable films? We’ve got you covered. (Just beware: SPOILERS AHEAD!) And if you’ve already seen all nine films, even better — our inside look at each nominee will serve as a handy guide to remind you of the best and worst moments from every Best Picture candidate this year. Today, we take an extremely close look at Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close. (Be sure to click here for more deep dives into this year’s Best Picture nominees!) 

Name: Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close

Release date: Limited: Dec. 25, 2011; wide: Jan. 20, 2012

DVD release date: N/A

Run time: 2 hours, 9 minutes READ FULL STORY

Better than chocolate-covered strawberries: Let EW provide your Valentine's Day entertainment

It’s here, sweethearts! The day of blood sugar-spiking chocolates, overpriced greeting cards, overly complicated Garry Marshall movies, and, uh, inept role-playing exercises (is that a champagne bucket on your nether regions, or are just happy to see me, Clive Bixby?). In honor of Valentine’s Day, we thought we’d take a look at some of our loveliest posts. Below, we present celebratory plans of attack for saps and singles alike. READ FULL STORY

'Extremely Loud' and incredibly disliked: The critical gap in this year's most surprising Best Picture nominee

Something is Rotten in Hollywood. Perhaps one of the biggest surprises at this morning’s Best Picture nominations was the nod for Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close. The 9/11-related drama, which was just released wide Jan. 20, was admittedly a hit with audiences (it merited an A- CinemaScore), but critics… not so much. The film scored a paltry 48 percent on Rotten Tomatoes, which makes the B- grade from EW’s own Lisa Schwarzbaum (“A polarizing load of quirkiness in Extremely Loud gunks up … what is at heart a piercing story”) seem practically charitable. Compare to the other eight Best Picture nominees, which ranged critically from a low-end 76 percent RT score (The Help, which had 196 reviews to Extremly Loud‘s 119) to a near-perfect 97 percent (The Artist, with 175 reviews). And yet! The film scored a Best Picture nom. Where does Extremely Loud fit into this mix? READ FULL STORY

Johnny Depp tops 'Favorite Movie Star' list for second year, is a surprise Republican darling

Despite some reported personal turmoil this week, Johnny Depp can rest easy that America’s still got his back. The Pirates of the Caribbean star has topped Harris Interactive’s “Favorite Movie Star” poll for a second year in a row. There were plenty of surprises on the list, like how the reclusive Depp beat out four of Hollywood’s most charismatic A-listers and a Westerns legend, the complete absence of Tinseltown’s ultimate power couple, and the demographic breakdown of Depp’s fan base that shows his supporters are truly a silent majority. See who Depp bested for the title and which Oscar-winning actresses dropped off the list entirely after the jump. READ FULL STORY

The embarrassing clip reel every late-night talent booker should watch

It’s every actor’s nightmare — or at least 25 of them. Watch the video below to see 25 actors’ early, mostly embarrassing roles cut together in a three-minute torture reel. I would say Daniel Craig, Jennifer Aniston, Natalie Portman, and Arnold Schwarzenegger should be cringing. Also that Sarah Jessica Parker’s voice sounds exactly the same, and Sean Connery in Darby O’Gill and the Little People could have been the basis for hunky Gaston in Disney’s Beauty and the BeastREAD FULL STORY

Happy Birthday Sandra Bullock! In your honor, we'll get sucked into 'The Proposal' every time it's on cable!

It’s hard to believe that Sandra Bullock is 47 today, isn’t it, PopWatchers? Never mind the fact that the gracious Oscar/Razzie winner has never looked better, but it seems like just yesterday — 1994, to be exact — that we met a talented up-and-comer with a knack for driving bomb-laden buses to safety. (Her only victim: Cans. They were just cans.)

So what better way to celebrate the star, who only seems to be getting better with age, than with a Sandra Bullock marathon? Lucky for us, at any give moment, While You Were Sleeping, Two Weeks Notice, The Proposal, or Miss Congeniality is on cable and we have zero qualms about watching them for the 139th time each. While the Internet (as seen in your 1995 classic The Net) has been happy to point out today that you’ve received something of a karmic birthday bonus, we just hope you have a nice day filled with well wishes, birthday cards (especially if they came from a magic, time-traveling mail box), and quality time with your insanely cute son.

Happy Birthday, Sandra Bullock!

What’s your favorite Sandra Bullock role, PopWatchers?

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Sandra Bullock soars with ‘The Blind Side’
Sandra Bullock, Tom Hanks get ‘Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close’
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Angelina Jolie and Sarah Jessica Parker top 'Forbes' Highest Paid Actresses list

Looks like the Carrie Bradshaw effect is still going strong. Sarah Jessica Parker tied Angelina Jolie for top honors on Forbes’ 2010 Highest Paid Actresses List. More surprising, Parker bested Hollywood heavies like Jennifer Aniston, Reese Witherspoon, and Julia Roberts.

Jolie and Parker each took in $30 million in last year, but for very different reasons. The magazine credited Jolie’s success to her viability as an action star in films like Salt and The Tourist. On the other hand, Parker kept things decidedly girly, not only making bank on her leading role in the Sex and the City sequel but also with a designing gig at high-fashion house Halston and through her line of signature fragrances. READ FULL STORY

Jesse James on 'Good Morning America': 'I can't worry about Sandra Bullock anymore.'

Promoting his new book, American Outlaw, Sandra Bullock’s ex-husband Jesse James was on Good Morning America this morning, in clips from a taped interview with Vicki Mabrey that will air tonight on Nightline. Though he’s hard on himself, he also admits that “I can’t worry about [Bullock] anymore. I think I’ve spent a good chunk of the last five or six years worrying only about her and what she thinks and what I should do and, like, you know, controlling all my movements and everything else. I think it’s time to worry about Jesse and making sure Jesse’s happy.”

James was crucified publicly for cheating on his famous wife, right after she’d won the Oscar for The Blind Side, so it will be interesting to see how people will react to his now saying that his devotion to his ex “controlled [his] movements and everything else” while he was simultaneously undermining their marriage. READ FULL STORY

Who should host next year's Oscars?

next-oscar-hostImage Credit: A.M.P.A.S.We know, some of you aren’t done debating how well Anne Hathaway and James Franco did, but considering commenters in our Oscars live blog were already looking ahead to 2012 during last night’s ceremony, we think it’s a fair question: Who should host next year’s Oscars? READ FULL STORY

Oscar Twitter stats: James Franco feels the online love/wrath

James Franco may not have won the Best Actor Oscar, or the hearts of Oscar watchers (save our Ken Tucker), but according to Tweetbeat, which tracks the most talked about things on Twitter, he was by far the most tweeted about personality during last night’s Academy Awards. Of the estimated 400,000 Oscar-related tweets logged — half as many as the Super Bowl — 21,117 of them involved the actor/cohost. Anne Hathaway was the second most mentioned person with 14,530 tweets — though users were kinder to her than Franco. See the full Top 10 list below, along with other fun stats such as: the Top 3 most tweeted designers during the red carpet, the moments that caused “unexpected spikes of tweets” (hello, Melissa Leo!), which films were referenced the most (and whether those sentiments were positive or negative), and who Kirk Douglas bested… READ FULL STORY

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