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The Dude Is an Award-winning Photographer: Jeff Bridges’ Best Behind-the-Scenes Shots

Jeff Bridges is not just The Dude, he’s THE dude: since 1982, he’s been snapping artistic photos of the sets he’s been on, some of himself, some of his directors and castmates. Last week, he was honored at the International Center of Photography’s Infinity Awards dinner as a special presenter. Here are some of the evocative black-and-white photos he took over the years. … Read More

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Comparing Book Covers with the Posters of Their Film Adaptations

Earlier this week, we spotted the first poster for the upcoming (and much anticipated, at least by us) film adaptation of David Mitchell’s stupendous novel Cloud Atlas, and it seemed very familiar — sort of like a combination of the book’s US and UK covers, all glossed over in sepia. Curious, we spent a little time comparing other book covers with the posters of their film adaptations to see which movies maintained the mood of the book’s original cover, which twisted it around completely, and which became more iconic than the original covers. Click through to read through our findings, and let us know if you have any insights of your own on this topic in the comments. … Read More

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Digital Sketches Inspired by Famous Films

We just spotted the work of Massimo Carnevale, an Italian illustrator who creates digital paintings and drawings based on famous movies, over on The Swedish Bed. An artist for DC Comics since 2003, Carnevale has also painted covers for several of the titles in their Vertigo imprint including Y: The Last Man and Northlanders. Click through for his digital takes on a range of our favorite movies, from recent films like True Grit and Black Swan to classics like Psycho and One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest. … Read More

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Oscar Nominations 2011: The Year’s Biggest Snubs and Surprises

“So glad they finally announced the Oscars,” our friend Eugene Mirman tweeted this morning. “I was getting worried that no one would give any awards to films this year.” No worries, Eugene! Hollywood’s season of self-congratulation will crash to a conclusion on February 27th, when America’s Secret Boyfriend James Franco and Secret Girlfriend Anne Hathaway host the 83rd Academy Awards. After the jump, we’ll take a gander at the surprises and snubs in this year’s noms. … Read More

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Are These the 10 Films Most Likely to Be Nominated for Best Picture?

Amid the raft of film awards nomination announcements that have flooded in over the past month, why should we care about the relatively low-profile Producers Guild Awards? Well, as Vulture notes, the ten movies in the running for Outstanding Producer of Theatrical Motion Pictures may well be the exact same group to score Oscar nominations for Best Picture on January 25th. Check out the films that made the cut and let us know who you think got snubbed after the jump. … Read More

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The Morning’s Top 5 Pop Culture Stories

1. Game on, Google: Goldman Sachs and Digital Sky Technologies have invested $500 million into Facebook in a deal that values the social network at $50 billion — which is more than eBay, Yahoo!, and Time Warner. [via Gawker]

2. Little Fockers took the New Year’s weekend box office, raking in over $26… Read More

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The Year’s Most Beautiful Unofficial Film Posters

As we may have mentioned earlier today, most people agree that 2010 wasn’t exactly a banner year for great films. But what did hit theaters inspired some amazing “alternate” posters made by graphic designers and illustrators. Click through to check out some of our favorites, visually-stunning artwork inspired by films that range from Oscar contenders like 127 Hours to big popcorn movies like Tron: Legacy. … Read More

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What’s On at Flavorpill: The Links That Made the Rounds In Our Office

Today at Flavorpill, we looked forward to the top fashion trends of 2011 — which include haute pajama pants. We lusted after these Herman Miller building blocks. We were totally excited by this photo from The Muppets’ first table read with Jason Segel. We liked Complex’s roundup… Read More

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The Morning’s Top 5 Pop Culture Stories

1. Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg has been named Time Magazine’s Person of the Year, making him the second youngest recipient of the award ever, after Charles Lindbergh in 1927. In case you’re curious, the Tea Party was the runner-up among Time editors (and the top choice among readers), followed by Julian Assange, Hamid Karzai, and… Read More

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The Morning's Top 5 Pop Culture Stories

1. Emmy award-winning screenwriter David Simon, creator of The Wire, and fiction writer Yiyun Li are among this year’s recipients of the MacArthur Foundation’s $500,000 genius grants. [via WSJ]
2. This would either be amazing or a complete disaster: Darren Aronofsky wants to direct the Superman reboot that Christopher Nolan is producing.… Read More

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