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Chris Hemsworth Begins Work on ‘Thor: The Dark World

After the monumental success of Thor and Avengers, Chris Hemsworth is back to work as the Norse God for a sequel called The Dark World.

And from the looks from the film set in Surrey, England, it is going to be just as action packed as the first. As well as Hemsworth, Natalie Portman, Tom Hiddleston, Anthony Hopkins, Idris Elba, Kat Dennings, and Stellan Skarsgard are all returning for the second film.

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Black Swan Dances Away With Top Prizes At Independent Spirit Awards

Black Swan continued to dance all over its competition at Saturday’s 26th Annual Film Independent Spirit Awards after picking up four top honours.

Oscar favourite Natalie Portman, whose portrayal of a troubled and dedicated ballet dancer in the film has won her global acclaim, was named Best Actress, while Black Swan also picked up Best Feature, Best Director for Darren Aronofsky and Best Cinematography.

James Franco’s performance in 127 Hours made him the surprise winner of the Best Actor prize, beating the seemingly unstoppable Colin Firth, who has swept the board for his role in The King’s Speech throughout awards season.

Drama Winter’s Bone, which led the nominations with seven nods, only managed to pick up two honours: Best Supporting Male for John Hawkes and Best Supporting Female for Dale Dickey.

The full list of winners is as follows:

Best Feature: Black Swan

Best Director: Darren Aronofsky, Black Swan

Best Male Lead: James Franco, 127 Hours

Best Female Lead: Natalie Portman, Black Swan

Best Supporting Male: John Hawkes, Winter’s Bone

Best Supporting Female: Dale Dickey, Winter’s Bone

Best First Feature: Get Low

Best Screenplay: Stuart Blumberg and Lisa Cholodenko, The Kids Are All Right

Best First Screenplay: Lena Dunham, Tiny Furniture

Best Cinematography: Matthew Libatique, Black Swan

Robert Altman Award: Please Give

Best Documentary: Exit Through the Gift Shop

Best Foreign Film: The King’s Speech

John Cassavetes Award: Daddy Longlegs

Acura Someone to Watch Award: Mike Ott, Littlerock

Aveeno Truer Than Fiction Award: Jeff Malmberg, Marwencol

Piaget Producers Award: Anish Savjani, Meek’s Cutoff.

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SAG Awards Continue Bale, Portman Winning Streak

The Hollywood awards season continues to trek along, and on Sunday night (January 30), the performers honored their leading lights at the 17th annual Screen Actors Guild Awards. In an evening of few upsets, 2011 awards-season darlings like Natalie Portman, Christian Bale, Colin Firth and Melissa Leo continued to cement their status as names to watch along the road to Oscar.

Bale was joined onstage by real-life inspiration Dicky Eklund when he scored Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Supporting Role for “The Fighter.” Bale also dished out advice to aspiring actors, saying that it helps that he finds people fascinating, but added, “Bumping into Mark Wahlberg ain’t bad.”Read more>>