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January 02, 2008

OSCAR TO BLOCKBUSTER

Taking an Oscar-winning performance and turning it into a blockbuster career is a high-wire act that few have been able to pull off. With her leap from Buckingham Palace in "The Queen" to megaplex palaces across the country with "National Treasure: Book of Secrets," Helen Mirren is only the latest actor to risk it all. We study the career trajectories of Mira Sorvino, Nicolas Cage, Hilary Swank and more.

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WATCH OUT FOR . . .CASEY AFFLECK

After phenomenal buzz out of the Venice Film Festival it seemed "The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford" was an Oscar sure-shot. Then the buzz started dying down until the National Board of Review, Screen Actors Guild and Golden Globes all rallied behind Casey Affleck's nuanced turn as Robert Ford. The Envelope.com's Mark Olsen talks to Affleck about his work in the Victorian western.

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