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Zombie Romance 'Warm Bodies' Moves To February 1, 2013; 'Intruders' Arrives on March 30th

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • February 10, 2012 3:30 PM
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Marketing strategy or a movie Summit is feeling nervous about? With a late summer bow initially pegged for Jonathan Levine's zombie romance with Nicholas Hoult and Teresa Palmer, "Warm Bodies" has now been moved to a chillier February 1, 2013 release date.

The Amazing Race: Why 'Transformers 3' & 'W.E.' Deserve Their Oscar Nominations

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • February 10, 2012 3:02 PM
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This week, we want to deal with something that's been bugging us a little, not just this year, but for the last few years. Every January, a familiar, but slightly different mantra is repeated around the internet: "I can't believe [insert critically-reviled blockbuster] has got an Oscar nomination, and [insert cinephile favorite] doesn't have any!" And it's understandable. It's hard to feel good about the process when, like this year, "Transformers: Dark Of The Moon ," "W.E," "Real Steel" and "Anonymous" can all count themselves as Oscar-nominated films, and "Shame," "Rampart," "We Need To Talk About Kevin," "Melancholia," "Young Adult" and "Martha Marcy May Marlene" missed out entirely.

Watch: Robert Pattinson Is A Bad Boy In 10 Minutes Of Scenes From 'Bel Ami'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • February 10, 2012 2:43 PM
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It's a good day to be a Robert Pattinson fan. First we had news that Lionsgate continues to flirt and tease the idea of yet another "Twilight" movie, and now, a ten minute sizzle reel of RPatz hawtness from "Bel Ami" has made its way online.
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As 'Junebug' Helmer Phil Morrison Announces A New Project, Where Have These 5 Long-Absent Indie Directors Been?

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • February 10, 2012 2:21 PM
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We were just having a conversation around The Playlist's office pinball machine this week ("Ghostbusters 2"-branded, in case you were wondering) about whatever happened to director Phil Morrison, who helmed the excellent "Junebug" back in 2006 (launching the career of Amy Adams in the process) only to seemingly disappear from the scene, with only a recent credit on HBO's "Enlightened" to his name. And then, barely 24 hours later, the news arrived that Morrison was back, with the comedy "Lucky Dog," which will star Paul Rudd, Paul Giamatti and Sally Hawkins.

Christopher Plummer & Frank Langella Join Stephen Frears' 'Muhammad Ali’s Greatest Fight'

  • By Benjamin Wright
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  • February 10, 2012 1:45 PM
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Legendary boxer Muhammad Ali’s remarkable skills as an athlete in the ring, and his larger than life persona outside it, have led to more than few films about his life. Most notably among the litter is Michael Mann’s Will Smith-starring “Ali,” and of course there is subtly titled "The Greatest," but as we told you at the start of the month, “The Queen” director Stephen Frears is looking to step into the ring with his own Ali biopic for HBO entitled “Muhammad Ali’s Greatest Fight.”

Hailee Steinfeld Joins 'Can A Song Save Your Life?' With Mark Ruffalo & Scarlett Johansson

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • February 10, 2012 1:10 PM
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Hollywood careers don't get off to a much better start. Plucked from obscurity, Hailee Steinfeld was thrust into the spotlight winning the lead role in the Coen Brothers "True Grit" and then wowing everyone by going to toe-to-toe with Jeff Bridges for the entire film. Since then she's been lining up a handful of projects, including a new take on "Romeo & Juliet" as well as the comedy "Rosaline," and now she's adding another big film to her ever-growing plate.

The Essentials: The 5 Best Denzel Washington Performances

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • February 10, 2012 12:58 PM
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Sometimes, winning an Oscar seems to change things for an actor. Look at Al Pacino, who's barely taken anything worth his time since he won for "Scent of a Woman" in 1992, or Kevin Spacey, who starred in a string of dull would-be-heartwarmers after picking up his gold for "American Beauty." And you could argue the same for Denzel Washington. He's irrefutably one of the most charismatic screen presences around, with even more gravitas than ever before as he closes on his 60s. But since he won Best Actor from the Academy for "Training Day," his film roles seem to have been a variation on a theme; thrillers that sometimes work, sometimes don't, but rarely leave you reeling the way his best work does, with his real energy seemingly reserved for directing work or stage performances like "Julius Caesar" and "Fences" (the latter of which won him a Tony).

'Act of Valor' Soundtrack Features Sugarland, Lady Antebellum, Trace Adkins & Keith Urban

  • By Edward Davis
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  • February 10, 2012 12:50 PM
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With the rest of the country often complaining (and often rightfully so) that entertainment is essentially made on two coasts for those living on those two coasts, it'll be interesting to see how Relativity Media's patriotic/jingoistic American counter-terrorism war film "Act Of Valor" performs overall when it hits theaters on February 24, considering it's mostly aimed at (and certainly being marketed to) the middle of the country.

Oren Moverman Talks Taking A Paranoid Woody Harrelson To Dark Places For The Searing Police Drama 'Rampart'

  • By Jen Vineyard
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  • February 10, 2012 11:57 AM
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Oren Moverman's directorial debut, 2009's "The Messenger," nabbed two Oscar nominations -- for Best Original Screenplay, and for Woody Harrelson as Best Supporting Actor. Moverman and Harrelson's critically-acclaimed follow-up "Rampart" seemed to be on the path for a repeat performance, especially given the actor's harrowing portrayal of a corrupt police officer on a downward spiral of paranoia and self-destructive behavior -- but was snubbed by the Academy this time around -- not one Oscar nod. "Who knows how these things work?" Moverman asked The Playlist. "I'm not disappointed though. You know what would disappoint me? If people don't go see the movie. That would really disappoint me, because we want people to see it, to talk about it, to get something from it, to interact with the movie, if you will." To aid that interaction, then, Moverman shared some insights about the making of "Rampart" that might get those conversations going.

Patton Oswalt Joins 'The Secret Life Of Walter Mitty'

  • By Benjamin Wright
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  • February 10, 2012 11:53 AM
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Known by many network television junkies as Kevin James’ loud mouth cousin on “King of Queens,” and to comedy fans as a self deprecating standup comic whose jokes often favored obscure or nerdy topics, Patton Oswalt has recently emerged as a fine actor following the praise garnered for his supporting role in Jason Reitman’s “Young Adult.”

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