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Sundance: New Looks At Elizabeth Olsen In 'Liberal Arts' & 'Red Lights' Plus Pics Of Clive Owen & Andrea Riseborough In 'Shadow Dancer'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • January 20, 2012 12:36 PM
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Can't be in Park City this week? We feel your pain, and while most of us will have to wait for months and perhaps even a year to eventually see some of the movies unspooling at Sundance, hopefully this batch of new images will be enough to tide you over for now.

Dustin Lance Black's 'Virginia' & Joachim Trier's 'Oslo, August 31' Lead Latest Acquisitions

  • By Benjamin Wright
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  • January 20, 2012 11:59 AM
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As we make our way into 2012, studios both big and small are looking for those films that’ll help fill out their slate for the rest of the year. Whether to possibly run as Oscar contenders or perhaps simply to gain some traction at your local art house, here’s a roundup of a few acquisitions making headlines.

Warner Bros. Throws P.J. Hogan A 'Bone'

  • By Benjamin Wright
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  • January 20, 2012 11:25 AM
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There two things Hollywood seems to love these days: comic books and franchises. The lure of already established source material and a built in audience, make it an easier propostion for studio heads to throw big money at a movie, and if a project can bring with it an interesting concept as well, all the better.

In Theaters: Go 'Haywire' With 'Miss Bala,' 'Red Tails' & 'Underworld: Awakening' Or Go Shakespeare With 'Coriolanus'

  • By Katie Walsh
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  • January 20, 2012 11:04 AM
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What a weekend for female-oriented action movies! It's almost like Steven Soderbergh requested "Haywire" be released the same weekend as "Underworld: Awakening," the latest entry in the dum-dum vampire franchise. You know, as a commentary on the female action hero. Regardless, there's gonna be a whole lotta ass-kicking ladies at the multiplex this weekend. Everyone wins! Let us explore the three stages of the female in action movies below.

So, The Other Villain In 'The Dark Knight Rises' Is Probably Exactly Who You Thought It Would Be

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • January 20, 2012 10:40 AM
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Once again folks -- there will be spoilers within, so stop reading if you don't want to know. You've been warned.

Nanni Moretti Named Jury President For 65th Cannes Film Festival

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • January 20, 2012 10:20 AM
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With Sundance just underway, Berlin a couple of weeks off, we're now taking a longer look at to May, when the grand daddy of them all, the Cannes Film Festival, will roll out the red carpet. And it looks like organizers on the Croisette are beginning to put their pieces into position.

Sundance: Stacy Peralta Talks Returning To The '80s For 'Bones Brigade' & His Desire To Make Feature Films

  • By Todd Gilchrist
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  • January 20, 2012 10:00 AM
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Prior to 2001, Stacy Peralta was “just” known as one of the young luminaries of skateboarding, a wunderkind skater who turned his sense of civil disobedience into some of the most influential tricks and techniques in the sport’s history. But after “Dogtown and Z-Boys,” Peralta became something of an official biographer for skateboarding as a whole, not just creating a riveting documentary but spawning the fictionalized version of his younger days, “Lords of Dogtown.” At the 2012 Sundance Film Festival, Peralta is back with another skating documentary, “Bones Brigade: An Autobiography,” in which he chronicles the rise of Powell-Peralta skateboarding company, which he co-owned, and the transformation of the sport into an international industry.

Mickey Rourke Had Surgery To Look Like Gay Rugby Player Gareth Thomas, Biopic Shoots In September

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • January 20, 2012 9:38 AM
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The comeback of Mickey Rourke has been a faltering thing. After years in the wilderness, the actor returned in force with an Oscar-nominated turn in Darren Aronofsky's "The Wrestler," and followed it up with supporting roles in bona-fide blockbusters "Iron Man 2" and "The Expendables." Since then, however, things haven't been so hot, with long-delayed films "13" and "Passion Play" mostly disappearing on release, while Rourke's self-destructive tendencies came out again when he bashed not only those films, calling them (accurately) ''terrible," but also director Martin McDonagh, who Rourke labelled a "jerkoff" after he bailed on the helmer's film "Seven Psychopaths." The actor instead lined up the kind of direct-to-video actioners that he was stuck in the 1990s, films like "The Courier," "Black November" and "Java Heat."

Maggie Gyllenhaal & Rhys Ifans Circling Noah Baumbach's 40-Hour-Long HBO Series 'The Corrections'

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • January 20, 2012 9:22 AM
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Nothing demonstrates the status of HBO these days better than "The Corrections." Jonathan Franzen's novel was hugely acclaimed on publication in 2001, later landing atop many of the "best of the decade" literary lists, and was soon snapped up for a film version by Scott Rudin, one of the most important producers in Hollywood, and the man behind some of the most acclaimed novel-to-film translations of the last decade, from "Wonder Boys" to "No Country For Old Men."

Review: Oh, There's Michael...'Underworld: Awakening' Answers Questions You Never Cared Enough To Ask

  • By Jessica Kiang
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  • January 20, 2012 8:58 AM
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“Where’s Michael?” shouts warrior vampire Selene (Kate Beckinsale) urgently in the trailer for “Underworld: Awakening,” the fourth film in the other vampire/werewolf franchise. “Who’s Michael?” muses a large portion of the audience, presumably a little less urgently, in reply. Because while the ‘Underworld’ films undoubtedly have their appeal -- you don’t goose your way beyond a trilogy without some kind of following making it financially enticing -- they really don’t inspire the kind of widespread fandom that might immediately make the average moviegoer clutch their heart in worry over the fate of Selene’s hybrid werevamp macguffin boyfriend.

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