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The Prime Minister's Speech: Why The British Government's Plan To Shake Up Film Financing Is Wrong-Headed & Doomed To Failure

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • January 11, 2012 1:58 PM
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Eighteen months or so ago, the British film industry, which relies heavily on states subsidy through money from the National Lottery, was thrown into turmoil when the new coalition government, led by Prime Minister David Cameron, announced that they were shutting down the UK Film Council, the organization that, among other things, was responsible for the allocation of funding for development and production. Those responsibilites were shifted to the British Film Institute, but many in the industry were fearful what changes were still to come.

Rosie O'Donnell Would Rather Give Birth To A Flaming Child Than Watch 'Melancholia' Again

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • January 11, 2012 1:19 PM
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Seems everyone was on their crazy pills this week. Contrarian critic Armond White classed up the New York Film Critic's Circle Awards by heckling the celebs in attendance. How this guy keeps getting taken seriously or invited anywhere is beyond us. But he wasn't the only one being determinedly classless during the awards season.

Producer Jon Landau Says 'Avatar 2' Won't Melt Your Face Off For Another 4 Years

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • January 11, 2012 12:41 PM
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As the box office continues to sag, and home video sales shrink more and more each year, when "Avatar" bounced into theaters kicking 3D in the pants as a new source of ticket revenue and with a healthy $3 billion worldwide box office haul, executives at Fox were overjoyed. They had a massive new franchise they could exploit for years to come (multiple DVD versions of the movies have already seen to that). In the fall of 2010, the studio optimistically announced that the inevitable sequels were being planned with "Avatar 2" to land in December 2014 and "Avatar 3" a year later on 2015. But it seems the calendar has been pushed back a bit.

Sam Raimi's 'Oz: The Great And Powerful' To Also Transition From Black-And-White To Color Just Like The Classic Film

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • January 11, 2012 12:18 PM
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In this era of 3D and CGI, Sam Raimi is rolling the dice a bit on his upcoming "Oz: The Great and Powerful" that may surprise regular multiplex moviegoers. Adjust your eyes, because 'Oz' is going monochrome. Granted, "The Artist" this year proved that (arthouse) audiences aren't afraid of black-and-white or silent films, but let's not pretend the average ticket buyer will be rushing out to see it. But for Raimi's film starrring James Franco, Michelle Williams, Rachel Weisz and Mila Kunis, he's going to be tipping his hat to the classic "The Wizard of Oz" we already know and love.

Keira Knightley Talks "High Energy" Role In 'A Dangerous Method' & Joe Wright's "Theatrical" Take On 'Anna Karenina'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • January 11, 2012 12:01 PM
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There is nothing about Keira Knightley's performance in David Cronenberg's "A Dangerous Method" that is quiet, demure or understated. But that's by design and with very good reason. She plays Sabina Spielrein in the film, a young woman suffering terribly from hysteria, an illness that makes itself known in a manner that is as obvious as it is uncomfortable (see above). She comes into the care of Carl Jung (Michael Fassbender) and it isn't long before their doctor/patient relationship becomes something more, and a concern to Jung's friend and colleague Sigmund Freud (Viggo Mortensen). As the woman who not only comes between the two legendary doctors, but undergoes a tremendous emotional journey of self-revelation, Knightley pulls off a performance that finds nuance even in its most extreme moments. It required the actress to do some deep research and take a leap of faith in a character that is hard to embrace at first, but whose growth is a reward to watch on screen.

'Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy' Gets Some Love In ASC Nominations, 'War Horse' Once Again Left In The Barn

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • January 11, 2012 11:47 AM
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The most interesting thing about watching the awards season is how the narratives slowly take shape and change over the dense, fast-moving months leading up to the Oscars. Back in the fall, "Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy" was being tipped as the movie to beat, with Gary Oldman said to be locked in for a Best Actor nomination, if not the win. But now in January, with the Oscar nominations just a couple weeks away from being announced, 'TTSS' has effectievely been shut out, only earning a nod from the Art Directors Guild, while otherwise remaining absent.

'Saving Private Ryan' Scribe Robert Rodat To Rewrite ‘Thor 2′

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • January 11, 2012 11:38 AM
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Now that Marvel is done tossing around directors for "Thor 2," choosing TV helmer Alan Taylor ("Game Of Thrones," "Mad Men") over the Christmas holiday, it seems the script is going to get worked over as well.

James Toback Planning Film About Identity That Will Blur The Line Between Fiction & Documentary

  • By Simon Dang
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  • January 11, 2012 11:21 AM
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It's been over three years now since James Toback released "Tyson," his gripping portrait of infamous boxer Mike Tyson, and other than keeping himself occupied scripting for the notoriously delayed "Gotti: In The Shadow Of My Father," it looks like the writer-director has been plotting another effort behind the camera with what he describes as a "totally unusual, inventive" film that will blur the line between fiction and documentary.

Ben Foster Talks Producing 'Rampart' & 'Queer'; Says He'll Age Two Decades, Put On Weight For 'Gotti'

  • By Jen Vineyard
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  • January 11, 2012 11:00 AM
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Ben Foster's character Sebastian in the new film "Contraband" is partially based on a producer the actor once worked with, and it's someone who inspired him by teaching him exactly what not to do -- a lesson especially handy now that he's become a producer himself. Since starting a production company called Third Mind Pictures with Oren Moverman, his director from "The Messenger," Foster has his first title on the way and another in pre-production, to shoot later this fall.

Tracksuits! New Pic From 'The Hunger Games'; Steven Soderbergh Admits He Was "Nervous" Shooting Second Unit

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • January 11, 2012 10:42 AM
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With "The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo" improbably inspiring a fashion line at H&M, could a branded clothing spinoff for "The Hunger Games" be far off?

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