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Marcus Nispel Keeps Getting Work, Will Direct 'Hack/Slash'

  • By Benjamin Wright
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  • January 16, 2012 10:22 AM
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While the list of those who make the transition from primarily helming music videos and commercials to directing feature films is certainly a long one, the success rate isn’t necessarily high. For every David Fincher, Mike Mills, or Spike Jonze, there’s a McG or yes, a Marcus Nispel.  Still, the director who recently drudged up the better-left-dormant “Conan The Barbarian” series, is managing to find work.

Review: Spanish Oscar Contender 'Black Bread' A Melodramatic, Yet Compelling Story Of Post-Spanish Civil War Life

  • By Christopher Bell
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  • January 16, 2012 10:03 AM
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Somewhere in the mouth of a vast, dreary weald, a merchant trucks along with his wares. He stops briefly to check his wagon but is startled by some rustling nearby. At this point, even the most novice movie-goer can figure out that this man won't make it out of these woods alive. In a sequence that would make Michael Haneke proud, the masked attacker bursts in for the kill, following his act of brutality by taking the horse and wagon to a cliff, bashing the animal in the face, and sending it down the precipice. Bright-eyed Andreu (Francesc Colomer, who looks like the young death row kid from Werner Herzog's "Into The Abyss") stumbles upon the wreckage, and to make matters even more frightening, he finds a friend in the cart already on the brink of death. The boy can only muster up a single word, "Pitorliua" -- the name of a spirit said to reside in a nearby cave. Andreu reports the death to his family, but he can't figure out where Pitorliua fits in this puzzle. It's this mystery that propels the whole of "Black Bread" along, though its driving force is often hindered by other extraneous elements -- quite often there is too much going on and it gives things an overwhelming, cluttered feel.

New Pics From Adam Sandler's 'Donny's Son,' 'Rock Of Ages' & 'Jack And Diane'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • January 16, 2012 9:43 AM
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Even more pics from the LA Times gallery guide of 101 movies to see this year, so let's cut the preamble and get started shall we?

Space Jockeys Appear In Pic From 'Prometheus' Plus New Images From 'The Hunger Games' & 'Men In Black III'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • January 16, 2012 9:22 AM
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While Hollywood wakes up to a hangover following the Golden Globes last night, here's a quick break from awards season chatter. The blockbuster movie season is beginning to appear on the horizon and some new images from what are arguably three of the biggest movies of the year (outside of "The Dark Knight Rises") have landed.

The Amazing Race: Jean Dujardin, Martin Scorsese & Octavia Spencer Get Boosts From The Golden Globes

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • January 16, 2012 9:01 AM
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The third Monday in January is popularly known in Hollywood circles as "hungover-as-shit Monday," as it immediately follows the Golden Globes, the award season's drunker, more badly-behaved little cousin. Among all the questions raised by the Golden Globes last night (What was the point of asking a defanged Ricky Gervais back? How did we get to the point where "W.E" can legitimately be described as an award-winning film? Is Johnny Depp Irish now or something? What is "Episodes"?), the one we come back to here is whether or not the Globes are really a force when it comes to predicting how the Oscars will turn out.

69th Annual Golden Globe Winners: 'The Artist' & 'The Descendants' Lead The Way

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • January 15, 2012 8:11 PM
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Okay, a few comments until our deeper analysis tomorrow. First thing, "The Descendants" -- while taking two awards -- dosen't jump to immediate frontrunner status. "The Help," with its civil rights theme, was never a movie that was going to connect in a big way with the HFPA so it can't be counted out yet. That said, "The Descendants" is undoubtedly going to be player at the Oscars, with Clooney looking more and more like Best Actor material. But if anything, the Globes tonight proved Harvey Weinstein is always a force to be reckoned with. His films took home six awards -- including 3 for "The Artist" -- more than any other studio. And he knows exactly how this game is played, so watch The Weinstein Company work hard over the next few weeks.

What's Ricky Gervais Saying Now? The Playlist's 2012 Golden Globe Awards Liveblog

  • By Katie Walsh
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  • January 15, 2012 6:31 PM
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Yes, indeed we are in the thick of awards season, kicking things off with one of our favorite awards shows, the wild and woolly Golden Globes. What's not to love about the Globes? Everyone's drunk, wandering from table to table, in a festive and jovial mood, Ricky Gervais is offending everyone, the Hollywood Foreign Press always nominates someone insane, and everyone's fresh and excited and no longer beaten down by E! reporters. For film nerds, this is our playoffs, which I have gleaned from Facebook newsfeed is a football thing that is happening now. Is that what is happening now? Confused. Here's hoping someone Tebows at the Globes tonight. I wish it would be Ryan Gosling, but I have a feeling George Clooney is the more likely character.

Weekend Box Office: Audiences Smuggle 'Contraband' Into The Number One Spot Over 'Beauty & The Beast 3D'

  • By Gabe Toro
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  • January 15, 2012 1:43 PM
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After a year which sported the lowest attendance numbers in sixteen years, studios are looking for all the bright sides they can find. Thus far, 2012 has provided them, with big number one debuts for a cheap horror acquisition and, now, a solidly mid-budgeted star vehicle. "Contraband" nailed the top spot this weekend, of the four day holiday weekend, that was slightly down from last year. However, this is a solid win for Universal, who spent $40 million on the Mark Wahlberg project, gambling that the film would open uncharacteristically big for an R-rated January offering.

'Jack The Giant Killer' Writer Darren Lemke Adapting R.L. Stine's 'Goosebumps' For The Big Screen

  • By Benjamin Wright
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  • January 15, 2012 12:07 PM
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“Readers beware, you’re in for a scare,” is a tagline that should be quite familiar to those readers that came of age in the ‘90s when author R.L. Stine’s massively successful “Goosebumps” series was all the rage. With literally hundreds of titles in the series, a popular television show which featured fresh young faces like actors Ryan Gosling and Hayden Christensen, “Goosebumps” was quite the lucrative property for Stine and Scholastic books alike.

Chloe Moretz & Jeffrey Dean Morgan Get In 'The Rut' For 'Girlfight' Director Karyn Kusama

  • By Benjamin Wright
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  • January 15, 2012 10:58 AM
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As far as young actresses go, Chloe Moretz certainly has her pick of the litter when it comes to prospective projects at the moment. After dazzling audiences in the Martin Scorsese-directed “Hugo” this past fall, Moretz will next be seen in another high profile project, Tim Burton’s upcoming adaptation of the ‘70s British supernatural soap “Dark Shadows."

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