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Disney Taps Newb Directors For Angelina Jolie's 'Maleficent,' & Alps Adventure Film, 'Matterhorn'

  • By Edward Davis
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  • January 6, 2012 6:31 PM
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Everyone’s gotta start somewhere. And when you're starting out, you’re cheaper and easier to control, right? The fiscally responsible trends continue in Hollywood: hiring cheap, inexpensive filmmakers to helm tentpole-like pictures. And/or you can look at it in the glass half-full way: studios taking a chance on young, up-and-coming talent. Oh, don’t be so naïve. Kidding… sort of.

Harvey Weinstein Says 'Wettest County' Will Go To Venice, Was Moved To Capitalize On Tom Hardy's Post-'Dark Knight Rises' Fame

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • January 6, 2012 6:11 PM
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Usually, it's only after Cannes announces their slate that we even begin thinking about the Lido, but it looks like one of our most anticipated films of the year is headed to Venice.

First Look: Amanda Seyfried & Peter Sarsgaard In Porn Star Biopic ‘Lovelace’

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • January 6, 2012 5:33 PM
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Sorry pervs, no one is naked in this one. But the battle between the dueling Linda Lovelace biopics – "Lovelace" and "Inferno" – continues with the former project with getting their first look out the door first.
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In Theaters: Get Dark With 'The Devil Inside,' 'Norwegian Wood' & 'Roadie'

  • By Katie Walsh
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  • January 6, 2012 5:06 PM
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Welcome to the first movie-going weekend of 2012! Hope you all had delightful New Year's celebrations filled with debauchery and poor judgment. The only way to ring in the new year in my opinion. Now that the Oscar race is heating up, there's still time to catch up with the glut of prestige pics released in the last few weeks of 2011, or you can explore some of the small new releases making their way to screens this weekend. Also, "Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy" opens nationwide today, so you can catch up with the Brit spy thriller if you haven't seen it yet.

Martin Campbell Replaces Joe Carnahan On The Thriller 'Umbra,' Paul Haggis Will Rewrite Script

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • January 6, 2012 4:56 PM
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It seems like ancient history, and it kind of is, but way back in 2010 Joe Carnahan signed on to direct the thriller "Umbra." The project had been kicking around awhile – and once was set to be a Roger Donaldson/Nicolas Cage vehicle, but they made the terrible-looking "Seeking Justice" instead – but it continued to sit on the backburner, as Carnahan went off and shot his upcoming man vs. nature vs. Liam Neeson tale "The Grey." Well, the project has changed hands once again, falling into the lap of someone who needs a serious rebound.

James Franco Will Teach You How To Pick Up Women In Brian Koppelman & David Levien's 'The Game'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • January 6, 2012 4:25 PM
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It turns out not everything James Franco does in 2012 will be some kind of elaborate performance piece. The actor and artist has landed a pretty interesting new film, one that will find him in full command of his skills with the ladies.

Case Closed: Investigation Against David O. Russell Concluded, Will Not Be Pursued

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • January 6, 2012 3:45 PM
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Exclusive: Last night, TMZ-like reports surfaced that "The Fighter" and "Three Kings" director David O. Russell was being investigated for inappropriate contact with his 19-year-old transsexual niece Nicole Peloquin during a bizarre incident that took place on December 30th. While it's made some fodder for the grist mill, the matter has now been officially put to rest.

Start Date For 'Oldboy' Pushed Back As Clive Owen Is The Latest To Turn Down A Role

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • January 6, 2012 3:22 PM
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We have to say, we're starting to become a little concerned about "Oldboy." Never exactly the most necessary of remakes in the first place, our interest was piqued when Spike Lee signed on to direct, swiftly followed by Josh Brolin; a talented, interesting pair who seemed to promise that this would be something a little more special than a quick-and-easy remake. 

Watch: Vincent Gallo, Dancing & UFOs In Amazing Teaser For 'The Legend Of Kaspar Hauser'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • January 6, 2012 2:44 PM
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Even if the world ends in 2012, we'll still have one more movie starring our favorite enfant terrible Vincent Gallo. What can be said about the writer/actor/director/producer/musician that hasn't be said already, but even if we're bummed we're never gonna see "Promises Written In Water," at least there is something else that promises the out-there awesomeness Gallo usually provides.

The Amazing Race: Can 'Bridesmaids' Convert Guild Nominations Into A Best Picture Nod?

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • January 6, 2012 2:07 PM
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Gosh, wasn't it nice to have a break from all this awards malarkey over the Christmas break? It's three weeks since our last column, and until the start of this week, the guilds and critics awards had been quiet, with holiday season box office and the actual Oscar ballots going out had been the only real happenings. But things geared up again this week, with Tuesday's announcement of the Producers' Guild Awards nominations, yesterday's Writer's Guild nods, and the BAFTA longlist being announced today, and so here we are again. So how does all this week's news effect the races?

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