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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?

Awesome: James Franco Co-Directed 'Francophrenia' A Movie Made Of Clips From His Appearance On 'General Hospital'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • January 6, 2012 1:49 PM
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It's maybe a new year, but some things will never change. James Franco, who has turned his movie career into a parallel art piece, will continue mining his fame in strange, surprising ways in 2012 and he's not wasting any time getting to it.

Watch: Robin Williams, Josh Duhamel, Megan Fox & William Fichtner Track Down Billy Crystal In First Oscars Promo

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • January 6, 2012 1:10 PM
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Call up your grandma, because in case you forgot, Billy Crystal is back to host the Oscars for the ninth time, stepping in replace Eddie Murphy, after the whole Brett Ratner/shrimpgate fiasco. But just to ensure everyone that they are hip and "with it," a new teaser for the show has just dropped rounding up folks that "the kids" like in a somewhat amusing little spot.

Contest Givewaway: 'Tinker Tailor Solider Spy' Prize Pack With Soundtrack, Chess Board, Book, T-Shirt & More

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • January 6, 2012 1:04 PM
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You've likely been hearing a lot about Tomas Alfredson's crackling "Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy," but you may be wondering why it hasn't hit your local multiplex yet. Well, the film has been in limited release so far, but starting on January 6th (today!), it hits theaters nationwide, and we've got a great prize pack as well as some nice runner up prizes, to reward your patience.

New Looks At 'Men In Black III,' 'Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter' & 'The Impossible'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • January 6, 2012 12:31 PM
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Aliens, vampire and tsunamis...things won't all be breezy at the movies this year, and some pics have arrived giving us a taste of what's to come.

Sony Heads Into Seth Rogen & Jay Baruchel's 'The Apocalypse'

  • By Benjamin Wright
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  • January 6, 2012 11:46 AM
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Originally a comedy short film from the dynamic writing duo of Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg, the twisted minds behind “Superbad,” “The Pineapple Express,” and the upcoming Ben Stiller-starring comedy “Neighborhood Watch,” “Jay and Seth Vs The Apocolapyse” has gone from interesting sensation in 2007 to a long-rumored feature film. Along with short film co-star Jay Baruchel, Rogen and Goldberg have been teasing the feature release for quite some time, with the casting of the group’s regular collaborators James Franco and Jonah Hill being announced back in September.

Watch: Greg Kinnear & Billy Crudup Make A Killing In Wisconsin In The Trailer For 'Thin Ice'

  • By Ryan Sartor
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  • January 6, 2012 11:38 AM
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“Thin Ice” premiered at 2011’s Sundance Film Festival under the name “The Convincer.” The Greg Kinnear/Billy Crudup-starrer got some good reviews at the time, but the less kind notices called it the “poor man’s ‘Fargo,’” which sounds about right by the look of the trailer. The dark comedy features Kinnear playing a down-on-his-luck insurance man who resorts to fraud in order to get some more cash. Crudup finds out about the scheme and blackmails Kinnear. There are also murders and hi-jinks and ultimatley, it all feels a bit more “Ice Harvest”-esque than deserving of ‘Fargo’ comparisons.
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Watch: Trailer For Elizabeth Olsen Horror 'Silent House' Delivers Few Creeps Or Scares

  • By Benjamin Wright
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  • January 6, 2012 11:15 AM
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While the awards season race hasn't quite built up around "Martha Marcy May Marlene" the way many predicted, the key role in that film was played wonderfully by Elizabeth Olsen, has the been the subject of much praise from critics and audiences alike, and marked a helluva breakout feature for the the actress. Olsen may not quite have caught on in the way other breakthrough actresses like Jessica Chastain have this year, but her name is still a popular one around Hollywood, and not just because she’s the kid sister of the “Full House” wonder twins.

Review: Go And Say Ten Hail Marys Instead Of Bothering With 'The Devil Inside'

  • By William Goss
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  • January 6, 2012 10:59 AM
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In theory, the fundamental effectiveness of horror should spring from a willful dissonance between a sense of normalcy and the discord of the story’s events…but what happens when that sense of discord itself becomes all too familiar? Among the many problems of "The Devil Inside" is a slavish two-fold adherence to the routine of modern horror films – specifically, the tropes of the demonic-possession genre and those of the faux-documentary approach. When director William Brent Bell and co-writer Matthew Peterman, the brains behind the equally turgid "Stay Alive," aren’t evoking every single exorcism movie this side of, well, "The Exorcist," they’re dutifully aping the decade-old wave of imitation spawned by the success of "The Blair Witch Project" and fueled more recently by the "Paranormal Activity" franchise.

The Playlist's Most Anticipated Foreign-Language Films Of 2012

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • January 6, 2012 10:35 AM
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Forget the multiplex, what's going to be heating up the arthouse this year? 2011 saw some fantastic foreign flicks not only crowding top ten lists ("Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall Past Lives," "A Separation," "Le Havre," etc) but even some like the ode-to-silent-cinema "The Artist" entering serious Oscar chit chat. Nearly every weekend, smaller arthouses showcased exciting alternatives to the general empty-headed nonsense that fills the bigger arenas when it's not October, November, and December. If you had the eyesight for subtitles and were willing to take a chance, there was a remedy for every "Cowboys & Aliens" just around the corner.

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