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Director Dee Rees And Star Adepero Oduye Talk Coming Out & Coming Of Age In 'Pariah'

  • By Alison Willmore
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  • December 27, 2011 10:30 AM
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Director Dee Rees and actress Adepero Oduye were fresh off an early awards season win when The Playlist caught up with them in New York. Their film "Pariah" nabbed Rees the prize for breakthrough director at the Gotham Awards the night before -- not the first triumph for the assured feature debut, which was lauded with the Cinematography Award at Sundance in January, and probably not the last, though Rees is zen about the process, saying "Our statement's on the screen. Awards won't make it better, and a lack of awards won't make it worse."

Steve Zaillian Talks 'Dragon Tattoo,' 'Moneyball' & The Difficulties Of Getting Adult Dramas Made In Hollywood

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  • December 27, 2011 9:45 AM
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Last week, David Fincher's "Girl With the Dragon Tattoo" opened, and with it returns something that's been missing from the big cineplexes for a while: a big, expensive movie that is made for adults. It doesn't dumb anything down and it wears its R-rating like a badge of pride and not a scarlet letter. We got to talk to screenwriter Steve Zaillian, who as a screenwriter, director and producer, has somehow managed to land many of the grade-A assignments that don't involve robots that transform into cars and then transform into another type of car.

Watch: Eerie, Striking Spanish-Language Teaser For 'The Orphanage' Director J.A. Bayona's Tsunami Drama 'The Impossible'

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • December 27, 2011 9:00 AM
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It's nearly five years since we heard a peep from Juan Antonio Bayona, the Spanish helmer who made such a splash with his Guillermo del Toro-produced debut "The Orphanage," one of the most commandingly made and effective horror films of the last couple decades.

Fifth Production Diary For 'The Hobbit' Centers On Location Shooting & Tentpole-Size Logistics

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  • December 26, 2011 4:53 PM
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Peter Jackson's "The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey" won't arrive in theaters until a year from now -- December 14, 2012 to be exact. But clearly Jackson wanted to give 'Lord Of The Rings' and 'Hobbit' fans an early Christmas gift and this year he delivered a two-fer. First off was the trailer for 'An Unexpected Journey' (which you can see here) and the second, an almost-unexpected treat, if you will, was the fifth installment of Jackson's 'Hobbit' video production diaries, which give fans an early peek into the making of the films before they are released.

First Look: Ben Affleck In Covert Iran Hostage Crisis Picture 'Argo,' & 'Jack The Giant Killer'

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  • December 26, 2011 2:46 PM
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To quote Matt Damon in a recent episode of KCRW's The Business, after the Bennifer flap of the early aughts, his "hetero lifemate" Ben Affleck had to work twice as hard to frame his name back into a respectable part of the film industry. "He was very sober about what it meant for his career," Damon said. "He knew he was going to go into the penalty box for an undetermined amount of time. The worst place you can be is where you're selling magazines and not movie tickets. That's purgatory."

First Look: Channing Tatum & Matthew McConaughey In Male Stripper Film 'Magic Mike'

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  • December 26, 2011 1:02 PM
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Perhaps we're not quite as excited for this film as E! Online writer Ted Casablanca, whose breathless reports about the picture are kind of amusing (even straight guys didn't write this breathlessly about, say, "Showgirls," did they?), but two Steven Soderbergh films in one year ain't too bad. The first one of 2012 arrives in January, Gina Carano's action thriller "Haywire." The picture also co-stars Channing Tatum, who's directly responsible for Soderbergh's second film of next year, the stripper film "Magic Mike." Based on Tatum's experiences as a male stripper in his pre-fame days, the actor pitched it to the filmmaker a few months after "Haywire" wrapped and the Academy Award-winning director was intrigued by the prospect of a film milleu he'd never really seen onscreen before.

First Look Photos: Stallone In 'Bullet To Head,' Russell Brand In 'Rock Of Ages' & Zac Efron In 'The Lucky One'

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  • December 26, 2011 12:27 PM
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Ringing in the new year? Not quite yet, but Warner Bros. is already a bit ahead of the game and has released some new images from their 2012 slate, including the musical "Rock Of Ages," the Todd Phillips-produced party comedy "Project X," Sylvester Stallone's action thriller "Bullet To The Head" and the Zac Efron weeper "The Lucky One" which is based off, what else, a Nicholas Sparks novel. Details and more photos below, so mark the ones that interest you on your calendar.

Review: 'The Iron Lady' Is A Shabby & Tin-Eared Standard-Issue Biopic

  • By James Rocchi
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  • December 26, 2011 11:22 AM
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Starring two time winner and multiple-Oscar nominee Meryl Streep as British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher, "The Iron Lady" will be watched across broad ideological divides; Thatcher was (and is) an icon to the Right, while she was (and is) demonized and disparaged by the Left. The film's also being watched along polarized axes in Hollywood, as well, where awards-season gurus hover to see if Thatcher will get Streep her 17th Oscar nomination or even her 3rd win, and more innocent consumers merely wonder if Streep and the script will provide a quality night out at the movies. And yet these polarized groups will surely all come together to recognize that "The Iron Lady" is the comedy of the year. It's not meant to be.

Merry Christmas Alan Taylor! You're The New Director Of 'Thor 2'!

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • December 25, 2011 7:39 PM
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Looks like the offices of Marvel didn't close for Christmas. After flirting with "Game Of Thrones" director Brian Kirk and "Monster" helmer Patty Jenkins, a new director for "Thor 2" has been found. For now.

Weekend Box Office: 'Ghost Protocol' On Top Of Weak Holiday Weekend

  • By Gabe Toro
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  • December 25, 2011 7:22 PM
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Twas the night before and/or the night of Christmas, and all through the theaters, it was empty and chilly, no maintenance, no heaters. Most moviegoers selected the 'Ghost Protocol,' with the legend from "Legend" and that guy from "Paul." "The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo" couldn't beat the Tom Cruise sequel. Not even the Steven Spielberg-Peter Jackson collaboration could be its equal.

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