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Producer Andrew Kosove Says Screenwriter For New 'Blade Runner' Film Will Be Announced Soon, Black List Script 'Prisoners' Still On The Way

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • December 23, 2011 1:54 PM
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With 2011 winding down, all eyes are now on 2012 and what the future will bring and one project that has been knocking around for a while is "Prisoners" -- but the new year should bring the film some better fortune.

Joss Whedon Says Not To Worry About 'The Avengers' 3D Conversion; 'Buffy The Vampire Slayer' Remake Starts Over

  • By Benjamin Wright
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  • December 23, 2011 12:41 PM
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If 2011 was a busy year for the beloved Joss Whedon production-wise, both with the shooting of his major tentpole picture “The Avengers” along with his secretly lensed adaptation of Shakespeare’s “Much Ado About Nothing,” then 2012 should be a time for Whedon to sit back and watch these hotly anticipated projects unfurl. Along with 'Avengers' and 'Much Ado,' we’ll also see the release of “Cabin in the Woods,” a long stalled Drew Goddard-directed/Whedon-penned project that Lionsgate acquired following the financial shakeup at the film’s original studio MGM.

The Films Of Steven Spielberg, Part Two: The Serious Fare

  • By The Playlist Staff
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  • December 23, 2011 12:00 PM
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It's the classic dilemma of the entertainer, perhaps best embodied in Preston Sturges' "Sullivan's Travels." After a decade or so of delighting audiences with thrills and wonder, Steven Spielberg decided he wanted to be taken seriously.

Watch: Animated, Animal Filled Video For Jonsi's "Gathering Stories" From 'We Bought A Zoo'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • December 23, 2011 11:42 AM
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As Cameron Crowe's "We Bought A Zoo" heads into theaters this wekeend, many kids and parents will likely be hearing Jonsi's unique voice for the first time as the Sigur Ros frontman delivers his first bonafide score, and it's led by the Oscar contending song "Gathering Stories."

David Fincher Says 'The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo' Has "Parallels" To 'Chinatown'

  • By Gabe Toro
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  • December 23, 2011 11:10 AM
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As it should be in Hollywood, people who have their share of negative press usually still have a number of dedicated collaborators who speak well of them. So while “The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo” director David Fincher has picked up a reputation for being ornery and difficult, it only makes sense that these traits would get spun as positive attributes by others who work with him. The guy doesn’t get $100 million budgets for nothing. The director, writer and cast recently descended on New York City to talk about adapting the film, bringing to the big screen, and yes, Fincher's pursuit of cinematic perfection.

Listen: Taylor Swift's "Safe And Sound" From 'The Hunger Games' Soundtrack

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • December 23, 2011 10:38 AM
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As much as "The Hunger Games" fans will tell you its nothing like "Twilight," everything that Lionsgate is doing so far is right out of vampire franchise playbook. From the relentless minor teases of the film, early promotional materials that seem to play up a love triangle between Katniss, Peeta and Gale and hell, even a nail polish line, the apocalypic teen tale is practically cuddly. And nothing gets more wholesome (and mainstream) than Taylor Swift.

Dan Aykroyd Joins Will Ferrell & Zach Galifianakis In Political Comedy 'Dog Fight'

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • December 23, 2011 10:22 AM
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There's one major problem that Jay Roach's political comedy "Dog Fight" faces next year: if the Republican debates have been anything to go by, there's no way that the film, produced by Adam McKay and starring Will Ferrell and Zach Galifianakis as a pair of rival South Carolina politicians, can hope to live up to the absurdity and sheer hilarity of the primary season that kicks off in only a few weeks. Even the comic brains behind Ron Burgundy surely couldn't come up with a world in which Herman Cain and Newt Gingrich are genuine front-runners in a presidential race, right?

Thomas Newman & Alexandre Desplat Lead The Pack Of The 97 Scores In Contention For The Oscars

  • By Ryan Sartor
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  • December 23, 2011 10:02 AM
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The Academy has studied their byzantine rules and determined that 97 original scores are in the running for the Oscars this year. Leading the pack among the contenders are four scores by Thomas Newman (“The Adjustment Bureau,” “The Debt,” “The Help,” and “The Iron Lady”) and three composed by Alexandre Desplat (“Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close,” “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2” and “The Ides of March”).
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Christina Hendricks Joins Sally Potter's 'Bomb,' Annette Bening Circling

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • December 23, 2011 9:45 AM
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As you might expect from of one of the most critically acclaimed TV series of recent years, if not ever, the cast of AMC's "Mad Men" have begun making inroads to the big screen in recent years. Star Jon Hamm has been the most successful in finding decent roles, thanks to "Bridesmaids" and "The Town," but his cast-mates are finding work as well, even if the parts have generally been one-tenth as interesting as their characters on Matthew Weiner's show; John Slattery reprised Roger Sterling, but in a hat, in "The Adjustment Bureau," Vincent Kartheiser got villainous in "In Time," Elisabeth Moss played the thankless girlfriend in "Get Him To The Greek" and January Jones stood around in a push-up bra in "X-Men: First Class."

Listen: 'Drive' Soundtrack Star/Producer Johnny Jewel Delivers 2 1/2 Hour Film Score 'Symmetry'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • December 23, 2011 9:25 AM
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If you had told us at the beginning of the year that the soundtrack to Nicolas Winding Refn's low-budget arthouse noir "Drive" would become a smash hit, we would have said you were crazy. But nothing about that film could be called predictable, and when Refn splased up the neon title card with "Nightcall" playing underneath it, all bets were off. But if you loved the tunes on the soundtrack, Santa is filling your stocknig with a lot more as producer Johnny Jewel -- the man behind Glass Candy and spin off bands Chromatics ("Tick Of The Clock") and Desire ("Under Your Spell") -- has delivered Symmetry: Themes For An Imaginary Film.

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