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'The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo' Will Arrive One Day Earlier On December 20th, Starting At 7 PM

  • By Benjamin Wright
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  • December 14, 2011 11:41 AM
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Considering the glut of movies being released over the holidays next week, we’re surprised more of them aren’t looking to give themselves a little distance before the next highly-anticipated picture comes crushing through their gate.

Matt Damon & Cameron Crowe Respond To David Denby's Comments About 'We Bought A Zoo'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • December 14, 2011 11:17 AM
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New Yorker critic David Denby doesn't seem to making many friends this month. In the midst of tangling with Scott Rudin over his embargo breaking "The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo" review, in an email to the producer, he tried to rationalize his decision to run his article early by throwing another big December movie under the bus.

Producer Kathleen Kennedy Says Flawed Third Act Of 'Tell No One' Encouraged Her To Take On Remake With Ben Affleck

  • By Jen Vineyard
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  • December 14, 2011 11:17 AM
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There's been a spree of remakes of perfectly good foreign films -- from the Swedish "Let the Right One In " to "Let Me In," to the (again) Swedish "The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo" to David Fincher's new version -- so you might well ask: why do we need any more of these?

More Images From Sundance Opener 'Wish You Were Here' Starring Joel Edgerton & Teresa Palmer

  • By Simon Dang
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  • December 14, 2011 11:00 AM
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After conquering Park City with "Animal Kingdom" two years ago, several members of the Blue Tongue Films gang are set to return to the snowy city once again next month for Kieran Darcy-Smith's directorial debut, "Wish You Were Here," which will also serve as the festival's opening night film premiere.

Kaya Scodelario Replaces Rooney Mara For Indie-Drama 'Emanuel and the Truth About Fishes'

  • By Simon Dang
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  • December 14, 2011 10:45 AM
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Just yesterday, we reported that current "it girl" Rooney Mara had amicably split with "Tanner Hall" co-helmer Francesca Gregorini for her next feature, "Emanuel And The Truth About Fishes," as she had grown too old for the part of the 17 year old lead. Variety now report that another rising thesp, Kaya Scodelario, has taken over the part.

Marrakech Film Festival '11: Jean-Jacques Annaud Talks 'Black Gold' & The Importance Of "Discovering The Jungle Of One's Heart"

  • By Jessica Kiang
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  • December 14, 2011 10:20 AM
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For director Jean-Jacques Annaud ("The Name of the Rose," "Quest For Fire," "The Bear"), having served as President of the Features Jury some years ago, returning to the Marrakech International Film Festival with his new film "Black Gold" in tow was in some ways coming full circle. "[Marrakech] is a special city because this is the first Arab city I ever visited. There is no doubt that the beauty and the medieval ambience of the place inspired my desire to make a movie about this world -- this movie," he explained when The Playlist got to sit down with him prior to his Masterclass.

Watch: Sacha Baron Cohen Comes To America In Trailer For 'The Dictator'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • December 14, 2011 10:16 AM
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Having exhausted his former television characters with big screen adapatations -- "Ali G Indahouse," "Borat" and "Bruno" -- "The Dictator" finds Sacha Baron Cohen bringing a brand new persona to life. Presumably with the freedom to take his imagination wherever it pleases, which is perhaps why the first trailer for this movie feels so disappointing.

New Look At Daniel Day-Lewis In Costume (Not Eating Dinner) In Steven Spielberg's 'Lincoln'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • December 14, 2011 10:00 AM
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When we recently caught up with Steven Spielberg's longtime producer Kathleen Kennedy, she addressed that picture of a bearded Daniel Day-Lewis that made the rounds of him eating dinner, but still looking every bit the lead of "Lincoln." "That's not actually his Lincoln beard," Kennedy told us. "That's just what he looks like right now. He wasn't in hair, makeup, wardrobe, or anything when that picture was taken. He had just gone out that evening, he was just having dinner, and someone snapped a photo of him. But doesn't he look like Lincoln in blue jeans?" Well yes, he does. And the good news is that in full costume, he looks the part too.

New Poster For 'Crank' Duo Mark Neveldine & Brian Taylor's 'Ghost Rider: Spirit Of Vengeance' Unveiled

  • By Simon Dang
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  • December 14, 2011 9:45 AM
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With "Crank" directors Mark Neveldine and Brian Taylor taking on the "Ghost Rider" franchise/Nicolas Cage vehicle, we had originally thought there might some crazy B-film genius to be had. Add to that new cast members like Idris Elba and Ciaran Hinds and things seem to be going in the right direction, right? Well, the movie debuted recently at AICN's Butt-Numb-A-Thon, and it looks like it's simply more of the same from the Marvel character.

'The Help' & 'The Artist' Lead The Field At Screen Actors Guild Awards Nominations

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • December 14, 2011 9:36 AM
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In the seventeen years that they've been running for, the annual Screen Actors' Guild Awards have proven to be a pretty reliable precursor for the acting categories at the Academy Awards. And why shouldn't they? With the actors who nominate their peers for the Oscars overwhelmingly being SAG members, there's always going to be a natural link, and certainly by the time the guild award their prizes, it's a good time to make a bet. In the last few years, they've only missed Penelope Cruz in "Vicky Cristina Barcelona," Marion Cotillard in "La Vie En Rose" and Alan Arkin in "Little Miss Sunshine" as winners, while the nominees tend to match up heavily -- last year, seventeen out of twenty in the acting categories were the same, while all five nominees in the Outstanding Cast category won Oscar nominations. 

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