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Review: Forget About Your Heart, 'New Year's Eve' Just Wants Your Money

  • By Kimber Myers
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  • December 7, 2011 12:43 PM
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If you've managed to make it through two hours of "New Year's Eve" with the idea that it's about anything more than box office returns and home entertainment bank, Warner Bros., New Line and director Garry Marshall are more than happy to set you straight. In a largely unfunny series of credits bloopers, Jessica Biel's character gives birth to twins, and she couldn't be happier to have "Valentine's Day" pop out of her vagina in both DVD and Blu-ray formats (on sale now!). We're not naive enough to imagine that studio films are purely about artistry (and not cynical enough to think that it's never present), but we wish those behind "New Year's Eve" had at least pretended they were trying to entertain us while they rummage through our pockets for loose change.

Rest Easy, People Of Earth, Director Tom Hooper Says ‘Les Miserables’ Won’t Be In 3D

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • December 7, 2011 12:21 PM
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For those of you who have been greatly concerned that Tom Hooper's upcoming big screen version of "Les Miserables" will be filmed with an extra dimension, you can breathe a sigh of relief. The BBC is reporting (because, really, who else would care?) that while director Hooper, who we've all been trying to forget beat David Fincher for the Best Director Oscar last year, was "very tempted" to use the new technology, his 'Les Mis' will be incredibly flat. Yes, that was a joke.

Daniel Craig Says Writer's Strike "Fucked" 'Quantum Of Solace' & He Rewrote Scenes With Marc Forster

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • December 7, 2011 12:00 PM
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There's no doubt about it, Daniel Craig is one of the best actors to have ever worn the 007 mantle. And as the lead in the "Casino Royale," an entry which in many ways revitalized the franchise and brought it kicking and screaming into the 21st century, Craig gave us the grittiest take we'd seen on the world famous spy yet. That was followed up quickly with "Quantum of Solace" two years later, and to put it kindly, it was a much lesser effort.

Review: 'Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy' Is A Remarkable, Quietly Devastating Spy Movie

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • December 7, 2011 11:15 AM
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The spy genre, is generally speaking, a euphemism for 'action movie' -- look at the explosions, fistfights and car chases of the Bond films, of the 'Mission: Impossible' series, of the 'Bourne' franchise, none of which have much in the way of actual tradecraft. The business of being a spy is hard, boring work, made up of listening and talking and without a lot of glamor. One of the men who best understands this is novelist John Le Carré, himself a former spy, who for close to half a century has been behind some of the most acclaimed literary examples of the genre. But aside from the much-loved "The Spy Who Came In From the Cold," and the more recent "The Constant Gardener" (the latter not strictly speaking an espionage picture), his works haven't had a huge amount of success on the big screen, lacking the speedboats and fireballs of Ian Fleming or Robert Ludlum.

Rooney Mara Dresses Up As Alex From 'A Clockwork Orange'; David Fincher Says Lisbeth Salander Iconic Like Jesus, Dracula Or Batman

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • December 7, 2011 10:54 AM
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No, it's not Halloween, but given the amount of black you'll be seeing on screen (and soon in stores, more on that in a second), you might be forgiven for forgetting it's Christmas. And while the mistletoe is being hung with care, Sony are going to be dropping something a little bit nasty in your stocking in form of "The Girl With The Dragon Tatto," and in case you've been living under rock, the film will mark the arrival of Rooney Mara.

First Look: Caleb Landry Jones In Brandon Cronenberg's 'Antiviral'

  • By Simon Dang
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  • December 7, 2011 10:23 AM
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After pulling together an exciting young cast (and Malcolm McDowell), we now have our first look via Twitch at Brandon Cronenberg's "Antiviral," a fascinating sci-fi pic that will surely do his father proud.

Tom Hiddleston Describes The "Wounded Soul" Of Loki & Ralph Macchio, Toby Kebbell & More Chat At NYC Premiere Of 'War Horse'

  • By Jen Vineyard
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  • December 7, 2011 10:05 AM
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Much of the cast of Steven Spielberg's new epic "War Horse" will be unrecognizable to mainstream American audiences (save for Emily Watson and David Thewlis) -- and that is by design. The director didn't want the distraction of recognizable people in his lead parts, so he instead plugged in a lot of up-and-comers, especially unknowns who had never acted before. And as The Playlist learned at the Sunday night premiere of "War Horse" at New York's Lincoln Center, based on their upcoming projects, they won't remain unknown much longer.

William Hurt Joins 'The Host' With Saoirse Ronan

  • By Ryan Sartor
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  • December 7, 2011 9:45 AM
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With 'The Twilight Saga' wrapping up next November with 'Breaking Dawn – Part 2,' Stephenie Meyer fans will no doubt be tweaking for more fantastically romantic/yet slightly scary cinematic adaptations of her work. They’re in for a treat because less than six months after the last ‘Twilight’ movie comes out, Meyer’s latest novel, “The Host,” comes to life on the big screen on March 29, 2013.

Summit Set For 'The Bitter Pill'; Steven Soderbergh Explains Why We'll Never See His Aussie Flick 'Michael Gregg'

  • By Simon Dang
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  • December 7, 2011 9:23 AM
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After battling it out with Paramount and then later becoming the frontrunner, it looks like Summit Entertainment are now in final negotiations to board the latest collaboration between Steven Soderbergh and Scott Z. Burns with "The Bitter Pill."

Juno Temple & Wes Bentley Join Porn Star Biopic 'Lovelace'

  • By Ryan Sartor
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  • December 7, 2011 9:04 AM
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Juno Temple has been on the verge of breaking out for quite a while. This year’s “Dirty Girl” should have been a big moment for her, but it didn’t get much of a release by the Weinstein Company. But not to worry, as Christopher Nolan is going to shine a spotlight on her in next summer’s “The Dark Knight Rises.” This winter, though, Temple will be filming “Lovelace,” the biopic of the infamous porn star, playing the best friend of Linda Lovelace, a role earmarked for Amanda Seyfried. “American Beauty” actor Wes Bentley has also joined the film, and will take on the role of Linda’s second husband, Larry Marchiano.

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