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Watch: New Clips From 'Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows' Highlight Moriarty, Myrcroft, Irene Adler & Noomi Rapace

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • December 5, 2011 9:37 AM
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Now most of the awards contenders have been unveiled, the major secrets left in the 2011 movie advent calendar are a few big, loud blockbusters that'll hit around Christmas; films like "Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol," "The Darkest Hour," and, um, "Alvin & The Chipmunks: Chipwrecked." Will they be sweet, sugar-y goodness, or the cinematic equivalent of Billy Bob Thornton drunkenly eating the whole thing late at night, and then remorsefully filling it with candy corn and taping it up again? 

Watch: 8 New Clips From Steven Spielberg's War Epic 'War Horse'

  • By Simon Dang
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  • December 5, 2011 9:18 AM
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New Yorker's Review For 'The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo' Comes Out Of The Thaw, Calls It "Bleak But Mesmerizing"

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • December 5, 2011 9:00 AM
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Well, the embargo is officially broken. At least for one magazine. After much drama, the New Yorker has dropped the first review of David Fincher's "The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo" ahead of the rest of the critical world much to the chagrin of Sony, and it's a (mostly) positive notice from David Denby who usually doesn't parse out his praise very easily.

'Tyrannosaur' Tops Winners At British Independent Film Awards, 'Shame,' 'Kevin' And 'Weekend' Also Triumph

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • December 5, 2011 7:08 AM
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Last year, the awards sweep of "The King's Speech" was, in a way, begun by the British Independent Film Awards, an organisation that's been running for a decade-and-a-half, of increasingly prominent stature, who anointed Tom Hooper's period drama their Best British Film Award, beginning a string of glory that took it all the way to Best Picture at the Oscars. However, it led to many accusing the body, by giving their top-prize to a solid, but safe seemingly made to pick up BAFTAs, of losing their edge.

'Robocop' And 'Naked Lunch' Star Peter Weller Latest Addition To J.J. Abrams' 'Star Trek' Sequel

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • December 5, 2011 7:07 AM
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Is J.J. Abrams pulling a Christopher Nolan? The latter director has become known in recent years for putting faded 1980s icons in his films, from Rutger Hauer in "Batman Begins" and Eric Roberts in "The Dark Knight" to Tom Berenger in "Inception" and Matthew Modine in the upcoming "The Dark Knight Rises." Hell, he even gave David Bowie a part in "The Prestige." But now it looks like Abrams, arguably his biggest competition in terms of the new guard of super-directors, is getting in on the act.

Exclusive: 'Dragon Tattoo' Producer Scott Rudin Replies To David Denby's Upcoming New Yorker Review Embargo Break

  • By The Playlist
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  • December 4, 2011 8:59 PM
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If you follow movie insider baseball news you may have heard the embargo on Sony's "The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo" is about to break tomorrow in the New Yorker via a full-blown review by author David Denby, a member of the New York Film Critics Circle. In a controversial move that is now taking on a greater ripple effect than they likely expected, the NYFCC had moved their year-end voting deadline ahead a few weeks earlier this year, in order to be first out of the gate with their 2011 awards. But, the organization was rushed to see everything in time, and while Warner Bros. declined to screen "Extremely Loud And Incredibly Close" early for the organization, Sony provided 'Dragon Tattoo' under the wire (the NYFCC actually moved their voting back one more day to accomodate the screening). This is where Denby, along with his fellow NYC colleagues, were granted early access to see the film (though it's been said less critical Fincher fanboys have also seen the picture).

Weekend Box Office: 'Twilight' Beats Back 'Muppets' For Third Straight Week At #1

  • By Gabe Toro
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  • December 4, 2011 12:10 PM
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'Melancholia' Wins Best Film At European Film Awards; Ties 'The King's Speech' For Most Awards

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • December 3, 2011 8:03 PM
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While it has pretty much zero influence on the awards season stateside, the European Film Awards, which are essentially the Euro version of the Oscars, presented their winners tonight and it looks like Lars Von Trier's brief moment as a pariah is over.

Watch: Darren Aronofsky Directed Video For Metallica & Lou Reed's "The View"

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • December 3, 2011 4:57 PM
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Well, the result of one of the unlikeliest collaborations in some time here. As reported about a month ago, Darren Aronofsky took a gig directing the first video from Metallica and Lou Reed's absurd Lulu album, and it's now in the can and ready for your eyes. Considering the whole musical collaboration is based on German expressionsist Frank Wedekind's controversial plays about a serial killing teenage prostitute, the video for "The View" (not "Iced Honey" as first reported) is surprisingly tame.

Kenneth Lonergan Hopes The Longer Cut Of 'Margaret' Edited By Martin Scorsese Will Eventually Be Released

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • December 3, 2011 2:25 PM
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The rallying cry for "Margaret" continues from certain quarters of the critical community, with a #teammargaret hashtag now tracking its way across the Twittersphere. And the push for the film has resulted in some movement. New York City and Los Angeles critics will apparently be getting additional screenings for awards season consideration (although, they had press screenings already prior to the film's theatrical release in both cities), with Boston and Chicago to follow, and there is word bubbling that DVD screeners are being prepared for those in cities who did not get the film (though with voting deadlines fast approaching, that remains to be seen).

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