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Watch: Daniel Radcliffe Faces The Dark In New 'The Woman In Black' Trailer

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • November 22, 2011 9:56 AM
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The next six to eight weeks or so are a feast for film lovers, with a smorgasboard of arthouse highlights and big-deal tentpoles all arriving in theaters, but as soon as the clock strikes twelve on New Year's Eve, then we'll be faced with Everything Else the studios have to offer. The post-Christmas winter months are generally a wasteland of mediocre efforts, but every once in a while there is a diamond in the rough that stands out from the pack and in 2012, the gothic horror pic "The Woman In Black" has the potential to do just that.

Watch: Simon Pegg & Jeremy Renner Show The Lighter Side Of 'Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol' In New Clip

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • November 22, 2011 9:40 AM
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Christopher Nolan Says 'The Dark Knight Rises' Is 'An Epic,' Takes Place Eight Years After Last Film

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • November 22, 2011 9:21 AM
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Despite endless set photos and grainy YouTube videos posted by desperate fans, we still know virtually nothing significant about "The Dark Knight Rises," likely to be 2012's biggest film, and the third in Christopher Nolan's Batman trilogy. But this shouldn't be a major surprise to anyone. After all, Nolan's perfected the art of secrecy in the internet age, more than anyone bar J.J. Abrams, so much so that even the barest of plot details for "Inception" were kept under wraps until only weeks before release. 

Review: 'Arthur Christmas' Is A Visually Dazzling, Emotionally Rich Holiday Treat

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • November 22, 2011 9:02 AM
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Making a truly classic Christmas movie is a feat that few achieve but many try their hand at. In recent years, studios have cynically tried to graft "edgy" material onto all-audiences Christmas approaches, often times involving Vince Vaughn for reasons that remain obscure, and the results are barely watchable trash-heaps like "Fred Claus" and "Four Christmases." The trick is to modernize an archetypal story for current audiences without losing the seasonal sweetness (there's a reason "Elf," for all its mediocrity, is so beloved). Aardman Animation and Sony have attempted to do just that with "Arthur Christmas," a surprisingly rollicking, visually dazzling, and emotionally rich Christmas movie that actually succeeds in its lofty goals of being an ready-made annual classic. It's practically gift wrapped for the occasion.

Working For The Clampdown: Julie Delpy To Direct Joe Strummer Biopic 'The Right Profile'

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • November 21, 2011 8:03 PM
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Julie Delpy's become quite the renaissance woman in recent years. The French actress, discovered by Godard at the age of 14 before going into international stardom in "Europa Europa" and "Three Colors White," has worked principally in U.S. fare in the last decade-and-a-half, in films from "Broken Flowers" to, um, "An American Werewolf in Paris," but it's her behind-the-scenes achievements that are the most impressive.

Another Goddamn Found Footage Movie In The Works Thanks To Universal And 'The Strangers' Director Bryan Bertino

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • November 21, 2011 6:40 PM
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The idea of 'found footage' -- taking a well-worn genre, usually horror, and giving it a mock-documentary spin, to make the terror and thrills that much closer to reality -- has been having a real kick of energy for cinema of late, pushing filmmakers to fascinating new places in a bid to do something different, with fascinating results that will provide food for thought in film studies classes for years to come.

Air's Soundtrack For Georges Méliès 'A Trip To The Moon' Getting A Release

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • November 21, 2011 5:25 PM
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Diablo Cody Says She's "Indebted" To Steven Spielberg For The Rest Of Her Life, Talks 'Girly Style,' 'Time And A Half' & More

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • November 21, 2011 5:00 PM
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The career boost an Oscar gives you is known to anyone whose had the fortune of standing on stage at the Kodak Theater, but for copy-writer-turned-stripper-turned-author-turned-screenwriter Diablo Cody, little did she know that one of the most famous directors in Hollywood would be an early supporter. Even before she was nominated and eventually won her Oscar for "Juno," Spielberg hired her to write the pilot episode of "The United States Of Tara," a show he executive produced. A little while later he hired her to write an adaptation of William Shakespeare's "The Taming Of The Shrew," another project he was going to executive produce. And that support from Spielberg isn't lost on Cody, and when The Playlist correspondent Drew Taylor caught up with her during press rounds for "Young Adult" she was effusive in what his early support meant to her.

Marti Noxon Re-Writing Elizabeth Banks' ‘Tink,’ Talks Troubled ‘Pride And Prejudice And Zombies’

  • By Ryan Sartor
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  • November 21, 2011 4:42 PM
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Judi Dench To Put On 'Italian Shoes' With Kenneth Branagh & Anthony Hopkins

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • November 21, 2011 4:22 PM
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Now free from any obligations with the "Thor" franchise, director Kenneth Branagh, having dipped his toes in the tentpole world, is doing something on the total opposite end of the spectrum. First announced very early this year, Branagh it looking to bring an adaptation of Henning Mankell's "Italian Shoes" to the big screen and with Anthony Hopkins already eyed for a lead role, he's got another distinguished thesp looking to join as well.

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