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Watch: New Trailer For Madonna's 'W.E.' Plus A Handful Of Images From The Film

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • November 18, 2011 4:13 PM
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The Amazing Race: Which Editors & Cinematographers Stand A Chance At Oscar This Year

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • November 18, 2011 3:19 PM
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So far in this column, we've focused principally on the acting and writing categories, in part because they're the bigger tickets; when the mainstream press cover the Academy Awards, it's the actors, directors and (to a lesser extent), the writers who get the real coverage. However, what makes cinema well, cinema, and what makes it different from any other art form, are the cinematography and editing. The former is linked to photography, but goes so far beyond that to become an entirely different craft; when the layman says a film was "well-directed," he's normally talking about how well shot it is. Of course, that's partially the responsibility of the director, but it's the cinematographer who has to work out how to achieve the shots, and oftentimes is more responsible for the look of the film than his director.

Elmo's Team Lawyered Up, Kept Him Out Of 'The Muppets'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • November 18, 2011 3:00 PM
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Watch: New TV Spot For 'Immortals' Suggets Real Men Don't Watch 'Twilight'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • November 18, 2011 2:06 PM
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If you go to the movie theater this weekend, you may see something that surprises you. People. After a few weeks of waning, sagging box office numbers, the R-rated, 3D "Immortals" arrived last weekend and performed well beyond expectations to take the top spot. Unfortunately, they're up against the Twihards who are expecting to power 'Breaking Dawn' to well over $100 million in ticket sales and likely meaning a precipitous second week drop for "Immortals." Eager to keep from falling too hard, "Immortals" has conjured up a brand new spot aimed at one demographic only: men.
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Director Michel Hazanavicius Inspired By Life Of Silent Actor John Gilbert In Writing 'The Artist'

  • By Gabe Toro
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  • November 18, 2011 1:31 PM
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'Rampage' Video Game Will Now Cost More Than 25 Cents, Being Made Into A Movie

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • November 18, 2011 12:34 PM
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Whoa, whoa, whoa...can we slow down a minute? Video game movies are nothing new, but we totally didn't even realize that the classic quarter eater "Rampage" even had a backstory. But alas it does - we guess when we were so busy pumping our allowance into the machine, eager to smash some shit up, we just skimmed over the details. At any rate, someone in Hollywood is going to weave that tale of mutants gone wild into a movie.
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David Oyelowo Joins Steven Spielberg’s 'Lincoln'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • November 18, 2011 11:20 AM
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David Oyelowo is so close to stardom, you can taste it. The Royal Shakespeare Company veteran became well known in the U.K. after starring in the spy series "Spooks" (or "M-I:5" in the U.S.) and earned further attention with his turn in 2006's "The Last King of Scotland."

Watch: Amanda Seyfried Stars In A Very Special 'Law & Order: SVU' With Trailer For 'Gone'

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • November 18, 2011 10:58 AM
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When "Dear John" and "Letters to Juliet" proved sleeper hits last year, it looked like Amanda Seyfried might be on her way to becoming a pretty massive star, and arriving on the back of her starring role alongside Meryl Streep in musical smash "Mamma Mia," it all seemed to be coming up Seyfried. But the actress hasn't had such a good time of it lately. She's tried to step away from the romance genre with fairy tale flick "Red Riding Hood" and sci-fi "In Time," but neither performed especially well, suggesting that if she is a draw, the audiences aren't turning up to see her sight-unseen.

Exclusive: David Cronenberg Says That Fox Has Passed On His Script For 'The Fly' Sequel

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • November 18, 2011 10:29 AM
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Review: 'Toyland' Is A Cursory Look At A Billion Dollar Industry

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • November 18, 2011 10:06 AM
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It's that time of year again. Parents, grandparents, brothers and sisters are flocking to shopping malls across the nation to pick up presents for loved ones, and no matter who you are, you likely have at least one stop to make at a toy store for somebody in your life. Each year it seems there are more toys to choose from, and given the Christmas holidays are essentially the time of the year that make or break a product, it's lot like a box office opening weekend -- you either go big or go home. It's a tough industry, with big winners, major players and a lot folks struggling to make to their mark and in documentary "Toyland," filmmaker Ken Sons attempts to explain the journey that gets a toy to market.
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