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Weekend Box Office: 'Chronicle' And 'The Woman In Black' Slug It Out For Number One

  • By Gabe Toro
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  • February 5, 2012 1:12 PM
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The numbers don't lie – 2012 movie attendance is far above what we saw in 2011. And while there have been no real breakout hits, a number of films – some very modestly budgeted – have broken out to solid, eye-opening numbers. That trend looks to continue on Super Bowl weekend, with a race to the finish between two low-budgeted genre entries. Early signs say "Chronicle" will hang on to defeat "The Woman in Black" for the number one spot. But 'Black''s audience is heavily female, which suggests it could surpass "Chronicle" while the Super Bowl airs tonight because anybody who knows women knows that they're all like, WHAT IS FOOTBALL WHY DO THEY NOT USE THEIR FEET MEN ARE GROSS SPORTS YUCK.

'Rango' Takes Best Animated Film At The Annie Awards

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • February 5, 2012 9:57 AM
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While it's pretty much an inevitability that "Rango" will take Best Animated Film at the Oscars in a few weeks, the film received another boost this weekend at the Annie Awards.

Watch: Sofia Coppola Directed Ad For H&M Starring Imogen Poots

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • February 5, 2012 9:24 AM
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While television is now seen as fertile creative ground for filmmakers who can't find an opening in the franchise-heavy studio system, the commercial world is also an opportunity for a helmer to keep those movie making skills honed. And while we wait for Sofia Coppola to get her next feature film mounted -- which may be about the Hollywood Hills Burglar Bunch -- her latest venture into advertising will tide us over for now.

John Hawkes Wanted For 'The Walking Dead'; Kevin Bacon Faces A Serial Killer For Kevin Williamson & More

  • By Simon Dang
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  • February 5, 2012 8:49 AM
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We'll try to dance around spoilers but the finale of the second season of "Boardwalk Empire" was shocking not only in terms of storyline but also with the fact they tore out the heart of the show, or at least what/who we thought was being developed as such. We're fascinated to see where the show goes from here, but at the very least, it looks like they'll be gaining one great character actor.

Watch: Matthias Schoenaerts Rages In U.S. Trailer For 'Bullhead'

  • By Simon Dang
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  • February 5, 2012 8:40 AM
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At least in this writer's eyes, one of the more intriguing Oscar nominations was that of Michael R. Roskam's latest film, "Bullhead," in the Foreign Language Film category. It seems like this branch of the Academy are much bolder when it comes to their nominations. Only a couple of years ago, Giorgos Lanthimos' "Dogtooth" received a nod, but we never would have thought Roskam's less-publicized, brooding character study would receive the same recognition.

Catherine Hardwicke To Reunite With Evan Rachel Wood For Erotic, L.A.-Set Thriller 'Plush'

  • By Simon Dang
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  • February 5, 2012 8:34 AM
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Seems like Catherine Hardwicke ("Thirteen," "Lords of Dogtown") is trying to hone in on a grittier return behind the camera. After "Twilight" and "Red Riding Hood," the helmer was linked to an adaptation of the potentially franchise-spawning "The Maze Runner," but soon focused her attentions on troubled-teen tale "The Bitch Posse" and a biopic of Swedish boxer Bo "Bosse" Högberg starring former partners Noomi and Bo Rapace.

R.I.P. Ben Gazzara (1930-2012)

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • February 4, 2012 7:58 PM
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February has kicked off on a sad note this year, as respected and beloved character actor Ben Gazzara has passed way at the age of 81 from pancreatic cancer.

Harrison Ford Allegedly In Talks To Play Deckard Again In Ridley Scott's 'Blade Runner' Follow-Up

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • February 4, 2012 1:00 PM
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One of the bigger news stories of last year was the report that, on the back of his sort-of-return to the "Alien" franchise for "Prometheus," which is set in the same universe, Ridley Scott was planning to go back to his other sci-fi classic, attaching himself to a new "Blade Runner" film, after Alcon Entertainment acquired the rights to the series. But it was unclear for some time what form the film would take; a direct sequel? A prequel? Or, like "Prometheus," a mostly original project riffing on the same world and concepts?

Dane DeHaan Says His Role In 'Place Beyond The Pines' Takes Place 19 Years After Ryan Gosling's Part Of The Film

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • February 3, 2012 6:12 PM
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If you aren't familiar with the name Dane DeHaan, by the end of 2012, you will be. The rising actor has three buzzy worthy projects on his slate this year: this weekend's found footage teen superhero pic "Chronicle" (go see it); John Hillcoat's highly anticipated "The Wettest County" and the Derek Cianfrance/Ryan Gosling bro-tacular reteam "The Place Beyond The Pines." Not a bad lineup at all. While there is still no word on a release date for the latter film, some kind of festival appearance seems likely (perhaps Cannes) and talking with Vulture, DeHaan revealed a few more details about the film.

Sony Believes In 'The Raid,' Picks Up Rights For The Sequel 'Berandal'

  • By Benjamin Wright
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  • February 3, 2012 5:31 PM
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The buzz for Gareth Evans' movie "The Raid" has become deafening following its screening at Sundance, where we called it, "A triumph of kicks, punches & unrelenting thrills.” Well not only is more ass-kicking on the way in a planned sequel entitled “Berandal,” but it looks as if Sony is getting back in the 'Raid' game.

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