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Weekend Box Office: Relativity Hoo-Rahs 'Act Of Valor' To The Top Spot In Another Strong Weekend

  • By Gabe Toro
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  • February 26, 2012 12:42 PM
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It’s been a red meat kinda year at the box office. The number one slot at the box office has been taken over by an R-rated action movie five times thus far, the latest example being hoo-rah Navy SEALs film “Act of Valor”. With constant studio waffling over ratings, mid-budgeted fare like “Contraband” and “Safe House” have still handily trumped PG-13 four-quadrant "alleged" blockbusters like “This Means War” and “Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance” all year long despite the supposed ratings handicap. And those films all had noted stars, familiar leading men and women, while “Act of Valor” is populated entirely by real armed forces.

Adam Sandler Earns Record Breaking 11 Razzie Nominations; 'The Hangover Part II' Nominated For Worst Sequel & Remake

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • February 26, 2012 11:43 AM
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Usually held one day before the Academy Awards, this year the Razzies are changing the game a bit, choosing instead to unveil their nominations this weekend, with the ceremony to take place on April 1st -- that's right, April Fools Day. So who earned the distinction in 2011 of the best at being the worst? Adam Sandler.

'Snabba Cash' & 'Safe House' Star Fares Fares Joins Kathryn Bigelow's 'Kill Bin Laden'

  • By Simon Dang
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  • February 26, 2012 9:46 AM
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On the back of an offer out to Joel Kinnanman to take on the titular role in Jose Padhida's "Robocop" reboot, it looks like another acting protege of young Swedish helmer Daniel Espinosa is making waves in Hollywood. After featuring in both "Snabba Cash" films and "Safe House," the memorably named Fares Fares has now been cast in Kathryn Bigelow's upcoming Osama Bin Laden flick formerly known as "Kill Bin Laden."

Tom Hollander Goes Literary For Ralph Fiennes' Charles Dickens Love Story 'Invisible Woman'

  • By Simon Dang
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  • February 26, 2012 9:41 AM
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Most recently seen as cross-dressing assassin Isaacs in Joe Wright's "Hanna," character actor Tom Hollander is now the latest addition to Ralph Fiennes' sophomore directorial effort, an adaptation of Claire Tomalin's Charles Dickens-Nelly Ternan love story, "The Invisible Woman."

'The Artist' Sweeps Spirit Awards Taking Best Picture, Director, Actor & Cinematography

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • February 25, 2012 7:44 PM
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The awards season train continues for "The Artist," and while in years past the Spirit Awards have tended to honor edgier or more decidedly independent fare, this year it looks like even they have the fever for the silent movie sensation. Taking home the big prizes for Best Picture, Best Director (Michel Hazanavicius), Best Actor (Jean Dujardin) and Best Cinematography (Guillaume Schiffman) it looks like the stage has been set for the film to repeat these honors, and maybe more, tomorrow night at the venue formerly known as the Kodak Theater.

'Ides Of March' Screenwriter Beau Willimon Talks Political Vs. Oscar Campaigns & Why George Clooney Deserved More Oscar Nods

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • February 25, 2012 2:43 PM
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Well, we're just about a day away from the Oscars, and making his first appearance on the red carpet will be screenwriter Beau Willimon, nominated along with George Clooney and Grant Heslov for Best Adapted Screenplay for "Ides Of March." Based on his own play "Farragut North," Willimon drew on his own experiences working on political campaigns in his 20s to tell the the sharply observed tale of an idealistic organizer for a progressive candidate who is forced to navigate the shifting tides of his own morals and values as the race for power becomes dirty. Of course, Oscar campaigning is also a viciously fought affair, and when we chatted with Willimon at the end of week, we asked him what he saw as the parallels and differences between an awards and political race.

Watch: 2 Charming Hyundai Ads Directed By Wes Anderson, Will Air During The Oscars

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • February 25, 2012 1:03 PM
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It seems we'll have a bit more to look forward during tomorrow night's broadcast of Oscars other than Sacha Baron Cohen's "The Dictator" walking the red carpet and uh, that Cirque Du Soleil performance. You might want to save the bathroom breaks for the Sound Editing awards instead of the commercials, because Wes Anderson will dropping two new ads for Hyundai. Or, thanks to the magic of the interwebs, you can spare yourself the "Sophie's Choice" dilemma and just watch them now.

Octavia Spencer Says She's Writing Something For Melissa McCarthy, Describes Her 'Lamb Of God' Character While Campaigning For 'The Help'

  • By Jen Vineyard
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  • February 25, 2012 12:47 PM
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At a recent private luncheon for awards contender "The Help" at Desmond's in New York, Viola Davis and Octavia Spencer didn't touch their dessert, a chocolate pie/cake hybrid -- did they know something the rest of us weren't privy to? Speaking very slowly as if it were a warning, Davis teased, "I probably should not have dessert here," before revealing her real reason: she had a stash of Ladurée macarons back at her hotel. Laughed Spencer, "I'm just glad they didn't make our chocolate pie."

Review: 'Exhausted' Is Spiritually Draining Shock Cinema

  • By Gabe Toro
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  • February 25, 2012 12:38 PM
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Even in this day and age where DVD has brought so much to your doorstep, when countless streaming services allow you to screen the most challenging fare, one cannot neglect the feeling of sitting in a theater with others and sharing a communal shock. New York City is where you'd go to see an experimental, confrontational piece of anti-cinema, and 2008's nightmarish "Exhausted," making its American debut at the Gastropub reRun Theater tonight, absolutely fts the bill. You'll have many film experiences this year, but none may be quite so unforgettable.
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Review: 'Gone' Starring Amanda Seyfried Is A Zero Sum Detective Story Meets Empty Lifetime Movie Slasher

  • By Simon Abrams
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  • February 25, 2012 11:19 AM
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It’s weirdly fitting that "Gone" is just as tonally confused as its lead protagonist -- the creators of the new Amanda Seyfried vehicle have made a slasher film for the Lifetime movie set. Director Heitor Dhalia tellingly concludes the film’s opening scene, with Seyfried, playing a jittery young woman who’s convinced she was abducted, in a steamy shower sequence. There’s no nudity in this shower scene but if Dhalia did show Seyfried lathering up in the buff, it wouldn’t have significantly changed the already gratuitous nature of this introductory sequence of Seyfried quietly touching herself behind a thin shower curtain.

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