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'The Host' Finds The Seeker In Diane Kruger

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • January 20, 2012 4:56 PM
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While she spent 2011 losing out on roles in blockbuster movies after testing for "Oblivion," "Total Recall" and "Man Of Steel," don't weep for Diane Kruger. The actress toplines "Farewell, My Queen" as Marie Antoinette in the film which premieres at the Berlin International Film Festival next month, and not only that, she's finally snagged a role in a brewing picture that comes with a "Twilight" connection.

Review: Overwrought & Superficial ‘Flowers Of War’ Never Even Blooms

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  • January 20, 2012 4:33 PM
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While the historically overlooked massacre and genocide of China's city of Nanking is experiencing a resurgence in cultural awareness (and therefore cinema) as an under-remembered tragedy worth memorializing (see the 2007 documentary "Nanking"), the brutal events – Japan killing 200,000 people in their 1937 overthrowing of the region – is still mostly unknown outside of the East.

Watch: Matthew McConaughey Reprises David Wooderson From 'Dazed & Confused' In Video For Butch Walker's "Synthesizers"

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • January 20, 2012 4:10 PM
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It was just this week around the Playlist watercooler that we were talking about the awesomeness of Matthew McConaughey. That the guy is a charisma machine is without question, but his skills as an actor often go underappreciated. Last year's hit "The Lincoln Lawyer" was only watchable because of McConaughey (plus bonus points to Shea Whigham however), with the actor selling the smarmy, slick lawyer so winningly we wanted to see where (the increasingly absurd and pretty dumb) case and story went. And even when he wallows in dull rom-coms, he's still the best thing around, and dare we say, "Failure To Launch" has enough McConaughey Moments (as we like to call them) to make it worth a (very drunken) watch.

The Amazing Race: At Long Last, My Final Oscar Nomination Predictions

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • January 20, 2012 3:54 PM
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It's crunch time. The Globes are done, the guilds have wrapped up, the critics have all had their say, and the BAFTAs have picked their nominees. In four days, the nominations for this year's Academy Awards will be announced, and we can finally stop talking about who's going to be nominated, and start talking about who's going to win.

Watch: Charming, Funny Trailer For 'Jeff Who Lives At Home' Starring Jason Segel & Ed Helms

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • January 20, 2012 2:58 PM
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Jay and Mark Duplass may be growing beyond the M-word cinematic subculture they continue to be lumped in with, but they haven't left the exploration of raw human emotion behind. 2010's "Cyrus" with Jonah Hill saw them marrying their quirkier sensibilities with a more broadly appearing movie, but one that didn't hold back on the truth of its characters, in a story that moved and twisted in interesting directions. And the same is promised with "Jeff Who Lives At Home," on the surface a buddy comedy with Jason Segel and Ed Helms, but as the trailer suggests, one that will dig a little deeper.

'Cold Fish' & 'Guilty Of Romance' Director Sion Sono Making Japanese Earthquake/Tsunami Pic 'The Land Of Hope'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • January 20, 2012 2:42 PM
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Is seems Sion Sono isn't done with last March's devastating earthquake in Japan just yet. Perhaps best known to genre fans stateside for his thriller "Cold Fish" or the epically bonkers "Love Exposure," last year Sono went to Venice with "Himizu" his tale centered on the danger zone following the Japanese earthquake. And with cameras now rolling on this next film, he hasn't left that event behind.

Sundance Review: 'Searching For Sugar Man' An Entertaining, Touching & Revealing Look At Forgotten Pop Singer Rodriguez

  • By Todd Gilchrist
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  • January 20, 2012 2:16 PM
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If every Sundance film festival needs at least one documentary to remind white people of all the great music in the world they don’t know about, at least “Searching For Sugar Man” seems like 2012’s front-runner for the best one. A born crowd-pleaser whose central mystery begets a great triumph of grace and modesty, Malik Bendjelloul’s documentary about forgotten-before-he-was-known folk-pop singer Rodriguez is a hugely entertaining, emotionally touching, and musically revelatory experience.

Peter Jackson-Produced 'West Of Memphis' Documentary Reveals New Witnesses Who Point The Finger At Terry Hobbs

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • January 20, 2012 1:06 PM
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One of the most emotionally charged documentaries headed to Sundance this year is the Peter Jackson-produced, Amy Berg-directed "West Of Memphis." Earlier today, Deadline reported on rumors that had been flying about a last minute addition to the film, a scene that would bring forth important new evidence to the case that was only obtained in the last month. Press screenings prior to Sundance in New York and Los Angeles were apparently missing a scene, and right now with the film unspooling in Park City, a press release has gone out confirming the latest twist in the saga of the West Memphis Three.

Sundance: New Looks At Elizabeth Olsen In 'Liberal Arts' & 'Red Lights' Plus Pics Of Clive Owen & Andrea Riseborough In 'Shadow Dancer'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • January 20, 2012 12:36 PM
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Can't be in Park City this week? We feel your pain, and while most of us will have to wait for months and perhaps even a year to eventually see some of the movies unspooling at Sundance, hopefully this batch of new images will be enough to tide you over for now.

Dustin Lance Black's 'Virginia' & Joachim Trier's 'Oslo, August 31' Lead Latest Acquisitions

  • By Benjamin Wright
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  • January 20, 2012 11:59 AM
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As we make our way into 2012, studios both big and small are looking for those films that’ll help fill out their slate for the rest of the year. Whether to possibly run as Oscar contenders or perhaps simply to gain some traction at your local art house, here’s a roundup of a few acquisitions making headlines.

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