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New Pics From Costume Design Bonanza 'Hunger Games' & 'This Means War' With Tom Hardy & Chris Pine

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • January 19, 2012 2:29 PM
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It seems each new look at "Hunger Games" brings with it even more outrageous costume design and makeup. If this is a dystopian future, it seems fashion designers are ruling the world. Tracksuits! Those wigs! Well get ready for another feast of stichery!

Sundance: 'That's What She Said' Director Carrie Preston Keeps Men Out Of Frame In Woody Allen Style Comedy

  • By Jen Vineyard
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  • January 19, 2012 2:08 PM
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Carrie Preston is best known as the ditzy-and-frustrated waitress Arlene Fowler on "True Blood" (and lately, as the ditzy-but-brilliant lawyer Elisbeth Tascioni on "The Good Wife"), but this year at Sundance, she'll be known as a film director for "That's What She Said," her sophomore feature effort behind the camera.

'Boiler Room' Director Ben Younger Returns To Helm Boxing Biopic 'Paz'

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • January 19, 2012 1:45 PM
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Whatever happened to Ben Younger? The former political aide, the youngest ever campaign manager in New York, made a promising film debut with "Boiler Room," a well-liked financial drama that starred Giovanni Ribisi, Vin Diesel and Ben Affleck, before segueing, several years later, into "Prime," an odd romantic comedy with Meryl Streep and Uma Thurman, which was flawed, but not without its charms. But since that film, which came out in 2005? Nothing. Not a peep.

Watch: 'Resident Evil: Retribution' Teaser Trailer Reveals Alice's World Involves Lots Of Sony Products

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • January 19, 2012 1:29 PM
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Product placement in movies is nothing new, but has there ever been a teaser trailer so obviously constructed as a piece of advertising as the one for "Resident Evil: Retribution"?

Clint Mansell's Score For 'Last Night' To Get A March 27th Release, Composer Playing L.A. Shows In Support

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • January 19, 2012 1:00 PM
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The drama "Last Night," from director Massy Tadjedin, and starring Keira Knightley, Eva Mendes, Sam Worthington and Guillaume Canet, rather came and went last year. No one had paid much attention when it premiered at Toronto in 2010, and no one really paid much attention when it hit theaters last May -- the film is a decent enough adultery drama, but pretty unremarkable in every way. Well, in every way but one; a score by one of the best-regarded composers of his generation, Clint Mansell.

Contest Giveaway: DVD & Soundtrack For 'Dirty Girl' Starring Juno Temple

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • January 19, 2012 12:42 PM
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To say that Juno Temple is one of our favorite young actresses would be an understatement. In her brief career thus far, Temple has shown a knack for taking on challenging material and working with visionary directors, having chalked up time with folks like Gregg Araki, Noah Baumbach and Joe Wright. And in 2012 there is even more to come, with the actress starring in films from Christopher Nolan, William Friedkin and Jonas Akerlund among others. Before 2011 wrapped up, Temple played a lead in the indie dramedy "Dirty Girl," alongside an ace cast including Milla Jovovich, Dwight Yoakam, Mary Steenburgen and William H. Macy. If you missed it, we've got a second chance for you.

Watch: First Trailer For 'Maria Full Of Grace' Helmer Joshua Marston's Family Drama 'Forgiveness Of Blood'

  • By Simon Dang
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  • January 19, 2012 12:22 PM
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It's been about seven years since global audiences were introduced to Joshua Marston with his captivating drug-mule drama "Maria Full Of Grace," a film which saw its lead, Catalina Sadino Moreno, earn worldwide acclaim and an Oscar nomination. The Californian helmer has managed to keep himself occupied with stints directing television shows such as "How To Make It In America" and "In Treatment," but 2012 is set to see him return with another unique international tale, in the family drama "The Forgiveness Of Blood."

Review: Steven Soderbergh's Action Vacation 'Haywire' Has Style, Smarts & Kicks To The Face

  • By James Rocchi
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  • January 19, 2012 12:00 PM
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At the AFI Festival L.A. "Secret Screening" -- blown, and blown up, several hours before as the world premiere of Steven Soderbergh's action-thriller "Haywire" -- the director explained how he found leading lady Gina Carano. He'd just been fired off a film -- "Which happens," he dryly noted -- and he was watching mixed martial arts on TV and saw Gina Carano in action and was struck by a thought: "She's a natural beauty and she beats people up in a cage; how could you not build a movie around her?"
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'Four Weddings' & 'Love Actually' Mastermind Richard Curtis Returns To Directing With Sci-Fi Comedy-Drama 'About Time'

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • January 19, 2012 11:39 AM
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Potentially unpopular opinion ahoy: Richard Curtis is a pretty great writer. Don't get us wrong, we don't like "Love Actually" or "Pirate Radio"/"The Boat That Rocked" any more than you do, but "Four Weddings and a Funeral," "Notting Hill" and "Bridget Jones' Diary" make up as good a run of rom-coms as anyone has ever had (particularly when compared to the dismal current state of the genre), and his lower-key, more emotional work on the likes of "The Girl in the Cafe," "Doctor Who" episode "Vincent and the Doctor" and the currently-in-theaters "War Horse," is undervalued. 

Sean Penn-Directed 'The Comedian' Will Be Kristen Wiig's Next Film; Reason For Not Doing 'Bridesmaids' Is To Avoid 'SNL' Curse

  • By Simon Dang
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  • January 19, 2012 11:15 AM
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Yes, we know. It's hasn't even been 24 hours since we last weighed in on the whole "Kristen Wiig isn't doing a 'Bridesmaids' sequel" revelation, but in never-ending conversation, no one has really talked about what she's actually doing next. However, Vulture now report that while the actress definitely has no intention of doing a sequel to the 2011 box office hit, her only project for 2012 so far is joining Sean Penn and Robert De Niro for "The Comedian," with shooting planned to take place during her 'SNL' hiatus, begining in June.

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