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Ridley & Tony Scott Producing Documentary Based On Bill O'Reilly's 'Killing Lincoln'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • January 13, 2012 9:41 AM
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Forget Edward, Bella, Batman, Ethan Hunt, zombies, vampires, fairy tales or whatever other trend you might think is gaining heat, because it seems nothing is hotter right now than Abraham Lincoln. Last year, Robert Redford investigated his assassination with "The Conspirator," and in 2012 we'll have two versions of the famed president hitting screens, first in the revisionist genre tale "Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter" then in Steven Spielberg's prestige picture "Lincoln." But guess what history buffs, there is even more Abe on the way.

'The Artist' Continues Awards Sweep With Four Wins At The Critic's Choice Awards; George Clooney & Viola Davis Take Best Actor/Actress

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • January 13, 2012 9:10 AM
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We've still got about six weeks to go in the awards season, but we're all but done with the nomination process (bar the Oscars, of course), and moving into the stage where people actually get to start filling up their trophy cabinet. The Golden Globes are on Sunday, but last night saw the first televised ceremonies of 2012, the Broadcast Film Critic's Association Critic's Choice Awards.

Kate Winslet To Star In Kenneth Branagh's Adaptation Of Best-Seller ''The Guernsey Literary And Potato Peel Pie Society'

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • January 13, 2012 8:57 AM
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After finally winning her Oscar for "The Reader" at the start of 2009, Kate Winslet's had a little break from awards-bait movies. Not that she's avoided the glitter altogether -- she won an Emmy, deservedly, for her starring role in Todd Haynes' "Mildred Pierce," and has two Golden Globe nominations this weekend, both for that and for her turn in "Carnage." But the latter is an atypical kind of role for the star, an acerbic dark comedy, and most of her other choices of late, like Steven Soderbergh's "Contagion" and a role in portmanteau comedy "Movie 43" have been designed to let her have a little fun, rather than court awards voters.

Elizabeth Olsen & Dane Dehaan Join Daniel Radcliffe In 'Kill Your Darlings'

  • By Edward Davis
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  • January 12, 2012 7:48 PM
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How do you follow-up a career making turn like the Sundance 2011 favorite "Martha Marcy May Marlene" (which is strangely absent from this year's Oscar conversation)? Well, if you're actress Elizabeth Olsen, you choose what appears to be a mix of genres. She's got a horror called "Silent House" arriving in March of this year, but it was shot before her Sundance hit, so we can't quite count it. Then there's the dramedy "Peace, Love, & Misunderstanding" which appeared at TIFF last year, but still doesn't appear to have distribution, and another upcoming Sundance indie called "Liberal Arts." So what to do for an encore?

Johnny Depp Is Undead In New Pic From 'Dark Shadows'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • January 12, 2012 7:28 PM
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Italians are passionate about many things, food, wine, love and apparently, Johnny Depp.

So, Paul Thomas Anderson's 'The Master' Has Been Shot In 65mm (Not IMAX)

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • January 12, 2012 7:03 PM
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Way back in April, before lensing started on Paul Thomas Anderson's "The Master," word leaked out that the director was shooting test footage with a 65mm camera, the same used by Stanley Kubrick on "2001: A Spacy Odyssey" -- and then, not much was heard after that. Well, it looks like those tests went well as the word around the Twittersphere (thank you Ice Cube) is that Anderson has indeed shot some of the film in the format (the movie is said to be a mix of 35mm and 65mm).

Review: Xavier Gens' 'The Divide' Is Silly, Clichéd Apocalyptic Trash

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • January 12, 2012 7:01 PM
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It seemed, to us at least, that there was a strangely apocalyptic cloud that was cast over many of the SXSW film festival selections in 2011 – things like "Bellflower" all the way up to "Attack the Block" had a definite "end of days" feel. "The Divide" might have been the one movie to attack the material with the most heads-on gusto, however, with the opening scene bringing New York City to waste with a hail of comet-like missiles. It's a striking image, for sure, but there's not much that equals it in the movie's labored, two-hour running time, either in terms of visual sophistication or crafting a sense of apocalyptic gloom. Instead, you'll be wondering why everything's so over-lit after the world's ended and why anyone would behave the way the characters do.

Judd Apatow Says 'Bridesmaids' Sequel Without Kirsten Wiig Like 'Water For Elephants' Without RPatz

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • January 12, 2012 6:20 PM
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With Melissa McCarthy and Wendi McLoven-Covey already weighing in on the non-controversy of Universal's possible plan to do a "Bridesmaids" sequel into production without its star Kristen Wiig, leave to the film's producer Judd Apatow to make the funniest comment about the absurd situation yet.

Review: Don't Let The Awkward & Clumsy 'Loosies' Pick Your Pocket

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • January 12, 2012 5:59 PM
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The poster for “Loosies,” a new film written, produced, and starring Peter Facinelli, best known for his role as the big daddy vampire in the “Twilight” movies, makes it look incredibly dangerous and edgy despite the fact that its name suggests some son-of-“Porky’s” sex comedy (it’s a reference to buying single cigarettes, which we all know is both illegal and fairly commonplace). The poster is doused in dark, brooding colors and even has Michael Madsen, part of the movie’s all-star B-grade supporting cast, brandishing a gun (while wearing sunglasses no less). But the movie itself is a much lighter, more amiable affair, much more so than its Photoshopped-to-shit poster suggests. And that’s part of the problem.

Channing Tatum, Alex Pettyfer & Matt Bomer Strip In 'Magic Mike' Pics; Gina Carano Gets Sucker Punched In 'Haywire' Clip

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • January 12, 2012 5:02 PM
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Whether you like it or not, with two movies coming out this year on top of shooting two more --yes, that's four projects total -- there's going to be a lot of Steven Soderbergh news in 2012. Just deal with it.

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