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First Look: Ben Affleck In Covert Iran Hostage Crisis Picture 'Argo,' & 'Jack The Giant Killer'

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  • December 26, 2011 2:46 PM
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To quote Matt Damon in a recent episode of KCRW's The Business, after the Bennifer flap of the early aughts, his "hetero lifemate" Ben Affleck had to work twice as hard to frame his name back into a respectable part of the film industry. "He was very sober about what it meant for his career," Damon said. "He knew he was going to go into the penalty box for an undetermined amount of time. The worst place you can be is where you're selling magazines and not movie tickets. That's purgatory."

First Look: Channing Tatum & Matthew McConaughey In Male Stripper Film 'Magic Mike'

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  • December 26, 2011 1:02 PM
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Perhaps we're not quite as excited for this film as E! Online writer Ted Casablanca, whose breathless reports about the picture are kind of amusing (even straight guys didn't write this breathlessly about, say, "Showgirls," did they?), but two Steven Soderbergh films in one year ain't too bad. The first one of 2012 arrives in January, Gina Carano's action thriller "Haywire." The picture also co-stars Channing Tatum, who's directly responsible for Soderbergh's second film of next year, the stripper film "Magic Mike." Based on Tatum's experiences as a male stripper in his pre-fame days, the actor pitched it to the filmmaker a few months after "Haywire" wrapped and the Academy Award-winning director was intrigued by the prospect of a film milleu he'd never really seen onscreen before.

First Look Photos: Stallone In 'Bullet To Head,' Russell Brand In 'Rock Of Ages' & Zac Efron In 'The Lucky One'

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  • December 26, 2011 12:27 PM
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Ringing in the new year? Not quite yet, but Warner Bros. is already a bit ahead of the game and has released some new images from their 2012 slate, including the musical "Rock Of Ages," the Todd Phillips-produced party comedy "Project X," Sylvester Stallone's action thriller "Bullet To The Head" and the Zac Efron weeper "The Lucky One" which is based off, what else, a Nicholas Sparks novel. Details and more photos below, so mark the ones that interest you on your calendar.

Review: 'The Iron Lady' Is A Shabby & Tin-Eared Standard-Issue Biopic

  • By James Rocchi
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  • December 26, 2011 11:22 AM
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Starring two time winner and multiple-Oscar nominee Meryl Streep as British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher, "The Iron Lady" will be watched across broad ideological divides; Thatcher was (and is) an icon to the Right, while she was (and is) demonized and disparaged by the Left. The film's also being watched along polarized axes in Hollywood, as well, where awards-season gurus hover to see if Thatcher will get Streep her 17th Oscar nomination or even her 3rd win, and more innocent consumers merely wonder if Streep and the script will provide a quality night out at the movies. And yet these polarized groups will surely all come together to recognize that "The Iron Lady" is the comedy of the year. It's not meant to be.

Merry Christmas Alan Taylor! You're The New Director Of 'Thor 2'!

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • December 25, 2011 7:39 PM
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Looks like the offices of Marvel didn't close for Christmas. After flirting with "Game Of Thrones" director Brian Kirk and "Monster" helmer Patty Jenkins, a new director for "Thor 2" has been found. For now.

Weekend Box Office: 'Ghost Protocol' On Top Of Weak Holiday Weekend

  • By Gabe Toro
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  • December 25, 2011 7:22 PM
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Twas the night before and/or the night of Christmas, and all through the theaters, it was empty and chilly, no maintenance, no heaters. Most moviegoers selected the 'Ghost Protocol,' with the legend from "Legend" and that guy from "Paul." "The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo" couldn't beat the Tom Cruise sequel. Not even the Steven Spielberg-Peter Jackson collaboration could be its equal.

'Becoming Santa' Is A Joyless Christmas Doc

  • By Ryan Sartor
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  • December 25, 2011 10:39 AM
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When judging modern Christmas movies, a good place to start is with the “hipness” of the film’s music. Danny DeVito does a little hip-hop DJ-ing in “Deck the Halls,” Michael Keaton fronts a touring rock act in “Jack Frost” (his group in the film is called ‘The Jack Frost Band’), and “This Christmas,” while a fine holiday movie, features the great Idris Elba playing passionate, bluesy saxophone in a Jazz club like he’s starring in a Miles Davis biopic. The accompanying vocal track? “Santa Baby.”

Bored Over Christmas? Here's Every Feature The Playlist Ran In 2011

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • December 24, 2011 10:00 AM
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The bulk of our time might be spent dealing with news on what's coming up, or reviews on what's just about to arrive, but we're not all about the future here at The Playlist. Once a week or so, we try to take an in-depth look at films gone by. Sometimes it's the work of an actor or a director, living or dead, retired or in the peak of their powers. Sometimes it's a particular genre. Sometimes it's whatever takes our fancy.

Drew Taylor's Favorite Films Of 2011

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • December 24, 2011 9:25 AM
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2011 was undoubtedly the year of Terrence Malick's "Tree of Life." It just wasn't for me. After winning the Palme d'Or on the same day that I saw the movie, I was left feeling baffled. Like I had missed something.

Timur Bekmambetov To Direct Segment In Omnibus 'New Year's Eve' Style Remake Of 'Six Degrees Of Celebration'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • December 23, 2011 4:13 PM
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After years of blockbusters and special effects eye candy, it looks like Timur Bekmambetov is ready to pull a bit of a Garry Marshall.

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