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Hope You Like Synths: The Best Scores & Soundtracks Of 2011

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • December 14, 2011 2:29 PM
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Way back in the day, The Playlist started as a site focused principally on the places where movies and music met, and in particular, on scores and soundtracks. We've widened our net in the intervening years simply because that sole focus felt too small and we're movie lovers just as much as music lovers, but that interest has never gone away. And how could it? In many ways, we've reached the most interesting time in film scoring in years, with 2011 in particular seeing a number of electronic artists bringing the synth back into fashion in a big way. Between these and last year's Daft Punk-abled "Tron: Legacy" score, has there ever been a time when movie music has been so, well, danceable?

'Young Adult' Star Patton Oswalt Talks Transforming For The Film & How His French Bulldog Helped Get Him The Job

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • December 14, 2011 2:15 PM
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Going into “Young Adult,” Jason Reitman’s new dark comedy, you kind of already have a sensation that Charlize Theron is going to dazzle you as the boozy, emotionally stunted author of a series of young adult novels who returns to her hometown in an effort to woo a former beau.

A Batch Of New Images From 'The Darkest Hour' Starring Emile Hirsch & Olivia Thirlby Invade Earth

  • By Benjamin Wright
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  • December 14, 2011 1:48 PM
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In a year that’s seen the alien invasion genre grow in abundance with films ranging from the nostalgic and sweet “Super 8” to the visceral thrills of “Attack the Block,” along with the just plain awful “Battle: Los Angeles,” what’s wrong with squeezing one more in by the end of 2011?

David Cross Calls 'Chip-Wrecked' "The Most Unpleasant Experience" Of His Career

  • By Gabe Toro
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  • December 14, 2011 1:15 PM
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When comedian and actor David Cross took a role in “Alvin And The Chipmunks,” he received endless criticism from fans used to the alterna-comic’s anti-authoritarian stance. His memorable response suggested he was aware of how it looked, but hey, kid movies pay the bills.

The Amazing Race: Who Got Snubbed In The SAG Nominations & What Does It Mean For Their Oscar Hopes?

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • December 14, 2011 1:02 PM
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After a few weeks where the critics got to have the limelight, the awards barometer swung back to the practicioners this morning, as the Screen Actors Guild revealed their nominations for their annual awards, making them the first major guild out the gate. And, true to form, for the most part they played it safe with a firmly middlebrow selection of nominees.

Elle Fanning Says 'Twixt' Like Making A "Homemade Movie" At Francis Ford Coppola's House

  • By Todd Gilchrist
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  • December 14, 2011 12:18 PM
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Since the release of Sofia Coppola's “Somewhere,” Elle Fanning has become one of Hollywood’s most in-demand young actresses, thanks to a combination of natural beauty and a wholesome and unaffected screen presence. Speaking to The Playlist during press rounds for Cameron Crowe’s “We Bought a Zoo,” she said she had a couple of high-profile collaborations in the pipeline, continuing to place her considerable talents in the care of established, acclaimed directors.

Watch: Wong Kar-Wai's Charles Bukowski Inspired Ad For Shu Uemura Cosmetics

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • December 14, 2011 12:00 PM
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While Wong Kar-Wai is no stranger to directing commericals, having helmed spots for brands as diverse as Motorola, BMW, Orange France, Lancome Paris and Dior, we have to say even this is a bit of a surprise. Granted, this has been in the works for a while but it's the first we've heard of it; Wong Kar-Wai has teamed with comestics company Shu Uemura on a Christmas collection of products, featuring heavily on the colors blue and red.

'The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo' Will Arrive One Day Earlier On December 20th, Starting At 7 PM

  • By Benjamin Wright
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  • December 14, 2011 11:41 AM
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Considering the glut of movies being released over the holidays next week, we’re surprised more of them aren’t looking to give themselves a little distance before the next highly-anticipated picture comes crushing through their gate.

Matt Damon & Cameron Crowe Respond To David Denby's Comments About 'We Bought A Zoo'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • December 14, 2011 11:17 AM
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New Yorker critic David Denby doesn't seem to making many friends this month. In the midst of tangling with Scott Rudin over his embargo breaking "The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo" review, in an email to the producer, he tried to rationalize his decision to run his article early by throwing another big December movie under the bus.

Producer Kathleen Kennedy Says Flawed Third Act Of 'Tell No One' Encouraged Her To Take On Remake With Ben Affleck

  • By Jen Vineyard
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  • December 14, 2011 11:17 AM
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There's been a spree of remakes of perfectly good foreign films -- from the Swedish "Let the Right One In " to "Let Me In," to the (again) Swedish "The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo" to David Fincher's new version -- so you might well ask: why do we need any more of these?

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