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'A Separation,' 'Pina,' 'In Darkness,' 'Footnote' & 5 More Survive To The Oscar Foreign Film Shortlist

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • January 18, 2012 2:40 PM
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...and then there were nine. After sixty-three submissions, we're down to the last batch hoping to make it the final five when the Oscar nominations are announced next Tuesday. The process is an odd one, with L.A.-based Academy members voting in the top six, and three more films added by the branch committee headed by chief Mark Johnson. Now, invite-only members in New York and Los Angeles will vote and weigh in with the final five. But before we get to those, let's see who got left out.

Liv Tyler To Star In Ti West's Sci-Fi Project 'The Side Effect'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • January 18, 2012 2:02 PM
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Title confusion! Nope, this isn't Steven Soderbergh's upcoming thriller, "Side Effects" (plural), but instead, it's the next effort from Ti West, "The Side Effect" (singular). Stay with us.

Kristen Wiig Finally Weighs In, Says She's "Not Planning" Another 'Bridesmaids' Movie

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • January 18, 2012 1:41 PM
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So far, we've heard from Jon Hamm, Melissa McCarthy, Wendi McLendon-Covey, Judd Apatow and Paul Feig regarding the rumored plans Universal has for making a "Bridesmaids" sequel whether or not star, co-writer and co-creator Kristen Wiig comes back on board. Generally, the consensus from the rest of the cast has been without Wiig, there's no reason for them to come back. And for producer and director Apatow and Feig, it's all about having a worthy concept, and if not, they're not inclined to rehash the formula.

Rising Stars Tahar Rahim & Lea Seydoux To Star In Nuclear-Powered Romantic Drama 'Grand Central'

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • January 18, 2012 1:25 PM
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Two of our favorite breakouts of international cinema of the last few years have been Tahar Rahim and Lea Seydoux. The former made a scorching debut in Jacques Audiard's "A Prophet," followed up swiftly with "The Eagle" and "Black Gold," while the latter won a César nomination for "La Belle Persone" and more acclaim for "Lourdes," before making a big American splash last year as Owen Wilson's love interest in "Midnight in Paris" and as the buxom assassin in "Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol." So it makes perfect sense that the two are being teamed up together.

Producer Rick McCallum Reveals 'Red Tails' Was Originally Conceived As A Trilogy

  • By Gabe Toro
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  • January 18, 2012 12:57 PM
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It was 1984. In a studio in England, a small film called "Dreamchild" was shooting under producer Rick McCallum, with a crew of only twenty people. While they only used one room of the studio space, the rest of the area was taken over by the potential blockbuster "Return To Oz," overseen by George Lucas. When one producer decided to pay a visit to the other, few knew a massively successful partnership would emerge. But did anyone guess that Lucas would be the one to venture over to the smaller set? "I could tell George wanted to be on our set, and we all wanted to be on his!" smiles McCallum, the producer of "Red Tails," who recently sat down with us for an exclusive interview. "Because he had a crew of 150, they had cranes, everything you’d ever want as a filmmaker, and we had nothing."

'Gossip Girl' Star Aaron Tveit Lands Role Of Enjolras In Tom Hooper's 'Les Miserables'

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • January 18, 2012 12:40 PM
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It might still be coming together, but the cast of the long-awaited film version of "Les Miserables," directed by "The King's Speech"'s Oscar winning director Tom Hooper, is what can politely be described as 'eclectic.' Two burly Australian leading men, Hugh Jackman and Russell Crowe, have the lead roles, one a Broadway veteran, one a rock star hobbyist. Anne Hathaway, a gifted singer, albeit one with little stage musical experience, is also involved, while a rising star, Eddie Redmayne, an acclaimed actress, Helena Bonham Carter and a comedian, Sacha Baron Cohen, will likely take supporting roles, and "Mamma Mia" star Amanda Seyfried recently signed on, with fresh-faced popstar Taylor Swift mulling over an offer to join her.

"The World & The Industry Will Move On": Steven Soderbergh On His Retirement, 'Magic Mike' & 'Side Effects'

  • By The Playlist
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  • January 18, 2012 12:20 PM
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For the last couple of years, Steven Soderbergh, one of the most acclaimed filmmakers of the last few decades, started to talk about retirement. Initially dismissed as a joke, the ambiguity played up by the director, it's become increasingly clear that Soderbergh is serious about the proposition.

Screenwriter John Logan Talks Writing 'Coriolanus' With Swagger & Dreaming Up The World Of 'Hugo'

  • By Todd Gilchrist
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  • January 18, 2012 11:56 AM
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It’s no small thing to collaborate with Gore Verbinski, Martin Scorsese or Ralph Fiennes. But to work with all three in the same year, on separate projects, is a truly remarkable accomplishment. And that’s exactly what screenwriter John Logan did in 2011, crafting screenplays for “Rango,” “Hugo,” and “Coriolanus” as a sort of hat trick for a career that’s already been full of spectacular efforts, including “Gladiator,” “The Aviator,” and “Sweeney Todd” among many others.

Watch: Rebecca Hall & Bruce Willis Have A Sunset Strip Singalong In First Clip From Stephen Frears' 'Lay The Favorite'

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • January 18, 2012 11:40 AM
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Many rock stars want to be actors, despite having no real capacity for it, while conversely, many actors would like to be singers, again, without necessarily having the ability to carry a tune. Among them is Bruce Willis, who inexplicably had a successful album, "The Return of Bruno," in the 1980s. Fortunately, we've been spared his vocal stylings for a while on screen, but our time of rest is over; if you've ever wanted to hear John McClane take on The Hollies' "The Air That I Breathe," 1) You're in luck, and 2) What's wrong with you?

Joel Edgerton Sells Dramedy Script 'One Night Stand' To New Regency

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • January 18, 2012 11:17 AM
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There are a couple ways to start calling your own shots in Hollywood. One is to start your own producing shingle, and any big name actor you can think of (Brad Pitt, Leonardo DiCaprio, Will Smith, Mark Wahlberg) has an outlet where they can develop projects. Well, for Joel Edgerton, he's already got Blue Tongue Films, the Aussie collective of filmmakers, where he can cook up material and collaborate, but in order to open some more doors in Hollywood, he's taking a different approach.

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