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Grittier Look At Bilbo Baggins In New Pic From 'The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • January 14, 2012 5:35 PM
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Well, here's a bit of change of pace from the generally sing-songy, bright-eyed trailer for "The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey."

Lionsgate Wants To Keep 'Twilight' Franchise Going After 5th Film

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • January 14, 2012 1:47 PM
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$412.5 million. That's how much Lionsgate just paid to acquire Summit in a deal that closed this week. Summit have made a name for themselves thanks to the massive global box office of the "Twilight" series of the films, and other the years, stamped themselves as players thanks to small films that exceeded expectations: "Knowing," "50/50," "Red," "Source Code," "Letters To Juliet" and Best Picture winner "The Hurt Locker" (which won Oscar despite a terrible reception at the box office). But let's be honest,  Lionsgate didn't buy Summit for those. They want the bloodsuckers and werewolves.

Quentin Tarantino Gives 'Drive,' 'Rampart' & 'Meek's Cutoff' Slots On His Worst & "Nice Try" 2011 Film Lists

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • January 14, 2012 1:13 PM
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Is Quentin Tarantino turning into a crank? Or Armond White? The director has dropped his best of list for 2011, and let's just put it this way: Paul W.S. Anderson's ridiculous and dumb "The Three Musketeers" made the top 11, while movies like "Drive," "Rampart" and "Meek's Cutoff" didn't. In fact, the latter two made his Worst Movies list.

Poster Round-Up: '21 Jump Street,' 'The Bourne Legacy,' 'John Dies At The End,' 'Detachment' & 'The Words'

  • By Cory Everett
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  • January 14, 2012 12:42 PM
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Another week into 2012, another cavalcade of posters hitting the web for a handful of new releases. First up is a new poster for Jonah Hill's '80s cop reboot, "21 Jump Street." The film isn't out until March but word out of a test screening last week was very strong, indicating that this is a rare spring release worth actually looking forward to. Riding the success of his understated turn in "Moneyball," the film finds Hill back in familiar, R-rated comedy territory, hitting theaters on March 16th. [Facebook]

Agustí Villaronga, Director Of Spanish Oscar Contender 'Black Bread,' Talks Influences & Chasing Authenticity

  • By Christopher Bell
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  • January 14, 2012 12:30 PM
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Many were surprised when Spain selected the then-unheard of Catalan language film "Black Bread," over Pedro Almodóvar's insane thriller "The Skin I Live In," as their entry for this year's Oscars. But the film was a big critical success in its native land, winning 9 Goya Awards and sweeping the major categories, including Best Film (the first Catalan-language film to do so), Best Actor, Best Actress, Best Supporting Actress and Best Director for Agustí Villaronga.

My Favorite Films Of 2011 - Rodrigo Perez

  • By Rodrigo Perez
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  • January 14, 2012 10:35 AM
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Topping my list of 2011’s #1stworldproblems was making a top 10 list. Such is the difficult life of having to see movies for free and then attempt to express something insightful about them. I have the same issue every year: feeling zero motivation to write a top 10 list and then of course, almost writing about 20 films this year. #contradictoryfail. However, I can’t promise there will be any insights here. Perhaps the problem was that Gabe, Chris, Drew, Kevin and Oli all made eloquent lists that said all that really needed to be said about 2011’s film, but regardless, here I am with my belated round-up.

Review: ‘Paradise Lost 3’ Is Utterly Compelling, But Occasionally Still Ethically Messy

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • January 14, 2012 10:05 AM
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Few movies have a conclusion as out-of-nowhere, compelling and yet strange as the one featured in "Paradise Lost 3: Purgatory." What makes this finale even more exceptional is the fact that the film is a documentary and that this unexpected coda wasn't dreamed up inside the head of an imaginative screenwriter, but a surprise twist that occurred in these dramatic real life events.

Chris Evans Has Great Taste, In Talks To Star In Bong Joon-Ho's Sci-Fi 'Snow Piercer'

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • January 13, 2012 9:55 PM
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Even though he's now a bona-fide A-lister thanks to the success of "Captain America: The First Avenger," we're not sure people give Chris Evans enough credit. He's consistently been the best thing in crummy movies from "Fantastic Four" and "The Losers" to "London" and "Puncture," and when he gets the right material, like his raucous cameo in "Scott Pilgrim Vs. The World" or an impressive dramatic turn in Danny Boyle's "Sunshine," he really flies. Even his contribution to last summer's period superhero film seems to be undervalued; the film only half works, but that it works at all is in large part down to Evans' note-perfect performance in a difficult, near-saintly role.

20th Century Fox Want 'Chronicle' Director Josh Trank To Helm Reboot Of 'Fantastic Four'

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • January 13, 2012 9:10 PM
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Marvel's plan to dominate the comic book movie world has one major problem; rights to some of their key properties were sold back in the 1990s to other studios -- Fox taking crown jewels like "X-Men," "Daredevil" and "The Fantastic Four," with Sony landing perhaps the best known character, "Spider-Man," along with the less celebrated "Ghost Rider."

'Harold & Maude' Leads Criterion's April Slate Of New Releases

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • January 13, 2012 6:03 PM
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April come she will, and for Criterion, that means finally getting Hal Ashby's sophomore film into the collection.

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