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Christina Hendricks Joins Sally Potter's 'Bomb,' Annette Bening Circling

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • December 23, 2011 9:45 AM
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As you might expect from of one of the most critically acclaimed TV series of recent years, if not ever, the cast of AMC's "Mad Men" have begun making inroads to the big screen in recent years. Star Jon Hamm has been the most successful in finding decent roles, thanks to "Bridesmaids" and "The Town," but his cast-mates are finding work as well, even if the parts have generally been one-tenth as interesting as their characters on Matthew Weiner's show; John Slattery reprised Roger Sterling, but in a hat, in "The Adjustment Bureau," Vincent Kartheiser got villainous in "In Time," Elisabeth Moss played the thankless girlfriend in "Get Him To The Greek" and January Jones stood around in a push-up bra in "X-Men: First Class."

Listen: 'Drive' Soundtrack Star/Producer Johnny Jewel Delivers 2 1/2 Hour Film Score 'Symmetry'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • December 23, 2011 9:25 AM
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If you had told us at the beginning of the year that the soundtrack to Nicolas Winding Refn's low-budget arthouse noir "Drive" would become a smash hit, we would have said you were crazy. But nothing about that film could be called predictable, and when Refn splased up the neon title card with "Nightcall" playing underneath it, all bets were off. But if you loved the tunes on the soundtrack, Santa is filling your stocknig with a lot more as producer Johnny Jewel -- the man behind Glass Candy and spin off bands Chromatics ("Tick Of The Clock") and Desire ("Under Your Spell") -- has delivered Symmetry: Themes For An Imaginary Film.

Wim Wenders Working On A 3D Film About Architecture

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • December 23, 2011 8:59 AM
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While James Cameron can be credited with bringing 3D back to the multiplex in a big way, leave it to guys like Martin Scorsese and Wim Wenders to truly push the boundaries of the format in 2011, proving that it can do more than just make expensive, special effects blockbusters look good. For Scorsese, "Hugo" was arguably far more immersive than anything in "Avatar," with every inch of each frame a wonder to look at. Meanwhile, Wenders used 3D as a dimension to capture the energy and power of dance in a way that has never been done before, and the director is heading back to the format for a brand new project that also promises to offer more than meets than eye.

New Look At 'Waltz With Bashir' Director Ari Folman's 'The Congress'; Film Will Be 70 Min. Live Action/50 Min. Animated

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • December 22, 2011 5:51 PM
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Though it's taking its time to get here "The Congress," Ari Folman's ambitious follow-up to his celebrated "Waltz With Bashir," continues to tease, and this new look dug up by Thompson On Hollywood (via Cinemascopian) is the most intriguing yet.

Watch: New International Trailer For 'Detachment' With Adrien Brody Asks "Where Are All The Parents?"

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • December 22, 2011 5:38 PM
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Dividing audiences at the Tribeca Film Festival when it premiered earlier this year, Tony Kaye's education world drama "Detachment" promises to leave you with a strong opinion no matter which side you're on. And this new international trailer for the film is definitely the most compelling yet.
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Seth Rogen Goes Undercover For 'The B Team' A Spy Comedy At Disney

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • December 22, 2011 5:20 PM
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What is this, a leftover SNL sketch? The family-friendly comedy genre is a lean one and with good reason -- they usually don't work. "I Spy"? "Leonard Part 6"? "Get Smart"? "Spies Like Us"? You see where we're going with this? But Seth Rogen thinks he can figure it out and has set up a new movie over at wholesome Disney studios.

Screenwriter Eric Roth Says '8 1/2'-Style Spin-Off From Scorsese & De Niro's 'The Irishman' Never Came To Pass

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • December 22, 2011 3:57 PM
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Like an arrow straight to the pleasure center of the brain of Scorsese fetishists was the announcement a couple of years back of "The Irishman" a film that would potentially reunite Martin Scorsese with Robert DeNiro, for the first time since 1995's "Casino," for a film about real-life hitman Frank 'The Irishman' Sheeran.

As You Assumed 'The Avengers' Is Confirmed For 3D & Mystery Disney Movie Now Titled 'Frozen 3D'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • December 22, 2011 3:47 PM
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You may have forgotten, but Marvel was always planning on taking a couple more dollars out of your Iron Man wallet by converting "The Avengers" to 3D. Today that plan seems even more official, as "The Avengers" shall forth be known as "The Avengers 3D." The movie is already looking busy with Thor, Tony Stark, Hawkeye, Captain America, Loki, Pepper Potts, Bruce Banner, Phil Coulson and Nick Fury all running around doing stuff, so we're not we need this thing in some hastily coverted 3D to further fry our eyeballs, but to quote David Fincher, to each his own.

The Playlist's Man Of The Year 2011: Michael Fassbender

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • December 22, 2011 3:12 PM
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A couple of days ago, as part of our year-end coverage, we named Jessica Chastain as our Woman of the Year, and it was an easy decision to make; no one's been as omnipresent, or given as many different, and excellent, turns, as Chastain did. But our man of the year was slightly more difficult. Should it be Matt Damon, who cropped up in five major releases, including Steven Soderbergh's "Contagion?" Hmm... no. Damon's "Happy Feet Two" shrimp partner Brad Pitt, who fought to get both "The Tree of Life" and "Moneyball" made, to tremendous results? No. Ryan Gosling, who embraced stardom at long last with a trio of performances in "Crazy Stupid Love," "Drive" and "The Ides of March?" George Clooney, who directed the latter and starred in Alexander Payne's "The Descendants?" No.

Watch: Reporter Gets Fried In Viral Clip For Alien Invasion Flick 'The Darkest Hour'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • December 22, 2011 2:40 PM
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Oh hey, remember "The Darkest Hour"? It's the other movie that's opening this weekend, but Summit seem to have a stinker on their hands as it's not screening for critics and the cast don't seem to be doing any interviews for it at all. Sounds great! But the marketing department has to earn their paycheck, so here's a viral clip for the movie that's fairly intriguing, but can't help shake the stink off the movie.

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