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New Pics From 'The Hobbit,' 'Prometheus' & 'Snow White & The Huntsman'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • January 6, 2012 8:57 AM
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Screw in your eyeballs folks. While the end of 2011 meant lots of best-of-the-year lists, 2012 ushers in "most anticipated" rundowns (including our own) and over at USA Today, they've dropped a dozen movies they've highlighted on their calendar along with a few new stills to go with it. So let's get started.

First Look At Jeremy Renner As Aaron Cross In 'The Bourne Legacy'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • January 5, 2012 8:06 PM
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We were excited when Jeremy Renner landed a role in "Mission: Impossible -- Ghost Protocol" because we figured it would be his first big prime tentpole, in a movie that would let him show off both his acting chops and action adventure skills. Well, that's only have true. We should have realized that the 'Mission' movies are the Tom Cruise Show, and especially in 'Ghost Protocol,' pretty much the entire supporting cast spends the movie listening to Ethan Hunt. Renner doesn't say much and doesn't do much either in the movie. But, he'll get another swing at the pinata in "The Bourne Legacy."

Joel Edgerton Locked For Kathryn Bigelow's 'Kill Bin Laden'; Jessica Chastain, Edgar Ramirez & Mark Strong Also Join

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • January 5, 2012 5:51 PM
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Well, here's a piece of good news. Attached way back last spring for Kathryn Bigelow's upcoming untitled Seal Team 6 movie (aka "Kill Bin Laden"), we began to get worried about Joel Edgerton's involvement when the project began further casting this fall -- adding Jason Clarke -- and his name remained conspicuously absent.

New Clip, Trailer, Poster & Pic From Teen Superhero Film 'Chronicle' Continues To Intrigue

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • January 5, 2012 5:27 PM
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Hitting theaters in just under a month, not much is known about "Chronicle." The film's pretty nifty trailer took the web by surprise last fall, promising something much more involving than the found-footage-superhero-movie logline that was being thrown around suggested. The film takes a familiar genre trope -- teens discover they have superpowers, yawn -- and actually twists it just enough to make it feel new. Far from being emo-sad about how estranged they are, these teens are initially thrilled to be blessed with unexpected powers. But then, of course, things take a turn for the dark.
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See Oliver Stone's 'Savages' On September 28th & Then Go To The Bookstore And Read The Prequel 'The Kings Of Cool'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • January 5, 2012 4:36 PM
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Yes, Oliver Stone's forthcoming thriller "Savages" is one of our most anticipated movies of the year, and it looks like there is going to be even more story to devour come September. 
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'Kill List' Director Ben Wheatley Reveals Plot Details For 'Freak Shift,' Has Director's Cut Of 'Sightseers' Ready To Show Edgar Wright

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • January 5, 2012 3:57 PM
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EXCLUSIVE: One genre movie that electrified almost all of us at The Playlist last year was "Kill List," from writer/director Ben Wheatley. A kind of domestic drama/hitman thriller/suburban comedy/horror movie, it wowed us when we first got a gander of it at South by Southwest, and then tickled even more of us at the Empire Big Screen festival in its native U.K. Well, it's finally about to be released in the United States, and while we'll have more from our interview with Wheatley before "Kill List" hits theaters, we first wanted to offer some updates on various projects the filmmaker has in the works, including the Edgar Wright-produced "Sightseers," his Nick Frost vehicle "I, Macrobane," and the very cool-sounding monsters versus cops movie called "Freak Shift."

Warner Bros. Shuts Down 'Akira' Production Office, Future Of The Remake Now In Doubt

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • January 5, 2012 3:12 PM
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One of the most talked about (and controversial) developing projects of 2011 was Warner Bros. remake of the anime cult classic "Akira." The movie spent much of the year trying to find a cast, with a plethora of names -- Kristen Stewart, Gary Oldman, Ken Watanabe, Helena Bonham-Carter, Paul Dano, Michael Pitt, Toby Kebbell, Ezra Miller, D.J. Cotrona, Logan Marshall-Green, Rami Malek, Robert Pattinson, Andrew Garfield, James McAvoy -- being tossed around for various parts, to join the film's only confirmed actor, Garrett Hedlund. But it seems the inability to find a cast, as well as issues over the budget, may be the nail in the coffin for the film.

Kevin Smith Now Says 'Hit Somebody' Will Be One Big Movie, Aiming To Start Shooting In June

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • January 5, 2012 2:21 PM
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If there is one guy who should have made a New Year's resolution to stay off Twitter in 2012, it's Kevin Smith. But people love his stream of consciousness tweets even if they lack the soundbyte awesomeness of fellow social media lover, Kanye West. Smith loves to talk, and he's kicked off the New Year by updating his legion on what he's got next.

Review: 'Norwegian Wood' Is Depressingly Beautiful...Or Beautifully Depressing

  • By Kimber Myers
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  • January 5, 2012 1:56 PM
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The most depressing day of 2012 is supposed to be January 16, taking into account things like gloomy weather, fading Christmas joy and general Monday malaise. However, what hasn't been considered in that theory is that Tran Ang Hung's "Norwegian Wood" actually comes out a full 10 days before the supposed most depressing day of the year, giving the 16th a run for its money. Like its source material from Haruki Murakami, this is a beautiful film that exquisitely captures grief and sadness, and unsurprisingly, it probably won't help you if you're suffering from seasonal affective disorder.

Steve Zaillian Earns 2 WGA Nominations; Woody Allen, Diablo Cody & Alexander Payne Also In The Race

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • January 5, 2012 1:45 PM
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Scorecards will be adjusted and awards prognosticator types will have to adjust their bets, as the WGA have revealed their nominees for their annual awards. Why do we care? The guilds have traditionally been the best augurs for how the Oscar nominees will take shape, mostly because these are the same folks who will be sending in ballots to the Academy. Let's start with the surprises.

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