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The Essentials: The 5 Best Marilyn Monroe Performances

  • By The Playlist Staff
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  • November 21, 2011 1:22 PM
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Close to fifty years after to her premature passing at the age of 36, there are few stars, living or dead, who have the same effect that Marilyn Monroe continues to have. An icon the likes of which the starlets of today simply can't compete with, her legacy continues to loom large, despite a relatively brief time on top (less than fifteen years passed between her first speaking role and her final picture, "The Misfits") and aided in no small part by her tumultuous personal life -- three troubled marriages, including to playwright Arthur Miller and baseball legend Joe Di Maggio, and reported affairs with both President John F. Kennedy and his brother Bobby.

New 'Expendables 2' Poster Will Impregnate You And Every One Of Your Friends, Male And Female

  • By Gabe Toro
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  • November 21, 2011 1:00 PM
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If "The Expendables" meant anything (and, aside from some serviceable action sequences, it didn't really), it was a chance to see a group of action icons interacting with each other, with several scenes imbued with the baggage brought from the filmographies of all those involved. Come for the Arnold Schwarzenegger and Bruce Willis, stay for the Gary Daniels! Sylvester Stallone and company have listened to the complaints, bringing back the entire cast for "The Expendables 2" and giving some of them more to do than to just sit around and chat.

Exclusive: Jason Reitman Talks Casting ‘Labor Day’; Hopes To Do Make Dark Ninja Film ‘Bonzai Shadowhands’ One Day

  • By The Playlist
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  • November 21, 2011 12:41 PM
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Set Photos Unveil Carey Mulligan In Costume Along With Leonardo DiCaprio & Tobey Maguire In 'The Great Gatsby'

  • By Simon Dang
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  • November 21, 2011 12:19 PM
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Okay, so when they're not shooting indoors with Baz Luhrmann, it looks like the cast and crew of "The Great Gatsby" are venturing about town including locations like Centennial Park, an urban grassland in Sydney's Eastern suburbs. The first set photos have now hit the internet and provide our first look at Carey Mulligan in costume as Daisy Buchanan, and Gemma Ward as Myrtle Wilson's sister, Catherine.

Paul Dano, Toby Kebbell, Michael Pitt & More Testing To Play Tetsuo In 'Akira'

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • November 21, 2011 12:00 PM
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James McAvoy Talks 'Arthur Christmas,' Danny Boyle's 'Trance' & His Secret Love for 'Santa Claus: The Movie'

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • November 21, 2011 11:41 AM
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Cool Japanese Poster For 'Young Adult' & New Pics From The Film

  • By Ryan Sartor
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  • November 21, 2011 11:22 AM
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Paramount Pictures has been pretty savvy in their promotional push for “Young Adult.” They learned a lesson from the hard to maintain early heat of Jason Reitman’s last film “Up In The Air,” and avoided the festival circuit, favoring pop up screenings in fairly random cities, with Reitman, screenwriter Diablo Cody, and co-star Patton Oswalt taking part in post-screening Q&As. The low-key strategy worked last year, with Paramount taking home two Oscars for “The Fighter,” another film that also avoided the festival circuit in favor of a later season release.

Writer Peter Straughan Confirms That 'Smiley's People' Will Form Basis Of A 'Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy' Sequel

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • November 21, 2011 11:00 AM
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It's something that will become clear to most of you in the coming weeks, with the film finally opening in the U.S soon, but to reiterate what we've been saying for a while -- "Tinker, Tailor, Soldier Spy" rocks. Meticulously made on every level, with a brace of impeccable performances, it works as both a gripping thriller and a moving character study, and it's one of the best films of the year. With the film already pretty much in the black thanks to a blockbuster box office showing in its native U.K where it opened back in September, anything from here on out is a bonus, and it looks like plans are starting to crystalize for a possible follow-up.

Michael Fassbender Talks Researching Carl Jung For 'A Dangerous Method'

  • By Jeff Otto
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  • November 21, 2011 10:40 AM
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Michael Fassbender recently took some time away from his endlessly busy 2011 to speak with The Playlist about his role as swiss psychiatrist Carl Gustav Jung in David Cronenberg’s “A Dangerous Method,” which opens in limited release this week. The story focuses on the early career of Jung -- considered the founder of analytical psychology -- at a period in his life when his career briefly intersected with Sigmund Freud (Viggo Mortensen). But the story also brings a lesser known influence to light in Sabina Spielrein (Keira Knightley), a figure long lost to the annals of history who may have influenced the work of both Jung and, to a lesser extent, Freud.

Review: 'The Artist' A Joyous, Big Hearted Tribute To Old School Moviemaking

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • November 21, 2011 10:20 AM
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When The Weinstein Company announced before the kick off the Cannes Film Festival that they had picked up Michel Hazanavicius' "The Artist" it was certainly a surprise. Harvey and Bob laid down big bucks for a film that, in this age of CGI and 3D blockbuster pictures, seems like box office poison. A silent film, in black and white, led by two French stars that are virtually unknown in the United States, it doesn't seem like the kind of movie that, outside of arthouse buffs, would catch on with a broader audience. But, the Weinstein instincts were right on as the movie played like gangbusters to critics (who applauded several times through the screening at Cannes), but moreoover, Hazanavicius' film is a pure joy. Wildly entertaining, with a big generous heart, "The Artist" is not just an exercise in old school filmmaking, it's a beautifully told story that is classic and timeless in feel.

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