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Oscar Season Gets Literary As ‘Extremely Loud And Incredibly Close’ Dated For Christmas Day

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • August 4, 2011 3:19 AM
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Warner Bros.' Oscar stable only has two entries this year -- Clint Eastwood's "J. Edgar" and Stephen Daldry's "Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close" -- and if we had to put our money on one to be a serious heavyweight, with all due respect to Clint, we'd have to back Daldry's flick. Why? Well, he's repeating a formula that has worked very well for the director of "The Hours" and "The Reader" in the past.

Benjamin Walker Heads To 'Paradise Lost' As Michael; Pic Will Feature Battles In Heaven, Hell & Eden

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • August 4, 2011 3:02 AM
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Say hello to Benjamin Walker because, even though he may not be a household name just yet, he's certainly well on his way. The actor who featured in small roles in films like "Flags of Our Fathers" and "Kinsey" got a major career boost, snagging the lead in Timur Bekmambetov's forthcoming "Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter," launching him onto the Hollywood radar. He was among the many early candidates for "The Bourne Legacy," and while he won't be flexing his muscle in that franchise, it's not a big deal, because he's just bagged a major tentpole.

Darren Aronofsky's Protozoa Pictures Picks Up 'Pandemonium' To Develop Into A TV Series

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • August 4, 2011 2:58 AM
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Update: Reps for Darren Aronofsky say reports about this acquisition are not true.

Alfonso Cuarón’s 3D Sci-Fi Epic ‘Gravity’ Dated For November 21, 2012

  • By The Playlist
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  • August 4, 2011 2:52 AM
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Warner Bros. continues to get bold as it gets its Oscar dance cards in place. 2011 is filled with Stephen Daldry's "Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close" and Clint Eastwood's "J. Edgar" starring Leonardo DiCaprio. Now the studio is eyeing 2012, and surprisingly, has thrown a sci-fi genre picture into Academy contention.

Cronenberg's 'A Dangerous Method,' Solondz's 'Dark Horse' & Gilliam's 'Wholly Family' Get Posters

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • August 4, 2011 2:24 AM
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It's hard to believe but summer is nearly over and not only that, the fall festival season kicks off in earnest in just a couple short weeks when the movie world will descend upon Venice. Every picture will be jostling for attention and in the lead up to the festivities posters for two festival players have arrived, along with a one sheet for a short film that has already started on the circuit.

Review: 'Rise Of The Planet Of The Apes' Monkeys Around, Showcases Action Over Nuance

  • By Gabe Toro
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  • August 4, 2011 2:19 AM
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When blockbuster films deal with conflict that poses a global threat, the question hangs over them: why is humanity worth saving? It’s the drug-film conundrum: 95 minutes of injections and hard-living make a stronger impression than the therapy and lessons of the remaining 10. Why bother presenting a human population worthy of life, love and discovery when the audience and filmmakers can take more pleasure in annihilating them?

Warner Sets Oscar Sights: Sets Clint Eastwood's 'J.Edgar' For November 9th

  • By The Playlist
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  • August 4, 2011 2:07 AM
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While Clint Eastwood's period drama/biopic, "J. Edgar," only finished shooting in February, it isn't surprising that Warner Bros. has already dated the film for Oscar season of this year. Eastwood has a reputation for working quickly, on schedule and right on budget, and the studio was already planning a fall release and today, they made their awards season play, slotting the film for November 9th. Leonardo DiCaprio leads the Dustin Lance Black-penned picture as the first director of the F.B.I., and the film should be a player for Warner Bros., who have nothing else in their stable this year aside from Stephen Daldry's "Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close." But then, if it turns out to be a tepid effort like last year's "Hereafter," you can expect WB to shift their resources (like they did in 2010, putting a bigger push behind "Inception" and "The Town").
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First Official Look At Henry Cavill In Action In Zack Snyder's 'Man Of Steel'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • August 4, 2011 2:02 AM
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Is That Ryan Reynolds? Who Did His Hair, Vidal Sassoon?So, the cameras have started rolling on Zack Snyder's "Man Of Steel" and to beat the shitty, crappy cell phone camera snaps of obsessive nerds from revealing the "first look" at Supes, Warner Bros. ha (mostly) beaten everyone to the punch by releasing the first still of Henry Cavill in tights and in action. And, yeah, we're going to need more convincing.

Watch: 'Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy’ Gets Another Terrific Trailer

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • August 4, 2011 1:45 AM
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What is there really left to say that we haven't already said about "Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy"? Featuring a fantastic cast, with "Let The Right One In" director Tomas Alfredson making his English language debut, each successive look at the film keeps getting better and better, and this newest trailer pretty much puts it over the top for us.

Andrea Arnold's 'Wuthering Heights' & Steve McQueen's 'Shame' Get U.K. Release Dates

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • August 4, 2011 1:44 AM
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International release dates can be a curious thing. With international box office making up bigger and bigger percentages of total grosses, many high profile films open abroad before they do in the States, with "Fast Five," "Thor" and "X-Men First Class" numbering among them. But then others, such as "Bridesmaids" and "Super 8," which require a little more work, get a steady roll-out, taking months to make their way around their world. And then there are the prestige pictures. The vagaries of international distribution mean that some pictures will sneak out abroad after festival bows -- "The Tree Of Life" opened in France weeks before the U.S -- while others can literally take years to find a big-screen home, like Oren Moverman's "The Messenger," which bowed in the U.K. in June, a full eighteen months after its American release.

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