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The Playlist's 2011 Golden Globes Live Blog

  • By Katie Walsh
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  • January 17, 2011 12:02 AM
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Liveblog Commentary And Winners As They're Announced, Let's Do This.We can't believe it's here already. With a host of critics awards and guild nominees under our belts, tonight we get the first taste of sweet, frothy, award show goodness, the 2011 Golden Globes. There will be red carpet mayhem, there will be hotly debated fashion statements, there will be wildly incompetent TV presenters making the toast of Hollywood supremely uncomfortable. But, most importantly, we get to take the first temperature for Oscar season. We've always said the Globes are relatively meaningless, since the Hollywood Foreign Press tends to award mainstream fluff, or whoever throws them the best parties. We're hard on ya, HFPA, but you nominated freaking "Alice and Wonderland" and "The Tourist!" I guess "Scott Pilgrim vs. The World" was too out there or their gift bags weren't as heavy.

Cinematographer Emanuel Lubezki Says 'The Tree Of Life' Like "Perfume" Or "Great Music"

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • January 16, 2011 10:31 AM
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Also Reveals That Terrence Malick Consulted With NASA For Footage Of The CosmosWith a little more than four months to go before its release, the details about Terrence Malick’s long-awaited “The Tree of Life” are continuing to trickle out bit by bit. The film centers on a father in the 1950s (Brad Pitt) and his son Jack (Sean Penn), now grown up, in the present day as they deal with the residue of their difficult relationship. We’ve been watching that beautiful trailer more than we’d care to admit and we’re starting to feel those images burned onto our brains. The man responsible for creating those images, Emanuel "Chivo" Lubezki, (ace cinematographer for “Children Of Men”, “The New World”), spoke to the LA Times about the film, and revealed Malick's unorthodox approach to shooting the film.

The Ending Of 'The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo' Changed For David Fincher's Film

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • January 16, 2011 10:02 AM
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David Fincher Also Says Critics Are Wrong About 'The Social Network'; It's A "Movie" Not A "Film," Not Meant To Define A GenerationYou’ve probably seen the first official photos from W magazine of Rooney Mara as Lisbeth Salander that went around the internet earlier this week. Well, attached to those photos is an eight page article about the career of director David Fincher, as well as a behind-the-scenes look at his upcoming adaptation of “The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo”. Even if you think you’ve read everything you can stomach about “The Social Network” at this point, Fincher still offers up a few choice, provocative quotes about his Oscar contending film, saying that basically, critics who have fawned over his movie have gotten it wrong and that even in his own estimation it's just a "movie" not a "film."

First Look: Mia Wasikowska In Rodrigo Garcia's Period Drama 'Albert Nobbs'

  • By Simon Dang
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  • January 16, 2011 9:25 AM
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After recent set pictures were released of Glenn Close in the titular role in Rodrigo Garcia's period drama "Albert Nobbs," we now have our first look at rising thespian Mia Wasikowska in character for the "Gosford Park"-style "below stairs" drama about a woman (Close) in 19th Century Ireland who disguises herself as a man in order to survive.

Ben Foster Talks Oren Moverman's 'Rampart,' Film Probably Won't Hit Festival Circuit Until 2012?

  • By Simon Dang
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  • January 16, 2011 9:13 AM
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Calls Woody Harrelson's Performance "Stone Cold, Insane"One of the many films that featured in our recently posted Most Anticipated piece was the reuniting of director Oren Moverman with his "The Messenger" stars Ben Foster and Woody Harrelson for the cop drama "Rampart" which shot late last year. Unfortunately, word from Foster now predicts a 2012 unveiling for the film rather than later this year, possibly lining the team up for a return to Sundance.

Cheer Up Michel Gondry Fans, 'The Green Hornet' May Be Seth Rogen's Fault

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  • January 16, 2011 9:05 AM
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Gondry Didn't Have Final Cut, Or Full Authority, But Says He "Accepted" This Early On“The Green Hornet” may have topped the box office this weekend, bringing in a respectable $34 million but its critical reception was mixed at best. Personally, this writer thought the film had some good laughs but really stumbled when going through the motions of yet another superhero origin story. More importantly, it was a far cry from director Michel Gondry’s best work (“Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind”, his music videos) and seemed like more of a compromise than a collaboration with star/co-writer/producer Seth Rogen. Well, according to an article in the LA Times that was exactly the case.

'Scream 4' Trailer Arrives To Announce Your Horror McFranchise Is Back Just How You Like It

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  • January 16, 2011 8:40 AM
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New decade, new rules, huh? Not exactly. Pop quiz: what would a "Scream" movie be without its movie in-jokes, exactly? Hmm, perhaps an original film? A Canadian trailer for the Weinstein Company's desperate franchise cash-in has arrived and get it while it's hot because the studio keeps taking down various trailers on YouTube only for them to spring up again five minutes later. They should probably realize the wildfire has spread and it's best to just release an official version already.

Weekend Box Office: 'Green Hornet' Nests At #1, 'Dilemma' Disappoints

  • By Gabe Toro
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  • January 16, 2011 6:55 AM
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This is how business works in Hollywood: you break records or else. "The Green Hornet" was a big ticket for Sony, opening at #1 as everyone expected. But that isn't enough for the film, which set the studio back somewhere between $90 (before reshoots?) and $140 million (after?). As such, simply making money wasn't going to do the film any good unless it totally dominated its Martin Luther King holiday weekend.

The Leftover Question Marks Of 2011 - Can These Films Possibly Be Any Good? Part 2

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  • January 15, 2011 11:12 AM
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Ok, you've read part one of our The Leftover Question Marks Of 2011 - Can These Films Possibly Be Any Good? feature and hopefully you've got the gist of things. This collection is pretty much what it purports to be, we've already made our Most Anticipated Lists (parts one, two and three), our these-could-be-fun, Escapist, Popcorn films list (parts one and two), and one Foreign Film anticipated list, so basically this is everything leftover, making us wonder, will any of these films be worth our time? Some -- "Hobo With A Shotgun" -- for example feel like they could be B-Movie fun, but a lot of them, hmmm, we're not so sure. Either way, this is the final part of our Leftover Question Marks of 2011 and almost the end of our annual 2011 anticipated series. Next week, we'll finish up with the films from 2011 we've already seen. Cynical, you say? Think of it as our loveletter to you. We don't really want you to waste your precious time and dollars when you shouldn't have to, cheers.
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Nicole Kidman Plotting Remake Of Alan J. Pakula's 'Love And Pain And The Whole Damn Thing'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • January 15, 2011 8:11 AM
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Nicole Kidman and producing partner Per Saari are developing a remake of the 1973 dramedy "Love and Pain and the Whole Damn Thing" under their Blossom Films shingle. The original film, directed by Alan J. Pakula, centers on two tourists who fall in love in Spain, despite their reservations about long-term possibilities. The project will be based on the Alvin Sargent's original screenplay for the 1973 film, and the female lead will be written for Kidman. Kidman and Saari are also supported by producing partners Laura Ziskin and Susan Landau. The film clearly means something personal to Kidman as her husband Keith Urban's 2006 album was entitled Love, Pain, and the Whole Crazy Thing, in a play on words of the film title; the album was dedicated to Kidman.

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