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The Broadcast Film Critics Association Fetes 'Black Swan' With A Record Twelve Nominations

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • December 13, 2010 3:26 AM
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Here's why awards prognostication is total crapshoot. This past weekend, The Los Angeles Film Critics Association, the New York Film Critics Online and the Boston Society Of Film Critics all collectively creamed over David Fincher's "The Social Network" and of course, pundits used that as evidence that the film is going all the way at Oscar time. Well, until this morning, that is, when the The Broadcast Film Critics Association bestowed a record-breaking twelve nominations on the ballet world psycho-sexual thriller "Black Swan."

Rumor: Anne Hathaway & James McAvoy Casting Possibilities For 'Pride & Prejudice & Zombies'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • December 13, 2010 3:15 AM
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It's been a few weeks since we heard any casting speculation about "Pride And Prejudice And Zombies" and the paucity of talk around the film means it's time for some new rumors to begin.

First Looks & Synopses For Sundance Films "Cedar Rapids,' 'Homework' & 'Tyrannosaur'

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • December 13, 2010 3:05 AM
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Plus Morgan Spurlock's 'The Greatest Movie Ever Sold' and Carole King/James Taylor Doc Christmas is fast approaching, and The Playlist team are getting ready to head to their respective homes, where we're likely to spend the holidays convincing our elderly relatives that they should be excited for Nicholas Winding Refn's "Drive," and making snarky comments while our niece tries to watch "Madagascar 2." But it also means that Sundance is fast approaching, with the festival that tends to set the agenda for the rest of the year, at least in the indie world, kicking off on January 20th.

Oscarbation: The AFI, NYFCO, Boston And Los Angeles Critics Freak For 'The Social Network'

  • By Gabe Toro
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  • December 13, 2010 2:55 AM
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Sending a signal to Oscar prognosticators, the fake-intellectuals who mock "Iron Man" and masturbate to "The King's Speech," a phalanx of critics organizations revealed their top honors this weekend, drawing a line in the sand. Their message? "The Social Network" is on one side of that line, and all other movies are on the other. The Los Angeles Film Critics Association, the New York Film Critics Online and the Boston Society Of Film Critics selected the David Fincher drama as the year's best film, while the AFI listed the film as one of the year's (unranked) 10 best.

Marvel Head Kevin Feige Says The Invaders Won't Appear In 'Captain America'

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • December 13, 2010 2:43 AM
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Plus Updates On Other Marvel Projects Marvel's big game-plan for the next couple of years got rolling on Friday, with the debut (to somewhat mixed reaction) of the first trailer for "Thor." It was the first real salvo in a marketing campaign that's set to last for the next eighteen months, with Thor hitting theaters next May, "Captain America: The First Avenger" in July, and team-up movie "The Avengers" following in May 2012. It's a plan of almost unprecedented scope and ambition, not to mention risk, and Kevin Feige, the head of Marvel Studios, marked the occasion by taking part in a webchat over at Hero Complex not long after the trailer went online.

Angus MacFayden Joins Cameron Crowe's 'We Bought A Zoo'

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • December 13, 2010 2:32 AM
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It's perhaps not hugely surprising, considering we started as a blog focusing on the place where movies and music meet, but we have a real affection for much of Cameron Crowe's work. A former Rolling Stone journalist, and pop obsessive, few have ever used popular music quite as effectively, especially as the background of top-quality bittersweet comedies like "Say Anything," "Singles," "Jerry Maguire" and "Almost Famous."

Derek Cianfrance Wants To Do A Musical With Ryan Gosling

  • By Simon Dang
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  • December 13, 2010 2:15 AM
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Gosling Not Averse To The Idea, Interested In The Challenge Of Becoming A Triple ThreatRyan Gosling and Derek Cianfrance's working relationship has already spawned the highly acclaimed romantic drama "Blue Valentine" with Michelle Williams and is set to continue with the newly-announced Jack London-inspired "The Place Beyond The Pines," which will center on "fathers and guns, and it has motorcycles and guns in it." But it looks like the duo are eyeing more potential projects to collaborate on.

David MacKenzie's Sci-Fi Romancer Starring Ewan McGregor & Eva Green Now Titled 'Perfect Sense'

  • By Simon Dang
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  • December 13, 2010 1:57 AM
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We briefly touched on the name change earlier this year but it looks like David MacKenzie's sci-fi-tinged romancer starring Ewan McGregor and Eva Green now has the confirmed title of "Perfect Sense" as it approaches its premiere at the 2011 Sundance Film Festival, (whose website also provides this first official look).

Exclusive: The National Recording New Song For Sundance-Bound 'Win Win'

  • By The Playlist
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  • December 12, 2010 8:29 AM
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Plus Here's Your First Look At Paul Giamatti In The Tom McCarthy-Directed DramaThe 2011 Sundance Film Festival is just around the corner, and details are starting to emerge about which movies will be making appearances and who will be starring in meta-textual Beastie Boys pastiches. And now we can give you a little more information about one movie that will be coming to Sundance (and which indie rock sensation will be doing the movie's theme song).

Weekend Box Office: 2010 Ending With A Whimper As 'Narnia' Fades, 'Black Swan' Rises

  • By Gabe Toro
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  • December 12, 2010 6:07 AM
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The winter box office is proving to be a bummer for the major studios. A year after “Avatar” ran the table, allowing “The Blind Side,” "Sherlock Holmes" and “Alvin And The Chipmunks” to pick up the scraps on the way to $200 million domestic totals each, audiences have been rejecting the winter 2010 fare. What happened to the promising tent pole schedule that usually piques people's interest?

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