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R.I.P. John Barry (1933-2011)

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • January 31, 2011 10:32 AM
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Sad news to start the week, as it emerged overnight that one of the great film composers, John Barry, passed away yesterday in New York, at the age of 77. The five-time Oscar winner was best known for his work on the James Bond films, for which he scored eleven of the twenty-two pictures to date, but was also behind indelible themes for "Midnight Cowboy," "Born Free" and "Dances With Wolves," as well as having a long songwriting career, which encompassed most of the great Bond themes and a number of stage musicals ( Kanye West gave him the ultimate tribute by sampling one of those themes for his hit "Diamonds From Sierra Leone").

Watch: Trailer For Canada's Oscar Nominated 'Incendies'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • January 31, 2011 10:12 AM
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It seems every year at the Oscars, the Best Foreign Film category is one that generally confounds Joe Public. Most of the films that end up being nominated only play the festival circuit or get runs in specialty theaters in big cities on the coasts, and sometimes, like last year's winner "The Secret In Their Eyes," it doesn't hit theaters until well after the ceremonies are over. Either way, it's a tough road for distributors repping those films because it's a tough sell no matter what you do. This year, Sony Pictures Classics has got a 2 in 5 shot at taking home the gold as they have both Susanne Bier's Golden Globe-winning "In A Better World" and Denis Villeneuve's "Incendies" under their roof but neither is due out for a few more months. They are certainly hoping at least one of the them one will bring home Oscar gold at the end of February to help hook audiences in.

English Language Remake Of John Woo's 'The Killer' Back On, This Time In 3D

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • January 31, 2011 9:51 AM
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For reasons we're still trying to understand, John Woo has been trying to get an English-language remake of his cult classic "The Killer" off the ground for years -- he was still talking it up last summer. A number of directors have circled and been rumored to be interested in helming the pic but so far no one's driven the project far enough to get it in front of cameras. But it appears that has changed as a cast and a director have now been set and of course, this time, the reboot is being eyed for 3D.

Watch: Trailer For 'Elektra Luxx,' Yet Another Excuse For Carla Gugino To Be Scantily Clad

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • January 31, 2011 9:45 AM
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If you were one of the five people who saw "Women In Trouble" -- and liked it -- today is your lucky day as the film now has a sequel, called "Elektra Luxx," and the trailer has landed.

Contest Giveaway: 10 Pairs Of Tickets To The New York City Advance Screening Of 'Rubber'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • January 31, 2011 9:23 AM
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Director Quentin Dupieux, aka Mr. Oizo, Will Attend For Q&A"Are you tired of the expected?" Funny haha on the pun-heavy tagline, but really, this is one of the most absurd-sounding film concepts we've heard in ages, which of course makes it completely intriguing.

Jim Caviezel & Chiwetel Ejiofor To Star In Historical Drama 'Savannah'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • January 31, 2011 8:37 AM
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Well, here's a name we don't hear very often. Variety reports that Jim Caviezel and Chiwetel Ejiofor are set to star in a historical drama, "Savannah."

Watch: Sidney Fife & Peter Klaven From 'I Love You, Man' Finally Meet Rush

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • January 31, 2011 8:17 AM
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Ok, so "I Love You, Man" wasn't quite the laff-out-loud comedy we were hoping for, but it provided some good gags and gave Paul Rudd yet another trademark line: "Slappa da bass!"

Watch: 3 Clips From Sundance Jury Prize Winner 'Like Crazy' With Anton Yelchin & Felicity Jones

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • January 31, 2011 7:49 AM
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Call it "2000 Days Of Bummer," "Light Blue Valentine" or whatever you want, but the buzz around Drake Doremus’ “Like Crazy” is undeniable.

Tom Hooper Says He Won't Cut 'The King's Speech' For PG-13 Rating; Weinstein Says F-Bombs Hurt Pic

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • January 31, 2011 7:08 AM
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With "The King's Speech" now the odds on favorite to take home a significant chunk of Oscar gold in a few weeks, Harvey Weinstein is looking to ride that momentum by getting as many eyeballs on the film, and asses in the seats as possible. Just this past weekend -- the first Friday after the Oscar nominations were revealed -- the film expanded to over 2,500 screens but there's just one little problem. An R-rating -- mostly found in one key sequence -- is keeping the film away from even bigger crowds and apparently educators who want to screen the film for their students. Last week, Harvey Weinstein revealed his desire to re-cut the film to pass the MPAA's rigorous standards, but director Tom Hooper isn't having it.

'Bridesmaids' Poster Arrives And Asks You To "Save The Date"

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • January 31, 2011 6:32 AM
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While "The Hangover 2" is arriving in May and yes, is something we're looking forward to, is it sacrilege to admit that we're a bit more excited for the Judd Apatow-produced, Paul Feig-directed comedy, "Bridesmaids" coming out a couple of weeks earlier? With the talent involved, we certainly don't think so.

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