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'The Muppets' Helmer James Bobin To Direct Period Musical 'Tribyville'

  • By Ken Guidry
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  • January 2, 2013 9:41 AM
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After proving he could successfully helm and help revive a beloved franchise in "The Muppets," it looks like James Bobin will be getting an opportunity to direct yet another musical. This time, it will be from a script he wrote himself.

'The Tenant,' 'Eraserhead,' 'Scanners' & More Teased From The Criterion Collection For 2013

  • By Charlie Schmidlin
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  • January 2, 2013 9:23 AM
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One of the many pleasures of the Criterion Collection comes in the form of their monthly newsletters, in which they make good on a series of crude drawings hinting at upcoming releases (which in 2012 gave us a Robert Downey Sr. retrospective, “Quadrophenia,” and “Harold and Maude” among many others). It's a fun, collaborative peek into the months ahead, and in their fourth-annual Mega-Clue drawing for 2013, the folks over at CriterionCast have parsed out what looks to be a promising year indeed.

Antoine Fuqua Calls Out Spike Lee for Publicly Trashing 'Django Unchained' (But Hasn't Seen The Movie Yet Either)

  • By Charlie Schmidlin
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  • January 2, 2013 8:57 AM
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A little over one week in theaters, and after a tremendous Christmas weekend opening for the film garnering $64 million, director Spike Lee might just have played a key role in the success of Quentin Tarantino's “Django Unchained.” His public refusal to see the western, calling it “disrespectful to my ancestors,” raised the film's profile to perhaps its highest political platform, and as fierce analysis of the ambitiously wild project continues post-release, another director has come to the movie's defense.

The Best Movies of 2012

  • By The Playlist Staff
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  • January 1, 2013 2:01 PM
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So far....Ok, first off, sorry to disappoint you if you thought this was going to be one big master list from all of our contributors. One thing is clear: getting a consensus out of the entire The Playlist is impossible and man, even if we put it to a vote (which we've done in the past), the results are generally dissatisfying and as you know, consensus tends to get a little dull. So instead, this will be our one-stop shopping for all our Best of 2012 year-end lists (and all our Best of 2012 content). So far we have four fairly distinctly different top 10 lists and they're only going to get more and more different from these two (at least we suspect as much). Here's the top 10s we have so far. Bookmark this page for more lists that will be added soon. Happy New Year and thanks for reading in 2012.

The Pick Of The Playlist's Comments Section In 2012

  • By Katie Walsh
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  • January 1, 2013 1:30 PM
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Oh commenters, you make writing this site worthwhile for us. We just put our pithy little thoughts out into the world and you are our reflection. Hell, we could do a feature with just the comments on our end of the year features. So many of you offer wonderful insight, suggestions, compliments and feedback, and please know that your presence makes it easier to deal with our favorite crazy conspiracy theorists, Rpatz super fans, and those who HATE our year end lists! Here's a selection of some of our favorites from 2012.

Pixar Reveals Teaser Art For 'The Good Dinosaur,' 'Inside The Mind' & More From Upcoming 2013-2015 Slate

  • By Edward Davis
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  • January 1, 2013 12:57 PM
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It's the beginning of the new year, and Pixar are obviously getting into the action early. The studio has released some teaser art for its 2013-2015 slate, and while it's small and brief, it's definitely something that's already creating excited ripples in the animation community. 

Katie Walsh's Top 10 Films Of 2012

  • By Katie Walsh
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  • January 1, 2013 11:49 AM
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Experiencing art and watching film is such a deeply subjective experience that it seems a fool’s errand to rank and list “the best" of anything. How I reacted to the films I saw in 2012 can be completely personal and different than any of my colleagues on this site, but that’s what makes it interesting. Where we come together and where we disagree is the fun of it all, really, and has made for many a lively Twitter debate among us.

Alexandre Desplat Returns To Score Wes Anderson's 'Grand Budapest Hotel'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • January 1, 2013 10:38 AM
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Talk about getting the gang back together. While he's been playing close to the chest about what he's building with "Grand Budapest Hotel," Wes Anderson has at least slowly been revealing who'll be part of the project. Right around Christmas the director shared that Tilda Swinton, Harvey Keitel, F. Murray Abraham, Mathieu Amalric, Edward Norton, Adrien Brody and Willem Dafoe would be joining the ensemble cast that includes Ralph Fiennes, Jude Law, Saoirse Ronan, Jeff Goldblum, Bill Murray, Owen Wilson and Jason Schwartzman. As always, the actors are a mix of familiar and new faces, but when it comes to the talent behind the camera, Anderson is keeping it in the family.

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