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Watch: Trailer For 'Playback' Starring Christian Slater, 2012's Lowest Grossing Movie

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • December 31, 2012 1:24 PM
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With 2013 just around the corner, folks have been busy wrapping up their lists of both the best and worst of the year in film. But what about the movies no one cared about? Each week sees the release of more movies than anyone can care to catch up with, and inevitablysome fall through the cracks or are simply swept under the rug by their distributor. And in 2012, the dubious distinction of being the movie that audiences cared about the least falls on "Playback."

Oliver Lyttelton's Favorite Films Of 2012

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • December 31, 2012 12:22 PM
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I think it was only as I sat down to write this list that I realized what a terrific year for film 2012 was. Not so much in the narrowing down of the list -- I'd over-extended my Top 10 to 15 last year, and it was relatively simple to pare it down, although there's still a few heartbreakers that didn't make the cut. It was more the way that, as i wrote each capsule up, the films themselves seem to make the case that, actually, it was the very best film you saw in the last twelve months. So what is it doing all the way down at number 12?

Long Lost 'Black Angel' Short That Played In Front Of 'Empire Strikes Back' Rediscovered (Again)

  • By Cain Rodriguez
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  • December 31, 2012 9:28 AM
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It’s no secret that many films have been lost to the ravages of time -- an estimated 90 percent of American films made before 1929 are believed to gone forever -- but it’s hard to believe that an influential short film released in 1980 in front of showings of “Star Wars: Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back” could be missing. But that’s exactly what happened though...until now. Wired is reporting that the original negative of “Star Wars” art director Roger Christian’s directorial debut, the 25-minute short film “Black Angel,” has been located.

Listen: Quentin Tarantino's Soundtrack Commentary For 'Django Unchained'

  • By Cain Rodriguez
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  • December 31, 2012 9:03 AM
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Now that Quentin Tarantino’s epic slavery western has been out for a week you’ve probably not only seen a couple of times -- for an R-rated western it’s doing surprisingly well -- but you’re also probably giving the soundtrack a spin. And now, you can enjoy the soundtrack complete with a track-by-track commentary by Tarantino himself.

Listen: Jonny Greenwood's Unreleased Score For 'The Master'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • December 30, 2012 12:33 PM
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So, you've seen Paul Thomas Anderson's "The Master" once or twice, maybe even three times, and you're still unraveling the mysteries. Well, it looks like there is even more to uncover from the movie as the complete score by Radiohead guitarist and composer Jonny Greenwood has made its way online.

Box Office: 'The Hobbit' Defeats Strong Debuts From 'Django Unchained' & 'Les Miserables'

  • By Gabe Toro
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  • December 30, 2012 11:43 AM
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It’s going to take a lot to knock “The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey” off its pedestal, even if studios tried their best this weekend, firing off both barrels against a global blockbuster. Families and teens supported 'An Unexpected Journey' over the holiday period, defeating two high-profile newcomers to be the top attraction for the third straight week. 'The Hobbit' is now eyeballing $300 million domestic, but as always international dollars are a big factor, and by time January 1st rings in the New Year, it will cross $700 million worldwide.

Quentin Tarantino Says He & Johnny Depp Would Love To Work Together; His Wishlist Includes Meryl Streep & Michael Caine

  • By Rodrigo Perez
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  • December 30, 2012 10:44 AM
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Quentin Tarantino has a stable of familiar actors he works with, but for his latest film, "Django Unchained," the director switched it up, casting two actors he's never worked with before for prominent roles: Jamie Foxx as the lead and Leonardo DiCaprio as the villain (arguably there are lots of new faces including Kerry Washington, Don Johnson and more).

New Photos Of 'The Place Beyond The Pines' & A Minimalist Teaser Poster

  • By Edward Davis
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  • December 29, 2012 2:01 PM
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Is Focus Features trying to tell us something about Derek Cianfrance's "The Place Beyond the Pines"? While Ryan Gosling is credited as the lead, the film has a lot of twists and turns, and Bradley Cooper is featured in most of these new images. This is one that will surprise you.

Jonathan Demme On Future Projects 'Old Fires,' 'Zeitoun' And 'This House We Live In'

  • By Jessica Kiang
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  • December 29, 2012 12:25 PM
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During the Marrakech Film Festival earlier this month we had a brief chat with director Jonathan Demme ("Stop Making Sense," "The Silence of the Lambs," "Rachel Getting Married," "Neil Young Journeys," etc), who was in town to give one of the festival’s Masterclasses (Darren Aronofsky was among the other filmmakers to give one, you can read our coverage of his masterclass here). The first thing that struck us about Demme, however, was just how enthusiastic of a cinepile the veteran director is -- it’s unusual to come across a person being so honored who is actually spending most of his time at the festival watching the films.

Watch: Moody Trailer For 'Dead Man Down' Starring Noomi Rapace & Colin Farrell

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • December 29, 2012 8:38 AM
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It's coming on nearly four years since the original Swedish language version of "The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo" rode the wave of the popularity of the books, becoming a hit in its own right and making a star out of Noomi Rapace in the process. But since then, director Niels Arden Oplev has been keeping a low profile. Dabbling in television work for the most part while developing a couple of feature gigs, the helmer will make his Hollywood debut in 2013 with "Dead Man Down." And he's hoping that Rapace is the good luck charm that will work some magic a second time around.

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