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Black List 2012 Features Biopics On Hillary Clinton & Dr. Seuss, 'Transcendence' & More

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • December 17, 2012 3:19 PM
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Here's an idea for 2013 -- no more tweeting awards or nominations. Seriously. This year has seen various critics guilds spend pretty much all day voting or announcing their winners on Twitter, and now the Black List has followed suit, by spending some time today tweeting (out of order, mind you) the "most liked" unmade scripts of the year. It's called a press release, guys. Anyway, they finally have revealed the full slate from top to bottom and there are some interesting titles. And why should you care? Well, movies like "Slumdog Millionaire" and "The King's Speech" once placed on here, and while the names might not be known right now, these are guys and gals who will be rising in the next few years.

Jackie Chan Says He'll Be In 'The Expendables 3,' But Only If It's A Major Role

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • December 17, 2012 2:59 PM
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“For the last 10 years I have been making some other different movies. I want to be an Asian Robert De Niro. I don’t just want to be an action star, I want to be a true actor. I want to get rid of my image,” Jackie Chan said back in May. And while it's admirable that the actor wants to change up his persona, he likely also knows what side his bread is buttered on. So what does the actor, who is approaching sixty years of age, do? Might as well roll with the other old folks in the action hay one more time.

The Director of 'House Party' Partly Inspired 'Django Unchained'; Harvey Weinstein Describes How He Would Have Split The Film In Two

  • By Edward Davis
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  • December 17, 2012 2:42 PM
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The latest issues of Empire and Entertainment Weekly are on newstands now and both have Quentin Tarantino's "Django Unchained" on the cover. Over the weekend we found out from Tarantino himself at the New York press day for the film that the filmmaker has an extended version of his Spaghetti Western film that he could one day release. He also revealed that, much like the "Kill Bill" films, TWC's Harvey Weinstein suggested breaking the long "Django Unchained" (almost three hours) into two parts. Ultimately, Tarantino decided that breaking the films in half wouldn't work for this more linear story, but it's an idea they evidently explored.

The Overrated And Underrated Films Of 2012

  • By The Playlist Staff
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  • December 17, 2012 2:15 PM
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We understand that to many, underrated and overrated are potentially noxious terms. At the very least it’s deeply subjective and relative. What’s underrated to one person is fussed over to someone else. Essentially, it’s all about one’s perception of the narrative that forms around any given film. Some pictures are often undervalued or underepresented by certain sections of the critical cognoscenti and other pictures are lauded as the greatest thing sliced bread and writer’s often feel like they need to make some sort of corrective to that that narrative.

Martin Scorsese To Direct HBO Documentary About Bill Clinton

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • December 17, 2012 1:55 PM
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Martin Scorsese might have just turned 70 (here's our tribute piece in case you missed it) but he's showing no signs of letting up. The director recently wrapped on "The Wolf Of Wall Street," his reteam with Leonardo DiCaprio that's due next year, and he's got plenty of other projects lined up too, including producing a documentary on Roger Ebert, directing a Garth Brooks concert movie, reuniting with Robert De Niro on "I Heard You Paint Houses," and possibly, helming Scandinavian thriller "The Snowman," and his long-gestating Sinatra biopic.

First Look At Rosemarie DeWitt & Ellen Page In Lynn Shelton's Sundance Pic 'Touchy Feely'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • December 17, 2012 1:35 PM
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So here's the pitch: a massage therapist develops an aversion to bodily contact. Hilarity right? You might think that, as it's from Lynn Shelton, the writer/director behind "Humpday" and "Your Sister's Sister." But as the helmer tells EW, her latest "Touchy Feely" marks a bit of a change. ”It doesn’t have this rollicky, bantering feel that my last couple films have had,” she says. “It definitely has laughs, but it really is a drama. It’s really about attempting to live in your own skin, both literally and metaphorically.”

Review: 'Jack Reacher' Is The Rare Franchise-Starter That Makes You Hungry For More

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • December 17, 2012 1:15 PM
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Much of the hoopla surrounding "Jack Reacher," the first adaptation of the insanely popular series of Lee Child-penned thrillers, has had to do with the casting of the diminutive Tom Cruise in the title role. As described in the novels, Reacher is, physically speaking, a brute – close-cropped blonde hair, nearly seven-feet tall, well over 200 pounds. In one of the novels he literally crushes a dude's skull with his bare hands. By comparison, Tom Cruise could fit snugly into a standard-sized teacup, is slimmer than an iPhone 5, and has muddy brown hair. But one of the more miraculous things about "Jack Reacher," an altogether entertaining and completely surprising pulp romp, is how Cruise embodies the Reacher character in the way he moves, the way he glances, and the way he talks (or doesn't talk). It doesn't matter that Tom Cruise is the tiny, snuggly version of Jack Reacher. He is still, very much, Jack Reacher.

First Official Look At Daniel Radcliffe, Dane DeHaan & Jack Huston In Sundance Pic 'Kill Your Darlings'

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • December 17, 2012 12:55 PM
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As far as a post-Potter career goes, Daniel Radcliffe is doing pretty nicely. He won acclaim on Broadway, starred in the global sleeper hit "The Woman in Black," picked up good reviews alongside Jon Hamm for TV miniseries "The Young Doctor's Notebook," and has generally proven to be a pretty smart cookie in terms of carving our a career away from his biggest franchise that's closer to Harrison Ford than Mark Hamill. And the next stage? Cracking the indie scene, with the young actor's first Sundance premiere.

Amber Heard Has 'Three Days To Kill' With Kevin Costner & McG

  • By Cain Rodriguez
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  • December 17, 2012 12:35 PM
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Perennially cast as the eye candy or love interest in B-action movies like “Never Back Down” and “Drive Angry,” Amber Heard is set to take her talents to a much higher profile project. Variety is reporting that the “All The Boys Love Mandy Lane” actress is joining the McG-helmed “Three Days to Kill” opposite Kevin Costner.

'The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey': What Worked & What Didn't

  • By The Playlist Staff
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  • December 17, 2012 12:15 PM
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For a long time, it seemed as though "The Hobbit" would never get made. Despite the multi-billion dollar success of Peter Jackson's "Lord of the Rings" films, the rights to J.R.R. Tolkien's earlier novel were tangled up, and Jackson didn't even seem to be sure he wanted to go back to Middle Earth. Even once the film got underway, MGM's bankruptcy delayed the film for years, losing original director Guillermo Del Toro in the process.

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