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The Weinstein Company Sets Oscar Release Dates For Nicole Kidman's 'Grace Of Monaco,' Meryl Streep In 'August: Osage County' & More

  • By Rodrigo Perez
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  • March 2, 2013 12:22 PM
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Maybe they were reading our Premature Oscar Predictions? Just days after our series ended, looking way far at the horizon of next year's potential Oscar nominees, The Weinstein Company has dated four films of their late fall awards season hopefuls. Obviously, those films were going to land in Oscar season regardless, but kudos to our features for being on point; Harvey and co. will be driving hard the very films we had touted as potentially strong contenders for next year's Academy season.

Idris Elba To Make Directorial Debut With 'The Pavement Psychologist' Starring Anna Friel For Brit TV

  • By Joe Cunningham
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  • January 18, 2013 5:36 PM
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Over in the U.K., Sky Arts HD last year ran a fascinating new strand of programming called “Playhouse Presents” which did fantastically well for the channel and attracted some highly impressive talent. The series of 11 self-contained plays began airing on the channel in April and featured a diverse range of acting talent which included David Tennant, Harry Shearer, Lucy Punch, Brenda Blethyn, Emma Thompson, Stephen Fry, Hayley Atwell, Stellan Skarsgard, and even the singer Tom Jones. The strand extended over the Christmas period to include “The Young Doctor’s Notebook,” the mini-series starring Daniel Radcliffe and Jon Hamm, and there’s also an mini-series planned to spin-off from the play “Nixon’s The One” which starred Harry Shearer as Richard Nixon.

Watch: First Trailer For Guillermo Del Toro's Monster Mash 'Pacific Rim'

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • December 12, 2012 7:11 PM
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There's a lot of big hitters arriving in theaters next summer; "Iron Man 3," "Man Of Steel," "The Lone Ranger," "Star Trek Into Darkness," "The Great Gatsby," "The Wolverine," "Elysium." But if you'd asked us this morning what our most anticipated film of the warm months of 2013 was going to be, we wouldn't have even had to think before we answered "Pacific Rim." For the most part, it's because it's the first film in five years from director Guillermo Del Toro ("Pan's Labyrinth"). Although that it features giant robots and giant monsters kicking the holy living shit out of each other, and that it has a very strong script to be working from are other good reasons why we're excited (and why Warner Bros have already commissioned a script for a sequel).

Quentin Tarantino Would Be Happy With A 10-Movie Filmography, Reveals Initial 'Django Unchained' Casting Lineup

  • By Charlie Schmidlin
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  • November 15, 2012 8:58 AM
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Even from his first round of interviews promoting “Reservoir Dogs,” Quentin Tarantino has always concerned himself with the grand overview of his career, adding layer upon referential layer to his world-building while talking up spinoffs galore. However, with his slavery western “Django Unchained” right around the corner -- and featuring its share of trilogy hints itself -- the director has spoken up about the end of his filmmaking career, as well as a number of insights into his latest bold effort.

Watch: Third Season Announcement Trailer For 'Luther'; 'Wilfred' Also Gets Renewed For Another Season

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • November 2, 2012 2:38 PM
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...and just like that, out of the dark, "Luther" fans have some very, very good news. Idris Elba and the show are back. As for Ruth Wilson and Alice? You'll just have to wait and see.

Idris Elba Has Met With Bond Producers To Play 007; Christopher Nolan Would Be "Dream" Director For Franchise

  • By Charlie Schmidlin
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  • October 25, 2012 11:53 AM
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As 23rd Bond chapter “Skyfall” preps for its public bow Stateside next month, and with many early reviews, including ours, calling it a fine return to franchise form, the pairing of Daniel Craig and director Sam Mendes looks to be one with a promising future if sustained. However, even in safe waters, Bond fans can still speculate toward the series’ future, and recently two lingering questions regarding dream additions to the series have finally been addressed.

Just When You Thought It Was Over… Mysterious New 'Prometheus' Clip Emerges, Along With New Images

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • September 7, 2012 12:25 PM
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Whether you hated or loved it, you've got to agree that Ridley Scott's "Prometheus," at the very least, gave us all something to talk about for a really, really long time. And just when you thought the discussion was over, here comes a new clip ahead of the movie's home-video release in early October. The exclusive clip from Hey U Guys features Captain Janek (Idris Elba) getting prepared for his voyage aboard Prometheus. It is, like all things "Prometheus"-related, terribly mysterious.

10 TV Stars Who Deserve Emmy Nominations (But Probably Won't Get Them)

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • July 5, 2012 12:02 PM
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We're still months and months away from the Oscars, but the other awards ceremony of the moving image is starting to sneak up; two weeks from today, the nominations for the Primetime Emmys, the biggest awards honoring television comedies, dramas, miniseries and movies, will be announced, ahead of the ceremony itself in September. Given the stars that the small screen attracts these days, it's just as glitzy as the Academy Awards, and given that we're living in what's generally deemed to be something of a golden age of television, there are more good shows on the air than could possibly be honored in a single ceremony. Someone's going to miss out.

Chris Rock, Jamie Foxx & Idris Elba Reportedly In The Mix For Paul Feig's Remake Of French Hit 'Intouchables'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • June 19, 2012 9:25 AM
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A smash hit in its native France, an arthouse sensation on this side of the ocean, and nominated for 9 Cesar awards, it's not a shock that The Weinstein Company (who distributed the original stateside) are eager to remake "Intouchables" for what they hope is an awards season contender. "Bridesmaids" director Paul Feig and Colin Firth are already set to team up on the movie -- titled "Untouchable" en anglais -- about a wealthy quadriplegic who finds a new reason to live thanks to a plucky urban caretaker. That latter role is the one that landed Omar Sy a Best Actor Cesar over favored nominee Jean Dujardin for "The Artist." And now, a trio of actors are hoping they can duplicate that success in English.

Ridley Scott's 'Prometheus': The Good, The Bad & The Ugly

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • June 11, 2012 10:00 AM
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Well, "Prometheus" is in theaters. And if nothing else, it's been causing more furious debate -- in multiplex lobbies, in bars, online -- than most movies in recent memory. And The Playlist head office has been a warzone, with some loving the film, some loathing it, and some (like our review) falling somewhere in the middle. Name-calling and threats of physical violence have ensued.

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