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5 Things We Could Expect From J.J. Abrams' 'Star Wars: Episode 7'

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • January 25, 2013 10:57 AM
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With the news arriving yesterday that "Lost" co-creator and "Star Trek" director J.J. Abrams will take over from George Lucas and direct "Star Wars: Episode VII," the first in a planned platoon of new "Star Wars" features from Disney, it inevitably means speculation about what, exactly, such a decision will mean for the franchise.

The Delayed Films Of 2013: Why They Were Pushed Back & Which Ones Will You Be Seeing?

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • January 23, 2013 2:07 PM
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This Friday sees the release of "Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters "starring Jeremy Renner and Gemma Arterton as the fairy tale brother/sister duo. The film shot in March 2011 (before Renner filmed either "The Avengers" or "The Bourne Legacy"), and was originally set to be released in March 2012, before Paramount pushed it back ten months to its current slot in the January wastelands. But 'Hansel & Gretel' is hardly the only case of a long-delayed film making it to theaters in 2013. For instance, "Gangster Squad" was pushed back from September 2012 to January 11th after the Aurora shootings, though it would have been a horrible film whatever time of year it was released. And the two are set to be followed by a fairly staggering twenty-five films from major studios that have already been pushed back somewhere between five and thirteen months, many of them accompanied by serious production troubles and well-publicized reshoots.

Discuss: Does Having 'Mama' & 'Zero Dark Thirty' At The Top Of The Box Office Make Jessica Chastain A Movie Star?

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • January 22, 2013 12:05 PM
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As has been commented on by more than one person in the last day or two, this weekend's box office chart contains an impressive feat. Both the number one movie, the Guillermo Del Toro-produced horror "Mama," and the number two film, Kathryn Bigelow's much-lauded "Zero Dark Thirty," feature the same actress in the lead role -- Jessica Chastain.

5 Films That Could Start Distributor Bidding Wars At Sundance 2013

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • January 18, 2013 10:56 AM
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After kicking off last night with Sebastian Silva's "Crystal Fairy," the Sundance Film Festival is now underway. And movie goers and critics will, in a couple of hours, start lining up for the first full day of the fest, with "Kill Your Darlings," "The Spectacular Now" and "Sound City" among the high-profile pictures of the day.

10 Sundance Hits & 10 Sundance Flops: Why The Buzz Doesn't Always Convert To Cash

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • January 17, 2013 1:30 PM
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As we speak, journos and industry folk from around the world are donning their parkas and mittens, picking up their passes and getting ready for the ten-day slog of booze, flu and films-that-probably-have-Chris-Messina-in-them-somewhere * that is the Sundance Film Festival, which kicks off tonight. But not everyone is there for the swag bags and schmoozing; every major distributor will have eyes on the ground looking for the next big thing.

Retrospective: The Films Of 'The Last Stand' Director Kim Jee-Woon

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • January 17, 2013 11:57 AM
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This weekend, American audiences will be introduced to a filmmaker they most likely have never heard of – South Korean director Kim Jee-woon. A talented, genre-bending filmmaker whose artistic depth is matched only by his technical proficiency, he's making his western debut with "The Last Stand," an old-school action thriller starring Arnold Schwarzenegger (read our review here). But for fans of Asian cinema, he's been a director many have been keeping an eye on for a long time now.

Oh 'Mama': 5 Of The Worst Movie Mothers

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • January 16, 2013 12:57 PM
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This week sees the release of "Mama," the low-budget horror flick, expanded from a short film by writer-director Andres Muschietti, and executive produced by Guillermo Del Toro, which as the title must suggest, is a chiller at least in part concerned with the issue of motherhood. Jessica Chastain's bass-playing hipster is forced into a maternal role when the nieces of her boyfriend (Nikolaj Coster-Waldau) are found in a near-feral state. But the kids are being menaced (or are they?) by something that may -- or may not -- be the spirit of their departed mama.

The 25 Most Anticipated Films Of The 2013 Sundance Film Festival

  • By The Playlist Staff
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  • January 15, 2013 2:08 PM
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We're barely into 2013, and already the film festival circuit is kicking off again. It's only a matter of weeks since The Playlist hung up our collective traveling pants from our last festival trip of 2012 (Marrakech), but even ahead of Berlin next month, we're packing our bags again for one of the major dates in the cinephile calendar -- the Sundance Film Festival.

Surprises & Snubs Of The 2013 Oscar Nominations: Kathryn Bigelow, Ben Affleck, 'Dark Knight Rises' & More

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • January 10, 2013 11:47 AM
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The announcement of the Academy Award nominations are many things, but rarely are they dull. Every time it looks like the precursors are pointing to a predictable line-up, the Academy find a way to throw a spanner in the works, and skip over those who seemed like sure-fire locks, while nominating those who might have otherwise been overlooked by prognosticators and predictors.

10 Classic Gangster Movies Better Than 'Gangster Squad'

  • By The Playlist Staff
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  • January 9, 2013 2:04 PM
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This weekend, a heinous crime is committed in the release of "Gangster Squad." At one time a hot prospect at Warner Bros, attracting an all-star cast including Josh Brolin, Ryan Gosling, Sean Penn, Emma Stone, Anthony Mackie, Michael Pena and Mireille Enos, many had high hopes for it, but the writing has been on the wall for a while. For instance, some claim that the film's January release date was only a side-effect of reshoots ordered after the Aurora shootings, but the film's original slot -- the second weekend in September, one of the quietest moviegoing weekends of the year -- suggested that Warners never had all that much faith in the finished product.

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