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5 Alternative Zombie Movies To Get You Undead & Ready For 'Warm Bodies'

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • January 29, 2013 1:05 PM
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You probably wouldn't be wildly surprised to learn that this week sees the release of a new zombie movie. After all, the archetype of the dead rising in their thousands to devour human flesh is a consistently popular one, and it sometimes feels that barely a month goes by without the cry of "brains..." coming from your local multiplex, video store, or Netflix queue (though actually, we have had a few months of respite; depending on your definition, the last film to feature the living dead was either "Resident Evil: Retribution" or the cast of "Quartet.").

Podcast: The Playlist Talks 2013 Sundance Film Festival

  • By Erik McClanahan
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  • January 29, 2013 12:05 PM
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The podcast returns for a Sundance Film Festival wrap-up, discussing the highs and lows of this year's festival, which came to an end on Sunday. Podcast host and editor Erik McClanahan is joined by Cory Everett and Rodrigo Perez, our two staff correspondents on the ground at this year's festival. Make sure to check out our complete Sundance '13 coverage, including interviews and reviews (several which we didn't even mention on the podcast).

Sundance Wrap: The 5 Best Films Of The Festival, Plus Our Complete Coverage

  • By The Playlist Staff
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  • January 28, 2013 2:09 PM
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First festival of the year? Done and dusted. Every year, the movie industry heads en masse to Utah for the Sundance Film Festival, Robert Redford's celebration of independent cinema, which has become increasingly important over the years, in the hope of uncovering the next big thing. Last year's festival brought "Beasts of the Southern Wild," which went on to be one of the best-reviewed films of the year, and a Best Picture nominee at the Academy Awards, and while there wasn't a singular breakout in the same way, the festival was certainly in good form.

10 Things J.J. Abrams Needs To Do With 'Star Wars: Episode VII' To Make It Great

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • January 25, 2013 3:09 PM
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So the question that's been dominating the movie world for the past few months has finally been answered. After lots of rumors and speculation, with Steven Spielberg, David Fincher, Jon Favreau, Guillermo Del Toro, Matthew Vaughn and Colin Trevorrow among the many names linked to the project, firm news has emerged that J.J. Abrams, creator of TV shows "Felicity," "Lost," "Alias" and "Fringe," among others, and director of blockbusters "Mission Impossible III," "Star Trek," "Super 8" and the upcoming "Star Trek Into Darkness," has been hired to direct "Star Wars Episode VII," the continuation of George Lucas' classic sci-fi saga.

15 Breakout Artists To Watch From The 2013 Sundance Film Festival

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • January 25, 2013 1:06 PM
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There's still a couple days left of this year's Sundance Film Festival, but for all intents and purposes it's winding down. Most of the press have departed, pretty much every major movie has screened at least once, and many of them have been bought, or will be over the next few days.

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.

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