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The Best Movie Music Moments Of 2012

  • By The Playlist Staff
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  • December 10, 2012 3:05 PM
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When it first began, many, many years ago, The Playlist covered film in general, but with a particular focus on the places where movies intersected with music -- scores, soundtracks, music videos et al. And while our remit has grown over time, it's still something we take a particular interest in. After all, it's hard to think of major movies in which music doesn't play a key part, from a piece of score elevating a key sequence to a pop song that becomes inextricably linked with a film until the end of time.

Peter Jackson Explains How 'The Lord Of The Rings' Was Almost One Film Directed By John Madden & How Some Careful Lies Saved The Project In Four Weeks

  • By Rodrigo Perez
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  • December 9, 2012 2:02 PM
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As you can likely tell, we've been in the presence of Peter Jackson a lot lately as the New Zealand director has spent plenty of time in New York of late. Last week, Drew Taylor spent time with Jackson and "The Hobbit" cast at 'The Unexpected Journey' press day -- Jackson defended the controversies surrounding 48fps and explained why he expanded the films into three movies -- and Kimber Myers attended attended a screening of the film that included a post-screening Q&A featuring the director and his co-screenwriters, Fran Walsh and Philippa Boyens.

Keira Knightley In 'The Dark Knight Rises'?: An A-Z Of Who Nearly Starred In The Movies Of 2012

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • December 7, 2012 3:23 PM
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Thanks to the Internet and its relentless demand for content, the casting process is more transparent than it's ever been before. Wishlists, longlists, shortlists, offers and denials are all made public almost as soon as they happen, with studios often using them as a way of gauging fan reaction to possible ideas. There are many, many drawbacks to this, but in hindsight, it can also be kind of fun to take a look back at what might have been if one actor ended up taking a role in a film over another.

The Playlist Interview: Christopher Nolan Talks The Writing Process, Batman As A Sociopath & Finding His Darth Vader [Part 2]

  • By Rodrigo Perez
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  • December 6, 2012 4:47 PM
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Christopher Nolan is a hard man to track down, but after some patience and persistence, we were lucky enough to sit down with the (to name just a few) "Memento," "Prestige" and "Inception" director at length to discuss "The Dark Knight Rises," his debut feature film "Following" and much more about his lauded Batman trilogy. You can read all that right here in part one of our talk, and continue with us as we dug deeper with Nolan into the mythology of his Batman films and his process for putting the pieces of his entire series together, all of which we've presented in a part two below.

10 Soccer Movies That Will Leave You ‘Playing For Keeps’

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  • December 6, 2012 12:15 PM
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OK, let’s admit and face it, no one on planet Earth is really looking forward to “Playing For Keeps,” except for maybe Gerard Butler’s mom (god, this guy’s been in a lot of miserable movies no one cared about in 2012), but hey, we’ll take any excuse we can get to discuss some movies that revolve around our beloved futbol (sorry, Chuck Klosterman, we still disagree with you here).

The Playlist Interview: Christopher Nolan Talks The 'Dark Knight' Trilogy, Blockbuster Filmmaking, 'Following' & More [Part 1]

  • By Rodrigo Perez
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  • December 5, 2012 3:39 PM
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It’s been a big two weeks for Christopher Nolan in New York and beyond. The admired director was feted at the Film Society Of Lincoln Center with an hour-plus conversation about his ‘Dark Knight’ trilogy last week and a few days before that the IFC Center hosted a screening of a new restored print of “Following,” his debut film that Criterion is releasing later this month. To cap it all off, “The Dark Knight Rises” and the entire trilogy is out on Blu-Ray and DVD this week (surely, that is going to be one of the biggest home video releases of the year).

Critical Reassessment: 'Heaven’s Gate' And 11 More Films That Have Been Reconsidered Over Time

  • By The Playlist Staff
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  • December 5, 2012 2:18 PM
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A few weeks ago, "Heaven's Gate" hit Blu-ray and DVD again in new, restored and extended thanks to the good folk at Criterion. It's only the latest sign of the rehabilitation of Michael Cimino's, an epic Western that famously brought down its studio, virtually ended the director's career, and became so synonymous with disaster that Kevin Costner's "Waterworld" was nicknamed "Kevin's Gate" by wags when it seemed that it too was headed for failure.
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The 10 Least Essential Character Posters Of 2012

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • December 5, 2012 10:22 AM
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There's been a plague in the movie marketing world of late. Virtually every major release -- and seemingly most minor ones as well -- is going far beyond single one-sheet artwork to sell its wares. Along with teasers, arty Mondo-type versions, IMAX editions and everything else in between, posters are released showcasing seemingly every last cast member in the movie.

5 Great Gambling Movies To Get You Ready For 'Lay The Favorite'

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • December 4, 2012 2:45 PM
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Stephen Frears' "Lay The Favorite," the story of a characterful young woman (Rebecca Hall) who becomes involved in sports gambling, and which co-stars Bruce Willis, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Joshua Jackson, Vince Vaughn and Frank Grillo, slinks into theaters this week. In a way, it's lucky to do so. Not taken too kindly by critics when it premiered at Sundance way back in January, it's already hit theaters in much of the world elsewhere, and is likely only making it to theaters out of contractual obligation.

Exclusive: Christopher Nolan Talks Around ‘Justice League' & Says ‘Man of Steel’ Is Not Quite Like His Batman Trilogy

  • By Rodrigo Perez
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  • December 4, 2012 1:40 PM
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I had the opportunity and good fortune to sit down with director Christopher Nolan last week during some Oscar luncheons to discuss this week’s release of “The Dark Knight Rises” and the complete “Dark Knight Rises Trilogy” on Blu-ray/DVD. Ever the well-coiffed and relatable gentleman, Nolan is obviously known for his secrecy, but I was struck with how carefully he jiu jitsu’d around certain questions without ever coming across as deeply cagey. Instead, perhaps like his silent and swift ‘Dark Knight Rises’ protagonist, it’s as if he shook your hand with a smile and moments later you realized your wallet was gone.

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