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The Amazing Race: 15 Potential Awards Dark Horses To Keep An Eye On In The Coming Months

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • August 1, 2012 12:34 PM
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Almost every year, it's possible to guess at a good number of the Oscar nominees at least twelve months ahead. Only a fool would look at the release slate and suggest that a film like Steven Spielberg's "Lincoln" won't be among the nominees. But that said, each year also brings a movie that looks from afar like a heavyweight and turns out to disappoint. Take "J.Edgar" last year, for instance, or "Carnage" or "The Ides of March."

The Top 10 Films To See In August

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • August 1, 2012 11:04 AM
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There are people, we're told, who just rock up to the theater on Friday night and see whatever is coming on next. We have never been those people. We scan the release calendar weeks, even months in advance, in order to check out what's coming to theaters, so we know what we're queueing up for, and when we'll be seeing it.

'The Hobbit: Tokyo Drift' (Or Whatever It Ends Up Being Called) Doesn't Yet Have A Script Or A Budget Yet

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • August 1, 2012 10:24 AM
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Like it or not, we're getting a third "Hobbit" movie. What started as rumors at Comic-Con became firm negotiations last week, and on Monday, it was announced that the as-yet untitled third film will follow six months or so after the already-scheduled second, "The Hobbit: There And Back Again," in the summer of 2014. Beyond that it's likely to feature additional scenes from the appendices, not much is known about Peter Jackson's actual plans, only that deals are in place for the actors, Warner Bros have given the go-ahead, and additional filming will take place in the near future, likely for two months or so.

5 Things You Might Not Know About 'The Lost Boys' On Its 25th Anniversary

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • August 1, 2012 9:57 AM
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Vampires are pretty much everywhere these days, with the "Twilight" franchise and TV's "The Vampire Diaries" gripping the imagination of teen audiences the world over. In part, it's because of the element of sexuality inherent in vampires, something that's been present ever since the archetype was born in Bram Stoker's "Dracula." But the idea of vampires appealing to teens, now something worth billions of dollars, can be traced directly back to one film: Joel Schumacher's 1987 film "The Lost Boys."

5 Things You Might Not Know About 'Deliverance,' Released 40 Years Ago Today

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • July 30, 2012 1:11 PM
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For a film just entering its fifth decade, "Deliverance" still maintains a real power to horrify. Based on James Dickey's poetic novel, and adapted by the writer himself, it follows four friends (Burt Reynolds, Jon Voight, Ned Beatty and Ronny Cox) who go for a canoeing trip together in the Georgia wilderness, only to come into terrifying conflict with some inbred locals. And that plotline taps into very primal fears -- man vs. nature, town vs. country -- and perhaps most memorably, it preys on masculinity, thanks to film's unforgetabble rape sequence.

The Essentials: The 5 Best William Friedkin Films

  • By The Playlist Staff
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  • July 30, 2012 12:00 PM
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The decent opening weekend for the NC-17 "Killer Joe" should be celebrated for a number of reasons, but perhaps most notably, it marks something of a comeback for director William Friedkin. The helmer was, for a brief period in the 1970s, the most powerful filmmaker in Hollywood, but a series of critical and commercial flops after "The Exorcist" saw his stock drop quickly, and while there were a few quiet gems, the quality of his work tended to be closer to sub-"Basic Instinct" erotic thriller "Jade" (which Friedkin has said is one of his favorite of his films, curiously), or tree-rape horror "The Guardian," than to his breakout films.

12 Of Our Favorite London-Set Movies To Get You Through The Olympics

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • July 27, 2012 2:59 PM
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Tonight, the 2012 Summer Olympics will kick off in London, and while our tolerance for sporting events is relatively low, we're a bit excited. In part, it's because it's taking place in the city where this writer was born, raised and still lives, and in part it's because the opening ceremony was masterminded by British filmmaker Danny Boyle, the man behind films like "Trainspotting" and "Slumdog Millionaire."

The Essentials: 5 John Schlesinger Films You Can't Miss

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  • July 27, 2012 9:56 AM
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He’s not a name that many young filmmakers reference these days, but British director John Schlesinger quietly managed a career spanning five decades, with a small fistful of classics to his name. A former actor, Schlesinger moved into documentaries in the late 1950s, graduating to features soon after, and worked fairly prolifically until 2000’s “The Next Best Thing” (admittedly a rather ignominious end to a great career), a film released only a few months before he passed away from a stroke.

Our Lives Are Not Our Own: Deconstructing The 'Cloud Atlas' Trailer

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • July 26, 2012 3:29 PM
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A pleasant surprise arrived today in the form of a lengthy trailer for "Cloud Atlas," the much-anticipated adaptation of David Mitchell's novel by The Wachowskis and Tom Tykwer. Anyone who's read the book -- a sprawling, genre-hopping, puzzle-box of a story -- will know it's a tough nut to crack, but the clip, now available in HD at Apple, suggests that the filmmakers have managed to handle the diversity of the visuals even if it's yet to be seen if the film works as a whole.

An Open Letter To Peter Jackson On Splitting 'The Hobbit' Into Three Movies

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • July 25, 2012 10:02 AM
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As big fans of your work all the way back to "Bad Taste" (in fact, of your work, the only film we're not fond of is "The Lovely Bones," and let's face it, every filmmaker gets a misfire at some point), we wanted to drop you a line after hearing about some recent events. Like many film fans, we're looking forward to your return to Middle Earth, with the first of your two-part adaptation of "The Hobbit," when it comes to theaters in December.

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