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Bret Easton Ellis Profusely Apologizes to Kathryn Bigelow Over Sexist “Zero Dark Thirty” Tweet

  • By Charlie Schmidlin
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  • December 18, 2012 9:00 AM
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After trying unsuccessfully to garner the “Fifty Shades Of Grey” screenwriting gig through sheer social media chutzpah alone, novelist Bret Easton Ellis has now solemnly returned to another controversy seeded at the start of the month, one that saw him place “Zero Dark Thirty” filmmaker Kathryn Bigelow square in his sights.

Watch: Visual Effects & Sound Featurettes For Box-Office-Breaking 'The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey'

  • By Joe Cunningham
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  • December 17, 2012 10:56 PM
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Its domestic numbers weren’t too shabby, breaking the December opening weekend record with $84 million, but even with that context, the global numbers for "The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey" are gangbusters. The first installment of Peter Jackson’s latest Tolkien adaptation opened up in 56 international markets this weekend, and has bagged 2012’s fourth biggest opening with $138.2 million to take the global total in just three days to $223 million.

Soundtrack For Dave Grohl's 'Sound City' Doc Features Trent Reznor, Josh Homme, Stevie Nicks & More

  • By Joe Cunningham
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  • December 17, 2012 10:34 PM
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We got a look a first look at the Dave Grohl directed documentary “Sound City” a couple of weeks ago with the trailer, and as intrigued as we were about the film we were doubly intrigued by its soundtrack – this is The Playlist after all. From what we’d seen so far it looked like Grohl was gathering a load of legendary musicians together to play live music in the eponymous California recording studio for the documentary, which would also make up the film’s original soundtrack. Well, it looks like that’s exactly the case, and the line-up for both the movie and soundtrack is extremely impressive.

First Look: New Photos Of 'We're The Millers' Starring Jennifer Aniston, Jason Sudeikis & Emma Roberts

  • By Edward Davis
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  • December 17, 2012 7:04 PM
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It's an underrated little gem, but the director of "Dodgeball: A True Underdog Story," starring Vince Vaughn and Ben Stiller, is back. Truthfully, Rawson Marshall Thurber didn't really go anywhere, but 2008's indie “The Mysteries of Pittsburgh” wasn’t terribly well received. He's now back in studio comedy mode -- studio action comedy mode, to be specific -- with "We're The Millers." Starring Jennifer Aniston, Jason Sudeikis, Emma Roberts, Nick Offerman, Kathryn Hahn, Will Poulter, and Ed Helms, Thurber's latest has a bevy of strong comedic talent and centers on a veteran pot dealer (Sudeikis) who creates a fake family as part of his plan to move a huge shipment of weed into the U.S. from Mexico.

Did The Nick Fury Solo Movie Get Folded Into 'Captain America 2'?

  • By Edward Davis
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  • December 17, 2012 6:48 PM
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You may recall earlier this year in the summer we had a podcast about super hero films and much of our discussion touched upon rumors we had heard brewing from the Marvel Universe. One of the unconfirmed stories we had heard about centered on the mooted Nick Fury/S.H.I.E.L.D. movie, which was in the cards back in the day before the S.H.I.E.L.D. concept moved to TV. Word was parts of the Nick Fury story would be folded into "Captain America 2," aka "Captain America: The Winter Soldier."

Sad Monkey News: James Franco Says He Likely Won't Cameo In 'Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes'

  • By Edward Davis
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  • December 17, 2012 6:18 PM
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Sad trombone face. James Franco, the star of "Rise Of The Planets Of The Apes" (aside from the chimpanzee Cesar of course), was all set to do a cameo in "Dawn of the Planet of the Apes." The rub is that the original director Rupert Wyatt bowed out (Matt Reeves is now directing it) and so did Tom Rothman, who is no longer at Fox and Franco hasn't heard a peep since. So the actor assumes he's out. Via MTV.

Quentin Tarantino Says He Wanted To Make A 'Luke Cage' Film Starring Lawrence Fishburne After 'Reservoir Dogs'; Wrote 'Pulp Fiction' Instead

  • By Edward Davis
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  • December 17, 2012 5:59 PM
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Add one more to the pile. Quentin Tarantino's "what if?" abandoned projects list is long. Ideas that he once toyed with included more Elmore Leonard adaptations, the James Bond film “Casino Royale,” “The Man from U.N.C.L.E,” an untitled '70s-like airplane/disaster movie and more (you can see a longer list in this old detailed feature we made back in the day).

Criterion Adds Terrence Malick’s ‘Badlands,’ Robert Bresson’s ‘A Man Escaped,’ Fritz Lang & More For March 2013 Release

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • December 17, 2012 5:16 PM
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Going on spring break this year? Well, you might want to shorten the trip or dip into the budget, because Criterion is coming for you in March full throttle with an auteur heavy line up, led by the one and only Terrence Malick.

Eddie Redmayne Joins The Wachowskis' 'Jupiter Ascending' With Channing Tatum & Mila Kunis

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • December 17, 2012 4:54 PM
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To whoever is repping Eddie Redmayne as he makes his way into Hollywood: nice work. The actor has been taking a variety of roles, from the gritty indie "Hick," to the biopic "My Week With Marilyn" to this month's Oscar contending "Les Miserables," all allowing him to flex a few different muscles. And now that he's paid his dues and proved himself, he's getting into the tentpole game.

Ricky Gervais Takes The Lead Role In 'The Muppets' Sequel

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • December 17, 2012 4:25 PM
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While he has dominated the small screen, Ricky Gervais has yet to find his niche at the multiplex. His lone leading man efforts "The Invention Of Lying" and "Ghost Town" didn't make much impact, while the dramatic-ish "Cemetery Junction" pretty much came and went without a trace. And while he's lent his face in support in a handful of studio films, he's still probably best known to most mainstream audiences as that British guy who insulted celebs for a couple years at the Golden Globes. Well now, he'll be bringing his wit to your children.

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