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Armond White Says 'Ghost Rider 2' & 'Taken 2' Are Better Than 'Zero Dark Thirty' In 2012 Wrap Up

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • January 11, 2013 9:22 AM
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2013 is barely two weeks old, an Armond White is being his Armond-iest. In case you missed it, the cantankerous, contrarian film critic heckled Michael Moore at the the New York Film Critics Circle awards ceremony this week. In presenting the award for Best First Film to David France for the now Oscar nominated “How to Survive a Plague,” Moore reflected that “the Cardinal couldn’t get through Mass at St. Patrick’s,” citing the film's coverage of the ACT UP protests who interrupted Christmas mass at St. Patrick's Cathedral in the '80s. And this set off Armond.

Bruno Dumont's 'Camille Claudel 1915,' 'Side Effects,' 'Necessary Death Of Charlie Countryman' Added To Berlin Line-Up

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • January 11, 2013 8:20 AM
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We're barely two weeks into January, and the movie festival season is upon us. The Sundance Film Festival kicks off next and the Berlin Film Festival will get underway shortly after. While it has always been a fest to keep an eye on, this year in particular its bringing some serious heat, with jury president Wong Kar-Wai unspooling his martial arts epic "The Grandmaster" in its international premiere. Even better, the competition lineup has now added some serious contenders.

Christopher Nolan's Merging An Original Idea With Jonah Nolan's Old Screenplay For 'Interstellar'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • January 10, 2013 6:11 PM
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It looks like Christopher Nolan fans will still have plenty to talk to about in 2013 -- and it won't all be about the Oscar snub "The Dark Knight Rises" received. Last night came word that, awards season or not, Nolan was already putting together a new project, the sci-fi pic "Interstellar." The big talking point around the movie was that it was something Steven Spielberg was once kicking around, with a script by Jonah Nolan and a story developed by theoretical physicist Kip Thorne. But now, there's even more reason to be excited, as the director will be putting his own distinct stamp on the material.

Robin Williams Heads Down Another Dramatic 'Boulevard'

  • By Joe Cunningham
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  • January 10, 2013 6:10 PM
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What’s Robin Williams been up to recently? Well, on the big screen, the answer is not an awful lot. Last year he popped up briefly in episodes of “Wilfred” and “Louie,” and the year before he voiced a couple of characters in “Happy Feet Two.” However, you have to go back to 2009’s trio of the really rather good “World’s Greatest Dad,” the distinctly average “Night at the Museum 2” and the all kinds of awful “Old Dogs” to get anything significant from Williams on the big screen. That all looks set to change though with “The Big Wedding” and “The Butler” (in which he’ll play a priest and a president, respectively) both looking set for release this year, with “The Angriest Man in Brooklyn” already in the can, and now Williams has another project lined up.

"I'm Not A Monkey": Watch Quentin Tarantino Shut Down U.K. Journalist Who Asks About Tie Between Movies & Violence

  • By Joe Cunningham
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  • January 10, 2013 5:26 PM
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“Django Unchained” still hasn’t opened in the UK; in fact it’s one of four of this year’s Best Picture nominees that have yet to do so. It will, however, hit British cinemas in just eight days time, and Quentin Tarantino is over there at the moment to promote his new film which tonight has it’s London premiere. While doing said promoting, QT has so far come across as someone supremely confident in his own ability as a filmmaker, and unashamedly proud of the latest product he’s got to offer. In fact, it had all been going rather swimmingly, until he was interviewed by Channel 4 News’ Krishnan Guru-Murthy.

Michael Cera Hugs A Cactus In First Poster From Sundance Entry 'Crystal Fairy'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • January 10, 2013 5:06 PM
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As always happens at this time of year, the Oscar nominations aren't even a day old and now we're turning our eye to the Sundance Film Festival which starts in just over a week. Those on the ground in Park City will be keeping their eyes peeled for the next "Precious" or "Beasts Of The Southern Wild," a small indie that will build steam to become a Best Picture contender. But we're pretty sure we can go ahead and count out "Crystal Fairy." But not because it doesn't look good.

Watch: Kristen Stewart & Robert Pattinson Have Post-Sex Breakfast In 'Breaking Dawn Pt. 1' Deleted Scene

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • January 10, 2013 4:49 PM
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As you might be aware, "The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn -- Part 1" is coming for more of your money this spring, with an Extended Edition DVD featuring 8 more minutes. Want to see 25% of it right now? Well, keep on reading.

‘Y: The Last Man’ Adaptation To Be Helmed By Commercials Director Dan Trachtenberg

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • January 10, 2013 4:12 PM
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It seemed, for a while at least, as if “Y: The Last Man,” the mind-blowing comic book series by Brian K. Vaughan and Pia Guerra, was going to have as painfully protracted a lurch towards the big screen as Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons’ “Watchmen.” It has had several sets of creative teams on the adaptation, most notably (and lengthily) the “Disturbia” team of director D.J. Caruso, Shia LaBeouf (as titular last man Yorich) and screenwriter Carl Ellsworth, who structured the project as the beginning of a trilogy, citing the massive scope and scale of the 60-issue comic series. Other screenwriters and directors followed and then fell away (we read a compelling draft by Vaughan that ended in a tantalizing cliffhanger) until last March, when New Line Cinema (now a glorified production shingle under Warner Bros, which also owns Vertigo Comics and DC Comics) got serious about the property – assigning a new set of screenwriters, Matthew Federman and Stephen Scaia, and putting “Dark Knight” architect David Goyer on the case as producer.

Ellen Page To Star In Apocalyptic 'Into The Forest'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • January 10, 2013 3:49 PM
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Ellen Page has been keeping it pretty low key lately. Since "Inception" in 2010, she's only had a couple of other feature films, James Gunn's low-fi "Super" and last summer's Woody Allen jaunt "To Rome With Love," but fans will be seeing more of her in 2013. In fact, at Sundance starting next week, the actress has roles in two films, Lynn Shelton's "Touchy Feely" and Zal Batmanglij's thriller "The East" and it looks like she'll be keeping busy.

First Look At Oscar Nominee Philip Seymour Hoffman In 'The Hunger Games: Catching Fire'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • January 10, 2013 3:28 PM
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Well, you don't put food on the table with Oscar movies and arthouse fare. We love Philip Seymour Hoffman, and he's great in "The Master" and deserving of his Oscar nomination this morning, but we totally understand why the dude wants to hang around in the districts. It's good pay, probably not as taxing as acting opposite Joaquin Phoenix and the wigs are glorious.

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