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Box Office: 'Zero Dark Thirty' Targets Top Spot, 'A Haunted House' Scares Away 'Gangster Squad' For #2

  • By Gabe Toro
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  • January 13, 2013 12:08 PM
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While Annapurna Pictures backed a number of ambitious films this year including John Hillcoat's bootleggin' “Lawless,” Paul Thomas Anderson's challenging “The Master” and Andrew Dominik's bitter “Killing Them Softly,” the financial rewards were far less than expected. But Megan Ellison's production company has kicked off 2013 strong with Kathryn Bigelow's “Zero Dark Thirty” grossing a solid $24 million in its first weekend of wide release after selling out independent theaters in the last two weeks. After scoring five Oscar nominations, including Best Picture, Sony timed this expansion perfectly, and the film laid the smackdown on a couple of strong competitors.

"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.

Oscar Nominations 2013: 'Lincoln,' 'Life Of Pi' & 'Silver Linings Playbook' Lead Academy Awards Field

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • January 10, 2013 8:51 AM
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So here we are. The moment that basically every film fan (even if some are openly hostile to the idea) sees as their Superbowl; the announcement of the Academy Award nominations, for the 85th time, in this case. Seth MacFarlane and Emma Stone took to the stage at 5.30 PST to deliver the news, after months of the usual feverish speculation. So how did things turn out?

Box Office: 'Texas Chainsaw 3D' Scares Away Competition To Take Top Spot

  • By Gabe Toro
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  • January 6, 2013 11:39 AM
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Platinum Dunes let go of the rights to the “Texas Chainsaw Massacre” franchise after the second film grossed less than half of the first, a downward trend they had no interest continuing. To turn things around, they were going to need a whole new approach, which involved the folks at Twisted Pictures, home of the now-defunct “Saw” series. And with an ambitious plan involving numerous sequels (of course), Leatherface is back, and it seems audiences are interested. The critically roasted moovie is the first number one film of 2013.

Quentin Tarantino Says Newtown Tragedy About "Gun Control And Mental Health" Issues, Not Movie Violence

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • January 4, 2013 1:39 PM
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With the tragedy at Sandy Hook Elementary in Newtown, Connecticut still lingering on the mind on the nation, there has been an awful lot of talk (but not much action) from politicians and pundits on both sides of the issue. But perhaps grabbing the biggest headline, for better or worse, was the lunkheaded NRA VP Wayne LaPierre, who dredged up the old argument that movie violence (citing films like "American Psycho" -- which has no guns -- and "Natural Born Killers") as the cause of these kinds of incidents, not the wide availability of assault weapons and magazines that carry more payload that anyone realistically needs outside of the military.

Sacha Baron Cohen Chose 'Les Miserables' Over 'Django Unchained,' Explains What His Small Role Would Have Been

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • January 3, 2013 3:55 PM
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Most actors would kill to have the kind of "Sophie's Choice" decision Sacha Baron Cohen was faced with about a year ago. Way back in the fall of 2011, it was reported that the comic actor had boarded Quentin Tarantino's "Django Unchained." But six months later, the actor had dropped out (one of a handful who came and went -- like Kevin Costner, Joseph-Gordon Levitt and Anthony LaPaglia -- as the film's production grew longer and longer). So, what gives? Well, it looks like a meatier role coupled with a tight deadline forced him out.

From Screenplay To Screen: Quentin Tarantino Talks Toning Down Violence In 'Django Unchained'

  • By Charlie Schmidlin
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  • January 3, 2013 9:57 AM
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Amidst the ongoing flurry of debate over Quentin Tarantino's spaghetti western “Django Unchained,” one can at least declare safely that the hints to the final product on screen were always present. The screenplay -- leaked over a year ago and marked up in the director's handwriting -- contained the full vision of what Tarantino hoped to achieve, and now with disputes over the film's ruthless depiction of violence, the script and the director's words are here to clear the air.

Katt Williams Threatens To Punch Quentin Tarantino Over N-Word In 'Django Unchained'; Sam Jackson Baits Reporter To Say It

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • January 2, 2013 1:16 PM
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There has been no shortage of opinion over Quentin Tarantino's hit slavery/western vengeance pic "Django Unchained." Even though neither of them have actually seen it, Spike Lee and Antoine Fuqua have both weighed in on the matter, but the debate still rages, particularly over the use of the word "nigger" in the film. And now two more people are letting their voices be heard on the matter.

Drew Taylor's Top Ten Favorite Films of 2012

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • January 2, 2013 11:04 AM
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2012 was all about escape. Not only in terms of the big-budget movies that offered us escape from the increasingly ugly real world (how many superheroes or swoony vampires can we stomach?), but by the content of the more adult movies. Characters wanted an escape – from slavery, from a futuristic Korea, from time-travel gangsters, from a burdensome lover – and in these stories we were afforded tremendous freedom. They transported us, for sure, while reminding us of the very real hardships 2012 afforded us all. Below are my very favorite movies of the year, all of which I will be escaping to, again and again, for years to come.

Antoine Fuqua Calls Out Spike Lee for Publicly Trashing 'Django Unchained' (But Hasn't Seen The Movie Yet Either)

  • By Charlie Schmidlin
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  • January 2, 2013 8:57 AM
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A little over one week in theaters, and after a tremendous Christmas weekend opening for the film garnering $64 million, director Spike Lee might just have played a key role in the success of Quentin Tarantino's “Django Unchained.” His public refusal to see the western, calling it “disrespectful to my ancestors,” raised the film's profile to perhaps its highest political platform, and as fierce analysis of the ambitiously wild project continues post-release, another director has come to the movie's defense.

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