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The Biggest Snubs And Surprises Of The 2012 Oscar Nominations

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • January 24, 2012 12:25 PM
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As you might imagine from a many-headed beast like The Academy, it’s impossible to predict exactly what the Oscars will be. Sure, precursor awards and prognosticators might make it seem like the race is done, but there’s so many unknowns, so many obscure rules and wild cards, that they’ll always be a fair few surprises.

Weekend Box Office: 'Underworld: Awakening' Sucks Its Way To #1, While 'Red Tails' Shoots Into #2

  • By Gabe Toro
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  • January 22, 2012 12:08 PM
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If there was ever a weekend that better illustrated the divide between audience and critics, we certainly can't remember it. Following a financially successful franchise pattern thus far, "Underworld: Awakening" joined the other films in the series in opening to over $20 million. In the grand scheme of this vampires vs. werewolves franchise, this opening comes in lower than the second installment, but a shade beyond the first and third.

In Theaters: 'We Bought A Zoo' Enters The Cage & Gets 'Extremely Loud' With 'Dragon Tattoo,' 'Tintin,' 'War Horse' & More This Xmas

  • By Katie Walsh
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  • December 23, 2011 3:24 PM
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Hello my Christmas Elves, are you all snug as a bug in a rug with your star-print knit booties and oversized red LOS ANGELES sweatshirt and zebra pajama pants? The most festive of all holiday outfits? JUST ME THEN?! Well, I hope you have all been enjoying cookies and cider and whatever are your most cherished holiday traditions. Like going to the movies? Seriously, Hollywood is banking on some people being really bored with their families this week because the glut of prestige movies opening this week is kind of insane. Let's go open our presents!

The Cast Of 'Extremely Loud And Incredibly Close' Talk Navigating The Emotions Of 9/11

  • By Gabe Toro
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  • December 23, 2011 2:59 PM
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In Jonathan Safran Foer’s “Extremely Loud And Incredibly Close,” the author tells the story of Oskar Schell, a school-age boy who grapples with the passing of his father in the 9/11 attacks. Adapting such difficult material was never going to be easy, and with Stephen Daldry’s new film of the same title, the obstacles were twofold. One must have fidelity not only to the source material, but to the tragedies of the event itself. Gathering together to talk with the press in New York City recently, the cast and filmmaker related the importance of being true to the emotions that still linger from that fateful September day.

Rewind Reviews: 'Dragon Tattoo,' 'We Bought A Zoo,' 'Extremely Loud' & 'Pina'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • December 22, 2011 1:10 PM
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We know it's a busy time of year, with a plethora of movie choices crowding up the multiplex, and even more coming in the next few days. We thought we'd make it easier to read and find a few reviews of films that come out this week that we ran recently, to refresh your memory and maybe point you in the right direction as you head out to the movies this weekend.

Stephen Daldry Talks Asperger's, Depicting 9/11 In 'Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close,' And The Oscars

  • By Todd Gilchrist
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  • December 20, 2011 12:30 PM
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At present, up to the imminent release of “Extremely Loud And Incredibly Close,” Stephen Daldry is three-for-three in terms of films to Best Director Oscar nominations; there’s clearly something about the stories he tells hitting a nerve among Academy voters, no matter how challenging (“The Hours”) or even controversial (“The Reader”) his subject matter. 'Extremely Loud' suggests that he’s as interested as ever in posing hard questions and finding powerful answers, as he brings to life Jonathan Safran Foer’s novel about a child with Asperger’s who takes an extraordinary journey to come to terms with the death of his father during 9/11.

Kevin MacDonald's Bob Marley Documentary, New Werner Herzog Death Row Films To Premiere At Berlin Film Festival

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • December 19, 2011 9:02 AM
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We've barely wrapped up our 2011 Film Festival coverage (look for one more piece from sunny Marrakech later today), but already we're looking towards the 2012 festival calendar. Sundance have unveiled what seems to be a particularly tantalizing line-up for the Park City festival in January, while this morning has seen the first films unveiled for the 62nd Berlin International Film Festival, which kicks off in February.

Review: 'Extremely Loud And Incredibly Close' Is Often Moving But Insufficiently Effective

  • By Gabe Toro
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  • December 18, 2011 5:30 PM
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Oskar Schell, the protagonist of "Extremely Loud And Incredibly Close," isn’t like other boys. Sure, he likes laughing and junk food and having a good time like the other kids. But this overly precocious ten year old is more of an Encyclopedia Brown in training. With the guidance of his father, he pieces together the mysteries of history, breaking down everyday life into a puzzle. The unspoken tragedy of this is that Oskar doesn’t have a life. What makes up his existence is the notion of an interconnected web attaching his life experiences as if they all influenced another, domino-style. He’s a ten year old boy who doesn’t appear to have many friends, aside from his overactive father.

Watch: 5 New Clips From 'Extremely Loud And Incredibly Close' To Make You Cry At Your Desk

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • December 14, 2011 4:06 PM
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We haven't seen Stephen Daldry's adaptation of Jonathan Safran Foer's "Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close" yet but from what we understand it will make you cry your fucking eyes out. Yahoo Movies has just debuted five new clips from the movie, and while they certainly aren't the most emotional clips they could have chosen, you'll still probably want to grab the Kleenex just in case.

A Heap Of New Images From Stephen Daldry's Post 9/11 Drama 'Extremely Loud And Incredibly Close'

  • By Simon Dang
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  • December 10, 2011 10:30 AM
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The Academy loves Stephen Daldry. Every film he has directed thus far -- "Billy Elliot," "The Hours" and "The Reader" -- has been nominated for Best Director, with the last two also taking Best Picture nods, in addition to a host of other honors. And, even though Daldry's latest effort, an adaptation of Jonathan Safran Foer's "Extremely Loud And Incredibly Close," has yet to be unveiled this late in the game, the film will seems poised to hit it big with voters with its post 9/11 dramatics.

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