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The Playlist Foolishly, and Prematurely, Predicts Best Supporting Actor & Actress At The 2012 Oscars

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • March 3, 2011 10:32 AM
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So, yes, you know the drill by now: we've done Best Picture for 2012 and we've done our Actor and Actress picks. Now, we're turning our hand to the ever-undervalued supporting players.

The Films Of Matt Damon: A Retrospective

  • By The Playlist Staff
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  • March 3, 2011 7:54 AM
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We know it's a little premature to start ruminating on the career of Matt Damon who, at the age of 40, is just entering the middle of his career. But as one of the biggest stars on the planet, a look at his work up until now is quite remarkable and pretty much unmatched by anyone his age in Hollywood. You wouldn't have thought it watching his first, small appearance over 20 years ago in 'Mystic Pizza," but Matt Damon has evolved into one of the biggest and the most interesting movie stars in America. Even a decade ago, it looked as though his best friend and co-writer of "Good Will Hunting," Ben Affleck, was set to be the breakout; Damon made a serious of unfortunate film choices, and his career was somewhat on the ropes.

2011 (Or 12): The Year The Vampire Film's Brain Gets Eaten By The Zombie Genre?

  • By Edward Davis
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  • March 2, 2011 8:40 AM
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With Over 20 Zombie-Related Films In Production In Hollywood, Humanizing The Undead Appears To Be The Next TrendSick of bloodsuckers and woe-is-me vampire tales? Inundated by the genre, its addiction and immortality themes that played out in "Twilight" and that are ubiquitous in TV on "True Blood," "The Vampire Diaries" and myriad other movies and episodic shows? While vampires and the goth aesthetic that surrounds them have certainly became mainstream, the mythic tales aren't likely going anywhere anytime soon, but a new monster genre may be fighting for creature hegemony on screen in the next few years.

The Playlist Foolishly, and Prematurely, Tries To Predict Best Actor & Actress At The 2012 Oscars

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • March 2, 2011 8:14 AM
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Yesterday, we took a look at the 10 films we think will be battling it out at the Kodak Theatre for the Oscar roughly 11 months and 3 weeks from now. Today, we've made our picks for the acting categories. In this piece: Best Actor and Actress, and coming up tomorrow, Supporting Actor and Supporting Actress.

Casting 'The Hunger Games': The Playlist Picks For Katniss Everdeen

  • By Catherine Scott
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  • January 31, 2011 4:39 AM
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Earlier this week, director Gary Ross' adaptation of "The Hunger Games" received a release date of March 23, 2012. With the roll-out of the film being a little over a year away, we expect to hear casting decisions any day now, and as "Harry Potter" and "Twilight" near their final installments, the 'Hunger Games' trilogy is being eyed as the next Young Adult phenomenon, and it's hoped it could launch a group of stars in the same way that those earlier franchises did. There are a number of key roles in the franchise, but the one that's attracted the most attention so far is the female lead, Katniss Everdeen. Now that the film has had its date set on the calendar, we thought we'd have a look at some possible contenders for the role, as well as some other key figures that Ross will be casting.

The Road To 'Superman': 6 Jobs Henry Cavill Lost Before Becoming Clark Kent

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • January 30, 2011 8:58 AM
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It's been a long, hard road for Henry Cavill to becoming the next actor to don the tights for the iconic "Superman." While Hollywood tests many young actors for upcoming franchises, no one has been put through the the audition process more rigorously and for as many high profile gigs as Cavill. He's been on the radar for several major league tentpoles over the years always losing out to another name or having the project fall apart. However, it looks the stars have finally aligned for the young actor as he's netted the part of Clark Kent/Superman in the Zack Snyder directed, Christopher Nolan produced reboot of Warner Bros.' cornerstone comic pic.

Oscarbation: 11 Oscar Nominee Snubs That Agitate Us

  • By Gabe Toro
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  • January 25, 2011 4:32 AM
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Every year, we wake up for the Academy Award nominations expecting a surprise, hoping the same ten or fifteen movies don't keep getting referenced, honored, what-have-you. Last year, the Academy did a decent job as the field of Best Picture candidates swelled to ten, allowing for more exposure for films from different categories. We're not going to go around endorsing "District 9" as one of that year's finer films, but we were happy it got to sit at the table.

The Films Of Peter Weir: A Retrospective

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • January 20, 2011 8:29 AM
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Lord knows, we Playlisters love a cinematic polymath: a director whose interests seem unconstrained by the strictures of any one particular genre and who instead leaps nimbly, if not always successfully, from sci-fi to epic to thriller to comedy -- think Steven Soderbergh, Michael Winterbottom or Ang Lee. Peter Weir is almost one of these -- his feature film resume boasts everything from mystery to horror to romcom to historical epic, but he falls just short of true all-rounder status because a glimpse at his back catalogue really suggests that while he has dallied with various genres, he’s more comfortable staying within shouting distance of 'human drama.' In fact, you get the impression that Weir only crosses genres because he is following his particular thematic preoccupations (fish-out-of-water scenarios, man vs. nature struggles, etc.) where they lead, rather than because of some kind of intellectual compulsion to kick against his limitations through experimentation.

More Anticipated: 27 Films From 2011 We've Already Seen

  • By The Playlist
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  • January 19, 2011 5:10 AM
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Ok, you can't really anticipate a film if you've already seen it, right? And while that doesn't apply for every member of The Playlist, many of us were lucky enough to get early sneak peeks at 2011 by attending film festivals around the globe like the Cannes, Toronto and Vancouver Film Festivals, the Melbourne Film Festival, the London Film Festival and more; yes, we're global. We basically ran through our lists of the films coming out in 2011 that we've already seen and made a list of 27 worth discussing. Not all of them are great, some are downright terrible, and some are pictures you should absolutely go out of your way to see. It's a mixed bag, much like a film festival generally is, but consider it our user's guide to the 2011 films we know the most about; and take the info to follow under consideration when shelling out your hard-earned dollar. We're here for you, really.

A Diverse Offering At The American Cinematheque's 6th Annual "Focus On Female Directors"

  • By Leah Zak
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  • January 18, 2011 6:27 AM
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New Shorts From Kirsten Dunst, Sam Taylor-Wood & MoreAs any cinephile will note, women have been sitting in the director's chair since the inception of filmmaking itself, but it seems only recently that their voices have become more numerous-- and more, dare we say, bankable. High profile names such as Kathryn Bigelow and Sofia Coppola are garnering more attention in Hollywood, with Bigelow even becoming the first female to ever win the Oscar for Best Director at the ceremony last year. But the truth is, women filmmakers have as many voices to bring to the table as their male counterparts, the philosophy it would appear, behind the American Cinemateque's "Focus on Female Filmmakers" program, an annual event at the Egyptian Theatre in Hollywood. The night was an eclectic collection of short films by women directors, ranging from documentary, to dance, to animation to biblical re-tellings.

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