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'Midnight In Paris,' 'The Hunger Games' & 'The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo' Pick Up Grammy Awards

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • February 11, 2013 11:19 AM
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If you wanted awards coverage, this past weekend was a goldmine. Not only were the BAFTAs handed out, so too were the ASC awards. And last night, there was this little thing called Grammys. Yes, the annual celebration of all things in mainstream music was celebrated, but in among the winners were a few items of note to movie fans.

Grammys: 'The Muppets,' 'The Artist,' 'The Dark Knight Rises,' 'Dragon Tattoo' & More Nominated For Soundtrack & Score

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • December 6, 2012 11:53 AM
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We haven't paid attention to the Grammys in years, mostly because it's irrelevant, these days we're barely familiar with half the nominees, and the show is usually pure tedium. (Don't even get us started on that Beach Boys tribute thing last year.) But for movie buffs looking to maintain their awards season high, yesterday's announcement of Grammy nominees did bring with it some films that are looking to collect gold from their pals in the music biz.

Owen Wilson Initially Had Doubts That The Time Travel Elements Would Work In 'Midnight In Paris'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • October 30, 2012 11:24 AM
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Given that Woody Allen essentially gets whoever he wants to star in his films, all for the price of a song, you might think that actors and actresses don't fret too much about the script. After all, they're just happy to be working with a legend. But in the case of Owen Wilson, while he was certainly eager to take a role in "Midnight In Paris," it seems he had a few doubts about whether or not the time-jumping nature of the story could be pulled off.

Mining For Gold: Sony Classics Sued For Paraphrased Faulkner Quote In 'Midnight in Paris' By Humorless Estate

  • By Charlie Schmidlin
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  • October 26, 2012 9:42 AM
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If this year's long-standing theatre run of “Moonrise Kingdom” represented a financial change in winds to Wes Anderson's other work, then the box-office windfall behind “Midnight in Paris” last year proved a hurricane to Woody Allen's mainstream success. Clocking in as the director's highest-grossing film ever with $148 million made worldwide, it was a landmark for a career already rife with many, but naturally there are entities looking to carve out a piece for themselves, as the estate of one of American literature's giants now is taking legal action against Allen for an ill-paraphrased quote.

'The Descendants' & 'Midnight In Paris' Win Top Prizes At WGA Awards, 'Caesar Must Die' Takes Golden Bear At Berlin

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • February 20, 2012 9:02 AM
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A week from now, the Oscars will be done and dusted for another year, and the movie conversation will drift away from prestige pictures to the "John Carter" and "Wrath of the Titans" of the world. And as of this weekend, the last of the major precursor awards have wrapped up. Did we see, as has been the overwhelming trend of the season, more success for the juggernaut that is "The Artist?"

The Amazing Race: At Long Last, My Final Oscar Nomination Predictions

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • January 20, 2012 3:54 PM
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It's crunch time. The Globes are done, the guilds have wrapped up, the critics have all had their say, and the BAFTAs have picked their nominees. In four days, the nominations for this year's Academy Awards will be announced, and we can finally stop talking about who's going to be nominated, and start talking about who's going to win.

'Bridesmaids,' 'The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo' & 'The Ides Of March' Surprise With PGA Nominations

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • January 3, 2012 12:42 PM
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Let's get the other stuff out of the way first. Yes, the Best Picture frontrunners you've expected all during the awards season -- "The Artist," "The Descendants," "The Help," "Midnight In Paris" -- have all earned PGA Award nominations for the top movie prize, the Darry F. Zanuck Producer Of The Year Award. But as always, it's the surprises that are the most fun, and this year, the PGA has a quite a few up their sleeve.

'Midnight In Paris' Top Grossing Indie Film Of 2011; Paramount Leads Majors At The Box Office

  • By Benjamin Wright
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  • January 3, 2012 11:16 AM
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We always like to end our weekend box office reports with a little reminder to “Support your local indie theater, boys and girls,” and with the roster of films hitting art house and repertory cinemas in 2011, it was an especially great time to stray away from the sticky floors and text friendly megaplexes. It should also come as no surprise that the beloved Woody Allen-directed “Midnight In Paris” walked away with the honor of topping the list of the 30 top-grossing indies of the year. With an ensemble featuring accessible stars like Owen Wilson and Rachel McAdams, along with a slew of talented actors like Michael Sheen, Tom Hiddleston, Alison Pill and Corey Stoll, Allen’s film was a crossover hit that also appealed to the masses.

The Playlist Staff Pick Their Most Underrated & Overrated Films Of 2011

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • December 20, 2011 9:26 AM
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One of the pecularities of our site is our insistence on writing in the third personn, something designed to create the impression of a collective, a hive mind, and it's served us fairly well so far. But the realities of this are a little trickier; we're not all programmed the same way, and our beloved readers, understandably, can be puzzled to see a film derided in a review, and then ranking highly in our end-of-year features. But the truth is, we're not all cut from the same cloth; one person's treasure can be another's trash, and the debates around The Playlist's proverbial water cooler rage on year-round (for some reason, we continue to fight about Polanski's "The Ghost Writer," two years after it came out).

'The Help' & 'The Artist' Lead The Field At Screen Actors Guild Awards Nominations

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • December 14, 2011 9:36 AM
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In the seventeen years that they've been running for, the annual Screen Actors' Guild Awards have proven to be a pretty reliable precursor for the acting categories at the Academy Awards. And why shouldn't they? With the actors who nominate their peers for the Oscars overwhelmingly being SAG members, there's always going to be a natural link, and certainly by the time the guild award their prizes, it's a good time to make a bet. In the last few years, they've only missed Penelope Cruz in "Vicky Cristina Barcelona," Marion Cotillard in "La Vie En Rose" and Alan Arkin in "Little Miss Sunshine" as winners, while the nominees tend to match up heavily -- last year, seventeen out of twenty in the acting categories were the same, while all five nominees in the Outstanding Cast category won Oscar nominations. 

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