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In Theaters: Make 'The Vow' To Stay Inside The 'Safe House' & Avoid The 'Journey 2' 'The Phantom Menace'

  • By Katie Walsh
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  • February 10, 2012 4:58 PM
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Happy Friday all, another week has gone by and another weekend is here with new releases for your eyeballs and eardrums (cause cinema is both audio and visual... get it..). There's a nice little salad bar of items to choose from, so just make sure you choose the right one and not a re-release of a bad movie in 3D. That's never the right choice.

Oren Moverman Talks Taking A Paranoid Woody Harrelson To Dark Places For The Searing Police Drama 'Rampart'

  • By Jen Vineyard
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  • February 10, 2012 11:57 AM
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Oren Moverman's directorial debut, 2009's "The Messenger," nabbed two Oscar nominations -- for Best Original Screenplay, and for Woody Harrelson as Best Supporting Actor. Moverman and Harrelson's critically-acclaimed follow-up "Rampart" seemed to be on the path for a repeat performance, especially given the actor's harrowing portrayal of a corrupt police officer on a downward spiral of paranoia and self-destructive behavior -- but was snubbed by the Academy this time around -- not one Oscar nod. "Who knows how these things work?" Moverman asked The Playlist. "I'm not disappointed though. You know what would disappoint me? If people don't go see the movie. That would really disappoint me, because we want people to see it, to talk about it, to get something from it, to interact with the movie, if you will." To aid that interaction, then, Moverman shared some insights about the making of "Rampart" that might get those conversations going.

Review: Woody Harrelson Stands Tall Amidst Crumbling LAPD In Riveting 'Rampart'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • February 9, 2012 6:14 PM
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"Everything you learned at the Academy is bullshit." That's the sage bit of wisdom Date Rape Dave (Woody Harrelson, and we'll get to his cop moniker in a moment) gives a new trainee in the opening frames of Oren Moverman's "Rampart," a searing and riveting look at a crooked cop's decay amidst the crumbling LAPD at the turn of the millennium.

My Favorite Films Of 2011 - Rodrigo Perez

  • By Rodrigo Perez
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  • January 14, 2012 10:35 AM
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Topping my list of 2011’s #1stworldproblems was making a top 10 list. Such is the difficult life of having to see movies for free and then attempt to express something insightful about them. I have the same issue every year: feeling zero motivation to write a top 10 list and then of course, almost writing about 20 films this year. #contradictoryfail. However, I can’t promise there will be any insights here. Perhaps the problem was that Gabe, Chris, Drew, Kevin and Oli all made eloquent lists that said all that really needed to be said about 2011’s film, but regardless, here I am with my belated round-up.

Ben Foster Talks Producing 'Rampart' & 'Queer'; Says He'll Age Two Decades, Put On Weight For 'Gotti'

  • By Jen Vineyard
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  • January 11, 2012 11:00 AM
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Ben Foster's character Sebastian in the new film "Contraband" is partially based on a producer the actor once worked with, and it's someone who inspired him by teaching him exactly what not to do -- a lesson especially handy now that he's become a producer himself. Since starting a production company called Third Mind Pictures with Oren Moverman, his director from "The Messenger," Foster has his first title on the way and another in pre-production, to shoot later this fall.

From Bloody Murders To Bridesmaid Speeches: The 25 Best Movie Moments Of 2011

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • December 13, 2011 1:59 PM
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The great Howard Hawks once famously said that what makes a good film is "three great scenes, and no bad ones." While we'd argue that that's not an absolute hard-and-fast rule, he wasn't far off. With 2011 providing a number of above-average films, there've been plenty of memorable moments to go around, even if we couldn't attest to them all following Hawks Law.

Exclusive: Woody Harrelson's Bad Boy Cop Called A "Classic Racist" In Clip From 'Rampart'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • December 8, 2011 2:00 PM
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Featuring a sun stroked Los Angeles, boiling in the midst of various LAPD scandals that are sweeping the city, and led by a towering performance by Woody Harrelson, Oren Moverman's "Rampart" is a riveting portrait of a city and of one man trying to keep his head above water. But Date Rape Dave (the lovely sobriquet given to him by his colleagues) is no saint. His own vices and crooked approach to the job are begining to fester within him, and nearly everyone in his path is soon to be sucked into his whirlpool of self-loathing, shame, rage and fear.

In Theaters: 'Hugo' Will Try And Clean The Clock Of 'The Muppets' & 'Arthur Christmas'

  • By Katie Walsh
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  • November 23, 2011 3:51 PM
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‘Rampart’ Director Oren Moverman Talks Collaborating With James Ellroy (Sort Of) & Why Star Woody Harrelson Almost Hated His Movie

  • By The Playlist
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  • November 23, 2011 12:19 PM
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In 2009, screenwriter-turned-director Oren Moverman was involved in two great feats. The first was by his own doing: making a powerful and absorbing directorial debut with “The Messenger” featuring outstanding performances by Woody Harrelson, Ben Foster and Samantha Morton. The second accomplishment he was somewhat peripherally involved in and directly responsible for. He directed Harrelson to an outstanding performance, but somehow, small indie company Oscilloscope Films were able to earn Harrelson an Oscar nomination for Best Supporting Actor – no small accomplishment considering the lesser amount of weight indies hold compared to larger studios and a testament to how good Harrelson’s performance was (many had assumed, the picture was simply too small and Woody would go unnoticed).

Woody Harrelson Didn't Take To The First Cut Of 'Rampart,' But Loved It The Second Time Around

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • November 21, 2011 2:22 PM
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