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Spirit Awards Nominations Announced, 'Take Shelter' And 'The Artist' Lead The Pack

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • November 29, 2011 12:06 PM
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You know it's the start of the awards season when two big groups are announcing their awards simultaneously, and despite the NYFCC's attempts to gain attention of late, the big news of the day is the nominations for the 27th Film Independent's Spirit Awards, which were unveiled by Anthony Mackie and Kate Beckinsale this morning.

Weekend Box Office: It's A 'Twilight' Thanksgiving While 'The Muppets' Wins The Family Film Battle Royale

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • November 27, 2011 11:59 AM
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It's Thankgiving, which means people spend time and money to go see their loved ones, only to get away from them as fast as possible. And always the first to escape from dull holiday festivities, it looks like teens (and Moms who should know better) kept flocking to see Edward and Bella fang bang as "Twilight: Breaking Dawn Part 1" took the top spot in week number two, taking in $62.3 million over the five day long weekend. However, the franchise is becoming increasingly front-loaded with its biggest second week drop over, hovering somewhere around 76%. Even so, the film should have at least one more solid week in the bank as next weekend is a bizarrely barren with no major release scheduled. However, it will likely be leap-frogged by this weekend's number two movie "The Muppets."

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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The Amazing Race: Which Composers & Songwriters Will Feel The Sound Of Music This Year?

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • November 23, 2011 1:20 PM
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Berenice Bejo Talks About Not Talking In The Silent Movie Sensation 'The Artist'

  • By Todd Gilchrist
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  • November 22, 2011 11:41 AM
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There’s not a whole lot of dialogue in “The Artist” that isn’t delivered via intertitle, but it’s all in English, effectively deceiving audiences about the fact that it’s a mostly French production. But when asked about the challenges of making what amounts to a silent film in an era of audiovisual spectacle, co-star Berenice Bejo revealed a technique that some might consider almost stereotypically European. “I think it’s all about pleasure,” Bejo explained during recent press rounds in Los Angeles for “The Artist.”

Review: 'The Artist' A Joyous, Big Hearted Tribute To Old School Moviemaking

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • November 21, 2011 10:20 AM
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When The Weinstein Company announced before the kick off the Cannes Film Festival that they had picked up Michel Hazanavicius' "The Artist" it was certainly a surprise. Harvey and Bob laid down big bucks for a film that, in this age of CGI and 3D blockbuster pictures, seems like box office poison. A silent film, in black and white, led by two French stars that are virtually unknown in the United States, it doesn't seem like the kind of movie that, outside of arthouse buffs, would catch on with a broader audience. But, the Weinstein instincts were right on as the movie played like gangbusters to critics (who applauded several times through the screening at Cannes), but moreoover, Hazanavicius' film is a pure joy. Wildly entertaining, with a big generous heart, "The Artist" is not just an exercise in old school filmmaking, it's a beautifully told story that is classic and timeless in feel.

Director Michel Hazanavicius Inspired By Life Of Silent Actor John Gilbert In Writing 'The Artist'

  • By Gabe Toro
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  • November 18, 2011 1:31 PM
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NYFF '11: 'The Artist' Director Michel Hazanavicius Credits Orson Welles As One Of Many Influences

  • By Christopher Bell
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  • October 15, 2011 6:49 AM
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Director Wanted To Revive Silent Movie Style For A Contemporary Movie AudienceDespite stealing audiences' hearts and walking away from the prestigious Cannes Film Festival with the Best Actor Award, Michel Hazanavicius's nostalgia-fueled silent feature "The Artist" may have its work cut out for it. Will regular movie-goers go and see something like this in an era when the mere thought of a flick not being in color is appalling? It's a tough call, but with the right push, it might get sales solely based on the fact it's unlike anything in at the cineplex today. After that, all the movie needs is five minutes: it's an instant charmer, an escapist picture done with flair and an enormous amount of heart.

Watch: Six Clips From Crowd-Pleasing Silent Oscar Contender 'The Artist'

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • September 15, 2011 1:22 AM
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The big film that no one saw coming this year was Michel Hazanavicius's "The Artist." The director was best known for his cult French comedies in the "OSS 117" series, and reunited with star Jean Dujardin for a silent movie homage, riffing on films from "Singin' in the Rain" to "A Star Is Born," shot in black and white and with (almost) no dialogue.

'The Descendants,' 'Shame,' 'The Artist' Head Full Line Up For 55th BFI London Film Festival

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • September 7, 2011 1:01 AM
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'The Ides Of March,' 'We Need To Talk About Kevin,' 'Carnage,' 'Wuthering Heights' & More Also IncludedWe're really getting into the thick of festival season by now. Telluride is long departed, things are winding down in Venice (we're here for another 24 hours, but it's starting to look like a ghost town), and The Playlist team head off to Toronto this afternoon. But there's plenty more on the way in the months to come. Only this morning, AFI Fest revealed that it would open with the premiere of Clint Eastwood's "J. Edgar," and shortly afterwards, the full line-up for the 55th BFI London Film Festival has been announced.

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