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2011 Writers Guild Nominations Has Some Surprises

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • January 4, 2011 6:19 AM
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Well, we've already covered the snubs, but in case you missed it, the WGA disqualified a batch of movies from their awards including “Another Year,” “Biutiful,” “Blue Valentine,” “The Ghost Writer,” “The King’s Speech,” “Made in Dagenham,” “Scott Pilgrim vs. the World,” “Toy Story 3” and “Winter’s Bone” as they were not made under WGA jurisdiction.

No Surprises In 2011 Producers Guild Award Nominations; 'The Town' Becoming An Oscar Contender?

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • January 4, 2011 3:33 AM
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Yawn, another random awards ceremony from yet another industry group, right? Guess again. Last year, when the Academy opened up the Best Picture field to ten nominees, so did the The Producers Guild of America, and nine out of their ten nominees ended up getting Oscar nods as well. So if you're looking for how the Oscar nods will play out when they're announced in a few weeks, this is a pretty strong indicator.

My Favorite Films Of 2010: Oli Lyttelton

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • January 4, 2011 3:20 AM
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Once a year, The Playlist team stick their heads above the defensive parapet that is the first-person plural, and put our necks on the line. While there's a certain kinship between all the writers here -- we wouldn't be here if there wasn't -- there's also a real diversity of voices and taste, and we want our year end lists to reflect that. If you missed them, you can check out Kevin's here, Gabe's here and RP's picks here.

My Top 10 Films Of 2010: Kevin Jagernauth

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • December 31, 2010 5:12 AM
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With a team stretching and reaching around the world with editors and writers in the United States, Canada, UK, Australia and beyond, getting a consensus on the top ten films of the year from the entire Playlist team is pretty much impossible. Not everyone has had a chance to see the majority of the films from this year yet, and tastes and preferences differ from writer to writer. Instead, the editors and writers will be presenting their individual lists for the year.

27 Of Our Favorite Onscreen Moments In 2010

  • By The Playlist
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  • December 30, 2010 8:07 AM
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First, we’ll start you off with a warning: there are plenty of plot spoilers within, so if you haven’t seen the movies on this list you might want to do yourself a favor and watch them first before having some key scenes, and in some cases even the ending, ruined for you.

David Fincher Responds To Robert Duvall's "Too Many Takes Is The Enemy Of Acting" Comments

  • By The Playlist
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  • December 18, 2010 4:15 AM
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Spike Jonze Initially Tried To Talk Fincher Out Of Making 'The Social Network'; Director Says He Warned Justin Timberlake About His Tough MethodWhat a grouping in New York yesterday evening. Last night, Spike Jonze moderated a post-"The Social Network" Q&A with director David Fincher and star Jesse Eisenberg. If that's not enough talent in one room we're not sure what is (photos courtesy of the honorable Mr. Jeff Wells). We were in attendance for what was a spirited and lively discussion of Facebook creator Mark Zuckerberg and the idea of subjective truths in Aaron Sorkin's screenplay (it should be noted, while Sorkin at the New York Film Festival insisted everything in the script was of the utmost veracity, Fincher seemed at ease with describing the film as their version of the events that took place).

The Pendulum Swings Back To 'The Social Network' As It Takes Top Honors From New York Critics

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • December 13, 2010 8:00 AM
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At least for today, it looks like the Oscar race is going to be closely fought between Darren Aronofsky's "Black Swan" and David Fincher's "The Social Network."

Oscarbation: The AFI, NYFCO, Boston And Los Angeles Critics Freak For 'The Social Network'

  • By Gabe Toro
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  • December 13, 2010 2:55 AM
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Sending a signal to Oscar prognosticators, the fake-intellectuals who mock "Iron Man" and masturbate to "The King's Speech," a phalanx of critics organizations revealed their top honors this weekend, drawing a line in the sand. Their message? "The Social Network" is on one side of that line, and all other movies are on the other. The Los Angeles Film Critics Association, the New York Film Critics Online and the Boston Society Of Film Critics selected the David Fincher drama as the year's best film, while the AFI listed the film as one of the year's (unranked) 10 best.

'The Social Network' Wins Big At National Board Of Review Awards; 'Black Swan,' '127 Hours' Ignored

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • December 2, 2010 9:12 AM
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While Oscar prognosticators tend to overanalyze each set of awards from various organizations and critics group, they are mostly interesting to see how various films play with different organizations.

Weekend Box Office: 'Saw 3D' Cuts Up The Competition; 'Jackass 3D' Crosses $100 Million

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • October 31, 2010 6:37 AM
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While there was a brief moment this year when Lionsgate and Paramount were both eyeing an October 22nd bow for their respective horror franchise sequels, it was a probably a good idea that "Saw 3D" moved out of the way. Opening to $24.2 million, the figure is nowhere near the $41.5 million haul last weekend for "Paranormal Activity 2," but though the figure is being seen as a "disappointment" in some quarters, we don't imagine Lionsgate is too upset. It takes the number one slot this weekend and represents an uptick for the franchise which saw its last two installments open in second place with figures under $20 million. And while it's not in the range of the $30 million plus openings of the first four films, its certainly more than enough incentive for producers to find a way to keep this wheezy franchise going. Though touted as the final entry in the series, the door is left wide open for another film where young people and rap-rock stars get eviscerated in increasingly elaborate traps. For some reason, this creatively bankrupt series still has its fans.

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