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Check Out Mondo's Ben Affleck Poster Series With New One Sheets For 'Argo,' 'Gone Baby Gone' & 'The Town'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • December 6, 2013 1:37 PM
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While it might seem somewhat random and out of the blue, Mondo has decided to honor the directorial films of Ben Affleck with a new poster series. And certainly, being recently cast as Batman and with "Argo" arriving in a fresh Extended Edition on home video this week, any reason is a good reason to revisit his movies.
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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.

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.

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.

Our 25 All-Time Favorite Heist Movies

  • By The Playlist Staff
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  • September 17, 2010 5:27 AM
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The Town, Ben Affleck
Ever since 1903's "The Great Train Robbery" virtually invented cinema as we know it (the first use of cross-cutting, camera movement and on-location shooting), film and the heist picture have been inseparable. Maybe it's the escapist appeal of the outlaw, maybe it's people's hatred of banks, or maybe it's that act of stealing things that don't belong to you that is intrinsically cinematic, but the form has been consistently popular for over a century now.

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