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Weekend Box Office: 'True Grit,' 'Fockers' Defeat Nicolas Cage's Sleepytime Witch Adventure

  • By Gabe Toro
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  • January 9, 2011 6:26 AM
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The deathmatch of 2010’s holiday season has spilled into the New Year, with “True Grit” and “Little Fockers” matching wits for the top spot at the box office. As projected, the Coen Brothers' western finally surpassed the lowest-common-denominator sequel, but it remains close, and it’s hard to forecast a winner on either side.

My Favorite Films Of 2010: Drew Taylor

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • January 5, 2011 10:31 AM
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2010 was a year which initially seemed quite bleak and like all things over-emphasized for dramatic effect, picked up drastically before everything was said and done. Thematically, the most arresting films investigated the line between imagination and reality, from Leonardo DiCaprio battling his very literal demons in a pair of dreamworld thrillers ("Inception," which charted here, and Martin Scorsese's gorgeous trifle "Shutter Island," which did not) to Natalie Portman's Grand Guignol psychological breakdown in "Black Swan," to Woody's self-delusion in "Toy Story 3" and Scott Pilgrim's videogame-enhanced brawling in "Scott Pilgrim vs. the World." (We also can't forget James Franco, as a pinned mountaineer, talking to an imaginary television audience in "127 Hours.") Even "The Social Network," arguably the most straightforward film on this list, was structured with reality butting up against stylized self-myth-making, as a trio of stories on the formation of Facebook collided loudly. 2010, as far as movies were concerned, started out as a nightmare and ended up as a dream.

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: 'Fockers' Shows 'True Grit', Outduels Cowboys (But Not For Long)

  • By Gabe Toro
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  • January 2, 2011 7:00 AM
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2010 ended with a whimper with most studio execs facing an uncertain 2011, as the year closed with eight consecutive weekends of box office earning lower than its 2009 counterpart despite five major 3D releases goosing prices. Of course, 3D is a gimmick, but it’s foolish to consider that each of those five films were relative underperformers due to disinterest in the format when even the most ardent fan must admit to subpar product. Of course, the industry is always looking for a scapegoat when the answer is clearly, “terrible movies are being made and should not be,” so the disappearance of 3D (not likely) will happen before a sudden spike in high quality entertainment.

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.

The Best Scores & Soundtracks of 2010

  • By The Playlist
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  • December 28, 2010 4:35 AM
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While 2009 seemed to burst at the seams with numerous ace soundtracks -- largely thanks to new films from Wes Anderson, Spike Jonze, Jim Jarmusch, Greg Mottola and Quentin Tarantino -- unless you were a “Twilight” fan, pickings were a lot slimmer this year for well curated songs in films (though, as you’ll see, there were some definite standouts). However, as if to compensate, composers stepped it up considerably with old reliables like Hans Zimmer, Clint Mansell, Carter Burwell and Michael Giacchino delivering the goods while left field surprises like Daft Punk and Trent Reznor shook up the stodgy old boys club with compelling, highly original work. Here’s the music from films that rocked our iPods in 2010.

Weekend Box Office: Audiences Say 'Fock' Off To 'Little Fockers,' 'Gulliver's Travels'

  • By Gabe Toro
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  • December 26, 2010 7:06 AM
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Every once in awhile, we look at the numbers and hope, pray that the weekend is emblematic of an attitude amongst the public. They’ve had enough, we predict, and moviegoers are no longer going to accept subpar product. This winter has led to that assumption being made repeatedly, as audiences have roundly rejected most of what the studios have served up.

In Theaters: 'Little Fockers,' 'True Grit,' 'Gulliver's Travels'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • December 24, 2010 3:01 AM
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There are plenty of options for those of you seeking refuge in a dark movie theater from family fights, creepy uncles and the increasingly annoying and endless loop of Christmas carols in every mall across America. But a word of advice? If it has a big budget, stay the hell away. A number of options are hitting multiplexes this week, a couple boasting A-list names as mistletoe to get into your wallet, but they probably aren't worth your time. Ben Stiller and Robert De Niro return for "Little Fockers" which, if the trailers have been anything to go by, is a penis-stabbing comedy of some kind. Meanwhile, Jack Black gets supersized in "Gulliver's Travels" and comes out of it all wet. Much more promising, Paramount serves the Coen Brothers' oater "True Grit," while over at the arthouse, Sofia Coppola goes "Somewhere" while animation fans get a nice stocking stuffer with Sylvain Chomet's "The Illusionist."

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