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  • January 14, 2012 1:43 PM
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First Look: Six Images from The Dark Knight Rises, Out of the Batcave, Onto the Blogs

Christian Bale, in full Batman getup, dominated Entertainment Weekly's 2012 Preview issue yesterday, as part of the release of six new images from the highly-anticipating completion to the Batman trilogy.
  • By Maggie Lange
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  • January 14, 2012 1:39 PM
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Quentin Tarantino’s Official Top Eleven of 2011

Here is Quentin Tarantino’s official Top Eleven of 2011, per the Tarantino Archives. I am happy to see that Tarantino shares my love of "Rise of the Planet of the Apes," as a script and as a movie. I love it that "The Artist" ties with another Weinstein Co. film, "Our Idiot Brother." He does seem to admire Hazanavicius, as he puts him on his best director list. As "Iron Lady" and "My Week with Marilyn" are also on his list, methinks he is being kind to the Weinsteins.  
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • January 14, 2012 2:37 AM
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Lionsgate Acquires Summit for $412.5 million UPDATED

Hollywood insiders have been speculating about just how the long-simmering Lionsgate/Summit merger will close. The problem? While Summit had every reason to cash out at the height of their value before the "Twilight" franchise comes to an end in November with "Breaking Dawn- Part Two"...
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • January 13, 2012 6:34 PM
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Mad Men Magazine: Newsweek to Create 1960s Era Issue, Down to the Ads

To mark the long-awaited return of "Mad Men" in March, Newsweek will channel a 60s era layout and design. AdAge reports that in yet another stunt from editor Tina Brown, she will give a retro vibe to everything from the features to the advertisements.
  • By Maggie Lange
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  • January 13, 2012 6:23 PM
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Ricky Strauss Takes Disney Marketing Presidency UPDATED

One of the topics of discussion at the Critics Choice Awards last night was who would get the open Disney marketing job. Having given the post to movie business outsider M.T. Carney 19 months ago--which rarely works, unless it's television--Disney Studio chairman Rich Ross was expected to go inside this time.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • January 13, 2012 2:23 PM
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Oscar Talk: Critics Choice vs. Oscars, Moore Doc Reform and DGA Updates, Rise of 'Dragon Tattoo,' Fall of 'War Horse'

On this week's Oscar Talk, Kris Tapley and I revisit Thursday night's Critics Choice Movie Awards, and predict whether the Globes and Oscars will repeat the same winners. We update the latest news on Michael Moore's reform of the Oscar Documentary Rules, Pros and Cons, as well the DGA doc nominations and Cinema Eye Honors.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • January 13, 2012 2:11 PM
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'Hugo' Must Be Seen in Its Intended Form: 3-D

How good is "Hugo"? More importantly, how shall we ever know? The problem is that Martin Scorsese uses 3-D not as an enhancement but as an integral part of the film’s aesthetic.
  • By Terry Curtis Fox
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  • January 13, 2012 1:41 PM
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Immersed in Movies: Andy Serkis Talks ‘Rise of the Planet of the Apes,' ‘The Hobbit’--and Sequels

With Oscar-nomination ballots due Friday, there's a lot more riding on "Rise of the Planet of the Apes" than the tech awards for VFX and sound editing/mixing. There's also the matter of securing Andy Serkis a Best Supporting Actor nod for his extraordinary digital performance as Caesar. Whatever the outcome, there's still a lot of educating that needs to be done to sway the skeptical actors branch, which sometimes appears intimidated by computer technology. That's why Serkis was in town this week and also the reason that co-star James Franco wrote such a passionate plea on his colleague's behalf:
  • By Bill Desowitz
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  • January 13, 2012 12:33 PM
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Inside the Critics Choice Movie Awards: Winners Are 'The Artist,' Clooney and Davis

The Critics Choice Movie Awards is a low-key, fun, fast-moving live TV show packed with movie folks eager to win. In other words, at the "Moneyball," "The Help," "War Horse" "The Descendants," "Hugo," "Bridesmaids," and "The Artist" tables, all those folks--from Sony's Amy Pascal to Fox Searchlight's Nancy Utley and Steve Gilula to Steven Spielberg and Martin Scorsese and Brad Pitt and Leonardo DiCaprio--wanted to win.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • January 13, 2012 1:38 AM
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