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Berlinale Adds Ten Titles to Competition Lineup; Jolie's 'Blood & Honey,' Thornton's 'Jayne Mansfield's Car'

The Berlinale announces the second set of ten films competing at the 62nd annual festival. Among the new titles are Billy Bob Thornton's "Jayne Mansfield's Car, "Angelina Jolie's "In the Land of Blood and Honey"...
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • January 9, 2012 12:13 PM
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George Clooney to Present Sean Penn with Critics' Choice Joel Siegel Humanitarian Award

The 17th annual Critics Choice Movie Awards on January 12 will honor Sean Penn with their Joel Siegel Award, to recognize his humanitarian efforts. Penn founded the J/P Haitian Relief Organization following the 7.0 magnitude earthquake that hit Haiti exactly two years ago. George Clooney will present the award.
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • January 9, 2012 11:39 AM
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IN THE WORKS: Girl with Dragon Tattoo Sequel Does Not Have a Green Light UPDATED

UPDATE: Sony is going ahead with the second and third installments of the Millennium Triology, "The Girl who Played with Fire" and "The Girl who Kicked the Hornet's Nest." Rooney Mara and Daniel Craig are on board but David Fincher won't necessarily return...
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • January 9, 2012 11:28 AM
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Now and Then: In 'Contagion' and 'Children of Men,' Disaster Runs Cold and Hot

The opening minutes of "Contagion" are all surface, literally. A bowl of peanuts on the bartop, a swiped credit card, an elevator button, the human hand: each is a vector of death itself, a pandemic already in motion. With the rasp of a cough, a title card tells us we're in "Day 2." It's terrifying.
  • By Matt Brennan
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  • January 9, 2012 11:02 AM
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'The Adventures of Tintin' Dominates Visual Effects Society Nominations

Yet again this weekend I had a conversation with an animator who adores Steven Spielberg's "The Adventures of Tintin," but doesn't consider the film to be animation, but performance capture, which is a visual effect. Thus the film from Peter Jackson's Weta Digital did dominate the Visual Effects Society (VES) film categories with six nominations.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • January 9, 2012 10:39 AM
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Palm Springs Festival Offers Pre-Globes and Oscar Glitz

The Academy Awards ballots are due a week from now, but campaigning went into high gear on Saturday night at the Palm Springs International Film Festival Awards Gala. George Clooney, Brad Pitt, Angelina Jolie, Jessica Chastain, Octavia Spencer, Gary Oldman and Glenn Close all came calling to accept awards in a genial and celebratory setting.
  • By Cari Beauchamp
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  • January 8, 2012 11:24 PM
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Horror Sleeper 'The Devil Inside' Jump Starts New Year's Box Office, 'Dragon Tattoo' and "Tinker Tailor' Deliver

Call it a New Year's surprise. The ultra-low budget horror film "The Devil Inside" from Paramount Insurge caught the industry off guard and racked up an estimated $34.5 million to possess the top spot while averaging a stout $15,098 per theater.
  • By Brian Fuson
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  • January 8, 2012 1:07 PM
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Inside Look: Behind the Costumes in 'The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo'

"The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo" turns out to be a decent boxoffice performer, although it may have cost too much. But that shouldn't displease moviegoers. Check out Vanity Fair on the creative process behind the stunning visuals in the David Fincher film.
  • By Maggie Lange
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  • January 8, 2012 12:34 PM
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FIRST LOOK: 'Bourne Legacy' Reboot, Jeremy Renner is Aaron Cross

Universal Pictures has released the first images from the reboot "Bourne Legacy": a photograph of Jeremy Renner in the role of an American super-spy, and an austere poster flashing Renner's moniker under the tagline "Prepare for the unexpected."
  • By Maggie Lange
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  • January 8, 2012 12:23 PM
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National Society of Film Critics Picks 'Melancholia,' Dunst; 'Tree of Life,' 'A Separation' Win Multiple Awards

One of my ongoing fantasies has the new preferential Oscar ballot leading to a huge surprise: Lars von Trier's "Melancholia" makes it onto the best picture list, and Cannes-winner Kirsten Dunst knocks out one of the best actress contenders.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • January 7, 2012 4:51 PM
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