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Art Directors Guild Sheds Little Light on Oscars, with Three Film Categories; Nominate 'Anonymous,' Omit 'War Horse,' 'Tree of Life'

The Art Directors Guild (ADG) nominations in three categories for films (period, contemporary, fantasy) help to reveal the direction the technical branches of the Academy are heading. Of course there are so many categories that more films will be recognized by the ADG at the Beverly Hilton on February 4 than the Oscars ever could.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • January 4, 2012 11:42 AM
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Best Performances of 2011: Standouts, Duos, Ensemble & Most Underrated

Standouts are just that -- performances with so much depth and subtlety that they could have college research papers written on their characters alone. Duos are two exceptional performances that are best considered together. Ensembles are those rare films whose entire primary casts are woven so finely that it's hard to tell where one performance begins and the other starts. There's also the Best Peformance Despite a Terrible Film and The Most Underrated Performance. Check them out below:
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • January 3, 2012 6:02 PM
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Year End Box Office Wrap 2011: Attendance Down, Top Ten Grossers and Studio Market Shares

With nine titles ranked among the top 25-highest grossing films of the year, it's no surprise that Paramount won the North American market share race in 2011 with nearly $2 billion in its coffers. box office and attendance for 2011 overall were down some 3% and 4%, respectively, from 2010.
  • By Brian Fuson
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  • January 3, 2012 4:27 PM
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The Glorious Movie Posters of 2011

Need some inspiration for decorating your movie-lover-hipster walls? Check out Flavorwire's 30 best movie posters of 2011 for inspiration. Here's a few of our favorites.
  • By Anne Thompson and Sophia Savage
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  • January 3, 2012 2:42 PM
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Producers Guild Picks Top Ten Including Surprise Entries 'Bridesmaids,' 'The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo,' 'Ides of March'

Remember that the Producers Guild of America (PGA) has picked ten film nominations for 2011--the Academy may only pick seven or eight under their new rules favoring number one votes. Thus "Bridesmaids," "The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo" and "The Ides of March" may not make it into the Oscar Best Picture race. But it is a bad day indeed for the films that did not make the list at all, including "The Tree of Life," "J. Edgar," "Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy" and "Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close." While passionate fans could still push "The Tree of Life" into Oscar contention, its climb just got steeper.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • January 3, 2012 12:29 PM
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What Went Wrong with Animation in 2011?

After the triumphant 2010, was 2011 the hangover for animation? It certainly seems that way, since all I kept hearing over the holidays was disappointment: Carping about "Cars 2" and sneering about "Happy Feet Two" (which arguably offered no compelling reason to return to the dancing penguins of the Antarctic). At least you could say that "Puss in Boots" exceeded expectations and "Rio" transported us to a Brazilian paradise.
  • By Bill Desowitz
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  • January 3, 2012 12:17 PM
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Berlinale Announces 20 Films for Panorama Program; 'Elles,' 'Indignados,' 'Keep The Lights On' & More

The Berlin International Film Festival has slated twenty films to play in the fest's Panorama Program, which will include fifty across three sections (Main Programme, Panorama Special and Panorama Dokumente series) by the time the fest launches February 9 for ten days.
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • January 3, 2012 12:15 PM
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Great Expectations: Predicting The Ten Best Studio Films of 2012 - Will They Deliver?

As the flurry of year-end top tens has slowed, it's time to anticipate the films of 2012. What have the studios got to offer?
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • January 3, 2012 9:00 AM
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Fox Searchlight Pushes Back 'Best Exotic Marigold Hotel'

Fox Searchlight keeps pushing back "The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel," which like "Slumdog Millionaire," stars Dev Patel and is set in India. But that's where the comparisons end. Directed by John Madden ("The Debt"), the romantic ensemble about older Brits who settle in India to stretch out their meager retirement funds will now open in select theaters in the US on May 4, 2012. Based on the Novel "These Foolish Things" by Deborah Moggach and produced by Graham Broadbent and Peter Czernin, the movie stars Judi Dench, Bill Nighy, Penelope Wilton, Tom Wilkinson and Maggie Smith.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • January 2, 2012 7:08 PM
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Holiday Box Office Winners & Losers

The short holiday boxoffice season is always one of the year's most lucrative. The seven-week period, which runs from mid-November through New Year’s weekend, contributes a proportionately high percentage to the annual total.
  • By Brian Fuson
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  • January 2, 2012 6:53 PM
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