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Golden Globes Party Whirl: Plotting Assaults on "The Punisher," In the Clinch with Mr. Big

After my stint in the backstage press room at the Golden Globes, I headed into the night for a round of Beverly Hilton parties. First I crossed the forlorn red carpet to the tented Fox party in the parking lot.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • January 16, 2012 6:27 PM
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In The Works: Whedon's 'Much Ado' and Supernatural Romance; Cody's 'Sweet Valley' R-Rated Musical

With "The Avengers" (May 4) in the bag, director Joss Whedon has already shot a "Much Ado About Nothing" adaptation. He shot the film in twelve days in "glorious black and white," with "Firefly"'s Nathan Fillion and "a stellar cast of beloved (or soon to be beloved) actors") and now plans a supernatural romance with actress Abigail Spencer ("Mad Men," "Oz, The Great and Powerful"). Spencer tells Vulture: "It’s the most romantic film in the history of time. It’s a supernatural romance."
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • January 16, 2012 4:43 PM
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Sundance Trailers: Check Out 'The Orator,' 'West of Memphis,' 'John Dies at the End,' '5 Broken Cameras' & More

Take a look at some trailers for the films playing at Sundance next week. Among the trailers is Amy Berg's "West of Memphis," which was produced by Peter Jackson and Fran Walsh, who after seeing HBO's first "Paradise Lost," began quietly financing investigations into the West Memphis Three's case...
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • January 16, 2012 4:23 PM
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2011 Sundance Film Fest Theatrical Acquisitions Underperform ā€“ Set Low Expectations for 2012

What does "Our Idiot Brother" have in common with "The Kids Are All Right," "Precious," "Sunshine Cleaning," "Once," "Little Miss Sunshine" and "March of the Penguins”? Like those other titles (distributed between 2005-2011), it was the highest-grossing film in theaters among those acquired at the Sundance Film Festival (SFF) the year it premiered.
  • By Tom Brueggemann
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  • January 16, 2012 4:20 PM
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MLK Weekend Box Office: 'Contraband' Steals Thunder from 3-D 'Beauty and the Beast' UPDATED

With three new films opening in wide release, Universal’s “Contraband” easily captured the top spot at the boxoffice. During the four-day Martin Luther King Jr. holiday weekend the Working Title film tracked an estimated $28.8 million at theaters, which exceeded pre-release expectations, which had “Contraband” and “Beauty” in a race for the top spot. The opening marked a company best for Working Title. Mark Wahlberg and Kate Beckinsale star in the R-rated action thriller, about a criminal who has given up his errant ways and gets pulled back into the business one more time.
  • By Brian Fuson
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  • January 16, 2012 1:26 PM
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Golden Globes 2012: Watch Best Moments, Winners, Jokes

Recap some of the best moments from Sunday night's Golden Globe awards below, from George Clooney's Michael Fassbender joke to Michelle Williams talking to the press and Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt on the red carpet. Ricky Gervais (reviewed here by Caryn James) was his usual charming self, picking up right where he left off at the 2011 show. "So, where was I,.."
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • January 16, 2012 1:03 PM
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Video: Brad Pitt Laughing Himself into Tears in Moneyball Outtake

You can often tell while watching a movie if the cast had any fun shooting it. The joy most (if not all) of us feel watching "Moneyball" must have something to do with this:
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • January 16, 2012 1:01 PM
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Oscar Watch: Editors Guild Film Nominees Skip 'The Help,' 'Tree of Life'

Forget any hope of "The Help" winning best picture on Oscar night. The American Cinema Editors (ACE) nominations in nine categories in film, television and documentaries for the ACE Eddie Awards do not include the film. (Nominees are listed below. )
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • January 16, 2012 1:00 PM
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Now and Then: In Directing Debut, Farmiga Reaches 'Higher Ground'

"Higher Ground," the actress Vera Farmiga's directorial debut, plays like a fugue. It circles back and folds in on itself, its repeated images ā€” a children's book, worshippers in song, immersion in water ā€” propelled not by forward momentum but by changes of key.
  • By Matt Brennan
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  • January 16, 2012 12:42 PM
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Golden Globes Backstage Live Blog: 'The Descendants' and Clooney Win, 'Punisher' Weinstein Wins Six, Including Streep, Wiliams,'The Artist,' Dujardin UPDATED

The Golden Globes went very much the way we all expected. The Weinsteins came out ahead thanks to the musical comedy category. They had six wins total, including "The Artist," best actor Jean Dujardin, and score, as well as actress Michelle Williams for "My Week with Marilyn" and drama "The Iron Lady"'s Meryl Streep and best original song for Madonna's "W.E." "We thought it was a small movie for festivals that critics could enjoy," says "The Artist" director Michel Hazanavicius backstage. "We did not expect this."
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • January 15, 2012 8:10 PM
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