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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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Weekly Wrap: Weekend Preview, Interviews, Fest Updates, Guild Nominations, In the Works

BOX OFFICE, REVIEWS, TRAILERS: Weekend Preview: "Blood and Honey," "Once Upon a Time in Anatolia," "Norwegian Wood"; Soderbergh's "Haywire" Is Kick-Ass.
  • By TOH!
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  • January 7, 2012 4:19 PM
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More: Box Office

Soderbergh's 'Haywire' is Kick-Ass: Trailers and Early Reviews UPDATED

I finally saw Steven Soderbergh's "Haywire" (January 20) at Relativity Media's Hollywood premiere at the DGA Thursday night. In his intro, Soderbergh said, "I happened upon Gina Carano beating a woman up in a cage." The way to make it even better? Have her beat the crap out of macho movie stars. "Did you meet Gina?" Soderbergh asked me at the after-party. "Don't say the wrong thing, she's very strong."
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • January 6, 2012 7:28 PM
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Oscar Trailer "Off the Grid" Is Better than Poster: Williams, Fox, Duhamel Track The Host

Thankfully, the Academy Awards trailer is much better than the poster. Robin Williams, Josh Duhamel, Megan Fox and William Fitchner seek elusive quarry known as The Host. "He's off the grid."
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • January 6, 2012 4:04 PM
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TCA PBS Press Tour: Tony Bennett Talks 'Duets' with Gaga and Winehouse, Anna Deveare Smith On 'Let Me Down Easy'

Rather than lament the state of the music business, Tony Bennett sang the praises of a new generation of artists after his knock-out live performance as part of a PBS presentation Thursday night in Pasadena.
  • By Amy Dawes
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  • January 6, 2012 3:09 PM
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Immersed in Movies: Editor Christopher Tellefsen Pitches Moneyball

Editing is all about internal rhythms for Christopher Tellefsen, and "Moneyball" fit like a glove. On the surface, it's a David & Goliath sports movie. But it's really about the struggle against conventional wisdom for the fast talking and even quicker thinking Oakland A's general manager Billy Beane.
  • By Bill Desowitz
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  • January 6, 2012 1:44 PM
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