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Trailer Watch: First Look at Andrew Stanton's John Carter

Check out the new poster--better than the last one--and first trailer from "John Carter," Pixar writer-director Andrew Stanton's over-budget live-action/performance capture epic based on the Edgar Rice Burroughs novel about a Civil War vet who winds up on Mars and discovers the planet is inhabited by giant green barbarians. It opens March 12. (See full-sized poster here.)
  • By Jacob Combs
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  • December 1, 2011 12:42 PM
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Watch: Ghost Protocol's Patton & Seydoux Look Lovely While Beating Each Other

Paula Patton and Lea Seydoux don't play nice in "Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol," but they still look perfectly lovely while beating each other to a pulp. Clearly the real stars of this clip are their cleavage. Watch Patton and Seydoux (more likely: their body-doubles) in the clip below. "Ghost Protocol" arrives December 21. Thanks, IGN.
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • November 30, 2011 5:41 PM
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Sundance Announces Competition Line-Up

Most of the Sundance Film Festival competition films announced Wednesday for the upcoming Park City festival January 19 - 29 are films that few have seen or heard of. That's what's exciting about Sundance, especially under the leadership of director John Cooper and programmer Trevor Groth. They are not playing games with agencies or managers --who wish they didn't have to wait to get the news along with everyone else earlier this week--they are really looking for discoveries, excitement, new news. It's about emerging talent.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • November 30, 2011 4:06 PM
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EXCLUSIVE: Santa Barbara Names Viola Davis Outstanding Performer of the Year

The Santa Barbara International Film Festival will present actress Viola Davis with the Outstanding Performer of the Year Award on Friday, January 27, 2012, at the height of awards season. Oscar-watchers are pitting frontrunner Davis against her veteran "The Doubt" co-star Meryl Streep in this year's Best Actress contest.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • November 30, 2011 2:11 PM
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IN THE WORKS: Butterfield for Ender's Game, Arterton & Ronan Vampires for Jordan, Soderbergh's Pill & Hanks Slate

  • By Sophia Savage
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  • November 30, 2011 1:35 PM
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Interview: Ralph Fiennes Talks Directing and Playing Coriolanus with Oscar-Contender Redgrave; Lands Skyfall

Rookie feature director Ralph Fiennes and veteran screenwriter John Logan ("The Aviator") have crafted a strong modern adaptation of Shakespeare's bloody war tragedy "Coriolanus." Fiennes shines in the central role, which he played on the London stage in 2000 to raves. It plays to his strengths as an actor who doesn't seek to be liked. He plumbs the depths of a brilliant, ambitious, stubborn, ruthless, deadly, ramrod straight Roman general--with no talent for politics. "This man has no mercy in him," says Coriolanus's ally Menenius, well-played by Brian Cox. Fiennes is also getting some Oscar talk for his all-stops-out performance as Voldemort in the "Harry Potter" finale; at the Toronto Festival, he also played a corrupt British prime minister opposite Bill Nighy in David Hare's spy thriller "Page Eight." During Toronto (our flipcam interview is below) he took a brief hiatus from playing Shakespeare's Prospero in Trevor Nunn's London production of "The Tempest," and started Mike Newell's "Great Expectations" as Magwitch opposite Jeremy Irvine as Pip ("War Horse") in November. Since Toronto, Fiennes finally closed his long rumored deal to play a Bond villain opposite Daniel Craig in Sam Mendes' upcoming "Skyfall," written by his pal Logan.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • November 30, 2011 11:36 AM
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Oscar Watch: Weinsteins Boast One Great Pick-Up, Two Great Performances in Weak Movies

It's Oscar season, and Harvey Weinstein is back. He's blogging at HuffPo about how his daughters consider him to be cool, and crowing about "The Artist" in the NYT. Lo and behold, Weinstein's canny pre-Cannes acquisition "The Artist" came out ahead at the New York Film Critics Circle with best picture and director and lead the Indie Spirit field with five nominations, while Meryl Streep won best actress for "The Iron Lady" from the NYFCC and Michelle Williams earned an Indie Spirit actress nod for "My Week with Marilyn."
  • By Anne Thompson and Sophia Savage
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  • November 29, 2011 3:53 PM
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Interview/Trailer Watch: Mulligan Talks Shame, Tattoos, Nudity, Being Rogers & Astaire with Fassbender, Red Band Trailer

Carey Mulligan chats with Vulture about everything from nudity in "Shame" to her late night drive with "Drive" director Nicolas Winding Refn. (He was in a Puma track suit, she was high on "seventeen Red Bulls" when they almost got arrested.) Mulligan begged Steve McQueen for the part in "Shame"; what locked down the role was a conversation surrounding "The Seagull"--the similarities between Nina and Sissy and the seagull tattoo Mulligan was wanting (she got it the following day, after McQueen gave her the part).
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • November 29, 2011 3:25 PM
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Gotham Awards + 9

  • By Charles Lyons
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  • November 29, 2011 2:51 PM
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Tuesday Awards Wrap-Up: Who Comes Out Ahead?

  • By Anne Thompson
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  • November 29, 2011 1:43 PM
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