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Ellison Siblings Team Annapurna & Skydance for 'Terminator' Revamp

Megan Ellison has enlisted her brother, David Ellison, to be her financial and creative partner on her new vision for "The Terminator" franchise. Ellison pledged over $20 million for the rights to the franchise 18 months ago, promising to finish the cyborg's storyline via a new series of films.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • December 4, 2012 1:39 PM
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Parsing the NYFCC Vote: 'Lincoln' vs. 'Zero Dark Thirty' and 'Life of Pi'

The New York FIlm Critics Circle has always insisted on using the ballot method to reach consensus. And this year's vote was as lengthy and debated as any in recent years, because so many horses were in the race. What the winners reveal is which films boasted the most strength across the entire group, which films represent consensus.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • December 4, 2012 1:31 PM
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Zou Bisou Bisou! Best Pop Culture Quotes from 2012 [Videos]

"Argo fuck yourself," and other soundbites from the year, are compiled in Vulture's 2012's Most Memorable Pop Culture Quotes. Also included are Lena Dunham's shakey assertion in "Girls" that she's "at least a voice of a generation," and Megan Draper's "Zou bisou bisou" crooning from "Mad Men."
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • December 4, 2012 12:58 PM
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DVD Review: 'Dark Crimes' from Chandler, Hammett & Woolrich in Tantalizing TCM Noir Box Set

On December 3, the TCM Vault Collection released a tantalizing box set of three film noirs, “The Glass Key,” “Phantom Lady” and “The Blue Dahlia,” all previously unavailable on Region 1 DVD. The connecting thread is crime fiction -- the first two films are based on novels by Dashiell Hammett and Cornell Woolrich, respectively, and the third is from an original screenplay by Raymond Chandler.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • December 4, 2012 12:04 PM
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Casting Watch: Dane DeHaan Beats Eddie Redmayne for Harry Osborn Role in 'Amazing Spider-Man 2'

Dane DeHaan, who starred in "Chronicle" and has had minor roles this year in both "Lincoln" and "Lawless," has been cast as Harry Osborn in "The Amazing Spider-Man 2." DeHaan will take over the role from James Franco in Sam Raimi's first three "Spider Man" films, and joins leads Andrew Garfield and Emma Stone, as well as franchise newcomers Shailene Woodley and Jamie Foxx (who was recently confirmed to play villain Electro).
  • By Anne Thompson and Beth Hanna
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  • December 4, 2012 12:00 PM
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Broadway Has Strongest Year in History with Nearly $1.14 Billion Box Office Haul

The Broadway League has released its 15th annual demographics report, revealing 2012 to be the strongest year in history in terms of attendance and grosses. The Broadway box office haul was nearly $1.14 billion this year.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • December 4, 2012 11:52 AM
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Peter Jackson's 'The Hobbit': Review and Reaction Roundup UPDATED

Finally, the last films of the year are being screened, just in time for early critics voting. While early reactions to this weekend's "Django Unchained" were upbeat, reviews so far are mixed on Peter Jackson's "The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey." Reactions came in from both the New Zealand premiere, held on Wednesday, and a slew of Los Angeles screenings. Complaints from the premiere took the form of dizziness and even motion sickness from watching the controversial 48 fps, while L.A. critics found the film padded, overlong and shockingly lacking in women.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • December 3, 2012 8:58 PM
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Oscar Watch: Long Shots 'End of Watch,' 'Middle of Nowhere,' 'The Grey' Return to Theaters UPDATED

Open Road is reopening David Ayer's powerful must-see LA cop drama "End of Watch" for awards consideration nationally on December 7. The IFC Center is also bringing back November 30 Ava DuVernay's smart, elegantly shot and well-acted "Middle of Nowhere."
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • December 3, 2012 5:05 PM
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'The Waiting Room' Director Peter Nicks Talks Immersive Verite ER Documentary--On Oscar Shortlist

Most documentaries emerge through various known gatekeepers at major festivals. More and more these days, such a plethora of strong docs are being made by talent able to deploy inexpensive digital cameras that it's easy for new faces to get lost. "The Waiting Room" is a first feature from veteran television journalist Peter Nicks...
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • December 3, 2012 4:56 PM
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Academy Reveals Best Documentary Shortlist -- 'Invisible War,' 'House I Live In,' 'Sugar Man,' 'The Imposter' & More

The Academy has named 15 films advancing to the voting process for Best Documentary Feature. They were chosen from 126 films that qualified for the award, under new rules that required branch members to screen and vote on all the films. This method would seem to favor the most high-profile films, and most of the shortlist films are well-known at this point, but I am happy to see "The Waiting Room" among the nominees.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • December 3, 2012 4:16 PM
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