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Dress Your Walls with Demon Baby Posters: From 'We Need To Talk About Kevin' to 'Rosemary's Baby'

The best birth control? Watching demon baby themed movies. Here are two posters we recommend for dressing your bedroom walls. Revisit Roman Polanski's "Rosemary's Baby" and check out Oscar-worthy Tilda Swinton in Lynne Ramsay's "We Need To Talk About Kevin" (currently showing in NYC), which hits L.A. this weekend before a wider release January 27. The film is the LAT critic Kenneth Turan's Pick of the Week.
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • January 19, 2012 12:26 PM
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'Justified' Season 3 Starts with 'Gunfighter': Third Time Out is Rarely the Charm

"Justified" began its third season this week on F/X. Third time out is rarely the charm. After a writing staff has gone through two seasons, they’ve exhausted all the great ideas they had when the show was created.
  • By Terry Curtis Fox
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  • January 19, 2012 12:22 PM
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Oscar Watch: Profiles of the Nine Shortlisted Foreign Language Oscar Contenders UPDATED

Nine films out of 63 qualified submissions are moving on in the race for the Oscar for Foreign Language Film. The Phase I foreign language committee of several hundred L.A.-based Academy voters screened the films between mid-October and January 13.
  • By Anne Thompson and Tom Brueggemann
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  • January 18, 2012 1:38 PM
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Will Baz Luhrmann's 3-D 'Great Gatsby' Find New Intimacy in Film?

When we learned that Baz Luhrmann's "The Great Gatsby" was going to be done in 3-D, we weren't happy. Now, with the success of Martin Scorsese's 3-D "Hugo," it seems a 3-D "Great Gatsby" would have indeed been much safer in his hands. The New York Times now has a defense piece up for Luhrmann and the film...
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • January 17, 2012 1:14 PM
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Weekly Wrap: Weekend Preview, Reviews, Interviews, Oscar Talk, In the Works

BOX OFFICE, REVIEWS, TRAILERS
  • By TOH!
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  • January 14, 2012 1:43 PM
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Weekend Preview: Swinton, Belafonte, Wahlberg and Streep

Meryl Streep may be a major contender for a Best Actress Oscar nomination and win (as per usual), but reviews for her film "The Iron Lady" (expanding its run this weekend) are less than upbeat. While Streep's performance is called "virtuouso," the Margaret Thatcher biopic from Phyllida Lloyd is also being called a failure.
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • January 12, 2012 5:14 PM
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Oscar Watch: Supporting Actor Race; 'The Descendants' Robert Forster Talks Film Acting, Career Slumps, Academy Membership

Anything can happen in the supporting actor race. Every year some surprise nominee turns up who has not been mentioned in leadup critics and guild awards. Often it's someone attached to a popular movie like Alexander Payne's "The Descendants," which could have coattails as other contenders lose momentum. (Notably, "The Descendants" is the only film with perfect guild showings to date, nommed by SAG, PGA, DGA, WGA and ADG.) That could help veteran Robert Forster, for example, who returned to working actor status with Quentin Tarantino's "Jackie Brown" and has been busy ever since.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • January 9, 2012 2:38 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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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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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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