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First Look: Six Images from The Dark Knight Rises, Out of the Batcave, Onto the Blogs

Christian Bale, in full Batman getup, dominated Entertainment Weekly's 2012 Preview issue yesterday, as part of the release of six new images from the highly-anticipating completion to the Batman trilogy.
  • By Maggie Lange
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  • January 14, 2012 1:39 PM
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Quentin Tarantino’s Official Top Eleven of 2011

Here is Quentin Tarantino’s official Top Eleven of 2011, per the Tarantino Archives. I am happy to see that Tarantino shares my love of "Rise of the Planet of the Apes," as a script and as a movie. I love it that "The Artist" ties with another Weinstein Co. film, "Our Idiot Brother." He does seem to admire Hazanavicius, as he puts him on his best director list. As "Iron Lady" and "My Week with Marilyn" are also on his list, methinks he is being kind to the Weinsteins.  
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • January 14, 2012 2:37 AM
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Lionsgate Acquires Summit for $412.5 million UPDATED

Hollywood insiders have been speculating about just how the long-simmering Lionsgate/Summit merger will close. The problem? While Summit had every reason to cash out at the height of their value before the "Twilight" franchise comes to an end in November with "Breaking Dawn- Part Two"...
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • January 13, 2012 6:34 PM
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Ricky Strauss Takes Disney Marketing Presidency UPDATED

One of the topics of discussion at the Critics Choice Awards last night was who would get the open Disney marketing job. Having given the post to movie business outsider M.T. Carney 19 months ago--which rarely works, unless it's television--Disney Studio chairman Rich Ross was expected to go inside this time.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • January 13, 2012 2:23 PM
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Ten Young Actors Named Europe's Shooting Stars of 2012

Here are the ten Shooting Stars of 2012 -- "Young, talented, European" -- who the European Film Promotion will showcase at the Berlin International Film Festival (February 9-19). (They were culled from 23 nominees.) The EFP has been choosing and showcasing young actors for fifteen years, helping them transition to the next level of their careers. Past Shooting Stars include Carey Mulligan ("Shame," "An Education"), Elena Anaya ("The Skin I Live in") and Mélanie Laurent ("Beginners," "Inglourious Basterds"). Shooting Stars 2012:
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • January 12, 2012 5:17 PM
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Wrekin Hill Acquires Raunchy Brit Hit 'The Inbetweeners'; MTV Adapting Original TV Series for US

Wrekin Hill has acquired US rights to Brit hit "The Inbetweeners," (it's brought in over $70 million in the UK) from director Ben Palmer and writers Iain Morris and Damon Beesley. À la "American Pie," "The Inbetweeners" follows hormones-controlled loser friends trying to find their way through life...
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • January 12, 2012 2:54 PM
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IN THE WORKS: Disney Rewards 'Pirates' Helmer Rob Marshall with Sondheim's 'Into the Woods'

For once a studio is matching director Rob Marshall with an assignment for which is he is well-suited. Marshall moved from Broadway choreographer/director (Tony-winning "Cabaret") and television musical director (Emmy-winning "Annie") to inconsistent Hollywood filmmaker--from Oscar-winning "Chicago" to over-budget flops "Memoirs of a Geisha" and "Nine."
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • January 11, 2012 5:44 PM
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Live Chat with Angelina Jolie; Discuss 'In the Land of Blood and Honey' January 12

Here's your chance to chat with Angelina Jolie. She will host a 45-minute live online chat through a partnership with Hearst Magazines, focusing on her writing and her directorial debut, "In The Land of Blood and Honey." On January 12, at 5pm PST, you can chat with Jolie via Cosmopolitan, Elle, Esquire, Good Housekeeping, Harper’s Bazaar, Marie Claire, O, The Oprah Magazine, Redbook and Woman’s Day. UPDATE: Or you can do it right here: see the widget below.
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • January 11, 2012 4:50 PM
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IN THE WORKS: John Logan Will Adapt 'Jersey Boys' for Big Screen

Graham King is pacting with "Gangs of New York," "The Aviator" and "Hugo" writer John Logan to adapt the hit musical "Jersey Boys: The Story of Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons" for the screen.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • January 11, 2012 12:51 AM
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Film Independent Names McManus and Welsh Co-Presidents to Replace Embattled Academy Chair Dawn Hudson

Film Independent has appointed Sean McManus and Josh Welsh to the newly created positions of co-presidents. McManus, formerly a Senior Director, and Welsh, formerly Director of Artist Development, succeed former exec director Dawn Hudson. Hudson left her post at FIND last June
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • January 10, 2012 5:08 PM
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