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Tmp's Prelude to 2012—Part 3: The Avengers, Battleship, Prometheus, G.I. Joe: Retaliation, and More

30 December 2011 6:01 AM, PST | Cinelinx | See recent Cinelinx news »

Summer 2012 is nowhere near as massive as Summer 2011.  But you know, that may be a blessing in disguise.  Summer 2012 still has more than its fair share of films to look forward to, and the big ones are especially noteworthy.  How can a summer with The Avengers, Prometheus, and The Dark Knight Rises Possibly go wrong?  Well, it can't.  So, even though Summer 2012 isn't as over-packed as Summer 2011 one, there's still plenty for film fans to salivate over.  So without further ado, let's get started!  Part Three of Tmp's Prelude to 2012 begins right now!

Summer 2012 is certainly kicking off with a bang.  Releasing everywhere on May 4 is The Avengers, the long awaited superhero film putting all our favorite Marvel characters (minus Spider-Man, Wolverine, Daredevil, and all the ones you Really like) into one team.  The build up for The Avengers has been intense, with over four years and five films of investment, »

- TheCritic28@gmail.com (Matthew Legarreta)

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Memento Mori: Remembering those we lost in 2011

24 December 2011 2:35 PM, PST | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

In October of 2010, Sound on Sight asked me to do my first commemorative piece on the passing of filmmaker Arthur Penn. I suspect I was asked because I was the only one writing for the site old enough to have seen Penn’s films in theaters. Whatever the reason, it was an unexpectedly rewarding if expectedly bittersweet experience which led to a series of equally rewarding but bittersweet experiences writing on the passing of other filmdom notables.

I say rewarding because it gave me a nostalgic-flavored chance to revisit certain work and the people behind it; a revisiting which often brought back the nearly-forgotten youthful excitement that went with an eye-opening, a discovery, the thrill of the new. Writing them has also been bittersweet because each of these pieces is a formal acknowledgment that something precious is gone. A talent may be perhaps preserved forever on celluloid, but the filmography »

- Bill Mesce

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My favourite film: The Age of Innocence

23 December 2011 5:46 AM, PST | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

Andrew Gilchrist continues our writers' favourite films series with an elegant Scorsese adaptation of an Edith Wharton classic

Does this review need refining? Peel off those silk gloves and get your hands dirty, or waltz on down to the comments thread

One rainy Sunday way back in the 1990s, a bunch of hungover blokes decided to stop lazing around on sofas and get a video out. Something by Martin Scorsese maybe; that was the only advice given to the person who went to the shop. We wanted macho men shooting each other in the face. And we ended up with 19th-century aristocrats wondering whether to buy each other flowers. But it didn't really matter. There are gangsters in The Age of Innocence. It's just that they're all wearing top hats.

They may be, at heart, as cold-hearted and full of malice as any sidewalk hustler, but the upper-class New Yorkers »

- Andrew Gilchrist

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Good news for Michelle Williams as Oscar shamelessly lusts after babes

22 December 2011 1:53 PM, PST | Gold Derby | See recent Gold Derby news »

Older men may fare well in Oscars' acting categories, but voters treat the female acting races like a beauty pageant, frequently crowning such glamazons as Halle Berry, Charlize Theron, Natalie Portman, Reese Witherspoon, and Nicole Kidman. View Gallery There is a clear divide in how male and female actors are perceived by the Academy. In the last two decades, only Helen Mirren ("The Queen," 2006) was over 50 when she won for her lead performance. Meanwhile, three of the last four Best Actor champs -- Colin Firth ("The King's Speech," 2010), Jeff Bridges ("Crazy Heart," 2009), and Daniel Day-Lewis ("There Will Be Blood," 2007) -- had all reached the half century mark while Sean Penn ("Milk," 2008) was 48.  Compare that to recent Best Actress winners Portman ("Black Swan," 2010), Witherspoon ("Walk the Line," 2005), Charlize Theron ("Monster," 2003), Hilary Swank ( »

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Chasing Daniel Day-Lewis: Spielberg Asked Him To Play 'Lincoln' Seven Years Ago & The Actor Initially Turned Him Down

22 December 2011 9:14 AM, PST | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

While younger actors (like Jessica Chastain and Michael Fassbender for example) crowd up their schedules with work early on in their career to gain exposure and experience, it'll be interesting to see if any follow the eventual path taken by Daniel Day-Lewis. The acclaimed actor was certainly busier in the early stages of his career, but by the mid-90s the gaps between his films started to stretch out, and now, Ddl is equally known for the dedication to his work and the lengthy breaks he takes between pictures. Currently, the actor is suiting up as Abraham Lincoln in Steven Spielberg's long gestating "Lincoln." And while Liam Neeson was long attached to the part (and eventually grew too old to play the part), it seems Spielberg got the man he wanted all along. “I’m so excited to work with one of the greatest actors of our time,” Spielberg »

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Steven Spielberg and the ‘Tintin’ Team Discuss the Enigma of Herge and the Passion Behind Adapting His Celebrated Comics

22 December 2011 8:00 AM, PST | The Film Stage | See recent The Film Stage news »

Steven Spielberg sits down at the Mandarin Oriental Hotel in New York City. He’s surrounded on his right by producer Kathleen Kennedy and special effects guru Joe Letteri, and on his left by stars Jamie Bell and Nick Frost. Yet despite that wealth of creative talent seated at the front of the pressroom, journalists seem exclusively zeroed in on Spielberg — he’s essentially the target of every question being asked.

Unsurprisingly, though, the iconic director, addressing everything from his early fascination with Normal Rockwell to the labored-over images in his new action-adventure picture The Adventures of Tintin, matches the straight-arrow interest of his questioners note for note. With Tintin and War Horse both hitting theaters this holiday season, and with production on the Daniel Day-Lewis-starring Lincoln well underway, Spielberg is clearly in the crunch of a major creative spree, and that focus bleeds into his responses, which are rifled off with forceful precision. »

- jpraup@gmail.com (thefilmstage.com)

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Five Reason To See 'Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol'

21 December 2011 7:45 AM, PST | MTV Movies Blog | See recent MTV Movies Blog news »

Ethan Hunt and the Imf are back and bigger than ever in "Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol." For the fourth go around, Tom Cruise makes the jump to IMAX screens and makes it worth while. If you do go see "Ghost Protocol," be sure to seek out IMAX showings. It's the way the film was meant to be seen.

Here are five more reasons why you should initiate "Ghost Protocol" this week.

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You may have seen glimpses of the scene in the trailers and posters, but there is nothing quite like seeing it on screen. There has been a welcome return to practical stunts in recent years, and there are few examples of fantastic stunt-work quite like this. The scene doesn't work simply because of the spectacle of Tom Cruise scaling the Burj Khalifa. Brad Bird structures and shoots it with such skill that keeps the suspense high throughout the scene. »

- Kevin P. Sullivan

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First Look at Joseph Gordon-Levitt on the Set of Steven Spielberg’s Lincoln

20 December 2011 | The Daily BLAM! | See recent The Daily BLAM! news »

In the upcoming period piece, Gordon-Levitt plays Robert Todd Lincoln the eldest son of Abraham Lincoln (Daniel Day-Lewis). Lincoln is currently filming in and around Richmond, Virginia, in preparation for theatrical release in 2012. Lincoln is directed by Stephen Spielberg and stars two-time Academy Award winning actor Daniel Day Lewis (Gangs of New York) as Abraham Lincoln. The film will chronicle the 16th President's efforts to abolish slavery and end the civil war. Joseph Gordon Levitt (Inception) will portray Lincoln's eldest son Robert Todd Lincoln, who was the only one of Abe's children to live past their teen years. Tommy Lee Jones (No Country For Old Men) is being tapped to play Thaddeus Stevens, a Republican leader and congressman from Pennsylvania who was vital in helping »

- Pietro Filipponi

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Lincoln Set Photos Featuring Joseph Gordon-Levitt

20 December 2011 12:06 AM, PST | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

Lincoln is currently shooting in Petersburg, Virginia, which doesn't have a release date locked in yet, but will likely hit theaters in late 2012. A new batch of photos have arrived from the set, which offers our first look at Joseph Gordon-Levitt, who plays Abraham Lincoln's son. Click on the photos below to access our growing gallery for Lincoln.

Lincoln comes to theaters in 2012 and stars Daniel Day-Lewis, Sally Field, Tommy Lee Jones, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Hal Holbrook, James Spader, John Hawkes, Tim Blake Nelson. The film is directed by Steven Spielberg. »

- MovieWeb

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New Set Photos from Steven Spielberg’s Lincoln, Including First Look at Joseph Gordon-Levitt

19 December 2011 10:04 PM, PST | Collider.com | See recent Collider.com news »

The first images from the production of Lincoln caused a stir because Daniel Day-Lewis looks amazing in character as Abraham Lincoln.  Among a new round of set photos, we have our first look at a mustachioed Joseph Gordon-Levitt as Robert Todd Lincoln, the eldest son of our 16th president.  Not quite the same impact, but Gordon-Levitt looks sharp in period costue. The shoot is on location in Old Towne Petersburg in Virginia to take advantage of the period architecture.  Along with the Gordon-Levitt photo, there are a couple of pictures that pull back for a broader view of the set that give you a sense of the scope and detail of Steven Spielberg's production. Sally Field, Tommy Lee Jones, James Spader, John Hawkes, and Jared Harris also star.  Lincoln is expected to hit theaters in late 2012.  Hit the jump for the photos. Production supervisor John West praised the virtues »

- Brendan Bettinger

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Producer Kathleen Kennedy Talks Steven Spielberg’s ‘Robopocalypse’; To Have ‘Minority Report’ & ‘A.I.’ Elements

19 December 2011 1:30 PM, PST | The Film Stage | See recent The Film Stage news »

Quick! How many superstar directors could get away with opening one blockbuster less than a week after another? Right now that list has one name: Steven Spielberg. As the holiday box office awaits War Horse and The Adventures of Tintin, we’ve seen set pics of Daniel Day-Lewis as our 16th president in Lincoln, and now longtime Spielberg producer Kathleen Kennedy talks about the next project on the director’s eternally-crowded slate: Robopocalypse. [The Playlist]

Kennedy answered a number of question regarding projects that have been rumored (Jurassic Park 4 – “we don’t have a writer yet”), speculated about (Indiana Jones 5 – same story: “We’re not writing ‘Indiana Jones’ right now”), and some of them may very well be wishful thinking (a NeverEnding Story reboot, a Who Framed Roger Rabbit? sequel).

The project she divulged the most details about was the next planned shoot for Spielberg once Lincoln is wrapped (the man »

- jpraup@gmail.com (thefilmstage.com)

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Scarlett Johansson Hates Tabloid Nickname Scar Jo

19 December 2011 6:06 AM, PST | National Ledger | See recent National Ledger news »

Scarlett Johansson has admitted that she's less than impressed with her tabloid nickname 'ScarJo'. The 27-year-old We Bought A Zoo actress – who like Robert Pattinson, Kristen Stewart and Jennifer Lopez has been handed an abbreviated name by the gossip columns - said that she can't stand the moniker. "Oh, it's awful," she told USA Today. "It's laziness. People can't actually say the whole name? It's just bizarre. "If I hear somebody say that, I know I don't know them at all." Trying it out on other celebs, she asks why Daniel Day-Lewis isn't subjected to 'DaDay'? "So Cate Blanchett is not, like, 'CaBla'? Why is that? Why do I have to get stuck," she said. © Splash News   »

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Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol sizzles in IMAX debut – Sherlock Homes: A Game of Shadows Box Office

18 December 2011 10:26 AM, PST | Hollywoodnews.com | See recent Hollywoodnews.com news »

By Scott Mendelson

HollywoodNews.com: This was a weekend where two films gave the strongest evidence yet that there may be some kind of ‘slump’ in domestic box office while a third stood as a firm ‘It’s the movie, stupid!’ rebuttal. The two main wide releases, heavily marketed sequels to exceptionally popular originals, opened at levels far below their predecessors. The top film of the weekend was Sherlock Homes: A Game of Shadows (review), which debuted with a seemingly solid $40 million. But the sequel opened 36% lower than the first Sherlock Holmes opened with over Christmas weekend two years ago ($62 million). That’s a pretty big drop, especially when it wasn’t exactly contending with the $75 million-grossing second weekend of Avatar this time around. I’ve long been of the opinion that the pre-Christmas weekend is among the strongest to open a film, as you can parlay your opening weekend »

- Scott Mendelson

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Scarlett Johansson: 'I hate my nickname ScarJo'

17 December 2011 8:04 AM, PST | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

Scarlett Johansson has complained that she hates being called 'ScarJo' by the press. The We Bought A Zoo actress expressed her annoyance with the nickname in an interview with USA Today. "It's laziness. People can't actually say the whole name? It's just bizarre... If I hear somebody say that, I know I don't know them at all," Johansson declared. She went on to wonder why fellow actor Daniel Day-Lewis hasn't been branded "DaDay". Johansson added: "So Cate Blanchett is not, like, 'CaBla'? Why is that? Why do (more) »

- By Justin Harp

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Scarlett Johnasson: 'I hate my nickname ScarJo'

17 December 2011 8:04 AM, PST | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

Scarlett Johansson has complained that she hates being called 'ScarJo' by the press. The We Bought A Zoo actress expressed her annoyance with the nickname in an interview with USA Today. "It's laziness. People can't actually say the whole name? It's just bizarre... If I hear somebody say that, I know I don't know them at all," Johansson declared. She went on to wonder why fellow actor Daniel Day-Lewis hasn't been branded "DaDay". Johannson added: "So Cate Blanchett is not, like, 'CaBla'? Why is that? Why do I have (more) »

- By Justin Harp

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Top 10 Hollywood Actors Still In Business

16 December 2011 7:05 PM, PST | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

Much of our lurid film community is of the belief that America’s acting prowess died with its classic stars like Marlon Brando, James Stewart, Humphrey Bogart, Katharine Hepburn, Elizabeth Taylor, and Grace Kelly. However, I’m here to argue that America’s actors are stronger than ever and can match up toe to toe with the likes of both Europe and Asia.

The list will be split into two parts: in part one, I delve into the modern world of Hollywood actors with actresses soon to follow in part two.

Part one: Top Ten Actors Working In Hollywood Today

Actor With The Most Potential To Hit It Big: Paddy Considine

Before I begin the list, I want to take a moment to discuss an actor whom I believe has enormous potential. While not American born, British actor Paddy Considine has been in his fair share of American films like In America, »

- Connor Folse

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News Shorts: December 16th 2011

16 December 2011 12:09 PM, PST | Dark Horizons | See recent Dark Horizons news »

Fox has debuted two lenticular posters for Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter, while there's also new one-sheets for The Expendables 2, The Hunger Games and Jack and the Giant Killer.

Concept art of the Jackal character in Riddick, a new shot of Daniel Day Lewis (this time in costume) on the set of Lincoln, and new photos from The Woman in Black and Bullet to the Head.

"The Thursday midnight IMAX-only preview screenings of "Mission Impossible Ghost Protocol" raked in an impressive $1.1 million from just 425 screens - it's the exact same $1.1 million MI3 earned in midnight previews a few years ago, but that film was on over 2000 screens…" (full details)

"We knew it was coming, but now Warner Bros. Pictures has officially confirmed that the teaser trailer for "The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey" will be attached to copies of "The Adventures of Tintin" in the United States when it opens on December 21st… »

- Garth Franklin

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News Shorts: December 16th 2011

16 December 2011 12:09 PM, PST | Dark Horizons | See recent Dark Horizons news »

Fox has debuted two lenticular posters for Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter, while there's also new one-sheets for The Expendables 2, The Hunger Games and Jack and the Giant Killer.

Concept art of the Jackal character in Riddick, a new shot of Daniel Day Lewis (this time in costume) on the set of Lincoln, and new photos from The Woman in Black and Bullet to the Head.

"The Thursday midnight IMAX-only preview screenings of "Mission Impossible Ghost Protocol" raked in an impressive $1.1 million from just 425 screens - it's the exact same $1.1 million MI3 earned in midnight previews a few years ago, but that film was on over 2000 screens…" (full details)

"We knew it was coming, but now Warner Bros. Pictures has officially confirmed that the teaser trailer for "The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey" will be attached to copies of "The Adventures of Tintin" in the United States when it opens on December 21st… »

- Garth Franklin

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50 Movies We Can't Wait to See in 2012 - Page 2

16 December 2011 11:00 AM, PST | NextMovie | See recent NextMovie news »

'Rock of Ages'

Release Date: June 1

Starring: Julianne Hough, Diego Boneta, Tom Cruise

The Scoop: One of the most popular and acclaimed Broadway musicals in recent memory, "Rock of Ages" tells the story of a couple of small-town dreamers who get caught up in the big-city spotlight -- and it tells that story using the transformative power of '80s rock. That's enough for us, but if you're somehow not sold, the film version of "Rock of Ages" also features a Who's Who of Hollywood stars, including Tom Cruise, Alec Baldwin, Russell Brand, Paul Giamatti, Bryan Cranston and Catherine Zeta-Jones. Rock on!

'Snow White and the Huntsman'

Release Date: June 1

Starring: Kristen Stewart, Chris Hemsworth, Charlize Theron

The Scoop: What if the classic fairy tale "Snow White" was actually a dark and moody fantasy epic? That's the premise behind "Snow White and the Hunstman," which features »

- Scott Harris

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Golden Globes 2012: has Hollywood entered a golden age of credibility?

15 December 2011 4:08 PM, PST | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

Nods for arthouse films – specifically Michel Hazanavicius's black-and-white The Artist – show a distinct raising of the brow

For all its ample charms, The Artist is a canny confection. Michel Hazanavicius's black-and-white romance, set during the advent of the talkies, is a movie machine-tooled to woo Hollywood. It swoons over celluloid spools, elevates the plight of the jobless actor to Greek tragedy, was snapped up by mogul Harvey Weinstein before it even premiered at Cannes in May. Small wonder the Hollywood Foreign Press Association has now seen fit to smother it in nominations; this is a body of (largely European) expats who decamped to the States on account of their cinephilia.

That it so trounced Hugo, Martin Scorsese's 3D family film which peddles similar dreamy propaganda about the palliative powers of cinema, was the one major surprise of this year's nominations (Hazanavicius's film got six nods to Scorsese's »

- Catherine Shoard

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