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The Year in Film: The 10 Most Overrated Films Of 2011

28 December 2011 6:30 PM, PST | Movies.com | See recent Movies.com news »

"Overrated" is something of a dirty word. But while most dirty words are drifting further and further away from their original meanings (or from having any meaning at all), "overrated" seems to be slowly coming into focus. I mean, when in the history of our species have things been more obsessively rated? The Romans only had two scores: Thumbs up you live, thumbs down you die. There was only one critic, and he was Joaquin Phoenix. That system worked for thousands of years, Siskel and Ebert predicating their influential show on that harsh binary scale. But then the Internet happened, opinions stratified to the heavens, and the gloriously carefree days of the "good / bad" divide seemed at an end. But, as they so memorably said in that prequel to...

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- David Ehrlich

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Germain’s 10 Most Anticipated Films of 2012

27 December 2011 12:00 PM, PST | Slash Film | See recent Slash Film news »

If 2012 is the end of the world, that's all right with me. Hollywood has overstocked the Mayan calendar's final year with so many potentially amazing movies that trying to cut it down to a top ten was virtually impossible. How could movies like The Amazing Spider-Man, Brave or Lincoln not be on this list? Ten then became twenty, which was more satisfying but there were still a few major films lingering. So, while I could have easily done 30, here are my ten most anticipated films with a bloated honorable mention list. Is your most anticipated on the list? Here are my honorable mention anticipated films of 2012, from least to most anticipated: John Carter, This is 40, World War Z, Gangster Squad, Wreck-It Ralph, Lincoln, The Amazing Spider-Man, Brave, American Reunion, Looper And now the top 10, complete with photos and brief descriptions. 10. Les Miserables - While I have a feeling this musical »

- Germain Lussier

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Ryan Gosling Rumored for Gaspar Noe’s ‘The Golden Suicides’; Carter Burwell Scoring ‘Gangster Squad’

21 December 2011 11:11 AM, PST | The Film Stage | See recent The Film Stage news »

When Ryan Gosling cited Gaspar Noé‘s Enter the Void as his favorite film of 2010, I was taken aback. Bear in mind that this was several months before he became a public buddy to Nicolas Winding Refn, but, at the time, yours truly was shocked that a man who occupied more covers of People magazine in two months than movies in an entire career would be so fond of a challenging, disturbing, 150-minute psychedelic trip from a controversial filmmaker. Twelve months later, it looks as though he’s taking his fandom a big step further.

We reported in May that Noé would possibly collaborate with Bret Easton Ellis on The Golden Suicides, a film penned by the American Psycho author centering on the, well, suicides of Jeremy Blake and Theresa Duncan. The French helmer has since jumped on board and is now courting actors — among them, Mr. Ryan Gosling. As Ellis tweeted, »

- jpraup@gmail.com (thefilmstage.com)

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New Set Photos from Superman: Man Of Steel and Paul Thomas Anderson’s The Master

10 December 2011 11:11 AM, PST | Collider.com | See recent Collider.com news »

This article highlights both extremes on the spectrum of set photos, using two movie starring Amy Adams as examples. On one hand, you've got the blurry candids of Henry Cavill as Superman and Michael Shannon as General Zod on the set of Superman: Man of Steel. Not especially revealing, but Superman! Zod! On the other hand, we have gorgeous black-and-white photographs taken on the set of Paul Thomas Anderson's religious cult picture The Master. No stars or supervillains, but arguably more insightful into the process as a look at the period detail on the 1950s-era costumes and sets. Hit the jump to see the images plus background on both films. Superman: Man of Steel Alongside Cavill, Shannon, and Adams, the Superman reboot also stars Kevin Costner, Diane Lane, Laurence Fishburne, Antje Traue, Harry Lennix, Ayelet Zurer, Christopher Meloni, and Russell Crowe. Man of Steel opens on June 14, 2013. For the record, »

- Brendan Bettinger

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Behind The Scenes Pics From Paul Thomas Anderson's 'The Master' Emerge; Robert Downey Jr. Teases 'Inherent Vice'

10 December 2011 8:06 AM, PST | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

In a time where there seems to be a constant focus on set photos and early looks, it’s reassuring to see distinguished auteur Paul Thomas Anderson’s next untitled offering (aka “The Master”) make its way to theaters so quietly. But this week has seen the spotlight shined back on the work of the director with looks at what he's working on right now and a hint at what may come after that. First, BlackBook offers a few classy behind-the-scenes photos from Anderson’s latest, which is set to follow a lonely drifter (Joaquin Phoenix) who is picked up by a group of religious zealots dedicated to “The Cause,” led by the titular religious master (Phillip Seymour Hoffman). Most likely on many lists for most anticipated films of 2012, “The Master” takes place in the 1950s, and these pictures by photographer Jack Erling provide us with a look at the »

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Daily Briefing. Videos of 2011 + Next Wave Avant-Garde

10 December 2011 6:13 AM, PST | MUBI | See recent MUBI news »

HA0004 - Zoo Kid - "Out Getting Ribs" from House Anxiety on Vimeo.

Both gorilla vs bear and Pitchfork have selected their videos of the year and, just for the fun of it, I've scattered a few up and down this Saturday Briefing.

Via Mike Everleth comes news that the National Film Preservation Foundation has begun production on Treasures 6: Next Wave Avant-Garde, "a 2-dvd set to be released in fall 2013. Envisioned as a sequel to the Nfpf's award-winning Treasures IV: American Avant-Garde Film, 1947-1986, the new anthology explores how avant-garde film took root and spread after the 1950s as the next generation embraced diversity and forged connections with conceptual and performance art." No titles have been announced yet, but we can look forward to 5½ hours of restorations from several archives.

212 featuring Lazy Jay from Azealia Banks on Vimeo.

"In this week's long review I take a look at the »

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Robert Downey Jr. Talks Paul Thomas Anderson’s ‘Inherent Vice’; Behind-The-Scenes Photos From ‘The Master’

9 December 2011 11:53 AM, PST | The Film Stage | See recent The Film Stage news »

With the release only about a year away, all of our Paul Thomas Anderson-related attention has been on his religious drama, The Master (more on that below). Because of that building fervor, even a devoted fan of the California filmmaker like myself forgets about his second forthcoming project: an adaptation of Thomas Pynchon‘s Inherent Vice that Robert Downey Jr. has been long-rumored for.

Downey Jr. hasn’t forgotten, though, and it was briefly discussed in an interview the actor conducted with MTV. You can see a video of it below:

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Alright, that’s basically nothing, but “basically nothing” is better than absolutely nothing… right? The only point of discussion that could really stem from here is Downey Jr.‘s wording, which touched upon the idea of “a variety of potential projects.” Who knows how Inherent Vice will eventually turn out, but I »

- jpraup@gmail.com (thefilmstage.com)

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The Master Behind-the-Scenes Photos

9 December 2011 7:48 AM, PST | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

Writer-director Paul Thomas Anderson is currently in post-production on his new drama The Master, which doesn't have a release date solidified yet. A new batch of photos have been unearthed from the set, which offer a glimpse at the costumes used in this drama, set in the early 1950s after World War II. Click on the photos below to go behind-the-scenes of The Master.

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The Master comes to theaters in 2013 and stars Philip Seymour Hoffman, Joaquin Phoenix, Laura Dern, Jesse Plemons, David Warshofsky, Amy Adams, Lena Endre, Rami Malek. The film is directed by Paul Thomas Anderson. »

- MovieWeb

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M. Night Shyamalan Joins Twitter: What's The Twist?

6 December 2011 7:01 AM, PST | MTV Movies Blog | See recent MTV Movies Blog news »

Better late than never? Perhaps encouraged by his daughters, M. Night Shyamalan has finally taken a seat on the Twitter train (he’s now on Facebook, too). His first tweet, on November 25th, was a characteristic homage to his childhood hero:

I was thirteen years old when I tried to call Steven Spielberg. I made my mom call and pretend she was my assistant. He didn't take my call.

To commemorate this auspicious occasion, we present to you a collection of bold predictions: the five ways M. Night Shyamalan will reinvent Twitter.

1. Every tweet will include an appearance by Bruce Willis, Joaquin Phoenix or Bryce Dallas Howard.

2. Every tweet will have at least one game-changing twist.

3. Every tweet will contain no more or less than 106 characters (don’t bother counting characters in the above tweet; this reinvention, like the others here, will come… you just have to believe).

4. Every TwitPic »

- Tami Katzoff

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Jonny Greenwood Reteaming with Paul Thomas Anderson to Score The Master

5 December 2011 12:44 PM, PST | Collider.com | See recent Collider.com news »

Jonny Greenwood's score for There Will Be Blood was one of the many reasons the film was amazing.  It pulled just enough from period-era music so as not be jarring, but it was offbeat enough to be completely unnerving.  Now, Cigarettes and Red Vines is reporting that Greenwood is re-teaming with director Paul Thomas Anderson to score The Master (still an unofficial title).  Oliver Weindling, founder of British record label Babel, tweeted said "Zed-u recorded part of soundtrack for Jonny Greenwood of Radiohead last week. Film (by Paul Thomas Anderson) to appear in 2013."  Zed-u are a British jazz trio and you can listen to some of their music after the jump. For those who aren't familiar with The Master, the story centers on a World War II veteran (Philip Seymour Hoffman) who returns home and creates his own religion after witnessing the horrors of war.  At one point, The Master »

- Matt Goldberg

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Radiohead’s Jonny Greenwood Scoring Paul Thomas Anderson’s ‘The Master’

5 December 2011 12:00 PM, PST | Slash Film | See recent Slash Film news »

After what seems like years of speculation and delays, Paul Thomas Anderson is in post-production on The Master, his film that is either a lot or a little inspired by the life and work of Scientology founder L. Ron Hubbard. The movie stars Philip Seymour Hoffman as the title character, with Joaquin Phoenix, Amy Adams, Laura Dern and many more appearing as well. And now it seems that Anderson has turned to Radiohead guitarist Jonny Greenwood to score the film, just as he did with There Will Be Blood. The Greenwood score to There Will Be Blood contributed in no small fashion to that film's power, so there is ample reason to anticipate this new score. The info about Greenwood and Anderson's current collaboration comes from Oliver Weindling, founder of record label Babel [1], who said via Twitter [2] "Zed-u recorded part of soundtrack for Jonny Greenwood of Radiohead last week. Film »

- Russ Fischer

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Jonny Greenwood Reteaming With Paul Thomas Anderson For ‘The Master’ Score

5 December 2011 10:28 AM, PST | The Film Stage | See recent The Film Stage news »

Since Radiohead‘s Jonny Greenwood delivered the tension-flled score for Paul Thomas Anderson‘s There Will Be Blood in 2007, there seems to be an uptick in musicians teaming with Hollywood. We’ve seen The Chemical Brothers provide the Hanna score this year, Karen O did Where the Wild Things Are a few years back, and of course, Trent Reznor gaining an Oscar for the The Social Network and we have his upcoming The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo. Greenwood is about to come full circle, as a new report confirms he’ll be scoring the next film from Paul Thomas Anderson.

Titled The Master, the news broke on Twitter from British record label Babel founder Oliver Weindling (and picked up by Cigs & Red Vines), where it was stated, “Zed-u recorded part of soundtrack for Jonny Greenwood of Radiohead last week. Film (by Paul Thomas Anderson) to appear in 2013.” It looks »

- jpraup@gmail.com (thefilmstage.com)

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From Goofy Kids To Hollywood Hunks

2 December 2011 6:06 AM, PST | The Backlot | See recent The Backlot news »

Hollywood can be a tough place to navigate the transition from youth to adulthood. Child actors are usually dorky, awkward little ragamuffins. But to be an adult actor, they need you to look like you were sculpted by Michelangelo.

So making the transition from child actor to adult can be nearly impossible for some to whom nature was not so kind. Some actors, like Josh Saviano (Paul from Wonder Years) simply get out of the business. But some persevere and, with a little help from good genes and a personal trainer, become successful actors as adults.

Seeing the picture of Jonathan Lipnicki that Ae recently posted had me thinking about how some boys we remember as looking like this:

Can miraculously turn into guyslike this:

So I thought it would be fun to look at some of the other young actors who have grown up rather nicely. Keep in mind, »

- Tiger Cub

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Jeremy Renner Talks James Gray’s Low Life; Says Steve McQueen Biopic Will Focus More on Personal Aspect than Stunts

1 December 2011 7:47 AM, PST | Collider.com | See recent Collider.com news »

While he was in L.A. to do press for the release of Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol (in theaters December 16th in IMAX and December 21st on all other screens), Collider got the opportunity to participate in a roundtable with actor Jeremy Renner. Even though we’re holding that portion of the interview until the week of the film’s release, and we already posted what he had to say about his other upcoming franchise films, The Avengers and The Bourne Legacy, we also wanted to share what he had to say about a couple other projects he has on his slate. In talking about what attracted him to the James Gray period drama Low Life, starring Marion Cotillard and Joaquin Phoenix, Renner said it was the opportunity to work with some of the best talent out there, playing a magician in the early 1900's. He’s also involved in developing a Steve McQueen biopic, »

- Christina Radish

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Talking 'Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol' With Jeremy Renner

1 December 2011 6:26 AM, PST | LRMonline.com | See recent LRM Online news »

"Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol" wont be in theaters until December 21st and Jeremy Renner isn't too worried about it. Recently at a press junket  I interviewed Jeremy in regards to his new role in this million dollar franchise. Jeremy plays agent William Brandt, a desk jockey with little field experience, or so we think who squares off with Ethan through the course of the film. At least that's the impression we get from the trailer. Instead of screening the film for the press we were treated to six scenes, approximately 30 minutes of the film in IMAX, which was impressive. When it comes to story line, well I'm pretty much in the dark too. Although the IMAX scenes were incredible and well executed, it's almost the only way to see this film. I spoke to Jeremy about entering this franchise, doing stunt work, how life has changes since "The Hurt Locker »

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Jeremy Renner Discusses The Avengers, Mission: Impossible -- Ghost Protocol, Bourne Legacy and More

30 November 2011 12:03 AM, PST | Reelzchannel.com | See recent ReelzChannel news »

In 2003, actor Jeremy Renner co-starred in what could have been the beginning of a franchise with S.W.A.T. Almost a decade later and after appearing in independent and lower-budgeted fare like The Hurt Locker and The Town (both of which earned Renner Academy Award nominations), Renner is in four established or potential franchise movies — Mission: Impossible -- Ghost Protocol, Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters, Avengers and The Bourne Legacy.

As Renner explained to ComingSoon, being a part of so many franchises was not something the actor anticipated.

I never went after a big franchise. I never went after a big action movie. They just sort of kind of manifested in a way... It started off by me saying, "Why not be in a movie that will play all over the world, but that still has something that I can do in it? Why not?" It was kind of impossible for me »

- Ryan Gowland

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Over/Under: ‘E.T.’ vs. ‘Russkies’

29 November 2011 9:31 AM, PST | FilmSchoolRejects.com | See recent FilmSchoolRejects news »

Back in ’82 this little movie came out about a boy who found an alien in his backyard. It was called E.T.: The Extra-Terrestrial. Ever heard of it? He phoned home and whatnot? This was basically the movie that solidified Steven Spielberg as being not just a guy who was making great movies everybody liked, but as being the most important director in the world: the guy. When you see that Amblin Entertainment logo you know you’re in for a certain kind of movie designed to appeal to everyone, and it’s an image from E.T. that gets the job done. Russkies came out in ’87, when the outbreak of Spielberg imitator movies about kids going on adventures was in full swing. This one is about a group of kids who find a Russian naval officer who has washed up on the coast of their Florida town. Even Spielberg knockoffs as bad as Mac and Me still get »

- Nathan Adams

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The 9 Best Alien Invasion Movies

21 November 2011 5:00 PM, PST | NextMovie | See recent NextMovie news »

We're not alone, are we? It's fun to believe that we're not -- that somewhere, out there amongst the stars, there's intelligent life. Intelligent life with giant laser cannons and plans of domination.

For some people, the idea of an alien invasion is a terrifying nightmare. For others, it's a dream come true -- it would be proof that aliens actually exist, and we'd get to fight them with helicopters and laptop computers!

Alien invasion movies bring those dreams and nightmares down to Earth. With J.J. Abrams' top-secret "Super 8" invading DVD and Blu-ray, we take a look at some of the best other times we've been "visited."

9. 'Independence Day' (1996)

The "ID4" teaser trailer featured the White House getting blown to smithereens by an alien laser cannon. Summer movie audiences didn't need much more than that to get them to pay for a ticket. "Independence Day" was tons of fun, »

- Bryan Enk

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Werner Herzog Talks Teaching Lock-Picking, Being A Living Legend And 'Into The Abyss'

14 November 2011 8:03 AM, PST | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

There are few filmmakers who have become as legendary – literally – as Werner Herzog. He’s not just the creator of dozens of ambitious, wildly different, incredibly accomplished films; he’s a guy who got shot while conducting an interview on camera, and then just a few days later pulled Joaquin Phoenix out of a car after an accident. Herzog has become as mythic as not just the characters in his movies, but the movies themselves, where fact and fiction merge into an awe-inspiring whole. Ironically, his latest film “Into the Abyss” feels incredibly small, intimate, and painfully real; interviewing two young men from Texas who committed a brutal crime, Herzog examines capital punishment as an incidental component of humanizing two men we might otherwise call monsters. »

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Paul Thomas Anderson’s Next Untitled Film Gets A Promo Poster And A Synopsis

5 November 2011 9:00 AM, PDT | HeyUGuys.co.uk | See recent HeyUGuys news »

Back in May, we got a look at a teaser image for Paul Thomas Anderson’s highly anticipated and long-awaited follow-up to 2007’s There Will Be Blood, which remains as yet untitled. It wasn’t much, and didn’t give us a look at any of the cast, but it was still something – and for those of us who are PTA fans, anything is always good news.

This time around, courtesy of Collider, we’ve got another promo image to share, now in the form of a poster (though, it doesn’t even really qualify for being a poster, more like an inverted front cover of a script, but still), along with a full synopsis for the film. And you’d better believe this is going to be awesome.

The project sees Anderson reteaming with Philip Seymour Hoffman, who takes the lead on this, with a brilliant supporting cast, including Joaquin Phoenix, »

- Kenji Lloyd

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