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Russ Fischer’s 10 Most Anticipated Films of 2012

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

Enough about 2011; let's look ahead to 2012. This past year was good about offering a diverse set of films that catered to many tastes, especially crowds that wanted something out of the range of standard multiplex fare. But 2012 looks like a much stronger year. We can almost always look ahead to a new year and say that there is a great batch of new films from established favorite filmmakers, movies with wonderful casts,  giant event movies and promising indies. But 2012 looks like it has more of those than usual. It's going to be a good year for movie watchers. After some deliberation (which no doubt has still allowed me to overlook something for which I'll facepalm later) here is a list of ten films that I'm very excited to see in 2012, followed by a full page of discussion about a whole bunch of other movies that didn't make my personal cut »

- Russ Fischer

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Ridley Scott’s ‘Prometheus’ Gets Official, Hi-Res Theatrical Poster & Composer

14 December 2011 2:05 PM, PST | The Film Stage | See recent The Film Stage news »

After a few official photos, 20th Century Fox is finally starting to kick up marketing for Ridley Scott‘s big sci-fi tentpole Prometheus. A trailer is hitting this month and we have the first official theatrical poster in glorious hi-res, with a tagline reading, “The search for our beginning could lead to our end.” Collider provides the poster, which has a clear connection to Alien in look and feel.

We also get word from AICN that Marc Streitenfeld will be composing the film. It is a safe, predictable choice considering he has provided the score to many other Scott’s films including his most recent, Robin Hood, as well as A Good Year, Body of Lies and American Gangster. He’ll next be heard in The Grey.

Noomi Rapace leads the cast of Prometheus that includes Michael Fassbender, Charlize Theron, Idris Elba, Logan Marshall-Green, Sean Harris, Guy Pearce, Kate Dickie, »

- jpraup@gmail.com (thefilmstage.com)

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Hugo (review)

1 December 2011 11:51 AM, PST | www.flickfilosopher.com | See recent FlickFilosopher news »

So, Martin Scorsese made a 3D movie. Made a 3D movie for kids. Surely this is something to celebrate. Surely this has gotta be one of the best movies of the year. How can it not be? Wait: there’s more. Martin Scorsese made a 3D kids’ movie that’s about movies. That’s about the love of movies. And it’s steampunky and rollicking and features a cool girl character, too. How is it possible that I won’t love this movie? I am disappointed to discover that it is possible. Oh, there’s certainly much to admire here, and much to acknowledge as fresh and innovative. It’s the best use of fantasy 3D since Avatar, as if Scorsese had been holding his breath waiting for the right story and the right milieu to come along for him to finally make 3D worth his time and attention. And »

- MaryAnn Johanson

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Global Showbiz Briefs: UK, China, Ireland

29 November 2011 10:28 AM, PST | Deadline TV | See recent Deadline TV news »

‘Harry Potter’ Among Warner Bros Movies To Land At ITV ITV announced that it has acquired free-to-air broadcast rights to Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince along with other movies as part of a wide-ranging multiyear deal with Warner Bros. The pact was unveiled today by Warner Bros International Television Distribution president Jeffrey Schlesinger and ITV’s Angela Jain. Other films in the package include recent titles 300, I Am Legend and Body Of Lies as well as library fare like The Matrix trilogy and Mystic River. ITV was already home to the previous Harry Potter films. British Culture Minister In Town This Week; BFI Adds To P&A Fund Ed Vaizey, the UK’s minister for culture, communications and creative industries, arrived in Los Angeles on Monday for two days of powwows with studio and indie execs. Joining Vaizey is British Film Commission CEO Adrian Wootton as the duo aim »

- THE DEADLINE TEAM

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Leonardo DiCaprio/Clint Eastwood/J. Edgar Opens Modestly; Better Box-Office Chances Overseas?

13 November 2011 1:46 PM, PST | Alt Film Guide | See recent Alt Film Guide news »

Leonardo DiCaprio, J. Edgar Adam Sandler in Drag/Jack And Jill Below Sandler Box-Office Average; Tower Heist Down 45% At no. 5 on the domestic box-office chart this weekend, Clint Eastwood's J. Edgar raked in $11.47 million — at the very lower end of expectations — as per studio estimates found at Box Office Mojo. The J. Edgar Hoover biopic starring Leonardo DiCaprio as Hoover, Armie Hammer as his associate and intimate companion Clyde Tolson, and Naomi Watts as FBI secretary Helen Gandy averaged an acceptable — though not very promising — $6,005 at 1,910 locations. As mentioned in a couple of previous posts, comparisons to Gus Van Sant's Oscar-nominated Milk, which were possible on Wednesday, are impossible to make at this stage. Written by J. Edgar's Dustin Lance Black, the 2008 drama starring Sean Penn as gay San Francisco politician Harvey Milk never played at more than 900 North American sites — and that expansion took place around Oscar time, »

- Zac Gille

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Box office report: 'Immortals' shields off 'Jack and Jill' and 'Puss in Boots' with $32 million debut

13 November 2011 11:37 AM, PST | EW - Inside Movies | See recent EW.com - Inside Movies news »

After two weekends atop the box office, Puss in Boots was thwarted by a pair of newcomers, Immortals and Jack and Jill, both of which opened to solid numbers. J. Edgar wasn’t quite as fortunate, but overall, the box office exhibited life like it hasn’t for the past few months, and the top ten ticked up 18 percent over the same weekend last year — a good sign headed into Thanksgiving. Check out all the details below:

Relativity’s Immortals became the new box office titan, fending off competition and scoring a strong $32 million opening. While that number pales in »

- Grady Smith

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Box office report: 'Immortals' shields off 'Jack and Jill' and 'Puss in Boots' with $32 million debut

13 November 2011 11:37 AM, PST | EW - Inside Movies | See recent EW.com - Inside Movies news »

After two weekends atop the box office, Puss in Boots was thwarted by a pair of newcomers, Immortals and Jack and Jill, both of which opened to solid numbers. J. Edgar wasn’t quite as fortunate, but overall, the box office exhibited life like it hasn’t for the past few months, and the top ten ticked up 18 percent over the same weekend last year — a good sign headed into Thanksgiving. Check out all the details below:

Relativity’s Immortals became the new box office titan, fending off competition and scoring a strong $32 million opening. While that number pales in »

- Grady Smith

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William Monahan Talks Making The "Subversive" 'London Boulevard' & The Influence Of 'Blow-Up'

13 November 2011 9:30 AM, PST | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

Looking at William Monahan’s body of work, it’s hard to determine which is more impressive, what he’s already done, or what he has coming up. “Kingdom of Heaven” was his first produced screenplay, and that was followed by Martin Scorsese’s Oscar-winner “The Departed” and Ridley Scott’s Middle East opus “Body of Lies.” He has a number projects in the works after the release of his directorial debut, “London Boulevard” -- starring Colin Farrell and Keira Knightley -- which arrives in theaters this weekend, and those include writing duties on “Sin City 2” for director Robert Rodriguez and “The Gambler” for Scorsese. The Playlist caught up with Monahan recently for a conversation about “London Boulevard,” and he offered a detailed, no-holds-barred portrait of his creative process, examining the film’s influences, artistic aspirations, and even some of its »

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Clint Eastwood/Leonardo DiCaprio J. Edgar Unlikely to Reach Martin Scorsese/DiCaprio The Aviator Success

12 November 2011 5:53 PM, PST | Alt Film Guide | See recent Alt Film Guide news »

Leonardo DiCaprio, Clint Eastwood, J. Edgar Henry Cavill/Tarsem Singh Immortals May Reach $38m: Box Office At no. 5 on the domestic box-office chart on Friday, Clint Eastwood's J. Edgar raked in $4.25 million as per Box Office Mojo. If the J. Edgar Hoover biopic starring Leonardo DiCaprio, Armie Hammer, and Naomi Watts reaches $12 million for the weekend, that means an acceptable — though not very promising — $6,312 average at 1,901 locations. Comparisons to Gus Van Sant's Milk, which were possible on Wednesday, become trickier at this stage. Written by J. Edgar's Dustin Lance Black, the 2008 drama starring Sean Penn as the gay San Francisco politician Harvey Milk never played at more than 900 North American locations — and that expansion took place around Oscar time, more than two months after the film's late November debut. Made for a reported $20m, Milk went on to gross only $31.84m at the domestic box office; J. Edgar »

- Zac Gille

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'Immortals' Defeats 'Jack,' 'Puss'

12 November 2011 10:15 AM, PST | Box Office Mojo | See recent BoxOfficeMojo.com news »

Immortals fought its way to a strong first place debut yesterday, leaving Jack and Jill and Puss in Boots in a close race for second. Meanwhile, Clint Eastwood's J. Edgar was unable to translate Leonardo DiCaprio's starpower in to above-average grosses. Immortals opened to an estimated $15 million on Friday, which is a little over half of 300's $28.1 million start. It's also down from Clash of the Titans's $26.1 million opening day. Both of those movies had the backing of major distributor Warner Bros., though. Immortals, on the other hand, is from upstart Relativity Media, and its debut easily tops Limitless's $6.6 million to set a new opening day record for the company. Immortals will ultimately claim first place this weekend with anywhere from $33 to $38 million. Jack and Jill edged past Puss in Boots to take second place with an estimated $9.85 million. That's slightly above Adam Sandler and Dennis Dugan's last collaboration, »

- Ray Subers

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Forecast: Sandler, Gods Challenge 'Puss'

10 November 2011 2:58 PM, PST | Box Office Mojo | See recent BoxOfficeMojo.com news »

Adam Sandler's box office draw is set to be tested this weekend when he squares off against Leonardo DiCaprio and a handful of Greek gods. Jack and Jill, which will open on roughly 4,700 screens at 3,438 locations, should manage to win the weekend, though it looks like it will fall on the low end of Sandler debuts. Fantasy epic Immortals will wage war on roughly 5,000 screens at 3,112 theaters, with 70 percent of theaters offering the movie in 3D. And, after a mid-week limited debut, Clint Eastwood's historical drama J. Edgar hits around 2,400 screens at 1,910 locations. Also in competition for the top spot this weekend is two-time champ Puss in Boots, which looks poised for another fairly light decline.Jack and Jill is Adam Sandler's fifth collaboration with director Dennis Dugan in the past four-and-a-half years, and second this year following Just Go With It. They have been perhaps the »

- Ray Subers <mail@boxofficemojo.com>

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Nine Directors in Need of a Career 'Pick Me Up'

10 November 2011 10:01 AM, PST | Rope of Silicon | See recent Rope Of Silicon news »

After recently watching Trespass on Blu-ray, The Ward on Netflix Instant and catching J. Edgar on its early rollout, I began to notice a trend of legendary and/or highly touted filmmakers who have tailed off in recent years. So I began thinking of other helmers that have fallen onto similar hard times and came up with a list of nine who, in my opinion, have lost their fastball. It's important to note that while it's difficult to evaluate all of these directors on an equal scale, all of these names were selected based on one basic criteria: their recent output has failed to live up to their once impressive past. Outside the nine below, there were a few I others I considered. Directors such as Bryan Singer, Tim Burton, Stephen Frears and Cameron Crowe, but ultimately I didn't think their declines were as steep as those I chose to profile, »

- Kevin Blumeyer

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J. Edgar Giveaway

8 November 2011 1:48 PM, PST | Collider.com | See recent Collider.com news »

With Clint Eastwood's J. Edgar opening this week, we’ve been given some cool stuff to giveaway to some of our readers.  We’ve got a number of Blu-rays (Body of Lies, Blood Diamond, Inception), a Clint Eastwood: 35 Films 35 Years at Warner Bros. DVD Set, a J. Edgar branded black leather messenger bag, and some J. Edgar hats.  Hit the jump for what you can win and how to enter.  J. Edgar stars Leonardo DiCaprio, Naomi Watts, Judi Dench, Armie Hammer and Josh Lucas. In order to enter the contest, email thecollidermailbox@gmail.com with your name and address and say J. Edgar Giveaway in the headline.  This giveaway will be open until November 20 at noon Pacific Time and is only open to residents of the United States.  Also, only one entry per person.  Once the giveaway ends, I’ll look over the entries and randomly pick out some winners. »

- Steve 'Frosty' Weintraub

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Giveaway: Win a Nifty Leather 'J. Edgar' Messenger Bag and More Stuff!

8 November 2011 11:33 AM, PST | Movies.com | See recent Movies.com news »

Clint Eastwood once again takes the director's chair for J. Edgar, the awards-baiting biopic starring Leonardo DiCaprio in the title role of FBI head J. Edgar Hoover, who battled gangsters, Communism and left-wingers for some four post-WW1 decades.  The movie premiered last week at the AFI Fest in Los Angeles, will open in select theaters this Wednesday, and get a wide release on Friday. (See what the critics are saying about the film in our latest "The Conversation" column.) Here's the swag: - J. Edgar- branded black leather messenger bag - Clint Eastwood: 35 Films 35 Years at Warner Bros. DVD set - Blood Diamond Blu-ray - Body of Lies Blu-ray - Inception Digital DVD/Blu-ray Combo Pack - Cool Max hat And here's how you win...

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Contest: Win Big in Our J. Edgar Giveaway!

7 November 2011 1:06 PM, PST | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

J. Edgar was the infamous leader of the FBI. Though you'll never equal his achievements as a human being, you could be the leader of awesome movie swag if you enter our latest contest. We're huge admires of both director Clint Eastwood and his leading man Leonardo DiCaprio, so to honor their upcoming collaboration J. Edgar, we're giving away a ton of exciting prizes sure to satiate the cinephile living in all of you. That's right, we're offering the massive Clint Eastwood: 35 Films 35 Years at Warner Bros. DVD set, along with a sweet leather messenger bag to carry them in, branded with the J. Edgar logo. Carry this into any movie party, and people will know you're a Clint Eastwood man! But don't fret. We didn't leave ol' Leo out of the mix. We're also giving away the Blood Diamond Blu-ray, Body of Lies Blu-ray, Inception Blu-ray Combo Pack, »

- MovieWeb

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First Trailer for ‘Black Gold’

21 October 2011 12:10 AM, PDT | LatinoReview | See recent LatinoReview news »

There is black gold in the sand. An English trailer with French subtitles for “Black Gold” was released by Warner Brothers. The film stars Tahar Rahim (“A Prophet,” “Inside”), Mark Strong (“Sherlock Holmes,” “Body of Lies”), Antonio Banderas (“Desperado,” “The Mask of Zorro”) and Freida Pinto (“Slumdog Millionaire,” “Rise of the Planet of the Apes”). Here is a brief synopsis: Set in the 1930s, Arab states at the dawn of the oil boom, the story centers on a young Arab prince torn between the allegiance to his conservative father and modern, liberal father-in-law. The film is directed by Jean-Jacques Annaud (“Enemy at the Gates,” “Two Brothers”). The screenplay is written by Annaud and Menno Meyjes (“Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade,” “The Color Purple”), which is adapted from the novel “Arab” by Hans Ruesch. “Black Gold” will be in theaters in the United States on December 23rd later this year. »

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Oscar Isaac Scores The Lead In The Coen Brothers Folk Music Movie 'Inside Llewyn Davis’

13 October 2011 7:00 PM, PDT | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

If you've been paying attention, you probably already know that Oscar Isaac is poised to be a major star. The actor has already logged time with folks like Steven Soderbergh ("Che"), Ridley Scott ("Body Of Lies," "Robin Hood") and Alejandro Amenábar ("Agora") but 2011 is proving to be banner year. Of course, we don't need to tell you that even in his small role in "Drive" his presence impressed, and he even managed to come out smelling like roses as one of the few pleasures in the otherwise dreadful "Sucker Punch." And later this year, he'll be seen in Madonna's… »

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Votd: ‘[the films of] Ridley Scott’

10 October 2011 11:00 AM, PDT | Slash Film | See recent Slash Film news »

[1] Last month, Kees van Dijkhuizen hinted that this month's installment of "[the films of]" would be "the biggest episode yet," and it seems he's made good on that promise. With 19 films under his belt, Ridley Scott is the most prolific of the filmmakers van Dijkhuizen's profiled so far, as well as the most established. Impressively, van Dijkhuizen has managed to keep the runtime under three minutes while still paying appropriate homage to each of the director's films. "[the films of]" is van Dijkhuizen's yearlong series comprised of twelve montages, each of which highlights the style and oeuvre of a different director. This latest one, titled "[the films of] Ridley Scott," is the ninth installment. Watch it after the jump. More than most of the other artists who've been featured so far, Scott has a very diverse filmography that ranges from war epics and sci-fi thrillers to romantic comedies. Though as van Dijkhuizen points out in his behind-the-scenes post [2], "you can't capture his essence, »

- Angie Han

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Joint Body

6 October 2011 1:00 AM, PDT | The Scorecard Review | See recent Scorecard Review news »

Chicago International Film Festival 2011

Joint Body

Directed by: Brian Jun

Cast: Mark Pellegrino, Alicia Witt, Tom Guiry

Running Time: 1 hr 25 mins

Rating: Nr

Release Date: Tbd

Click Here for complete coverage of the Chicago International Film Festival (Ciff 2011)

Plot: An ex-con (Pellegrino) finds himself caught up in a murder investigation after falling for the wrong woman (Witt).

Who’S It For? Fans of quiet crime dramas with a hint of blue collar neo-noir will find themselves at least intrigued by this movie. Other than that, the only real audience for are die-hard fans of the cast.

Overall

Joint Body is, at its best, an exercise in proficient filmmaking. It’s beautifully shot, capturing a sort of gritty beauty that one can only find in the Midwest. At its worst, it’s a half-baked neo-noir that simmers before spitting one last spark before its flame goes out. Unfortunately, Joint Body is »

- Calhoun Kersten

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Leonardo DiCaprio To Play A Martial Arts Expert In Potential Spy Franchise

3 October 2011 9:42 PM, PDT | cinemablend.com | See recent Cinema Blend news »

Leonardo DiCaprio doesn't always wind up starring in great movies-- Body of Lies was a total dud, and Blood Diamond a little less than great-- but he's got probably the highest batting average of any actor working in the last decade. Part of it is that he's constantly seeking out marquee directors to work with, from Clint Eastwood to Sam Mendes to his buddy Martin Scorsese, and part of it is that he has the power to pick good movies for himself, and he uses it. Soon he'll be starring as J. Edgar Hoover in Eastwood's titular biopic, then starring in another titular role in Baz Luhrmann's The Great Gatsby, and then he's turning villainous for Quentin Tarantino in Django Unchained. And after all that, he'll head to Japan to give himself a little break. Deadline reports that Warner Bros. has picked up Don Winslow's novel Satori specifically »

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