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Monday, January 30, 2012

"The Artist" made a big impression at the Producers and Directors Guild Awards, but "The Help" stole the spotlight at the Screen Actors Guild Awards last night. Of course, Jean Dujardin ("The Artist") did win the Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Leading Role award, but "The Help" nabbed three awards : Female Actor in a Leading Role (Viola Davis), Female Actor in a Supporting Role (Octavia Spencer) and Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture. And, last but not least, veteran actor Christopher Plummer confirmed expectations and won the award for Supporting Role. Considering the SAGs and the Golden Globes, it's safe to say that Dujardin, Plummer and Spencer are sure bets at the Oscars. Viola Davis still has a good chance, but I can't ignore the possibility of Meryl Streep getting her third Academy Award just yet. My prediction is evenly split between the two, although I would personally like to see Davis get the Oscar.

Read the full list of winners, after the jump.

The Directors Guild Awards delivered no surprises. The award for Best Director for a Feature Film went to Michel Hazanavicius for "The Artist". The other nominees in this category were Woody Allen ("Midnight in Paris"), David Fincher ("The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo"), Alexander Payne ("The Descendants") and Martin Scorsese ("Hugo"). This latest win comes just a week after the french silent movie was awarded the Producers Guild Award for Outstanding Producer of Theatrical Motion Pictures. Both awards are usually solid precursors to the Oscars. From now on it's pretty certain that "The Artist" is locked in for Best Picture and Best Director at the Academy Awards. Another highlight at the DGAs this year was the award for Drama Series, which went to Patty Jenkins for her work on the "Pilot" episode of AMC's "The Killing". Jenkins was attached to direct "Thor 2", but was replaced by Alan Taylor, an experienced TV series director.

Here is the complete list of Directors Guild Awards winners :

Best Director for a Feature Film
Michel Hazanavicius, The Artist

Feature Documentary
James Marsh, Project Nim

Drama Series
Patty Jenkins, The Killing, “Pilot” (AMC)

Comedy Series
Robert B. Weide, Curb Your Enthusiasm, “Palestinian Chicken” (HBO)

Movies for Television and Miniseries
Jon Cassar, The Kennedys (Reelz Channel)

Reality Series
Neil P. Degroot, The Biggest Loser, “Episode #1115” (NBC)

Musical/Variety Series
Glenn Weiss, 65th Annual Tony Awards (CBS)

Daytime Serials
William Ludel, General Hospital, “Intervention” (ABC)

Children’s Programs
Amy Schatz, A Child’s Garden of Poetry (HBO)

Commericals
Noam Murro, Ads for Heineken Premium Light, DirecTV, Volkswagen Tiguan, and EA Battlefield 3



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Official Synopsis: A decade after his heroic defeat of the monstrous Kraken, Perseus (Worthington) –the demigod son of Zeus (Neeson)–is attempting to live a quieter life as a village fisherman and the sole parent to his 10-year old son, Helius. Meanwhile, a struggle for supremacy rages between the gods and the Titans. Dangerously weakened by humanity’s lack of devotion, the gods are losing control of the imprisoned Titans and their ferocious leader, Kronos, father of the long-ruling brothers Zeus, Hades (Fiennes) and Poseidon (Danny Huston). The triumvirate had overthrown their powerful father long ago, leaving him to rot in the gloomy abyss of Tartarus, a dungeon that lies deep within the cavernous underworld. Perseus cannot ignore his true calling when Hades, along with Zeus’ godly son, Ares (Edgar Ramirez), switch loyalties and make a deal with Kronos to capture Zeus. The Titans’ strength grows stronger as Zeus’ remaining godly powers are siphoned, and hell is unleashed on earth. Enlisting the help of the warrior Queen Andromeda (Rosamund Pike), Poseidon’s demigod son, Argenor (Toby Kebbell), and fallen god Hephaestus (Bill Nighy), Perseus bravely embarks on a treacherous quest into the underworld to rescue Zeus, overthrow the Titans and save mankind.

Release Date: March 30, 2012 (US)

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Official Synopsis: On a wintry day, Beth (Keaton) saves a bedraggled lost dog from the side of the freeway. Struggling with her distracted, self-involved husband Joseph (Kline) and an empty nest at home, Beth forms a special bond with the rescued animal. When Joseph loses the dog after a wedding at their vacation home in the Rockies, the distraught Beth enlists the help of the few remaining guests and a mysterious young woman in a frantic search. Each member of the search party is affected by the adventure, which takes them in unexpected directions – comic, harrowing, and sometimes deeply emotional.

Genre: Drama

Starring: Diane Keaton, Kevin Kline, Dianne Wiest, Richard Jenkins, Elizabeth Moss, Sam Shepard

Director: Lawrence Kasdan ("The Big Chill", "Grand Canyon")

Screenplay: Lawrence Kasdan & Meg Kasdan ("Grand Canyon")

Not Yet Rated

Release Date: April 20, 2012 (US)



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Official Synopsis: Haunted by bizarre dreams about goth rocker Trey Sylvania (Drew Seeley), with a growing lust for blood, Dylan (Lucas Grabeel) is not your average teenager-he's transforming into a vampire! It all started when he was bitten by a voracious fanged exchange student, and it's a process he is desperate to stop-but how? His demented dentist can't do anything about Dylan's aching teeth and emerging fangs, and the anti-bloodsucking pills he gets from his para-psychologist just give him a rash. Dylan is terrified and he doesn't know what to do-especially about his beautiful girlfriend Sara (Adrian Slade). Every time Dylan gets close to Sara his fangs pop out and he gets an overwhelming urge to bite her. He isn't sure how much longer he can stop himself, so he's been avoiding her and she has no idea why. Confused and hurt, Sara sings about her frustration. Dylan knows he's got to explain himself, and vocalizes his torment.

Genre: Musical

Starring: Lucas Grabeel, Drew Seeley, Adrian Slade, Chris Coppola, Mekia Cox

Director: Chris Nolan

Screenplay: Chris Nolan, Laurie Nolan

Not Yet Rated

Release Date: N/A



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Official Synopsis: The world's deadliest CIA operatives are inseparable partners and best friends until they fall for the same woman. Having once helped bring down entire enemy nations, they are now employing their incomparable skills and an endless array of high-tech gadgetry against their greatest nemesis ever - each other.

Release Date: February 14, 2012 (US)



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Sunday, January 29, 2012


Regardless of the fact that this is one reboot few people actually want to see get made, news are surfacing that the project is moving forward. Two major issues that blocked the pre-production phase of this reboot have been resolved. The first, regarding the lawsuit between the Weinsteins and Relativity Media over ownership of the rights to "The Crow" has been amiably settled out of court, which means, according to a press release, that both "parties will continue to work on the film together as planned".

The second problem, that of finding a new director for the project after Juan Carlos Fresnadillo ("28 Weeks Later") dropped out, has also been solved. The new director is F. Javier Gutierrez and this would be the first major production in the spanish writer/director's resume, whose previous work includes two acclaimed fantasy shorts ("Brasil" and "Diminutos del calvario"), a very interesting apocalyptic drama ("Tres días") and the upcoming horror, "The Monkey's Paw" (currently in pre-production). Gutierrez is the third director attached to the reboot, so far.

Furthermore, it seems that Realativity Media and the Weinsteins are in negotiations with writer Jesse Wigutow to pen the script. Wigutow, who also wrote the very average "It Runs in the Family" (starring Michael Douglas and his father Kirk Douglas), also follows a long line of writers attached to the project. The first was Stephen Norrington ("Blade"), who was also attached to direct, followed by Nick Cave ("The Proposition") and Alex Tse ("Watchmen"). If the deal goes through and Wigutow starts writing the script, the only real issue left to handle is that of finding a leading man. Here, too, is a long story. Mark Wahlberg was originally offered the part, which eventually went to Bradley Cooper, who was attached to the project for a while, but then left shortly before director Fresnadillo pulled out. The troubled production is scheduled for release next year and there's still a good chance that it can meet a 2013 deadline if they move quickly. In my opinion, though, maybe they should just drop this silly reboot, since there's really no way it can ever live up to the cult status of the 1994 original and Brandon Lee's legendary performance. I've already had to live through three awful sequels. No more.



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Official Synopsis: Jeremy Reins (Stephen Dorff) is about to have a very bad day. He wakes up in total darkness, confused and disoriented. The only light comes from the blood-red digital numbers ticking away above his head. Jeremy quickly realizes he’s in trouble. It’s hard to breath. He can barely move. And no one will answer his cries for help. Then, he hears the sound of an engine and it all becomes clear…he’s trapped in the trunk of a moving car. As his captors reveal themselves and their motives, Jeremy realizes he won’t be set free until he gives up the whereabouts of “Roulette,” a secret location where the U.S. President is taken in the event of a terrorist attack.

Genre: Thriller, Action

Starring: Stephen Dorff, Chyler Leigh, Tom Berenger, JR Bourne, Pruitt Taylor Vince, Sammy Sheik

Director: Gabe Torres

Screenplay: Timothy Mannion

Not Yet Rated

Release Date: March 23, 2012 (US - Limited)



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Official Synopsis: A man wrongly convicted of conspiracy to commit espionage against the U.S. is offered his freedom if he can rescue the president's daughter from an outer space prison taken over by violent inmates.

Genre: Sci-Fi, Action, Thriller

Starring: Guy Pearce, Maggie Grace, Peter Stormare

Director: James Mather, Stephen St. Leger

Screenplay: Luc Besson ("Taken", "The Fifth Element"), James Mather, Stephen St. Leger

Not Yet Rated

Release Date: April 20, 2012 (US)



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Official Synopsis: In Relativity’s Mirror Mirror starring Oscar®-winner Julia Roberts and breakout star Lily Collins (The Blind Side), an evil Queen (Roberts) steals control of a kingdom, and an exiled princess (Collins) enlists the help of seven resourceful rebels to win back her birthright in a spirited adventure comedy filled with jealousy, romance, and betrayal that will capture the imagination of audiences the world over. The film also stars Armie Hammer (The Social Network) as the object of their affection, Prince Andrew Alcott, and Nathan Lane (The Birdcage) as the hapless and bungling servant to the Queen.

Genre: Fantasy, Comedy

Starring: Lily Collins, Julia Roberts, Armie Hammer, Sean Bean, Nathan Lane,

Director: Tarsem Singh ("The Cell", "Immortals")

Screenplay: Melissa Wallack, Jason Keller ("Machine Gun Preacher"), based on the Brothers Grimm story.

Rated PG for some fantasy action and mild rude humor.

Release Date: March 30, 2012 (US)



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Official Synopsis: Paige and Leo (Rachel McAdams and Channing Tatum) are a happy newlywed couple whose lives are changed by a car accident that puts Paige in a coma. Waking up with severe memory loss, Paige has no memory of Leo, a confusing relationship with her parents (Sam Neill and Jessica Lange), and an ex-fiancé (Scott Speedman) she may still have feelings for. Despite these complications, Leo endeavors to win her heart again and rebuild their marriage.

Release Date: February 10, 2011 (US)



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Official Synopsis: An all new feature film from the twisted minds of cult comedy heroes Tim Heidecker and Eric Wareheim (Tim and Eric Awesome Show, Great Job)! Tim and Eric are given a billion dollars to make a movie, but squander every dime... and the sinister Schlaaang corporation is pissed. Their lives at stake, the guys skip town in search of a way to pay the money back. When they happen upon a chance to rehabilitate a bankrupt mall full of vagrants, bizarre stores and a man-eating wolf that stalks the food court, they see dollar signs-a billion of them. Featuring cameos from Awesome Show regulars and some of the biggest names in comedy today!

Release Date: March 2, 2012 (US - Limited)



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Official Synopsis: Denzel Washington and Ryan Reynolds star in the action-thriller Safe House. Washington plays the most dangerous renegade from the CIA, who comes back onto the grid after a decade on the run. When the South African safe house he's remanded to is attacked by mercenaries, a rookie operative (Reynolds) escapes with him. Now, the unlikely allies must stay alive long enough to uncover who wants them dead.

Release Date: February 10, 2012 (US)



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Saturday, January 28, 2012



Official Synopsis: A psychologist (Sigourney Weaver) and a colleague (Cillian Murphy) dubiously investigate a self-proclaimed psychic (Robert De Niro) in this thriller from "Buried" director Rodrigo Cortés.

Release Date: January 20, 2012 (US - Sundance Film Festival)



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Official Synopsis: A cop investigates the case of a missing local teen, though he discovers a dark secret that has been unleashed in his town, and an evil spirit that will stop at nothing to find its heir.

Genre: Thriller, Horror

Starring: Johnny Pacar, Toby Hemingway, Ambyr Childers, Jonathan Keltz, Alessandra Torresani, Jennifer Missoni

Director: Michael A. Nickles

Screenplay: Michael A. Nickles

Rated R for bloody violence, sexual content/nudity and some teen partying

Release Date: March 9, 2012 (US - Limited)



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Official Synopsis: Will Gerard (Cage) is happily married to beautiful musician Laura, played by January Jones. After a late night attack leaves his wife seriously wounded in hospital, the distraught teacher is approached by a mysterious stranger, played by Guy Pearce, who offers to settle the score on Will's behalf and save Laura the pain of a trial. As emotions are running high, Will accepts the offer. But he soon learns that revenge comes at a very high price.

Genre: Thriller

Starring: Nicolas Cage, January Jones, Guy Pearce, Jennifer Carpenter, Harold Perrineau, Xander Berkeley

Director: Roger Donaldson ("The Bank Job", "Thirteen Days")

Screenplay: Robert Tannen

Rated R for violence, language and brief sexuality

Release Date: March 9, 2012 (US - Limited)



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Friday, January 27, 2012

Official Synopsis : In The Grey, Liam Neeson leads an unruly group of oil-rig roughnecks when their plane crashes into the remote Alaskan wilderness. Battling mortal injuries and merciless weather, the survivors have only a few days to escape the icy elements - and a vicious pack of rogue wolves on the hunt - before their time runs out.

Official Synopsis : An ex-cop and now wanted fugitive (Sam Worthington) stands on the ledge of a high-rise building while a hard-living New York Police Department negotiator (Elizabeth Banks)tries to talk him down. The longer they are on the ledge, the more she realizes that he might have an ulterior objective.

Official Synopsis : A proud, born-and-bred Jersey girl, Stephanie Plum's got plenty of attitude, even if she's been out of work for the last six months and just lost her car to a debt collector. Desperate for some fast cash, Stephanie turns to her last resort: convincing her sleazy cousin to give her a job at his bail bonding company...as a recovery agent. True, she doesn't even own a pair of handcuffs and her weapon of choice is pepper spray, but that doesn't stop Stephanie from taking on Vinny's biggest bail-jumper: former vice cop and murder suspect Joe Morelli - yup, the same sexy, irresistible Joe Morelli who seduced and dumped her back in high school.

Official Synopsis : When two young missionaries (Brittania Nicol, Henry Garrett) head to Scotland, they are initially charmed by their engaging baron Sir Lachlan Morrison (Graham McTavish) and agree to become the local Queen of the May and Laddie for the annual Tressock town festival. But the couple is not prepared for the frightening consequences of their decision and the very disturbing secrets they are about to discover about Tressock's seemingly friendly townspeople. Written and directed by Robin Hardy as a companion piece to his 1973 classic cult thriller The Wicker Man, The Wicker Tree also features Jacqueline Leonard, Honeysuckle Weeks, and Clive Russell, with Christopher Lee, the star of Hardy's original film.

Thursday, January 26, 2012


Official Synopsis: The new journey begins when young adventurer Sean (Josh Hutcherson) receives a coded distress signal from a mysterious island where no island should exist–a place of strange life forms, mountains of gold, deadly volcanoes, and more than one astonishing secret. Unable to stop him from going, Sean’s new stepfather (Dwayne Johnson) joins the quest. Together with a helicopter pilot (Luis Guzman) and his beautiful, strong-willed daughter (Vanessa Hudgens), they set out to find the island, rescue its lone inhabitant and escape before seismic shockwaves force the island under the sea and bury its treasures forever.

Genre: Action, Adventure

Starring: Josh Hutcherson, Dwayne Johnson, Kristin Davis, Michael Caine, Vanessa Hudgens, Luis Guzman.

Director: Brad Peyton ("Cats & Dogs: The Revenge of Kitty Galore")

Screenplay: Brian Gunn & Mark Gunn ("Bring it On Again")

Rated PG for some adventure action, and brief mild language

Release Date: February 10, 2012 (US)



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Official Synopsis: A newlywed couple recovers from a car accident that puts the wife in a coma. Waking up with severe memory loss, her husband endeavors to win her heart again.

Starring: Rachel McAdams, Channing Tatum, Sam Neill, Jessica Lange, Scott Speedman

Director: Michael Sucsy ("Grey Gardens")

Rated PG-13 for an accident scene, sexual content, partial nudity and some language

Release Date: February 10, 2011 (US)



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Official Synopsis: The film looks into the unique world of the Buenos Aires celebrity-impersonator scene, where Carlos "Elvis" Gutierrez is a divorced singer with a young daughter named Lisa Marie, who he rarely sees. Carlos has always lived his life as if he was the reincarnation of Elvis Presley - in denial of reality.

Genre: Drama

Starring: John McInerny, Griselda Siciliani, Margarita Lopez

Director: Armando Bo

Screenplay: Nicolás Giacobone & Armando Bo ("Biutiful")

Not Yet Rated

Release Date: April 2012 (Argentina); January 23, 2012 (US - Sundance Film Festival)



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Official Synopsis: A proud, born-and-bred Jersey girl, Stephanie Plum’s got plenty of attitude, even if she’s been out of work for the last six months and just lost her car to a debt collector. Desperate for some fast cash, Stephanie turns to her last resort: convincing her sleazy cousin to give her a job at his bail bonding company…as a recovery agent. True, she doesn’t even own a pair of handcuffs and her weapon of choice is pepper spray, but that doesn’t stop Stephanie from taking on Vinny’s biggest bail-jumper: former vice cop and murder suspect Joe Morelli – yup, the same sexy, irresistible Joe Morelli who seduced and dumped her back in high school. Nabbing Morelli would be satisfying payback – and a hefty payday – but as Stephanie learns the ins and outs of becoming a recovery agent from Ranger, a hunky colleague who’s the best in the business, she also realizes the case against Morelli isn’t airtight. Add to the mix her meddling family, a potentially homicidal boxer, witnesses who keep dying and the problem of all those flying sparks when she finds Morelli himself…well, suddenly Stephanie’s new job isn’t nearly as easy as she thought.

Release Date: January 27, 2012 (US)



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Official Synopsis: A group of oil-rig roughnecks are left stranded on the sub-arctic tundra after their plane experiences a complete mechanical failure and crashes into the remote Alaskan wilderness. The survivors, battling mortal injuries, biting cold and ravenous hunger, are relentlessly hunted and pursued by a vicious pack of rogue wolves.

Release Date: January 27, 2012 (US)



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Wednesday, January 25, 2012



Official Synopsis: Denzel Washington and Ryan Reynolds star in the action-thriller Safe House. Washington plays the most dangerous renegade from the CIA, who comes back onto the grid after a decade on the run. When the South African safe house he's remanded to is attacked by mercenaries, a rookie operative (Reynolds) escapes with him. Now, the unlikely allies must stay alive long enough to uncover who wants them dead.

Release Date: February 10, 2012 (US)




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Official Synopsis: A group of oil-rig roughnecks are left stranded on the sub-arctic tundra after their plane experiences a complete mechanical failure and crashes into the remote Alaskan wilderness. The survivors, battling mortal injuries, biting cold and ravenous hunger, are relentlessly hunted and pursued by a vicious pack of rogue wolves.

Genre: Action, Drama

Starring: Liam Neeson, Dermot Mulroney, James Badge Dale, Joe Anderson

Director: Joe Carnahan ("Narc", "Smokin' Aces")

Screenplay: Joe Carnahan, Ian Mackenzie Jeffers ("Death Sentence")

Rated R for violence/disturbing content including bloody images and for pervasive language.

Release Date: January 27, 2012 (US)



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Official Synopsis: An ex-cop and now wanted fugitive (Sam Worthington) stands on the ledge of a high-rise building while a hard-living New York Police Department negotiator (Elizabeth Banks)tries to talk him down. The longer they are on the ledge, the more she realizes that he might have an ulterior objective.

Release Date: January 27, 2012 (US)



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