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Wednesday, February 29, 2012



Official Synopsis: Suburban dads form a neighborhood watch group to get time away from their families, only to discover a plot to destroy Earth.

Genre: Comedy, Sci-Fi

Starring: Ben Stiller, Vince Vaught, Jonah Hill, Billy Crudup, Will Forte, Rosemarie DeWitt, Nicholas Braun

Director: Akiva Schaffer ("Hot Rod")

Screenplay: Evan Goldberg & Seth Rogen ("Pineapple Express", "Superbad"), Jared Stern (story)

Not Yet Rated

Release Date: July 27, 2012 (US)



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Official Synopsis: Armando Alvarez (Will Ferrell) has lived and worked on his father’s ranch in Mexico his entire life. As the ranch encounters financial difficulties, Armando’s younger brother Raul (Diego Luna) shows up with his new fiancée, Sonia (Genesis Rodriguez). It seems that Raul’s success as an international businessman means the ranch’s troubles are over as he pledges to settle all debts his father has incurred. But when Armando falls for Sonia, and Raul’s business dealings turn out to be less than legit, all hell breaks loose as they find themselves in a war with Mexico’s most feared drug lord, the mighty Onza (Gael Garcia Bernal).

Release Date: March 16, 2012 (US)



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Official Synopsis: Marvel Studios presents in association with Paramount Pictures, “Marvel’s The Avengers”– the Super Hero team up of a lifetime, featuring iconic Marvel Super Heroes Iron Man, The Incredible Hulk, Thor, Captain America, Hawkeye and Black Widow. When an unexpected enemy emerges that threatens global safety and security, Nick Fury, Director of the international peacekeeping agency known as S.H.I.E.L.D., finds himself in need of a team to pull the world back from the brink of disaster. Spanning the globe, a daring recruitment effort begins. Starring Robert Downey Jr., Chris Evans, Mark Ruffalo, Chris Hemsworth, Scarlett Johansson, Jeremy Renner and Samuel L. Jackson, and directed by Joss Whedon, “Marvel’s The Avengers” is based on the ever-popular Marvel comic book series “The Avengers” first published in 1963 and a comics institution ever since. Prepare yourself for an exciting event movie, packed with action and spectacular special effects, when “Marvel’s The Avengers” assemble in summer 2012. In “Marvel’s The Avengers” superheroes team up to pull the world back from the brink of disaster when an unexpected enemy threatens global security.

Genre: Action, Sci-Fi

Starring: Chris Evans, Robert Downey Jr., Scarlett Johansson, Mark Ruffalo, Jeremy Renner, Chris Hemsworth, Gwyneth Paltrow, Samuel L. Jackson, Tom Hiddleston, Stellan Skarsgård,

Director: Joss Whedon ("Firefly", "Serenity")

Screenplay: Joss Whedon ("Toy Story", "Alien: Resurrection"), Zack Penn ("The Incredible Hulk", "Behind Enemy Lines")

Not Yet Rated

Release Date: May 4, 2012 (US)



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Synopsis: Visionary filmmaker Ridley Scott returns to the genre he helped define, creating an original science fiction epic set in the most dangerous corners of the universe. The film takes a team of scientists and explorers on a thrilling journey that will test their physical and mental limits and strand them on a distant world, where they will discover the answers to our most profound questions and to life’s ultimate mystery.

Starring : Charlize Theron, Idris Elba, Michael Fassbender, Noomi Rapace, Patrick Wilson, Guy Pearce

Director : Ridley Scott ("Alien", "Blade Runner")

Screenplay : Damon Lindelof ("Lost", "Star Trek"), Jon Spaihts ("The Darkest Hour")

Genre: Sci-Fi, Horror, Action

Release Date: June 8, 2012 (US)




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Official Synopsis: The G.I. Joe team faces off against Zartan, his accomplices, and the world leaders he has under his influence.

Genre: Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi

Starring: Dwayne Johnson, Channing Tatum, Adrianne Palicki, RZA, Bruce Willis, Ray Stevenson, Joseph Mazzelo, Ray Park, Arnold Vosloo

Director: Jon M. Chu ("Justin Bieber: Never Say Never", "Step Up 3D")

Screenplay: Rhett Reese & Paul Wernick ("Zombieland")

Not Yet Rated

Release Date: June 29, 2012 (US)



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Official Synopsis: Adolescence is and always will be a time of intense emotional confusion, especially if you spend it in a closed environment. That's the case with Rebecca, a young girl haunted by her father's suicide, who is a student at an exclusive female boarding school. She pours her heart out in a diary, much of it focused on Lucy, her beloved roommate. Their relationship changes drastically with the arrival of a mysterious new student, Ernessa. As Lucy abandons her for this new girl, Rebecca becomes consumed with thoughts of jealousy and suspicion -- Ernessa is dangerous, evil, a vampire. Is there any truth to all this or is Rebecca slipping into insanity?

Genre: Horror

Starring: Lily Cole, Sarah Bolger, Sarah Gadon, Anne Day-Jones

Director: Mary Harron ("American Psycho")

Screenplay: Rachel Klein (based on her novel)

Rated R for some bloody images, sexuality, drug use and language

Release Date: April 20, 2012 (US)



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Official Synopsis: Jeff, Who Lives at Home stars Jason Segel, Ed Helms, Judy Greer and Susan Sarandon. Penned by the writer/director team of brothers Jay and Mark Duplass (Cyrus), this is the story of one man searching for the meaning of life while running to the store to buy wood glue. Using the universe as his guide, Jeff looks for signs to help determine his path. However, a series of comedic and unexpected events leads him to cross paths with his family in the strangest of locations and circumstances. Jeff just may find the meaning of his life… and if he’s lucky, pick up the wood glue as well.

Release Date: March 16, 2012 (US)



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Official Synopsis: In the action-comedy 21 Jump Street, Schmidt (Jonah Hill) and Jenko (Channing Tatum) are more than ready to leave their adolescent problems behind. Joining the police force and the secret Jump Street unit, they use their youthful appearances to go undercover in a local high school. As they trade in their guns and badges for backpacks, Schmidt and Jenko risk their lives to investigate a violent and dangerous drug ring. But they find that high school is nothing like they left it just a few years earlier and neither expects that they will have to confront the terror and anxiety of being a teenager again and all the issues they thought they had left behind.

Release Date: March 16, 2012 (US)



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Monday, February 27, 2012

In a show that brought back some of Hollywood's Golden Age charm, "The Artist" won five Academy Awards for Best Picture, Best Director (Michael Hazanavicius), Best Leading Actor (Jean Dujardin), Best Costume Design and Best Original Score. Another five Oscars were awarded to Martin Scorsese's "Hugo", all of them in the technical categories : Visual Effects, Sound Editing, Sound Mixing, Cinematography and Art Direction.

As expected, Christopher Plummer won Best Supporting Actor for "Beginners" and Octavia Spencer received the Best Supporting Actress Oscar for "The Help". In a bit of an upset (although I was expecting it) Meryl Streep earned her third Academy Award (Best Leading Actress) for her performance as Margaret Thatcher in "The Iron Lady". "The Descendants" writers  Alexander Payne, Nat Faxon and Jim Rash received the Oscar for Best Adapted Screenplay, and Woody Allen was rewarded for his original "Midnight in Paris" screenplay. This is Allen's second writing Oscar since his 1987 win for "Hannah and Her Sisters". As usual, he did not attend the ceremony. The Iranian drama "A Separation" ended its incredible awards season performance with the crowning achievement, the Best Foreign Film Academy Award. And last, but not least, in the Animated Feature category, Gore Verbinski took home the Oscar for "Rango".

Billy Crystal was a much better Oscars host than any of his recent predecessors, proving once more why he's hosted the show nine times, so far. His jokes were for the most part on the safe side of Hollywood humor, with a few sharper puns here and there to spice things up, but his overall demeanor was charming and pleasant, and fit in well with the Hollywood Classics theme that included the theater's new look, the skits and the cool actor interviews. It wasn't the best ever Oscars show, but it was certainly an improvement from previous years.

Read on for the full list of Oscar winners :



Official Synopsis: Since ancient times, stories of epic battles and mystical legends have been passed through the generations across the rugged and mysterious Highlands of Scotland. In "Brave", a new tale joins the lore when the courageous Merida (voice of Kelly Macdonald) confronts tradition, destiny and the fiercest of beasts.

Merida is a skilled archer and impetuous daughter of King Fergus (voice of Billy Connolly) and Queen Elinor (voice of Emma Thompson). Determined to carve her own path in life, Merida defies an age-old custom sacred to the uproarious lords of the land: massive Lord MacGuffin (voice of Kevin McKidd), surly Lord Macintosh (voice of Craig Ferguson) and cantankerous Lord Dingwall (voice of Robbie Coltrane). Merida’s actions inadvertently unleash chaos and fury in the kingdom, and when she turns to an eccentric old Witch (voice of Julie Walters) for help, she is granted an ill-fated wish. The ensuing peril forces Merida to discover the meaning of true bravery in order to undo a beastly curse before it’s too late.

Genre: Adventure, Animation

Starring: Kelly Macdonald, Billy Connolly, Emma Thompson, Robbie Coltrane, Julie Walters, Craig Ferguson

Director: Mark Andrews, Brenda Chapman ("Prince of Egypt")

Screenplay: Brenda Chapman, Irene Mecchi ("The Lion King")

Not Yet Rated

Release Date: June 22, 2012 (US)



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Official Synopsis: A decade after his heroic defeat of the monstrous Kraken, Perseus (Sam Worthington) –the demigod son of Zeus (Liam 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 (Ralph 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.

Genre: Action, Fantasy, Adventure

Starring: Sam Worthington, Ralph Fiennes, Liam Neeson, Danny Huston, Edgar Ramiez, Bill Nighy, Toby Kebbell, Rosamund Pike.

Director: Jonathan Liebesman ("Battle: Los Angeles")

Screenplay: Dan Mazeau, David Johnson ("Red Riding Hood"), Steven Knight ("Eastern Promises")

Not Yet Rated

Release Date: March 30, 2012 (US)



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Official Synopsis: In a large apartment high above the city lives our couple. They’re in love. She’s a painter, he’s a successful actor. Just a normal afternoon – except that this isn’t a normal afternoon, for them or anyone else. Because tomorrow, at 4:44 am, give or take a few seconds, the world will come to an end far more rapidly than even the worst doomsayer could have imagined. The final meltdown will come not without warnings, but with no means of escape. There will be no survivors. As always, there are those who, as their last cigarette is being lit and the blindfold tightened, will still hope against hope for some kind of reprieve. For a miracle. Not our two lovers. They – like the majority of the Earth’s population – have accepted their fate: the world is going to end.

Genre: Drama

Starring: Willem Dafoe, Paz de la Huerta, Natasha Lyonne, Shanyn Leigh, Thomas Michael Sullivan

Director: Abel Ferrara ("Bad Lieutenant", "Ms. 45")

Screenplay: Abel Ferrara

Not Yet Rated

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



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Official Synopsis: Summers span decades. Winters can last a lifetime. And the struggle for the Iron Throne has begun. It will stretch from the south, where heat breeds plots, lust and intrigues; to the vast and savage eastern lands; all the way to the frozen north, where an 800-foot wall of ice protects the kingdom from the dark forces that lie beyond. Kings and queens, knights and renegades, liars, lords and honest men…all will play the Game of Thrones.

Genre: Adventure, Drama, Fantasy

Starring: Sean Bean, Peter Dinklage, Emilia Clarke, Lena Headey, Jack Gleeson, Michelle Fairley

Creators: David Benioff ("Troy", "25th Hour"), D.B. Weiss

Season 2 Air Date: April 15, 2012 (HBO)



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This post contains all the news, trailers, movie clips, DVD/Blu-Ray releases and many more, that you may have missed in the last seven days, arranged in an accessible manner. Just browse and click the article titles you want to read. Read the full article to check out the weekly summary.

Sunday, February 26, 2012


Finally, here's one awards group where you won't see "The Artist" nominated : The Razzies. What you will find, however, is the most horrifying list of cinematic failures, movies which insult our intelligence and test our patience. Some of these movies made a lot of money last year, some didn't, but at the Razzies, they are all equal. This year, the nominees include such IQ-melting duds as "Bucky Larson: Born to be a Star" (6 noms), "Jack & Jill" (12 noms), "Transformers: Dark of the Moon" (6 noms),  "New Year's Eve" (5 noms) and "Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part I" (6 noms). 2012 is definitely a year of celebration for Adam Sandler who received no less than 11 nominations and has officialy broken Eddie Murphy's record of 5 nominations, which he had earned for "Norbit" in 2007. Here are some of the other actors celebrated by the infamous Razzie group for their 2011 body of work : Nicolas Cage, Russell Brand, Taylor Lautner, Nick Swardson, Martin Lawrence, Sarah Palin (as herself), Nicole Kidman, Sarah Jesssica Parker, Kristen Stewart, Ken Jeong, The Underwear Model (aka Rosie Huntington-Whiteley) and James Franco.

Read on for the full list of Razzie nominations :

Another good night for "The Artist", this time at the 2012 Independent Spirit Awards. The silent film won awards for Best Feature, Best Director (Michel Hazanavicius), Best Male Lead (Jean Dujardin) and Best Cinematography (Guillaume Schiffman). Best Female Lead went to Michelle Williams for "My Week with Marilyn", Christopher Plummer won the award for Best Supporting Male for "Beginners" and Shaileen Woodley was named Best Supporting Female for "The Descendants". In the screenplay categories, Will Reiser won the First Screenplay award for "50/50" and Alexander Payne, Nat Faxon and Jim Rash received Best Screenplay for "The Descendants".

The full list of winners after the jump :



Official Synopsis: “Project X” follows three seemingly anonymous high school seniors as they attempt to finally make a name for themselves. Their idea is innocent enough: let’s throw a party that no one will forget… but nothing could prepare them for this party. Word spreads quickly as dreams are ruined, records are blemished and legends are born. “Project X” is a warning to parents and police everywhere. This film has been rated R for crude and sexual content throughout, nudity, drugs, drinking, pervasive language, reckless behavior and mayhem-all involving teens.

Release Date: March 2, 2012 (US)





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Official Synopsis: From Academy Award(R)-winning filmmaker Andrew Stanton comes “John Carter”–a sweeping action-adventure set on the mysterious and exotic planet of Barsoom (Mars). “John Carter” is based on a classic novel by Edgar Rice Burroughs, whose highly imaginative adventures served as inspiration for many filmmakers, both past and present. The film tells the story of war-weary, former military captain John Carter (Taylor Kitsch), who is inexplicably transported to Mars where he becomes reluctantly embroiled in a conflict of epic proportions amongst the inhabitants of the planet, including Tars Tarkas (Willem Dafoe) and the captivating Princess Dejah Thoris (Lynn Collins). In a world on the brink of collapse, Carter rediscovers his humanity when he realizes that the survival of Barsoom and its people rests in his hands.

Release Date: March 9, 2012 (US)



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Saturday, February 25, 2012

"The Artist", a major contender at the Oscars this Sunday, won six César awards, including Best Picture, Best Director (Michel Hazanavicius) and Best Actress (Berenice Bejo). Surprisingly, Jean Dujardin, a frontrunner at the Oscars and winner of most major acting awards this year (including a BAFTA, Golden Globe, Screen Actors Guild award, not to mention Best Actor at the Cannes Film Festival last year), was snubbed. The award for Best Actor was received by Omar Sy for the comedy "Intouchables", a huge box-office hit in France. Michel Blanc won Best Supporting Actor for his role in the political drama "The Minister" and Carmen Maura's performance in "Service Entrance" was honored in the Best Supporting Actress category. Roman Polanski and Yasmina Reza won the Adapted Screenplay award for "Carnage". Iranian drama "A Separation" won Best Foreign Film, bringing it even closer to the expected success at the Oscars. Here is the full list of winners :

FILM
"The Artist," Michel Hazanavicius

DIRECTOR
Michel Hazanavicius, "The Artist"

ACTOR
Omar Sy, "Intouchables"

ACTRESS
Berenice Bejo, "The Artist"

SUPPORTING ACTOR
Michel Blanc, "The Minister"

SUPPORTING ACTRESS
Carmen Maura, "Service Entrance"

NEWCOMER, ACTOR
Gregory Gadebois, "Angele et Tony"

NEWCOMER, ACTRESS
Naidra Ayadi, "Polisse"
Clotilde Hesme, "Angele et Tony"

FIRST FILM
Sylvain Estibal, "When Pigs Have Wings"

ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY
Pierre Schoeller, "The Minister"

ADAPTED SCREENPLAY
Yasmina Reza, Roman Polanski, "Carnage"

FOREIGN FILM
"A Separation", Asghar Farhadi

CINEMATOGRAPHY
Guillaume Schiffman, "The Artist"

ANIMATED FILM
"The Rabbi's Cat", Joann Sfar, Antoine Delesvaux

DOCUMENTARY FEATURE
"Tous au Larzac", Christian Rouaud

MUSIC
Ludovic Bource, "The Artist"




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Official Synopsis : In the new suspense thriller Gone, Jill Parrish (Amanda Seyfried) comes home from a night shift to discover her sister Molly has been abducted. Jill, who had escaped from a kidnapper a year before, is convinced that the same serial killer has come back for her sister. Afraid that Molly will be dead by sundown, Jill embarks on a heart-pounding chase to find the killer, expose his secrets and save her sister.

Official Synopsis : A successful, wealthy businessman, Wesley Deeds (Tyler Perry) has always done what's expected of him, whether it's assuming the helm of his father's company, tolerating his brother's misbehavior at the office or planning to marry his beautiful but restless fiancée, Natalie (Gabrielle Union). But Wesley is jolted out of his predictable routine when he meets Lindsey (Thandie Newton), a down-on-her-luck single mother who works on the cleaning crew in his office building. When he offers to help her get back on her feet, the chance encounter with someone so far outside his usual circle ignites something in Wesley. This one good deed may finally spark his courage to exchange the life that's expected of him for the life he's always really wanted.

Friday, February 24, 2012

Official Synopsis: George (Rudd) and Linda (Aniston) are an overextended, stressed out Manhattan couple. After George is downsized out of his job, they find themselves with only one option: to move in with George's awful brother in Atlanta. On the way there, George and Linda stumble upon Elysium, an idyllic community populated by colorful characters who embrace a different way of looking at things. Money? It can't buy happiness. Careers? Who needs them? Clothes? Only if you want them. Is Elysium the fresh start George and Linda need? Or will the change of perspective cause more problems than it solves?

Official Synopsis : An unprecedented blend of real-life heroism and original filmmaking, Act of Valor stars a group of active-duty U.S. Navy SEALs in a film like no other in Hollywood's history. A fictionalized account of real life Navy SEAL operations, Act of Valor features a gripping story that takes audiences on an adrenaline-fueled, edge-of-their-seat journey. When a mission to recover a kidnapped CIA operative unexpectedly results in the discovery of an imminent, terrifying global threat, an elite team of highly trained Navy SEALs must immediately embark on a heart-stopping secret operation, the outcome of which will determine the fate of us all. Act of Valor combines stunning combat sequences, up-to-the-minute battlefield technology, and heart-pumping emotion for the ultimate action adventure film-showcasing the skills, training and tenacity of the greatest action heroes of them all: real Navy SEALs.

Composer
Ramin Djawadi

Running Time:
69:04

Label
Varese Sarabande

Format:
CD

Release Date
February 21, 2012



Track List:

1. Safe House (3:16)
2. A Hundred Lies A Day (3:16)
3. Get In The Trunk (4:25)
4. Do I Make You Nervous? (3:08)
5. I Used To Be Innocent Like You (2:11)
6. Tobin Frost (2:19)
7. Off The Grid (3:28)
8. Do What You Have To Do (4:49)
9. Don't Kill Innocent People (3:45)
10. Who Do You Work For? (3:45)


11. Walk Away (6:04)
12. People Change (2:17)
13. Be Better Than Me (4:12)
14. Langa (6:14)
15. More Past Than Future (3:19)
16. 12 Months (3:06)
17. Truth (3:43)
18. I'll Take It From Here (5:47)



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Thursday, February 23, 2012


Official Synopsis: Rama, a member of a special forces team, arrives at a rundown apartment block with a mission to remove its owner, a notorious drug lord. The building has become a sanctuary to killers, gangs, rapists and thieves seeking accommodation in the one place they know they cannot be touched by the police. When a spotter blows their cover, Rama and his team must fight their way through every floor and every room not just to complete their mission but to survive their bloody ordeal.

Genre: Action, Crime

Starring: Iko Uwais, Doni Alamsyah, Ray Sahetapy, Yayan Ruhian

Director: Gareth Evans

Screenplay: Gareth Evans

Rated R for for strong brutal bloody violence throughout, and language

Release Date: March 23, 2012 (US)



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Official Synopsis: In the comedy American Reunion, all the American Pie characters we met a little more than a decade ago are returning to East Great Falls for their high-school reunion. In one long-overdue weekend, they will discover what has changed, who hasn’t and that time and distance can’t break the bonds of friendship. It was summer 1999 when four small-town Michigan boys began a quest to lose their virginity. In the years that have passed, Jim and Michelle married while Kevin and Vicky said goodbye. Oz and Heather grew apart, but Finch still longs for Stifler’s mom. Now these lifelong friends have come home as adults to reminisce about—and get inspired by—the hormonal teens who launched a comedy legend.

Genre: Comedy

Starring: Jason Biggs, Alyson Hannigan, Seann William Scott, Chris Klein, Katrina Bowden, Mena Suvari, Shannon Elizabeth, Tara Reid, John Cho, Jennifer Coolidge.

Director: Jon Hurwitz & Hayden Schlossberg ("Harold & Kumar Escape from Guantanamo Bay"

Screenplay: Jon Hurwitz & Hayden Schlossberg ("Harold & Kumar Go to White Castle")

Rated R for crude and sexual content throughout, nudity, language, brief drug use and teen drinking

Release Date: April 6, 2012 (US)



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The 14th Annual Costume Designers Guild Awards announced its winners last night in an event hosted by Glee's Jane Lynch. In the film category, the Guild recognized "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2", "The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo" and Madonna's "W.E", while the TV awards went to "Glee", "Boardwalk Empire" and "Downton Abbey". Kate Beckinsale and Clint Eastwood were given honorary awards. Below you can read a full list of Costume Designers Guild Awards winners :

Excellence in Contemporary Film
Trish Summerville - The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo

Excellence in Period Film
Arianne Phillips, W.E.

Excellence in Fantasy Film
Jany Temime, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows — Part 2

Outstanding Contemporary Television Series
Lou Eyrich & Jennifer Eve, Glee

Outstanding Period/Fantasy Television Series
John A. Dunn, Lisa Padovani, Boardwalk Empire

Outstanding Made for Television Movie or Miniseries
Susannah Buxton, Downton Abbey

Excellence in Commercial Costume Designs
Roseanne Fiedler, Swiffer: “Country Dirt Cowgirl”

Lacoste Spotlight Award
Kate Beckinsale

DiSaronno Career Achievement in Film Award
Marlene Stewart

Career Achievement in Television Award
Lou Eyrich

Distinguished Collaborator Award
Deborah Hooper and Clint Eastwood

Service Award
Western Costume



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As you may or may not know, the fifth installment in the "Die Hard" series is called "A Good Day to Die Hard" (why can't they just add a numeral to the title like a normal action sequel) and will be directed by John Moore ("Max Payne", "Flight of the Pheonix", "Behind Enemy Lines"). Bruce Willis will return as John McClane and the story this time around will take place in Moscow, where our favorite "fly in the ointment" cop will fight off some threat to democracy (you'll read about that in the press release below). The newest addition to the cast of "A Good Day to Die Hard" is Jai Courtney, known for the role of Varro from the "Spartacus: Blood and Sand" TV series. He will be playing John McClane's estranged son Jack and together they will battle ruthless russian bad guys. There's also a rumor that Patrick Stewart will be playing a russian general (I'm hoping for a villain), but that hasn't been confirmed yet. Here is a photo released by 20th Century Fox of Courtney's screen test with Bruce Willis :


I haven't watched "Spartacus", so I have no idea how good an actor Jai Courtney is and it's clear that they're thinking of shifting the focus of the franchise towards a younger protagonist for future installments, but I think there are bigger issues to be considered when handling this sequel. For example, I hate how they keep trying to transform the Die Hard movies into a modern franchise when focusing on its old-school charms would be far more entertaining. Some things just don't need improving. The fourth movie, "Live Free or Die Hard", directed by Len Wiseman ("Underworld"), was silly overkill and while Bruce Willis can still pull off his John McClane act just fine, the quality of the writing, the videogame-style action sequences and the lack of a strong villain (as played by Timothy Olyphant, an otherwise good actor) where poison for that movie. At this point there is hope for no. 5, I think, but it can still go either way. Production begins this April and the release date has been set for February 14, 2013. The full press release, after the jump :