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    Year-End Box Office Wrap 2010: Winners and Losers Chart, Warners Leads Domestic Market Share

    It was feast or famine at the 2010 domestic box office. The studios spent too much on too many uber-flops, but thanks to holdover Avatar and premium 3-D ticket prices, they enjoyed their second-best year at the domestic box office with $10.46 billion, off less than 2% from 2009’s all-time haul of $1...

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    New Look At Jason Segel & Walter From 'The Muppets'; More Plot Details Emerge

    Sure to be one of this year's biggest films, "The Muppets," the latest adventure from our felt-covered friends has attracted a world of talent.

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    My Favorite Films Of 2010: Simon Dang

    Nothing quite like baring your cinematic soul to readers with a top 10 list. And it's not made any easier either by the fine writing that has already been seen on The Playlist in the 2010 analysis by our team of writers including that of Kevin, RP, Oli, Gabe, Drew and Chris (and those are just the o...

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    Jim Carrey on Lipton's Inside the Actors Studio

    Jim Carrey will at last appear on James Lipton's Bravo series Inside the Actors Studio on January 10. After seeing Carrey on TV's In Living Color, Lipton became a huge fan: "His was one of the first invitations I ever sent out,” he said.

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    First Look: Antonio Banderas In Pedro Almodóvar's 'The Skin That I Inhabit'

    A new film from Pedro Almodóvar is always cause for celebration, and no wonder that his next effort, "The Skin That I Inhabit" is one our most anticipated films of the year. Helping to stoke that fire is the ambitious nature of the project, which promises to be one of the most intriguing outings yet...

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    Best on TV: So Much to Watch, So Few Hours In One Sunday

    There are no good, major films turning up this weekend, but Sunday is crammed with great television.

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    In Theaters: 'Season of the Witch,' 'Country Strong,' and...

    Probably Best to Hit Up Your Netflix InsteadYikes, guys. YIKES. It is really dismal for new releases this week. REALLY dismal. The first opening Friday of 2011 is kicking off with not a bang but a fizzle, as is traditional for the first week of January, which really should just be deemed Oscar Catch-Up Week-- go see one of the excellent releases from the last couple of weeks ("Blue Valentine," "True Grit," "The Fighter," "Rabbit Hole," "Another Year") or rent something ("The Kids Are Al Rright") to improve your chances of sweeping the Oscar pool, cause it's ugly out there. It could be possibly entertaining, as the inimitable Nic Cage 2.0 brin...

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    "King's Speech" and "Black Swan" Lead BAFTA Long Lists

    The "Long List" for the Orange British Academy Film Awards in 2010 has been released this morning. Tom Hooper's "The King's Speech" and Darren Aronofsky's "Black Swan" led overall mentions with a whopping 15 a piece, including picture, director and screenplay. The films also took a combined nine act...

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    TV Review: Shameless, Now With U.S. Welfare Fraud

    Can a falling-down drunk, single father of six, who pays his $700 a month bar tab – when he pays it at all – with his fraudulently-gotten disability checks be the hero of a series? Well, sure. It’s not easy. The original British Shameless, about an irresponsible father and his children, all of them resourcefully skirting the law, was about a family with accents that were sometimes hard to decipher, living in Manchester council housing. They were original, surprising, and they were Britain’s problem. The American remake follows the original almost to the letter, but the distance vanishes when the family lives in Chicago and is cheating the U....

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    Review: 'If I Want To Whistle, I Whistle' Starts Off Well But Takes The Path of Least Resistance

    Movies tend to to depict jail in one, collective fashion: scummy, bleak, frightening. Juvenile prison, however, is rarely touched upon in cinema. For this writer's money, the only film to represent it at all was the pretty terrible "United States of Leland." Although the inclusion of classes, work, sport, etc. are more or less offered in "big boy" prison, the way juvie implements them make it feel more like a super strict boarding school than a place of punishment. Quite an oddity indeed, so much that it's a wonder why few filmmakers have taken a dip into that world. Leave it to Romania, motherland of broody art house affairs, to set one of t...

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