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    The Playlist Foolishly, and Prematurely, Tries To Predict Best Actor & Actress At The 2012 Oscars

    Yesterday, we took a look at the 10 films we think will be battling it out at the Kodak Theatre for the Oscar roughly 11 months and 3 weeks from now. Today, we've made our picks for the acting categories. In this piece: Best Actor and Actress, and coming up tomorrow, Supporting Actor and Supporting ...

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    Casting 'The Hunger Games': The Playlist Picks For Katniss Everdeen

    Earlier this week, director Gary Ross' adaptation of "The Hunger Games" received a release date of March 23, 2012. With the roll-out of the film being a little over a year away, we expect to hear casting decisions any day now, and as "Harry Potter" and "Twilight" near their final installments, the 'Hunger Games' trilogy is being eyed as the next Young Adult phenomenon, and it's hoped it could launch a group of stars in the same way that those earlier franchises did. There are a number of key roles in the franchise, but the one that's attracted the most attention so far is the female lead, Katniss Everdeen. Now that the film has had its date ...

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    The Road To 'Superman': 6 Jobs Henry Cavill Lost Before Becoming Clark Kent

    It's been a long, hard road for Henry Cavill to becoming the next actor to don the tights for the iconic "Superman." While Hollywood tests many young actors for upcoming franchises, no one has been put through the the audition process more rigorously and for as many high profile gigs as Cavill. He's been on the radar for several major league tentpoles over the years always losing out to another name or having the project fall apart. However, it looks the stars have finally aligned for the young actor as he's netted the part of Clark Kent/Superman in the Zack Snyder directed, Christopher Nolan produced reboot of Warner Bros.' cornerstone comic...

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    Oscarbation: 11 Oscar Nominee Snubs That Agitate Us

    Every year, we wake up for the Academy Award nominations expecting a surprise, hoping the same ten or fifteen movies don't keep getting referenced, honored, what-have-you. Last year, the Academy did a decent job as the field of Best Picture candidates swelled to ten, allowing for more exposure for f...

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    The Films Of Peter Weir: A Retrospective

    Lord knows, we Playlisters love a cinematic polymath: a director whose interests seem unconstrained by the strictures of any one particular genre and who instead leaps nimbly, if not always successfully, from sci-fi to epic to thriller to comedy -- think Steven Soderbergh, Michael Winterbottom or Ang Lee. Peter Weir is almost one of these -- his feature film resume boasts everything from mystery to horror to romcom to historical epic, but he falls just short of true all-rounder status because a glimpse at his back catalogue really suggests that while he has dallied with various genres, he’s more comfortable staying within shouting distance of...

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    More Anticipated: 27 Films From 2011 We've Already Seen

    Ok, you can't really anticipate a film if you've already seen it, right? And while that doesn't apply for every member of The Playlist, many of us were lucky enough to get early sneak peeks at 2011 by attending film festivals around the globe like the Cannes, Toronto and Vancouver Film Festivals, the Melbourne Film Festival, the London Film Festival and more; yes, we're global. We basically ran through our lists of the films coming out in 2011 that we've already seen and made a list of 27 worth discussing. Not all of them are great, some are downright terrible, and some are pictures you should absolutely go out of your way to see. It's a mixe...

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    A Diverse Offering At The American Cinematheque's 6th Annual "Focus On Female Directors"

    New Shorts From Kirsten Dunst, Sam Taylor-Wood & MoreAs any cinephile will note, women have been sitting in the director's chair since the inception of filmmaking itself, but it seems only recently that their voices have become more numerous-- and more, dare we say, bankable. High profile names such as Kathryn Bigelow and Sofia Coppola are garnering more attention in Hollywood, with Bigelow even becoming the first female to ever win the Oscar for Best Director at the ceremony last year. But the truth is, women filmmakers have as many voices to bring to the table as their male counterparts, the philosophy it would appear, behind the American C...

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    The Leftover Question Marks Of 2011 - Can These Films Possibly Be Any Good? Part 2

    Ok, you've read part one of our The Leftover Question Marks Of 2011 - Can These Films Possibly Be Any Good? feature and hopefully you've got the gist of things. This collection is pretty much what it purports to be, we've already made our Most Anticipated Lists (parts one, two and three), our these-could-be-fun, Escapist, Popcorn films list (parts one and two), and one Foreign Film anticipated list, so basically this is everything leftover, making us wonder, will any of these films be worth our time? Some -- "Hobo With A Shotgun" -- for example feel like they could be B-Movie fun, but a lot of them, hmmm, we're not so sure. Either way, this i...

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    The Leftover Question Marks Of 2011 - Can These Films Possibly Be Any Good? Part 1

    The Answer Is Probably Not, But Hey, What The Hell...Our exhausting coverage of the films coming out in 2011 continues and yes, we're tired, hungry and a bit cranky. We used to call this our Least Anticipated Films feature, but this year our New Year's resolution was to be a tiny bit more positive. Frankly, the sentiment applies, but this is also the leftover films of 2011 we just don't know what to do with. Many of them look abysmal, some of us glass-half-full Playlist types (yes, there are a few among us) think, "hey, that picture might not be so bad," while other members of the group stare in shock that such an idea could be possibly float...

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    18 Foreign Films We're Looking Forward To In 2011

    Alright, we've already done three Most Anticipated pieces, two Escapist and Popcorn fare pieces and here's more. Yes, it doesn't end, here's more for perhaps what you might call the more discerning reader.

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