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This week: Peter Jackson returns to Middle-earth with "The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey," the first of three movies based on the classic fantasy novel "The Hobbit" by J.R.R. Tolkien, which features Martin Freeman as Bilbo Baggins and Ian McKellen reprising his role as the wizard Gandalf from "The Lord of the Rings."
It's nearly a new year, so don't you think it's about time you followed some new people on Twitter? By now, Kim Kardashian's tweets are old hat, Lindsay Lohan's flails at public normalcy have gotten lame and Kanye has run out of water bottles to be responsible for.
NextMovie culled the Internet for you to find ten celebrities you may not be following yet — partly because we're straight-up shocked that they're even on Twitter for us to follow. John Cleese, what are you even doing here? Check it out, and follow away. Get More »
The nominations for the 2012 Academy Awardsare in, and now all that's left to do is debate, scratch our heads, and guess like crazy until the winners are announced on February 26.
Of course, half the fun is getting outraged about what was left out. Every year the Academy makes some idiosyncratic choices -- or "gets it wrong," as some would argue -- and this year was no exception.
In this, the first of our daily polls leading up to the Oscars ceremony, let us know who you think wuz the most robbed; then come back every day for a brand-new Oscars poll. Let the voting begin!
Oscar Predictions 2012: Who Will Win?
This poll will close at 1 p.m. on February 22, 2012.
When it comes to the movies, there are some certainties in life: The guy in front of you is going to be texting through the whole film, popcorn tastes better with butter and Denzel Washington is a hero. But when "Safe House" opens this Friday, all bets are off, as Washington turns heel to play one of the most sinister villains of the year, rogue CIA agent Tobin Frost.
Of course, this isn't the first time Washington has put on the black hat, but it got us thinking: What other Hollywood good guys have taken a ride on the wild side and smashed expectations by dirtying up their heroic reputations? For the answer, take a look at our ultimate countdown of Good Guys Gone Bad.
But watch your back. Because Denzel Washington is out there somewhere -- and there's no telling which side he's on this week.
It's Academy Award Nominations Day, which means for every sure-thing nominee to applaud (go George Clooney!) or fan fave who squeaks in (woo hoo Melissa McCarthy!), there's a snub to bemoan (where's Albert Brooks?) or a huge surprise to marvel at (who's Demian Bichir?), and this year's list of Oscar hopefuls contains several shockers.
Before we start a month of predictions and odds-making, let's take a moment to point out the many ways the Academy missed the mark or pleasantly surprised us with their picks. Get More »
Terrence Malick's non-linear existential meditation on family, "The Tree of Life," earned another accolade yesterday as the African-American Film Critics Association named it their selection for Best Picture of 2011.
In other major categories, "The Help" and the independent film "Pariah" led the way with two wins each, with "The Help"'s Viola Davis and Octavia Spencer winning Best Actress and Best Supporting Actress respectively. "Pariah" took home the award for Best Independent Film, while star Adepero Oduye won for breakout Performance. Get More »
Yesterday, four of the biggest film critics groups in the country went to the top of Mount Olympus to proclaim this year's greatest triumphs of cinematic storytelling. Thing is, they didn't exactly see eye-to-eye.
After the initial shock of "The Smurfs" tragically locked out of contention for Best Picture, we got the rundown from Hollywood Wiretap of the outcome from The San Francisco Film Critics Circle, The Boston Society of Film Critics, The Los Angeles Film Critics Association and The New York Film Critics Online. Get More »
Steve Jobs, the business-savvy genius who pioneered home computing with Apple and conquered the movie industry with Pixar, has passed on at the age of 56. The official Apple website has posted a tribute to the company's visionary leader, and even President Obama issued a statement hailing Jobs as "among the greatest of American innovators."
Jobs co-founded Apple, and in 1986, purchased the computer animation division of Lucasfilm called The Graphics Group, which later became the Pixar animation studio, one of Hollywood's biggest runaway success stories.
His global influence is being paid tribute to via the devices he devised as some of the biggest names in Hollywood took to Twitter to pay tribute to Steve Jobs...
In "Drive," Ryan Gosling takes any lingering notions of him as simple romantic lead and tosses them out the window of a moving car, then runs them over. Playing a laconic Hollywood stuntman who moonlights as a getaway driver for criminals, Gosling owns his antihero status, vacillating between charm and violent psychosis like it's no big deal.
Joining him for this ride through the seedier side of Los Angeles is Carey Mulligan as a mother in distress, Bryan Cranston as the guy who gets the driver into trouble, and Albert Brooks as a gangster with a thing for Chinese food and fork stabbings. Check out five clips from this intense action-thriller. Get More »
Like most funny things in the universe, this one starts with actor/comedian/novelist/expert-Tweeter Albert Brooks. While talking to Adam Corolla for a podcast, Brooks ran down a whole list of screenwriting clichés, including the old stand-by trick of having characters repeat names over and over so we, the audience, don't forget who is who:
"I’ll tell you a fun game when you have nothing to do: watch 'Titanic' and count how many times he says 'Rose.' It must be five thousand. [...] I think he even says it underwater."
Well, it seems like the fellas over at Filmdrunk have taken up the challenge, and come up with one of their patented Supercut videos where they've neatly arranged every utterance of "Jack" and "Rose" in James Cameron's blockbuster romantic boat tragedy. Get More »