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21 Films You Need To See In 2013


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2012 was the year of Channing Tatum, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, and Liam Neeson.

We said goodbye to a vampire clan and a bat dressed in black, and three films brought in more than a billion dollars each (The Avengers, TDKR, and Bond).

While its uncertain whether 2013 will bring another billion dollar movie, there are contenders from Disney and Lionsgate hoping to hit that mark with a trip to Oz and a girl on fire.

What other films should you look forward to in the next 12 months?

We've sifted through all of the movies coming out in 2013 and have chosen the most-anticipated films of the year.

Whether you're a horror nut, a superhero fiend, looking for a few laughs, or are a serious film aficionado, there's something here for everyone.

"Gangster Squad"

Release Date: January 11

Why to see it:

Josh Brolin, Sean Penn, and Ryan Gosling as gangsters.

After the shooting in Aurora, Colorado at a screening of "The Dark Knight Rises" in July Warner Bros. postponed the film until the new year. It then underwent a reshoot due to the controversial shoot up of a theater at the movie's end. It's unsure how a re-edit affected the final outcome, but the film was highly anticipated before its push back to January. 

Plus, it will be the first time we see Emma Stone and Gosling reunite onscreen since "Crazy, Stupid, Love."

Watch the trailer

"A Good Day To Die Hard"

Release Date: February 14

Why to see it:

We don't care if its the fifth film in the "Die Hard" franchise. If Bruce Willis is in it taking down helicopters and bad guys, we're sold.

Also, if men are looking for a perfect film to bring the girlfriend to for Valentine's Day, you're going to want to see the "007 of South Plainfield."

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"Oz: The Great and Powerful"

Release Date: March 8

Why to see it:

James Franco's Oscar host privileges may be revoked; however, there's no denying the actor's talents lighting up both the big screen and the small

With the winning combination of Sam Raimi - the mind behind the original Spider-Man trilogy –  and the production designer from "Alice in Wonderland," Disney hopes for Oz to follow in the footsteps of its billion dollar film

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Bizarre Items In 'The Great Gatsby' Trailers Show The Extreme Lavishness Of The Wealthy In The Roaring '20s


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If you can't wait for the film adaptation of "The Great Gatsby" due in theaters this May, then you've probably watched the trailers numerous times.

Upon several viewings, it becomes apparent just how far director Baz Luhrmann went to make Gatsby's parties look like "the talk of the town," and it's little surprise why. 

"The Great Gatsby" takes place in the summer of 1922. During this time, the U.S. was in an economic boom. World War I was over, soldiers returned home to work, and sales of automobiles were on the rise.

(Yes, it's also a Luhrmann film, and this is supposed to be the luxurious life of a mysterious millionaire, so naturally we have to prepare for the strange, the over-the-top, and, the zany.)

However, with rolled back income taxes on the wealthy during both the Harding and Coolidge administrations, the rich lived a life of consumption, one which is captured through the lens of F. Scott Fitzgerald's work.

It's no secret the main character, Gatsby, spares no expense on his lavish lifestyle. For example, the story notes that every Friday his West Egg mansion would receive five crates of oranges and lemons in preparation for the hundreds of guests he expected to cater each weekend.

However, from the trailers, Gatsby's parties contain much more than that.

Here are some of the more extravagent oddities we spotted.

If this is how the rich partied in the '20s, sign us up:

1. Human-sized Moet & Chandon champagne bottles.

Two bottles of the vintage sold for $8,225 at a 2004 Christies' auction in New York. (In case you're wondering, the vintage below was not available until 1936. As we said, the story takes place in the summer of 1922.)

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2. A zebra (inflatable?) in the pool. We're slightly disappointed it's not real.

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3. A full-blown orchestra, filled with oboes and trombones, saxophones and high drums just like in the novel.

And, if you look closely, you can spot another zebra (or the same one from earlier) in the top right corner.

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4. Giant butterflies ...

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5. Over-sized ice sculptures holding women dressed as merpeople ...

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6. High-flying acrobats

Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey performed acts through the '20s at Madison Square Garden involving high-wire acts with trapeze artists.

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Luhrmann even included the twins dressed like babies with giant pacifiers from the book.

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Despite Rampant Racial Slurs In 'Django Unchained,' African Americans Flock To Theaters


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Despite the fact that "Django Unchained" uses the N-word over 100 times throughout the two hour and 45-minute-long movie, African Americans turned out in force to see the controversial Quentin Tarantino-directed film featuring Jamie Foxx as a slave in the pre-Civil War South.

"Opening on Christmas Day, 42 percent of the film's initial audience was black," according to exit polling data as reported by The Hollywood Reporter. "The Weinstein Company estimated that the percentage now is holding steady at about 30 percent."

But the film has crossed over since opening day, drawing viewers of all races to contribute to its successful $77.8 million take at the domestic box office thus far.

"A look at the top-performing theaters for 'Django' further confirms that it has crossed over, playing to both white and black moviegoers," according to THR, with The Weinstein Company's president of distribution confirming, "'Django' is playing well to African-Americans and to audiences across the board. You can't have these kind of numbers otherwise. It's getting everybody."

According to The Hollywood Reporter:

Of the film's top 10-grossing theaters, three cater heavily to African-Americans: The Cinemark Egyptian 24 in Baltimore, the AMC Hoffman Center in Alexandria, Va., and the AMC Southlake 24 in Atlanta. And another three draw a mixed audience, including the AMC Empire 25 in New York City and the Regal Atlantic Stadium 16 in Atlanta ...

When testing 'Django,' TWC held two simultaneous screenings in New York. One audience was made up of African-Americans, while the other was a mixed audience (about 15 percent was African-American). The film received top, identical scores from the two audiences.

But not all are happy with Tarantino's spaghetti western — just as the director received backlash from his Oscar-winning 2009 film "Inglorious Basterds," which sanctified violence against Nazis.

African American filmmaker Spike Lee called for a boycott of "Django Unchained," saying the film was insulting — even though he refuses to see it.

Spike Lee"American Slavery Was Not A Sergio Leone Spaghetti Western. It Was A Holocaust. My Ancestors Are Slaves. Stolen From Africa. I Will Honor Them," Lee wrote on Twitter.

"All I'm going to say is that it's disrespectful to my ancestors to see that film,"the filmmaker elaborated to VibeTV. "That's the only thing I'm gonna say. I can't disrespect my ancestors. I can't do it. Now, that's me. I'm not speaking on behalf of anybody but myself. I can't do it."

But this isn't the first time Tarantino has been publicly bashed by Lee.

Following Tarantino's 1997 film "Jackie Brown" starring Samuel L. Jackson and paying homage to the blaxploitation films of the 1970s, Lee took issue with the white director's liberal use of the n-word.

"I'm not against the word. And some people speak that way. But Quentin is infatuated with that word," the "Do The Right Thing"director said of Tarantino in an interview with Variety.

"What does he want to be made, an honorary black man?" Lee went on to ask. "I want Quentin to know that all African-Americans do not think that word is trendy or slick."

Tarantino, for his part, says he won't be influenced by what he calls social criticism, telling THR in a December interview, "I believe in what I'm doing wholeheartedly and passionately. It's my job to ignore that."

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The 5 Most-Anticipated Films People Want To See This Year


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Earlier today, we gave you our picks for the films you need to see this year– and there are a lot of them. 

However, if you were forced to pick just five – because no one wants to shell out $200+ on movie tickets – which potential blockbusters would be on your list?

Fandango surveyed 2000 people to find out which films audiences are most eager for this year.

Sorry "World War Z" fans, the zombie thriller doesn't appear at the top of this list either (though Fandango's Dave Karger has it listed as his most-anticipated film of the year). 

5. "The Great Gatsby"– 7%

4. "Star Trek Into Darkness"– 10%

3. "Iron Man 3"– 12%

2. "The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug"– 17%  

1. "The Hunger Games: Catching Fire"– 21% 

Do you agree?

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The Violent Film Roles Of 8 Celebrities Fighting For Gun Control


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Celebrities were very outspoken about gun control in the aftermath of the Newtown shooting last month. 

Late December, many joined together to create a video for the "Demand a Plan" campaign.

The movement's goal is to get Congress to pass legislation that will require gun buyers to pass criminal background checks and get military-style assault weapons off the streets. 

Soon after, someone uploaded a mock video to YouTube pointing out that the very same actors and actresses backing the campaign have appeared on screen with guns. 

More than 50 celebrities appear in the video including Cameron Diaz, Jessica Alba, and Jamie Foxx.  

Not all of the celebrities in the video have appeared in films with guns and not all of the them are actors on the big screen.

Instead, some of them are comedians and television stars, including Aziz Ansari, Sarah Silverman, and Conan O'Brien, who have all added the topics of guns and shootings to their arsenal of jokes. 

The question posed by the video suggests celebrities endorsing gun control should also stop brandishing weapons in violent films and television shows.

Jamie Foxx appears in the video recounting the Columbine shooting in 1999.

Foxx's latest film "Django Unchained" celebrates him as "the fastest gun in the South."

Jessica Alba asks how many lives it will take to make a change.

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Ashton Kutcher's 'jOBS' Gets Release Date, Will Premiere At Sundance


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It's a battle at the box office for the competing Steve Jobs films.

One, based on the Walter Isaacson biography, is currently being penned by "Newsroom" creator Aaron Sorkin, while the other, smaller budget film "jOBS," starring Ashton Kutcher, will soon make its worldwide debut January 27 during the final night of the Sundance Film Festival.

Just yesterday it was announced that Open Road Films had acquired the Kutcher flick after a bidding war and will be responsible for the film's marketing and distribution.

The feature-length "jOBS," which has been shooting the past few months in California, will open in theaters nationwide in April.

Written by Matthew Whitely and directed by Joshua Michael Stern, "jOBS" focuses on the Apple co-founder's life from 1971 through 2000. 

"jOBS is certain to resonate with audiences, and we are thrilled to partner with Five Star Feature Films to bring this film to theaters," said Open Road CEO Tom Ortenberg.

The film also stars Dermot Mulroney, Josh Gad, Lukas Haas, J.K. Simmons and Matthew Modine. 

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These Stunning New 'Star Trek' Stills Have Us Convinced Khan Is The Villain


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From the first time we saw the initial "Star Trek Into Darkness" teaser, we were convinced Khan was the antagonist.

We were so excited, we nearly referred to Benedict Cumberbatch's character as such before realizing there was no confirmation as to the villain's actual identity.

So, when initial reports "revealing" his character as John Harrison (who?) came out, we cried bluff along with all the other Trekkie diehards

We know Cumberbatch have all but sworn on the bible that his character is no more than some unknown character to the "Star Trek" universe.

However, all evidence has been telling us otherwise.

1. Filmmakers have led us astray beforehand when attempting to hide big villain reveals ("The Dark Knight Rises"). And, director J.J. Abrams is notorious for keeping a tight lid on all of his projects from "Lost" to "Cloverfield" and "Super 8."

2. The IMDB listing

IMDBpro (and now, IMDB) lists him rumored as Khan. The site hasn't steered us wrong yet. It's initially why we believed – and held onto the belief – that Marion Cotillard's Miranda Tate in "The Dark Knight Rises" was nothing more than a cover-up for her reveal as Talia Al Ghul.

3. Costar Zachary Quinto may have slipped up when he mistakenly mentioned Khan's name in a recent interview.

4. The latest evidence that has us convinced? Alice Eve's character of Dr. Carol Marcus first appearance in the "Star Trek" universe was in "Star Trek II: The Wrath of ... Khan"! 

Yesterday, Paramount released high-resolution images for the film including a lot of photos of Cumberbatch's mystery villain. 

(If they look slightly familiar, it's because they are also running in Empire.)

The images don't do much for plot reveal. 

However, if you pair them with the plot synopsis revealed in November, the story starts to clear up and helps make the argument for a parallel to "Wrath of Khan" much more appealing. 

At the end of the day, we just can't see any possible way that Cumberbatch is anyone else – and if he is, bravo Abrams. You got us.

James Kirk (Chris Pine) and Dr. Carol Marcus (Alice Eve) look like they've just received some troubling news.

It was revealed last month, Eve will be playing the role of Dr. Carol Marcus. If you're a Trekkie, you know that means that her character is the (spoiler) eventual mother to Kirk's son David.

Bonus points if you know that her character's first appearance in the "Star Trek" universe was in "Star Trek II: The Wrath of ... Khan"! 

And, it looks like Scotty (Simon Pegg) has received the bad news as well.

What could that be? The first line from the plot synopsis: "When the crew of the Enterprise is called back home, they find an unstoppable force of terror from within their own organization."

The above photo shows Kirk with Pike (Bruce Greenwood) – who looks like he may be out of his wheelchair from the first film.

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'Texas Chainsaw' Massacres The Competition – Here's Your Box-Office Roundup


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Maybe 3D isn't dead.  

Or, Trey Songz fans came out in flocks.  

Either way, Lionsgate has another successful horror movie on its hands.  

"Texas Chainsaw 3D" didn't fare as well opening weekend as the 2003 remake ($23.1 million) but did earn more than its 2006 counterpart ($18.5 million), to show a film with 3D in the title may not hurt its viewing appeal. 

However, Lionsgate also has a history of successful horror releases at the beginning of every year ("Hostel,""My Bloody Valentine 3-D"). 

The rest of the box office was putty for Hollywood blockbusters. "Lord of the Rings" prequel "The Hobbit" and "Django Unchained" continue to flourish near the top of the box office, while the other Christmas release, "Lés Miserables," begins to ease up on its earnings. 

And, Matt Damon's fracking film sees a strong second week to make its debut among the top films. 

Out of the top ten this week are DreamWorks' "Rise of the Guardians" dropping seven spots in its seventh week. The animated film about holiday mascots has earned $278.5 million worldwide.  

Disney's re-release of "Monsters, Inc." in 3D also bowed out of the top ten in week three. 

Here are this week's winners and losers at the box office:

10. After a 25 theater start last week, Matt Damon's franking film, "Promised Land," opens into more than 1,600 theaters this past weekend bringing its gross to $4.3 million. 

9. Seth Rogen's "The Guilt Trip" drops one spot with $4.5 million. In three weekends the film has earned $31.2 million of its $40 million budget. 

8. "Lincoln" continues its slow descent out of theaters with another $5.3 million. Steven Spielberg's historical drama has earned $143.9 million in its nine-week U.S. run. 

7. Judd Apatow's latest comedy, "This is 40" takes in $8.6 million in week three. Though the film has far exceeded its estimated $35 million budget, its $54.5 million gross to date barely makes a splash in the box-office water when compared to 2011's "Bridesmaids" ($288.4 million worldwide). 

6. Tom Cruise's "Jack Reacher" earns $9.3 million in weekend three. That finally sets its domestic total of $64.8 million ahead of its estimated $60 million budget. This is one of Cruise's few films to not earn more overseas than at home. Worldwide, the film has made $120.4 million. 

5. Billy Crystal's "Parental Guidance" brings in $10.1 million. In two weeks, the comedy has earned $68 million worldwide on an estimated $25 million budget. 

4. "Lés Miserables" earns another $16.1 million. The film, which opened Christmas day, has now earned $170 million worldwide in two weeks. 

3. "The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey" earned $17.5 million in week four – more than any of "The Lord of the Rings" during the same week. Most of the film's $824.8 million worldwide has come from overseas ($561 million). 

2. "Django Unchained" narrowly misses holding off "Texas Chainsaw" with $20.1 million. That finally sets the film's gross ($106.4 million) over its hefty estimated budget of $100 million. 

1. "Texas Chainsaw 3D," the sequel to the 1974 classic, surprised with $23 million opening weekend. In comparison, that's more than previous horror films released by Lionsgate in the same month, 2009's "My Bloody Valentine 3-D" ($21 million) and 2007's "Hostel" ($19.6 million).

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Here's What Pixar's Next Animated Short Will Look Like


The Wall Street Journal just debuted a clip of Pixar's next animated short, "The Blue Umbrella."

As imagined it's about two umbrellas ... falling in love. 

Though Pixar always impresses with its shorts, the latest from the studio looks like its most realistic ... well, aside from the cartoonish faces on the lovestruck umbrellas.

"The Blue Umbrella" will appear ahead of this summer's "Monsters University" out in theaters June 21.

Check out a preview below:

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Why Guillermo Del Toro Turned Down Directing The New 'Star Wars' Film


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J.J. Abrams turned down working on the new "Star Wars"because he's a diehard Trekkie.  

Now, director Guillermo del Toro has confirmed that he was also approached to work on Disney's continuation of the franchise. 

However, don't expect to see his hand in any future "Star Wars" projects anytime soon either. 

Del Toro told Indiewire.com's The Playlist he he has too much on his plate.  

"We got one phone call to my agent saying, 'Is Guillermo interested?'," said Del Toro. "And basically I have so much stuff already of my own, and I'm pursuing stuff that I'm generating already." 

Here's what Del Toro has lined up in the coming year:

Instead, Del Toro said his pick to helm the new film would be Pixar's Brad Bird who helped bring "Up,""Toy Story 3," and, most recently, "Brave" to life. 

The new "Star Wars" is scheduled for a 2015 release

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There's Finally A Reason To Be Excited For The 'Godzilla' Reboot



If you haven't heard yet, Legendary Pictures is working on a reboot to "Godzilla" for May 2014

It won't be a re-hash of the 1998 version featuring Matthew Broderick floundering around in New York City. 

Rather the new film will be a remake of Ishirô Honda 1954 classic

We already knew that David S. Goyer, one of the writers from "The Dark Knight" trilogy was on board to write the script.  

However, another big name has just joined the line up.  

Frank Darabont – the man responsible for season one of AMC's "The Walking Dead"– will be doing a final rewrite of the script.  

Darabont's also the director of both "The Shawshank Redemption" and "The Green Mile." 

The film's supposed to begin production in March; however, Legendary Pictures may have bigger problems on its hands.  

Warner Brothers producers Dan Lin and Roy Lee are no longer working on the film

HotFix reports the exits were probably due to busy schedules; however, according to The Hollywood Reporter, Legendary, Lee, and Lin are fighting over creative and financial differences on the film. 

THR reports that Legendary wanted the pair to reduce their fees for the film. After the two refused, Legendary reportedly exercised a pay-or-play cause which resulted in both Lee and Lin getting paid upfront without any credit on the end result. 

Lee and Lin were among those who originally went to Legendary with the rights deal to use Godzilla, so it's unlikely that the two will just disappear. 

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Obi-Wan Kenobi Actor Thought 'Star Wars' Was 'Fairy-Tale Rubbish'


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A lot of people are excited for Disney's new take on "Star Wars" come 2015.

Since the news of The Walt Disney Company's $4 billion acquisition of Lucasfilm, Samuel L. Jackson, Mark Hamill, and J.J. Abrams have all expressed interest in seeing where the franchise will go. 

If Alec Guinness, the actor who played Ben (Obi-Wan) Kenobi, were alive today, he most likely wouldn't share the same sentiments.

After all, he wasn't even excited about the original series.

Going through actor Guiness' biography– the book isn't anything new, it's from 2003 – he laid out the details of George Lucas offering him the now-iconic role of Kenobi and his feelings on the part. 

He didn't seem too taken with the sci-fi flick. A few days after he was offered the role of Ben Kenobi in 1975, he wrote to long-time friend Anne Kaufman, referring to it as "fairy-tale rubbish" and to George Lucas by the wrong first name.

From Alec Guinness: The Authorised Biography (page 504):

"I have been offered a movie (20th Cent. Fox) which I may accept, if they come up with proper money. London and N. Africa, starting in mid-March. Science fiction – which gives me pause – but is to be directed by Paul [sic] Lucas who did "American Graffiti, which makes me feel I should. Big part. Fairy-tale rubbish but could be interesting perhaps."

Guinness goes on to recall Twentieth Century Fox offered him $150,000 plus two percent of the producer's profit in January 1976 for the role of Obi-Wan Kenobi – double what they offered him the week before.

After he began filming in March of '76, he wrote to Kaufman again to share he wasn't "enjoying the film."

" ... new rubbish dialogue reaches me every other day on wadges of pink paper – and none of it makes my character clear or even bearable. I just think, thankfully, of the lovely bread, which will help me keep going until next April ... I must off to studio and work with a dwarf (very sweet – and he has to wash in a bidet) and your fellow countrymen Mark Hamill and Tennyson (that can't be right) Ford. Ellison (? – No!) – well, a rangy, languid young man who is probably intelligent and amusing. But Oh, God, God, they make me feel ninety – and treat me as if I was 106. – Oh, Harrison Ford – ever heard of him?"

Harrison Ford

Never. Heard. Of. Him


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Robots Fight Back Against The Apocalypse In The Latest 'Pacific Rim' Trailer


A new "Pacific Rim" trailer debuted at CES.

Much like the first trailer, very little of the actual monster is revealed.

Instead, we get a better look inside Guillermo del Toro's monster-smashing robots that will save Earth from the apocalypse.

And, this, which can best be described as orange suit juice goo. "Pacific Rim" is set for a July 12th release.

Watch the trailer below:

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Here's What The Real Bruce Wayne Would Look Like


We may not know what fictional billionaire playboy Bruce Wayne would look like in the flesh; however, one person has figured out what the ultimate Batman would look like.

Reddit user morphinapg created a morph of every actor who's ever donned the cape and cowl (Adam West, Michael Keaton, Val Kilmer, George Clooney, and Christian Bale).

Here's the image via Reddit

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He's not a bad looking guy.

As one commenter pointed out, we imagine he would still sound like Kevin Conroy (the actor who has become synonymous with voicing the Dark Knight since television series "Batman: The Animated Series").

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MGM's $650 Million Financing Hints At June IPO


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It looks like MGM may finally be ready to go public as early as June. 

The studio which came back from bankruptcy only two years ago, flirted with the idea of going public last July; however, ultimately decided to hold off until receiving the final tallies on "Skyfall" and "The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey." 

Now that both films have performed massively at theaters, earning a combined $1.8 billion globally, it appears that time is coming. 

According to The Hollywood Reporter, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer has a group of banks lined up to lend it up to $650 million for financing.  

Those funds would be used to help it pay back money borrowed from both Sony and Warner Bros. to respectively head its successful "Skyfall" and "The Hobbit" releases.  

With its debts paid off, THR believes this will finally allow MGM to give the go ahead to moving forward with its long-planned IPO. 

Back in October, THR reported the IPO could top $3 billion– and this was before the release of "The Hobbit." 

The funds will also help MGM pay for future operations, movie, and TV productions meaning we could see future acquisitions or potentially more titles in the works. 

With the massive success of "Skyfall" and the well-received "Hobbit," MGM has the comfort of sitting on those two franchises through 2014 (Daniel Craig has signed on for two more Bond films and the "Hobbit" was turned into a trilogy last July

Other than "Bond" and "Skyfall," MGM has a "RoboCop" remake in its sights for the future.

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'Twilight' Leads The Razzies With 11 Nominations — Here's Today's Buzz

  • Twilight"Twilight,""Battleship" and Adam Sandlerlead the Razzie nominations —an award intended to honor the worst films and performances across the globe. "Twilight"received a record 11 nominations.
  • "Dancing with the Stars" host Brooke Burkerevealed her thyroid cancer surgery scar on "Good Morning America," saying "I never thought I'd hear the word 'cancer' in relation to myself. The [thought] in my mind when I [heard the news] is that I'm a mother, I've got four children, I've got a family counting on me." But ultimately, she says "I think scars tell a story and I think I'm so fortunate."
  • Character actor Ned Wertimer, best known for his role as Ralph the Doorman on the long-running CBS comedy "The Jeffersons" has died at age 89 in a Los Angeles-area nursing home following a November fall at his Burbank home.
  • Kim Kardashian and Kanye Westtake their unborn child to Paris.
  • Meanwhile, Jimmy Kimmelused his first 11:35PM monologue to rip Kim Kardashian. "“I understand what’s at stake here, and I don’t take this responsibility lightly, especially with the Kanye West-Kim Kardashian baby on the way,” Kimmel said. “This is the time I shine bright like a diamond,” he continued, referencing the Rihanna hit single.
  • Hide yo wife, hide kids: Snookialready wants another baby! Snooki says she and fiancé Jionni LaValle are currently focused on building their dream home but that “once it’s built, then we’re going to pop them out.”

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Why Universal Will Probably Never Make The 'Fifty Shades Of Grey' Film NC-17


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We may not know who will play the leading lady and man in the adaptation of E.L. James' steamy "mommy porn" book, "Fifty Shades of Grey"; however, it looks like the much-anticipated film may receive an NC-17 rating. 

Screenwriter Kelly Marcel told The Sunday Times her plans to keep the film about billionaire Christian Grey and his BDSM relationship with Anastasia Steele as close to the book as possible. And, from the sound of it, she doesn't plan on holding anything back. 

"We are 100 percent going there," said Marcel. "It will be rated NC-17. It will be raunchy."

However, fans everywhere may want to keep their pants on as there's no certainty the film will actually get the rare rating.

Why not?

Well, for one thing, Universal reportedly has no knowledge of Marcel's plans yet.

Both a spokesperson for the studio and film producer Dana Brunetti told The Hollywood Reporter there isn't any screenplay on which to base a rating.

Also, we're not sure if there's enough material in the first book for the film to justify an NC-17 rating. 

Sure, Grey gives the girl a contract to waiver her rights to a list of submissive desires including the use of riding crops, flogging, and there's the fact that Ana's never allowed to touch him throughout any of their sexual endeavors. 

However, much of the novel revolves around the fact that a BDSM-style relationship is new to the 22-year-old Steele.

It's not like the characters are having sex every minute of the book. 

50 shades of grey erotica"Fifty Shades of Grey" is about a virgin grappling with the idea of a sexual fantasy life. At the same time, it's about the darker secret revolving around Grey's personal past that led him to this BDSM lifestyle.

What scenes from the book could lend themselves to the potential NC-17 rating from the MPAA?

You can read over the book's naughtiest bits here, but to give you a PG-rated idea of Fifty's dirtiest laundry, these are a few picks that stand out: 

  • A hot elevator makeout session.
  • Ana's naive reaction to Christian's nude body.
  • Ana's joyride with some silver ben wa balls.
  • Christian's dirty talk in the bedroom.
  • There's also another scene depicting Grey hitting Steele with a riding crop while handcuffed.

However, the worst thing to happen to Steele – other than the riding crop – is that she gets violently spanked in the bedroom by Grey, resulting in her running off near the end of the novel.

That's it. Spanking. The two aren't going hot and heavy for 300+ pages of the erotic thriller. 

secretary movieMuch of the dominant-submissive relationship reminds us of 2002's "Secretary" with James Spader and Maggie Gyllenhaal (interestingly enough Spader's character is also named Mr. Grey). That film's rated R.

For fans who helped the book rise to the top of best-selling charts last year, they may be excited by the idea of an NC-17 rated film, but there's plenty more reason Universal may be against it.

NC-17 films have never fared well at theaters. 

  • "Crash" (1996) featuring James Spader and Holly Hunter earned $2 million at theaters. (The film only made it into 339 theaters.)
  • "Showgirls" (1995) earned $20 million in total.
  • "Last Tango in Paris" (1973) featuring Marlon Brando and having an X rating earned $36.1 million.

Other erotic and BDSM style films have received R ratings ("Nine 1/2 Weeks""Color of Night" which featured Bruce Willis). They didn't make a splash at theaters either.

Universal coughed up $5 million last March to beat out ten other studios for rights to the film, so they may not be so apt to risk it on an NC-17 film. 

Of course, none of the previous films had as mass a following as "50 Shades." 

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Steven Spielberg's 'Robopocalypse' Gets Shelved Because It's 'Too Expensive To Produce'


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If you were looking forward to Steven Spielberg possibly uniting with Anne Hathaway in a robot apocalypse, you'll have to keep dreaming. 

According to The Hollywood Reporter, DreamWorks future sci-fi apocalyptic film "Robopocalypse" has been shelved indefinitely — despite the director's 12 Oscar nominations this morning for his film "Lincoln."

Based on Daniel H. Wilson's 2011 bestseller of the same name, the story follows a future society completely reliant on robots which rises up and annihilates most of the human race save a small group planning to fight back.

DreamWorks and 20th Century Fox were to co-finance the project, which would have reunited Spielberg with Fox for the first time since "Minority Report" in 2002.

The film was also in talks to star both Anne Hathaway and Chris Hemworth and start production this spring with a 2014 release.

What put the brakes on the film? 

Spielberg's spokesman Marvin Levy told THR it was "too important and the script is not ready, and it's too expensive to produce. It's back to the drawing board to see what is possible." 

According to Reuters, budget estimates for the film coming in at around $160 million.

Another reason is that Spielberg wasn't happy with the current script.

Reuters reports that the current script being drafted by "The Cabin in the Woods" director Drew Goddard wasn't "landing where Steven wanted it."

It isn't the first time the film has been delayed. 

Previously, the sci-fi movie had a release date of July 3, 2013.

"Robopocalypse" was set to be Steven Spielberg's next film following "War Horse," but after setting his sights on "Lincoln" the project was pushed back to a 2014 release. 

There was already speculation Spielberg may look toward a different project after he expressed his boredom with action films on "60 Minutes" back in October

"I could do the action in my sleep at this point in my career,"said Spielberg. "In my life, the action doesn't hold any-- it doesn't attract me anymore."

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The 13 Most Surprising Stories From The Oscar Nominations


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On Thursday, Oscar host Seth MacFarlane and actress Emma Stone arose at 5:30 AM to announce who made 2013's list of Oscar contenders.

As the comedic pair read the nominees, we couldn't help but notice the A-list names that were left out of this year's top honors in film.

Somewhere in Hollywood, Ben Affleck probably reacted like this when he wasn't nominated for Best Director for his passion project, "Argo" — although the film did get a Best Picture nod.

But Affleck was in good company, as many top Hollywood talents were also majorly snubbed by the Academy, while Steven Spielberg was celebrated.

"Lincoln" gets lots of love and leads with 12 nominations.

With 12 nods, "Lincoln" leads the pack with the most nominations of any film.

Steven Spielberg was nominated for Best Director, Daniel Day-Lewis for Performance by an actor in a leading role, Tommy Lee Jones for Performance by an actor in a supporting role AND Sally Field for Performance by an actress in a supporting role.

Not to mention, a Best Picture nomination.

The film also got nods for excellence in Cinematography, Costume design, Film editing, Original score, Production design, Sound mixing and Adapted screenplay.

"Life of Pi" comes in second with the most nods.

Ang Lee's 3D adventure "Life of Pi" earned 11 nominations despite taking in only $91.2 million at the box office after costing $120 million to make.

The film was nominated in top categories Best Picture and Best Director, as well as Cinematography, Directing, Film editing, Original score, Original song – “Pi’s Lullaby,” Production design, Sound editing, Sound mixing, Visual effects and Adapted screenplay.

Seth MacFarlane ends the announcement of "Best Supporting Actress" category by saying, "Congrats ladies, you no longer have to pretend to be attracted to Harvey Weinstein."

Here's how the competition is stacking up:

  • Amy Adams in "The Master."
  • Sally Field in "Lincoln."
  • Anne Hathaway in "Les Misérables."
  • Helen Hunt in "The Sessions."
  • Jacki Weaver in "Silver Linings Playbook."

While Hathaway only appeared in "Les Misérables" for about half of the film, she is an Academy favorite, as she even hosted the awards show in 2011.

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