With just days to go until Oscar nominations are announced, the Writers Guild of America has unveiled its list of nominees for their top screenplay awards. As expected, many of these are films that have picked up plenty of accolades already. It’ll surprise no one to see that Zero Dark ThirtyMoonrise Kingdom, and Lincoln are among the contenders. But they’ve made room for some more offbeat choices as well, including LooperPerks of Being a Wallflower, and The Master. (Jason Reitman should be pleased.) Hit the jump to see the list.

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Heading into 2012, two films many of us were looking forward to were the new movies from Rian Johnson and Judd Apatow: Looper and This is 40. Now that we’ve seen them, why not see a bit more? After all, whether or not you loved or loathed either film (read my review of each at these links) it’s difficult to dispute that everything Johnson or Apatow does is worth watching.

Two deleted scenes from This is 40 have been posted, including a really funny one with Green Day’s Billie Joe Armstrong, and another with indie songwriter Mark Oliver Everett of Eels. Then there’s a tense scene from Looper featuring Emily Blunt, Garret Dillahunt and a hamper. Check them out below. Read More »

The Alamo Drafthouse Picks the Top 10 Films of 2012

The Alamo Drafthouse brand is beloved among moviegoers for their plush theaters, but it’s revered for their impeccable taste in movies. Whether programming a film festival or picking up indies for distribution, they’ve demonstrated an eye for films that aren’t just good, but unique.

With 2012 on its way out, the company has just released its list of their ten favorite movies from the year. Some of the titles were as successful at the box office as they were with critics, while others are more off the beaten track, but all are well worth checking out. Read their picks after the jump.

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It’s practically tradition among geeks at this point to bemoan the lack of recognition for genre movie come Oscar season each year. Even within the screenplay categories, which often give recognition some of the year’s more offbeat offerings, sci-fi films rarely seem to make the cut. And Jason Reitman thinks that’s just not fair.

In a new essay, Reitman makes the case for giving writer-director Rian Johnson (his archnemesis) a Best Original Screenplay nod for Looper. Read it after the jump.

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One of our most anticipated films of 2012, and subsequently one of the most analyzed, had to be Rian Johnson’s Looper. The time-traveling sci-fi action film with heart was entertaining but left us with lots and lots of unanswered questions. The director himself not only acknowledged that, but embraced it, which suggests he’d enjoy the latest video from the How It Should Have Ended team. Here, they animate the end of Looper and present an alterative version of what actually happens in Johnson’s film. Spoilers for Looper follow. Read More »

While it’s understandable that some diehard fans think the very idea of another Star Wars trilogy is unforgivable sacrilege, we’re more inclined to think it could be an unexpected blessing. Disney’s got their hands on one of the richest mythologies in pop culture, and enough clout that it can book some serious talent to do it justice. So with that in mind, we’ve put together a list of ten filmmakers we’d love to see explore a galaxy far, far away — and five we’d rather stayed here on Earth. Hit the jump to read.

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For years, DVD extras have given general audiences great insight into how the assembly process for films works. Now the internet is taking over, as filmmakers can bring video directly to fans. Looper director Rian Johnson has taken to the idea more than most, releasing things such as his “live” commentary tracks discussing the making of his movies long before the DVD is out.

And now Johnson has released his early pitch reel for Looper. Created, as his explains, after he finished the script but before pre-production, the “strange curiosity” features footage from films such as Days of Heaven, Fight ClubBlade Runner and Se7en. It also has something most similar reels don’t have: a voiceover track performed by the actor who ended up in the final film. Here we can hear Joseph Gordon-Levitt speaking an early version of the explanatory dialogue that opens Looper, with a darker tone than seen in the final version. Read More »

Even when director Rian Johnson spends 15 minutes talking about some of Looper‘s unanswered questions, it’s still not enough. Since its release a couple weeks ago, Johnson’s time-traveling sci-fi thriller has been quite divisive, both thanks to its content and time travel paradoxes. Fans have enjoyed debating not only the intricicies of the film, but Johnson’s quotes and explainations too. From here we can go to a new place: the infographic.

Wired has created a cool, spoiler-filled, infographic that tries to explain the timelines of the film. It’s interesting but still can’t line everything up perfectly. Not that it was ever meant to. Check it out below. Read More »

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