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The final Harry Potter movie marked the end of an era this summer, and Warner Brothers is trying to punctuate the epic saga's conclusion with an Oscar blitz.

A series of "For Your Consideration" ads have been released with the intention of lobbying voters to nominate Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2.

Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King won Best Picture, so Warner Bros. certainly has a chance to gain some critical recognition for the franchise.

Here's the latest ad the Academy should ignore at its peril:

Considering the impact it has on the film world, awards in some of the many applicable categories seem likely, but only time (and voters) will tell.

Will the marketing push succeed? Should it? You tell us ...

Should Harry Potter be nominated for Best Picture?

 

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For Demi Moore, there is most definitely life after Ashton.

The actress has landed a major role in an upcoming movie, agreeing to play feminist icon Gloria Steinem in Lovelace, a biopic about deceased Deep Throat actress Linda Lovelace.

Life After Ashton

The movie, currently shooting in Los Angeles and scheduled for a release in late 2012, will also star Amanda Seyfried as Lovelace, along with James Franco as Hugh Hefner.

Steinem co-founded Ms. magazine and was a strong opponent of pornography.

Moore recently wrapping filming on LOL, a drama that also features Miley Cyrus and Ashley Greene, but there's no word yet on when it will hit theaters.

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according to the Hollywood Reporter.

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With the lowest box office gross in 16 years, 2011 was a year the movie industry would like to forget, despite a handful of mammoth hits. Will 2012 turn things around?

Time will tell, but there are no shortage of exciting films landing in theaters in the next 12 months. From action thrillers to rom-coms to 'tween fare, 2012 has it all!

That said, here's a look at 12 movies THG is particularly excited for this year:

12. Men in Black 3

Admit it, rolled your eyes when you first heard this was being made, but you're excited. Or you were just fist-pumping from the start. Either way, here they come!

11. The Bourne Legacy

Okay, we don't really care about seeing this. We just want to see if President Obama slams Jeremy Renner's performance at the White House Correspondents' dinner.

10. What to Expect When You're Expecting

Jennifer Lopez, Cameron Diaz and Glee's Matthew Morrison make for easily the most-hyped must-see rom-com of the new year. J. Lo does it all, baby!

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Movie fans should prepare to be scared again in 2012.

Paramount announced yesterday that it had green lighted Paranormal Activity 4, an approval that should not come as a shock, considering the wild success of this franchise's third installment. It earned over $200 million worldwide after opening in late October.

The first Paranormal Activity cost a measly $15,000 to produce, opened in September 2009 and went on to garner $193 million. The price on the second rose to $3 million to produce, but was easily justified by its $177.5 box office haul.

No release date has been set for Paranormal Activity 4, but expect it to hit theaters some time in the fall again.

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Tom Cruise has still got it.

Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol continues to dominate the holiday box office, raking in an estimated $31.3 million over the three-day (Friday to Sunday) weekend.

That represents a 6 percent jump from Christmas weekend, when it also led the field. Ghost Protocol, the fourth entry in the franchise, has now made $134.1M total.

M:I-4 could top the first Cruise-led installment, which earned $181 million in 1996. It's already surpassed Mission: Impossible 3, which topped out at $134 million.

In second place this weekend was Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows, which rose 9 percent to $22.1 million. The sequel has taken in $132.1 million in 17 days.

The original Sherlock Holmes, by comparison, earned $165.2 million by this point. Chipwrecked jumped an impressive 45 percent to finish third at $18.3 million.

The top five for the weekend:

  1. Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol - $31.3 mil
  2. Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows - $22.1 mil
  3. Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked - $18.3 mil
  4. War Horse - $16.9 mil
  5. The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo - $16.3 mil

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Zac Efron really is all grown up.

The former High School Musical actor will anchor his most mature movie to date in 2012, starring alongside Nicole Kidman, Matthew McConaughey, John Cusack and others in The Paperboy, an upcoming drama based on a 1995 novel by Pete Dexter.

Check out the first official poster now:

The Paperboy Poster

The film focuses on a Miami Times reporter who comes back to his Florida hometown to investigate a case involving a death row inmate. It's not the only film to star Efron in the new year, either.

Check out The Lucky One trailer now!

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The mission, should Tom Cruise and company have chosen to accept it, was to come out on top this weekend at the box office, despite the presence of a certain damaged girl with a certain well-known tattoo.

And Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol - one of Cruise's best-ever reviewed films - accomplished this goal with ease, earning $26.5 million on Friday and Saturday.

The action flick beat out Sherlock Holmes and a disappointing Girl With the Dragon Tattoo, which debuted at number four with $13 million. Here is a look at the top 10 box office results:

  1. Mission: Impossible:Ghost Protocol - $26.5 million
  2. Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows - $17.8 million
  3. Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked - $13.3 million
  4. The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo - $13 million
  5. The Adventures of Tintin - $9.1 million
  6. We Bought a Zoo - $7.8 million
  7. New Year's Eve - $3.0 million
  8. Arthur Christmas - $2.7 million
  9. The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 1 - $2.1 million
  10. Hugo - $2.0 million

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Louis Vuitton is suing Warner Bros. for its use of a fake Louis Vuitton bag in The Hangover Part II, demanding that the scene in question be removed. So random.

In the film, Zach Galifianakis' Alan tells Stu not to mess with his luggage, saying, "Careful, that is ... that is a Louis Vuitton." He pronounces it Lewis. Awesome.

Louis Vuitton has issues with this, for multiple reasons:

For one, Warner Bros. never got permission to use its precious and valuable trademark. Moreover, the luggage in the movie is a knockoff, or so the brand claims.

Also awesome, if you're a viewer. Not not for L.V.

The company is seeking damages on top of an injunction prohibiting Warner Bros. from distributing The Hangover 2 going forward as long as the luggage scene appears.

If you recall, the studio was also sued for its use of Mike Tyson's face tattoo on Ed Helms' character in the sequel, even though Tyson appeared in the original.

Can't make this stuff up ...

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Whether or not Miley Cyrus was joking about her affection for marijuana, the star's recent scandal has had a negative impact on her big screen career.

Sources confirm that Miley's next movie - the comedy LOL, which also stars Demi Moore and Ashley Greene - was scheduled for an international release in either late 2011 or early 2012. However, that opening has now been scrapped in large part due to last-minute editing out of a scene in which Miley's character smokes cigarettes with her friends.

Producers are hoping to avoid any and all controversy related to this topic.

LOL Movie Poster

So, when might LOL hit American theaters? That is also uncertain, as Lionsgate is facing significant financial problems.

The studio simply can't afford to market the film and is reportedly hoping to make enough bank on The Hunger Games - which, ironically, stars Miley's boyfriend, Liam Hemsworth - this spring to then turn its efforts back over to Cyrus and company.

LOL is based a remake of a French hit and centers on Lola (Cyrus) and her teenage pals, as they navigate the world of high school romance and friendship.

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Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows, starring Robert Downey Jr. and Jude Law, won the weekend box office with an estimated $40 million, despite an average debut.

In all, the weekend’s top 12 movies earned about 13 percent less than last year’s. Even Sherlock was expected to earn at least $50 million in its opening weekend.

Here's the trailer for the film if you haven't seen it:

This coming week brings The Adventures of Tintin, The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo, We Bought a Zoo, and the wide expansion of Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol.

In select locations, M:I - 4 was third this weekend behind Holmes and Alvin and the Chipmunks. Here's a look at how the Top 10 shook out overall nationwide:

  1. Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows, $40 million
  2. Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked, $23.5 million
  3. Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol, $13 million
  4. New Year's Eve, $7.4 million
  5. The Sitter, $4.4 million
  6. The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 1, $4.3 million
  7. Young Adult, $3.7 million
  8. Hugo, $3.63 million
  9. Arthur Christmas, $3.6 million
  10. The Muppets, $3.5 million