Mo'Nique, right, nominated for best performance by an actress in a supporting role for "Precious: Based on the Novel 'Push' by Sapphire," is joined by husband Sidney Hicks at the 82nd Academy Awards Sunday, March 7, 2010, in the Hollywood section of Los Angeles. (JOSH HANER/The New York Times)

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The dish: Movie news and notes

  • January 11, 2014 - 2:00 PM

When colons attack

Currently on the big screen are “August: Osage County,” “Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones” and “The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug.” The new year will bring (big breath) “Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit,” “Captain America: The Winter Soldier,” “300: Rise of an Empire,” “X-Men: Days of Future Past,” “Transformers: Age of Extinction,” “Sin City: A Dame to Kill For,” “Nativity 3: Dude, Where’s My Donkey?,” “The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1” and “The Hobbit: There and Back Again.” Whew. Where’s a “Nebraska” or a “Philomena” when you need it?

The final reel

Steven Spielberg is eying the epic “Montezuma,” with Javier Bardem playing the conquistador Cortés. … Scarlett Johansson is an alien seductress in the thriller “Under the Skin.”… Oscar winner Mo’Nique finally returns to the screen in the indie drama “Blackbird.” … Jane Campion, the only female director to win the Palme d’Or (for 1993’s “The Piano”), will head the Cannes jury in May. … William Hurt will play Gregg Allman in a new biopic; Tyson Ritter of the band the All-American Rejects will play the rocker as a young man and Wyatt Russell, son of Goldie Hawn and Kurt Russell, will portray brother Duane.


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