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10 Impossible Gift Ideas Based on Recent Movies

  • By Christopher Campbell
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  • December 7, 2011 5:36 PM
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From flame-throwing muscle cars to waffle-making robots to the hammer of Thor. Not even Santa Claus can make this wish list come true.

Morning Pour: Indie Awards, Darth Vader is a Grinch, "John Carter" Buzz

  • By Christopher Campbell
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  • November 29, 2011 11:41 AM
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Morning Pour is your daily stop for quick links, news commentary and trend-spotting. Here are your five miscellaneous discussion topics for Tuesday, November 29, 2011:

10 Film Franchises That Need a Christmas Movie

  • By Christopher Campbell
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  • November 1, 2011 5:16 AM
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Now that Halloween is over, we can start thinking about Christmas. The dominant holiday of only two-sevenths of the world's population (not counting the non-religious hangers on) is rearing its head early this year thanks to Friday's release of "A Very Harold & Kumar 3D Christmas." This third installment of the stoner comedy franchise will hopefully be another riotous satire full of political incorrectness, and the series' typical play with race, creed, sexuality and politics ought to fit perfectly with the many themes, positive and negative, associated with the day when we commercially exploit celebrate the birth of Jesus.

DOC NYC 2011: "With Great Power: The Stan Lee Story" Showcases a Super Couple

  • By Christopher Campbell
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  • October 28, 2011 5:04 AM
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Just when I thought I'd had enough of Stan Lee, between all of his silly cameos in Marvel movie adaptations, his ridiculous reality series ideas, and his constant presence throughout Morgan Spurlock's new film, "Comic-Con IV: A Fan's Hope," a conventional biographical profile has come my way and I'm back in love with 'The Man' behind so many of my favorite comic book characters. Actually, I'm in now love with Stan and Joan Lee, who together make the documentary "With Great Power: The Stan Lee Story" more extraordinary than I had anticipated.

On DVD: "“Captain America: The First Avenger” Captivates But Has Little Care for Character"

  • By Christopher Campbell
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  • October 25, 2011 1:24 AM
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"The Dark Knight Rises" May Pull a "Medium Cool" with Occupy Wall Street Protests

  • By Christopher Campbell
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  • October 18, 2011 5:36 AM
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On October 29, Christopher Nolan's next Batman film, "The Dark Knight Rises," will begin shooting in New York City. The production, under the masked title "Magnus Rex," is scheduled for 14 days of shooting in the Big Apple, and some of this filming could involve the Occupy Wall Street protesters. According to Stephen Zeitchik of the LA Times, an anonymous source associated with the film claims casting notices mention the possibility of shooting "a city besieged by crime and corruption," amidst the OWS crowd, but the purpose is unknown. As are details on whether or not they'd be paid for their work as extras. Some are saying it could be good publicity for the movement, yet it could also be seen as exploitation by a corporate power.

10 Halloween Costume Ideas Based on Recent Movies (2011 Edition)

  • By Christopher Campbell
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  • October 13, 2011 1:02 AM
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Welcome to Spout's 4th annual list of Halloween costume ideas based on recent movies. The whole concept behind this favorite tradition of mine is to come up with original film-related costumes that nobody else is likely to think of. Because you don't want to be the third Thor at a party or an anonymous one of a slew of bridesmaids wandering the neighborhood. You want something unique.

Short Starts: Watch "Take Shelter" Star Michael Shannon as a Wacky Crack Addict in "Mullitt"

  • By Christopher Campbell
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  • September 26, 2011 2:34 AM
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Short Starts is a column devoted to kicking off the week with a short film, typically one tied to a new release. Today we look at an early performance by Michael Shannon, whose awesome new movie “Take Shelter” opens this Friday.

TIFF11: "Comic-Con Episode IV: A Fan's Hope" is a Delight for Fans and Non-Fans Alike

  • By Christopher Campbell
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  • September 17, 2011 6:21 AM
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"Super": The Happy Fantasy and Morbid Lunacy of Vigilantism

  • By Daniel Walber
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  • August 9, 2011 2:30 AM
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This review was originally published on April 1, 2011. It is being reposted for the home video release.

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