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Watch: Trailer For 2012 Olympic Short Films From Mike Leigh, Lynne Ramsay & Asif Kapadia

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • June 18, 2012 8:18 AM
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We're slightly over a month from the kick-off of the 2012 Olympics, and here in London, you can certainly tell: the locals are battening down the hatches, the facilities are desperately getting their last of lick of paint, and it's already virtually impossible to leave the house without some kind of reminder of the bonanza of track and field events that'll be taking place from July 27th. But what does the event hold for those who could give a shit about sport? For all the talk of a Cultural Olympiad to take place alongside the games, it mostly seems to involve international poetry slams and Scissor Sisters concerts by the Thames, and we'd rather go see the equestrian events than see either of those.

Review: Hannah Winds Up Right Back Where She Started In Solid Season Finale For 'Girls'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • June 17, 2012 10:30 PM
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Suddenly, everything has changed. That might be the recurring theme of "Girls" across its first season, one that has seen Hannah (Lena Dunham), Marnie (Allison Williams), Jessa (Jemima Kirke) and Shoshanna (Zosia Mamet) navigate their early '20s and the curveballs that come with it. As we've said time and again, Lena Dunham's focus on character, combined with a willingness to allow them to be unlikeable, wrong, selfish or simply unsure -- as one tends to be at that pre-adulthood age -- has afforded the show a real resonance that belies its standard sitcom set up. Besides a couple mid-season episodes that wobbled, Dunham's instincts have proven right more often than not, with "Girls" delivering unexpected big laughs and tender moments in the unlikeliest places. And so it's fitting that the season finale reorients the lives of everyone. Well, almost.

Weekend Box Office: '80s-Themed Pics 'Rock Of Ages' & 'That's My Boy' Stumble As 'Madagascar 3' Retains The Top Spot

  • By Gabe Toro
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  • June 17, 2012 12:13 PM
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Kids sure do love these CGI ‘toons. “Madagascar 3D: Europe’s Most Wanted” took over the box office for a second straight week, handily defeating holdovers and two new big releases despite falling off a bit heavier than your usual kids’ flick (41.1%). Having grossed $120 million domestically so far, the film is certainly playing up to expectations, currently performing in the vicinity of the previous installment. And it had better -- next week, the Pixar beast looms, with “Brave” taking both the family audience and a number of those 3D screens.

L.A. Film Fest Review: 'Dead Man's Burden' Is A Stunningly Shot, Slow Burner Of A Classic, Yet Modern Western

  • By Katie Walsh
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  • June 17, 2012 9:58 AM
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One of the most cinematically gorgeous independent films in a long time, “Dead Man’s Burden” (along with fellow 2012 indie “Beasts of the Southern Wild," shot on Super 16) truly makes the case for celluloid. While watching this meditative Western, one simply wants to drink in the beauty of the image, and yes, that image is created on 35 mm film. They don’t make RED cameras that can do what this film achieves in terms of sheer richness of image. In the age of digital everything, might independent film, at one time the dominion of digital, be the savior of celluloid?

L.A. Film Fest Review: A Well-Constructed 'People Like Us' Is Marred By Its Sentimental Mawkishness

  • By Emma Bernstein
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  • June 17, 2012 9:44 AM
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Alex Kurtzman’s new film, “People Like Us,” shares the technical prowess of some existential sound and picture classics, employing supreme aural and visual techniques to create subjectivity. However, an increasingly rote storyline and adherence to syrupy sweet romantic comedy tropes leaves a murky aftertaste: a schmaltzy tearjerker masquerading as a psychological thriller.

New Images Of Mark Wahlberg & Mila Kunis In Seth MacFarlane's 'Ted'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • June 16, 2012 10:49 AM
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Can Seth MacFarlane weave the same kind of comedic and money-making magic on the big screen as he has on the small screen? Whether or not you like his brand of comedy which fits somewhere between "The Simpsons" and "South Park" in sensibility, it's undeniable that he's been hugely successful and now he's hoping his specific schtick can translate into the live-action world with "Ted," opening at the end of the month.

Woody Allen Says He Once Offered A Part To Tonya Harding, Was Considering Princess Diana For A Role As Well

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • June 15, 2012 6:30 PM
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While Woody Allen is known for commanding starry, ensemble casts who will work for next to nothing to just to appear in his films, he's generally shied away from stunt casting. But doing the press rounds for his latest European trifle, "To Rome With Love" (read our review here), he reveals he once had a couple of...interesting names in mind for roles in his movies, one of whom he actually even made an offer to.

In Theaters: 'That's My Boy' Is Not 'Your Sister's Sister,' While 'Rock Of Ages' Will Leave You Feeling 'Tortured'

  • By Emma Bernstein
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  • June 15, 2012 6:06 PM
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Hey there! The world of the creative takes center stage on the big screen this week, as singers, writers, and performance artists feature heavily in the weekend releases. From ‘80s rock bands to the New York art scene to ex-pat writers in the birthplace of literary circles, The City of Lights itself, a hefty dose of the artistic graces the cinemas and adds some interesting and nontraditional subject matter to the lineup. Though the obligatory summer fare – another adult male with Peter Pan syndrome, a grisly murder flick, and even more aliens – isn’t very far behind. Looks like a blast!

Scalpers Hope You'll Pay $150 For 'The Dark Knight Rises,' Does This New TV Spot Make The Case?

  • By Edward Davis
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  • June 15, 2012 5:43 PM
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Ah, vermin like opportunists. They're everywhere, and perhaps Bane, Selina Kyle and The League Of Shadows would appreciate the idea of scalpers feeding off the weak, the desperate, the impetuous, and the hopeless. Tickets for "The Dark Knight Rises" went on sale earlier this week, and of course, the first midnight screenings sold out immediately. But if you must, must, must see the very first public screenings of the film in IMAX on midnight July 19th, leading into July 20th, the date of release, evidently scalpers are selling them on eBay and Craigslist for an 80% mark-up, landing the price on average around $150.

New Pics Of Jennifer Lawrence In 'House At The End Of The Street'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • June 15, 2012 5:35 PM
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Now a franchise queen, Jennifer Lawrence will undoubtedly be moving on to bigger and better things, and indeed, she already has -- the actress shot the period drama "Serena" with director Susanne Bier earlier this year, and will appear in David O. Russell's "Silver Linings Playbook" this fall. But she can't walk away from cheapie fare just yet, as the thriller "The House At The End Of The Street" -- shot before the whole "The Hunger Games" thing -- arrives later this year.

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