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Watch: Impressive New Trailer For Aaron Sorkin's 'The Newsroom'

  • By Joe Cunningham
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  • April 30, 2012 9:01 AM
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Aaron Sorkin has written television shows about television before, and both met fairly similar fates. Although “Sports Night” and “Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip” were met with a good deal of critical acclaim, the former lasted only two seasons before it was cancelled due to low ratings, while the latter only made it through one season for the same reason. Sorkin and HBO will be hoping that critical acclaim is coupled with returning audiences for his new show, “The Newsroom,” when it premieres on June 24th.

And So It Begins: New 'The Dark Knight Rises' Viral Campaign Launches Ahead Of Trailer

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • April 30, 2012 8:23 AM
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With "Prometheus" dropping an eye-popping three-minute trailer yesterday and generally speaking, occupying the print over the last few weeks thanks to a slick and intriguing marketing campaign, "The Dark Knight Rises" has fallen a bit behind in stoking anticipation from fanboys. But you can never count out Christopher Nolan or Warner Bros., and with a new trailer set to drop in front of "The Avengers" this weekend, a new viral campaign has kicked off at the official website for the movie.

'Maniac' Remake Starring Elijah Wood, SXSW Hit 'Gimme The Loot' & More Join Cannes Film Festival Lineup

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • April 30, 2012 7:57 AM
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With the Cannes Film Festival underway in just over two weeks, the finishing touches have been put on the lineup, and while some high-profile titles (such as "The Place Beyond the Pines") had been hoped for as late-minute additions, some rather surprising and lower key fare is rounding things out.

Review: Is It Some Kind Of Solstice? 'Girls' Finds Hannah & Marnie's Sex Lives Turned Upside Down

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • April 29, 2012 11:00 PM
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"Try and give less of a shit," guest star Jorma Taccone says during the third episode of "Girls" and it's advice Hannah (Lena Dunham) and Marnie (Allison Williams) eventually learn to take to heart. But not without seeing some major changes that re-orient their respective sex lives.

Review: 'Veep' Goes 'Contagion' As A Virus Makes Its Way Through Washington

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • April 29, 2012 10:30 PM
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We addressed this in the season's first episode, but if you're looking trenchant insight into the American political system played for laughs, "Veep" won't be doing that. But as, essentially, a workplace comedy boasting a higher concept that most, the week's entry proves that within that structure, the show has promise.

Watch: New 3-Minute 'Prometheus' Trailer Sends Already High Expectations Into Orbit

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • April 29, 2012 4:26 PM
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Fuck it. No intro, let's just get right to the point: "Prometheus" looks like the movie event of the summer, hands down, no argument (sorry Marvel and DC comic movies).

Look Into My Eyes: 9 Clips From Tim Burton's 'Dark Shadows' With Johnny Depp & Eva Green

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • April 29, 2012 1:39 PM
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We've had an inkling thus far that "Dark Shadows" would be a return to form for both Tim Burton and Johnny Depp, whose batting average over their last few films -- "Alice In Wonderland," "Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street," "Charlie and the Chocolate Factory" -- has been inconsistent at best. But this latest, extensive look at the movie seems to indicate they are back on track in a big way.

Philip Glass To Stage Opera About Fictionalized Last Days of Walt Disney

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • April 29, 2012 1:15 PM
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Well, time to get our plane tickets in order: next year, according to the Independent, London’s English National Opera is set to stage an opera by super genius composer Philip Glass about the fictionalized last days of Walt Disney. They’re also debuting an experimental new work by “Cloud Atlas” author David Mitchell.

Weekend Box Office: 'Think Like A Man' Back On Top, But No One Wants A 'Five-Year Engagement'

  • By Gabe Toro
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  • April 29, 2012 11:47 AM
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Let this be a wakeup call. For the second straight weekend, “Think Like A Man,” cast with actors actresses usually stuck playing “ethnic sidekicks” to more marketable white stars, didn’t just lead the box office, it dominated. With the film in slightly over 2000 theaters, less than any other movie finishing in the top eight, “Man” played to solid box office, with a second-weekend per-screen average of nearly $9k almost tripling similar statistics from the week’s other releases. There were four major studio releases this weekend, and none came close to this.

DIFF: Michael Mohan Talks 'Save The Date' Starring Lizzy Caplan & Why It Needs To Be Seen On The Big Screen

  • By Cain Rodriguez
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  • April 29, 2012 10:59 AM
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At a recent screening at the Dallas International Film Festival, writer-director Michael Mohan had to narrate the opening of his second feature film when it began with no sound: "Right now you're hearing the sounds of a book store. There might be a car driving by, and that guy is about to drink coffee." Fortunately the projectionist was able to restore sound by the time the title sequence started, but the botched and awkward opening set the mood for the equally awkward and uncomfortable situations that befall Lizzy Caplan in the romantic-comedy, "Save the Date."

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