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'The Avengers' And 'Haywire' Get New Posters That Look Pretty Much The Same As The Old Ones

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • December 21, 2011 4:00 PM
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Marvel has released a whole host of character posters for their all-star superhero throw down "The Avengers," with a bunch of characters in their new suits looking severe against a black background.

Gabe Toro's Best Films Of 2011

  • By Gabe Toro
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  • December 21, 2011 3:30 PM
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Great art challenges. Bad art flatters. But those of us who don’t dedicate our lives to film don’t always seek to be challenged. Sometimes we want to experience art at our leisure. One doesn’t schedule, or plan the impact of art (making a film review deceptive, as it can never be a critics’ final thoughts).

Stellan Skarsgård On David Fincher, Lars Von Trier And Channeling Hugh Grant In A Rape Scene

  • By Jessica Kiang
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  • December 21, 2011 3:00 PM
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You certainly can’t accuse Stellan Skarsgård of lacking a work ethic. A regular on screens big and small in his native Sweden from the time he was a teenager, since his breakout international role in 1996’s “Breaking the Waves” he has averaged anywhere from three to eight films per year, mixing Swedish-language fare with blockbusters, voiceover work and TV appearances, to amass a fairly epic filmography.

Review: Cross-Dressing 'Albert Nobbs' A Stodgily Straight Drama

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • December 21, 2011 2:30 PM
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For Glenn Close, "Albert Nobbs" has been a long time coming for its big screen incarnation. Based on a short story by Irish author George Moore, it was first adapted into an off-Broadway production by Simone Benmussa with Close in the lead role that won her an Obie award. The actress has been a driving force behind the film adaptation, shepherding the project for 15 years, taking on the responsibilities of a producer and even co-writing the script with Man Booker prize-winning author John Banville and Gabriella Prekop.

The Films Of Steven Spielberg, Part One: The Spectacle

  • By The Playlist Staff
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  • December 21, 2011 2:00 PM
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It seems somewhat appropriate that the week that sees Steven Spielberg celebrate his 65th birthday (which was on Monday) also sees the release of two new films from the director, arguably the most successful, and certainly one of the most famous, filmmakers of all time. The director has always been something of a workhorse, with 29 feature films across a 40-year career (that's one every eighteen months, more or less), all without mentioning his early TV credits, his countless producing credits and even helping to run an entire studio.

New Still From Ridley Scott's 'Prometheus' Reveals That Michael Fassbender Has A Flashlight

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • December 21, 2011 1:37 PM
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It's been a massive week for trailers and promos with "The Dark Knight Rises," "Wrath of the Titans" and "The Hobbit" all premiering their first looks to go with the big releases. But there's one big one still to come, as tomorrow will bring the online debut of the first teaser for "Prometheus," Ridley Scott's return to the sci-fi genre after nearly 30 years away, and a precursor/successor to his "Alien," although the extent to which hasn't yet been fully revealed.

Cameron Crowe Talks His Geiger Counter For Sentimentality In ‘We Bought A Zoo’; Confirms His Adaptation Of ‘Beautiful Boy’ Book

  • By Todd Gilchrist
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  • December 21, 2011 1:00 PM
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To paraphrase “The Dark Knight,” Cameron Crowe’s movies may not always be the ones we want, but they’re almost always the ones we need. Since his earliest days as a screenwriter, Crowe has always been a tireless optimist, crafting detailed, thoughtful and uncharacteristically earnest stories about people who prevail over cynicism through a combination of idealism and perseverance.

Rade Šerbedžija On Looking For Revenge In Angelina Jolie's 'In The Land Of Blood and Honey' And Next Year's 'Taken 2'

  • By Jen Vineyard
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  • December 21, 2011 12:30 PM
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While promoting his new film, "In the Land of Blood and Honey," Rade Serbedzija ("Snatch," "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows," "X-Men: First Class") drew a parallel between his characters in both Angelina Jolie's directorial debut and the sequel to "Taken," which he's shooting now with Liam Neeson.

Contest Giveaway: 5 Copies Of 'The Increasingly Poor Decisions Of Todd Margaret' Season 1 On DVD

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • December 21, 2011 12:00 PM
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The holidays are a great time to get together with family, wearing loose pants, eat until you regret it and then crash on the couch and catch up with countless movies and television shows you might have missed in the past year. And one series that would make a good selection to idle away those post-turkey hours, is the IFC comedy "The Increasingly Poor Decisions Of Todd Margaret." And for five lucky readers, we're going to stuff their stockings this year with a copy.

Review: 'The Adventures of Tintin' Is All Hollow Spectacle & No Joy

  • By Alison Willmore
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  • December 21, 2011 11:30 AM
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Tintin is a terrible journalist. It has to be said -- his walls are covered with framed news stories about his exploits rather than work published under his byline, he takes not one note (pity his poor fact-checker) and not even by the laxest of Fox News standards could he be considered objective, given how much he involves himself in the tale of pirate ships and lost treasures that unfurls in Steven Spielberg's "The Adventures of Tintin." You could also argue that Indiana Jones is a questionable archaeologist, with the cultural imperialism of his carefree snagging of international artifacts and the amount of destruction he leaves in the wake of his exploration of historical sites. But Indiana Jones has personality, and, like the man says, personality goes a long way.

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