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Who Is Dr. Leonid Pavel? New 'Dark Knight Rises' Viral Images Reveal Mysterious Doctor (Who Is Mysterious)

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • December 7, 2011 5:59 PM
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When Christopher Nolan's "The Dark Knight" came out a few years ago it was accompanied with (at the time at least) a groundbreaking viral marketing campaign that encouraged fans to seek out clues and piece together information based on the slightest hint or suggestion, becoming Batman-like detectives themselves in the process. Well, the viral campaign is back for next summer's "The Dark Knight Rises," and a new photo has leaked suggesting a mysterious doctor character (played by Alon Aboutboul)... but who is he?

'Real Steel' Writer Dan Gilroy To Pen Asian-Themed Superhero 'The Annihilator' For Stan Lee

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • December 7, 2011 5:55 PM
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Earlier this year Magic Storm Entertainment was announced and a finance company partially launched by legendary Marvel idea man Stan Lee, for the sole purpose of creating new superhero properties for Asian audiences. Well, Variety is reporting that Magic Storm has just announced its first project, called "The Annihilator," and they've hired screenwriter Dan Gilroy, who is at least somewhat to blame for "Real Steel," to write the screenplay.

Edgar Ramirez & Jordi Molla In The Mix To Replace Benicio Del Toro In 'Star Trek 2' As Khan/Not Khan

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • December 7, 2011 5:28 PM
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So much Khan drama, and it turns out Benicio Del Toro isn't in the damn thing, but J.J. Abrams continues to search for his villain for "Star Trek 2" (maybe it's like, Khan's cousin?!) and two names are rising up.

Helen Mirren Joins Anthony Hopkins In 'Alfred Hitchcock And The Making of Psycho'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • December 7, 2011 4:58 PM
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Looks like we're gonna have two Alfred Hitchcock movies on the way, and in a rare feat, they both look promising. Just yesterday it was revealed that Toby Jones and Sienna Miller were heading up"The Girl," which focuses on the director's obsessive relationship with Tippi Hedren, who starred in "The Birds" and "Marnie." But in case you forgot, over at Fox Searchlight, another movie has been brewing from "Anvil!" director Sacha Gervasi with the self-explanatory title "Alfred Hitchcock And The Making of Psycho." In his flick, Anthony Hopkins plays the legendary director and now he's got one of the classiest gals around to hang off of his arm.

It's Official: Lars Von Trier Won't Go To Jail For Those Comments He Made At Cannes

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • December 7, 2011 4:29 PM
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Just when we thought the whole overblown "controversy" about Lars Von Trier's admittedly unfortunate comments this spring at Cannes -- which at the end of the day were the result of a joke gone horribly, horribly awry -- this fall police in Denmark launched an investigation into the incident. They were looking into whether or not he had broken French laws against "justifying war crimes," a ludicrous claim no matter where you stand on what he said. Forget what this tempest in a teapot was all about?

Review: 'London River' A Gentle Current Pain, Anger & Acceptance In The Wake Of Terrorist Attacks

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • December 7, 2011 3:56 PM
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When Elisabeth (Brenda Blethyn) first hears about the suicide bombings that shook London on July 7, 2005, it's from her television set a world away in Guernsey. Among the pastoral setting of her farm, the events that are happening miles away seem even more horrific and unbelievable, but her shock is coupled with a genuine concern. It's not long before she's on the phone to her daughter Jane, who is living in London, looking to be reassured that's she okay. She leaves a message. After not hearing from her, she calls again. And then again, leaving voicemails each time. And that's when worry turns into motherly panic and Elisabeth soon heads to the big metropolis to find her daughter.
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Watch: Funny & Charming Trailer Arrives For 'Five-Year Engagement' Starring Jason Segel & Emily Blunt

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • December 7, 2011 3:15 PM
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Need to wash the stink out of your eyes that was "The Three Stooges" trailer? Give "Five-Year Engagement" a spin, the promising rom-com from the unstoppable team of Jason Segel and Nicholas Stoller (we'll politely overlook "Gulliver's Travels").

Watch: New Trailer For 'The Iron Lady' Gives Margaret Thatcher The Epic Cinematic Treatment

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • December 7, 2011 2:46 PM
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The one thing that has always bothered this writer about the whole idea of "The Iron Lady" is that Margaret Thatcher isn't exactly the most sympathetic of politicians. In fact, in the eyes of many, she's one of the worst Prime Ministers Britain has ever had (unless you're a hardline conversative, in which case she's a wet dream). So, we're still not quite what to make to "The Iron Lady," and this new trailer doesn't help.

Danny Boyle Re-Ups With Underworld, Names Group Music Directors Of 2012 London Olympics

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • December 7, 2011 2:41 PM
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One thing is for sure: Danny Boyle fucking loves electronic music duo Underworld (nee Carl Hyde and Rick Smith). After using choice cuts of theirs for the soundtracks to "The Beach" and "Trainspotting" (where their propulsive "Born Slippy" was memorably used at the close of the film), they became full-on collaborators with the filmmaker, co-composing the score to his trippy sci-fi flick "Sunshine" (with John Murphy) and creating the steam punk-y score to his "Frankenstein" stage show that blew our minds earlier this year. Well it seems like he just can't get enough of those guys, as Pitchfork points out that he has just hired them to serve as the musical directors for the opening ceremonies for next summer's 2012 Olympic Games in London.

Gemma's Artertons On Display In Set Pics From Neil Jordan's Vampire Tale 'Byzantium'

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • December 7, 2011 2:20 PM
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Well, this is certainly an eye-opening first look (courtesy of the Daily Mail). Photos have leaked of the lovely Gemma Arterton from the set of Neil Jordan's cool-sounding vampire movie "Byzantium." The movie stars Arterton as a woman who, after she's transformed into a vampire, does the same to her daughter (Saoirse Ronan) and the two hit the road, posing as sisters, and presumably getting into a series of bloody misadventures. The cast also includes Sam Riley, Caleb Landry Jones, Bradley Jones, and Daniel Mays. But why are we even typing anything when you're just looking at those photos? Hello? Anyone?

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