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Watch: 'Battleship,' 'John Carter,' 'The Avengers' & Clint Eastwood Lead Super Bowl Ads

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • February 5, 2012 11:06 PM
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The greatest advertising opportunity of the year aka the Super Bowl, is over, and one highly priced team of players beat another highly priced team of players. But as always, it's the ads everyone is talking about anyway, and this year, Hollywood dropped a bunch of cash hoping to lure football lovers to theaters over the next few months.

Watch: Sex & Explosions In 5-Minute Trailer For HBO's 'Hemingway & Gellhorn' With Clive Owen & Nicole Kidman

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • February 5, 2012 2:29 PM
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With Corey Stoll winning all kinds of attention thanks to his comedically deadpan take on Ernest Hemingway in Woody Allen's "Midnight in Paris," Clive Owen will suddenly find his performance as the great author under much more scrutiny in the upcoming HBO film, "Hemingway & Gellhorn."

Watch: The Momentary Melancholy & Ridiculous Longing Of The 'Take This Waltz' Trailer

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • February 5, 2012 2:05 PM
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We've been eagerly awaiting "Take This Waltz," Sarah Polley's directorial follow-up to her excellent "Away From Her," and with the film set to hit theaters later this year, we now have our first trailer for the movie which promises to be another solid effort from the writer/actress/director.

Weekend Box Office: 'Chronicle' And 'The Woman In Black' Slug It Out For Number One

  • By Gabe Toro
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  • February 5, 2012 1:12 PM
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The numbers don't lie – 2012 movie attendance is far above what we saw in 2011. And while there have been no real breakout hits, a number of films – some very modestly budgeted – have broken out to solid, eye-opening numbers. That trend looks to continue on Super Bowl weekend, with a race to the finish between two low-budgeted genre entries. Early signs say "Chronicle" will hang on to defeat "The Woman in Black" for the number one spot. But 'Black''s audience is heavily female, which suggests it could surpass "Chronicle" while the Super Bowl airs tonight because anybody who knows women knows that they're all like, WHAT IS FOOTBALL WHY DO THEY NOT USE THEIR FEET MEN ARE GROSS SPORTS YUCK.

'Rango' Takes Best Animated Film At The Annie Awards

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • February 5, 2012 9:57 AM
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While it's pretty much an inevitability that "Rango" will take Best Animated Film at the Oscars in a few weeks, the film received another boost this weekend at the Annie Awards.

Watch: Sofia Coppola Directed Ad For H&M Starring Imogen Poots

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • February 5, 2012 9:24 AM
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While television is now seen as fertile creative ground for filmmakers who can't find an opening in the franchise-heavy studio system, the commercial world is also an opportunity for a helmer to keep those movie making skills honed. And while we wait for Sofia Coppola to get her next feature film mounted -- which may be about the Hollywood Hills Burglar Bunch -- her latest venture into advertising will tide us over for now.

John Hawkes Wanted For 'The Walking Dead'; Kevin Bacon Faces A Serial Killer For Kevin Williamson & More

  • By Simon Dang
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  • February 5, 2012 8:49 AM
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We'll try to dance around spoilers but the finale of the second season of "Boardwalk Empire" was shocking not only in terms of storyline but also with the fact they tore out the heart of the show, or at least what/who we thought was being developed as such. We're fascinated to see where the show goes from here, but at the very least, it looks like they'll be gaining one great character actor.

Watch: Matthias Schoenaerts Rages In U.S. Trailer For 'Bullhead'

  • By Simon Dang
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  • February 5, 2012 8:40 AM
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At least in this writer's eyes, one of the more intriguing Oscar nominations was that of Michael R. Roskam's latest film, "Bullhead," in the Foreign Language Film category. It seems like this branch of the Academy are much bolder when it comes to their nominations. Only a couple of years ago, Giorgos Lanthimos' "Dogtooth" received a nod, but we never would have thought Roskam's less-publicized, brooding character study would receive the same recognition.

Catherine Hardwicke To Reunite With Evan Rachel Wood For Erotic, L.A.-Set Thriller 'Plush'

  • By Simon Dang
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  • February 5, 2012 8:34 AM
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Seems like Catherine Hardwicke ("Thirteen," "Lords of Dogtown") is trying to hone in on a grittier return behind the camera. After "Twilight" and "Red Riding Hood," the helmer was linked to an adaptation of the potentially franchise-spawning "The Maze Runner," but soon focused her attentions on troubled-teen tale "The Bitch Posse" and a biopic of Swedish boxer Bo "Bosse" Högberg starring former partners Noomi and Bo Rapace.

R.I.P. Ben Gazzara (1930-2012)

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • February 4, 2012 7:58 PM
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February has kicked off on a sad note this year, as respected and beloved character actor Ben Gazzara has passed way at the age of 81 from pancreatic cancer.

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