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Watch: Josh Brolin Nails His Tommy Lee Jones Impression In First Trailer For 'Men In Black 3'

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • December 12, 2011 7:10 AM
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Of all the big tentpole pictures of next year, none seems to have had a more troubled production than "Men in Black 3." The first film in the series, in 1997, was an enjoyable sci-fi comedy, but it took five years to get a sequel together,  and when "Men In Black 2" hit theaters in 2002, virtually no-one was impressed with an unfunny reprise of the original. Ten years on, Will Smith's picked the franchise to be his return to the screen after an absence of four years, but the film had problems of its own; the project was greenlit with only one act of the sequel complete to take advantager of NYC tax breaks, but Will Smith allegedly tinkered with the script, with two more writers, Jeff Nathanson and David Koepp, brought on to fix things during an extended hiatus, while the budget soared up to $215 million, and Alec Baldwin was forced to drop out of a role when shooting didn't restart on time.

Audiences Celebrate 'New Year's Eve' Early On The Worst Box Office Weekend Of 2011

  • By Gabe Toro
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  • December 11, 2011 12:07 PM
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It’s not a surprise to see two of the year’s mildest weekends following each other. It is, however, a bit of a departure to see them at the beginning of December. The top twenty films at the box office brought a cumulative $73.2 million, the worst weekend of 2011. That's right, even worse than last weekend which had no new wide releases. You can keep filling up the theaters with crap Hollywood, just don't expect anyone to go.

Watch: Trailer For Sumptuous Documentary 'Jiro Dreams Of Sushi' Arrives

  • By Christopher Bell
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  • December 11, 2011 10:25 AM
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A delicious meal? An expensive and unfilling dinner? Legitimate excuse to pull out of a David Mamet joint?

Brief New Footage From 'The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo'; "Immigrant Song' Video By David Fincher & Sneak Screenings On Monday, December 12th

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • December 10, 2011 11:53 AM
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So, didn't get tickets to "The Dark Knight Rises" prologue screenings? Well, another opportunity to see a hotly buzzed movie before everyone else has popped up and instead of six minutes, you'll get to see the whole damn thing.

Marrakech Film Festival '11: Nuri Bilge Ceylan Talks Giving Up Total Control & His Accidental Embrace Of Genre Elements

  • By Christopher Bell
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  • December 10, 2011 11:35 AM
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Remember when there was all that hubub this summer about the necessary art of "slow and boring" cinema? Well, none of those filmmakers listed got anything on the work of Turkish director Nuri Bilge Ceylan.

Behind The Scenes Pics From Paul Thomas Anderson's 'The Master' Emerge; Robert Downey Jr. Teases 'Inherent Vice'

  • By Benjamin Wright
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  • December 10, 2011 11:06 AM
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In a time where there seems to be a constant focus on set photos and early looks, it’s reassuring to see distinguished auteur Paul Thomas Anderson’s next untitled offering (aka “The Master”) make its way to theaters so quietly.

Robin Williams Eyes 'The Angriest Man In Brooklyn,' A Remake Of The Israeli Film 'Mar Baum'

  • By Benjamin Wright
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  • December 10, 2011 10:43 AM
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The acting talents of Robin Williams are certainly an acquired taste, especially if you’re someone who doesn’t enjoy having their senses assaulted with performances that range from obnoxious humor in films like “Mrs. Doubtfire” and “RV” to overly sentimental Hollywood treacle like “Patch Adams."

A Heap Of New Images From Stephen Daldry's Post 9/11 Drama 'Extremely Loud And Incredibly Close'

  • By Simon Dang
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  • December 10, 2011 10:30 AM
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The Academy loves Stephen Daldry. Every film he has directed thus far -- "Billy Elliot," "The Hours" and "The Reader" -- has been nominated for Best Director, with the last two also taking Best Picture nods, in addition to a host of other honors. And, even though Daldry's latest effort, an adaptation of Jonathan Safran Foer's "Extremely Loud And Incredibly Close," has yet to be unveiled this late in the game, the film will seems poised to hit it big with voters with its post 9/11 dramatics.

Colin Firth Turns Down Lead Villain Role In Spike Lee's 'Oldboy' Remake Starring Josh Brolin

  • By Simon Dang
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  • December 10, 2011 10:10 AM
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Despite recently confirming an offer to play the lead antagonist in Spike Lee's upcoming remake of Park Chan-wook's "Oldboy," it looks like things just haven't worked out for Colin Firth as he has now reportedly turned down the chance to star opposite Josh Brolin in the project.

George Clooney's Smokehouse Pictures Plotting Film About '60's Comedians The Smothers Brothers

  • By Simon Dang
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  • December 10, 2011 9:46 AM
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Through their production shingle Smokehouse Pictures, George Clooney and Grant Heslov have been developing and producing interesting, intelligent fare over the last five years.

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