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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.

Interview: David Fincher Talks Violence, Unpleasant Revenge & The Odd, Perverse Relationship That Drew Him To 'The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo'

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  • December 21, 2011 11:00 AM
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Filmmaker David Fincher’s brain works in such a way that it moves too fast for his own mouth. He’s constantly ping-ponging around in conversation to a point where he loses you and then you realize, like his beloved protagonist Lisbeth Salander, as played by Rooney Mara, he’s about five chess moves ahead of you and has been discussing four things at once.

Edgar Wright Says He's Written A Musical, Calls It 'A Departure'

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • December 21, 2011 10:30 AM
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There aren't a lot of things that make us wish we lived in L.A, but one of them is revival theater the New Beverly, and specifically the Wright Stuff seasons hosted by "Shaun of the Dead" and "Scott Pilgrim Vs. The World" director Edgar Wright. Now in their third year, they've seen Wright screen a selection of his favorite films, often introduced by special guests, who go for a Q&A afterwards.

John Woo's Next Is Romantic Epic 'Love And Let Love,' Korean Star Song Hye-Kyo, Zhang Ziyi And Chang Chen In Cast

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • December 21, 2011 10:00 AM
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The path of John Woo's Hollywood career was a sad and rather depressing one; the acclaimed action filmmaker made his first inroads into English language with "Hard Target," "Broken Arrow" and "Face/Off" but the dumb-but-fun feel of those films soon gave way to the dumb-and-boring vibe of "Mission Impossible II," "Windtalkers" and "Paycheck," and the filmmaker has, for the most part, returned to Asia, where he's rediscovered his mojo thanks to his acclaimed two-part epic "Red Cliff" and period actioner "Reign of Assassins," which he co-directed.

Set Phasers To Stun: J.J. Abrams To Post-Convert 'Star Trek 2' To 3D; Considers Shooting In IMAX

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • December 21, 2011 9:30 AM
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Get ready for the geek crowd to whip out their knives. J.J. Abrams has been consistently inconsistent about his stance on 3D, starting off the year by saying he was pretty cool on the format, to announcing the highly anticipated "Star Trek 2: It's Not About Khan, No Really, It Isn't" would be arriving in the format. Well, he's throwing fans yet another curveball.

Is Ryan Gosling Starring In Gaspar Noé's Bret Easton Ellis-Penned 'The Golden Suicides?'

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • December 21, 2011 9:00 AM
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We can't say we were aware of the fact before, but it turns out that Bret Easton Ellis is quite the movie fan. His Twitter followers have, of late, been treated to streams of updates on the author's opinions of all the latest releases, with a little Oscar prognostication thrown in for good measure. We can't say we agree with all his opinions entirely, but it's certainly been entertaining, and we hope it continues.

Trailer For 'The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey' Finally Arrives; Feels Awfully Familiar

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  • December 20, 2011 10:07 PM
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Well, it screened recently at AICN's "Butt-Numb-A-Thon" -- an annual 72 hour non-stop screening of genre-minded films, plus some early sneak peeks from the new year -- and it was rumored to appear this weekend in front of Warner Bros' "Sherlock Holmes: Game Of Shadows," and that's likely the case, as here it is: the first teaser trailer for Peter Jackson's long-time-coming "The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey" has finally arrived (almost an ironically fitting title since Guillermo del Toro was originall supposed to direct the film).

Caesar Is Home But Will Apes Speak In 'Rise Of The Planet Of The Apes' Sequel?

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • December 20, 2011 5:35 PM
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One of the big questions when entering this summer's surprisingly entertaining "Rise of the Planet of the Apes" was whether or not the apes, led by fuzzy rebel commander Caesar (played by Andy Serkis), would end up speaking in the movie. Most of the apes remained mute. But that could change, according to the film's screenwriters (who are hard at work on the sequel).

Angelina Jolie Says Her Afghanistan War Script Is "Ready To Go" If Financing Comes Through

  • By Jen Vineyard
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  • December 20, 2011 4:56 PM
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In a recent "60 Minutes" interview to promote her writing and directorial debut "In the Land of Blood and Honey," Angelina Jolie let slip that she had another project in the wings for her next time behind the camera, what the news program called a war movie set in Afghanistan. So when The Playlist had a moment with Jolie after her 'Blood and Honey' press conference, we asked what that was about.

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