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Watch: There's No One Left In First Teaser Trailer For Final Season Of 'True Blood'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • April 21, 2014 5:08 PM
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True Blood
Full disclosure: I used to watch "True Blood," and it first, it wasn't so bad. It was trash, but knowing trash, and it had some fun with vampire lore, its deep South setting and Alexander Skarsgard alone made it worth tuning in. He bit into the role of the ancient vampire Erik with real relish, and even found some emotional notes too, particularly at the loss of his maker Godric. But as the seasons wore on, the mythology kept expanding and the show went from trash to camp without realizing it and became something of a chore. And then I bailed. But maybe it's time to catch up the the final season on the way.

Tribeca Review: ‘Alex Of Venice’ Starring Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Don Johnson & Chris Messina

  • By Rodrigo Perez
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  • April 21, 2014 4:47 PM
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Alex of Venice, Mary Elizabeth Winstead
In the tranquil suburbs of Venice, Alex, an environmental rights attorney, is about to receive one major rude awakening. A workaholic, Alex brings home the bacon, while George, her stay-at-home husband, runs the household, and takes care of both their son Dakota and Alex’s forgetful, pot-smoking father. But the rug suddenly gets pulled out from under Alex when her husband unexpectedly decides to pack it all in and announce that he’s leaving the family, at least for now, to work on his waning art career and find some space.

Watch: Boston Bruins Playoff Ad Narrated By The Yellow King From 'True Detective'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • April 21, 2014 4:09 PM
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True Detective, season finale
As HBO gears up for an Emmy run for "True Detective" — controversially, not submitting the show in the Miniseries categories — here's a new way to get creeped out by The Yellow King.

Watch: Steven Soderbergh's "Butcher's Cut" Of Michael Cimino's 'Heaven's Gate'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • April 21, 2014 3:38 PM
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Steven Soderbergh Heaven's Gate
As we noted in our feature, Critical Reassessment: 11 Films That Have Been Reconsidered Over Times, Michael Cimino's "Heaven's Gate" has gone from cautionary tale of budgetary excess and directorial hubris, to something closing in on masterpiece status in the eyes of some critics. Indeed, a restoration, festival screenings and a Criterion Collection edition have restored the the status of Cimino's film, but before all of that happened, Steven Soderbergh put his own imprint on the infamous film.

Nicholas Stoller Eyes Directing "Luhrmann Mixed With Tarantino" Buddy Cop Comedy Starring Seth Rogen & Kevin Hart

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • April 21, 2014 3:17 PM
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A couple of years ago, it was announced that Seth Rogen and Kevin Hart were teaming up for a buddy comedy at Paramount. There was nothing particularly Earth shattering about the announcement, and it seems like a logical pairing of two big comedy stars and not much was heard of it since. But "Neighbors" director Nicholas Stoller has just put this one back on our radar in a big way, with a logline that truly sounds fantastically bonkers.

'Star Wars' Sequels Will Stick With Cinematic Canon, Won't Include Elements From Expanded Universe

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • April 21, 2014 2:47 PM
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Star Wars: Episode VI - Return of the Jedi
Yeah, we know. If you're a diehard "Star Wars" fan, this is not really news at all, but confirmation of what you already know. But for the more casual viewer, or those who were perhaps hoping that the upcoming sequels would roll the dice with the established worlds and timelines laid out in George Lucas' six "Star Wars" movies, this bit of info is probably worth knowing.

Watch: First 5 Minutes Of 'How To Train Your Dragon 2' Plus New Pics Hit The Skies

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • April 21, 2014 2:24 PM
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How To Train Your Dragon 2
Welcome to the new era of movie marketing, where studios aren't just content to show you a couple of trailers and hope you'll show up. Nope, they will pour on the clips, TV spots and in this case, serve up an opening chunk of the movie, all in the hopes that through sheer advertising exhaustion (or genuine interest) you will show up and fork over some cash for tickets and popcorn. So it goes for "How To Train Your Dragon 2."

Summer Movie Preview: 40 Most Anticipated Films

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • April 21, 2014 1:47 PM
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Summer 2014 preview
The temperatures are rising, the coats are going into storage, and the TV spots are getting more prevalent. That's right, it's almost time for summer movie season again. The months of May through August are traditionally the biggest in the multiplex calendar, but the lines have become increasingly blurred in recent years—if "Noah" and "Divergent" didn't kick off blockbuster season, "Captain America: The Winter Soldier" certainly did, and that was three weeks ago.

Steven Spielberg & Tom Hanks May Reteam For Cold War Thriller

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • April 21, 2014 1:16 PM
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Saving Private Ryan Steven Spielberg Tom Hanks
Another day, another Thing That Steven Spielberg Might Direct. The past few months have seen the filmmaker get linked to a bunch of projects as he continues to figure what his follow-up to "Lincoln" will be, including "Montezuma," a possible "West Side Story" remake and the religious drama "The Kidnapping of Edgardo Mortara." And so here's another one, but boosted by the possibility he'll be reteaming with a longtime collaborator.

Watch: 1-Hour 'A Timeline Of Cinema' Teaches You The History Of Film

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • April 21, 2014 12:49 PM
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We now live in an era where almost everything is available with the click of a button. Want to spend a weekend diving into the cinema of John Cassavates? You can stream it. How about spending your vacation catching up with Martin Scorsese's films? Throw it on your phone and go. But sometimes it does help to have a guide to put it all in perspective, and short of film school, here's another way you can get your bearings on over 100 years of movie history.

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