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Berlin Interview: Nicolas Cage Explains Why 'Wicker Man' Is Misunderstood, His Career Choices & More

  • By Jessica Kiang
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  • February 20, 2013 12:23 PM
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With “The Croods,” an animated family film from DreamWorks (our review here), premiering at the Berlin International Film Festival, lead voice actor Nicolas Cage was in town over the weekend, and we got to speak with him in a small group of journalists. About the experience of working on the film itself (“It’s like ‘Avatar’ meets ‘Yellow Submarine’ with these people who look like Neanderthals” he summed up) he had nothing but good things to say: “I feel like this is the best chance I’ve had to perform in an animated movie.” But he was also frank and forthcoming about other areas of his working life.

Mark Hamill Says He Isn't Signed Yet For 'Episode VII,' Says Luke Skywalker Will Be Obi-Wan Type Character

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • February 20, 2013 11:54 AM
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Another day, and more chatter about "Star Wars: Episode VII" and where it may or may not be headed. Yesterday came rumors that the upcoming film would revolve around the children of Luke Skywalker, Princess Leia Organa and Han Solo. And now, Mark Hamill himself has weighed in, and while he claims not to be sure where the next movie is going (we'd wager he's being a little coy), he does indicate he has enough information to take a pretty educated guess about what the next chapter in the saga will bring.

Universal Wants 'Mama' Franchise, But Director Andrés Muschietti Isn't Interested

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • February 20, 2013 11:26 AM
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The success of horror movies in the early part of the year can be deceiving. For example, last year "The Devil Inside" shocked everyone by taking over $30 million on its opening weekend (even though it quickly tapered off, with audiences giving it a rare F CinemaScore thanks to its "go-to-the-website" ending). And this year, we're seeing the same similar unlikely stories play out. "Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters" has quietly inched its way to over $50 million domestic, and over $100 million worldwide (seriously), while the Guillermo Del Toro produced, Jessica Chastain starring "Mama" is approaching $70 million at home with more to come from overseas. And wouldn't you know it, Universal is smelling franchise.

Oscar Trivia: 50 Fun Facts To Prepare You For The 85th Academy Awards

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • February 20, 2013 11:02 AM
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If there's anything we love, it's pointless trivia. And with Oscar night on the way (and, if you're anything like us, an Oscar viewing party), if there's one thing that it's important for you to have, it's a fistful of Academy Award-related trivia for you to bore impress your friends with on Sunday night.

Steven Spielberg's 'Lincoln' Helped To Finally Officially Abolish Slavery In Mississippi

  • By Ken Guidry
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  • February 20, 2013 10:38 AM
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As you watched President Lincoln on screen go through painstaking efforts in order to have the thirteenth amendment passed in Congress, you probably thought that particular part of history is long behind us. After all, the events portrayed in the film happened nearly 150 years ago. Well, that’s not quite the case, as University of Mississippi associate professor Dr. Ranjan Batra discovered soon after watching the film.
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Are You Keeping Your Subscription? 86% Of Netflix Users Say ‘House of Cards' Makes Them Less Likely To Cancel

  • By Charlie Schmidlin
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  • February 20, 2013 10:18 AM
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If you’re anything like us, the last several weeks have been tinged with political intrigue, Robin Wright, and a massive helping of Freddy’s BBQ as Netflix’s “House of Cards” laid out its first season. Of course, the Kevin Spacey-led series snagged a boatload of publicity upon release, but whether that would turn into viewers proved another question entirely, and luckily the initial outlook is positive.

Watch: Supercut Of Every Best Picture Oscar Winner In History From 'Wings' To 'The Artist'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • February 20, 2013 10:02 AM
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The final alterations on the tuxedos and dresses are being made, speeches are written and party RSVPs are going out as this weekend Hollywood gets ready to celebrate their own with the Oscars. History will be made, and surprises and shocks will be in store on Sunday night, and while Oscar prognosticators continue to rally one final battle cry for their favorite films, let's take a quick break from the noise.
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'Roger Rabbit' Author Gary K. Wolf Proposes Mickey Mouse/Roger Rabbit Pic 'The Stooge' – But How Close Is It Really?

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • February 20, 2013 9:39 AM
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On Tuesday, news originated from the site of Gary K. Wolf, the novelist whose book "Who Censored Rogert Rabbit?" was very, very loosely adapted into the hit 1988 movie "Who Framed Roger Rabbit?," that a proposal was coming to Disney for an animated feature that would star Roger Rabbit and Mickey Mouse. (The two characters starred together in the original 'Roger Rabbit' film but who's counting?) Later, in a report to Ain't It Cool News, Wolf clarified his original statements, although how likely this project is to ever seeing the light of day remains hopelessly muddy.

Shailene Woodley & Hailee Steinfeld Eyed For Terminal Illness Romance 'The Fault In Our Stars'

  • By Cain Rodriguez
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  • February 20, 2013 9:24 AM
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While the young actor of the moment is currently Oscar nominee Quvenzhané Wallis, a couple of other talents in the past few years have earned attention while not being legally able to drink. Shailene Woodley impressed with her breakout turn in "The Descendants" in 2011, while just the year before, Hailee Steinfeld nabbed an Oscar nod for her performance in "True Grit." It's no surprise Hollywood wants to tap that talent, and they're both being sought for the lead in a new project.

Seth Rogen & Kristen Wiig Will Guest On 'Arrested Development' Season 4

  • By Charlie Schmidlin
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  • February 20, 2013 9:02 AM
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The date may have drifted out of awareness, or alternately been plaguing every thought since its announcement, but the return of “Arrested Development” nonetheless lies only a few short months away in May. That means more hints as to what we can expect from Mitch Hurwitz and co. for season four, starting with a few name guest stars joining in on the madness. Minor spoilers below.

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