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Watch: Vintage 'The Empire Strikes Back' Documentary With Unseen Footage & More

  • By Charlie Schmidlin
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  • February 28, 2013 9:05 AM
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As much as the “Star Wars” series of films were (and J.J. Abrams' will definitely be) adept in keeping details close to the vest, the extensive documentation of all things to do with the franchise was nothing short of astounding. However, “The Empire Strikes Back” yielded some fly-on-the-wall footage that, while entertaining, remained largely locked in a vault. Luckily not for too long more, though, as a great deal of it has come to light.

Steven Spielberg Named Jury President For 66th Cannes Film Festival

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • February 27, 2013 11:50 PM
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Steven Spielberg could use a bit of a break. Cranking out three films over the last few years -- mo-cap and animated "The Adventures Of Tintin," WWI epic "War Horse" and presidential tale "Lincoln" (which walked away with two Oscars on Sunday), one might understand if would rather be watching movies instead of making them. And with his "Robopocalypse," originally planned to shoot this summer, now on hold as he gets the script right, it looks like Spielberg will be taking a little cinematic vacation to the south of France.

Bradley Cooper To Star In & Possibly Direct Remake Of Til Schweiger's German Language Smash Hit 'Kokowääh'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • February 27, 2013 9:27 PM
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While he didn't walk away with an Oscar on Sunday night, Bradley Cooper isn't lacking in forward momentum. Next month he starts shooting his next collaboration with David O. Russell, the untitled Abscam movie (which could be in the Best Picture race next year), and by the end of May he'll have two more movies in theaters: Derek Cianfrance's searing "The Place Beyond The Pines" and trilogy capper "The Hangover Part III." And he's been lining up project after project (which we'll get to in a moment) with one more tossed on the pile.

Sorry Jack Sparrow, Johnny Depp Will Make 'Transcendence' & 'Black Mass' Back-To-Back In 2013

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • February 27, 2013 7:51 PM
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Okay, so this isn't exactly news if you've been keeping up, but with Johnny Depp generally commiting to a thousand projects all at once, it can difficult to shake out his schedule. But the actor's reps have cleared his calendar and revealed the two movies that will be taking up the bulk of his time in 2013. And neither of them involve the name Jack Sparrow.

Watch: First Trailer & Poster For 'Cloudy With A Chance Of Meatballs 2'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • February 27, 2013 6:09 PM
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Well, there will be no other movies this year that will make a leak/leek pun, so in that regard, "Cloudy With A Chance Of Meatballs 2" stands alone. But it's also going to be the only movie this year with food that talks. And swims. And drives boats.

'Hustle & Flow' Director Craig Brewer Is Gonna Roll With 'Gangster Princess Of Beverly Hills'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • February 27, 2013 6:00 PM
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"But what will I wear in jail?" That's the pretty tagline ready question asked by Lisette Lee, the socialite drug baron, when she was arrested in 2010. From the outside, she looked every bit the "Korean Paris Hilton," as she called herself, claiming among other things that she was the heir to the Samsung fortune and/or a pop star. But to the feds, she was a major drug dealer and her story is now going to be a movie, naturally.

Review: Oscar Nominated 'War Witch' A Haunting, Brutal Surrealist Fable Matched by Powerful Lead Performances

  • By Charlie Schmidlin
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  • February 27, 2013 5:30 PM
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Before any political or societal context enters the brutal cinematic depictions seen in “Come and See” and “City of God,” each effort can first speak clearly enough from the image of a child holding a firearm. Gawky, nervous, and with an expression of terrified power, the isolated sight holds many questions to a decayed rationality and natural order, but as Canadian director Kim Nguyen's shows within his searing look at African child soldiers, “War Witch," those two aspects are the first to be excised in warfare. Blending a surrealist perspective of battle-tinged faith with the harrowing tale of one girl's resilience, the film is a laser-focused fable threatened occasionally by its drifts into character shorthand, but equaled by a wrenching lead performance by Rachel Mwanza that results in one of the finest of the year.

Watch: First Trailer For 'The Conjuring' The Latest Loud Noises Horror From The Guy Behind 'Insidious' & 'Saw'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • February 27, 2013 4:27 PM
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While everyone likes to complain about them, the bottom line is audiences love loud noises horror movies. You know, the ones where cameras linger on empty rooms or closets in dead silence only for something to bump in the night. Hell, the "Paranormal Activity" franchise has milked that conceit for four movies to the tune of over $350 million domestic, and that's not even counting the hundreds of millions more raked in overseas. And "Saw" creator James Wan knows how to do loud noises really well. "Insidious" was a surprise sensation making nearly $100 million worldwide on a paltry $1.5 million budget and now he's aiming for summer money.

Poster Party: New One Sheets For 'Iron Man 3,' 'Trance,' 'Spring Breakers,' 'The Great Gatsby' & More

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • February 27, 2013 3:57 PM
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We're in that momentary lull, just after the Oscars, and right before the spring and summer blockbuster season arrives, and some new posters are here to prime you with thrills, superheroes, scares and more. So strap in and prepare thy eyeballs.

Tina Fey Says "No Way" To Hosting The Oscars

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • February 27, 2013 3:31 PM
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Well, you can go ahead and scratch one name off the list. Yesterday, we ran down five suggetions of who could replace Seth MacFarlane in hosting the Oscars in 2014, after the "Family Guy" creator revealed Sunday was his first and last time. One of the possibilities we named was Tina Fey and Amy Poehler, who charmed and killed it this year as the MCs of the Golden Globes, but it looks like that won't be in the cards, no matter how potentially great it would be.

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