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The 10 Films Worth Tracking Down In Theaters In February

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • February 1, 2013 1:57 PM
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As months on the movie calendar go, February is one of the quieter ones. It doesn't have the Oscar leftovers, or sheer terribleness of January, meanwhile, the hopeful blockbusters of the spring and summer still seem far, far away. But that doesn't mean that there's nothing worth seeing.

James Franco & 'Kink' Director Christina Voros Teaming Up For Gucci Documentary

  • By Cain Rodriguez
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  • February 1, 2013 1:43 PM
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We’re only in the second month of 2013 and while most of us have failed to meet our New Year’s resolutions, James Franco has already dropped two movies at Sundance -- the BDSM porn doc “Kink” and the “Cruising”-inspired “Interior. Leather Bar.” -- is in post on the Cormac McCarthy adaptation “Child Of God” and is signed up to direct two more films. Franco isn’t take a break yet, though, as Variety is reporting that he’s teaming up again with “Kink” helmer Christina Voros for a less pornographic documentary.

Benedict Cumberbatch Circling Role Of Alan Turing In Black-Listed Biopic 'The Imitation Game'

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • February 1, 2013 1:22 PM
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It seems like Benedict Cumberbatch is starting to get a taste for biopics of socially awkward computer geniuses who change the world. The "Sherlock" star is currently filming "The Fifth Estate," in which he's playing Wikileaks founder Julian Assange, and now he's lining up another hot role, in the shape of tragic mathematician Alan Turing.

Pics From 'Fast & Furious 6' Plus Plot Synopsis Reveals The Plot Will Center Around Fast Cars

  • By India Ross
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  • February 1, 2013 1:00 PM
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I feel like I’ve heard this somewhere before. In a major world capital, a grudge match between rival gangs necessitates a street-level takedown involving the kind of guys one dreads running into in dark alleys, their thermodynamically dubious cars and an inexplicably low number of pedestrian casualties. Oh yep, that’s right, that was the last five "Fast and Furious" movies.

John Goodman Joins Amazon Studio's Political Comedy 'Alpha House'

  • By Tess Hofmann
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  • February 1, 2013 12:47 PM
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Making a political comedy? There is probably no better person to wield a pen on the subject than "Doonesbury" creator Garry Trudeau. And indeed, he's been tapped to pen "Alpha House," one of six new projects Amazon Studios are ramping up, and they've landed a big name to join.

Review: David Fincher's 'House Of Cards' Is A Beautiful, Bedazzling Political Thriller (At Least In Its First Two Episodes)

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • February 1, 2013 12:27 PM
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When Netflix announced that they would get into the scripted programming game, with three high profile projects all lined up for the first half of 2013 (including the Eli Roth literary-based Gothic horror project "Hemlock Grove" and the hopefully rapturous return of oddball comedy classic "Arrested Development"), it seemed that the possibilities, in theory, were endless. Netflix would be unburdened by the restraints, in both content and form, of the tired old ad revenue-dependent television model (premium cable, while remaining fuzzier, still depends on subscribers), free to provocatively reshape our formalized notion of "television" and "shows." Except, that didn't happen. At least not yet. It's first big, splashy original production, a David Fincher, Kevin Spacey and Eric Roth produced remake of the British miniseries "House Of Cards," doesn't take any bold structural or stylistic detours. But it is totally fucking brilliant just the same.

The Essentials: The 5 Best Walter Hill Films

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • February 1, 2013 11:58 AM
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It's not that often that we call a new Sylvester Stallone-starring movie an event, let alone when it's one as seemingly cheap and long-delayed as "Bullet to the Head," which opens on Friday. But given that the film is the first theatrical feature in thirteen years from action legend Walter Hill, it's certainly got our interest more than most similar films.

Watch: Seth Rogen & Paul Rudd Pitch Bob Odenkirk In Samsung Super Bowl Spot

  • By Ken Guidry
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  • February 1, 2013 11:46 AM
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As usual, every year when the Super Bowl comes around, the ads that air during the big game wind up becoming one of the bigger talking points with everybody the next day. A recent trend for some of these advertisers lately has been airing commercials that tease their upcoming commercials that will air during the Super Bowl. Yes, commercials teasing about future commercials, what a concept. Samsung has decided to join in on this trend, but at least their teaser is amusing and features Seth Rogen, Paul Rudd, and Bob Odenkirk.

Steven Soderbergh Says 'Side Effects' Isn't A "Big Pharma" Movie & Explains Why Every Shot Matters

  • By Gabe Toro
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  • February 1, 2013 11:24 AM
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With “Side Effects,” director Steven Soderbergh is about to see the release of his final theatrical film (read our review here). The picture, dealing with the rabbit hole that one doctor (Jude Law) falls into when treating a depressed patient (Rooney Mara) has elements of an "issue film," but at a Lincoln Center screening earlier this week, Soderbergh and writer Scott Z. Burns claim that’s just a bit of misdirection.

Exclusive: David Fincher Directing Justin Timberlake's "Suit & Tie" Video Featuring Jay-Z

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • February 1, 2013 11:04 AM
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It's hard to belive that it was seven years ago when Justin Timberlake dropped FutureSex/LoveSounds, his chart topping sophomore album, but since then the pop star turned actor, lining up parts in a wide range of films from the B-movie sleze of "Black Snake Moan," to the comedies "Bad Teacher" and "Friends With Benefits," to the sci-fi "In Time" and the baseball drama "Trouble With The Curve." And while 2013 will see him appear in the Coen Brothers' "Inside Llewyn Davis," Timberlake is headed back to where he started, with a new album The 20/20 Experience dropping in the spring. And he's roped in the helmer who helped him achieve his finest performance to date, to lens the first video for the album.

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