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Watch: Another 'Girls' Season 2 Trailer Plus New Featurette

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • December 28, 2012 5:07 PM
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While the movie world will be consumed with Oscar talk in January, on the small screen the conversation will turn to Lena Dunham and "Girls." Her hit show returns to HBO for a second season less than a year after the first made some major waves, and earned a small bit of controversy too. And that likely won't end with round two.

Watch: The Horror Short That Inspired 'Mama' Starring Jessica Chastain, Introduced By Guillermo Del Toro

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • December 28, 2012 4:38 PM
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It may seem a bit weird that Jessica Chastain is doing what appears to be a pretty low-rent horror movie, but we'd reckon it's another way to get an auteur notched on her belt that already includes names like Terrence Malick, Jeff Nichols, Kathryn Bigelow, John Hillcoat and more. Guillermo del Toro is the producer behind "Mama," which finds Chastain replacing her fiery red locks for a black-haired goth look, and before you see the movie, you can now check out the short that got the ball rolling.

Watch: New TV Spots For 'Zero Dark Thirty' & 'A Good Day To Die Hard'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • December 28, 2012 4:16 PM
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Santa may have already left the building, but that doesn't mean marketing or advertising stops, as an awards contender and blockbuster hopeful hit the small screen to get your hard earned cash. So let's dive in.

What Are You Seeing This Weekend? 'Django Unchained' & 'Les Miserables' Mark The 'Promised Land'

  • By Emma Bernstein
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  • December 28, 2012 3:28 PM
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Happy almost new year, cinephiles! To ring in the last week of 2012 the studios are releasing films that feature the most wretched, bloody, depraved, licentious, gruesome characters imaginable. To ensure you don't forget how extreme these storylines are, the roles are filled by Hollywood's most beautiful and talented people. The irony, in addition to the movies, is excellent. Dig in, and enjoy! And let us know what you're seeing below.

Tom Hooper Says "The Camera Should Be A Meditation On The Human Face" & More From The Cast Of 'Les Misérables'

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • December 28, 2012 3:12 PM
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If the box office was anything to go by, if you saw any movie on Christmas Day with your family/friends/ON YOUR OWWWWN, it was "Les Misérables," Tom Hooper's blockbuster adaptation of the long-running musical stage adaptation of Victor Hugo's epic novel. Complete with an all-star cast of Hugh Jackman, Russell Crowe, Anne Hathaway, Amanda Seyfried, Sacha Baron Cohen, Helena Bonham-Carter and Eddie Redmayne, the film might have gotten some mixed responses, but it was overwhelmingly the favorite choice of audiences on the 25th, and looks likely to be a major force when Oscar nominations are announced in a couple of weeks.

Watch: ILM Featurette Goes Behind-The-Scenes Of The Impressive VFX Work For 'The Avengers' Final Battle

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • December 28, 2012 3:02 PM
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With Oscar voting now underway, there is no better time to remind those casting ballots -- particularly in the tech categories -- that "The Avengers" was more than just an all-star cast running around in tights. The record smashing success not only boasted the story talents of Joss Whedon, who gave every Marvel fan the popcorn movie they've been longing for, but also some impressive VFX work that brought the whole thing nearly flawlessly to life. And now it's time for those dudes to take a bow.

Christopher Bell's Best Films Of 2012

  • By Christopher Bell
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  • December 28, 2012 2:32 PM
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Another year, another fifty lists. There were a lot of truly terrific movies to come out in 2012 and it was difficult to sit down and whittle away at a list that contained 30+ films that warranted special acknowledgement. Eventually you have to go with your gut, and I admit that this list may look different in a year, a month, a week, maybe even a day -- but these are the films that really stood out, the ones that had an especially resonant strength.

Maggie Gyllenhaal Joins Michael Fassbender, Domnhall Gleeson & Scoot McNairy In 'Frank'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • December 28, 2012 2:12 PM
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Well, you can put this on our list of movies we'll be keeping an eye out in 2013. A comedic rock biopic starring Michael Fassbender and two of this year's scene stealers Domnhall Gleeson ("Anna Karenina") and Scoot McNairy ("Killing Them Softly," "Argo")? Yeah, sign us up. And it looks like one more solid name is joining "Frank" as cameras are set to begin rolling soon.

The Most Unintentionally Funny Moment of 2012

  • By Rodrigo Perez
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  • December 28, 2012 1:41 PM
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Gabe just tore into "The Hunger Games" and ripped it a new asshole. I wouldn't go so far, but I also can't say I liked the movie much. His missive against it reminded me of what I found to be the most hilarious moment of the film and therefore kind of the most unitentionally funny moment of the year (hey, we have to appoint one, right?)

"It's Not A Propaganda Movie": Jessica Chastain On Torture, The CIA & 'Zero Dark Thirty'

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • December 28, 2012 1:21 PM
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Two years ago, it's possible that only friends and family of Jessica Chastain, along with a savvy casting director or two, would have been able to point her out in a line-up. But after a hugely busy 2011, and a fairly hectic 2012, she's one of the most in demand actresses around, something that's only been further cemented by her role in Kathryn Bigelow's controversial, much-praised "Zero Dark Thirty," which looks set to land her her second Oscar nomination -- and possibly even her first win -- in a few weeks time.

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