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Watch: Trailer For James Franco's Co-Directed Sundance Film 'Interior. Leather Bar.' Inspired By 'Cruising'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • December 19, 2012 1:49 PM
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Guys, sit down, because we're not sure you're going to be able to handle this. James Franco has made an art project. No, seriously. But kidding aside, it still seems like not a film festival can go by without Franco showing up with cannisters under his arm, and indeed, he'll be at the Sundance Film Festival for something that is truly...Franco-ian.

Updated: Does Luke Skywalker Build A New Jedi Knight Academy In Star Wars 'Episode VII'? Nope

  • By Edward Davis
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  • December 19, 2012 1:09 PM
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While it won't arrive in theaters until 2015, "Star Wars: Episode VII" is still easily one of the most eagerly anticipated films of the decade by apostle-like fans. There's been talk that Han Solo, Luke Skywalker and Princess Leia will all return in one form or another. And did plot details just leak about what Skywalker's role will be?

For Your Consideration: 5 Supporting Performances That Deserve Oscar Nods

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • December 19, 2012 1:01 PM
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As of Monday, Oscar ballots have been sent out, online voting (for the first time ever) is underway, and the endgame of the 2012 awards season approaches. And thanks to the cottage industry of awards predictions and precursors, the narrative is already in place. If you've been talked up as an Oscar contender for the last several months, if you've already been anointed by critics groups or the Golden Globes, then you're seriously in the race. If not, then you should probably make other plans for that Sunday in February.

Joss Whedon Reveals Early Draft Of 'The Avengers' Featured Wasp Instead Of Black Widow

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • December 19, 2012 12:36 PM
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Right around the time that Cobie Smulders was cast as Agent Maria Hill in "The Avengers," some folks speculated that Nick Fury's sidekick might be Wasp. And while that didn't come to fruition, it turns out writer/director and now geek savior of all things Marvel, Joss Whedon, was on the same wave length as the fans out there.

Quentin Tarantino Wrote A Story About A Well-Endowed Black Man Called Jody The Grinder That He Couldn't Fit Into 'Death Proof'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • December 19, 2012 12:05 PM
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Quentin Tarantino loves to write, that much is certain. And indeed, at one point "Django Unchained" was so long, Harvey Weinstein tossed out the idea of splitting it into two movies, "Kill Bill"-style. Of course, that didn't happen, but material was left on the cutting room floor, including a showdown between Django and Stephen that Jamie Foxx told us was one of his favorite moments of the movie. And indeed, Quentin's process often sees characters and plot threads change and mutate between the page and the big screen, and he's revealed that he once had a rather bonkers story for "Death Proof" (that he says is his worst movie) that never made it in.

Jason Schwartzman To Guest on 'Parks & Recreation'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • December 19, 2012 11:32 AM
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Until recently, "Parks & Recreation" have been modest with their guest stars, forgoing the "30 Rock" approach of just getting famous people to show, and instead bringing on collaborators that generally elevate the proceedings. For example: Megan Mulally and Patricia Clarkson as Ron Swanson's ex-wives, Detlef Schrempf as himself, Ben Schwartz as Jean-Ralphio and Andy Samberg as the loud Carl. And that careful approach seems to be continuing, as the show has lined up another great guest.

The Playlist's Woman Of The Year 2012: Jennifer Lawrence

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • December 19, 2012 11:02 AM
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Last year, picking the woman of the year was a no-brainer. We chose Jessica Chastain, who started 2011 as a virtual unknown, and ended it as the star of critical favorites like "The Tree Of Life" and "Take Shelter," box office hits like "The Help" (for which she earned an Oscar nod), all while impressing with diverse roles across a slate of films including "The Debt," "Coriolanus," and "Texas Killing Fields." And this year, we went with another young actress who also showed tremendous range, with acumen both at the multiplex and arthouse.

'The Matrix,' 'Slacker,' 'Dirty Harry,' 'A Christmas Story' & More Added To National Film Registry

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • December 19, 2012 10:30 AM
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The holiday season means a lot of things -- big meals, naps, going to the movies, endless reruns on television -- but many will find themselves with a bit of free time on their hands. And there is no better time to catch up with movies that might have slipped through the cracks of your viewing list than printing out the latest entries to the National Film Registry and bringing it to your local video store (if one still exists) or Netflix account.

Watch: Judd Apatow, Leslie Mann & Paul Rudd Discuss Blurring The Line Between Truth & Fiction In 'This Is 40'

  • By Cory Everett
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  • December 19, 2012 10:05 AM
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Monday night in New York City, The New York Times assembled comedic collaborators Judd Apatow, Leslie Mann and Paul Rudd for an onstage conversation at the Times Center to discuss their new film, “This Is 40.” Though the Times has had an impressive selection of interview subjects throughout 2012 including Marion Cotillard, Gus Van Sant & Matt Damon and Jessica Chastain, they promised they had saved the best for last. For comedy nerds in the audience, this was definitely true. While each member of this creative family (or in Apatow and Mann’s case, actual family) have done work outside the group, they’re all probably best known for their work together: Apatow and Rudd (“Anchorman: The Legend Of Ron Burgundy”), Apatow and Mann (“Funny People”) and the full trio (“The 40 Year Old Virgin” and “Knocked Up”) have all made at least a pair of classics together, no matter which configuration you choose.

Matt Damon Says Original Cut Of 'All Of The Pretty Horses' With Daniel Lanois Score Still Exists

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • December 19, 2012 9:49 AM
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Let's rewind to the year 2000 -- Matt Damon was coming off an impressive string of films including "Good Wll Hunting," "Rounders," and "The Talented Mr. Ripley." Meanwhile, many were looking forward to seeing what Billy Bob Thornton would deliver next following his breakout directorial debut "Sling Blade." So when both were working together on an adaptation of Cormac McCarthy's "All The Pretty Horses," expectations were high. But the result was a classic story of studio interference clashing with artistic vision.
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