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NRA Blames Movies Like 'Natural Born Killers' & 'American Psycho' For Violent Gun Deaths

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • December 21, 2012 1:04 PM
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If there is any small bit of positivity one can take from the school shooting tragedy in Newtown, Connecticut earlier this month, it's that it will hopefully force a sober and frank discussion about the profileration of assault weapons and the ease of access to guns and ammunition in this country. And indeed, many quarters are calling for stricter laws or even bans to be drawn up around the type of weapons that were used by the killer in Newtown. Staying mostly silent until now has been the NRA themselves, but today they finally held a press conference (but didn't take any questions) and seemed to dust off a speech that was two decades old.

Fake Movies & Shows From 'Arrested Development' Get Added To Netflix

  • By Joe Cunningham
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  • December 21, 2012 12:44 PM
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As if we weren’t already excited enough about the revival of “Arrested Development,” Netflix has gone and made sure we’ll remember just how excited we are on a regular basis while browsing the site. The cult sitcom, which aired on Fox between 2003 and 2006, was always great at peppering the show with gags so there were always plenty of in-jokes for fans to love. Well, full credit to Netflix for exploiting those and peppering them across the site.

David Oyelowo Talks The '70s Influences Of 'Jack Reacher,' Says Lee Daniels' 'The Butler' Is 'Forrest Gump'-Esque

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • December 21, 2012 12:24 PM
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David Oyelowo is one of those actors who has had a very, very good year. He started off 2012 by being a part of George Lucas' World War II epic "Red Tails," made a splash with the Cannes debut of Lee Daniels' pulpy "The Paperboy," and is closing out the year with two high-profile performances – he can be seen briefly at the start of Steven Spielberg's beloved "Lincoln" and stars as one of the heavies in the hotly anticipated "Jack Reacher," where he stars alongside Tom Cruise in the first adaptation of Lee Child's wildly popular book series.

Watch: French Trailer For Terrence Malick's 'To The Wonder' Features New Footage, Olga Kurylenko Voiceover

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • December 21, 2012 11:52 AM
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It's kind of a bummer to see so many dismissing Terrence Malick's upcoming "To the Wonder" with jokes about shots of wheat fields and sighs over the trademark camerawork he employs with Emmanuel Lubezski. But it speaks to the film itself, which is free from cynicism, and a deeply earnest and soulful look at love and loss, which some may have let their guard down to embrace.

Watch: Michael Caine Reveals Alfred's Backstory In 'The Dark Knight' Trilogy, Compares Christopher Nolan To David Lean

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • December 21, 2012 11:38 AM
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"The Dark Knight Rises" may be on home video for your viewing pleasure, with plenty to dig into among the extras, but that doesn't mean there still isn't more to discover about the film. The promotion for the movie continues and over at the Warner Bros. UK YouTube channel, they've thrown up an interview with Michael Caine (aka Alfred) and there are some choice revelations that will please diehard fans.

'Amour,' 'No,' 'Beyond The Hills' & More Make 9 Film Foreign Language Oscar Shortlist

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • December 21, 2012 11:14 AM
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Well, the world didn't end which means that the awards season can continue unfettered, and today the Academy unveiled the shortlist for the Best Foreign Language Oscar and it's impressive. With themes of death, politics, religion, child soldiers and more throughout, it seems that voters weren't shying away from difficult films this year.

Review: Overwrought 'The Impossible' Drowns In A Sea Of Melodrama

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • December 21, 2012 11:05 AM
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If "The Impossible" moves viewers to do anything, it may be to upgrade their life insurance policy to cover injuries due to tsunami. Following a wealthy family who encounter undeniable hardship, they are also blessed with the kind of luck and good fortune that only happens in the movies (or to people who can afford it). Except as director Juan Antonio Bayona takes great pains tell us, this is Based On A True Story (with the words "true story" then left to linger on their own before the movie begins). And while that may (almost) forgive some of the more happenstance developments in the film, it doesn't excuse the overbearing emotion and narrow focus of this overwrought picture.

Listen: Songs From Mogwai's Soundtrack To French Zombie TV Show 'Les Revenants'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • December 21, 2012 10:39 AM
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Scottish outfit Mogwai have been turning it up and blowing your hair back for nearly two decades now, with moody, loud and intense post-rock of the highest order. While their songs have found their way onto countless soundtracks, the band themselves, curiously, haven't done much in the way of scoring. Most notably, they tuned up the abstract documentary "Zidane: A 21st Century Portrait," worked with Clint Mansell on "The Fountain" and also apparently worked on a random 1997 version of "A Picture Of Dorian Gray." That said, their latest marriage of sound and visual seems perfectly fitting.

Review: 'Monsters, Inc.' In 3D Is Just As Much Fun As It Was The First Time Around

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • December 21, 2012 10:20 AM
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"Monsters, Inc." represented a lot of firsts for the Pixar animation studio. Released in the fall of 2001, it was the first film without the direct supervision of John Lasseter, who had directed the three previous films for the studio and remains its chief creative force. It was also the first of their films to not be set entirely in "our" world (instead it was located in a distinctly monstrous alternate universe); the first one to feature a human character in the lead, too (the young girl Boo). And it would be the last to be wed to the patented Pixar buddy movie formula, although subsequent films have incorporated that element to varying degrees. But it's easy to forget about all the groundbreaking qualities when watching "Monsters, Inc," in a newly 3D-ified version, on the big screen this week, and just get lost in all the crazy fun (again).

Ridley Scott To Direct Pilot Episode Of Showtime's Religious Thriller 'The Vatican'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • December 21, 2012 9:56 AM
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While as a producer, Ridley Scott has been behind countless projects on TV, as a director, he hasn't gone behind the camera for anything on the small screen in over four decades. You would have go back to a 1969 episode of the show "The Troublemakers" to find Scott's name on the episode "If He Hollers, Let Him Go." Well, it looks something has finally lured Scott to dip his toes back into the format where he first tested his skill.

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