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Captain Kirk & John Harrison Face Off In 2 New 'Star Trek Into Darkness' Photos

  • By Edward Davis
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  • February 9, 2013 2:45 PM
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Fanboy curiosity has always been manic, but it's curdled into desperation of late. Adult geeks have looked at "Iron Man 3" children's toys to assay spoiler characteristics in upcoming Marvel films, but the intense inquisitive desire surrounding "Star Trek Into Darkness" and its main villain is true child's play in comparison. Perhaps it's because director J.J. Abrams is so secretive that it has become a challenge to nerds to figure everything out in advance, and so no one is buying that Benedict Cumberbatch's antagonist character (named John Harrison) is who the film says he is and assume he's Khan, as played by Ricardo Montalban in "Star Trek 2".

Saoirse Ronan Joins Ryan Gosling’s Directorial Debut 'How To Catch A Monster'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • February 9, 2013 11:40 AM
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Is 2013 going to be Saoirse Ronan's biggest year yet? It's certainly shaping up to be that way. She's got potential franchise coming with "The Host" opening next month, genre offerings "Byzantium" and "How I Live Now" are on the horizon, and she's currently lensing Wes Anderson's "The Grand Budapest Hotel" taking the female lead role. Now she's adding Ryan Gosling to her list of accomplishments.

What Are You Seeing This Weekend? 'Would You Rather' 'Glimpse Inside The Mind' Of 'Side Effects' Or 'Identity Thief'?

  • By Emma Bernstein
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  • February 8, 2013 4:58 PM
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It's a big weekend for names. Steven Soderbergh is back for one last go-round on the theatrical circuit (read our retrospective of his work here). Indiewood favorites of this past fall, John Hawkes and Bill Murray, show up to remind us how fantastic they are (and why they should have gotten Oscar noms). Even Charlie Sheen makes a (rather central) appearance. It's a big weekend for experiments too: surrealism, wuxia, and modern-day Shakespeare are here in full force. And, of course, no theatrical release bundle is complete without the "torture porn" of a middle school game gone adult and awry. So, uh, get ready. And let us know what you'll be seeing in the comments below! (And if you're on the East Coast facing Nemo, stay warm and safe!)

YA Update: 'The Maze Runner' Coming Valentine's Day 2014; Mark Waters To Direct 'Blood Sisters'

  • By Tess Hofmann
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  • February 8, 2013 4:43 PM
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After a directorial change-up was announced in August with "Twilight" helmer Catherine Hardwicke being replaced by Wes Ball, the fate of the dystopian teen franchise "The Maze Runner" was unclear. But now, Fox has stamped a Valentine’s Day 2014 release for the as-of-yet unfilmed project, based on the first in author James Dashner’s sci-fi trilogy about adolescent boys trapped in an ever-changing maze. The premise never struck us as being particularly romantic in the way young adult fare generally is, but maybe there’s more to this maze than meets the eye. Or maybe Fox plans to stock this maze full of dreamy, steamy young bucks and lure the high school bachelorettes in.

Watch: Lizzy Caplan Uses Fashion Ad To Make Fun Of Fashion Ads In Funny Short 'Fashion Film'

  • By Joe Cunningham
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  • February 8, 2013 4:20 PM
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We love Lizzy Caplan, but then who doesn’t? It’s pretty hard not to. She was awesome in one of the best comedies of the last decade (“Mean Girls”), similarly awesome in one of the best sitcoms of the last decade (“Party Down”), and has continued to impress in interesting projects ever since. We’re looking forward to seeing her alongside another favorite of ours, Michael Sheen, in Showtime’s intriguing looking “Masters of Sex” later this year. But today we have an unexpected bonus dose of Caplan with the online short, “Fashion Film.”

'Beasts Of The Southern Wild' Star Quvenzhané Wallis In Contention To Play 'Annie'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • February 8, 2013 3:44 PM
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It's one thing to be a young actress and deliver a performance that gets noticed. It's quite another to get an Oscar nomination for your efforts, but Quvenzhané Wallis has been turning heads all through 2012 with her electric turn in "Beasts of the Southern Wild." And while the actress has since taken a small role in Steve McQueen's "Twelve Years a Slave," she may be quickly boosting herself up into blockbuster territory.

First Look: Philip Seymour Hoffman & Rachel McAdams In Anton Corbijn's 'A Most Wanted Man'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • February 8, 2013 3:17 PM
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In the grip of the early winter blahs at the multiplex and with the blockbuster season just around the corner, it may seem that anything resembling a smart, adult drama is far, far away (this weekend's "Side Effects" being the exception). Well, not to fear, because Anton Corbijn is here and the "Control" and "The American" director is gearing up a new thriller, "A Most Wanted Man," and now we have our first look.

Watch: Clever Trailer For Doc 'Room 237' Pays Homage To The Original 'The Shining' Teaser

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • February 8, 2013 2:43 PM
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There are few films in the horror genre -- or even the general history of cinema -- that have continued to spur the kind of obsession, fascination and discussion decades after its release that Stanley Kubrick's "The Shining" has. Indeed, the last few weeks have seen the script pages for the deleted original ending to the movie come to light, while a camera operator went on record about the helicopter shadows in the now classic opening to the movie. But there's oh so much more revealed in the excellent documentary "Room 237," a fascinating look at "The Shining." A new trailer has dropped, and should drum up more excitement for this one.

First Look: Olivia Wilde & Jake Johnson In Joe Swanberg's 'Drinking Buddies'

  • By Edward Davis
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  • February 8, 2013 1:57 PM
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Since 2005, director Joe Swanberg has shot over a dozen feature-length DIY films. He helped kick off the term "mumblecore" in 2005 with his debut, "Kissing on the Mouth," and he's known for micro-budgeted indies like "Hannah Takes The Stairs" (which helped launch Greta Gerwig's career), "Nights & Weekends" and "Alexander The Last." But after making about fourteen features (plus shorts) in about seven years, Swanberg's finally trying his hand at something different: a sort-of Hollywood film called "Drinking Buddies," starring the biggest names that have ever been in any of his films: Anna Kendrick, Olivia Wilde, Jake Johnson ("New Girl"), Ron Livingston and director Ti West.

Watch: Trailer For Berlin & SXSW Pic 'Maladies' Starring James Franco & Cross-Dressing Catherine Keener

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • February 8, 2013 1:44 PM
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Yes, it's James Franco Project #A-9087B-X7, but we'll say this about the prolific actor/writer/director/producer -- his choices are never dull. Indeed, "Maladies" is on our list of 5 Most Anticipated Movies Of The 2013 Berlin Film Festival, and the cast, which also includes Catherine Keener and David Strathairn, is one that we'd be curious to check out in almost anything. And with subject matter such as schizophrenia and sexuality in the mix, the blend could be potent, but we have to be honest: now that the first trailer is here, we're not sure what to think.

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