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What Are You Seeing This Weekend? 'Broken City' Will Take 'The Last Stand' For Your 'Mama'

  • By Emma Bernstein
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  • January 18, 2013 3:58 PM
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It's another weekend of post-New-Year roll-outs, and this batch continues to solidify January's low-rung status in the theatrical release schedule. Even with the bloated roster of celebrity names, there is a noted dearth of quality among the films (plus, no Ryan Gosling, whose appearance always makes things just a little bit better). Now, we're not trying to discourage you from going to see the Governator's cinematic comeback, or Guillermo del Toro's newest (and weakest) CGI monster... Okay, fine, yes we are. So here are a few alternatives: (1) check out our 2013 Oscar coverage, and catch up with the nominees you haven't seen yet; (2) brush up on your film history and update your Netflix queue with recommendations from our latest features, including Kim Jee-Woon, Max Von Sydow, and Ang Lee. Enjoy!

'Game Of Thrones' Star Carice Van Houten Joins Benedict Cumberbatch In Bill Condon's Wikileaks Movie

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • January 18, 2013 3:33 PM
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The star of Paul Verhoeven's undervalued "Black Book," Carice Van Houten, was tipped for big things after that film bowed in 2006. The actress picked up Hollywood roles in "Valkyrie" and "Repo Men" but neither role was particularly rewarding, and she had a quiet few years after. But the Dutch star (who has a side career in the music industry) picked up a prominent role as sorceress Melisandre in HBO's "Game Of Thrones" (she'll be returning to the show for the third season when it debuts in March), and now she's landed a role in another big Hollywood picture.

Martin Scorsese Planning To Make 'Silence' Next (Again), Holds Table Read Of 'The Irishman'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • January 18, 2013 3:20 PM
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The last time Martin Scorsese promised his long developing, dream project "Silence" was "next," was after he had wrapped on "Hugo." But as always, something else came first, and this time it was his upcoming "The Wolf Of Wall Street," which started shooting last summer and only wrapped earlier this week. But as you might recall, over the summer Scorsese was sued by Cecchi Gori Pictures, the production company who have been backing development, as they were more or less finally fed up of seeing Scorsese do everything but make "Silence." And perhaps because of that little legal battle, the director is finally promising to make it next.

Watch: Blooper Reel For 'This Is 40' Makes You Wonder If There's Going To Be Anything Left For The DVD

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • January 18, 2013 2:59 PM
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After an endless stream of deleted scenes from Judd Apatow's "This Is 40," either one of two things are happening: Universal isn't ponying up for the usual extras-laden DVD that an Apatow film usually comes with, or they're just trying to get more people out to see the movie, as it has quietly pushed past $60 million at home. But as the old saying goes, why buy the milk when....well, you know the rest. Anyway, continuing the treats for those who want even more from the two-hour-plus movie, get ready to giggle.

There's Going To Be A Lance Armstrong Movie Now Thanks To J.J. Abrams

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • January 18, 2013 2:30 PM
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For Chrissakes, enough already. It's bad enough we have to endure a two night OPRAH EVENT with shamed Lance Armstrong, but there are also the countless think pieces that have emerged in the past and, I shit you not, I'm pretty sure I saw an article today about a joke Armstrong tried to tell in part one of the interview, that didn't quite land. But if you've had enough of Armstrong mania and his bid to be loved again because he needs to make a living now that all of his endorsements fell through, guess what: here comes the movie about his life.

Get Ready For The 'Evil Dead' Remake: Watch Sam Raimi's 1978 Short Film 'Within the Woods' That Started It All

  • By Ken Guidry
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  • January 18, 2013 2:18 PM
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If you’re a fan of the "Evil Dead" series, you’ll probably want to stop everything that you’re doing right now. Sam Raimi’s 1978 short film “Within the Woods,” the film that inspired “The Evil Dead,” is now available in its entirety via YouTube. Given that all too often the news brings a coal-in-the-stocking present like, well, an "Evil Dead" remake, it’s always a feel-good moment when we are given a gift such as this. While the quality of the short film isn't so hot, fans will get a kick out of seeing Bruce Campbell and Ellen Sandweiss, back when they were teenagers, playing early versions of Ash and Cheryl from the 1981 horror cult classic.

Does 'The Hobbit' Deserve A VFX Oscar? 3 Featurettes Make The Case

  • By Joe Cunningham
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  • January 18, 2013 1:55 PM
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While Peter Jackson’s final film in his epic “The Lord of the Rings” trilogy was showered with Oscars, that won’t be the case for the first installment of “The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey." The film picked up just three Oscar nominations, putting it in the running for Makeup and Hairstyling (which it may have a shot at if the voters take beardstyling into consideration too), Production Design and Visual Effects. In that final category 'The Hobbit' will face stiff competition in the form of “Life of Pi,” “The Avengers,” “Prometheus” and “Snow White and the Huntsman,” but three new featurettes argue that the work done by Weta on 'The Hobbit' deserves to come out on top.

Over A Dozen New Images Of Ben Affleck, Rachel McAdams, Olga Kurylenko & Javier Bardem In Terrence Malick's 'To The Wonder'

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • January 18, 2013 1:34 PM
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It might have been a far shorter wait than we're used from Terrence Malick -- less than two years have passed since the premiere of "The Tree Of Life" -- but given that it shot over three years ago, and premiered at Venice six months back, those who weren't lucky enough to see "To The Wonder" on the festival circuit in 2012 must be getting impatient to see the latest film from the reclusive auteur.

Watch: First Trailer For Ramin Bahrani's 'At Any Price' Starring Zac Efron & Dennis Quaid

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • January 18, 2013 1:23 PM
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Primarily known for his low-profile indies like "Man Push Cart," "Chop Shop" and "Goodbye Solo," Ramin Bahrani has made a play to the mainstream (or closer to it anyway) with "At Any Price," a movie that has none other that heartthrob Zac Efron in a lead role. And after hitting the trifecta of Venice/Telluride/Toronto last fall, the film is gearing up to arrive in theaters this spring, and the first trailer has arrived.

First Look At 'Cloudy 2: Revenge Of The Leftovers' Plus New Pic Of Tom Cruise In 'Oblivion'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • January 18, 2013 12:44 PM
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While everyone up in Park City is working their way through indie films that are about Important Things and could be potential Oscar Winners, the studio gravy train will always be franchises, sequels, tentpoles and blockbusters. So here's some reminders of where most of the money in Hollywood is spent each year.

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