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Time Magazine Names 'Cloud Atlas' The Worst Movie Of 2012; 'John Carter' Comes In Second Place

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • December 4, 2012 5:28 PM
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Well, you can't have the best of the year without the worst, and while Cahiers Du Cinema got the ball rolling on the top films of the year, Time Magazine has dropped their rundown of the worst. And topping it all? The Wachowskis and Tom Tykwer's "Cloud Atlas."

Discuss: Where Has The Sense Of Fun Gone From Most Modern Blockbusters?

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • June 26, 2012 1:25 PM
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This past weekend, a film named "Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter" opened. And there were a number of surprising things about the movie: it wasn't an elaborate practical joke; it was greenlit with the expectation that people would want to see it and it seems the smart and capable cast and crew members didn't have anything better to do. But most surpising of all is the way in which a film with the words Abraham, Lincoln, Vampire and Hunter, in that order, in the title, is executed in such a relentlessly grim, humorless manner. Decades ago, it would have been the stuff of B-movies, and yet writer Seth Grahame-Smith and director Timur Bekmambetov play it almost entirely with a straight face.

Weekend Box Office: 'Brave' Is Pixar's Thirteenth Straight Number One Debut

  • By Gabe Toro
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  • June 24, 2012 12:42 PM
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Thirteen films. Thirteen straight hits. All number one movies. It wasn't a surprise to see "Brave" climb that mountain, the fifth-highest opening in Pixar history, even if the numbers are coming in very close to last year's relatively underwhelming "Cars 2." That film wasn't a disappointment as much as it was a "disappointment" -- it outgrossed its predecessor by nearly $100 million and moved serious toys. "Brave" may be looking at similar global business, but without the toy support that made "Cars" a juggernaut, if it performs similar to "Cars 2" domestically ($191 million) people will again start discussing the chinks in Pixar's armor. That being said, "Cars 2" was considered a creative low water-mark, and it dropped 60% in its second weekend, neither of which can be said for "Brave," which should have more traditional animation legs. Expect at least $200 million domestic, probably more, and another victory for Hollywood's premiere hit factory.

In Theaters: 'Abraham Lincoln' Is 'Brave' While 'Seeking A Friend' Is Better Off Sent 'To Rome With Love'

  • By Emma Bernstein
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  • June 22, 2012 2:01 PM
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Hello hello! We hope you’re in the mood for love, because it’s definitely in the popcorn-and-butter-infused theater air this weekend. From an attempt at arranged marriage to a relationship forged at the moment of the apocalypse to romance in Rome (perhaps the romance capital itself, if you don’t count Paris, and, anyway, Woody Allen’s already been there), there’s a wide range of love stories to choose from. And if you prefer vampire flicks, well then you’ll absolutely adore the monster movie take on American history that’s hitting the cinemas. Either way, sneak champagne and chocolate-covered strawberries past the ticket attendants and enjoy Valentine’s Day, Part Deux!

Review: 'Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter' Is A Surprisingly Solid Mix of History & Horror

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • June 21, 2012 8:30 AM
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One of the biggest question marks of the summer movie season has been "Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter," Timur Bekmambetov's $70 million R-rated historical mash-up that sees the sixteenth President of the United States fighting undead creatures and the evils of slavery, all at the same time (in 3D, no less). Based on the novel by Seth Grahame-Smith, who also wrote the screenplay (with uncredited help from Simon Kinberg), and produced by top ghoul Tim Burton, the trailers and television spots didn't completely convey whether or not it was supposed to be funny or scary, serious or silly. It turns out that (brilliantly) -- it's both. Somehow the movie manages to be fun and tongue-in-cheek without ever seeming disrespectful. It's a winning combination of history and horror where Honest Abe is able to kick serious ass.

Tim Burton & Timur Bekmambetov Talk The "Superhero Origin Story" Of 'Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter' & Why They Went 3D

  • By Gabe Toro
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  • June 20, 2012 3:19 PM
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When Seth Grahame-Smith began to write the “Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter,” he didn’t let the epiphany of a wacky title affect his dead-serious alternate universe story -- our 16th President, leader of the people by day, and slayer of the undead at night. Though he couldn’t have expected that the premise to catch the fancy of A-List filmmaker Tim Burton, who heard the title and experienced a brief flashback.

Benjamin Walker Talks 'Muhammad Ali's Greatest Fight,' Discusses The Wushu Aspects Of The Aborted 'Paradise Lost' Adaptation

  • By Gabe Toro
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  • June 19, 2012 10:17 AM
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One of the crucial aspects of this Friday's "Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter" was seeing a fresh face in the lead role, allowing him to become the bloodsucker-loathing President. However, the anonymity of Benjamin Walker, who stars as the axe-swinging badass, isn't expected to last, with the thesp involved in a number of high-profile projects.

Watch: 3 New Clips From 'Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter' Plus Ear Ruining Linkin Park Scored Music Trailer

  • By Charlie Schmidlin
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  • June 18, 2012 12:59 PM
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After its initial run of promotional material consisted of grandiose proclamations set over slo-mo glimpses of bloody vampire killing, three new clips from “Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter” have surfaced, and… surprise, surprise, more of the same on display.

Uncut Scenes From Ang Lee's 'Life Of Pi' To Screen In Front Of 'Prometheus,' 'Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter' & 'Ice Age: Continental Drift'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • June 4, 2012 10:18 AM
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The unexpected highlight of this year's CinemaCon was undoubtedly Ang Lee's "Life Of Pi." The industry convention (which is gaining a larger press presence year by year) found 20th Century Fox unveiling the first footage from Ang Lee's 3D project that the studio has had in development for years, with a variety of directors unable to crack it. Well, it seems Lee has not only found a way into the story based on the acclaimed novel by Yann Martel, but knocked it out of the park. Reactions were breathless, with many proclaiming after only seeing ten minutes of footage that is was going to be a major Oscar contender. And while that remains to be seen, Fox is clearly buoyed by the early word and want to start getting audiences excited too.

Watch: Gettysburg Address Anchors New Trailer For 'Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • May 28, 2012 1:04 PM
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There has got to be someone sorry over at Fox about "Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter." Is anyone talking about this movie? With "Prometheus," "The Amazing Spider-Man" and "The Dark Knight Rises" being the event movies everybody is talking about, and with just about a month to go until 'Vampire Hunter' is released, no one is getting really excited for this. A red band trailer dropped last week that upped the blood factor but not much else, and now another new trailer has arrived and...meh.

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