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Interview: Rebecca Hall Talks The Real World Implications Of 'Closed Circuit' & Why She Wants To Make A Comedy

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • August 28, 2013 7:04 PM
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Iron Man 3, Rebecca Hall
Rebecca Hall, in just a handful of roles, has become one of our favorite actresses, someone whose presence makes any project endlessly more exciting. Most of us first remember seeing Hall in Christopher Nolan's underrated magician thriller "The Prestige," and she made a splash not long after in Woody Allen's hit "Vicky Christina Barcelona" (she played Vicky), before turning in ace supporting performances in Nicole Holofcener's "Please Give," Ben Affleck's "The Town," the 1974 section of "Red Riding Trilogy," and this summer's "Iron Man 3" (as a brilliant scientist who creates something very bad). She's a fearless actress, bringing both a tightly coiled intensity and disarming beauty to her performances. This is the especially the case in this week's "Closed Circuit," where she plays a lawyer trying a terrorism case in Britain's controversial closed court proceedings (she's also involved romantically with another lawyer, played by Eric Bana).

Joss Whedon Talks Killing Off Marvel Characters Plus Watch 'Iron Man 3' Alternate Ending & Wasp In 'The Avengers'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • August 27, 2013 9:39 AM
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If Marvel has proven one thing thus far in their cinematic universe, no one is ever really dead. As we saw in "The Avengers," with Agent Coulson (Clark Gregg) seemingly dying only to be resurrected for this fall's TV jaunt "The Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D.," the long term value of a character is worth more than short term dramatic stakes. But the question is, can Marvel or current creative godfather Joss Whedon get the brass ones to actually kill off a beloved character? Well, the answer is simple: it has to make sense.

Watch: Clip From 'Marvel One-Shot: Agent Carter' & Deleted Scene From 'Iron Man 3'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • August 19, 2013 3:23 PM
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Marvel doesn't have any movies in theaters for a few months yet but that doesn't really stop the promotion machine one iota. "Iron Man 3" hits home video next month and so the studio's push for the moment is trying to wring some more dollar out of a flick that already crossed $1 billion at the box office.

Watch: Mandarin Wants The Set Prepped In Deleted Scene From 'Iron Man 3' Plus Gag Reel

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • August 13, 2013 3:42 PM
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Marvel doesn't just make a ton of money because their movies are big at the box office, they're savvy marketers, often finding multiple revenue streams for their characters and movies so that they keep the money rolling in. As per usual, the upcoming "Iron Man 3" DVD/Blu-ray will be packed with goodies for fans to dig into and more importantly, give them a reason to own it.

Good Summer/Bad Summer: Who Were The Victors & The Victims Of The Blockbuster Box Office This Year?

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • August 12, 2013 1:27 PM
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Summer 2013 Blockbusters: Hits & Misses
While we're only a few weeks into August, summer blockbuster season is pretty much winding down for the year. Last weekend brought "Elysium," the last major tentpole for the moment (albeit an underperforming one), and the rest of August is mostly made up of lo-fi programmers and would-be-franchises that, if their studios had any confidence in them, would be coming out at a different time. So it seems like a good time as any to take a look at the summer box office over the last few months, and discuss who had a good May-August in 2013, and who really didn't.

Podcast: Cancelling The Apocalypse! The Playlist Assesses The 2013 Summer Movie Season, So Far

  • By Erik McClanahan
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  • July 16, 2013 5:25 PM
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..and the podcast is back. On this latest episode, host (yours truly) and contributor Erik McClanahan is joined by Editor-In-Chief Rodrigo Perez and Managing Editor Kevin Jagernauth for an in depth assessment of the summer movie season so far this year. After you give it a listen, don't forget to chime in with your thoughts in the comments section, we'd love to know what's worked and what hasn't for you this year, trends you're noticing, etc. How has your summer been at the movies?

Poster & Images Debut From 'Captain America' Short Film 'Agent Carter'

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • July 11, 2013 2:00 PM
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The Marvel movies haven't exactly been great when it comes to giving exciting roles to female characters (and performers). Sure, there are usually female characters in these movies but they're almost always playing second (or third) banana. Even when noted feminist Joss Whedon made "The Avengers," he gave the Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson) such a reduced role you couldn't be faulted for wondering if she was one of the superheroes' girlfriend. Thankfully, there might be one (small) inroad made in the form of "Agent Carter," a Marvel short film that accompanies the Blu-ray/DVD release of "Iron Man 3," and features Hayley Atwell's Peggy Carter front and center. Today comes the first images and poster (wait, there's posters for promotional short films now?), as the pre-Comic-Con nerd frenzy builds to a deafening buzz.

James Cameron Says 'Man Of Steel' & 'Iron Man 3' Probably Didn't Have To Be In 3D

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • July 5, 2013 2:28 PM
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There is probably no bigger cheerleader on the planet for 3D than James Cameron, but he's also been the loudest voice when it comes to half-hearted, unartistic use of the format. And he recently had a lot to say about 3D and moviemaking in general, sitting down with Alfonso Cuarón for a conversation at Mexico City’s technology forum TagDF on Wednesday. Why were they paired up? Well, it turns out Cameron lent Cuarón some technology assistance on his upcoming 3D space adventure "Gravity," a movie will undoubtedly meets his approval, 3D-wise. But as for some of the other blockbusters this summer? Not so much.

Weekend Box Office: 'Furious 6' Leads Biggest Memorial Day In History, Doubles 'Hangover Part III' Opening

  • By Gabe Toro
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  • May 26, 2013 1:28 PM
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It was touted as one of the biggest box office match-ups of the year, but now that the dust has settled, it wasn’t even close. “Fast & Furious 6” more than doubled the weekend take of closest competitor “The Hangover Part III” in a showdown between two sequels we never expected to happen four years ago, when Universal reluctantly re-assembled the pieces for “Fast & Furious” and Warner Bros. gave us the first 'Hangover.' For one, success in perpetuity: an immediate sequel to “Fast & Furious 6” is already slated for next summer. But put down your bottles and cans, boys and girls – “The Hangover” ends here. With this weekend, Vin Diesel and the boys might be looking at a three-day global total close to $270 million.

Box Office: 'Star Trek Into Darkness' Opens At Number #1 But Falls Below Expectations

  • By Gabe Toro
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  • May 19, 2013 12:43 PM
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Star Trek Into Darkness
Has anyone stopped to think that maybe the success of 2009's "Star Trek" was a fluke? Coming off the worst-performing entry of a ten film series ("Star Trek Nemesis" grossed $43 million in 2002), Paramount produced a big-budgeted sexy version of what was once considered a "nerdy property" and broke out with a $385 million worldwide gross. With "Star Trek Into Darkness," most were expecting audience goodwill and the addition of 3D would boost this picture into a four-day opening close to $100 million. That was assuming that most of the public was aware the studio made a last-minute decision to push the release from Friday to Thursday, and either the $81 million four-day take suggests they weren't, or that maybe we've overestimated the appeal of these films in the first place.

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