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Thanksgiving Weekend Box Office Preview: Odes to Silents, Family Fun, Battling Shrinks and Dark Police

You can feast on an embarrassment of riches this holiday weekend. Many offerings are on the nostalgic side, from the delightful silent ode to film, "The Artist" to Martin Scorsese's 3-D cinematic adventure "Hugo." David Cronenberg's "A Dangerous Method" is wordily worthy, with the bonus of its easy-on-the-eyes trio: Keira Knightley, Michael Fassbender and Viggo Mortensen. Michelle Williams channels tragic magic in "My Week with Marilyn." Family-friendly entertainments "The Muppets" and "Arthur Christmas" are both earning raves. Odd man out is dark police drama "Rampart," but Woody Harrelson's performance is arguably the best of this entire holiday batch. Reviews, details and trailers below. Enjoy!
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • November 25, 2011 4:16 PM
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Hugo: The 3-D Game-Changer

  • By Bill Desowitz
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  • November 25, 2011 12:44 PM
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Mendes Casts Whishaw as Bond Gadget-Meister Q in Skyfall

Clearly, director Sam Mendes is seeking to update the Bond franchise and pull in some younger viewers. While Daniel Craig and Judi Dench are returning as agent 007 and his boss, M, respectively, John Cleese will not come back as Q. That role will go to a younger-generation gadget-master to be played by Ben Whishaw, 31, a terrific actor who shined as Freddy Lyon in the Brit TV series "The Hour," Ariel in Julie Taymor's "The Tempest," one of several incarnations of Bob Dylan in Todd Haynes' "I'm Not There," and Jane Campion's "Bright Star," among other films. He co-starred with Craig in "Layer Cake" as well, and stars opposite Tom Hanks in the upcoming "Cloud Atlas."
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • November 25, 2011 11:52 AM
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My Week with Marilyn Review: Williams and Branagh Scintillating; New Clips & Promo Image

  • By Matt Mueller
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  • November 23, 2011 5:24 PM
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First Look at Prometheus: Scott's Sci-Fi Thriller with Alien DNA, Fassbender, Theron, Rapace, Elba, Pearce & Wilson

Ridley Scott's 3-D sci-fi thriller "Prometheus" is shrouded in mystery. Now EW offers a first look at the "Aliens"-related VFX space epic set for June 2012 release starring Michael Fassbender, Charlize Theron, Noomi Rapace, Idris Elba, Patrick Wilson, Guy Pearce. Need we say more? We got our first peak at Comic-Con (the fest's prime asset). Fassbender told us that he plays an android based on the physicality of diver Greg Louganis.  "There’s definitely a link to 'Alien,' there’s creatures in it that you’ll recognize,” he said at Comic-Con. Theron added that "people should really let go of the idea that it’s an Alien film.” Want more images? Here. At Comic-Con, Fox and Scott downplayed the sci-fi space thriller's relationship to Scott's original film and the kick-ass James Cameron sequel "Aliens." But Scott admits that this movie is grown from the same DNA. The movie is a further exploration of that future world produced with the scale and scope that new technology makes possible. And its ultimate goal is "to scare the living shit out of you," Scott said via satellite from Iceland.
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • November 23, 2011 4:30 PM
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Immersed in Movies: Revisiting Hollywood's Silent Golden Age with The Artist

Jean Dujardin in "The Artist"
  • By Bill Desowitz
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  • November 23, 2011 4:22 PM
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Dustin Lance Black Talks Controversial J. Edgar Script: "We Didn't Put Hoover in a Ball Gown"

  • By Anne Thompson
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  • November 23, 2011 1:44 PM
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More: Awards

Thankful for Scorsese: What's Next; Ebert's Goodfellas & Badfellas; Fast Company on the 'Greatest Living Director'

Martin Scorsese is not slowing down, burning out---or selling out, either. "Hugo," his first children's tale and first 3-D film, opens this weekend, and is earning stellar reviews. While it may prove too rich for many mainstream moviegoers, it's a testament to his ongoing exuberance as a director.
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • November 23, 2011 1:41 PM
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New Italian Cinema: Films Hit the Zeitgeist at 15th Annual San Francisco Fest

  • By Meredith Brody
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  • November 22, 2011 5:10 PM
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Dark Knight Rises: Christopher Nolan Drops News, Batman a Mess, Bane's Brutal Carnage

Go nuts, Batman fans, new details on "The Dark Knight Rises" have landed. Director Christopher Nolan confirms to Empire that the "first six, seven minutes of the film" will screen in select IMAX cinemas on December 21, and will give "an introduction to Bane [the villain, played by Tom Hardy], and a taste of the rest of the film." We'll have to wait until July 20, 2012, to see the complete film. More details below: What's the plot? Well, eight years have gone by since we left Bruce Wayne in "The Dark Knight": "It's really all about finishing Batman and Bruce Wayne's story. We left him in a very precarious place. Perhaps surprisingly for some people, our story picks up quite a bit later, eight years after 'The Dark Knight.' So he's an older Bruce Wayne; he's not in a great state." The challenges in this film are new for Batman, and Nolan says the choice of villain and the direction the story aim to test him "both physically as well as mentally."
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • November 22, 2011 3:06 PM
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