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Current Vigilante Movie vs. Classic: Hauer as Hobo with a Shotgun vs. Eastwood as Dirty Harry

Current Vigilante Movie vs. Classic: Hauer as Hobo with a Shotgun vs. Eastwood as Dirty Harry
New to TOH this week, review column “Now and Then” takes on the current and the classic. Critic Matthew Brennan pairs reviews of movies newly available to homebodies — through Netflix, DVD, Amazon Video or good old-fashioned television — with a fresh look at the neglected, the forgotten, the classic, or the infamous. Two movies, a thousand words, and a little advice about what to watch (or not). And you don’t even have to leave the couch. (Trailers are below.)We lead off this week with Dirty Harry, textbook of Vigilantism 101 and Holy Grail of imitators for four decades. Your chaser, Hobo with a Shotgun, is part of that long line: the artillery may be heavier and the language coarser, but it’s a clear graduate of the Clint Eastwood School of Policecraft and Weaponry. It doesn’t go down as easy as promised — sort of like the night’s fifth tequila shot — but hopefully this inaugural column will. I guess the question you need to ask yourself is, “Do I feel lucky?” Well do ya, punk?
  • By Matthew Brennan
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  • July 11, 2011 7:44 AM
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Hitler Freaks About the Closing of the 405 Freeway

The latest subtitling of the Downfall Hitler video has the Fuhrer losing his shit over the impending closing of the 405 Freeway this coming weekend, which really is going to wreak havoc in the area.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • July 11, 2011 6:19 AM
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Academy to Archive Alamo Drafthouse/Mondo's Original Movie Posters

Austin exhibitor Alamo Drafthouse/Mondo is teaming with the Academy's Margaret Herrick Library to archive their collection of original film posters created by graphic artists, which they've been producing since 2003.
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • July 11, 2011 6:01 AM
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Javier Bardem Confirms He Is Bond 23 Villain, Still Hope for Ralph Fiennes

UPDATE: Javier Bardem confirms he will play the villain in Bond 23 (the title is rumored to be Skyfall), telling Nightline; "I am very excited, my parents took me to watch the movies, and I saw all of them, and to play that is going to be fun. They chose me to play this man, but I cannot give you many details." Daniel Craig hopes that both Bardem and Ralph Fiennes will be in the film. So do we.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • July 11, 2011 5:44 AM
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New Tintin Trailer Reveals Spielbergian Animation

Check out the new trailer for Steven Spielberg's The Adventures of Tintin: The Secret of the Unicorn (December 23) below, for which star Daniel Craig wore a leotard for the performance capture. The question that Kris Tapley and I asked in our mid-summer Oscar Talk is: will the Academy consider this live action VFX (Avatar) or animation (Monster House)? Clearly the film is utterly stylized and "rendered," as they say in the trade, with no live action components, as "virtual" as Pixar's Cars 2. But performance capture, as live-action director Bob Zemeckis used it in Polar Express, Beowulf and A Christmas Carol, has not been considered animation.
  • By Anne Thompson and Sophia Savage
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  • July 11, 2011 4:51 AM
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The Hobbit Production Video 2 Hits Facebook: Jackson Scouts New Zealand Locations

Having completed their second block of shooting, the cast and crew of The Hobbit are on a break until September 5. In their latest production video blog, filmmaker Peter Jackson and Co. share their vacation plans until they have to be back on set in New Zealand. Activities include getting drunk, visiting family, golf on Pebble Beach, and sleeping in. But first, for Jackson, there's location scouting around the glorious country. Check out some pictures from the video below and watch the video here.
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • July 11, 2011 4:30 AM
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Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: It All Ends at the Box Office

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: It All Ends at the Box Office
As Warner Bros. brings the blockbuster franchise Harry Potter to an end, our in-house numbers cruncher, Anthony d'Alessandro, looks at what could be some astronomical numbers for the ultimate Harry Potter movie, Deathly Hallows Part 2. This comes as no surprise, but according to studio box office bean counters and early U.S. tracking, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 is expected to ring up the best domestic three-day opening of the franchise, out-whizzing the $125-million bow set last November by Part 1.
  • By Anthony D'Alessandro
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  • July 11, 2011 4:20 AM
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Marshall McLuhan Lives

Marshall McLuhan Lives
If you never studied Marshall McLuhan in school, you probably know him from his infamous cameo in Annie Hall, when Woody Allen pulls him out from behind a signpost to shame a fellow moviegoer who has been pontificating on McLuhan's theories (below).
  • By Jacob Combs
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  • July 11, 2011 1:28 AM
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Weekend Box Office: Transformers 3D Holds at Number One; Horrible Bosses Strong at Two

Weekend Box Office: Transformers 3D Holds at Number One; Horrible Bosses Strong at Two
Michael Bay's Transformers: Dark of the Moon 3-D extravaganza, the top-grossing movie of the year, stayed on top despite a respectable 52% dip, followed by yet another R-rated raunch comedy at number two, (top ten box office chart, review links and trailers below). Anthony D'Alessandro reports. Paramount’s Transformers: Dark of the Moon remained in full orbit at the weekend box office, earning $47 million and revving its domestic total to $261 million to overtake The Hangover Part II ($250.8 million) as the highest-grossing film of the year.
  • By Anthony D'Alessandro
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  • July 10, 2011 4:24 AM
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Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2: Satisfying and Glorious Finale

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2: Satisfying and Glorious Finale
From London, critic Matt Mueller reviews Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part 2: For those who felt that splitting the final book of JK Rowling’s wizard’s-own adventure series into two films was just a cynical ploy to squeeze more cash out of moviegoers, not helped by the hurry-up-already feeling left by Harry Potter And The Deathly Hallows: Part 1, all will be forgiven with this immensely satisfying and gloriously nostalgic finale. Deathly Hallows: Part 2 can instantly be counted as one of the finest closing chapters to a franchise in movie history.
  • By Matt Mueller
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  • July 9, 2011 9:52 AM
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