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Trailer Watch: Happy Feet 2 in 3-D, Get Your Fluffy On

Warner Bros.'s Happy Feet 2 in 3-D arrives November 18. Check out the trailer, complete with singing and dancing:
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • May 30, 2011 3:31 AM
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Box Office Breaks Memorial Day Weekend Record, Hangover Part II Leads Holiday Surge

Box Office Breaks Memorial Day Weekend Record, Hangover Part II Leads Holiday Surge
The 2011 box office slump is a distant memory as summer hit full stride with two mighty Memorial Day Weekend sequels, The Hangover Part II and Kung Fu Panda 2. Anthony D'Alessandro reports.Grossing $118.1 million in four days, Warner Bros.’ The Hangover Part II wasn't a drunken delusion, but a Memorial Day box office record worth remembering. Like a cup of coffee after an evening’s stupor, Hangover 2 jolted this year’s under-25 set wide awake as they spent an estimated $280 million overall at the cinema this weekend –an all-time record that surpasses 2007’s $255.6 million and puts 2010's atrocious $192.7 million Memorial Day B.O. out of mind.
  • By Anthony D'Alessandro
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  • May 29, 2011 2:42 AM
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Academy Unspools Summer of Silents, Starring Keaton, Chaplin, Oliver & Hardy

On the heels of one the most acclaimed films in the Cannes Film Festival this year --the silent film The Artist, made in Hollywood by the French, which earned Jean Dujardin the best actor Palme d'Or--the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences is presenting a wondrous program, Summer of Silents.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • May 27, 2011 12:19 PM
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Jon Favreau Talks Genre-Mash Cowboys & Aliens: The Science of Sincerity

Jon Favreau Talks Genre-Mash Cowboys & Aliens: The Science of Sincerity
In an interview with TOH's Anthony D'Alessandro last week at the National Italian American Federation Gala, where Jon Favreau was lauded with the org’s Special Entertainment Achievement Award, the actor-director gave up some nuggets of intel on his upcoming summer genre-mash Cowboys & Aliens, starring Daniel Craig and Harrison Ford.Kitschy high-concept vehicles can be a turnoff on their title alone. Before moviegoers even approached the ticket booth, they could smell the stench of the ridiculous in polyester pics such as 1996’s Mars Attacks! ($37.8 million), 2006’s Snakes on a Plane ($34 million) or 2007’s Grindhouse ($25 million) – all of which crashed at the domestic B.O., despite having credible talent attached. However, with Cowboys & Aliens, Favreau and Universal are hoping to best such Z-movie stigma by selling the summer tentpole as a straight-up, serious X-Files western, evident in the first trailer (see below) they released back in November.
  • By Anthony D'Alessandro
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  • May 27, 2011 12:18 PM
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Dueling Snow Whites: Relativity's Grimm vs. Universal's Huntsman, The Casts So Far

Dueling Snow Whites: Relativity's Grimm vs. Universal's Huntsman, The Casts So Far
UPDATE: One point for Relativity's untitled Snow White! Finally, some good news for the film comes in the form of Sean Bean. He will play the King whose kingdom is destroyed by the Evil Queen (Julia Roberts). Relativity is now touting this as a family-friendly Snow White, since they already know Universal's Snow White and the Huntsman is going to outdo them in the creative edge department. The film is currently shooting in Montreal.
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • May 27, 2011 11:40 AM
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Weekly Wrap: Cannes Interviews, Winners & Losers, Tree of Life, Bridesmaids, Hangover & Box Office

Weekly Wrap: Cannes Interviews, Winners & Losers, Tree of Life, Bridesmaids, Hangover & Box Office
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  • By Anne Thompson and Sophia Savage
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  • May 27, 2011 8:00 AM
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Weekend Preview: Avoid The Hangover Part II For Something Unforgettable: The Tree of Life

Weekend Preview: Avoid The Hangover Part II For Something Unforgettable: The Tree of Life
This Memorial Day weekend brings the best and worst of moviegoing experiences. For family fun, Kung Fu Panda 2 is a sure thing, while The Hangover Part II serves up "An embarrassing descent into racial stereotypes and tired homophobia," says Spout, and to add injury to insult, it's not even funny. Our recommendation for a worthwhile experience is Terrence Malick's long-awaited Palme d'Or-winner, The Tree of Life.
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • May 27, 2011 5:30 AM
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Trailer Watch: I Don't Know How She Does It: Carrie Bradshaw in Boston, with A Job, Husband & Kids

I Don't Know How She Does It stars Sarah Jessica Parker, Greg Kinnear, Pierce Brosnan, Olivia Munn, Seth Meyers, Kelsey Grammer, Christina Hendricks and Jane Curtin. The comedy might look like a variation on Sex and the City, but it is actually based on Allison Pearson's 2003 novel (adapted by Aline Brosh McKenna), and directed by Douglas McGrath. The synopsis is below, in case the trailer doesn't make the entire plot clear enough. The Weinstein Co. releases the film September 16.
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • May 27, 2011 3:26 AM
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Funny or Die: Between Two Ferns with Galifianakis, Ferrell, Jon Hamm and Speed Stick

Will Ferrell visits Zach Galifianakis's Funny or Die show, Between Two Ferns. Enjoy...Between Two Ferns with Zach Galifianakis: Will Ferrell from Will Ferrell
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • May 27, 2011 2:37 AM
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Lord of the Rings vs. Harry Potter: Does The Question Really Need To Be Asked?

Apparently it does, so Asylum asked it: Check out loyal fans stating their arguments:
  • By Anne Thompson & Sophia Savage
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  • May 26, 2011 9:00 AM
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