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Weekend Preview: Take Shelter and 50/50 Best Bets; Plus Dream House, Margaret, Tucker & Dale

Weekend Preview: Take Shelter and 50/50 Best Bets; Plus Dream House, Margaret, Tucker & Dale
How lovely to be amidst the season of quality movies after a summer of fanboy fare and commercial letdowns (exceptions: Rise of the Planet of the Apes, Super 8). This weekend offers a wide variety of films to choose from, but both TOH! and indieWIRE recommend achingly good Take Shelter (here's our interview with star Michael Shannon; and iW's with director Jeff Nichols) and heartfelt and sincere 50/50 (our interview with Joseph Gordon-Levitt) ahead of the critically-slaughtered and much delayed Margaret, the unimpressive Sarah Palin: You Betcha! or the yet-to-be-screened Dream House or Anna Faris' What's Your Number. For the art house cinephile, there's the difficult-but-worth-it My Joy, while Tucker & Dale vs. Evil offers up a healthy serving of bloody fun for those with the appetite.
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • September 29, 2011 8:21 AM
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That's Some Big Armour, Kristen Stewart! Set Photos from Snow White and the Huntsman

The verdict is still out on whether Twilight sensation and indie darling Kristen Stewart can fill the britches of a bad-ass Snow White. Check out these pictures from the set of Universal's Snow White and The Huntsman, which co-stars Charlize Theron is Snow White's nemesis, the Evil Queen.
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • September 29, 2011 8:17 AM
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Fincher Talks Dragon Tattoo With Empire: Lisbeth Salander is Not A Superhero

Rooney Mara and Daniel Craig cover Empire magazine. In this photo, Mara takes a subservient position to Craig (again), as opposed to the Swedish poster. Consider the power dynamics: squatting vs. being on one's knees and standing vs. sitting.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • September 29, 2011 7:10 AM
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Margaret Reviews: A Horrific, Pretentious, Operatic and Remarkable Mess of Movie?

Fox Searchlight finally opens Kenneth Lonergan's six-year-old $12 million Margaret this weekend, but it remains to be seen if it can make it out of the critics' slaughterhouse alive. The Gangs of New York screenwriter's debut as a writer-director, You Can Count on Me, earned two Oscar nominations, for screenplay and actress Laura Linney. But boy did Lonergan hit the sophomore slump, as he became paralyzed trying to cut his second film during an elongated post-production phase that made Terrence Malick look decisive. It's never ideal to take a movie away from a director, but Searchlight and producer Gary Gilbert had to go to court, as Lonergan was literally not cutting it.
  • By Anne Thompson and Sophia Savage
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  • September 29, 2011 6:49 AM
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Spielberg's Tintin Opens in Europe First; Director Talks Robopocalypse, Lincoln

With the Tintin comics much more well-known in Europe than stateside, the plan was always to open the Peter Jackson/Steven Spielberg collaboration The Adventures of Tintin: The Secret of the Unicorn overseas first, in late October, followed by a December holiday-friendly release in North America. (Trailer below.)
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • September 29, 2011 5:38 AM
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The Avengers Cover EW; Their Mighty Powers Still Won't Match B.O. Power of Dark Knight Rises

On newsstands tomorrow, EW's The Avengers issue banks on the star power of not just one, but three existing Marvel superhero franchise movies. Iron Man's Robert Downey Jr., Scarlett Johansson, and Jeremy Renner (Hawkeye), Thor's Chris Hemsworth, and Captain America's Chris Evans join up with new Hulk Mark Ruffalo to defeat uber-villain Loki (Thor's Tom Hiddleston), who told TOH his powers have increased a thousand-fold. It's the superhero franchise movie to end them all.
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • September 29, 2011 4:54 AM
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Trailer Watch: Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close Already Makes Us Teary with U2

Tom Hanks and Sandra Bullock topline Stephen Daldry's Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close, based on Jonathan Safran Foer's novel. Newcomer Thomas Horn looks to be making a great debut here, and the supporting cast of Max Von Sydow, Viola Davis, John Goodman, Jeffrey Wright and James Gandofini don't hurt a bit either. Yes, there's plenty of Oscar-baity heart-tugging; the film will finally arrive in theaters nationwide January 20, after a qualifying NY/LA run.
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • September 29, 2011 3:23 AM
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Sony Pictures Classics Acquires Lebanon Official Oscar Entry Where Do We Go Now?

Sony Pictures Classics Acquires Lebanon Official Oscar Entry Where Do We Go Now?
With Almodovar's The Skin I Live In out of the foreign Oscar race (Spain chose Black Bread instead), as I had suggested, Sony Pictures Classics has indeed picked up U.S. rights to its fourth foreign language Oscar submission, Lebanon's Where Do We Go Now?, directed by Nadine Labacki, which played at Cannes and beat out considerable competition to win the audience award at Toronto.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • September 28, 2011 12:18 PM
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In Time Star Justin Timberlake Invites Photographers To Make Every Second Count

Justin Timberlake is trying--still trying--to parlay his well-earned celebrity status into a movie career.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • September 28, 2011 10:24 AM
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Paramount Moves Up Mission: Impossible and Tintin Release Dates, Overhauls Studio Structure

Paramount is making a lot of moves these days. Tweaking its December release schedule, the studio is launching Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol starring Tom Cruise, with previews in IMAX and other select theaters on December 16, 2011, with its wide release still scheduled for December 21. And Steven Spielberg's The Adventures of Tintin in 3-D, which was previously set for release on December 23, will now open wide everywhere including IMAX two days earlier, on December 21, 2011. This suggests that Paramount feels the need to build word-of-mouth going into the big holiday weekend.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • September 28, 2011 9:27 AM
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