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'Ender's Game' Teaser to Debut in Google Plus Hangout (VIDEO)

On Tuesday, May 7 at 1:00 PM PT/4:00 PM ET, the first teaser trailer for Gavin Hood's "Ender's Game" will premiere during a Google+ Hangout session.
  • By Ryan Lattanzio
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  • May 6, 2013 12:43 PM
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Wong Kar-wai Receives Top French Cultural Prize

Hong Kong director Wong Kar-wai, whose "The Grandmaster" is gearing up for US release later this year by TWC, has received one of the French government's highest honors.
  • By Ryan Lattanzio
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  • May 6, 2013 11:50 AM
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Trailers from Hell: Sam Hamm on Preston Sturges' Defiant Romp 'The Miracle of Morgan's Creek'

This week at Trailers from Hell, Sam Hamm discusses Preston Sturges' final film for Paramount, "The Miracle of Morgan's Creek."
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  • May 6, 2013 11:26 AM
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Bradley Cooper Is New Model Smart Star

As "Silver Linings Playbook" comes out on DVD, which earned Bradley Cooper his first best actor Oscar nomination, well-reviewed "Place Beyond the Pines" is playing around the country, "The Hangover Part III" hits theaters on May 24, and Steven Spielberg has picked as his next movie "American Sniper," which was developed by Cooper's Warner Bros. production company, about Navy SEAL Chris Kyle, an ace sniper who was tragically killed. This actor is clearly doing something right.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • May 6, 2013 6:17 AM
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REVIEW: Luhrmann's 'The Great Gatsby' Wows with Audacious 3-D Visuals, Sags Dramatically

"The Great Gatsby" is a guilty pleasure, a swirling, audacious piece of cinema --in 3-D!--that could prove a crowdpleaser for young audiences. Set during the Roaring Twenties, the classic F. Scott Fitzgerald novel has been a fave of high school and college kids for decades. It plays young, partly because it's about young people in love--or their idea of love, which judging from this latest take on the story, makes people incredibly stupid.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • May 6, 2013 1:04 AM
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Arthouse Audit: 'The Iceman' and 'What Maisie Knew' from Millennium Open Strong

In a weekend dominated by the domestic opening of "Iron Man 3," two films from Millennium Films, both of which showed at Toronto last year to modest attention score surprisingly solid openings in limited play. "The Iceman" and "What Maisie Knew" both starred respected actors (hardly a guarantee for specialized success), enjoyed significant advertising support, and enhanced their prospects with key upbeat reviews.
  • By Tom Brueggemann
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  • May 5, 2013 4:20 PM
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'Iron Man 3' Crushes Weekend Competition, But Can't Save Box Office: 'Pain & Gain' Plummets

Disney and Marvel are chortling with glee at the massive global success of "The Iron Man 3," finally adding late arrival North America to its huge foreign openings. The domestic numbers rank a bit below what "The Avengers" did one year ago, but overtaking that number was a tall order. Even so, $175 million for the weekend is at the high end of expectations, with the best news coming from Saturday's modest drop from the initial number.
  • By Tom Brueggemann
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  • May 5, 2013 12:44 PM
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WATCH: 7-Minute Video on the Making of 'Star Trek: Into Darkness'

Unlike most promo featurettes, Paramount Pictures' seven minutes of behind-the-scenes footage on the making of "Star Trek: Into Darkness" isn't glossily spliced with interviews. It actually tries to capture what it was like during filming on the set of the J. J. Abrams' film. (It's not completely spoiler free: watch with caution.)
  • By Maggie Lange
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  • May 5, 2013 12:28 PM
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Rebecca Eaton Talks 'Mystery' and the Return of Dorothy Sayers' Lord Peter Wimsey

Lord Peter Wimsey solved his first murder in 1923, made his debut on live television in 1947 and his television series debut on Masterpiece Theatre in 1972, and has just bounded into the 21st century in an Acorn Media DVD of that 1972-1975 television series starring Ian Carmichael. "Masterpiece" Executive Producer Rebecca Eaton, who will have “Making Masterpiece,” a memoir of her years as executive producer, published in October, says, that for a “Mystery” series to be successful, “It’s all about the actor.”
  • By Aljean Harmetz
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  • May 5, 2013 7:19 AM
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Docs – Life After Tribeca? These Titles Deserve It

A few good docs always emerge from Tribeca. Yet emerging from any film festival with strong reviews and a distribution deal doesn’t mean that anyone will see the film.
  • By David D'Arcy
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  • May 5, 2013 6:18 AM
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