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WATCH: Trailer for 'The Legend of Hercules,' Plus New Poster

The latest trailer has arrived for Summit's "The Legend of Hercules," slated for a January 10 release. It stars Kellan Lutz (of the "Twilight" franchise) in the title role as the Greek half-man half-god who must overcome his existence as a slave by using his outsized strength. Watch below, plus check out the film's new one sheet.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • November 29, 2013 1:04 PM
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Happy Thanksgiving! Ten Dysfunctional Family Films to Bring You All Together -- Or Not

The holidays are nigh, so here are ten dysfunctional family films to bring you all together (or drive you apart). The dysfunctional family film can run the gamut from depressing ("Capturing the Friedmans" or "Cries and Whispers," anyone?) to surprisingly warm ("Hannah and Her Sisters"). Below, we've categorized our ten titles into the Dark Meat and the Light(er) Meat -- because everyone has their own preference.
  • By Beth Hanna and Ryan Lattanzio
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  • November 28, 2013 12:49 PM
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'Charlie Countryman' and 'Wolf of Wall Street' Make Sex Scene Trims for R Rating; Evan Rachel Wood Vents Against MPAA

Martin Scorsese's new movie "The Wolf of Wall Street," which starts screening for press and awards voters the week after Thanksgiving, has already been showed to the MPAA ratings board-- which would not grant an R rating until the director trimmed some sexy material. The movie still came in at two hours 59 minutes--well over two 45-- so it doesn't look like he cut very much. Actress Evan Rachel Wood was dismayed when she saw the final cut of "Charlie Countryman" and took to Twitter Wednesday to vent her displeasure. ‏
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • November 27, 2013 8:05 PM
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This Holiday Weekend, See Musicals 'Black Nativity' and 'Frozen'

From Langston Hughes adaptation "Black Nativity" to Disney's animated musical comedy "Frozen," there is plenty of family fare to see this holiday weekend, which is light on awards contenders. Starring an acclaimed Idris Elba, the Nelson Mandela biopic "Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom" also opens, as does Spike Lee's beefed up "Oldboy" remake.
  • By Anne Thompson and Ryan Lattanzio
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  • November 27, 2013 5:01 PM
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The Liberation of Harrison Ford, Character Actor: "It's risky every time you go out" (EXCLUSIVE VIDEO)

"It's risky every time you go out," says Harrison Ford. The iconic actor can still draw crowds in an Indiana Jones sequel, but at age 71, he is starting to enjoy his rights as a character actor in such roles as Branch Rickey in "42" and Colonel Graff in "Ender's Game."
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • November 27, 2013 4:28 PM
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Oscar Winner Lubezki Talks the Virtual Cinematography of 'Gravity,' How a Peter Gabriel Concert Helped Him Visualize the Film and More

With three out of the last four Oscars for cinematography going to hybrid movies, is it any wonder that Emmanuel ("Chivo") Lubezki won Best Cinematography for "Gravity" at the 2014 Oscars? Especially after Lubezki and his collaborators devised a brilliant new lighting system for simulating the physics of space in the game-changing and emotionally-gripping blockbuster.
  • By Bill Desowitz
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  • November 27, 2013 2:15 PM
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Trailers from Hell: Larry Karaszewski on Comedy Classic 'Richard Pryor: Live on the Sunset Strip'

Who's Afraid of Richard Pryor's Sneakers? continues at Trailers from Hell with screenwriter Larry Karaszewski introducing "Richard Pryor Live on the Sunset Strip," Pryor's now classic "concert" film wherein he prowls the stage of the Hollywood Paladium for 82 remarkable minutes, gleefully riffing on his personal lifewhile effortlessly embodying a multitude of characters.
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  • November 27, 2013 2:05 PM
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Weinsteins Go New Media with 'August: Osage County' as Streep Limits Press Access, Pursue Awards Influencers in New Way (STREEP TALKS VIDEO)

What does the mighty New York Times do when there's no Meryl Streep interview? They do a write-around. Streep was a no-show at the "August: Osage County" unveiling and press conference at the Toronto Film Festival, allowing others to speak for her. (Early press reaction was mixed.) Instead she did the one thing press-shy folks must do: a press conference posted on YouTube (below). And the Weinstein know this movie's most enthusiastic supporters will be actors, so they are courting them in an innovative new way.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • November 27, 2013 1:10 PM
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Screenwriters on Writing: NY Times Asks Linklater, Polley, Holofcener, Delpy, Gerwig and More About the Art of the Film Script

The New York Times queried 14 talented screenwriters, asking simple questions like "What's the trick to writing realistic dialogue?," and many of the responses are fascinating. A highlight of responses below, from Richard Linklater, Greta Gerwig, Nicole Holofcener, Sarah Polley, Ethan Hawke, Julie Delpy and more.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • November 27, 2013 12:12 PM
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WATCH: Quentin Tarantino Tells Jay Leno About His Next Film -- "It's Another Western" But Not a 'Django Unchained' Sequel

Quentin Tarantino, grateful to Jay Leno for the late night host's years of support in helping to spread the word on his films, gave Leno a juicy tidbit on last night's show. Tarantino told Leno the scoop on his next film: "It's a Western. It's another Western. It's not a 'Django' sequel." More below, plus watch the video.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • November 27, 2013 11:47 AM
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