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WATCH: New International Trailer for 'The Amazing Spider-Man 2'

A new international trailer has arrived for "The Amazing Spider-Man 2," starring the intensely likable Andrew Garfield as young Spidey and Emma Stone as his love interest Gwen Stacey. On villain duty is Jamie Foxx, as the sparkly Electro. Watch below.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • December 13, 2013 2:49 PM
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'Monsters University' and 'The Heat' Battle for Top Spot at Lagging Summer Box Office

The release calendar is crowded, and Friday's numbers show that the intense competition for the top films is not expanding the marketplace. The end result is not the box office bonanza many have been predicting. In fact, the total numbers for the top 10 yesterday fell just under 20% from the same Friday last year. This means that a blockbuster summer is less likely than ever to salvage a weak year. And this is at a time when multiple releases are burdened with unforgiving production budgets exceeding $150 million--and more.
  • By Tom Brueggemann
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  • June 29, 2013 2:28 PM
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This Weekend: Head to 'The Heat' and 'Laurence Anyways,' Skip Emmerich's Latest Disaster 'White House Down'

This weekend, the movie to see is Paul Feig's buddy cop comedy "The Heat" starring Sandra Bullock and Melissa McCarthy, but you may want to skip Roland Emmerich's latest blow-em-up spectacle "White House Down."
  • By Anne Thompson and Ryan Lattanzio
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  • June 27, 2013 3:44 PM
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'White House Down' Review and Roundup: Tatum Hits, Emmerich Misses

True confession. Always full of mischief and mayhem, Roland Emmerich movies are guilty pleasures for me. An admittedly cheesy entertainer who aims squarely for the mainstream, the German maestro stages action with flair and delivers superior visual effects--big, small, live-action and digital. When he connects--as he did with old-style effects adventure "Independence Day" (1996) and the weather-gone-amok disaster epic "The Day After Tomorrow" (which seems to be coming true), he makes multitudes of moviegoers very happy. Even "2012" was an enjoyable E-ride if you threw any real-world logic out the window.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • June 26, 2013 4:22 PM
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Trailers from Hell: Brian Trenchard-Smith on Tarantino's Spaghetti Southern 'Django Unchained'

Bullets Don't Argue! week kicks off at Trailers from Hell, with director Brian Trenchard-Smith introducing Quentin Tarantino's Spaghetti Southern "Django Unchained," which won the Oscars for Best Supporting Actor (Christoph Waltz) and Best Original Screenplay.
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  • May 13, 2013 11:23 AM
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Hackford Grills Tarantino on 'Django Unchained': Style, Score, Script Adds, KKK Scene; "it was my 'fuck you' to D.W. Griffith"

"Django Unchained" was among the last of the award season films out of the starting gate. When new Directors Guild member Quentin Tarantino unveiled the film at the DGA on Sunset, it played to raucous applause. Taylor Hackford, who directed Jamie Foxx in his Oscar-winning turn in the musical biopic "Ray," conducted the Q & A.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • December 27, 2012 6:19 AM
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Fasten Your Seat Belts: Judging from Early Jamie Foxx SNL Skit, 'Django' Is Going to be Bumpy Ride

It's going to be bumpy ride. When "Django Unchained" star Jamie Foxx hosted SNL last weekend, gleefully describing how he gets to kill white people in the movie, inevitably, Drudge posted negative reaction. Still to come: Oprah's supportive interview with Foxx airs in two parts on December 16 and 23. A preview of their conversation is below, and focuses largely on women.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • December 12, 2012 5:12 PM
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'Django Unchained' Needed More Time; Review and Roundup

So far the critics are being kind to Quentin Tarantino's bloody Western-down-South, singing the praises of the film's stellar cast and its fierce yet disturbingly funny confrontation with the most shameful chapter of American history. Division comes concerning the film's length, with some enjoying the epic 165-minute runtime, and others finding it an overbloated self-indulgence. Review roundup below.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • December 12, 2012 1:56 PM
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Weinsteins Face Challenging Oscar 'Playbook'

The Weinsteins have long followed the same Oscar playbook: line up a thick stack of Oscar-worthy potential contenders, give them a shot and see what sticks. They're usually pretty sharp about what's going to play with Academy voters. Nobody does it better. But this year things may not be panning out as they had planned. The studios have mounted an arsenal of powerful players for the fourth quarter that have been eating into the indie share of the adult audience.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • November 28, 2012 6:00 AM
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Tarantino Tells Playboy Who Else Was In The Running for 'Django' Before Foxx & His Horse Won the Role

Quentin Tarantino, in his interview for Playboy's December edition, discusses the actors he mulled over for the titular role in this Christmas' "Django Unchained." Will Smith and Jamie Foxx were not the only ones the director considered (Hint: "Omar comin'!") -- but Foxx had the Texan-horse-owner edge.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • November 15, 2012 1:08 PM
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