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Weekend Preview: There's More Than 'The Dark Knight Rises,' Including Must-See Doc 'Queen of Versailles'

Believe it or not, there's more than just the epic conclusion to Christopher Nolan's Batman trilogy arriving in theaters this weekend. If you're not interested in (or, more likely, can't get tickets to) "The Dark Knight Rises," instead consider two great docs...
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • July 19, 2012 3:45 PM
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Comic-Con: Touring The Art of 'Frankenweenie,' Tim Burton Shares 3-D Footage (VIDEO)

The high point of Comic-Con remains Tim Burton's "Frankenweenie," which opens Fantastic Fest on September 20 and hits theaters October 5. First, for all the naysayers who want Burton to stop remaking studio titles and fairy tales starring Johnny Depp (as voiced by one questioner in Hall H), this is a strictly personal project that takes the filmmaker back to his animation roots at Cal Arts and Disney; the original live action short was included in his recent traveling museum exhibition.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • July 16, 2012 4:27 PM
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Strong & Sexy Women Dominate Comic-Con: 'Twilight''s Stewart, 'Resident Evil's Jovovich & Rodriguez, 'Total Recall's Beckinsale & Biel [Video]

Comic-Con may be known for its fanboys, but this year the girls rule. If it's not Bella Swan finally kicking ass in "Breaking Dawn - Part 2" as a vampire, it's Michelle Rodriguez vs. Milla Jovovich in "Resident Evil: Retribution" or Kate Beckinsale vs. Jessica Biel in "Total Recall."
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • July 14, 2012 1:45 AM
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Immersed in Movies: Cracking the 'Ice Age' Success on its 10th Anniversary

It's hard to believe that the "Ice Age" animated franchise is now 10 years old with the fourth installment, "Continental Drift," opening Friday.
  • By Bill Desowitz
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  • July 12, 2012 1:18 PM
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Jeffrey Schwarz Talks Gay Activist Doc 'Vito'

Growing up in the New York film community, I knew Vito Russo, and read his influential 1981 landmark book about gay images in the media, The Celluloid Closet: Homosexuality in Movies, which was revised in 1987 and has never fallen out of print. Russo travelled the world with his "Celluloid Closet" presentations.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • July 11, 2012 9:29 AM
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EXCLUSIVE FIRST LOOK: On the Set of Fedor Bondarchuk's 'Stalingrad'

While Russia and Hollywood both want a piece of the other's box office pie, they are more likely to come out ahead by working together on big commercial projects than emerging indie pictures. One movie that various Hollywood distributors are eyeing with interest is rising actor-director Fedor Bondarchuk's "Stalingrad."
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • July 11, 2012 9:17 AM
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My Magical Russian Mystery Tour

Russia is a fascinating culture in transition. Capital Moscow, at least, as opposed to St. Petersburg, doesn't seem to welcome tourists; security guards are everywhere, more per square inch than anywhere I've ever seen. I felt a certain frisson when we passed through the gates of the massive red brick Kremlin to view its ancient basilicas...
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • July 11, 2012 8:48 AM
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The TOH! Addendum to E!'s 100 Best Things in Pop Culture

E! has compiled a list of the 100 Best Things in Pop Culture. It's a pretty broad spectrum that includes some things we'd sooner include on a list of the Worst Things About America, Those Responsible for The Degradation of Our Culture, Reasons Why I'm Moving Into a Cave, et cetera. But let's focus on the positive...
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • July 10, 2012 4:02 PM
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Now and Then: The Extraordinary Kenneth Lonergan, 'Margaret' & 'You Can Count on Me'

Rare are squabbles over production and distribution as fraught as those that accompanied the long gestation and brief theatrical life of Kenneth Lonergan's second feature. It would seem that a film must be something special to elicit such strong feelings, and "Margaret" is that film and then some. It's extraordinary.
  • By Matt Brennan
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  • July 10, 2012 3:15 PM
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Career Watch: Salma Hayek - Does 'Savages' Signal a Comeback?

Salma Hayek won't be giving up her sex symbol status any time soon, but it's been ten years since her Oscar nomination for 2002's "Frida."
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • July 10, 2012 2:23 PM
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