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Thanksgiving Weekend Box Office Preview: Odes to Silents, Family Fun, Battling Shrinks and Dark Police

You can feast on an embarrassment of riches this holiday weekend. Many offerings are on the nostalgic side, from the delightful silent ode to film, "The Artist" to Martin Scorsese's 3-D cinematic adventure "Hugo." David Cronenberg's "A Dangerous Method" is wordily worthy, with the bonus of its easy-on-the-eyes trio: Keira Knightley, Michael Fassbender and Viggo Mortensen. Michelle Williams channels tragic magic in "My Week with Marilyn." Family-friendly entertainments "The Muppets" and "Arthur Christmas" are both earning raves. Odd man out is dark police drama "Rampart," but Woody Harrelson's performance is arguably the best of this entire holiday batch. Reviews, details and trailers below. Enjoy!
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • November 25, 2011 4:16 PM
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Hugo: The 3-D Game-Changer

  • By Bill Desowitz
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  • November 25, 2011 12:44 PM
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First Look at Prometheus: Scott's Sci-Fi Thriller with Alien DNA, Fassbender, Theron, Rapace, Elba, Pearce & Wilson

Ridley Scott's 3-D sci-fi thriller "Prometheus" is shrouded in mystery. Now EW offers a first look at the "Aliens"-related VFX space epic set for June 2012 release starring Michael Fassbender, Charlize Theron, Noomi Rapace, Idris Elba, Patrick Wilson, Guy Pearce. Need we say more? We got our first peak at Comic-Con (the fest's prime asset). Fassbender told us that he plays an android based on the physicality of diver Greg Louganis.  "There’s definitely a link to 'Alien,' there’s creatures in it that you’ll recognize,” he said at Comic-Con. Theron added that "people should really let go of the idea that it’s an Alien film.” Want more images? Here. At Comic-Con, Fox and Scott downplayed the sci-fi space thriller's relationship to Scott's original film and the kick-ass James Cameron sequel "Aliens." But Scott admits that this movie is grown from the same DNA. The movie is a further exploration of that future world produced with the scale and scope that new technology makes possible. And its ultimate goal is "to scare the living shit out of you," Scott said via satellite from Iceland.
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • November 23, 2011 4:30 PM
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Immersed in Movies: Revisiting Hollywood's Silent Golden Age with The Artist

Jean Dujardin in "The Artist"
  • By Bill Desowitz
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  • November 23, 2011 4:22 PM
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Dustin Lance Black Talks Controversial J. Edgar Script: "We Didn't Put Hoover in a Ball Gown"

  • By Anne Thompson
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  • November 23, 2011 1:44 PM
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More: Awards

Thankful for Scorsese: What's Next; Ebert's Goodfellas & Badfellas; Fast Company on the 'Greatest Living Director'

Martin Scorsese is not slowing down, burning out---or selling out, either. "Hugo," his first children's tale and first 3-D film, opens this weekend, and is earning stellar reviews. While it may prove too rich for many mainstream moviegoers, it's a testament to his ongoing exuberance as a director.
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • November 23, 2011 1:41 PM
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New Italian Cinema: Films Hit the Zeitgeist at 15th Annual San Francisco Fest

  • By Meredith Brody
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  • November 22, 2011 5:10 PM
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Fassbender Talks Six Films in 20 Months: Exposing Shame, Healing Jung and Rochester, Ridley Scott's Android, Giving 110%

Michael Fassbender has been so busy that it's tough for him to keep up with all the talking that goes with movie openings. He's up for awards consideration for all the performances he gave in the 2011--from "X-Men: First Class" and "Jane Eyre" to "A Dangerous Method" and "Shame." But it's the latter, a Fox Searchlight acquisition from Telluride, that is most likely to yield awards attention during Oscar season. The Academy steakeaters may not catch up with a romantic women's picture like "Jane Eyre"; voters tend to look down their noses at a big-budget genre prequel like "X-Men"; and Fassbender's performance as the uptight analyst Carl Jung--who winds up spanking one of his patients because he loves her--is not as literally exposed and vulnerable as his conflicted sex-addict in the NC-17-rated "Shame." 
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • November 21, 2011 8:23 PM
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Bogdanovich, Shepherd, Bottoms, Leachman and Brennan Talk The Last Picture Show, Forty Years Later

  • By Beth Hanna
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  • November 21, 2011 2:17 PM
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WEEKLY WRAP: Oscar Talk, Box Office, Gender Watch, AFM, Harry Potter, Cleopatra & More

Revisit the best stories of the week from Thompson on Hollywood!
  • By TOH!
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  • November 19, 2011 1:11 PM
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