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Exclusive Clip: 'Escape Fire' Documentary Details Perverse Economic Incentives That Drive American Healthcare

"Escape Fire: The Fight to Rescue American Healthcare" is one of those documentaries that makes you angry, but for the same reasons that make it essential viewing for anyone living in this country. The film, directed by Susan Froemke and Matthew Heineman and nominated for the documentary Grand Jury Prize at Sundance, arrives in theaters and on VOD and iTunes October 5. Director Heineman introduces our exclusive clip below:
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • October 3, 2012 12:01 PM
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Watch: Johnny Depp in Eye Liner in 'The Lone Ranger' Trailer

One glance at this trailer for "The Lone Ranger" (July 3, 2013) and there's no need to announce that the remake comes from the filmmaking team behind "Pirates of the Caribbean." Per usual these days, Johnny Depp is in heavy character makeup as the brave and brilliant fool to his stalwart fair-haired companion (Armie Hammer).
  • By Maggie Lange
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  • October 3, 2012 11:32 AM
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Daniel Craig Lets His Goofy Flag Fly in SNL Promo [Video]

As Bond Week continues, Blond Bond Daniel Craig is prepping for his first hosting gig on Saturday Night Live.
  • By Maggie Lange
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  • October 3, 2012 11:27 AM
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Celebrating the Great Sam Rockwell: Actor's Actor and Scene-Stealer [Video Clips]

In Martin McDonagh's raucous ensemble comedy “Seven Psychopaths" (October 12), one actor stands out among his accomplished peers: Sam Rockwell. He's up against the best: Woody Harrelson, Christopher Walken, Michael Stuhlbarg--poor Colin Farrell never stood a chance.
  • By Anne Thompson and Maggie Lange
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  • October 2, 2012 4:14 PM
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Bond News: 'Skyfall' Submerges with Underwater Video, Adele's Theme Song & 50 Years of Bond Gadgets [Video]

The video blog and promotion materials for the 23rd James Bond film, "Skyfall," may be at risk of giving everything away! In this latest clip, production experts show us how the underwater action sequences were shot for the film...
  • By Maggie Lange
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  • October 1, 2012 2:29 PM
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Watch: Title Mash [Video]

Begin your week with a gorgeous mash-up of opening titles. Edited by Ian Albinson, the films and TV series, all produced since 2000, include some of the most recognizable of film credits ever (no "Touch of Evil," folks).
  • By Maggie Lange
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  • October 1, 2012 6:46 AM
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Watch: Reel Geezers Return with Review of PT Anderson's 'The Master' [Video]

Video reviewers Reel Geezers, the self-described "dynamic octogenarian duo," are back on YouTube after a hiatus. What brought them back? "Yeah they didn't die!!!" wrote one commenter. Not to mention Paul Thomas Anderson's "The Master."
  • By Anne Thompson and Maggie Lange
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  • October 1, 2012 6:17 AM
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Second Trailer for 'Silver Linings Playbook' is Adorable

With this second trailer, a vast improvement over the first, the buzz out of Toronto for David O. Russell's "The Silver Linings Playbook" is starting to make sense. Bradley Cooper and Jennifer Lawrence star and look fittingly neurotic and adorable. Check it out:
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • September 28, 2012 3:44 PM
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'My First Big Break': Spike Lee on Spike Lee [Video]

Spike Lee has the coolest-professor-ever vibe down, which makes sense after his 15-year stint teaching at NYU. In this video interview from journalism site Mediabistro, Lee talks like he's addressing a classroom of young filmmakers and creatives. He dispenses expert advice about how to fall in love with work and make the best of boredom. "My first big break came because I coudn't get a job," he says. He borrowed a friend's Super 8 camera and filmed New York in the summer of 1977 -- when New York was a broke city with record high temperatures and fabulous music at block parties. As Lee says: "Film found me. I didn't say I found film."
  • By Maggie Lange
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  • September 28, 2012 11:58 AM
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Trailer Watch: Sweet Wasikowska Goes Sadistic in Park Chan-wook's Deliciously Menacing 'Stoker'

Park Chan-wook ("Oldboy," "Thirst") is up to his devilishly stylish genre work again in this hypnotic new trailer for "Stoker," starring Nicole Kidman, Matthew Goode and a quietly ruthless Mia Wasikowska (packing heat! and a pencil!). Hitchcock's "Shadow of a Doubt" seems to be a major reference, as Goode plays Uncle Charlie, an outsider with murderous intentions who comes to stay with the two women.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • September 27, 2012 1:13 PM
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