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Why Michael Fassbender Doesn't Have to Campaign for Oscar Frontrunner '12 Years a Slave' (CHARLIE ROSE VIDEO)

In the November issue of GQ, Michael Fassbender leads the writer on a wild motorcycle race, opens up about his work jag and lets loose on why he won't campaign for "12 Years a Slave." His memorable quote has gone viral: "It's just a grind. And I'm not a politician. I'm an actor." Instead of campaigning, this month Fassbender is heading to New Zealand to shoot his own indie feature, followed by "Macbeth" with Marion Cotillard. On the second viewing of the film, as floored as I was by Chiwetel Ejiofor and Kenyan Yale grad Lupita Nyong'o, I appreciated the nuances of Fassbender's performance as Epps, a ruthless slave driver. As far as I'm concerned Fassbender doesn't have to campaign.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • October 17, 2013 2:23 PM
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Trailers from Hell: Sam Hamm on 'Strangers When We Meet,' Starring Kirk Douglas and Kim Novak

Back to the Sixties! continues at Trailers from Hell, with screenwriter Sam Hamm introducing 1960's "Strangers When He Meet"; he describes it as "the best story of adultery ever filmed by Hollywood."
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  • October 16, 2013 1:54 PM
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Trailers from Hell: Allan Arkush on Norman Jewison's 'The Thrill of It All,' Starring Doris Day and James Garner

It's Back to the Sixties! at Trailers from Hell this week, with director Allan Arkush introducing 1963's "The Thrill of It All," starring Doris Day and James Garner.
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  • October 14, 2013 11:36 AM
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WATCH: New Trailer for George Clooney's 'Monuments Men' Sets a More Dramatic Tone

A second trailer has arrived for George Clooney's "Monuments Men," considerably more dramatic than the first lighter and more commercial trailer that debuted in August.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • October 11, 2013 12:38 PM
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Trailers from Hell: Mick Garris on 1956's 'Fire Maidens of Outer Space,' with Curvy Women Galore on Jupiter's 13th Moon

Keep Watching the Skies! concludes at Trailers from Hell with director Mick Garris introducing "Fire Maidens of Outer Space," where hapless ’50s astronauts land on what we’re told is the 13th moon of Jupiter (which wasn’t discovered until 1974!) and find it’s another planet full of zaftig women who like to dance to Borodin’s Polovtian Dances at the drop of a needle.
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  • October 11, 2013 11:42 AM
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WATCH: 16-Year-Old Malala Yousafzai's Stunning, Eloquent Comment to Jon Stewart About Pacifism

It's hard not to get choked up while watching the incredible answer about Pacifism 16-year-old Malala Yousafzai gave to Jon Stewart last night on the Daily Show. Stewart himself seems to be struggling for words, but ultimately comes up with a witty follow-up: "Would your father mind if I adopted you?" Watch below.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • October 10, 2013 11:34 AM
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Trailers from Hell: Ernest Dickerson on Hammer's 'The Creeping Unknown' (aka 'The Quartermass Xperiment')

Keep Watching the Skies! continues at Trailers from Hell with Ernest Dickerson introducing Hammer's "The Creeping Unknown," starring Brian Donlevy and Jack Warren as a professor and inspector trying to get to the bottom of a mysterious rocket crash, which has left two crew members missing and one mutating into a monster.
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  • October 9, 2013 12:53 PM
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Trailer Watch: Shia Labeouf's Euro Trip Goes Haywire in 'Charlie Countryman,' with Evan Rachel Wood and Mads Mikkelsen

A first trailer arrived yesterday for "Charlie Countryman." The film, which is the feature debut of commercials director Fredrik Bond, centers on a young man (Shia Labeouf) who while on a European vacation falls in love and trouble simultaneously when he meets Gabi (Evan Rachel Wood, playing a heavily accented cellist) and discovers she's already attracted the attentions of a vicious Romanian gangster (Mads Mikkelsen).
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • October 9, 2013 12:36 PM
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Nifty 'Carrie' Promo Stunt (VIDEO)

They dumped red slushies on the Homecoming Queen in "Glee," referencing "Carrie," the Stephen King classic and Brian de Palma movie, which has now been remade by Kimberly Peirce with Chloe Grace Moretz in the Sissy Spacek role and Julianne Moore in for Piper Laurie. Check out this cleverly viral way to market the latest flick about an angry teenager with telekinetic powers:
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • October 8, 2013 7:27 PM
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WATCH: First Trailer for Alex Gibney's 'The Armstrong Lie'

"I like to win, but more than anything I can't stand the idea of losing." So says Lance Armstrong at the outset of the first trailer for Alex Gibney's "The Armstrong Lie," which hits theaters November 8. Watch below.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • October 8, 2013 1:30 PM
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