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Trailer Watch: Guillermo del Toro's 'Pacific Rim' is Essentially Godzilla vs. Transformers

The first trailer for Guillermo del Toro's "Pacific Rim" has landed. The film is an homage to Japanese giant monster films (called "Kaiju"), and features Idris Elba, Charlie Hunnam, Rinko Kikuchi and Charlie Day as humans caught up in a robo-monster war. It looks like Godzilla vs. Transformers, stylishly made.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • December 13, 2012 1:08 PM
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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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EXCLUSIVE VIDEO: Rory Kennedy Talks Growing Up with and Filming 'Ethel'

Rory Kennedy, 43, is a Sundance and HBO documentary veteran who needed all her accumulated experience to navigate HBO Doc czar Sheila Nevins' challenge to her: make a film about her mother, Ethel Kennedy. First the filmmaker was shocked when her mother agreed to her request to do the doc profile. Then she asked her eight surviving siblings to participate--without any control over how their interviews would be used.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • December 12, 2012 3:58 PM
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Trailers from Hell: Alan Spencer on Marty Feldman's Televangelist Satire 'In God We Trust'

Marty Feldman Week! continues at Trailers from Hell with TV writer Alan Spencer introducing Feldman's "In God We Trust," a satire of televangelists that met with critical derision and terminated his five-year studio contract.
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  • December 12, 2012 10:48 AM
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'Zero Dark Thirty' CIA Duo Chastain and Clarke Talk Torture Controversy & Bigelow (EXCLUSIVE VIDEO)

Kathryn Bigelow and Mark Boal's ripped-from-the-headlines "Zero Dark Thirty" (December 19) has been wowing the critics, who are raving about best actress Jessica Chastain, who plays the hard-swearing tough-as-nails CIA agent who doggedly pursues Osama bin Laden.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • December 12, 2012 6:26 AM
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Watch: TCM Remembers 2012 with Tributes to Marker, Bradbury, Griffith, Borgnine & 35mm Last Picture Shows

Film lovers, TCM fans and anyone with fully functioning tear ducts will likely be moved by the elegant 2012 installment of "TCM Remembers."
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • December 11, 2012 1:46 PM
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Trailer Watch: Depp & Hammer Put on the Mask in Verbinski's 'The Lone Ranger'

Check out the second trailer for Gore Verbinski's "The Lone Ranger," starring Johnny Depp and Armie Hammer as the fabled Tonto and Ranger.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • December 11, 2012 1:01 PM
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Trailer Watch: Ken Watanabe in Japanese Remake of Eastwood's 'Unforgiven'

Check out the first teaser trailer for the Ken Watanabe remake of Clint Eastwood's classic 1992 Western "Unforgiven."
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • December 11, 2012 12:36 PM
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Watch: Hugh Jackman on '60 Minutes' - 'Les Miserables,' Wolverine, Family, Stage & Tears

In their profile on Hugh Jackman, 60 Minutes gets the "Les Miserables" star to open up about his youth, family, stage career and more -- it's an interview complete with singing and tears.
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • December 10, 2012 5:17 PM
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Post-Apocalyptic Trailer Watch: Tom Cruise's 'Oblivion' & Will Smith's 'After Earth' UPDATE

As Criticwire's Matt Singer humorously points out, the Hollywood pipeline currently holds two sci-fi films about lone survivors on post-apocalyptic Earths -- and both star Scientologists...
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • December 10, 2012 3:02 PM
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