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Adults Crave Original Content while Tentpole Enthusiasm Wanes

The Austin Film Festival's film program director Stephen Jannise argues that "a new demographic is there for the taking"...
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • July 5, 2012 4:18 PM
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Celebrate Edward Cullen's Birthday with 'Breaking Dawn - Part 2' Teaser

Apparently Edward Cullen's birthday - June 20 - is a national holiday, because Lionsgate is celebrating his 111th year starting today with a special teaser for a teaser of "The Twilight Sage: Breaking Dawn - Part 2." The first ten second teaser is below...
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • June 19, 2012 12:27 PM
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'Wanted 2' Coming with Shocking Twist, Says Director Bekmambetov

How to write a sequel for a hit film that kills off its best characters? Even though Angelina Jolie said no to bringing her character back to life, Russian filmmaker Timur Bekmambetov has found a way for "Wanted." On the promo circuit for "Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter," the director says that the sequel to the 2008 hit is moving forward.
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • June 18, 2012 4:07 PM
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Trailer Watch: 'Bourne Legacy' Plot Thickens with Renner as Aaron Cross

You hear Jason Bourne's name a lot in the new trailer for "The Bourne Legacy," but make no mistake, "Bourne" was just the beginning and Aaron Cross -- our man Jeremy Renner -- is also an emotionally unavailable badass assassin.
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • May 31, 2012 2:29 PM
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Immersed in Movies: Tripping Out on the Cartoon Reality of 'Men in Black 3'

The "Men in Black" franchise has always been a live-action "Looney Tunes" cartoon, a wacky mix of old school and new school. The "Alienbusters" premise is totally unique and practically imitation-proof, as director Barry Sonnenfeld reminds us...
  • By Bill Desowitz
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  • May 24, 2012 3:49 PM
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'Men In Black III' Reviews: Better Than The Second, But Still Irrelevant

The arrival of "Men in Black III" on May 25 is exciting mostly because Will Smith hasn't been on the big screen since 2008's "Seven Pounds." Bill Desowitz also finds it's 3-D a revelation for the comedy genre...
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • May 22, 2012 1:46 PM
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'The Avengers': Who Comes Out Ahead? Everyone. Almost.

When I finally saw "Marvel's The Avengers" Sunday in murky 3-D at Loew's 83rd Street Cinema in Manhattan, like everyone else in the theater, I had a roaring good time.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • May 9, 2012 4:29 PM
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CSI Creator Anthony Zuiker's 'Cybergeddon' Project Takes on Cybercrime, Identity Theft, and Other Internet Woes

Anthony Zuiker, the creator of the C.S.I franchise announce the director and full cast for his "Cybergeddon" project, a digital program that focuses on cybercrime and identity theft. Oliver Martinez ("Unfaithful") will star as the elusive cybercriminal Gustove Dobreff, with Missy Peregrym ("Rookie Blue") opposite as FBI agent Chloe Jocelyn. Diego Velasco ("The Zero Hour") will direct the feature.
  • By Maggie Lange
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  • May 9, 2012 12:05 PM
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Immersed in Movies: It's All About the Hulk in 'The Avengers'

Leave it to Joss Whedon to round up the Avengers in rip roaring fashion and momentarily stave off superhero fatigue as we head into the summer season. He certainly knows how to handle ensemble pieces...
  • By Bill Desowitz
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  • May 3, 2012 11:20 AM
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'Hero Whisperer' Joss Whedon and The Tension Within Him and His 'Avengers'

Would the "The Avengers" be earning its rave reviews without writer-director Joss Whedon? The multi-franchise-tentpole-orgy could have gone in countless different directions. (Robert Downey Jr. confides to Collider, "I think it is just a really good story that could have been done a hundred ways wrong," and credits it success to Whedon.) As Variety calls "The Avengers" "escapism of a sophisticated order" and ThePlaylist declares it "thrilling, hilarious and brilliantly executed," clearly Whedon took a stance and delivered. 
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • April 30, 2012 2:23 PM
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