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FIRST LOOK: 'The Expendables 2' Stars Stallone and Schwarzenegger Charm the Con, Bring Back Male Pattern Baldness (Video)

Wily action lions Sly Stallone and Arnold Schwarzenegger first met as fierce rivals back at the 1976 Golden Globes, when "Rocky" won best director and film, on its way to a best picture Oscar, while Schwarzenegger won Best Newcomer. Stallone threw flowers on a muscleman he expected to exit the scene...
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • July 13, 2012 6:06 AM
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'The Hobbit' Wraps Production in New Zealand, Peter Jackson Looks to Comic-Con

That's a wrap! Peter Jackson announces (via Facebook) that shooting of "The Hobbit" has concluded while giving a shout out to Comic-Con...
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • July 6, 2012 1:47 PM
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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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What Comes After Before Sunrise & Before Sunset? Hawke Confirms Third Chapter Will Shoot This Summer

Last November, Ethan Hawke suggested a reteaming of he, Julie Delpy and Richard Linklater for a follow-up to "Before Sunrise" and "Before Sunset." Now he tells Indiewire that the film will shoot this summer...
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • June 14, 2012 1:17 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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Career Watch: Will Smith, Still on His Throne?

Music-TV-film superstar Will Smith did not mark his return to the box office (after a four year hiatus) with a bang, but it wasn't a crash either. "Men in Black III" knocked "The Avengers" off its top spot, and while it's no disaster, it finished the weekend short of expectations. It's better than expected, but only because the bar with "MIB2" had been set so low. While the landscape has changed and movie stardom doesn't mean what it once did, it's undeniable that Smith is one of our last remaining beloved stars, with a string of successful dramas, comedies, action movies and thrillers. He's been in the public eye for the majority of his life, and has yet to dance on Oprah's couch. Does anyone not love Will Smith?
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • May 29, 2012 4:22 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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Robert Rodriguez Talks 'Sin City 2,' 'Machete 2' At Cannes 2012

Robert Rodriguez was on the roof of the Cannes JW Marriott the other day talking about the two sequels next on his plate: 'Sin City 2: A Dame To Kill For' and 'Machete Kills,' which he’ll shoot first, starting in the next few weeks.
  • By Matt Mueller
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  • May 23, 2012 2:03 PM
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