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Seventeen Minutes of Marvel's 'Guardians of the Galaxy' Previewed with a 'Cherry Bomb' on Top (VIDEO)

After viewing 17 minutes of new footage Monday from "Guardians of the Galaxy" in IMAX 3D, it's now clear that Marvel has fashioned the ultimate "Star Wars" riff. the '70s sci-fi grunge, the rag-tag underdogs, the sarcastic chemistry, the serial action, the improbable success, all wrapped around the "Hooked on a Feeling" anthem. Judging from the enthusiastic response at the TCL Chinese, director James Gunn pushed all the right buttons and Disney/Marvel should have a late summer hit.
  • By Bill Desowitz
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  • July 8, 2014 6:02 PM
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WATCH: Jimmy Fallon Sings 'Fancy' With Crosby, Stills and Nash

This is one of those things you don't know you need until you see it: Jimmy Fallon came back last night from his two-week vacation, and he invited Crosby, Stills and Nash to his show to sing Iggy Azalea's "Fancy." With himself playing Neil Young, of course.
  • By Jacob Combs
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  • July 8, 2014 12:01 PM
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WATCH: David Fincher's 'Gone Girl' Gets a Terrific New Trailer

Whoever cut the new trailer for David Fincher's "Gone Girl" really knows what their doing.
  • By Jacob Combs
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  • July 8, 2014 9:39 AM
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WATCH: Maggie Gyllenhaal Adopts the Queen's English in 'The Honourable Woman'

British actors have long headed west to star in American films and TV shows; now, it seems, American thespians are headed east to do the same.
  • By Jacob Combs
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  • July 7, 2014 12:05 PM
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Linklater on Unique Time Travel Fiction 'Boyhood,' with Coltrane, Hawke & Arquette EXCLUSIVE VIDEO

How often do we get to see a movie that is utterly unlike anything we have ever seen before? It is rare. For his entire career, from the start with his Sundance breakout "Slackers" in 1991, Austin filmmaker Richard Linklater has worked outside the box. I interview Linklater as well as Ethan Hawke, Patricia Arquette and Ellar Coltrane in this exclusive interview video.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • July 5, 2014 6:58 AM
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WATCH: Psychological Thriller 'Before I Go to Sleep' Gets Its First Trailer

S.J. Watson's debut novel "Before I Go to Sleep" follows a woman suffering from anterograde amnesia: each day, she wakes up with no idea of who she is and must put together the pieces from a journal she has been keeping.
  • By Jacob Combs
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  • July 3, 2014 10:03 AM
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Five Things I Learned from 'Dawn of the Planet of the Apes' (REVIEW AND ROUNDUP, VIDEO)

Going into last week's Fox screening of 3D sequel "Dawn of the Planet of the Apes," I was both eagerly anticipating and slightly skeptical.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • July 2, 2014 4:57 PM
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Studio Ghibli's Next Film, 'When Marnie Was There,' Gets a Trailer (VIDEO)

For animation geeks, it's hard not to get excited whenever a new Studio Ghibli film is on its way. Here is the U.S., that film is "The Tale of Princess Kaguya," which GKIDS plans to release in an English dub this fall, but in Japan, the next Ghibli is due in theaters this month, and it looks like a real beauty.
  • By Jacob Combs
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  • July 2, 2014 12:27 PM
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Family Tensions Simmer--and Then Boil--in Shan Khan's 'Honour' (VIDEO)

In "Honour," writer/director Shan Khan's debut feature, a young woman named Mona lives a double life in London, free and self-determined in public but chafing at home under the strict precepts of her devout mother.
  • By Jacob Combs
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  • July 2, 2014 12:07 PM
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RIP Paul Mazursky, Brilliant Hollywood Writer-Director (VIDEO INTERVIEW AND CLIPS)

After battling a long illness, writer-director Paul Mazursky died in Los Angeles on June 30 of pulmonary cardiac arrest. He was 84. Luckily for me, some years ago my friend Joan Cohen pulled me into an annual dinner party held around the time of the Oscars with Paul and Betsy Mazursky and other close friends. I looked forward to it every year, as Mazursky would hold forth--hilariously-- on Hollywood, moviemaking, and the new films of the day, which he wrote about for Vanity Fair in recent years. He was an ardent cinephile and Academy voter with strongly held opinions.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • July 1, 2014 3:45 PM
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