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    Comic-Con '12: Highlights From Guillermo Del Toro’s ‘Pacific Rim’ Presentation Of Giant Robots Battling Giant Monsters

    Guillermo del Toro's presentation for “Pacific Rim” at Comic-Con yesterday was brief, but well-played. A lifelong self-proclaimed geek, this is clearly not the man's first rodeo. "I am shitting my pants right now,” joked del Toro as he sat before the packed 6,500 capacity Hall H.

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    Comic-Con '12: Quentin Tarantino Wows Hall H Faithful With Bombastic Footage From ‘Django Unchained’ & More From The Presentation

    While the films of Quentin Tarantino may not exactly be comic book movies, the world he has created over his highly decorated tenure at the top of the film game is so heavily steeped in popular culture that it seems a perfect fit for the writer/director to be debuting footage from his spaghetti west...

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    Nigerian Musical 'Inale' To Make South Africa Big-Screen Debut (Starring Caroline Chikezie, Hakeem Kae-Kazim, Ini Edo)

    I've been hoping to get the chance to see the Jeta Amata-directed Nigerian musical Inale for quite some time now.  I believe it's been screening around the world since 2010, but it's only just now making its way to Johannesburg, South Africa for a special screening on July 26.

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    Comic-Con: Gordon-Levitt, Johnson Talk Time Travel and Willis in 'Looper' (EXCLUSIVE VIDEO)

    Of the various sci-fi thrillers on display at Comic-Con, one that intrigues me is Rian Johnson's "Looper." The writer-director came up with the idea ten years ago after reading a lot of Philip K. Dick. The concept: in the future when time travel is possible but outlawed, the mob zaps hit men into th...

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    Arthouse Audit: Four Solid Openers Join Indie Successes, Led by Bodice-Ripper 'Farewell My Queen' and Doc 'The Imposter'

    What a difference a year makes -- the same weekend last year saw the best of the new specialized openings doing an average gross around $5,000: only "Midnight in Paris" stood out. This year, four new releases averaged over $10,000, while the deep market for a variety of acclaimed and/or popular film...

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    'Black Dynamite' The Animated Series Premieres TONIGHT, July 15, At 11:30pm

    With this and The Boondocks returning for a 4th season, although a specific date hasn't been given yet, Adult Swim will become the choice TV location to go to for black anime for adults.

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    Michael Moore Built a Movie Theater – and a Film Festival – and Invites You to Come

    Here's the full invitation that Michael Moore sent to his email list--explaining why he runs one of the highest-grossing indie theaters in America--and inviting us to this summer's Traverse City Film Festival.

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    Weekend Box Office Chilled by 'Ice Age 4'

    No big surprises at the box office this weekend as 20th Century Fox’s CG-animated family friendly “Ice Age: Continental Drift” opened in the top spot with an estimated $46 million.

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    Specialty Box Office: 'Imposter' and 'Queen' Lead Slew of Openers; 'Obama Effect' Tanks

    A whopping seven specialty films entered the marketplace this weekend and despite the overcrowding, four of them -- "The Imposter," "Farewell My Queen," "Trishna" and "Easy Money" -- managed per-theater-averages above $10,000. 

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    Watch: 'After Earth' Promo Video Suggests We'll Still Be Using Facebook In 2066

    M. Night Shyamalan, Will Smith and Jaden Smith couldn't be bothered to wave to fans at Comic-Con, skipping San Diego entirely on Saturday, while Sony forged ahead, trying to get the geek crowd excited about the next summer's blockbuster, "After Earth." The studio showed off mostly ...

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