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    Giancarlo Esposito Joins Cast Of New ABC Fantasy Series "Once Upon A Time"

    A day after apparently blowing the minds of the show's regulars, starring as ruthless meth lord Gus Fring in last night's season 4 premiere of AMC's critically-acclaimed drama Breaking Bad, Giancarlo Esposito has joined the the cast of a new ABC drama series titled Once Upon a Time.

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  • Thompson on Hollywood
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    Dragon Tattoo: Craig Defends Poster Nudity; Selling Film with Brutality, Sweden Learns from Fincher

    News bites on David Fincher's The Girl with The Dragon Tattoo will keep on coming until the December 21 release. Now, it's Daniel Craig defending the controversial poster with a topless Rooney Mara. Why shouldn't we be offended? "People have opinions about it, but I think it sort of works as a poste...

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    New Streaming Site: Jeremy Irons, Others in British Mysteries and Classic TV (Free for Now)

    Acorn Media, which releases DVDs of many British mysteries and miniseries, has just launched the streaming site Acorn TV, and because it’s so new you can watch some of the best of its classic series for free. There’s Michael Kitchen (photo above) as the World War II era detective in the addictive Fo...

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    William Mapother is Creepy, But Not in "Another Earth."

    When I saw "Another Earth" at Sundance earlier this year, I was caught off guard by the presence of William Mapother. A cousin of Tom Cruise, Mapother recently played the eerie "Other" Ethan on ABC's "Lost," showing up in the first season as a mysterious presence among the plane crash survivors and slowly taking on a more complex dimension over the course of the show (even long after his character was killed off). Although I wrote in my review that Mapother did powerful work in "Another Earth," which opens this week, it's mostly the material that deepens his performance. I don't really feel for the guy as a frustrated widower; he seems like a...

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    Official Teaser Trailer For "The Dark Knight Rises" Surfaces

    A bootleg version has been floating around the web since last week, but we didn't post it, given the severe punishment Warner Bros promised to dish out to those who did. Though if you saw the final chapter of the Harry Potter franchise this past weekend, you would have seen it anyway, as it was one ...

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    Harry Potter Finale Records Boosted by Online Pre-Sales

    While 3D boosted Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part 1 weekend's record box office performance, so did online pre-sales, reports Anthony D'Alessandro:Another big winner surfacing from Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2’s $168.6 million weekend: Online movie ticket providers Fandango...

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    Watch: Teaser Trailer For 'The Dark Knight Rises' Officially Hits

    So interwebs, was it worth the wait? After days of speculation about when it would arrive with trailer descriptions being posted and the spot being leaked to the web early, "The Dark Knight Rises" teaser trailer has finally, officially arrived and it's somewhat underwhelming despite the great premis...

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    Guest Post: Why we Need More “Warrior Princesses” Like Hermione Granger by Natalie Wilson

    Don’t hate me Potterites, but I would have preferred the Harry Potter series had been instead the Hermione Granger series. Yes, I know J.K. Rowling says Harry popped into her head as wizarding protagonist and that she didn’t set out to create a male lead. I also realize the saga is brimming with str...

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    Watch: The Post-Credits Surprise From 'Captain America' Leaks Early

    What started as a gag by director Jon Favreau on the first "Iron Man" film has become a signature part of all Marvel Studios films: the post-credits scene. During the filming of "Iron Man," Favreau threw in a few Easter eggs to the larger Marvel universe including a short scene after the end credits rolled featuring Samuel L. Jackson as Nick Fury, who shows up to tell Robert Downey Jr.'s Tony Stark that he's putting a team together. This was an exciting tease to fanboys which should have led right into "The Avengers," Marvel's long-planned superhero team-up. Unfortunately this made "Iron Man 2" almost completely redundant, but that film's pos...

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    Kurt Johnstad Reportedly Doing Rewrites On Zack Snyder's 'Man Of Steel'

    Jonah Nolan Also Said To Have Taken A Pass At David Goyer's ScriptWarner Bros. -- for legal reasons that are both too byzantine and boring to recount here -- are on a ticking clock regarding "Man Of Steel," as the rights on Superman will expire after next year and revert back to the heirs of the comic creators Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster making it far more complicated (and expensive) down the road to get a Superman movie made. Among the potential scenarios is that the rights to the iconic costume and the rights to Superman's ability to fly will possibly be split between creators and DC Comics creating a ridiculous scenario in which several p...

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