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    'The Dark Knight Rises,' 'Man Of Steel' & More Skip Comic-Con As Major Studios Stay Away This Year

    Warner Bros, DreamWorks, Disney & The Weinstein Company Pass On San Diego; Marvel On The FenceThe comic/geek crowd are either the most important group to court for genre films or their influence is overstated; it really depends on who you ask. In recent years, the very vocal contingent has generally been thought of as essential to making sure more challenging or niche fare finds an audience or least makes its budget back, but a series of disappointments and flops have the studios reconsidering. Last year, Edgar Wright's "Scott Pilgrim Vs. The World" was met with widespread geek acclaim only for the Universal film to sputter at the box office ...

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    George Harrison's Widow Says Doc By Martin Scorsese On Beatles Guitarist Will Premiere This Year

    It's been a long time coming since it was first announced way back in 2007 but it now looks like Martin Scorsese's documentary on famed Beatles guitarist George Harrison is set to premiere later this year -- or so says Harrison's widow, Olivia.

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    Tony Awards Winners: The Women

    It was a sucky season for women creatives (meaning playwrights and musical creators) at the Tonys this year. Don't only take my word for it. Here's another piece by Princeton academic Jill Dolan on the lack of female Tony nominees.

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    R.I.P. 'Spider-Man' Producer Laura Ziskin (1950-2011)

    In an industry that's still sadly male-skewed, as far as executives, producers, screenwriters and directors go, it would take quite a fight for a female producer to be behind a classic conspiracy thriller, or one of the biggest romantic-comedies of all time, or a billion-dollar superhero franchise, ...

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    Neil Patrick Harris, Spider-man, Chris Rock: Best of the Tonys (Video)

    Neil Patrick Harris hosted the Tony Awards last night, and managed to liven up a show that is usually the snooziest around. His opening song enticing mainstream audiences to Broadway had the chorus "It's not just for gays anymore," which counts as pretty clever self-mockery by Tony standards.

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    Catherine Hardwicke Plotting Wild European, 'Thirteen'-Esque Project Based On A True Story

    After impressing early in her career with "Thirteen" and "Lords Of Dogtown," Catherine Hardwicke hasn't exactly lived up to her promise in recent times, getting behind the first installment of the 'Twilight' franchise and delivering the tepid "Red Riding Hood" earlier this year.

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    Relativity Media Acquires Navy SEAL Pic 'Act Of Valor,' President's Day 2012 Release Already Planned

    Disney, Kathryn Bigelow and Peter Berg, take a seat. You've all been beaten to the punch for a film centering on the Navy SEALs, the defence force division whisked into the global spotlight after taking down the world's most wanted man, Osama Bin Laden.

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    'Cowboys & Aliens' Makes Its Case For Movie Of The Summer With Ace New Trailer

    So, "Super 8" was pretty good, huh? With a couple of exceptions among The Playlist team (including this one, who hasn't seen it yet), it's getting very positive reactions, and from the looks of it better-than-expected box office, it's carrying over with general audiences as well, marking an almost u...

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    The Coen Brothers Sometimes Channel Tony Scott & 5 Other Things Learned From Chat With Noah Baumbach

    As we mentioned yesterday, this weekend is the opening of Film Society of Lincoln Center‘s beautiful new facility, the Elinor Bunin Munroe Film Center, and opening night featured a candid conversation between the Joel and Ethan Coen and Noah Baumbach (note: the Coens revealed they are working on a new "music-based" film project). The event, called “Opening Shots,” saw all three filmmakers and mutual admirers examining the similarities and differences between the openings of their films. Clips were shown from Baumbach’s three most recent efforts “The Squid & The Whale,” “Margot At The Wedding,” and “Greenberg,” while the Coen’s filmography ran...

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    Weekend Box Office: 'Super 8' Is A Super Performer For Paramount, 'Judy Moody' Has A Bummer Summer

    Call this one a victory for Paramount, and a big one at that. “Super 8,” which opened to $37 million, was advertised with only the slightest of peekaboos, an ad campaign that played less coy and more stubbornly mysterious. While the film was pitched on the name of Steven Spielberg, the filmmaker has...

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