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    Who's The Cameo In 'Sherlock Holmes 2'?

    Warning: If you don't want to know who the cameo is "Sherlock Holmes 2," stop reading right here and don't read the tags to this post either. You've been warned.

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    Watch: Trailer For Indie Drama 'Yelling To The Sky' Starring Zoe Kravitz & Gabourey Sidibe

    Earlier this week SXSW unveiled their massive lineup. It's a daunting task for anyone to sift through the numerous films that will be playing the fest and PR teams will be in overdrive to get eyeballs on their film in the coming weeks but so far so good, as one of the early trailers to drop points to a movie that has piqued our interested.

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    'Captain America' Poster Endorses Superhero Sadface Meme

    Marvel's promotional engine for "Captain America: The First Avenger" is beginning to kick into high gear with a new poster, and the implication that this film is also serving as an advertisement for 2012's "The Avengers." How else to explain the complete absence of Captain America's name in favor of the "Avenge" tagline? Marvel's been gunshy about using 'America' in conjunction with the marketing, but, c'mon, this is a seventy year old character that remains popular today. Given what we know of the plot - Cap and Bucky teaming to stop the Red Skull from retrieving the magical Cosmic Cube - what exactly is being avenged?

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  • Leonard Maltin
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    movie review: Sanctum

    James Cameron is the only box-office name associated with this film, so he's been promoted more than anyone else. While he didn’t write or direct the picture, he clearly had some input, and the film plays to two of his strengths: underwater photography and 3-D. Alas, it also underscores one of his weaknesses: painting his characters in strokes so broad the result is almost ridiculous at times.

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    In Theaters: "The Roommate,' 'Sanctum,' 'The Other Woman'

    Well, it's February, the groundhog saw his shadow, which means spring is coming soon, but unfortunately, there's no groundhog to show us the light at the end of the crap, horrible films tunnel, so we'll just have to keep humping those Oscar screeners. Not much in theaters to tempt one from the warmth of home, where there's cable, DVDs, Netflix Instant and Hulu (important PSA: this writer just discovered that the short documentary "Heavy Metal Parking Lot" is on Hulu, so RUN don't walk over there right now to watch it, then come back and read the rest of this post. Okay, you're back, wasn't that great?!). If you're going to get out and make your way to the theater, there are a few selections that may entice you. "The Roommate" adds to the list of things young girls should be terrified of, "Sanctum" gives you a nice dose of 3D claustrophobia, the producers of "The Other Woman" grab the Natalie Portman zeitgeist by the hair and shake the life out of it, Halle Berry's failed Oscar bait "Frankie and Alice" opens in limited release, and there are a few other flicks to wile away a winter weekend.

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    Ralph Fiennes In Talks For 'James Bond 23'

    It looks like director Sam Mendes' plans for the next installment of the James Bond franchise is attracting some major interest from heavyweight thesps. Javier Bardem has spoken enthusiastically about the villain role he's being offered (he's just waiting to read a completed script before he makes a decision) and now another major talent is showing interest.

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    Jodie Foster Says Role In Neill Blomkamp's 'Elysium' Isn't A Done Deal Yet

    Last month, everything looked good to go on Neill Blomkamp's upcoming, secretive sci-fi pic "Elysium." He assembled a cast with Matt Damon, Jodie Foster and Sharlto Copley said to be on board and Sony dropped a staggering $120 million to get the rights to the film. But it appears everything isn't quite a done deal just yet.

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    Now They're Just Messing With Us: Frankie Muniz Joins 'New Year's Eve'

    Update: Frankie Muniz won't be pulling a Jordan. He hit Twitter today to say, "If I'm in the upcoming "New Year's Eve" movie, nobody told me! I'm not sure where news outlets got that info... But I know nothing about it!" Bummer. But hey, did you know he's in a band? Huh.

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  • Spout
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    "The Social Network," Super Bowl Ads, Wall-E in "Star Wars" and More Discussion Fodder

    - David Bordwell offers a good enough reason for Jesse Eisenberg to get the Oscar: his eye-acting. In a lengthy and illustrative post, the faces of "The Social Network" are analyzed and DVD features do come into play: How different this performance is from the actor Jesse Eisenberg’s everyday facial configuration (or at least the one he employs to send us other signals) can be seen in the making-of documentary accompanying The Social Network on DVD. One example surmounts this entry and shows a much different set of expressive cues–raised eyebrows, wider eyes, more cheerful mouth. The actor’s face is very mobile; he can even turn in the inner corners of his brows, which is hard to do voluntarily.

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    Eva Green Joins Johnny Depp In Tim Burton's 'Dark Shadows'

    Things are moving fast on Tim Burton's "Dark Shadows" with filming to set to start soon. Yesterday, Jackie Earle Haley and Bella Heathcote were the latest names to be linked to the project, and now, a beauty that be stills the beating hearts of the male faction of The Playlist team has joined the film.

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