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    In Theaters: Bid Adieu To Harry & Pals In 'Deathly Hallows Part 2' Or Take A 'Pooh'

    Break out your wands and Gryffindor scarves, people! It's time to bid adieu to Harry Potter and pals in the conclusion of this eight film series this weekend. I don't care that it's the dead heat of July, put your damn wizarding cloaks on and get thee to a theatre right quick. Beat back those feisty little tweens and crack a butter beer for your fallen homies. Also opening this weekend: a few docs, some indie fare and a childhood revisited with "Winnie the Pooh."

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    Lars Von Trier's 'Melancholia' Will End The World With Sadness On November 11th

    With Lars Von Trier going all Mel Gibson (kind of but not really, but his big mouth is his own worst enemy) at Cannes in May, you'll be forgiven for forgetting that he was there to present his latest effort, the epic tale of sadness and apocalypse "Melancholia." The film was picked up by Magnolia long before Cannes but a release date has now been set: it will hit theaters starting November 11th.

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    Take That Flash Thompson! More 'Amazing Spider-Man' Photos, Plus The Low-Rent Crime Spidey Too

    Spider-Man, Spider-Man, does whatever a spider can. Spins a web, any size, catches thieves just like flies, look out! here comes the Spider-Man". Ok, now that that's out of the way (they just don't make them themes the way they used to) Comic-Con 2011 is right around the corner which means promo for “The Amazing Spider-Man" is in, ahem, full swing.

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    Happy Birthday, indieWIRE!

    Happy Birthday, indieWIRE!

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  • Thompson on Hollywood
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    Bridesmaids' Box Office Achievements: Analysis

    We all know that Bridesmaids showed sexy legs at the summer box office, busting down doors for femme movies as well as breakouts Kristen Wiig and Melissa McCarthy. Anthony D'Alessandro digs into what the numbers really mean. The Universal sleeper has made back six times its $26.2 million opening (or $159 million) at a production cost of $33 million. It’s the highest-grossing Judd Apatow film of all time, beating his domestic directorial high Knocked Up ($153 million), and he didn’t even direct. All around, it's an anomaly for an R-rated film with female appeal.

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    Watch: Jason Statham Makes A Weird 'Diff'rent Strokes' Joke In The Trailer For 'Blitz'

    In case you missed the memo, or if you just can't keep up with the onslaught of Jason Statham movies, he's got one more coming but it's going straight-to-DVD and it's called "Blitz." And yeah, it looks pretty low-rent even for a Statham flick.

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    Watch: Trailer For David Mackenzie's T In The Park Festival Rom-Com 'You Instead'

    Brit director David Mackenzie has kind of been all over the place in his career, but through all of his films he's been consistently unremarkable. "Young Adam," "Hallam Foe" and "Spread" have all been serviceable enough and his forthcoming apocalyptic romance “Perfect Sense,” with Ewan McGregor and Eva Green has been getting exactly the kind of mixed reviews he's always received. But none of this films have been as light on their feet as "You Instead," his shot-on-the-fly music festival rom-com.

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    How To Catch Up With "Breaking Bad" (It's Easy!)

    Sympathetic criminals may be the perfect dramatic characters: we like them and want them to survive; they let us live out our most dangerous, secret impulses vicariously; and when we're ready to get thoughtful, they're an endless source of knotty moral problems. We're still liking and worrying about Tony Soprano years after his screen went dark.

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  • Thompson on Hollywood
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    Media Watch: Murdoch Update; Brooks Resigns; Murdoch's Apology UPDATED

    Rebekah Brooks, the chief executive of News International, has resigned. Brooks was editor of the News of the World from 2000 to 2003, during the time that the phone of murder victim Milly Dowler was hacked. In her interoffice memo, deciphered line by line by The Guardian, Brooks claims that she resigned because she was a distraction in the media, writing: “My desire to remain on the bridge has made me a focal point of the debate.” Another resignation in the phone scandal story reveals the growing pressure on Murdoch's beleaguered U.K. media group. Here's a colorful Guardian Brooks profile.

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    Trailer For The New "The Thing"

    One of great horror films of the 1980's (one of greatest of all time as far as I'm concerned) is John Carpenter's The Thing, which was a remake of the earlier 1951 version. But Carpenter's film is a truly frightening, suspenseful, claustrophobic movie, helped in large parts by some amazing and genuinely gross out make up special effects, all done practical on camera. None of that CGI crap. (And the one brother in the film, played by Keith David, is still alive by the end of the film)

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