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    The Essentials: The 5 Best William Friedkin Films

    The decent opening weekend for the NC-17 "Killer Joe" should be celebrated for a number of reasons, but perhaps most notably, it marks something of a comeback for director William Friedkin. The helmer was, for a brief period in the 1970s, the most powerful filmmaker in Hollywood, but a series of critical and commercial flops after "The Exorcist" saw his stock drop quickly, and while there were a few quiet gems, the quality of his work tended to be closer to sub-"Basic Instinct" erotic thriller "Jade" (which Friedkin has said is one of his favorite of his films, curiously), or tree-rape horror "The Guardian," than to his breakout films.

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    Peter Jackson Confirms 'The Hobbit: Part 3' For Summer 2014 Release

    Get your wallets out kids, because after hints at Comic-Con and reports emerging last week that serious talks were underway between Peter Jackson and Warner Bros., it looks like Middle Earth is going to be up on the big screen for the next three years. That's right, "The Hobbit: Subtitle To Be Determind Later" (aka Part 3) is gonna happen. Here's what Jackson had to say on Facebook:

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    'Madagascar' Director Tom McGrath Signs Lease For Ben Stiller's 'Rentaghost'

    With the disappointing box office showing of “The Watch” this weekend, Ben Stiller is likely hoping that the tried-and-true hands that helped make the “Madagascar” films such rousing successes will work his magic for the actor's next film, the big-screen adaptation of late 70s/early 80s Brit TV comedy “Rentaghost.”

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    'Rush Hour 4' In The Works With Chris Tucker & Jackie Chan, Will Be "Gritty"

    You might think that with "Rush Hour 3" making less domestically than the first "Rush Hour" film, and barely passing it worldwide, that any chance at a "Rush Hour 4" would be off the table. But while Chris Tucker once commanded a huge salary -- taking $20 million for "Rush Hour 2" and $25 million for "Rush Hour 3" -- tax woes might be making his asking price come way down. And thus, the possibility of "Rush Hour 4" becomes frightening real.

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    Shonda Rhimes, Cast, Talk 'Scandal' Season 2 (Lots Of Big Reveals In Premiere Episode)

    Time flies... it seems like it was just yesterday that the season ended; but Scandal fans get ready - one of the most, if not THE most talked about TV series on S&A this year was Shonda Rhimes' new series starring Kerry Washington. 

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    Cross Post: Late-Night TV Stand-Up Demographic Scorecard: First Half, 2012

    Remember when The New York Times profiled Eddie Brill into a corner and caused an uproar both within CBS and Late Show with David Letterman -- which took away Brill's power to book stand-up comedians on Letterman after almost 11 years -- and within the comedy community, which debated whether female comics really do "act like men" to please audiences?

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    Recap: 'The Newsroom' Continues Its Uptick By Letting Its Characters Fail

    At the close of our recap of last week's "The Newsroom" episode, we wrote of protagonist Will McAvoy (Jeff Daniels), that we thought "he'd actually be more sympathetic if he actually made a mistake and had to deal with the consequences. In fact, the show would be helped enormously if they made some serious fuck up too, rather than being right every single week." Of course, episode six, "Bullies," had been written and made long ago, but clearly someone on the creative team had the same thought, because it was this exact conceit -- our heroes being wrong, and being less than saintly -- that formed the theme of this week's episode, and the result was a continued upswing for the show, and further proof that "The Newsroom" can be saved after a very rough start.

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    VIDEO ESSAY: Ninja Turtles: Generation Y in a Half Shell

    “Ugh. Where do they come up with this stuff?” groans a frustrated Raphael, the brooding, red-bandana-wearing member of the Ninja Turtles, whilst walking out of a New York movie theater that’s playing the 1980s creature feature "Critters."

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    New Pics 'Killing Them Softly' Featuring Brad Pitt, Richard Jenkins, Ray Liotta & More

    While much of the hype on The Weinstein Company's fall slate has centered around Quentin Tarantino's "Django Unchained," Paul Thomas Anderson's "The Master" and David O. Russell's "Silver Linings Playbook," one film still flying well under the radar is Andrew Dominik's "Killing Them Softly" starring Brad Pitt. Though it premiered at the Cannes Film Festival this spring, and has a new October release date now set (essentially swapping places with PTA's movie), it's still the only film of the bunch without a trailer. So until then, some images will have to do.

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    On-Set Pics Of Lenny Kravitz, Oprah Winfrey, Cuba Gooding Jr In Costume In 'The Butler'

    The film is scripted to cover several decades in the life of Eugene Allen, the White House butler who served many presidents; So, based on the outfits and wigs, what period do you think we're looking at here in these photos? 

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