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    Watch: New Trailer For 'Sucker Punch' Pairs Rock 'n Roll & Explosions

    With just over a month to go until Zack Snyder's "Sucker Punch," this writer thinks Warner Bros. still has a lot of work to do. The brainchild of Snyder the film is an ambitious fantasy action pic but the marketing still doesn't look like it's doing anything but appealing to the niche of fans who are already sold on the film. Basically, to anyone who hasn't been following the film, they won't have any clue what this blitzkrieg of images and music actually means. As one of the Playlist better halves asked us recently: "Is that the medieval Spice Girls movie?"

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    Escape from New York: Portland

    Many of Reverse Shot's staff writers and contributors come from and reside in locations all over the U.S. and beyond. Escape from New York is a new column devoted to reminding us Manhattan-and-Brooklyn-centric moviegoers that we are not the world when it comes to cinephila. In the following weeks and months, look for dispatches by a handful of our best writers from such far-flung locations as Taipei, Tel Aviv, London, Los Angeles, Washington D.C., and more. First up, Kristi Mitsuda's observations on filmgoing in Portland.

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    Charlie Sheen Wants To Make Another 'Major League,' Calls 'Back To The Minors' An "Abortion"

    Inside of everyone there's a hero and a villain, unless you're Charlie Sheen, where there is a third person, an unapologetic hedonist just living life to the fullest.

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  • The Lost Boys
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    Introducing Picton Picturefest: A Film Festival and Youth Retreat

    So I waited a good long while to write this post, mostly out of fear that the project would never come to be. But there's no going back now, so I wanted to officially announce Picton Picturefest on my wee blog in hopes of spreading the word. Essentially, a year or so ago my childhood best friend and I started talking about putting together a little film festival and "cinephile camp" for youth near our shared hometown in Southern Ontario (clearly inspired by this little experience)... Somehow, it manifested from that idea to a full-fledged operation, with 20 us - filmmakers, film producers, film festival employees, media artists - now part of the "Picturefest Collective," a non-profit organization with government funding and some serious ambition to make Picton Picturefest a reality.

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  • The Playlist
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    Michael Bay's Platinum Dunes To Make 'Zombies Vs. Robots'

    Because why not right? With cowboys squaring off against aliens, Abraham Lincoln fighting vampires and Hansel and Gretel taking on a coven of witches, these genre mashups aren't going to end anytime soon.

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  • Thompson on Hollywood
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    Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark Review: Flamboyant and Uninspired

    Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark Review: Flamboyant and Uninspired

    Film and comics critic Simon Abrams (Village Voice, Comics Journal) ventured onto Broadway to see what all the fuss was about on Julie Taymor's endlessly previewed (performances started on November 28; the opening was postponed to March 15) and troubled Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark. He finds flamboyance in the service of uninspired storytelling:Nobody needs an introduction to Spider-Man after decades of comics and three blockbuster films (a reboot is under way). But Julie Taymor is determined to rework this eighth-told tale tale into mythic stature. The epic musical Turn Off the Dark’s spectacular failure comes down to its creators’ inability to realize what they could do with a beloved property with built-in mainstream appeal.

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    Steve Carell To Talk To Canines In 'Dogs Of Babel'

    Steve Carell continues to fill up his post-"The Office" slate, and he's lined up a dramedy that will find him talking to dogs. Let us explain.

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  • Thompson on Hollywood
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    Old School Action Stars: Few Replacements, Not Expendable

    Action heroes come in two categories: New School and Old School. Just last weekend, Liam Neeson, 58, led the box office pack with Unknown, showing 16-year old Justin Bieber and I Am Number Four's 20-year old Alex Pettyfer who's Daddy. Neeson isn't the first, nor will he be the last, older man showing the world how a Hollywood action star should perform, both on screen and in the charts.

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    Watch: Trailer For 'Jumping The Broom' Reveals Paula Patton Basically Made A Katherine Heigl Movie

    Two world come colliding together in the what looks to be a pretty tepid wedding comedy, "Jumping The Broom," that is basically a Katherine Heigl movie minus Katherine Heigl but plus "white people" jokes.

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    Greta Gerwig Finally Acknowledged By 'Arthur' Poster

    Don't ask us why movie marketers do what they do but when the trailer and poster for "Arthur" recently landed, the film's love interest, indie film sensation Greta Gerwig, was nowhere to be found. Well, Warner Bros. have rectified that situation with a new, horribly Photoshopped poster that crams Gerwig in there and even she gets her name at the top of the poster. Guess the indie thesp is moving on up.

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