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    TV: Watch a Clip of LeBlanc's "Episodes" Finale and More

    Three don't-miss shows coming up this weekend.

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  • The Playlist
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    First/New Look: 'The Vow,' 'Friends With Kids' & 'Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows'

    A few first looks and a new picture of the unfortunately titled "Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows" have arrived thanks to Entertainment Weekly and Empire (neither need to appear online, thanks for the scans, people).

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  • Matt Dentler's Blog
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    Why Hulu Plus and Criterion? And Some Criterion Releases Will Stay On Netflix

    Why Hulu Plus and Criterion? And Some Criterion Releases Will Stay On Netflix

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  • The Playlist
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    Watch: 'The Black Mamba' Short Film For Nike With Kobe Bryant, Directed By Robert Rodriguez

    Bruce Willis, Danny Trejo & Kanye West Stop By For CameosThe full length short film, "The Black Mamba," a collaboration between Nike, Kobe Bryant and director Robert Rodriguez has landed and it's....okay.

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  • The Playlist
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    First Look At Joe Carnahan's 'The Grey' Starring Liam Neeson

    Courtesy of the latest issue of EW (not yet online), we now have our first look at Joe Carnahan's "The Grey" an intriguing project that re-teams the director with his "The A-Team" star Liam Neeson in what we hope will be a return to form for the helmer.

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    Watch: Trailer For 'Apollo 18' Makes Us Feel Like Watching 'Apollo 13' Instead

    What did you expect from a film that only started shooting a couple of months ago for a release date in April? It's a quickie, cheapie job that looks, well, every bit as good as you might expect a movie operating with this kind of chintzy budget might look like.

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  • The Playlist
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    Martin Scorsese's 3D 'Hugo Cabret' Now Scheduled For Nov. 23rd Release; Paramount Will Distribute

    While we're not exactly fans of 3D, when somebody like Martin Scorsese -- legendary filmmaker and movie history encyclopedia -- decides to take a crack at it, we sit up and pay attention. Last summer, longtime editor Thelma Schoonmaker said that Scorsese actually wasn't that impressed by what he saw in "Avatar" and "Alice In Wonderland" and that he wanted to push the format further. So to say we're curious is a bit of an understatement and we're going to get to see it a bit sooner than expected.

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    Watch: Trailer For 'Hesher' Starring Natalie Portman & Joseph Gordon-Levitt

    It's been a difficult road for Spencer Susser's "Hesher." The film, which stars Natalie Portman, Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Rainn Wilson, seemed custom built to be an indie hit. It debuted at last year's Sundance Film Festival to mixed reviews, was bought up days later by Newmarket Films, and has languished for over a year without hitting theaters because of what appears to be internal politics. Newmarket chief Chris Ball left the company to form his own shingle, and there are now plans for the release to be a joint venture between Newmarket and Ball’s Wrekin Hill Entertainment. It should hit later this spring.

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  • REVERSEBLOG: the reverse shot blog
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    Euro Pop: Jaume Collet-Serra's "Unknown"

    Mechanically, Unknown, the new picture from Jaume Collet-Serra, isn’t all that different than midforties Hollywood cloak-and-dagger thrillers or later Cold War espionage actioners.

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  • REVERSEBLOG: the reverse shot blog
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    Baltimore Son: Matthew Porterfield’s "Putty Hill"

    The first time a character utters the word “Baltimore” in Matthew Porterfield’s Putty Hill, it is as an explanation, or rather an excuse, for why a 24-year-old named Cory died of a heroin overdose. “Fucking shit nowadays is killing so many people,” says Cory’s uncle, Spike (Charles Sauers), an ex-con tattoo artist, while methodically inking up a client’s arm. “Baltimore,” sympathizes the client, obviously also a neighborhood acquaintance. Co-writer/director Matthew Porterfield’s second feature (his first was 2006’s Hamilton), a quietly searing portrait of grief and disaffection on the destitute outskirts of that Maryland city, goes on to present a series of discrete slices of life—with these scenes neatly arranged one after another, as if according to some genealogical principle rather than a dramatic one, to show death’s ripple effect through a complex system of friends and relatives—that also cumulatively add up to a portrait of the titular neighborhood. While Putty Hill—which reportedly came together after funding for another project involving much of the same personnel fell through, and underwent a reshoot of a crucial scene late last year on account of a music-rights snafu—is intriguingly structured and shot (by Jeremy Saulnier) in a hypnotically serene overcast palette, its content stubbornly refuses to dovetail with its tone and form. Read Benjamin Mercer's review of Putty Hill.

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