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    Video: Preview the "Shameless" Season Finale

    Shameless, with the flawless William H. Macy as a hugely flawed layabout father of six, wraps up its season on Sunday. When it began, it was overshadowed by Showtime's smart Matt LeBlanc comedy Episodes, but If you haven't kept up with Shameless you've missed how strongly this American version of the British series has come into its own. This droll comedy has created a unique identity for each member of the Gallagher family, whose affection is matched only by their capacity for cheating the government and stealing from the rich (or less poor).

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  • Spout
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    "Sucker Punch": The Failed Feminism of Zack Snyder

    Much of the imagery in “Sucker Punch” could be taken directly from a high quality video game, and that not only includes the epic genre-inspired action sequences but also the cast of young, sultry stars. Babydoll (Emily Browning) and her cohort of teenage pin-up types fill the screen with the sort of sexualized violence one could expect from “Tomb Raider” or “Street Fighter” or really any other video game with women fighting. And as is often pointed out, simply giving female characters weapons and fishnets and then sending them on a mission to blow up some bad guys does not exactly create empowered and self-actualized female characters. Rather, this whole method of portraying women as strong, violent and badass superhero types is problematic at its core, and it completely trips up any positive representation “Sucker Punch” might have given us.

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  • The Playlist
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    Michael Sheen Circling A Role In Tim Burton's 'Dark Shadows'

    Breaking: For this next effort, Tim Burton has already assembled a staggeringly top notch cast with Johnny Depp, Jackie Earle Haley, Eva Green, Bella Heathcote, Michelle Pfeiffer and Helena Bonham Carter all set to star in the big screen adaptation of the cult '60s television show "Dark Shadows." And if everything pans out, another very big name will joining Burton's grand tale.

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  • The Playlist
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    Viggo Mortensen Looks To Have Dropped Out Of 'Snow White And The Huntsman'

    We're kind of loving Viggo Mortensen at the moment. Despite coming to career ascension with "The Lord Of The Rings" films, the 52-year-old actor always seemed uncomfortable in tentpoles and super-budgeted films, instead choosing to use his post-'LOTR' fame to carefully attach himself to more interesting and thoughtful work like his trio of David Croneberg films ("A History of Violence," "Eastern Promises" and the upcoming "A Dangerous Method"), John Hillcoat's "The Road" and forthcoming Walter Salles adaptation of "On The Road."

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  • The Playlist
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    Watch: Trailer For 'Adèle Blanc-Sec' & 'The Big Bang' Fantastical For Very Different Reasons

    A couple of trailers to bring you into your weekend and yeah, they couldn't be more different, but they also deal with fantasy in their own unique way so allow us to use that as the thread the keeps these together. Alright, then.

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  • Thompson on Hollywood
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    Hollywood Produces More of Same as Box Office Dwindles

    Hollywood Produces More of Same as Box Office Dwindles

    "It's content," says Warner Bros. distribution chief Dan Fellman of the continuing downward trend at the box office in 2011. What that means is that the movies being churned out by the studios during the first quarter are not connecting with audiences. Fellman denies that the young male demo has departed the multiplex: just wait until Hangover 2, he says, along with all the commercial films coming this summer. Warners will present a show reel of their upcoming product to exhibitors at the new NATO-controlled CinemaCon next week, where Paramount is expected to screen 22 minutes of J.J. Abrams' Super 8, among other reels.

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  • The Playlist
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    'Notting Hill' Director Roger Michell Prepping Incestuous Drama About Franklin D. Roosevelt

    While "Morning Glory" wasn't quite the big rom-com hit Paramount was hoping for, Roger Michell has returned to the U.K. and is already mounting his next project, one that marks a firm 180 from his news team rom-com, keeping in line with the director's proclivity to switch up genres and themes.

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  • The Playlist
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    Too Romantic? Bryan Singer Made 'Superman Returns' For The 'Devil Wears Prada' Crowd?

    Ahh, "Superman Returns," the prickly, uncomfortable thorn in the comic book movie geek's side. Far better than say, half of the 20th Century Fox films -- "Daredevil," "Elektra," "Fantastic Four," "Ghost Rider" and "X-Men Origins: Wolverine" -- or half the super hero movies ever made including "Punisher," "Catwoman," "Jonah Hex," "Swamp Thing," "Batman Forever," "Batman & Robin," etc., etc. The film is admittedly uneven and somewhat unsatisfying, but there's something about its DNA that really riles up some particular comic book movie fans.

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  • Spout
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    Watch This: Short Film "Condemned" Has Everything "Sucker Punch" Needed to Succeed

    While writing my critique of “Sucker Punch” I found myself wondering exactly what the film would have needed to effectively deal with its representation of imprisoned women. Well, that and what could have made it into a good movie. Then I watched Oren Shai’s short film “Condemned,” available for streaming on its website, and it became pretty clear. This short film has everything that “Sucker Punch” was lacking, the tone that Zack Snyder’s disaster desperately needed to succeed.

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  • The Playlist
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    'Apollo 18' Gets Dumped On Jan. 6, 2012; 'Our Idiot Brother' Moves In On August 26th

    'Piranha 3DD' Takes A Bite Out Of ThanksgivingThe Weinstein Company have announced some new dates on their calendar for this year and one film has noticeably been taken off.

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