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    Weekend Preview: Take Shelter and 50/50 Best Bets; Plus Dream House, Margaret, Tucker & Dale

    How lovely to be amidst the season of quality movies after a summer of fanboy fare and commercial letdowns (exceptions: Rise of the Planet of the Apes, Super 8). This weekend offers a wide variety of films to choose from, but both TOH! and indieWIRE recommend achingly good Take Shelter (here's our i...

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    Fincher Talks Dragon Tattoo With Empire: Lisbeth Salander is Not A Superhero

    Rooney Mara and Daniel Craig cover Empire magazine. In this photo, Mara takes a subservient position to Craig (again), as opposed to the Swedish poster. Consider the power dynamics: squatting vs. being on one's knees and standing vs. sitting.

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    Margaret Reviews: A Horrific, Pretentious, Operatic and Remarkable Mess of Movie?

    Fox Searchlight finally opens Kenneth Lonergan's six-year-old $12 million Margaret this weekend, but it remains to be seen if it can make it out of the critics' slaughterhouse alive. The Gangs of New York screenwriter's debut as a writer-director, You Can Count on Me, earned two Oscar nominations, for screenplay and actress Laura Linney. But boy did Lonergan hit the sophomore slump, as he became paralyzed trying to cut his second film during an elongated post-production phase that made Terrence Malick look decisive. It's never ideal to take a movie away from a director, but Searchlight and producer Gary Gilbert had to go to court, as Lonergan...

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    The Avengers Cover EW; Their Mighty Powers Still Won't Match B.O. Power of Dark Knight Rises

    On newsstands tomorrow, EW's The Avengers issue banks on the star power of not just one, but three existing Marvel superhero franchise movies. Iron Man's Robert Downey Jr., Scarlett Johansson, and Jeremy Renner (Hawkeye), Thor's Chris Hemsworth, and Captain America's Chris Evans join up with new Hul...

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    No Bridesmaids Sequel, Mick Jagger as Big Bad Media Mogul, Free Previews for Footloose

    Almost as soon as runaway comedy Bridesmaids hit theaters this spring, there was talk about a sequel. At the time, director Paul Feig told New York Vulture: "When you get a group that's this deep and this good, it's a crime to not use them again." However, an Entertainment Weekly interview with Jon ...

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    Sony to Stop Funding 3-D Glasses, Pixar's Unkrich to Blog As He Directs Unknown New Film

    Just when 3-D seemed to be gaining respectability, Sony has notified theater owners that it will stop paying for RealD 3-D glasses starting in May of 2012.

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    Michelle Williams Lands Best Actress Honor at Sham Hollywood Film Awards

    Remember, The Hollywood Film Festival is not a respectable fall fest. It's a well-timed award season facade which honors stars, filmmakers and craftspeople and lines the pockets of founder and internet magnate Carlos de Abreu. (Read all about it here.) But Hollywood players participate because the f...

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    Box Office: What Went Wrong with Critic Faves Drive and Warrior

    Aren't rave reviews supposed to push indie films into crossover success? Anthony D'Alessandro investigates what went wrong with Drive and Warrior at the fall box office.While critics did boost ticket sales for such wide appeal films as The Help (74% fresh Tomatometer and $155 million domestic B.O.) ...

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    Box Office Scandal: Circuit Dealing Pervades Small Towns, Flagship vs. Century Theatres

    In a David vs. Goliath face-off, indie-owned Flagship Theaters recently won an appeal in its crusade against Cinemark’s Century Theatres. Does the age-old practice of circuit dealing — an unethical way for chain exhibitors to muscle studios — still persist? Anthony D’Alessandro digs further into this taboo topic: What is circuit dealing, exactly? It’s a predatory film booking practice whereby multiplex chains strong-arm studios for product in a specific market. If a studio decides to book with the competition in a given community, usually a Mom-and-Pop venue, then the exhibitor will threaten to bar that film (or future films) from playing t...

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    Poster Watch: Spielberg's War Horse is Everything You'd Expect

    Sight unseen, Steven Spielberg's War Horse, based only on the trailer, is clearly Oscar bait. The new poster (below) offers exactly what you'd expect for the PG-13 film based on Michael Morpurgo's novel about a boy, his horse and WWI. It has Spielberg and Christmastime-heart-tugging written all over...

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