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    Will Thor Be Latest Jewel in Marvel Crown? Marvel Talks Recipe for Success

    Marvel Entertainment is a model for a company that has cannily looked out for its own interests as it seeks to exploit and protect its rich endowment of comic characters and stories. With Shakespearean actor-director Kenneth Branagh's epic adventure Thor hitting theaters May 6, Anthony D'Alessandro ...

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    Something Borrowed Reviews: "Lame, Misjudged, Plastic, Obnoxious"

    Even the combined adorability and charm of Kate Hudson, Ginnifer Goodwin, John Krasinski and Colin Egglesfield can't seem to pull any love from reviews of this relationship comedy about a young woman who falls in love with her best friend's fiance, which will only suffer by comparison to the recent ...

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    NYT's Dargis & Scott Debate Violent Screen Femmes: Fueled by Rage or Fear of Female Power?

    In the NYT's must-read article "Gosh, Sweetie, That’s a Big Gun" (published with this fab summer preview cover illo), Manohla Dargis and A.O. Scott have a timely discussion about the recent surge of violent girls and women on the big screen. Excerpts are below:

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    MTV Movie Awards Nominates Twilight and Harry Potter Stars, Emma Stone, Jesse Eisenberg, Portman

    On June 5, Jason Sudeikis will host the MTV Movie Awards, the show guaranteed to recognize the power of celebrity and shrieking teenage girls. EW reports the nominees for Best Female and Male performance, from Oscar-winner Natalie Portman (Black Swan) to Jennifer Aniston (Just Go With It) and Jessi...

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    Weekend Box Office: Fast Five's $83.6 Million Breaks Fast Series, Year, Month, Universal Records

    Fast Five smoked past industry expectations and scored with critics as well as summer-level box office. (Trailers and Weekend Top Ten Chart are below.) Anthony D'Alessandro reports:

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    Weekend Preview: Fast Five Pumps Testosterone, Prom Tween Fantasy, 13 Assassins, Cave 3-D, The Arbor

    It's a weekend of extremes, with the Fast Five testosterone-fest, a Prom tween fantasy, not one but 13 Assassins and a Hoodwinked Too! that no one asked for. Several indie gems are mixed in with some less-inspiring releases: we recommend Werner Herzog's Cave of Forgotten Dreams in 3-D and Clio Berna...

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    Fast Five Could Beat Last Installment's $70.95 Million Weekend

    With Fast Five, Justin Lin, by all accounts, has delivered the best Fast and Furious installment so far--adding Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson to chase the original lead duo Vin Diesel and Paul Walker--and Universal is cautiously optimistic, saying that it is tracking as well in the same range as the fourth. Anthony D'Alessandro looks at the performance of the franchise to date--and predicts the coming weekend's performance. Gas-strapped Americans are expected to break their piggy banks this weekend to see Universal’s auto five-quel Fast Five, which has scored the first "fresh" reviews of the series. Should the gross rival the $70.95 million April...

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    Prom Early Reviews: Formulaic Tween Fantasy Flick or Stereotype Reinforcer?

    Disney's Prom opens April 29. It stars Aimee Teegarden, Thomas McDonell, DeVaugh Nixon, Danielle Campbell, Yin Chang, Nolan Sotillo, and more. Joe Nussbaum directs a script from Katie Wech. Reviews, picture and the trailer are below.

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    Todd Phillips Compares The Hangover Parts I & II To The Godfather. Seriously.

    Todd Phillips is confident that The Hangover Part II can live up to its predecessor. So much so that he has the nerve to compare his man-boy films to The Godfather. The writer-director tells MTV: "I think there are very few sequels that have been made that live up to or exceed their first film. The ...

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