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    "Super 8" Wins the Super Bowl Movie Marketing Game

    Judging by hot searches and polls and general film bloggery, J.J. Abrams' "Super 8" is the most anticipated, or at least the most buzzing, movie advertised during the Super Bowl yesterday. Part of this likely has to do with its secrecy. And it seemed to come out of nowhere for most folk. Even those who follow movie sites and news hadn't yet seen so much footage from the sci-fi film, and the rest of America probably hadn't even heard of it until the spot aired during the game. Unlike "Captain America," "Thor," "Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides" and "Transformers 3," this is not an already anticipated adaptation or sequel. And unlike...

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    On the Anglification of Superman: Reactions to the Casting of British Actor Henry Cavill

    Interesting that Warner Bros. announced the casting of its next Superman on the last day of Sundance. The studio revealed some big casting news for "The Dark Knight Rises" as many of us were in the air heading towards the festival. Yesterday this report came while some were returning home. Talk about counter-programming. But the contrast between Sundance and superheroes isn't what people were talking about today. It was the fact that yet another British actor has been chosen for a superhero role. Christian Bale is Batman, Andrew Garfield is Spider-Man and now Henry Cavill ("Stardust") is Superman in Zack Snyder's "Superman: The Man of Steel."...

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    If You Really Hated the Golden Globes You Wouldn't Watch the Golden Globes.

    The Golden Globe Awards is an event we all love to hate, annually giving its insignificance a significance it hardly deserves, but this year's ceremony was quite representative of its own existence. All the mean-spirited reflexivity and the shots of bored or unhappy Johnny Depp co-stars probably mirrored a lot of the viewers at home, particularly those of us who want to hate on celebrity while simultaneously encouraging it through envy and fascination. That cake-and-eat-it mentality of self-congratulation mixed with self-derogation displayed at awards shows now is probably spawned by the snarkiness of the entertainment blogosphere, and it is ...

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    Garfield as Spider-Man, Incest in "Black Swan," 3-D "Battleship Potemkin" and Other Links

    - I might be the only person who thinks that image of Garfield as Spider-Man, courtesy of /Film, is funny. Including the guy who made it.

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    Is James Cameron the Right Person to Criticize "Battleship"?

    Bloggers love to call out Hollywood hypocrisy, especially if it involves someone as egocentric as James Cameron and can be used as another excuse to slam the unoriginality of "Avatar." Even if I was one of the people to jump on that film early on, I think people give it too little credit, especiall...

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    Is the Time Person of the Year Choice Another Accolade for "The Social Network"?

    This reminds me of the time that "An Inconvenient Truth" won the Nobel Peace Prize. There is no direct connection between Mark Zuckerberg being named Time magazine's Person of the Year (and no he's not the youngest -- that's still Charles Lindbergh) and the continued success of "The Social Network."...

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    "Source Code" Trailer: All That's Missing is Bruce Willis - Or Bill Murray

    It's time once again to play "The first trailer for this movie shows it's derivative of _____." No need to go through a long illustrated list of movies "Source Code" resembles, though. Because it doesn't look like as many movies as it feels like. The majority of bloggers reference "Groundhog Day," and a few cite "12 Monkeys" (or, in the case of the snobs, "La Jetee"), in their reactions to the trailer. There's also a bit of "The Matrix"/"TRON" in that titular setting we find out Jake Gyllenhaal is operating within. I'll throw in some "Quantum Leap" meets the opening of "Unbreakable." So, yeah, there are two movies mentioned that Bruce Willis ...

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    "Green Lantern" Trailer: Concerns and Excitement From Around the Web

    When the "Green Lantern" trailer showed up online the other day, immediate reactions seemed so negative I thought we might have another "Avatar" on our hands. As in, here's a highly anticipated movie that's easily crapped on in initial ad form but which will end up making a lot of, well, green. Personally, I thought the movie looked like the worst comic book-based superhero movie since Roger Corman's "Fantastic Four," but that was a little harsh, even for me. In reality it's more like the 2005 "Fantastic Four," which still isn't great, but it's the best we can hope for with a movie that sends Ryan Reynolds back to "Van Wilder" territory and t...

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    "TRON" DVD Conspiracy is a Travesty for "TRON: Legacy" Potential

    Imagine if it was currently impossible to watch the first six "Harry Potter" movies in preparation for the first part of "Deathly Hallows." That's how I feel regarding the recently discovered difficulty in seeing "TRON" before next month's release of "TRON: Legacy." I haven't seen "TRON" since I was a kid, at least 25 years ago, and if I don't have the chance of revisiting it I likely won't end up seeing the sequel. Fortunately I have a friend who is a diehard fan of the 1982 original and will likely get to borrow his copy of the apparently rare and out-of-print 20th anniversary DVD (which is being sold new on Amazon for nearly $100). What ab...

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