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Argo Wins Best Film and Best Director at BAFTAs; Skyfall Wins Best British Film

10 February 2013 2:04 PM, PST

Is an Argo Best Picture win now inevitable?  The 2013 British Academy of Film and Television Awards (BAFTA Awards) were handed out this evening, and director Ben Affleck’s thriller continued its domination of awards season by landing the Best Film and Best Director prizes.  The BAFTAs have always been an important bellwether for predicting Oscar, but they may be even more in tune with the Academy this year as a rule change allowed the entire BAFTA voting body to vote on every award (like the Oscars), instead of writers only voting for screenplay, actors only voting for acting, etc. Les Miserables won the most BAFTAs of the night, taking home four trophies including Best Supporting Actress for Anne Hathaway (duh) and Best Production Design (over Anna Karenina? Really?).  The winners actually lined up pretty closely with my current Oscar predictions, though most were surprised to see David O. Russell take »

- Adam Chitwood

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Quentin Tarantino Teases Third Film in “Rewritten History” Trilogy

10 February 2013 1:40 PM, PST

With 2012’s Django Unchained, writer/director Quentin Tarantino once again focused on an important period of time in history as told through his one-of-a-kind lens.  Though we don’t yet know what subject the filmmaker will be tackling for his next project, it appears that he’s interested in once again going back in time to complete his unofficial “rewritten history” trilogy that began with Inglourious Basterds and continued with the swell Unchained.  Hit the jump to see what Tarantino had to say about the prospect of another period film by way of Qt. Speaking during a press conference for the BAFTA winners (via Empire), Tarantino confirmed his interest in tackling another important historical touchstone: "This [rewritten history theme] begs a trilogy, it begs to have a third movie on this theme. I haven’t decided about what yet, but I wouldn’t be surprised…" Though this is certainly an intriguing prospect and »

- Adam Chitwood

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A Good Day To Die Hard Stars Bruce Willis and Jai Courtney and Director John Moore Talk about the Die Hard Franchise and the Appeal of John McClane

10 February 2013 1:08 PM, PST

It’s been 25 years since Die Hard exploded into theaters, launching a new cinematic hero and changing the paradigm of action movies.  In A Good Day to Die Hard, Bruce Willis reprises his iconic role as police detective John McClane.  Set against the backdrop of deadly corruption and political vendetta in Russia, McClane teams up with his estranged son, Jack (Jai Courtney), to settle their differences and take down the bad guys.  The film, which opens in theaters on February 14th, also features Sebastian Koch and Yulia Snigir. At the recent press day, Willis, Courtney and director John Moore talked about why it was time for another Die Hard movie, what makes the McClane character so appealing to audiences, the origin of the signature line, taking the franchise to another country for the first time, and using Mi-24 assault helicopters in the action sequences.  Willis also discussed what it’s »

- Sheila Roberts

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Geek Gifts: The Legend Of Zelda: Hyrule Historia Book of Concept Art, Hyrule History and Official Chronology of the Game; Limited Edition Available

10 February 2013 12:52 PM, PST

Need a Valentine's Day geek gift for the Legend of Zelda fan in your life?  How about checking out The Legend of Zelda: Hyrule Historia, available in regular hard copy and limited edition versions.  The books contain 276 pages of never-before-seen concept art, the full history of Hyrule, the official chronology of the games and an introduction by legendary video game creator Shigeru Miyamoto.  If you want to shell out a few extra rupees, the limited edition features a faux-leather hardcover bearing the symbol of the Gate of Time debossed on the cover and gold gilded pages.  Hit the jump to see images from the book and to find out how you can order your own copy. Check out some preview images of The Legend of Zelda: Hyrule Historia books after the book trailer below, followed by the synopsis and ordering information: [gallery link="file" order="Desc" columns="1"] Dark Horse Books and Nintendo® bring you »

- Dave Trumbore

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Neca Prepares for Summer with Action Figures for The Lone Ranger and Kick-ass 2; First Look at Kick-ass 2 Villain ,”The Motherfucker”

10 February 2013 11:08 AM, PST

This weekend, we've been showing you toys from Toy Fair 2013 including action figures for Thor: The Dark World, Iron Man 3, and more. It's all about the merchandising, and if you're going to get reasonably-priced action figures, you can't do much better than Neca.  The toymaker has released images for some of their big 2013 toys with a look at their figures for The Lone Ranger and Kick-Ass 2.  The figures look good, but they also provide our first look at Kick-Ass 2's villain, "The Motherfucker" (Christopher Mintz-Plasse), formerly Red Mist.  It's a wild costume, I'm curious to see what it looks like in real life. Hit the jump to check out the toys.  The Lone Ranger opens July 3rd.  Kick-Ass 2 opens June 28th. Per Neca: "These highly detailed 7″ scale figures of Tonto and Lone Ranger have over 20 points of articulation and incredibly detailed and life like." Here's the »

- Matt Goldberg

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Toy Fair 2013: Star Wars and G.I. Joe Retaliation Toy Images

10 February 2013 11:05 AM, PST

If you're a toy collector, Toy Fair is a very big deal.  Every February in New York City, all the toy manufactures unveil all their upcoming toy lines and there are always a number of surprises.  This year, one of the big surprises involved Star Wars.  For those who are unaware, since 1977, Star Wars action figures have always come in two sizes: 3.75″ and 12" inch.  But for the first time since the series launched, Hasbro is introducing a 6-inch scale version and they're called it "The Black Series."  Hasbro claims this new line features a higher level of articulation and they'll be in store shelves this fall with a retail price of $19.99 each.   While you may wonder why make a change now, I think it's an easy answer: money.   The fact is, Hasbro has already produced every character that's ever been seen in any Star Wars movie.  By launching a new 6" line, »

- Steve 'Frosty' Weintraub

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Toy Fair 2013: New Kre-o Star Trek, G.I. Joe and Transformers Images (Hasbro’s Version of Lego)

10 February 2013 10:07 AM, PST

One of the new toys lines that Hasbro is releasing this year is called Kre-o.  While Hasbro will never officially say this, it's essentially their version of Lego.  At yesterday's media preview for Toy Fair 2013, Hasbro showed off a number of upcoming Kre-o toys from Star Trek, G.I Joe, and Transformers.  With the popularity of Lego, I totally understand why Hasbro would create their own version.  However, collectors are an interesting bunch, and I'm curious if Lego fans will give Kre-o a chance or feel like Hasbro is invading their turf.  We'll know in the next few months. Hit the jump to check out over 30 images and look for more Toy Fair coverage soon. click on any image for high-res [gallery link="file" order="Desc" columns="1"] Click here for more Toy Fair 2013 coverage »

- Steve 'Frosty' Weintraub

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Toy Fair 2013: New Transformers Toys Featuring the Biggest Transformers Ever: a 24″ Tall Metroplex Triple Changer

10 February 2013 9:36 AM, PST

While most of my knowledge about Transformers comes from the Michael Bay movies, I know the Hasbro toy line is incredibly popular with both kids and collectors.  So when I asked Samantha Cheirif to cover Hasbro's preview of Toy Fair 2013 yesterday, she took a bunch of pictures of all the new Transformers toys.  While I have no idea what toys go with what line, one toy did impress me: the 24" tall triple changer Metroplex.  Billed as the biggest Transformer toy ever, with an estimated $125 price tag, the toy looks very cool.  Hit the jump to check out over 30 images and look for more Toy Fair coverage all day. click on any image for high-res [gallery link="file" order="Desc" columns="1"] Click here for more Toy Fair 2013 coverage »

- Steve 'Frosty' Weintraub

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Toy Fair 2013: New Iron Man 3 and Marvel Legends/Avengers Toy Images

10 February 2013 9:01 AM, PST

With Toy Fair opening their doors today, over the next few days, you can expect a ton of new images and information on the upcoming toy lines that will be hitting store shelves in the near future.  Yesterday, Hasbro opened their doors to select members of the media and our own Samantha Cheirif was in attendance to photograph the show.  While we already posted a number of images from the upcoming toys from Thor: The Dark World and some Iron Man 3 and Kre-o G.I. Joe toy images, she's sent over a lot more.  So if you want to see more toys/action figures from Iron Man 3 and other Marvel toy lines, hit the jump.  Look for a lot more Toy Fair coverage soon. click on any image for high-res [gallery link="file" order="Desc" columns="1"] Click here for more Toy Fair 2013 coverage »

- Steve 'Frosty' Weintraub

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Weekend Box Office: Identity Thief Grabs Biggest Opening of 2013 with $36.5 Million

10 February 2013 8:49 AM, PST

Though much of the Northeast is still drowning under an ocean of snow, Blizzard Nemo didn’t sink the national box office. In first place, Identity Thief took in an estimated $36.5 million, for the highest three-day total so far this year. The R-rated comedy is looking like a solid hit - coming in 40% higher than first projected and 73% higher than Side Effects, the weekend’s only other wide release.  Title Weekend Total 1.  Identity Thief $36,590,000 $36.5 2.  Warm Bodies $11,500,000 $36.6 3.  Side Effects $10,015,000 $10 4.  Silver Linings Playbook $6,908,000 $90 5.  Hansel & Gretel $5,750,000 $43.8 6.  Mama $4,300,000 $64 7.  Zero Dark Thirty $4,000,000 $83.5 8.  Argo $2,500,000 $123.7 9.  Django Unchained $2,288,000 $154.5 10.  Bullet to the Head $1,980,000 $8.1 After two less-than stellar frames, the box office showed a little life this weekend by sending its first number one debut above $30 million. Prior to this weekend, the year’s strongest openers were Mama ($28.4 million) and Texas Chainsaw 3D ($21.4 million). Making Identity Thief’s success that much sweeter is the fact that many people believed it wouldn’t happen. »

- Nicole Pedersen

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Blu-ray Deal: Bond 50: The Complete 22 Film Collection Blu-ray for 57% Off

10 February 2013 8:45 AM, PST

Around Thanksgiving last year, Amazon had the Bond 50: The Complete 22 Film Collection Blu-ray box set as part of their Gold Box Deal of the Day for $99.99.  It lasted a few hours and then it was sold out for a long time.  Since then, Amazon has only offered the box set a few times under $200. That all changed this morning. If you've been waiting to own this incredible 23 disc set that features all 22 James Bond films on Blu-ray, today is the day to pick it up as Amazon has it on sale for $129.99 (which is 57% off).  This is the cheapest I've seen the set since that day before Thanksgiving.  Like all Amazon deals, it's subject to inventory, so don't wait too long to buy.  For hundreds of other DVD and Blu-ray deals click here. »

- Steve 'Frosty' Weintraub

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The Imposter DVD Review

10 February 2013 5:55 AM, PST

Committing a crime for money makes sense to people.  But when someone pulls off an elaborate, astonishing crime for no monetary gain, it can be baffling.  Bart Layton's documentary The Imposter tells one of these such cases.  It's a shocking, damn near unbelievable true story filled with more twists and shocking secrets than a conventional thriller.  Perhaps even more shocking is that it wasn't nominated for an Academy Award.  Anyways, more about The Imposter's DVD after the jump. In June 1994, 13-year-old Nicholas Barclay went out to play basketball with his friends in San Antonio, TX.  He never returned home and as the years went on, the Barclay family lost hope.  Then in 1997 they got a call from authorities who told them that Nicholas had surfaced in southern Spain.  When he was flown back to the U.S., instead of being greeted by their blue-eyed, Texas born and raised Nicholas, »

- Patrick Cooper

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Toy Fair 2013: First Images of the Thor: The Dark World Toys Reveal Thor, Loki and the Dark Elves

9 February 2013 9:10 PM, PST

Earlier today, Hasbro previewed a number of toys they'll be premiering at Toy Fair 2013 tomorrow.  While most of the presentation showcased toys that will be released in the next few months like Iron Man 3 and Star Wars, they did tease something that will be on store shelves later this year: Thor: The Dark World.  Even though the movie doesn't get released until November, Hasbro revealed upcoming versions of Thor, Loki and the Dark Elves.  As you can see after the jump, on display were the new 3.75" inch figures, a new "Titan Hero Series" line, and a Thunder Strike Thor.  Check out the images and then let me know what you think. click on any image for high-res [gallery link="file" order="Desc" columns="1"] Here’s the synopsis for Thor: The Dark World: Marvel’s Thor: The Dark World continues the big-screen adventures of Thor, the Mighty Avenger, as he battles to save Earth and »

- Steve 'Frosty' Weintraub

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Toy Fair 2013: Images and Info on Iron Man 3, Transformers, Kre-o G.I. Joe, and More

9 February 2013 4:55 PM, PST

While Toy Fair 2013 doesn't open its doors until tomorrow at the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center in New York City, earlier today Hasbro held a special press only event where they revealed a number of upcoming toys from Iron Man 3, Transformers, Kre-o G.I. Joe (Hasbro's version of Lego), Star Wars, Star Trek and much more. In the coming hours we'll be posting tons of new photos, but until then, you can check out the official images that Hasbro sent over.  Included in the official press packet are images and info on Iron Man 3, Kre-o G.I. Joe, Iron Man Micro Mugg's, some Transformers, and more.  Hit the jump to check them out and look for a ton of new toy/action figure images in the coming days. click on any image for high-res [gallery link="file" order="Desc" columns="1"] Kre-o G.I. Joe Kreon Figure Packs (Ages: 6 – 12; Available: Spring 2013) Start your Kre-o G. »

- Steve 'Frosty' Weintraub

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Top 5: Star Wars Spinoffs and Editorial, Side Effects, Hulk and Avengers Sequel Details, Netflix Editorial, The Amazing Spider-man 2

9 February 2013 2:39 PM, PST

We'll dedicate more time to this topic after the jump, but in just a few sentences I want to share a quick thought I had while watching Netflix's House of Cards last weekend. It's not just that I think the show is great. When you involve talents like Kevin Spacey and David Fincher, it's hard to imagine a scenario where quality work is in short supply. It's that this level of material was birthed by and is only consumed via the Internet. I've been in debates where the question was whether or not the web would foster an age of amateurs. A future in which the training and dedication required to further perfect one's craft would fall by the wayside leaving audiences with less than stellar work produced by those made lazy by the eased production and distribution technologies afforded by the Internet. While the fact that I'm writing to »

- Jason Barr

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Steven Soderbergh Talks Side Effects, Retirement, Magic Mike, His Filmmaking Process, Digital Cameras, Christopher Nolan, Twitter, Contagion Deleted Scenes, and More

9 February 2013 11:11 AM, PST

While Steven Soderbergh has made a number of movies over the past few years, for whatever reason, I'd never had an opportunity to speak with him.  So when I was offered a possible interview for his latest thriller, Side Effects, I sent an email saying I'd like to do it and figured it would never happen.  Thankfully, I was wrong. At the Los Angeles press day, I was given 45 minutes with Soderbergh (he only does 45-minute interviews), and we talked about a wide variety of subjects like his his post-retirement plans, Twitter, comic book movies, his preferred digital camera, whether digital can ever match IMAX quality, 48fps, the success of Magic Mike and the sequel, his work as second unit director on The Hunger Games, championing Christopher Nolan before the world knew who he was, his filmmaking process, editing while shooting, why he cut 45 minutes out of Contagion and why »

- Steve 'Frosty' Weintraub

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Jason Bateman and Shawn Levy Moving Forward with This Is Where I Leave You; Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Zoe Saldana, and More Testing for Roles

9 February 2013 10:15 AM, PST

The feature film adaptation of Jonathan Tropper’s novel This is Where I Leave You is picking up some steam.  The project was initially gearing up to begin production last spring under director Adam Shankman with an ensemble cast that included Jason Bateman, Zac Efron, Goldie Hawn, Leslie Mann, Malin Akerman, and Jason Sudeikis, but Shankman subsequently exited the project and casting deals were never completed, so movement stalled.  Shawn Levy came onboard to direct last fall, and now Bateman is back on the project as the search to fill out the rest of the cast begins in anticipation of a May or June production start date. The book tells the story of a dysfunctional family that is forced to reunite when their father requests they sit Shivah for seven days following his death, and the feature film adaptation has attracted a great deal of talent, with Harry Potter director »

- Adam Chitwood

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Vinessa Shaw Talks Side Effects, Stanley Kubrick’s Eyes Wide Shut, CBS’ Vegas, Electric Slide, and More

9 February 2013 10:03 AM, PST

Opening this weekend is director Steven Soderbergh’s psychological thriller Side Effects.  Written by Scott Z. Burns (Contagion, The Informant!), the film is about “a successful New York couple (Rooney Mara and Channing Tatum) whose world unravels when a new drug prescribed by Emily’s psychiatrist (Jude Law)—intended to treat anxiety—has unexpected side effects.”  The film also stars Catherine Zeta-Jones and Vinessa Shaw. At the recent Los Angeles press day I landed an exclusive interview with Vinessa Shaw.  While we were scheduled to talk about her work in Side Effects, we actually spent a lot of time talking about one of her other projects: Stanley Kubrick's Eyes Wide Shut (she played a small but significant role as an HIV-positive prostitute).  As a huge fan of Kubrick (like all of you) I figured it would be cool to hear some behind-the-scenes stories about the making of his last film. »

- Steve 'Frosty' Weintraub

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5 Clips for Snitch Starring Dwayne Johnson

9 February 2013 9:42 AM, PST

With director Ric Roman Waugh's (Felon) Snitch opening February 22, we've been provided with five clips.  The film stars Dwayne Johnson as a father whose son is wrongly accused of a crime and sentenced to 10 years in jail.  In order to clear the boy’s name, he must go undercover and risk his own life.   Snitch also stars Susan Sarandon, Michael Kenneth Williams, Jon Bernthal, Benjamin Bratt and Barry Pepper.   Hit the jump to check out the clips and look for our exclusive video interviews with the cast soon. Here’s the synopsis for Snitch: Action superstar Dwayne Johnson headlines this fast-paced thriller as a father whose teenage son is wrongly accused of a crime and is sentenced to 10 years in jail.  In order to clear his son’s name, he dangerously goes undercover and risks everything, including his own life, to reduce his son’s sentence. The ensemble »

- Steve 'Frosty' Weintraub

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Saoirse Ronan Joins Ryan Gosling’s Directorial Debut How To Catch A Monster

9 February 2013 9:39 AM, PST

Ryan Gosling continues to fill out the cast of his upcoming directorial debut, How to Catch a Monster, as yet another impressive actor has joined the ensemble.  It was announced today that Saoirse Ronan is signing on to the project, with the cast now including Christina Hendricks, Eva Mendes, Matt Smith (Doctor Who), and Ben Mendelsohn (Killing Them Softly).  Details regarding most of the characters are unknown at this time, but Gosling wrote the script and will direct the film, which is described as a modern day fairytale. Ronan has been nabbing some high profile projects as of late, and she’ll next be seen as the lead in director Andrew Niccol’s adaptation of the Stephenie Meyer sci-fi novel The Host in March.  She’s currently filming Wes Anderson’s The Grand Budapest Hotel and will also lead Mary Queen of Scots.  Hit the jump for more details on How to Catch a Monster. »


- Adam Chitwood

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