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Most Friendly Movie Robots: C-3P0, Wall-e And More

17 August 2012 9:08 AM, PDT

Science-fiction movies like to portray a grim version of our future -- from dystopian thrillers ("Blade Runner") to space-age frontier flicks ("2001: A Space Odyssey") -- and include plenty of ridiculous technological advances. (Phasers! Time machines! Cloaking devices!) However, out of all the sophisticated gadgets sci-fi has to offer, the ones that connect the most with moviegoers are robots. Yet while plenty of movie robots in history have been destructive and deadly, not every film believes our future lies in the hands of Hal or the Fembots. Sometimes robots can represent the good in us: our silly, sensitive and humane sides. In honor of the new movie "Robot and Frank," which hits theaters today, here is a list of the 11 friendliest robots in film. »

- Alex Jeffries

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Best Animated Horror Movies: 'Nightmare Before Christmas,' 'The Corpse Bride' And More

16 August 2012 9:39 AM, PDT

This weekend the spooky kooky, all-around brilliant “ParaNorman” haunts theaters nationwide. Not only is this stop-motion animated marvel heartfelt and funny, but it is also, at times, genuinely scary. Amazingly, in addition to "ParaNorman" there are still two horror-themed animated movies due for release before Halloween: Sony's computer-animated “Hotel Transylvania” and “Frankenweenie,” a black-and-white stop-motion flick from Disney and Tim Burton (based on an early short film Burton made for the studio). With this supposed renaissance of animated horror movies upon us, it's time to dip back into the archives and pull out ten of the very best of the genre. »

- Drew Taylor

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'American Idol' Contestants In Movies: From Kelly Clarkson To Carrie Underwood (Videos)

16 August 2012 7:15 AM, PDT

As it was designed to, "American Idol" has launched some great music careers, including those of superstars Kelly Clarkson, Chris Daughtry and Carrie Underwood. However, when it comes to acting, contestants have had mixed results, from Jennifer Hudson's Oscar-winning performance in "Dreamgirls" to Clalrkson and runner-up Justin Guarini's horrid "From Justin to Kelly" (a film that crashed so badly, it's still regarded as one of the worst movies ever made). This Friday, "Idol" winner Jordin Sparks makes her feature-film debut in "Sparkle" as an aspiring Motown singer. Will it lead to Oscar gold as it did for Hudson? Considering the film's current Rotten Tomatoes score, it's not likely. So, in honor of Sparks's role in "Sparkle," let's rank the acting skills of those who've made it to the big screen. (Apologies to Constantine Maroulis, Ruben Studdard and Fantasia, who've proven their acting chops, but only on the stage, »

- Sharon Knolle

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'Skyfall' Behind The Scenes: A Very British James Bond Movie (Video)

15 August 2012 3:36 PM, PDT

If 007 parachuting out of helicopters with the Queen of England isn't British enough for you, not to worry: the MI6 agent is going to be returning to his roots once again. In a behind-the-scenes look at "Skyfall," the latest chapter in the James Bond franchise, actor Daniel Craig talks about making the newest film in the 007 saga positively English. "[Director] Sam [Mendes] and I wanted to make it British. And it's not some flag waving thing that either one of us is interested in, it's just about basing Bond in Britain," Craig says in the new "Skyfall" featurette. Unfortunately, "making it British" is easier said than done. As Mendes admits, the city isn't particularly photogenic, which means the the "Skyfall" crew had to get a bit creative. "We tend to shoot in the more expected areas but I hope in unexpected ways and from unexpected angles," Mendes says. The movie also promises »

- Alex Suskind

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13 Sure Signs A Supporting Movie Character Is Doomed

15 August 2012 3:01 PM, PDT

Anyone who's seen their share of movies knows the telltale signs when a supporting character is doomed. Whether they make a fatal mistake (like sleeping with James Bond) or have the bad luck to be the hero's wife, police partner or mentor, the second you meet them, you know they're not long for this world. Take one character in this weekend's "The Expendables 2" (we won't say which one), who seals his own fate by foolishly talking about his true love in the middle of an action movie. (Noooooo!) Take note supporting film characters: These cliched situations will get you killed off in the movies quicker than you can say, "You're the only one I've told." (Warning: Spoilers Abound!) Related: What critics are saying about "The Expendables 2" »

- Sharon Knolle

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'The Expendables 2' Reviews: What Are The Critics Saying?

15 August 2012 1:52 PM, PDT

This Friday sees the release of the muscle-tastic "Expendables 2," which reunites pretty much every action hero ever in the ultimate revenge rampage. Starring (deep breath!) Chuck Norris, Sylvester Stallone, Jason Statham, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Jet Li, Dolph Lundgren, Randy Couture, Terry Crews, Liam Hemsworth and Bruce Willis, the Expendables reconvene on a mission to Bulgaria to stop Jean Vilain (Jean Claude Van Damme) from selling plutonium. The film is a sequel to the 2010 hit, which went on to gross over $274 million worldwide. Will 'Expendables 2' have the same luck? Maybe. But for now, let's take a look at what the critics are saying about this weekend's action-packed flick. »

- Jessie Heyman

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Best Fight Scenes: The Most Memorable Beat-Downs By The Stars Of 'Expendables 2'

15 August 2012 11:22 AM, PDT

"The Expendables 2" hit theaters this weekend, giving us another serving of classic action heroes. And in addition to a full plate of Sylvester Stallone, Dolph Lundgren and Terry Crews, they've topped it off with iconic tough guys like Chuck Norris, Jean-Claude Van Damme and (cough, cough) Liam Hemsworth. These legends of bad-assery have kicked the crap out of robots, Predators, Communist boxers, Skeletors, kung-fu masters, secret underground fighting rings, inter-dimensional duplicates, terrorists, the Yakuza, the Triad, the Mafia, Riggs and Murtaugh. With a body count totaling in the thousands, you can see why it's a challenge to find the absolute best, toughest, most memorable fight scene for each star. But if the Expendables can invade a hostile country, overthrow a corrupt dictator and put a stop to a maniacal rogue CIA agent, then putting a little list together should be a walk in the park for us. So without further adieu, »

- Eric Larnick

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'Robot & Frank' Clip: Frank Langella Hates Hikes

15 August 2012 10:16 AM, PDT

It looks like a scene out of a "Star Wars" spoof: Frank Langella and a Storm Trooper-esque robot. However, this is far from the intergalactic space tale. Instead, its "Robot & Frank," a film that takes place in Cold Spring, New York in "the near future" where robots aid humans in everyday tasks. Here, the titular duo start off as adversaries -- the robot is programmed to help Frank have a healthier life -- and end up as partners in crime. Literally. They plot out heists all around the neighborhood. In this exclusive clip, which you can watch above, you can watch the beginning of this beautiful friendship. "Robot & Frank," starring Langella, James Marsden, Liv Tyler, Susan Sarandon and Peter Sarsgaard hits theaters August 17. »

- Jessie Heyman

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'Cosmopolis' Clip: Robert Pattinson Is In A Shoot-Out (Video)

15 August 2012 6:38 AM, PDT

"Eric Michael Packer!" screams a deranged, gun-firing Paul Giamatti in the newest clip for "Cosmopolis." Here, Pattinson traded in his fangs for a hand gun in the newest esoteric flick from David Cronenberg. Based on the novel by Don DeLillo, the film imagines a money mogul (Pattinson) journeying across town to get a haircut, but, as you can see, other things happen along the way (gun shots, sexcapades, etc.) The clip, which you can watch above, shows off a half-shorn Pattinson engaging in a shoot-out. Twihards, we're not in Forks anymore. "Cosmopolis," starring Pattinson, Samantha Morton, Giamatti and Juliette Binoche hits theaters August 17. »

- Jessie Heyman

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Kristen Stewart 'Snow White And The Huntsman' Sequel: Actress Not Invited To Return (Update)

15 August 2012 5:15 AM, PDT

It seems R. Patz isn't the only one taking Jon Stewart's advice to kick Kristen Stewart "to the curb." After a whirlwind of drama, Universal has confirmed that Stewart will not be invited to reprise her role for the sequel to "Snow White and the Huntsman." Instead, the studio has plans to focus on the Huntsman, played by an ax-wielding Chris Hemsworth. As of now, details regarding the spinoff are unclear. The studio has shed writer David Koepp but "Swath" director Rupert Sanders -- certainly sullied by scandal -- has yet to confirm his involvement in the film, though sources say he may return. "The studio is currently exploring options to continue the franchise," a Universal spokeswoman told The Hollywood Reporter. The franchise-to-be came to a screeching halt when Stewart and Sanders, married to Liberty Ross, were seen -- and photographed -- canoodling during production. Stewart quickly issued a »

- Jessie Heyman

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Melissa Leo, 'Why Stop Now' Star, On Winning Oscars, Tracy Morgan And Trying Comedy

15 August 2012 4:55 AM, PDT

For Oscar-winning actress Melissa Leo, the experience of making a movie is almost as important as the end result. Take, for example, her new indie, “Why Stop Now,” based on the 2008 short film “Predisposed,” in which she also had a starring role: Leo cultivated an important working relationship during the quick shoot. “The thing that leaps to my mind about that less-than-a-month last summer: Jesse Eisenberg, Jesse Eisenberg and Jesse Eisenberg,” she told Moviefone during a recent chat ahead of the film's August 17 release. “I knew the first time I met him that there was a great hope that he'd play my son in the film,” she said. ”[I would have been upset] if anybody else would have ended up playing that boy, because he was so perfect for it, the maternal instinct I had for him the second I met him, and the respect and the admiration.” As luck would have it, Eisenberg would »

- Kase Wickman

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'Bonnie And Clyde' Cast: Where Are They Now?

15 August 2012 4:52 AM, PDT

It's been 45 years since "Bonnie and Clyde" erupted on the scene (on August 13, 1967) like a rude burst of Tommy-gun fire, sending American movies reeling. The stylish crime biopic -- with its glamorously doomed antihieroes, its introduction of French New Wave film grammar to Hollywood, its wildly abrupt tonal shifts between comic and horrific, and its violence so extreme and kinetic it was almost poetic -- claimed a lot of firsts. It made full-fledged stars out of Warren Beatty and Faye Dunaway, kickstarted the careers of several other young actors, and launched a renaissance in American filmmaking. As for those playing the bank robbers, some made out like bandits, some bought themselves a lifetime of good will, and some vanished. Here's what became of the old gang. »

- Gary Susman

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'ParaNorman' Directors Chris Butler And Sam Fell Talk Zombies And Kids Horror Films

14 August 2012 1:55 PM, PDT

"ParaNorman" tells the story of Norman Babcock, a horror-movie obsessed outcast who doesn't fit in with the other kids at school. But what they don't know is that Norman can communicate with ghosts -- and his ability to speak with the undead is the only thing that can save his little town of Blithe Hollow. So when a vengeful witch unleashes a zombie plague on the community, Norman must use his spectral back-up to defeat the witch... or else lurching zombies will munch down on his friends and family. "ParaNorman" is the second film from Laika Animation (the team that brought you the Academy Award-nominated "Coraline"), a studio that aims to tell a different kind of story, away from the typical Disney fare. Moviefone had an in-depth conversation with "Norman" directors Chris Butler and Sam Fell about why kids love horror movies, the renaissance of stop-motion animation and how "ParaNorman »

- Eric Larnick

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'Scary Movie 5' Kills Off Lindsay Lohan, Charlie Sheen

14 August 2012 1:13 PM, PDT

Thought it was too good to be true that Charlie Sheen and Lindsay Lohan would be starring in the upcoming "Scary Movie" together? Well, as it turns out, their screen time will be bloody and brief. The stars will "get the ax" in the film's opener, according to The Hollywood Reporter. It's a match made in celebrity infamy, Sheen and Lohan will not only star in the spoof but will be playing “the world's hottest new couple.” Despite the fact that the previous "Two and a Half Men" star was killed off in the fourth installment, rumor has it that "Scary Movie 5" is a reboot of the over-the-top franchise. Lohan's had a colorful couple of months, "Scary Movie" will come off the heels of "Liz & Dick," Lifetime's Elizabeth Taylor biopic. She's next slotted to star in Bret Easton Ellis's "The Canyons." According to TMZ, the 26-year-old reformed movie »

- Jessie Heyman

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Robert Pattinson, David Cronenberg Talk 'Cosmopolis,' Fandom And 'Videodrome'

14 August 2012 12:49 PM, PDT

Most movie junket interviews do not have hordes of paparazzi and two burly security guards standing outside them. Then again, most junket interviews do not feature a subject who is currently in the midst of a tabloid scandal. Unfortunately, this is where Robert Pattinson finds himself right now, as he attempts to promote his new movie, "Cosmopolis." Thankfully, if anyone can handle the pressure, Pattinson can. Case in point: when I sat down with him and "Cosmopolis" director David Cronenberg, the 26-year-old "Twilight" star was relaxed, as he discussed his new film and its decidedly more adult tone. The movie, based on the Don DeLillo book of the same name, follows Eric (Pattinson), a billionaire asset manager who takes a ride across town in a limousine to get a haircut. Along the way, he deals with financial loss, random sexual encounters and an angry anti-capitalist, Occupy-esque crowd. Here, Pattinson and »

- Alex Suskind

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New DVD Blu-Ray: 'The Hunger Games,' 'Jaws'

14 August 2012 7:08 AM, PDT

Moviefone's New Release Pick of the Week "The Hunger Games" -- Available on Saturday, August 18 What's It About? The best-selling book series about a deadly society where children compete against each other, gets its first of four adaptations. In the opening salvo, Katniss Everdeen (Jennifer Lawrence) volunteers to enter the fatal playing field, in hopes of sparing her younger sister, and struggles to stay alive amongst friends and enemies. See It Because: As far as adaptations of young adult novels go, this is one of the best. Director Gary Ross takes the subject matter seriously and imbues the project with some real drama, while Lawrence is pitch-perfect as the heroic but fallible Katniss. Watch an Exclusive Clip from "The Hunger Games" - (Also Available on Redbox DVD & Blu-ray | Amazon Instant Video) Moviefone's Blu-ray Pick of the Week "Jaws" What's It About? You go inside the cage? Cage goes in the water, »

- Eric Larnick

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'Cosmopolis' Premiere: Robert Pattinson Is Out And About (Photos)

14 August 2012 6:59 AM, PDT

Scandal be damned! Robert Pattinson, clad in blue (is that a metaphor for his feelings?!), hit the red carpet for the premiere of his latest, "Cosmopolis." Based on the novel by Don DeLillo, the David Cronenberg film imagines a money mogul (Pattinson) journeying across town to get a haircut but -- spoiler! -- other things happen. (Namely, sex and violence.) Last night, all the stars took to New York's Moma for a the world premiere of "Cosmopolis." Take a look at the celebs below. "Cosmopolis," starring Pattinson, Samantha Morton, Paul Giamatti and Juliette Binoche hits theaters August 17. Photos: »

- Jessie Heyman

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Jennifer Garner, 'The Odd Life Of Timothy Green' Star, On 'Alias' And Post-Baby Roles

14 August 2012 5:09 AM, PDT

This weekend, Jennifer Garner is back on the big screen with "The Odd Life of Timothy Green," playing a wife who is unable to conceive with her husband (Joel Edgerton). Although it's a similar role to the one Garner had in 2007's Oscar-nominated flick, "Juno," the plot of these two movies couldn't be more different. In this film, instead of adopting a baby, she wishes for one, writing up a list of qualities for her imaginary child, putting it in a box and burying it in the backyard. Then, voila! Timothy (Cj Adams) magically appears. Garner spoke to Moviefone about singing "Low Rider" on screen (in the film, she and Edgerton are forced to jump in to save Timothy's musical debut in front of judgmental relatives), the Oscar buzz for her upcoming movie "Butter" and how being a mom in real life has affected her movie career. Your character's situation »

- Jessie Heyman

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'Jaws' Blu-ray Giveaway: Watch a Preview and Win the Spielberg Classic (Video)

13 August 2012 1:24 PM, PDT

Just when you thought it was safe to enjoy your home entertainment system, "Jaws" arrives on Blu-ray for the first time ever -- ready to chomp down on the rest of your movie collection. The classic nail-biter about a ridiculously-huge shark and the carnage it wreaks on Amity Island, is making its debut on the high-def format this week. In addition to an audio-visual upgrade, this new edition is packed to the gills with bonus DVD and digital versions, plus a boatload of special features, including deleted scenes, archives and rare behind-the-scenes footage. And on top of all that, the movie comes complete with "The Shark is Still Working," a feature-length documentary celebrating the influence the film has had on fans since its 1975 release (you can get a sneak peek at that, by clicking on the video above, featuring Kevin Smith, Bryan Singer, Eli Roth and more). There's no better »

- Eric Larnick

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'The Words' Movie: Bradley Cooper And Jeremy Irons's Story Within A Story (Video)

13 August 2012 11:46 AM, PDT

If the new movie "The Words," a story within a story (and maybe within another story), sounds a little confusing, don't fear! The stars of the latest literary nail-biter are here to set the record straight. Directed by first-timers Brian Klugman, Lee Sternthal, "The Words" follows a down-on-his-luck writer (Bradley Cooper) who finds literary success by stealing another man's (Jeremy Irons) long-lost story. The film is presented in "Cloud Atlas"-esque layering fashion, where Cooper and Iron's characters become near-mirror images, representing the fusion between fact and fiction. You can get a better look at the movie's twisting tale in the exclusive featurette above. "The Words," starring Olivia Wilde, Cooper, Irons, Zoe Saldana and Dennis Quaid hits theaters September 7. »

- Jessie Heyman

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