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Weekend Receipts: Sherlock Beats Chipmunks, But Ethan Hunt Wins

18 December 2011 2:00 PM, PST

Sherlock Holmes may have won the weekend with a modest debut, but was it the real box office winner? Not with Tom Cruise and the Mission: Impossible gang around to flaunt their fab limited release per-screen average in everyone's faces, a precursor to next week's Christmastime blitz. And, yeah. The new Chipmunks is out. A moment of silence for all the poor souls who helped it debut in the number two slot. I'd wager even David Cross feels for you. »

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How to Knock Out Daniel Craig, and 8 Other Revelations From the Girl With the Dragon Tattoo Team

17 December 2011 1:00 PM, PST

The formidable creative team behind the new adaptation of The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo reconvened today in New York, where director David Fincher, screenwriter Steven Zaillian, and stars Daniel Craig, Rooney Mara, Christopher Plummer and Stellan Skarsgård talked things over with a few dozen members of the press. Movieline was there to capture a range of revealing back stories, true confessions and amusing -- if slightly harrowing -- anecdotes from the shoot. Read on for the full report. »

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Friday Box Office: Sherlock Stomps Alvin on Another Sleepy Friday

17 December 2011 11:00 AM, PST

What is going on out there, people? All these franchises and rehashes at the multiplex, and Hollywood can't interest you in any of them? Last week it was the aromatic anti-charm of New Year's Eve falling flat on opening weekend, and now new installments of Sherlock Holmes and Alvin and the Chipmunks are limping along at the front of the pack? At least Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol showed signs life in limited IMAX release, but ugh. Next week's Christmas harvest couldn't come soon enough, but for now, your Friday Box Office is here. »

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9 Suggested New Titles for Will Ferrell's Dubious New Comedy Casa de mi Padre

17 December 2011

Maybe I'm still annoyed nearly ten years after I saw Anchorman in theaters and was so angry with its juvenile, unfunny, dude-baiting humor that I'm sour to any movie whose theme is "Will Ferrell is a hilariously alpha dimwit!" -- but I'm pretty sure Ferrell's new jam Casa de mi Padre with Gael Garcia Bernal and Diego Luna is downright moronic for real. In fact, the sophisticated-sounding title isn't a good fit for the film (though it is written entirely in Spanish) and ought to be replaced. Here are nine titles we'd consider, along with the movie's new teaser trailer. »

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Week in Review: The Golden Globes Try Sanity for a Change

16 December 2011 6:30 PM, PST

It's time to do some shopping, kids. After a week of semi-reasonable Golden Globe nominations (!) and the tragic downfall of The Daldry, I'm throwing away wads of cash at the Glendale Americana and never looking back. Do you think they sell the exotic headgear Elizabeth Taylor wore in Raintree County? Maybe at Zara or something? I don't know. Let's review the week and run away somewhere. »

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9 Milestones in the Evolution of Kate Winslet

16 December 2011 5:30 PM, PST

In this weekend's Carnage, Kate Winslet plays an uptight investment banker who tries to broker a parental agreement concerning the damage done during a playground dispute between her son and another boy. So how did the British actress transform herself from a teenage murderer in her breakthrough role to a middle-aged New Yorker determined to settle her son's stick fight? »

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Notes from the Magical, Inspired Lacma Live-Read of The Princess Bride

16 December 2011 5:00 PM, PST

"Inconceivable!" With a single word, unveiled at the close of last month's live-read of The Apartment, Jason Reitman launched Aous (that's Anticipation of Unusual Size) for the December 15 installment in his brilliant Lacma/Film Independent series. Few films are so magical, so beloved, so instantly and indelibly quotable as The Princess Bride, Rob Reiner's 1987 fantasy-comedy, written by William Goldman, about a princess and her pirate and those involved in and affected by their adventure. And few live-read casting choices could be as inspired as Reitman's: Paul Rudd in the Westley role originated by Cary Elwes, Cary Elwes in the Humperdinck role originated by Chris Sarandon, and, performing the part of the Grandson first portrayed by Fred Savage over two decades ago... Fred Savage. »

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Real Talk: David Cross Hated Making Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chip-Wrecked

16 December 2011 3:20 PM, PST

Now that David Cross's contractual obligations on the live-action/animation Alvin and the Chipmunks franchise are over -- the third and final of which is this weekend's Chip-Wrecked -- the comic actor isn't mincing words about the ordeal. "This last film was literally, without question, the most unpleasant experience I've ever had in my professional life," he told The Playlist. (Funny, Movieline's Michelle Orange, after reviewing the kid pic, might say the same.) Take in the spectacle of these burning bridges with more of Cross's post-traumatic musings after the jump! »

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Real-Life Rudy Accused of Screwing Investors Out of $11 Million

16 December 2011 2:30 PM, PST

It's a sad day for fans of the inspiring sports classic Rudy. Daniel "Rudy" Ruettiger, perhaps the most famous collegiate football underdog of all time -- on whom the title character in David Anspaugh's 1993 film was based -- has been charged by the SEC for a pump-and-dump scheme that earned him over $10 million in profits for a Rudy-branded sports drink. »

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Uggie's Best Supporting BAFTA Hopes Dashed

16 December 2011 1:40 PM, PST

The Weinstein Co., who along with Movieline have championed Uggie the dog's gripping performance in awards season frontrunner The Artist, broke the news today via Twitter that the canine thespian, alas, has not qualified for contention in this season's BAFTA race. "@BAFTA has stated that @Uggie_TheArtist is not qualified to run as Best Supporting Actor for the role of 'Dog' #Sadmomentintime," the studio lamented. Fear not, Uggie -- the Oscars may recognize your genius yet! (Go Team Uggie!) [@WeinsteinCo] »

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Salmon Fishing in the Yemen Trailer: Eating, Praying, and Loving Upstream

16 December 2011 1:00 PM, PST

I don't know if you can tell by its freakishly quirky title, but Salmon Fishing in the Yemen is freakishly quirky. Ewan McGregor, Emily Blunt, and a suddenly super-droll Kristen Scott Thomas star in what appears to be a Middle Eastern-set romcom with kooky supporting characters. There's also a chance that it's an Eat, Pray, Love for downtrodden white men, which would be despicable. You figure it out. »

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Jeremy Renner on Mission: Impossible, Tom Cruise's Action Advice and The Bourne Legacy

16 December 2011 12:00 PM, PST

After earning back-to-back Academy Award nominations -- in 2010, for his breakout role in Kathryn Bigelow's The Hurt Locker and in 2011, for his supporting part in Ben Affleck's Boston crime drama The Town -- Jeremy Renner decided to dive headfirst into the action genre with four consecutive big-budget action projects. The first, Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol, which co-stars Renner as a mysteriously overqualified Imf agent assisting Tom Cruise's Ethan Hunt on his latest globe-sweeping assignment, premieres this weekend in IMAX. The next three films, Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters, The Avengers and The Bourne Legacy, will all hit theaters next year, making the California-raised actor the busiest action star of 2012. »

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Were You Wondering if Rob Lowe is Hilarious as Lifetime's Convicted Killer Drew Peterson? Because He Is.

16 December 2011 11:00 AM, PST

Lifetime movies are better than movie movies. They're melodramatic, inbred morsels of filmic stank. And the best ones -- as of today -- possess a sacred ingredient called "Rob Lowe's Moustache-y Acting Talents." As Bolingbrook, Il cop-turned-murder suspect Drew Peterson in the new TV feature Drew Peterson: Untouchable, Lowe tries on his best Da Bears accent and dons a moustache that reminds me fondly of Reno 911 and his Parks and Recreation costar Nick Offerman. You will not be able to handle his sole line of dialogue in the new teaser trailer. »

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Pour a Proper Cup of Tea Today for Christopher Hitchens

16 December 2011 10:20 AM, PST

He had divisive opinions and a rare mind, but the late, great Christopher Hitchens also, from time to time, deviated from politics, culture, and history to examine other important issues including film, filmmakers, and -- importantly! -- how to make tea. Pour one out for Hitch today -- the proper way, no dunking -- with his wise words from last year. »

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It's Back! RiffTrax Returns With Live, Uncut Santa and the Ice Cream Bunny Revival

16 December 2011 8:10 AM, PST

Depending on whom you ask, Christmas is a time of cheery togetherness or sharing in the misery. The latest holiday effort from RiffTrax is a bit of both. The RiffTrax team -- Mike Nelson, Kevin Murphy and Bill Corbett -- will take to Ustream tonight to revisit a Christmas gem they made fun of a year ago, Santa and the Ice Cream Bunny, for the communal enjoyment of bad-movie fans. »

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Christian Bale Involved In Car Chase and Police Skirmish in China

16 December 2011 6:50 AM, PST

While in China to promote his historical drama The Flowers of War -- also known as the most expensive Chinese film ever made -- Christian Bale embarked on an eight-hour drive with a CNN news crew to visit Chen Guangcheng, a civil rights activist who has been under house arrest for the past year. Only instead of a polite meet-and-greet, Bale and the news team were manhandled by security guards outside Guangcheng's home before being chased for 30 minutes. Didn't the Chinese authorities know they were dealing with Batman? »

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Watch the Jack the Giant Killer Trailer: Beanstalk Blockbuster?

16 December 2011 6:00 AM, PST

The fairytale action subgenre gets another entry next summer when Bryan Singer's CG-fantasy take on the Jack and the Beanstalk tale hits screens, with fresh-scrubbed Nicholas Hoult in the lead. That officially makes it "from the director of X-Men," starring that one kid who was in that other X-Men movie -- no, not X2. Or X3. The other one. Get your flaming tree catapults and Jurassic Park moment after the jump in the new trailer for Jack the Giant Killer. »

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Watch the Best-Worst Dracula Trailer You'll Ever See, Courtesy of Dario Argento

15 December 2011 5:00 PM, PST

If Movieline ran a feature to accompany Bad Movies We Love called Bad Trailers We Love, the gory sales preview for Dario Argento's monsterpiece Dracula 3D would be spotlighted this week. It features everything that is awful about bad horror movies -- but in such a straightforward way that you can't help but watch the trailer in knee-slapping awe. Beware: One gratuitous sponge bath, buckets of movie blood and spoilers galore await you. »

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Review: Post-Bromantic Attraction in Sherlock Holmes 2: A Game of Shadows Or: Holmes + Watson 4eva

15 December 2011 4:30 PM, PST

Romance! Jealousy! Temptation! There's an alluring new stranger vying for Sherlock Holmes's attentions and affections in Guy Ritchie's turn-of-the-century sleuthing sequel, A Game of Shadows, but it's not the dark and beautiful gypsy woman at the center of Holmes's latest mystery. For that matter, Holmes's on-again, off-again ladyfriend Irene Adler doesn't truly have his heart, either. It's Bff and hetero life partner Dr. Watson who forms the tale's real love triangle with Holmes -- escalating the first film's bromantic undercurrent of mutual admiration and "circumstantial homosexuality" to overt, unabashed man-love and dangerous attraction -- with tantalizingly evil interloper Professor James Moriarty. »

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New Hunger Games Poster: Beyond Hungerdome

15 December 2011 3:40 PM, PST

Finally, a Hunger Games poster that reminds us of the carnage and calamity that made the books so addictive. Here, Katniss Everdeen (Jennifer Lawrence) stands before a packed stadium while her adversary Peeta Mellark's (Josh Hutcherson) image flies above the crowd. Yes, this is the poster that Lionsgate asked Twitter uses to assemble from jigsaw clues -- and it appears that @johnshoward is the one who pulled through. Pretty epic thunderdome. Katniss and Peeta are the new 2pac and Dre. »

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